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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • River 'rasslers rumble

    Staunton River played the role of rude holiday host, smacking down all who had come over the river and through the woods to the River Rumble wrestling tournament.

    Seemingly every Golden Eagle came to wrestle as Staunton River swept its bracket with wins over Radford (66-12), James River (67-12) and E.C. Glass (50-27). That sweep put the Eagles into the championship round against Hidden Valley, which Staunton River dispatched by a score of 57-24.

  • Minutemen deck the halls with...

    There was startlingly little Christmas goodwill between the Liberty and Staunton River basketball squads as they faced off in their Seminole District Openers on the Minutemen hardwood. Liberty took the best of this donnybrook, 80-55, in a game who's outcome was never really in doubt, but was a wild one nonetheless.

  • Lady Eagles, Lady Cavs flying...

    Lady Cavs at full throttle

    The Jefferson Forest girls have to be given due consideration by the rest of the Seminole District and anyone else who takes a look at their brilliant start to the season. Of course, the big tests for the Lady Cavs are coming up shortly. But, for now, they look as good as anybody out there.

  • Eagles earn third at Toughman...

    Both Staunton River and Jefferson Forest put themselves to the test, heading to Hidden Valley for the Titan Toughman Tournament. The Golden Eagles (172.5) came away with a third place finish, behind Region IV powerhouse Blacksburg (230.5) and fellow Region III squad Northside (220).

    Forest took eighth place, in the field of 16 teams, with 109.5 points .

    Staunton River was led by 135 pound champion Jeremy Tyree, who took the final with an 8-3 decision. Two of Tyree's wins came against very tough competition. Tyree has but one loss so far this season.

  • We the living--commentary

    Congratulations to UVa's Chris Long on a tremendous season. He is now reaping the hardware that he has earned through his fine play for the Cavaliers.

    Most recently, Long was awarded the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top collegiate defensive end. The Ted Hendricks Award? A quick check informed me that Ted "The Stork" Hendricks is alive and well. And yet, there is an award named after him.

  • Tournament time for wrestling...

    It was tournament-time this past weekend, and all three county wrestling squads were in action. Staunton River made the long journey to Winston-Salem, NC, for the Parkland Duals. Liberty and Jefferson Forest had shorter jaunts, as they both grappled in the Rustburg Invitational.

    Eagles fly south

  • Commentary: A bad person,...

    So, this is the rehabilitation of an image?

    Michael Vick?s cherubic mug once again grabbed our collective attention, as sentencing was imposed for his heinous crimes.

    The former quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons only stepped up to his responsibilities when he was cornered like, well like a dog. After his pals turned on him and when faced with overwhelming evidence, the man finally copped a guilty plea. Vick then proceeded to smoke marijuana while out on bail.

  • Girls' B-ball teams like...

    For Goldilocks, the porridge at the Three Bears' house was either too hot, too cold or just right.

    Similarly, for area girls' hoops teams, their starts have been either very hot, very cold or very tepid.

    Forest, so far, has the hot hand, reeling off victories in their first four games. The Liberty Minettes have been the cold team, with nary a win to their credit, yet. Staunton River is off to a lukewarm start, splitting its first two games.