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Today's Sports

  • Hurt, Bell are state track champs

    While no team came close to winning a title, there were enough standout performances by local athletes at the state meet this past weekend to cause rejoicing.

    Liberty?s Kenara Hurt and Staunton River?s James Bell won it all at state. Hurt blistered a 41.26 in the 300 meter dash, while Bell went 14? 4? for top honors in the pole vault. The two gold medals doubled last year?s county haul (Forest?s 4 X 800 relay took first in 2007).

  • Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!--...

    Deplorable.

    The gym at Jefferson Forest High School was transformed into the set of the Jerry Springer Show during the Seminole District girls? basketball championship game.

    To revisit, with two and a half minutes remaining, Brookville led Staunton River, 60-41. A Brookville player was attempting to catch a pass. One of the Staunton River players attempted to intercept the pass. The Brookville girl went to the floor, having been hit in the eye by the Staunton River player?s head.

  • Regional MapQuest--Lady Eagles...

    Need directions? Just ask Staunton River, who holds the road-map to success.

    Route 24 rival William Byrd succumbed to the Lady Eagles? tenacious defense, 53-37, for the fourth time this year. ?It is a great rivalry between these two schools. It is competitive in a good nature,? William Byrd coach Fran Recchia said.

    Staunton River?s victory propelled them to the Region III Quarterfinals vs. Turner Ashby on Tuesday night. ?Our goal was to make it further than we did last year, and we did. The girls are very excited,? Staunton River coach Kim Jones said.

  • Regional split

    Liberty?s Minutemen survived the first round of the playoff winnowing process, as they beat Stuarts Draft 63-57 in front of a moderate-sized home crowd.

    In typical Liberty fashion, the Minutemen ensured none of that crowd departed early, as they allowed the third-seeded (of the Southern Valley District) Cougars to stick around to the very end.

  • Bee's sweep Seminole Tourney

    Rumors that Brookville is seeking to annex Bedford County turned out to be false.

    However, given how the Bees owned Bedford schools in the Seminole District Tournament, one can understand how such a rumor might come to be.

    The Brookville boys and girls topped their Jefferson Forest counterparts in the semifinals. Then the girls stomped Staunton River in the final before the Bees edged the Minutemen for the boys? title.

    On top of that, those final wins came at Jefferson Forest?s new gym.

  • Eagle alum Witt is new football...

    Staunton River Athletic Director Ricky Falls introduced Head Football Coach Rick Witt as the newest member of the Eagles' coaching cadre. Witt takes over his alma mater's program after a seven year stint as an assistant at William Byrd.

    "Everybody at Byrd couldn't say enough good things about him," said Falls. "It was refreshing to see someone who really wanted to be here." Falls received 18 applicants and interviewed 8 of those.

    "It's home," said Witt. "I loved my time at Staunton River...I really like the community"

  • The new Pete Rose--commentary

    Just when it looked as though Pete Rose was finally riding off into the sunset, along comes his replacement.

    I don't mean a replacement for Rose as the Major League Baseball's all-time hitting champ.

    No, I mean as a replacement for Rose as the Major League Baseball player who won't admit to his cruddy behavior and salvage a small piece of his reputation.

    The replacement is one of the most talented players of his time, who crossed into prohibited territory but whose ego won't allow him to 'fess up.

    Of course I'm talking about Roger Clemens.

  • Brookville wins District crown--...

    The generally accepted Machiavellian principle is that if you challenge a king, you must kill him. Otherwise, woe be it onto you.

    In the case of the Seminole District championship tournament, regal Brookville was challenged, but came away with its kingdom intact, wearing the District crown for a 39th consecutive year.

  • Two out of three ain't bad

    While the girls were putting three county teams into the Regionals, the boys were holding up their end as both Liberty and Jefferson Forest earned tickets to the next level. The Minutemen topped Staunton River in a bruising affair by the score of 75-50. The Cavaliers beat perennial powerhouse Heritage in a back-and-forth affair by the score of 47-43.

    With Brookville having won the regular season title, Liberty and Forest will spend the remainder of this week trying to earn a coveted second seed and the Regional home opener that comes with it.

  • Ladies' night

    Staunton River easily clinched its berth in the Regional where the Lady Eagles will be joined by County mates Jefferson Forest and Liberty. The three squads advanced with opening round wins over Seminole District rivals.

    The wins also put the trio of Bedford teams into the District semifinals, which include Brookville. This past Tuesday, the Lady Cavs took on the Bees while the Golden Eagles squared off with the Minettes.

    The District championship will be played Friday evening, along with the boys' titlist tilt, at Jefferson Forest.