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Today's Sports

  • Minutemen turn on jets, top...

     

    That's the way, lads!

    Liberty showed itself to be the kind of football team its fans so want it to be in a systematic, 48-7 dismantling of visiting Buckingham County.

    In the Knights, the Minutemen faced a team that was bigger and faster than they.  Yet, the lads of Bedford showed that discipline, execution and grit can overcome such a physical disadvantage.

    "We needed that one," Liberty Head Coach Chris Watts said afterward.  "We finished things off, unlike earlier [in the season]."

  • Bedford County: Girls rule!

     

    Along with the Peaks of Otter, the National D-Day Memorial and Poplar Forest, Bedford County showed that it has something else its neighbors lack:  a bounty of cross country talent.

    At least on the girls' side of the house.

  • Sports commentary: Football fun

     

    E.C. Glass has a couple of neat football traditions.

    Last weekend, the Hilltoppers played Heritage.  At stake was a trophy jug.

    When the team plays Jefferson Forest, it is in the Black and Blue Bowl, with a beat up medical kit as the trophy.  Aside from being a nod to the physical nature of this particular game, the name also carries the two schools' principal colors:  black and blue.

  • Cav linksmen go for gold

     

    There's no superstar.

    But the results have been stellar.

    Jefferson Forest's golf team continued its impressive march by winning the 4A-North region last week.

    Not only did the victory make the Cavs the first-ever champions of the newly created 4A-North, it put them in the running for a 4A State championship, along with four other teams.

  • Shorthanded Cavs fall to Amherst

     

    The old wisdom is that you don't bring a knife to a gunfight.

    Heck, Jefferson Forest barely brought a knife to its rumble with Amherst.

    It was a toxic stew at Lancer Stadium.  The Cavs went up against a team that has fairly well owned them over the past decade.

    Additionally, the Lancers are a young but highly talented bunch which is starting to put things together.

    Finally, the Cavs were without the services of some of their key players.  

    It all added up to a 49-28 loss.

  • Sports commentary: The...

     

    As my old friend Barry White used to croon, "Too much of anything isn't good for you, baby."

    OK.  Barry White and I were not friends.  The late, great baritone, in fact, had no idea of my existence.

    But the line from Barry White's classic, "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe," rings true enough.

    At least it does when it comes to sports.

  • River rolls over Fleming, 37-27

     

    Inspiring.

    It was rec league football and cheerleading night when Staunton River hosted William Fleming last Friday.  It was also middle school band night.

    With all of those aspiring Eagles on hand, it was up to the guys on the field to give the younger set something to which to aspire.

    They came through in a big way.

    The list of those wanting to be a part of Staunton River Friday nights in the future got a bit longer, as the big guys tended to William Fleming.

  • More Billy ball for Staunton...

     

    It will be a night of firsts.

    Staunton River will play William Fleming for the first time in memory, hosting the Colonels this Friday evening.

    But the big first will be when whoever wins the game claims its first victory in district play.

    Should Fleming win, it will be the team's first Blue Ridge win since November 10, 2006.  Actually, that win, over Alleghany, was Fleming's last Blue Ridge game prior to  it joining the Western Valley District for a six-year run.

  • Lady Cav harriers on a roll

     

    Don't yet pencil them in for a State championship.

    But, at the same time, it might be wise to keep an eye on this crew.

    The group in question is the Jefferson Forest girls cross country team.  The team's latest accomplishment was to romp its way to claiming top prize at Roanoke's Metro Championship last Wednesday, at Green Hill Park.

    Sure, it's not shocking that the Lady Cavs won a race, even one with 15 teams in it.

  • Liberty falls to Glassmen

     

    It could have been theirs.

    It should have been theirs.

    But in the end, it went to Glass.

    Liberty overcame the loss of its offensive leader only to be undone by defensive lapses, falling to E.C. Glass to the tune of 35-26.

    The defeat, at Lynchburg's City Stadium, leaves the Minutemen with a mark of 4-2 and drops them to 12th in the 3A-West rankings, putting the team's hopes of a home playoff opener in jeopardy.

    Its two district losses make winning a share of the Seminole that much more difficult.