Today's Sports

  • Commentary - Super Bowl party...

    In my XLVII years on this planet, I've been invited to (and asked to leave) many Super Bowl parties. I feel I've developed a sense of what kind of people you might encounter at such fests. Therefore, if you're hosting a Super Bowl party, you might want to keep these guidelines in mind when crafting your invitation list.

    The fan: Only interested in the game. Wants to make conversation during the commercials and halftime show.

    The anti-fan. Only interested in the commercials and halftime show. Wants to make conversation during the game.

  • Crunch time for gals

    All three county teams enter this week with a lot on the line: Staunton River aims at unseating Brookville; Forest looks to snag the final home seed from Rustburg; and Liberty wants to avoid finishing in the basement by keeping Amherst there.

    All three squads are on the road. Staunton River faces the Bees for the third time, having lost in the Byrd Invitational and at home in the regular season. While Brittany Campbell has been a thorn in the Eagle side, it has been Joyous Tharrington that has provided the stake in the heart in those two losses. Neutralizing her will be key.

  • Minutemen run with big dogs

    Liberty leveraged its size, agility and quickness in completing a regular season sweep over Staunton River. This time, the visiting Minutemen won 71-48.

    The Minutemen are only a victory over Forest away from taking the informal county crown.

    Golden Eagle senior Mike Lynch put on a fine shooting display, nailing six three-pointers in leading all scorers with 18 points. Liberty's Martrey Stevens nearly matched Lynch as he hit three treys in picking up 17 points.

  • Forest pesters Bees before...

    The law of averages finally caught up with the lads from Forest.

    Playing Brookville on even terms throughout the first quarters of their matchup, the Cavs developed a collective cold shooting hand in the fourth stanza and fell to the Bees by the score of 48-33.

    "On this night (Brookville) was too much," said Cav Head Coach Paul Smith. "It was a matter of them playing well, not us playing poorly."

  • Commentary - Natives and C'...

    I write this as a C'mere.

    There are two kinds of people in our area: Those that were born here and those that located here from elsewhere. In Richmond, all transplants were known as "C'meres," a contraction of "Came here," as opposed to "born here." (And, no, those folks are not known as "B'rneres." They are just plain Richmonders.)

    I haven't heard the C'mere term used here. However, for the sake of simplicity, I'd like to use it in pointing out the differences between locals and transplants when it comes to sports.

  • Dix leads way for Lady Cavs over...

    It was Mandy Dix's night as Jefferson Forest easily handled Liberty on the Minettes home court a week ago, Tuesday. Dix played her heart out and Liberty was unable to answer her slashing drives in the middle.

    Dix made Liberty pay for her aggressive play. Seemingly every time Dix drove the paint, it resulted in either a layup or a foul. Throughout the third quarter, and into the fourth, she hit nine straight free throws, two layups and a turnaround, quick jumper, turning a nine point halftime lead into an insurmountable 20 point gap.

  • Lady Eagles soar above County

    Jefferson Forest picked the wrong night to host the Golden Eagles.

    The Staunton River girls' basketball team came out with a vengeance and systematically dismantled their county counterpart squad from Jefferson Forest.

    The Lady Eagles could do no wrong, as all aspects of their game were hitting on all cylinders. A team that has allowed teams to linger and make games close looked more like a team that wanted to throttle the opposition.

    "We came out with a point to prove," said Eagle Head Coach Kim Jones. "We wanted to show we can be at the top."

  • Staunton River vs Forest looms...

    In what is shaping up to be one of the more critical games of the season, Staunton River will travel to Forest to take on the Lady Cavs this Friday evening.

    If not for Brookville, these two would be battling it out at the top for Seminole supremacy. However, until someone steps up to show otherwise, the Bees are clearly at the top of the heap. Brookville has already beaten Staunton River twice this season (only once in Seminole play, the other came in the Byrd tournament), while the Bees dispatched Forest just before the break.

  • Liberty boys nail Forest in...

    It appears that half a game of expertise is greater than a full game of hustle.

    Liberty finally got it into gear after the intermission and went on to beat county rival Jefferson Forest by as score of 61-47. The victory broke a string of two straight years in which the Minutemen lost at Forest.

    That streak appeared to have a good chance of being extended. Cav Todd tenPas hit two straight layups near the end of the first half to bring the Cavs within two points and the momentum seemed to be with Forest.

  • Staunton River boys fall to...

    Amherst Head Coach Eddie Carter was facing a very long year. It took a trip to his old stomping ground to give him a boost.

    Carter, who the long-time former hoops coach at Staunton River, led his Lancers to their first Seminole District win of the season, topping the Eagles by the score of 58-49.

    However, it was a hard-fought victory. "That's the hardest win I've gotten in my lifetime," said Carter, who coached the Eagles throughout most of the 1990s.