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Today's Sports

  • You-know-where freezes over

     

    There's a new king of the Seminole mats.  And he wears a black and red singlet.

    Jefferson Forest romped its way to its first Seminole District title in who knows how many years.  No one seems to know, because Brookville has owned the crown for the past 44 years.

    That all changed on Saturday.  In wrestling at Brookville's Hive, it was the Cavs who reigned supreme.

  • Minutemen sting; Minettes stung

     

    The Liberty basketball teams reached the same fork in the road.  Said fork was at the corner of Brookville Boulevard and Seminole Street.

    The guys went one way; the ladies went the other.

    As in Minutemen 57, Brookville 47 and Bees 61, Minettes 41.

    Combined with both teams picking up wins over Amherst and the Minettes falling to Heritage, we get the current situation:  The Liberty guys are still in the hunt for at least a piece of the Seminole District title.  The Minettes are now playing for second place.

  • Scintillating scholars

     

    They don't run plays.  Their is no ball involved.  They barely break a sweat, though they exert themselves quite a bit.

    They are Jefferson Forest's Scholastic Bowl team.  And from the uniforms they wear to the camaraderie they share, the crew is every bit a team.

    And their activity is one that falls under the auspices of the VHSL, just as basketball, football and softball do.

  • Sports commentary: A short...

     

    In honor of the Staunton River boys basketball team, I'll keep this column short.

    You're probably thinking two things:  "Thank goodness!" and "What does the Staunton River boys basketball team have to do with you being merciful to us poor readers?"

    Glad I had you thinking that (even if you weren't).

    There's no way to avoid a direct answer here.  The brevity of this column is reflective of the shortness of that particular team.

  • Girls hoops roundup

     

    Radford University knew what they were getting when they invited Jefferson Forest's Amber Evans to walk onto the team next year.

    The Highlanders knew they were getting a tall player with a nose for the hoop as well as a soft outside shooting touch complemented by fine ball-handling skills.

    What they likely were not attuned to, however, is the senior's toughness.

    That was on display big time during Jefferson Forest's 51-47 loss to Heritage.

  • Minettes take care of county...

     

    All they do is win.

    They may not do so in pretty fashion.  Nor do they necessarily do so in a dominant way.

    But the wins keep piling up for the Liberty girls basketball team.  And that's what counts.

    The Minettes took care of a pair of county rivals as their latest victims.  A team that once (and not too long ago) took its poundings at the hands of its county foes is now the cream of the county.

     

    Liberty 48, Jeff Forest 39

  • Sports commentary: True North

     

    When it's nine degrees outside, one's mind wanders to odd places.  In my case, it was Germany, New Jersey and Qatar.

    I started writing this column last week, during our vicious cold snap.  That's right:  I never stop working for you, the loyal reader.

  • Byrds soar over Eagles

     

    Staunton River was at a disadvantage from the start.

    When the Eagles hosted William Byrd in boys hoops last Friday night, River Head Coach Brandon Harris dutifully sent his starting five onto the court.

    The tallest stands five foot eight inches tall.  Every starting Terrier is taller than that mark.

    In what may have been the least contested opening jump ball in county history, Byrd's 6'4" Koty Collier squared off with River's 5'8" Jordan Mattox.

  • Sports commentary: By any other...

     

    "The king is dead.  Long live the king!"

    That's what people in nations ruled by royalty are purported to exclaim when a sovereign passes away, only to be succeeded by his son/brother/nephew.

    The declaration could be adapted for college football:

    "The BCS is dead.  Long live the BCS."

    Monday night marked the expiration of the much-derided Bowl Championship Series.  We've been told the system will be replaced by a much better one.

  • Wrestlemania

     

    Liberty Christian Academy's turn-of-the-year wrestling tournament is rapidly gaining a reputation for excellence.

    So are the Bedford County grapplers who participate in it.

    All three local teams finished in the top half of the scoring, with Jefferson Forest and Staunton River logging in top-five performances.  Liberty wound up 13th in a 26-team field.

    Here's how the teams fared:

    1.  Poquoson           242.5