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Today's Sports

  • Dix leads way for Lady Cavs over...

    It was Mandy Dix's night as Jefferson Forest easily handled Liberty on the Minettes home court a week ago, Tuesday. Dix played her heart out and Liberty was unable to answer her slashing drives in the middle.

    Dix made Liberty pay for her aggressive play. Seemingly every time Dix drove the paint, it resulted in either a layup or a foul. Throughout the third quarter, and into the fourth, she hit nine straight free throws, two layups and a turnaround, quick jumper, turning a nine point halftime lead into an insurmountable 20 point gap.

  • Lady Eagles soar above County

    Jefferson Forest picked the wrong night to host the Golden Eagles.

    The Staunton River girls' basketball team came out with a vengeance and systematically dismantled their county counterpart squad from Jefferson Forest.

    The Lady Eagles could do no wrong, as all aspects of their game were hitting on all cylinders. A team that has allowed teams to linger and make games close looked more like a team that wanted to throttle the opposition.

    "We came out with a point to prove," said Eagle Head Coach Kim Jones. "We wanted to show we can be at the top."

  • Staunton River vs Forest looms...

    In what is shaping up to be one of the more critical games of the season, Staunton River will travel to Forest to take on the Lady Cavs this Friday evening.

    If not for Brookville, these two would be battling it out at the top for Seminole supremacy. However, until someone steps up to show otherwise, the Bees are clearly at the top of the heap. Brookville has already beaten Staunton River twice this season (only once in Seminole play, the other came in the Byrd tournament), while the Bees dispatched Forest just before the break.

  • Liberty boys nail Forest in...

    It appears that half a game of expertise is greater than a full game of hustle.

    Liberty finally got it into gear after the intermission and went on to beat county rival Jefferson Forest by as score of 61-47. The victory broke a string of two straight years in which the Minutemen lost at Forest.

    That streak appeared to have a good chance of being extended. Cav Todd tenPas hit two straight layups near the end of the first half to bring the Cavs within two points and the momentum seemed to be with Forest.

  • 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.