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Today's Sports

  • Commentary: Curses, I'm a...

    Barring a major meltdown, it appears that the Chicago Cubs are on their way to the playoffs and another shot at a World Series title. And another shot at breaking the hearts of Cubs fans everywhere.

    When discussing the team’s 100-year run of futility, there’s usually a reference to the contribution of the Curse of the Billy Goat.

    This curse is Chicago’s version of the Curse of the Bambino, which plagued the Red Sox for many years,

    The BoSox jinx came about because the team sold Babe Ruth to the hated New York Yankees.

  • Liberty D-vine in Magna Vista win

    A voter registration booth was open for business outside the gate of the Magna Vista-Liberty football game last Friday.

    Meanwhile, a pair of urchins had drawn up a game poster touting “Boo for president,” despite the fact that Carlton “Boo” Payne is many years shy of eligibility for that office.

    Into this celebration of democracy stepped the Liberty defense, which keyed a landslide victory, 34-7, over the visiting Warriors.

  • Minutemen travel to dangerous...

    The Minutemen travel to inhospitable Blacksburg this Friday evening in what should be their toughest challenge of the young season.

    Last year, the Bruins dominated homestanding Liberty, 35-6. In that contest, the thinness of the Liberty lineup was revealed when middle linebacker Jon Langhorne’s shoulder injury seriously weakened the Minutemen defense.

    Additionally, Liberty failed to capitalize on the opportunities it was presented.

  • Forest, Glass prepare to get...

    During the last two seasons, E.C. Glass has managed to cause more damage to JF’s playoff aspirations than any other team.

    Two years ago, the Hilltopper defense did just enough to frustrate the Cavs, in winning 14-8.

    Last year, Glass cooled down Forest’s hot start to the season, handing the mistake-prone Cavs a 23-17 loss at Sabre Stadium. It was a portent of things to come, as the season unraveled to a large degree and Forest limped home with a 4-6 overall record.

  • Eagles take to road; head to...

    Staunton River will take the long trip to Patrick County this Friday evening, seeking its first victory of the season.

    The Cougars, of course, want to avoid playing the role of generous benefactor to the Eagles. More importantly, Patrick County wants to improve its playoff chances at the expense of Staunton River.

    As Patrick County is a Division 3 school, a win over the Eagles would give a bonus boost to the Cougars in the playoff math. That proved to be the case last year, as Patrick County snuck into the playoff hunt with a 5-5 record.

  • Eagles top Minettes, JF wins in...

    The Seminole District volleyball season kicked into gear last Thursday and one thing is clear: The three county teams appear to be much improved over last year.

    How that improvement translates into end-of-season standings remains to be seen, of course.

    Liberty visited Staunton River and the Minettes fell to the Golden Eagles 25-20, 18-25, 25-23, 25-22.

    Jefferson Forest invaded Heritage, coming away with the sweep, 25-18, 25-12, 25-10.

  • Party poopin' refs

    Talk about a wet blanket!

    Pac-10 referee Larry Farina put the kibosh on a display of pure joy this past Saturday. Farina flagged a spontaneous display of happiness and the penalty resulted in a lost football game. In the process, he made Mr. Potter, of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, look like a fun-loving guy.

    For those of you unfamiliar with this development, here’s the nutshell version.

  • Flightless Byrd sinks Staunton...

    William Byrd caught a very bad break in its first offensive series at Staunton River: Senior quarterback John Conner went down in a heap with what appeared to be an ACL injury.

    Absent their signal caller, whom Staunton River Head Coach Rick Witt termed “a super, super young man,” the Terriers reverted to a ground-only approach. The flightless Byrds looked more like a runaway herd of mustangs, churning out close to 500 yards in their 35-12 victory over homestanding Staunton River.

  • Staunton River to entertain...

    You want drama? Come on over to Eagle Stadium this Friday night, and you’ll get a bellyful when Staunton River hosts William Byrd.

    First, there is the inherent rivalry between Staunton River and William Byrd. With the majority of the Eagle student body coming from the area bordering Vinton, the students of both schools are quite familiar with one another.

    Second, you have the impending move of Staunton River to the Blue Ridge. Will Byrd be of a mind to give the Eagles a welcome gift? Not likely.

  • River surprised by Cave Spring...

    Staunton River showed up for its game at Cave Spring with run on the brain. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Cave Spring had experienced a quick metamorphosis, emerging as a pass-happy team.

    As a result, Staunton River suffered a 28-6 loss to the Knights, dropping the team to 0-2 overall (0-1 in the Seminole District).

    The Knights put up two quick touchdowns on the Eagles, as quarterback Josh Woodrum aired it out early and often during the first two Cave Spring possessions.