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Today's Sports

  • Golden Eagle men give rude...

     

    The Staunton River men played the roles of rude hosts to their guests from the northern part of Route 122.

    The Eagle diamondmen topped Liberty, 6-1, as their soccer counterparts were tending to the Minutemen, 2-1.

     

    River baseball rocks

    The Golden Eagle nine improved to 4-0 with the win over Liberty.

  • Sports commentary: What a (b)...

     

    Well, my bracket is already marred.

    But, then again, it's highly likely that yours is, too.

    It has been proven, fairly conclusively, that nobody will ever have a perfect bracket.  The odds of doing so are something along the lines of 9.2 quintillion to one.

    I don't know what a quintillion is, exactly.  I do know it's larger than a quadrillion, which is bigger, still, than a trillion.  So, it's big.

  • Minutemen exorcise Red Devils...

     

    They struck early.  Then, they made it stick.

    The Liberty boys soccer team started its season-opening game with Rustburg as if had been waiting to explode.

    That's just what the Minutemen did, posting a pair of goals shortly after the match's opening whistle.  Those two goals, plus a second half insurance tally, were all the scoring the Minutemen needed in nabbing the 3-0 win on their own turf.

  • Liberty soccer lasses start...

     

     

    Perhaps a mystery has been solved.

    One of the things that has been confounding about the Liberty girls soccer team has been its inability to post large-margin victories at Rustburg.

    Liberty always seems to get the win, but scores of 2-0 or 1-0 have been the norm.  Blame it on the Red Devil field's crown.  Blame it on the turf's drainage.

  • JF softballers top River in a...

     

    Talk about a 180!

    A game that had been tepid and mundane became a heated, gut-wrenching affair in the seventh inning.

    When the dust finally settled on the chilly field at Staunton River, it was Jefferson Forest which prevailed over the host Golden Eagles, 7-6.

    The game appeared to belong to the Eagles, until the last inning that is.

    Shortstop Madison Meador scored the game's first run in the fifth inning before driving home Kyndall Witt and Rachel Madelle.

  • Small ball Rivermen top JF

     

    Is there a better birthday present than a win over Jefferson Forest?

    It is if your the head coach of cross-county rival Staunton River.

    That's just what Brian Divers' Golden Eagles served up for the birthday boy on Monday evening, though the official date was one day later.

    The win propelled Staunton River to a mark of 2-0 in the early going, including Saturday's 12-3 win over Heritage.

  • Sports commentary: Warnings and...

     

    Lately, I've learned not to let the tank run low on a certain car.  You'll not hear the end of it.

    For the past couple of weeks, I've been driving a rental car.  It's a late-model Nissan Altima.

    It's not a bad car, as far as rentals go.  It certainly will never, ever let me run out of gas.  That's because it has at least four different ways of letting me know when it is low on petrol, including the traditional gas gauge as well as audio and visual alerts.

  • Staunton River Boys soccer...

     

    The good news for Staunton River's boys soccer team is that it has ample opportunity to improve.

    The bad news is that it will have to do so in the rugged Blue Ridge District/Conference 31.

    The Eagles won only two contests last season, with none of those victories taking place in district play.

    This year, the team takes to the pitch with a new head coach and a positive attitude, as well as a desire to engage in a high level of physical play.

    But, how will that translate in terms of play?

  • Liberty boys soccer preview

     

    You read it here first:  The Liberty boys soccer team has a reasonable shot to finish in first place this season.

    That statement is predicated on two factors.  First, we're discussing Conference 30, as opposed to the Seminole District.  The conference, created as part of the VHSL's new playoff structure, includes Brookville, Heritage, Rustburg and Tunstall, as well as the Minutemen.  Those are all decent, but not dominant teams.

    Second, Liberty will send some pretty darn good players onto the pitch this year.

  • JF Boys soccer preview

     

    It's time to get working on another streak.

    Last year, the Jefferson Forest boys soccer program saw its  streak of consecutive Seminole District regular-season championships stopped at 21.

    The stopper came in the form of E.C. Glass.  Now the Cavs would like nothing better than to end the Hilltoppers' Seminole title streak at a mere one.