Today's Sports

  • Football and drugs--commentary

    As nearly all of you know, in Amherst County, the star quarterback of the football team (state player of the year, in fact) was busted for dealing drugs in his school.

    Last week, Virginia Tech pulled its offer of a full football scholarship. The young man still faces felony charges.

    In discussing the incident with area teachers, coaches, students and fans, the same things are said over and over: How stupid. What was he thinking? What a wasted opportunity.

    The purpose of this column isn?t to pile on.

  • Tracksters off to States

    Staunton River?s Sarah Witt and James Bell made the trip back from the Region III championship track meet at Liberty University with Bedford County?s only individual championships in hand.

    Witt was stellar in taking top honors in both the 100 and 300 hurdles. Bell took up where he left off the indoor season, winning the pole vault. This time, the competition, in the form of Josh Drablos of Forest was a little stiffer. Bell?s 14? 03 vault edged Drablos by 3 inches.

  • Forest soccer teams sweep to...

    All those that paid the five dollar admission fee to the boys? and girls? Seminole District soccer tournament championship doubleheader got their money?s worth, and then some.

    Both matches went into overtime, with host Forest coming out on top in each. The tournament trophies that the Cavs and Lady Cavs earned became matched sets with the regular season championship hardware they were also awarded.

    Gals put on a show

    A classic.

  • Cavs take Seminole baseball...

    Some pundits claim that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.

    Well, count the Jefferson Forest baseball team among the more sane.

    The team relied, yet again, on its tried and true formula of young pitching, backed by veteran defense and supplemented by help from all parts of the batting order.

  • Minettes, Lady Cavs advance to...

    As far as Staunton River was concerned, Liberty could not have chosen a worse time to right its ship.

    The Minette bats came to life, supporting pitcher Brooke Davis?s fine outing. As a result, the visiting Eagles saw their season come to an end, 8-1.

    The Minettes returned to earlier season form, looking more like the team that won nine straight to open the season than the squad that hit a rough patch, finishing fourth in the District.

  • Liberty and SR make it three...

    Tonight (Wednesday) will be Bedford County night, as the three local girls? soccer teams are joined by Heritage at the District semifinals in Forest.

    Girls? soccer is the only sport in which all three county teams advanced to the semis (as well as to Regional play).

    Liberty punched its tick by beating up on Rustburg, a team notable for its winless season as well as a grittiness and gutsiness. The final score was 7-0 in favor of the Minettes.

    Staunton River took care of an overmatched, but noble Amherst team, eliminating the Lancers by the score of 2-0.

  • Liberty booters solve Staunton...

    Staunton River had its greatest regular season success against Liberty, going 1-0-1 against the Minutemen.

    Liberty had a sluggish attack all season, failing to score more than two goals in a game.

    So, of course, Liberty beat the Eagles 3-1. The win pushed the Minutemen into the District semifinals, where they will play homestanding Jefferson Forest (Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.). Additionally, the victory assured Liberty of a berth in the Regional tournament starting next week.

    Liberty earned that win by effectively countering Staunton River?s speed.

  • Forest takes three titles

    While the rest of the Seminole District was slugging it out on Monday, three Jefferson Forest teams were catching a break while staying above the fray. The Forest baseball and both soccer teams stayed home, a nice benefit of their regular season championships.

    Since the departure of Appomattox, the Seminole District has seven teams. Therefore, the District champ in each sport gets a bye for the first round of the tournament.

  • NASCAR and pump pain--commentary

    Having thought I?ve lived a pretty fulfilled life, I had a new experience the other day: Paying fifty dollars for a tank of gas. Now, I don?t get my hands on too many of those $50 bills, featuring U.S. Grant, so parting with one for what used to cost me an Andrew Jackson was a bit startling.

  • Liberty, River diamondmen fall

    One baseball game was a pitcher?s paradise. The other was a batter?s bonanza. Both ended in defeat for county teams.

    Liberty hosted, and was topped, 1-0 by Amherst while Staunton River visited, and was beaten, by Heritage 9-8.

    The Minutemen and the Eagles have the rest of the year to reflect on the games, as the losses eliminated them from further tournament play. Top-seeded Jefferson Forest is the only local team still in the running.