Today's Sports

  • Softball preview: Liberty

    The Liberty Minettes start the season with enough pieces of the puzzle already in place that they have to be considered among the favorites for the Seminole softball crown. "Our goal is to win the District," said Head Coach Sherry Storey. "But nobody's going to hand us anything. We have to work hard."

    The Minettes' hard work paid off last year when they won the District tournament. The many returning players are hungry for more.

  • Softball preview: JF

    At the end of last season, Seminole District champion and Region runner-up Jefferson Forest only saw three of its players graduate. However, the departing trio consisted of shortstop Jo Jo Arthur, centerfielder Shonna Bryant and pitcher Holly Hargraves.

    Arthur and Bryant were All-District first teamers (Bryant was District player of the year) and Hargraves pitched the vast majority of innings for Forest.

    In addition to the graduates, the team saw the loss of four other players from last year's team that will not play this season, due to a variety of reasons.

  • Baseball preview: Staunton River

    "When you're 4-16 (the previous year), you need to get better on all aspects of your game."

    So stated Brian Divers when asked about the prospects for this season's version of the Staunton River baseballers.

    Last year's young squad took its lumps en route to the basement of the Seminole District. This year, most of the faces from that team return, a bit older and, it is assumed, a bit wiser.

  • Baseball preview: Liberty

    Got pitching?

    An absence of arms looks to be the big stinkin' rhino in the living room for the Liberty baseball squad. Having lost ace starters DJ Turpin and Matt Morgan as well as spot starter set/up man Derek Johnson to graduation, the Minutemen find themselves with a serious pitching shortage.

    While Head Coach Stewart Grant hasn't taken to posting want ads to fill his staff, he might want to consider that tact. "I'm desperate for pitching," said Grant. "I've seen a lot of kids that want to throw. I don't know how many can pitch, though."

  • Late Bloomer

    Most of us realize our athletic primes during our high school days. Others blossom during their college years or during their twenties. A few of us hit a peak in our thirties.

    Bill Kesler waited until he was in his nineties before becoming the big man on campus.

    Kesler, a 98 year old resident of the National Elks Home, astounded his peers last week when he rolled five straight strikes in competition at the AMF Lynchburg Lanes.

    The ?Five Bagger? helped push Kesler to a one-game score of 184.

  • Outdoor show at Armory

    Experienced outdoorsmen and youthful novices alike will have an opportunity to be exposed to a wide array of woodsy-related events, demonstrations and goods this very weekend.

    The tenth annual Outdoor Show will be hosted by the Bedford Outdoor Sportsman Association (BOSA) on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, a favorite of sportsmen of all stripes, will be held at the Bedford Bedford Armory on East Main Street.

  • Hurt, Bell are state track champs

    While no team came close to winning a title, there were enough standout performances by local athletes at the state meet this past weekend to cause rejoicing.

    Liberty?s Kenara Hurt and Staunton River?s James Bell won it all at state. Hurt blistered a 41.26 in the 300 meter dash, while Bell went 14? 4? for top honors in the pole vault. The two gold medals doubled last year?s county haul (Forest?s 4 X 800 relay took first in 2007).

  • Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!--...


    The gym at Jefferson Forest High School was transformed into the set of the Jerry Springer Show during the Seminole District girls? basketball championship game.

    To revisit, with two and a half minutes remaining, Brookville led Staunton River, 60-41. A Brookville player was attempting to catch a pass. One of the Staunton River players attempted to intercept the pass. The Brookville girl went to the floor, having been hit in the eye by the Staunton River player?s head.

  • Regional MapQuest--Lady Eagles...

    Need directions? Just ask Staunton River, who holds the road-map to success.

    Route 24 rival William Byrd succumbed to the Lady Eagles? tenacious defense, 53-37, for the fourth time this year. ?It is a great rivalry between these two schools. It is competitive in a good nature,? William Byrd coach Fran Recchia said.

    Staunton River?s victory propelled them to the Region III Quarterfinals vs. Turner Ashby on Tuesday night. ?Our goal was to make it further than we did last year, and we did. The girls are very excited,? Staunton River coach Kim Jones said.

  • Regional split

    Liberty?s Minutemen survived the first round of the playoff winnowing process, as they beat Stuarts Draft 63-57 in front of a moderate-sized home crowd.

    In typical Liberty fashion, the Minutemen ensured none of that crowd departed early, as they allowed the third-seeded (of the Southern Valley District) Cougars to stick around to the very end.