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Today's Sports

  • The Chinese weather machine--...

    I caught a small item in the sports pages of the Roanoke Times the other day. Instead of being buried in the bowels of the sports page, I feel it should have been front page news.

    In anticipation of playing host to the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Chinese government is claiming that it can control the weather. Reportedly, they are able to prevent rain when dry conditions are desired and create rain when wet conditions are preferred. This is no joke.

  • Baseball preview: Jefferson...

    Throughout last year's run into the Regional playoffs, Jefferson Forest had a simple formula in the pitching department: rotate starts between Jared Millner and Matt Hawkins and close those games with Brian Goddard.

  • Slammin' in Salem

    Bedford County's sizable contingent that headed to the state wrestling tournament returned with four medals for its efforts. The group's four seniors were the ones that brought home the hardware. The younger bucks came away with a learning experience that should benefit them as they progress in their careers.

    Jefferson Forest's Chris Bowyer led the way, taking second in the state at 189 pounds. Teammate Brandon Beemer fought his way back from a semifinal defeat to nab a third place at 215.

  • Softball preview: Staunton River

    The Staunton River softball team is positioned to build upon the notable success that it achieved last season. However, the team is still in the "getting to know you" stage of the season, with five of the players just recently joining following post-season hoops play.

    "Right now, we don't have a lot of clarity," said Head Coach Hoyt Dellis. "We've only had ballplayers for three practices and a scrimmage. Plus, the weather has been uncooperative."

    Even with the lack of time to gauge the proficiency of his players, Staunton River should be in a pretty good state.

  • Softball preview: Liberty

    The Liberty Minettes start the season with enough pieces of the puzzle already in place that they have to be considered among the favorites for the Seminole softball crown. "Our goal is to win the District," said Head Coach Sherry Storey. "But nobody's going to hand us anything. We have to work hard."

    The Minettes' hard work paid off last year when they won the District tournament. The many returning players are hungry for more.

  • Softball preview: JF

    At the end of last season, Seminole District champion and Region runner-up Jefferson Forest only saw three of its players graduate. However, the departing trio consisted of shortstop Jo Jo Arthur, centerfielder Shonna Bryant and pitcher Holly Hargraves.

    Arthur and Bryant were All-District first teamers (Bryant was District player of the year) and Hargraves pitched the vast majority of innings for Forest.

    In addition to the graduates, the team saw the loss of four other players from last year's team that will not play this season, due to a variety of reasons.

  • Baseball preview: Staunton River

    "When you're 4-16 (the previous year), you need to get better on all aspects of your game."

    So stated Brian Divers when asked about the prospects for this season's version of the Staunton River baseballers.

    Last year's young squad took its lumps en route to the basement of the Seminole District. This year, most of the faces from that team return, a bit older and, it is assumed, a bit wiser.

  • Baseball preview: Liberty

    Got pitching?

    An absence of arms looks to be the big stinkin' rhino in the living room for the Liberty baseball squad. Having lost ace starters DJ Turpin and Matt Morgan as well as spot starter set/up man Derek Johnson to graduation, the Minutemen find themselves with a serious pitching shortage.

    While Head Coach Stewart Grant hasn't taken to posting want ads to fill his staff, he might want to consider that tact. "I'm desperate for pitching," said Grant. "I've seen a lot of kids that want to throw. I don't know how many can pitch, though."

  • Late Bloomer

    Most of us realize our athletic primes during our high school days. Others blossom during their college years or during their twenties. A few of us hit a peak in our thirties.

    Bill Kesler waited until he was in his nineties before becoming the big man on campus.

    Kesler, a 98 year old resident of the National Elks Home, astounded his peers last week when he rolled five straight strikes in competition at the AMF Lynchburg Lanes.

    The ?Five Bagger? helped push Kesler to a one-game score of 184.

  • Outdoor show at Armory

    Experienced outdoorsmen and youthful novices alike will have an opportunity to be exposed to a wide array of woodsy-related events, demonstrations and goods this very weekend.

    The tenth annual Outdoor Show will be hosted by the Bedford Outdoor Sportsman Association (BOSA) on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, a favorite of sportsmen of all stripes, will be held at the Bedford Bedford Armory on East Main Street.