Today's Sports

  • Hop, Step and gold!


    On the basketball court, Mikalah Jones is known as a triple-threat player.  

    Now the Liberty sophomore will also be known as a triple-jump player.

    That's because Jones soared to victory in the triple jump at last weekend's State AA track championship.

    Jones was pure perfection as she launched herself an astounding 39 feet, 1.25 inches.

    That jump was a) more than a foot and a half better than her previous best effort and b) exactly one foot better than the best jump of runner-up Erin Morant (Liberty-Bealton).

  • Sports commentary: Mercy mercy


    An acquaintance of mine happens to coach a soccer team.  That's not odd; I happen to have at least a dozen such acquaintances.  A couple of times this season this particular coach has caught grief for "running up the score."

    Apparently, his team violated some unwritten rule about how many times it can put the ball in the net.

    This phenomenon isn't limited to the game of soccer.  It seems as though such finger-pointing takes place in baseball, softball, basketball and football.

  • Eagle nine gets huge win


    This is the time of year when big wins are a must.

    That's why it's encouraging that all three county baseball teams have come up with such big wins lately.


    River on fire

    Staunton River may have had the biggest win of the lot.  The Golden Eagles took care of visiting William Byrd, 5-3, behind the inspired play of its group of seniors.

    The win did the following:

    -Dropped the Blue Ridge District-leading Terriers to 6-2, allowing Lord Botetourt to tie them for the lead.

  • Lady Cavs fall just short


    Everybody said they had no chance.

    Everybody was wrong.

    The Jefferson Forest softball team earned a bite at that apple we call the Seminole District's regular-season championship, in spite of the fact the team carries seven freshmen on its roster.

    The Lady Cavs fell short of the title trophy, coming tantalizingly close before falling to Rustburg, 3-0, in a nine-inning doozy of an affair.

  • Guest commentary: Hannah Steele


    It's Friday evening. What to do, what to do? Yard work or spend those hours out watching a high school spring sports game?

    For those of you who enjoy gardening, weeding, and mowing more than a sports game, you can stop reading now.

    For those of you who enjoy watching sports games while sitting on cool metal bleachers eating delicious junk food, you are in luck.

  • Who are these gals?


    Who are these gals?

    The Jefferson Forest softball crew, renown for its pitching and defensive acumen, suddenly is mistreating the ball with a vengeance.

    The Lady Cavs' muscle flexing seemed to peak last Friday evening as they belted an astonishing 19 hits in mauling Liberty on the Lady Minutemen home field.

    The final score was as bloody as it was sobering:  11-3.

  • Ocho de Mayo


    In the Jefferson Forest team room sits a white board.  Across the top of that board the following message is scrawled:  JF girls soccer State champs.

    Whether that thought proves prophetic remains to be seen.  What is clear, at this point in time, is that the Lady Cavs are poised to become the 2013 Seminole District champs.

  • Sports commentary: Where is...


    Lots of empty seats.  That's what you'll see if you happen to tune your tube to a Major League Baseball game these days.

    It seems to me that there are an awful lot of tickets going unpurchased.  Or, if they are purchased, they're sitting on someone's coffee table, never to be redeemed.

    To test my theory, I grabbed the sports section from the Roanoke Times.  The box scores in that newspaper list the games' attendance, as well as the seating capacity at the hosting facility.

  • Boys soccer roundup


    The Staunton River boys soccer team looked solid on defense.

    The offense?  Well, that appears to be a work in progress.

    The Golden Eagles wound up on the short end of a 2-1 game with Northside.

    The Rivermen shook off two early Viking goals and drew within striking distance, but just couldn't find the trigger to tie things up.  As a result, the Eagles find themselves in the cellar of the Blue Ridge, saddled with a district mark of 0-3.

  • Baseball roundup


    Shakespeare wrote that a rose by any name smells just as sweet.

    Jefferson Forest's baseball team picked up a win over Heritage, but this one was anything but sweet.

    "It was ugly," said JF Head Honcho Jim Thacker of the 4-3 victory.  "But it was a win."

    It almost was both ugly and a loss.  If that was the case, the Cavs might be thinking the unthinkable:  the regular season district trophy sitting somewhere besides the JF trophy case.  A place such as Amherst County, for example.