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Today's Sports

  • 'Matt' of All Trades

    Matt Uselton, Liberty’s new head golf coach,  stepped into an unfamiliar role... or rather, sport, in June 2017. The English teacher has been coaching since the early 2000s, but is tackling the challenge of coaching his third different sport.

    Uselton’s athletic coaching career began at William Byrd in 2005 with boys varsity tennis. He also assisted with Byrd’s JV girls soccer team for a season. He then moved into Bedford County where he assisted Staunton River’s boys soccer team with former Liberty teacher, Kris McCoy.

  • 'Matt' of All Trades

    Matt Uselton, Liberty’s new head golf coach,  stepped into an unfamiliar role... or rather, sport, in June 2017. The English teacher has been coaching since the early 2000s, but is tackling the challenge of coaching his third different sport.

    Uselton’s athletic coaching career began at William Byrd in 2005 with boys varsity tennis. He also assisted with Byrd’s JV girls soccer team for a season. He then moved into Bedford County where he assisted Staunton River’s boys soccer team with former Liberty teacher, Kris McCoy.

  • Hoops-Kid inspires change

    For four weeks, Edmund Street Park was an oasis.

    That’s how MarTrey Stevens, one of Hoops-Kid three leaders, described the site of the newly revamped program that aims to teach youth participants important principles of life through basketball. 

    “Nothing else mattered to those kids on the basketball court,” said Stevens. "They don’t see color, they don’t see sex, they don’t see anything else. When we were at (Edmund Street Park), it was like our own little world... our perfect world of equality.”

  • Free Stroke Clinic aims to...

    Marty Ponder, JF’s head swim coach, launched his first Free Stroke Clinic on Aug. 2 at Miller Park in Lynchburg. The three-day clinic is a brainchild of Ponder, who was looking for ways to increase community interest in competitive swimming.

    “This is an idea I’ve had for awhile,” said Ponder. “My idea is to get more kids involved with competitive swimming throughout the area.”

  • Cavalier golf remains unstoppable

    Jefferson Forest’s golf team is off to a blazing start. The Cavaliers have rattled off three straight team wins, including five individual top-five finishers.

    The Cavs kicked off their season on Aug. 2 at the Spotswood Invitational hosted by Spotswood High at Lakeview GC in Harrisonburg, Va. The invitational hosted 15 teams, including JF.        

  • Extra Points: I survived my...

    What comes to your mind when you hear Airbnb?

    For me it’s: Potential death. Potential kidnapping. Horror stories used as plots in Criminal Minds episodes. PR nightmare. Allegedly doesn’t rent to minorities.

    Well, this past weekend I put my life at risk (yes, I’m dramatic) and stayed in my first Airbnb room. And although I am alive, it definitely was a unique experience to say the least.

  • Extra Points: 'Schooled...

    Small town life has rendered me a Netflix addict. And within my Netflix addiction, has developed a documentaries obsession.

    Since I’m a sports editor, my review will be about a sports documentary (non-sports documentary recommendation: The Imposter.) This past weekend, I struggled (you’ll see why) through Schooled: The Price of College Sports which is a documentary about why student-athletes should receive a salary.

    If I could rename this documentary I would call it: Schooled: When football players still find more to complain about.

  • Fike takes over as Eagles’ head...

    Scott Fike always had a knack for coaching, even when he was still actively competing in high school and college.

    “Coaching is always been something I’ve done and wanted to do... I don’t really know anything different” Fike said. “When I was at Bridgewater (College) wrestling, I was helping with Turner Abby High School. Even when I was in high school, I’d come in and help with the little kids and do some camps.”

  • Wahoowa! Agee commits to UVA

    Griffin Agee wasted no time committing to the University of Virginia (UVA), one of the nation’s powerhouse college baseball programs.

    The recruitment process between UVA and Agee, a rising junior from Jefferson Forest, was a swift but sweet courtship. UVA came to watch Agee, a left-handed pitcher, throw three times with his elite travel league, the EvoShield Canes, before inviting him for an on-campus visit.

    Agee made the trip to Charlottesville the afternoon of July 21, and made his commitment just hours later.

  • Minutemen Tackling Clinic...

    Liberty’s head football coach, Chris Watts, launched his first Minutemen Tackling Clinic  on July 24 at BSTC in order to promote the safety of the game.

    “We’ve done different types of camps before, but this is the first year we’ve done just a true tackling camp,” explained Watts. “I did this because of all the notoriety of concussions in football... I wanted to show people that it’s not as bad as everyone makes it sound. If you teach things right, and they practice the right techniques, it can be very safe.”