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Today's Sports

  • Staunton River boys fall to...

    Amherst Head Coach Eddie Carter was facing a very long year. It took a trip to his old stomping ground to give him a boost.

    Carter, who the long-time former hoops coach at Staunton River, led his Lancers to their first Seminole District win of the season, topping the Eagles by the score of 58-49.

    However, it was a hard-fought victory. "That's the hardest win I've gotten in my lifetime," said Carter, who coached the Eagles throughout most of the 1990s.

  • Forest girls looking strong;...

    With all the hype about Staunton River's chance at upending Brookville at the top o' the Seminole heap, another local team has started to reveal aspirations of its own.

    Jefferson Forest opened the season in impressive fashion, walloping an understaffed Amherst team before pounding E.C. Glass on the Lady Cav home hardwoods. The Lancers were routed 65-16 while the Hilltoppers fell by a less embarrassing 62-38.

  • Forest and Staunton River boys...

    Staunton River appeared to have a breakout performance, but then back-slid against Byrd and was pummeled by Brookville. Jefferson Forest remains an enigma. It seemed to have its offense in gear in its win over Amherst, but then reverted back to its low-scoring self in losses to Glass and Rustburg.

    River stuns Heritage

  • Liberty hitting groove

    It is fairly easy to show character when everything is going your way; much more difficult to do so when faced with disappointment.

    The Liberty boys' basketball squad showed a ton of character as it knocked off state AA powerhouse R.E. Lee last Friday night. Having fallen by a significant margin (79-52) to the Leemen earlier this season and having lost a heartbreaker to Seminole rival Brookville the night before, there was little reason to expect the Minutemen to even show up for the game with Lee.

  • Commentary: On Bowl game gifts

    A pal of mine sent me a listing of gifts that players receive for their participation in the various football bowl games.

    There are some very nice items on the listing, representing a small token to make up for the time and effort that these players put into preparing for the games. Frankly, this is the first time I'd ever heard of the practice. But, I guess if movie stars get gift bags for showing up to the Oscars, it's not unreasonable to see players get some small gesture of appreciation.

  • 'Brawled' Lang Syne

    While most folks were out buying chicken wings and party favors or locking down their lineup for bowl game viewing, wrestlers from far and wide were putting off their New Year's preparations. Instead, they were at Liberty High School to participate in the Bedford Brawl.

    Salem earned top honors for first year coach Randall Sell who, having led the Staunton River program last year, can't seem to stay away from Bedford County. Last weekend, the Spartans were involved in the River Rumble.

  • Guest commentary: Irritable...

    For college football fans, this should be a most exciting time of year. We have sacrificed weekends (and some Thursday nights), cheered, screamed, cried and overindulged in greasy hot wings for this. That is right - it is Bowl time.

    This is a magical time of year where, for almost three weeks, we have games to watch every day. However, just as we sometimes have too much of the Christmas goose or the holiday eggnog, it might be that we have too much of a good thing in the area of bowl games.

    Perhaps we've reached the tipping point in our football merriment.

  • Commentary: The flight of the...

    When I first heard of Staunton River's proposed move to the Blue Ridge, from the Seminole, I didn't like it. It splits our county schools into two districts. We run the risk of having seasons in which county schools don't play one another. On the personal side, it makes it more difficult to track and cover the numerous sports, not just at Staunton River, but at all three county schools.

    But, after I take my selfish reasons out of the mix, I start to warm up to the idea a bit.

    Last week's announcement included some of the rationale for the potential move.

  • Bedford County girls'...

    It's a good thing Santa grades you on how nice you've been rather than on how you play your county rivals. If the jolly elf used that as his measuring criterion, the Minettes and Lady Eagles would have wakened to coal-filled stockings this past Christmas morning.

    In a sloppily played game, Staunton River prevailed 36-19. Any Seminole rivals that scouted the game would have come away feeling full of confidence in upcoming games with either of these squads.

  • Liberty roundballers prime for...

    Liberty shrugged history aside and topped Heritage by the score of 56-54. Probably more satisfying than breaking the six-year stranglehold that the Pioneers had over the Minutemen was the heart the team showed in the contest.

    "The kids played well down the stretch," said Head Coach Jeff Monroe. "They battled to the end."

    That battling spirit and focus has been in short supply this season, as the Minutemen have lost focus and allowed games to slip through their fingers.