Today's Sports

  • Minutemen lock down #3 playoff...

    The weatherman predicted rain all evening, but the deluge never came.

    At least not from the skies.

    Instead, Liberty hit on nearly all cylinders in topping Rustburg 41-26.

    The win assured the Minutemen of a third-place seed in the VHSL Div. 3 playoffs, along with the home game opener that comes with that seeding.

    The loss killed any playoff hopes that the Red Devils may have been harboring.

  • Friday night frights!

    When Liberty and Forest, each with overall records of 6-3, square off at Minutemen Stadium in the regular season finale there will be much more at stake than there has been in recent years.

    The Friday night (7:30) tilt carries County bragging rights, of course. Since both teams defeated Staunton River earlier in the season, the winner of this game will be crowned as kings o’ the County.

    Also, the teams are tied at 3-2 in District play. The winner of this game will take third place in the Seminole.

  • Cavs squeak by Rusties

    Jefferson Forest roared out to a commanding lead, watched Rustburg exploit a couple of opportunities, then relied on the vaunted Cav defense to close out the Red Devils.

    The 20-14 win had everyone on the Forest side breathing a sigh of relief.

    “A win’s a win,” said Cav Head Coach Don Rice immediately following the tilt. “I told the seniors not to make this their last home game.”

    A loss would have virtually assured that the Cavs would finish in the lower tier of playoff teams (if at all) in Division 4.

  • Commentary: Short rants

    By now, you’ve heard all the whining about how this World Series is the Clash of the Midgets. Or how it is a World Series between JV teams.

    Yes, both teams have known futility

    The Phillies were the first team in the majors to suffer 10,000 defeats.

    Tampa Bay has never had a winning season until this year.

    So, I agree, historically, both teams are bad.

    But, we’re not talking history here. We’re talking today.

    Once the Cubs (sob) and the Angels were knocked out, there was no clearly better team left in the running.

  • Staunton River looks to Amherst...

    The U.S. consumer has recently been hit by the double whammy of high gas prices and shrinking home values.

    General Motors has recently been nailed by drooping sales and a nose-diving stock price.

    And the Staunton River football Eagles face the double-whammy of Brookville and Amherst.

    The Bees, the top team in Region III, Division 3, handled the Eagles easily this past Friday, 35-7.

    The Lancers, the top team in Region III, Division 4, will host the Eagles this Friday on their turf.

  • Cavs go up against Bassett

    The question that is top-of-mind for all Jeff Forest fans: Which Bassett team will show up when the Bengals entertain the Cavs this Friday evening?

    In fairness, the Bassett fans are probably asking the same thing about Forest.

    With a ton riding on this game, the presumption is that both teams will show up at their best.

    For the Cavs, the stakes are enormous. At this late date in the season, the Division 4 playoff picture is unclear other than Amherst being a lock for the top seed.

  • Liberty heads to Rustburg

    The Minutemen have a chance to get healthy this Friday night. Their game against Rustburg, however, might not be as cathartic as was anticipated when the schedules were first set.

    The Red Devils have been playing inspired football since their shaky start.

    As a consequence, they find themselves well in the hunt for an invitation to the Division 3 playoffs.

    While the Minutemen have prevailed in seven of the previous eight meetings between the teams, the last couple of years have provided nailbiters.

  • Friday Football: JF, SR will...

    Due to inclement weather, Liberty's game with Amherst will be moved to Saturday, 6:00 p.m.

    Rustburg at Jefferson Forest and Brookville at Staunton River will take place as scheduled this evening.

    The field at Minutemen Stadium was filled with standing water, presenting a risk to injury.

    Jefferson Forest will still conduct Senior Night festivities, per the original schedule, starting at 7:00.

    Staunton River and Brookville will kick off at 7:30.

  • Commentary: Teammates

    I don’t often get to write a lot of positive things about the Staunton River football team. Sometimes, to do so is challenging.

    The squad is in the midst of (yet another) down season, standing at 0-7 overall.

    Last year, the Golden Eagles went 0-10.

    The team is in the midst of a 22-game winless streak.

    First year head coach Rick Witt has a long road to hike with his charges in order to turn things around.

    Yet, there’s a story that goes to the heart of what they’re trying to do in Moneta.

  • Heritage trounces River

    The Heritage Pioneers have a proud football lineage, although they are experiencing a down year.

    The Staunton River Golden Eagles don’t have nearly the pedigree of their Lynchburg-based counterparts. On top of that, the Eagles are suffering through a dismal season.

    For Staunton River, things took a turn for the worse as Heritage piled on the points in the second half, turning a 14-3 intermission score into a 40-3 rout.

    The game’s opening seemed to point to a wild one.