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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Sports commentary: Making the...

     

    Financial advisors will tell you that you need to have diversification in your investments.  Good ones will, anyway.

    The idea is that a mix of stocks, bonds, real estate, cash and gold will minimize risk while giving you a decent return.

    Life is the same way.  A wide mix of activities makes for a richer life.  In other words, don't put all of your eggs in one basket.

    Of course, a wide range of involvement can often result in timing conflicts.

  • Softball preview: Jefferson...

     

    Children inherit from their parents.

    Unless you're talking about Jefferson Forest softball.

    New Head Coach Jay Gray takes over a team which was crafted, in part, by his daughter.  Joanna Hardin, Gray's kiddo, coached the team until the 2012 season.  She then moved on to coach at McNeese State.

    Last year, Bob McCarthy took the helm, leading the Lady Cavs into the second round of regional play.  Gray was his assistant.

    Now, Hardin's pop will see what he can do as he takes the reins.

  • Softball preview: Liberty

     

    The Liberty ladies have much to anticipate.  

    True, the team graduated one of the finest pitchers to ever hurl the tater for the Minettes.

    Yes, the team graduated some fine leadership, as well.

    But, the Liberty crew is a skilled one; young, but with buckets of experience.

    In fact, the team should be poised to do well over the next couple of years.

    But the focus, of course, is on this upcoming season.  And, going in, the Lady Minutemen look solid.

  • Softball preview: Staunton River

     

    It's a new look for the Staunton River diamond ladies.

    New coach.  New conference.  Some new faces.

    Whether that all translates into a new finish in the Blue Ridge remains to be seen.

    In other words, there's a lot of unknown here.  But those unknowns will become clear as the season progresses, no doubt.

  • Baseball preview: Liberty

     

    On paper, the Liberty Minutemen don't shape up as the top dogs of the Seminole District.

    That assertion, however, means exactly zero in the central part of the County.  The Minutemen should be gritty and determined.  Throw in a good dose of solid pitching and aggressive hitting, and they should be positioned to give teams a run for their money.

    Whether that translates into a run for district (or conference) glory remains to be seen.

  • Cujo finishes up business

     

    It took nearly four years, but the business is finished.

    Done.  Kaput.  Finito.

    Scott  "Cujo" Sigmon boxed as well as he ever has since becoming a member of the fraternity of sweet scientists, in dispatching his brother boxer Jessie Nicklow.

    "I won every second of every round," said Cujo, who took the win when the fight was stopped with approximately 30 seconds remaining in the fight.

    The win improved Sigmon's record to 24-5, while dropping Nicklow to 24-4-3.