Today's Sports

  • Anger over March Madness--...

    Well, we've gotten through another "Selection Sunday" and, in a development that surprised absolutely nobody, there are folks who are unhappy with the output.

    There are really two classes of those that are mad over March Madness. The first group consists of those fans, coaches, administrators, alumni and straphangers of teams that were, in their minds, mis-seeded (is that a word?).

  • Girls' soccer preview--...

    Last season, the Staunton River Lady Eagles surprised the field as they took third place in the regular season and the runner-up spot in the District tournament. This season, they will have the chance to show that they belong with the cream of the Seminole or that last season was just a flash-in-the-pan.

    Head Coach Kenneth Young feels that the answer is the former. "We're going to be in every game," said Young. "We've got a good bunch of girls...I expect us to be better this year"

  • Girls' soccer preview--...

    The Liberty girls' soccer team looks to remove itself from an unaccustomed spot. Last year, for the first time since the team's inception, it finished out of the top three spots in the Seminole, supplanted by Staunton River.

    "It's a different district from just a few years ago," stated Minette Head Coach Jeff Steele. His team went 7-4-3 last year to garner fourth place.

  • Girls' soccer preview--...

    "Experience, experience, experience."

    So says Jefferson Forest Lady Cav Head Coach Stan Golon in describing this year's version of the team. A look over the roster validates the coach's assessment.

    For starters, Forest returns its front line of Brittany Gallagher, Cameron DeWitt and Taylor Duff. Not only did the trio lead the team in scoring last season, they also nailed 16 (of a total of 17) game winning goals for the squad. They do just what you want your forwards to do: they score and they score often.

  • Boys' soccer preview--...

    The old saying by Benjamin Franklin goes, "In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes."

    If the star of the $100 bill were still wandering this earth, he might amend that statement to include "And Jefferson Forest Seminole soccer championships."

    The Cavs looked poised to repeat as district champs this year, despite the graduation of a superb crew that included five players who are participating at the college level this year.

  • The great oudoors--BOSA show a...

    As is befitting the top county for deer hunting in the state, Bedford hosted a top-notch outdoor show this past weekend.

    The show, held at the National Guard Armory, was put on by the Bedford Outdoor Sportsmen's Association (BOSA) and attracted visitors from near and far, alike.

    David Looney, of BOSA treasurer, reported that the show had the biggest turnout of any of the previous events.

  • The Chinese weather machine--...

    I caught a small item in the sports pages of the Roanoke Times the other day. Instead of being buried in the bowels of the sports page, I feel it should have been front page news.

    In anticipation of playing host to the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Chinese government is claiming that it can control the weather. Reportedly, they are able to prevent rain when dry conditions are desired and create rain when wet conditions are preferred. This is no joke.

  • Baseball preview: Jefferson...

    Throughout last year's run into the Regional playoffs, Jefferson Forest had a simple formula in the pitching department: rotate starts between Jared Millner and Matt Hawkins and close those games with Brian Goddard.

  • Slammin' in Salem

    Bedford County's sizable contingent that headed to the state wrestling tournament returned with four medals for its efforts. The group's four seniors were the ones that brought home the hardware. The younger bucks came away with a learning experience that should benefit them as they progress in their careers.

    Jefferson Forest's Chris Bowyer led the way, taking second in the state at 189 pounds. Teammate Brandon Beemer fought his way back from a semifinal defeat to nab a third place at 215.

  • Softball preview: Staunton River

    The Staunton River softball team is positioned to build upon the notable success that it achieved last season. However, the team is still in the "getting to know you" stage of the season, with five of the players just recently joining following post-season hoops play.

    "Right now, we don't have a lot of clarity," said Head Coach Hoyt Dellis. "We've only had ballplayers for three practices and a scrimmage. Plus, the weather has been uncooperative."

    Even with the lack of time to gauge the proficiency of his players, Staunton River should be in a pretty good state.