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Today's Sports

  • Volleyball roundup

     

    Last year, they won but a single match.

    This year, Liberty has already doubled that total.  And there's a whole lot of season left for the Minettes.

    Hosting Staunton River, Liberty grounded the Eagles in four games.  Just as when the two teams met earlier in the season, River took the first game.  It did so to the tune of 25-23.

    After that, however, it was all Liberty.  The Minettes reeled off wins of 25-18, 25-21, 25-18.

  • Say no, UVA!

     

    Virginia is for lovers.

    Or, so stated the old advertising slogan.

    Virginia is also for smart folk.  The Commonwealth has one of the finest portfolios of colleges and universities in the nation, if not the world.  I believe that Virginia is the top dog when it comes to secondary education opportunities.

    In my job I have the opportunity to chat with some of our local high school athletes.  Invariably, the topic that comes up when talking with seniors is their future plans.

  • River gets soup-er victory

     

    William Campbell paid a visit to Staunton River last Friday evening.  When all was said and done, the Eagles put the Campbell Kids back in the can, sending them back to Naruna with a 28-0 loss on their label.

    While Campbell's is supposedly "Mmm Mmm Good," Staunton River was even better.  The Eagles ladled out four servings of touchdown chowder, while their defense served up some hearty goose-egg drop soup.

  • Sports commentary: Dribs and...

     

    Here are a couple of items for your consideration.  I wanted to share them, but I couldn't stretch any of them into a full column's length.

    Consider it housecleaning for the old noggin.

     

    While I must confess to having never heard of Diana Nyad prior to last week, I am startled by her accomplishments.

  • No Rocky road for Minutemen

     

    It looked a lot better in the rearview mirror this time.

    The Liberty football team departed the unfriendly confines of Rockbridge County's stadium in much finer spirits than they did just three games ago.

    Liberty 39, Rockbridge County 19.

    When the two teams squared off at the Rockhouse last season, the Wildcats ended the Minutemen season in the equivalent of an Old West shoot-em up.

    Last time, Liberty blundered its way through the game's early going, allowing the Rockies to build an insurmountable edge.

  • JF swamps River

     

    The Staunton River Golden Eagles came to the fight with a few swords, their fists and a whole lot of grit.

    Jefferson Forest, on the other hand, brought a bazooka, a howitzer, a tank and a couple of bulldozers.

    The Cavs used their superior armory to advantage, blasting the host Rivermen to the tune of 56-13.

    The blitzkrieg, it would seem, had come to Moneta.

    From the opening kickoff to the closing whistle, the Cav offense moved with precision and, most importantly, speed.

  • Sports Commentary: Auto-message

     

    "So, your new lady friend is a Wiccan, huh?"

    Those words were spoken to me many years ago.

    At the time, I lived in Richmond.  At the time, my next door neighbor was a musician:  as laid back as they come.  He was a pleasant fellow, cut from the stereotypical cloth of the 1960's style hippie.

    He had wandered over my way after the woman who would become the wife had just departed my abode, asking his nonsensical question.

    "What are you talking about, Cory?" I asked.

  • County clash a' comin'

     

    Two teams with a lot in common will square off this Friday evening, when Jefferson Forest drops by Moneta for a bout with Staunton River.

    Sure, there are the obvious points of commonality:  both are Bedford teams, both have black as their primary uniform color, both schools' names resonate with nature (woods and streams).

  • Next up: Liberty heads to...

     

    Over the past few years, Liberty has had a relatively easy go in its second week of the season.

    In fact, over the past six years, the Minutemen were able to ring up big scores against teams with a combined record of 17-45.

    During that stretch, the only playoff team the M-Men faced was Staunton River, in 2011.

    During two seasons, they faced teams in that second week which would go on to post exactly zero wins for the season.

    Those days, it seems, are gone.

  • Ladies hit the hardwoods

     

    The guys may own Friday nights.  But Tuesdays and Thursdays?  They're ladies' nights.

    Those are the two predominant evenings for catching local volleyball.  All three high schools kicked off their regular seasons last week, with Staunton River hosting Liberty in a clash of county rivals.

    Jefferson Forest, meanwhile, took on a pair of Blue Ridge District powerhouses.

    The bottom line:  It's still too early to tell what we've got on the hardwoods.