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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Local lads' roundball...

    Forest's Head Coach Paul Smith could not hide his disappointment following the Cavs' lackluster loss to visiting Appomattox. "We're beyond the point of earning moral victories," he said. "Merely hanging in there is not what we're here for."

    The Cavs looked unimpressive as they let the Raiders' Michael St. John take charge of the game and put up 23 points, nearly half of the Appomattox total in its 48-44 win.

    Ted Price scored nearly half the Forest points, as he pumped in 21 for the game. Brandon Harrison added 10 and Todd tenPas chipped in a pair.

  • Peaks run a smashing success

    Perfect weather, a challenging course and the Christmas spirit combined to make the YMCA's annual Peaks of Otter Classic the largest in its 28 year history. The event, which included 5K and 10K runs, along with fun runs for the younger harriers, drew 350 eager participants.

    The sun broke through an overcast sky on the crisp Saturday morning just in time to welcome Bedford's finest runners across the finish line.

  • Applied science

    A visit to Jeff Steele's classroom, is like a visit to another culture. There, one is exposed to formulae that rival the Rosetta Stone in their incomprehensibility. Equations analyzing rotational motion with constant angular accelerators are the norm.

    They make sense to Steele because he has worked with them most of his life. He is a trained nuclear engineer.

    Yet, Steele teaches calculus and physics courses at Liberty High School. He also serves as coach of the school's swim team and Minettes' soccer program.

  • County Wrestling Preview

    Staunton River Head Coach Ron Long has taken an audacious stand in his first year at the helm of the Eagles' wrestling program. "This is the year the streak will be broken," said Long in reference to Brookville's 37-year stranglehold on the Seminole District title. "I think we can take Brookville."

    While the Bees have come to epitomize wrestling excellence for this area, the Eagles should give them cause to check their rear view mirror. Staunton River brings back a lot of experience, enthusiasm and expertise with 10 of its 14 starters returning.

  • We're all winners here!

    "The nail that stands up is hammered down."

    -Traditional Japanese saying

    "My child is an honor student at XYZ Elementary School."

    -Traditional American bumper sticker

    There has been some discussion around the new format of the VHSL football playoffs. This is the first year in which Region III saw six entrants from Division 3 and six entrants from Division 4. In previous years, there had been four entrants from each division.

  • Rocco steps down at Staunton...

    Staunton River head football coach Dave Rocco resigned last week, following the Golden Eagles? 0-10 finish.

    ?He made it official just before Thanksgiving,? said Staunton River Athletic Director Ricky Falls. ?It was his decision. No one forced him out.? Falls also noted that Rocco did not resign his teaching position at the school.

    Rocco seemed at ease with his decision. ?I felt it was time to move on and give someone else a shot,? he said. ?It was a rough year.?