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Today's Sports

  • No playoffs for Eagles

     

    There was nothing preordained about Staunton River's game with Alleghany.

    There was, however, knowledge aforehand that it would be the Eagles' final game of the season, a chance at a playoff shot having been trod into the turf at Rockbridge two weeks before.

    That evening, the Eagles fell to the Wildcats, 24-21, on a Rockbridge field goal which was made on the very last play of the game.

  • 24 enough for 24

     

     

    We're still working our way through what the VHSL's new structure means and how it works.  Do districts matter?  Who is in what conference?  Is yours a north, south, east or west school?

    Well, one thing remains true, no matter how you slice and dice the new setup:  The best team gets the top prize.

  • Sports commentary: Good sports

     

    The Word of the Day which popped up is "Dichotomy." 

    A dichotomy is a division of something into two mutually exclusive classifications.

    In this case, the dichotomy exists in my mind and it has to do with long-distance running.

    On the one hand, I've never been fond of that activity.  Whether it was during high school football or in the Army, the idea of running very far seemed senseless and cruel.

  • Cavs on the bubble

     

    Better make that a table for three.

    E.C. Glass Ben Martin likes to take his wife, Darlene, out for a dinner at their favorite Lynchburg restaurant after a Glass win.

    The coach might be wise to invite Donnie Morgan Jr. along for this week's treat.

    The junior quarterback was a one-man wrecking crew, as he led the 'Toppers to a 21-0 win over Jefferson Forest.

    The win, at City Stadium, resulted in a switcheroo of playoff postures going into the final week of the season.

  • Next up for JF: Glass

     

    This is not what the doctor ordered.

    For a team that's spending more time in the infirmary than on the practice field,  the last thing Jefferson Forest needs is a game called the "Black and Blue Bowl."

    But that's just what the Cavs will be involved in this Friday night, when they clash with Glass in the afore-mentioned B&B game.

    They'll be playing for a lot more than a trophy.

  • Next up for Liberty: Amherst

     

    Call it ticket-punch Friday.

    Two teams on different playoff bubbles will seek to make the post-season dance with a win.  When the dust settles, either 4A-North's Amherst or 3A-West's Liberty will have earned that right.

    The game, to be held at Minutemen Stadium, will feature two of the more puzzling teams in the Seminole District.

  • Next up for River: Lord Bot

     

    They sit at the top of the Blue Ridge.

    Unbeaten, they're ranked second in the 3A-West playoff standings.

    Teams they've topped this year include Amherst, Salem and Northside.

    They're yielding a bit less than eight points per ballgame.  

    They've scored more than 40 points in four of their eight wins.

    And the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers are heading to Staunton River this Friday evening.

    Just how good is this team?

    Darn good.

    Are they beatable?

  • Sports commentary: Series...

     

    "Do you want me to turn on the ballgame?"

    That query came underscored by the dulcet tones of the wife.  It came my way as I was poring over a crossword puzzle.  

    "No, thanks," I muttered.  "I'm not interested."

    "Some sports guy you are:  Not interested in the World Series!"

    She was correct.  I'm supposed to live, breathe and eat sports in this job.  Yet, despite my strong proclivity to do so, I had zero interest in the World Series.

  • Eagles fall in heartbreaker

     

    Conventional wisdom is only so good.

    For instance, conventional wisdom had it that Jefferson Forest would need to put up a lot of points if the Cavs hoped to top the explosive Red Devils.

    What conventional wisdom didn't count on, however, was that the Cavs would have to do so, absent one of the most productive offensive players in the Seminole District.

  • Minutemen fall short in upset...