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Today's Sports

  • Sunday is no fun-day at the park

     

    It's a bit early in the year for football.

    But, it's not too early for football-like scores.

    Such was the case this past Sunday afternoon, when Big Island Post 217 fell to Lynchburg's Post 16 to the tune of 21-16.

    21-16?  That's a robust score when you're building it with touchdowns and the like.  But, in baseball? Oy!

  • Hitting the links for Luke

     

    Sometimes, you're dealt a lousy hand.

    Sometimes that bum deal comes at the most inopportune of times.

    Sometimes it comes in a form that is both stunning and mystifying.

    And when such misfortune strikes, it is in our human nature to lash out in anger or to wallow in introspective pity.

    Not Luke Arrington.

    The 18-year old native of Bedford County was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer of the blood.

  • Sports commentary: Cup-idity

     

    I hope none of you depend upon me when placing your wagers.

    If so, you'd have really been in trouble for any World Cup betting.

    In last week's column, I blithely selected Brazil to top the Netherlands in the finale.

    When you read that, you might have thought, "What a dummkopf!  Those two teams didn't even make the finals."

    You may have especially thought that if you are from Germany, the country that actually won the crown.

  • Sports Commentary: Third place?

     

    Well, this World Cup business will finally be settled this Sunday.  Even though this column isn't about the World Cup, per se, I'll still throw out a prediction.  It could be way off, however, since the semifinals haven't taken place yet as this paper goes to press.  Nevertheless, I'll boldly go with Brazil over Netherlands, the former seemingly the New York Yankees of FIFA, and the latter the Buffalo Bills (three title games, three losses).

  • Photo of the week: I miss mama!
  • JF places a bunch on All-Region...

     

    While the school year is long over, accolades continue to pour in for some of Bedford County's outstanding athletes.

    The 4A-North Region recently released its All-Region teams for the spring sports seasons.  A number of Jefferson Forest athletes figured prominently in the selections.

    The JF girls soccer team, which came within a hair's breadth of winning the State title, placed three players on the All-Region first team.  The boys soccer team landed a pair of players on the first team, as well.

  • Sports Commentary: Upside down

     

    Baseball is still called our national pastime: a pleasant diversion designed to while away the hours in a pleasant fashion.

    All sports should be so defined.

    Unfortunately, today the world of sports also plays a role that extends beyond providing mere entertainment.

    Sports have become part and parcel of how we define ourselves as a people.

  • Sports commentary: Pure pride

     

    It's a shame it had to end this way.

    My heart goes out to the Jefferson Forest girls' soccer team, just as it would have gone out to the Dominion squad had JF been the one to eke out the win.

    And by "eke," I mean a margin so slim it makes the Olson twins look portly.

    I'd like to write that the loss was heartbreaking.  In fact, my original headline on the story included that term.  But thinking back to the end of the match, as well as its immediate aftermath, the word seemed inappropriate.

  • New scoring mark at JF

    Let's face it:  Jefferson Forest soccer is a powerhouse.

    Indeed, the Cavs and Lady Cavs have been a major player in the state for a couple of decades.

    During that time, a number of magnificent players have donned the black and red.

    Guys like Jim and David Rochow, Adam Roscioli and Tim and Tyler Bullock.

    On the ladies' side, you have notables such luminaries as Chelsea Hayes, Brittany Gallagher and Laura Golon.

    But only one name can sit atop the list of most prolific scorers in Jefferson Forest soccer history.

  • Glass is tops in 4A-North, but...

     

     

    It's hard to top the Hilltoppers.

    In fact, it's downright impossible.

    E.C. Glass made mincemeat out of the rest of the 4A-North region, literally running away with championships in both the men's and women's sides of the house.

    Powered by nine national elite performances and nine first-place finishes, the Hilltoppers were nothing short of dominant.