Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Minutemen: Running with the...


    The Liberty Booster Club may rethink how it stocks its concession stand over the next couple of weeks.

    Instead of its usual fare of hamburgers, hot dogs, sodas and chips, the stand might need to start carrying Tums, Rolaids, Rogaine and Prilosec.

    In their latest gut-wrenching, hair-yanking, stomach-churning affair, the football Minutemen prevailed over Rustburg, 39-34.

  • Sports commentary: Great...


    The good thing about sports is that you're never 100% sure of an outcome.

    The bad thing about sports is the exact same thing.

    Take the state of baseball.  Going into the season, I expected the Giants and Yankees to return to the World Series.  At a minimum, I expected them to make the playoffs.

    Neither did.

    How many of you expected the Pirates and Indians would catch the playoffs from places other than the field of play?  If you're like me, your expectations were wrong.

  • Dooley named to Hall

    Dixie Boys Baseball, Inc. announces that they will formally honor Andy Dooley as a member of their Hall of Fame. The recognition ceremony will be held on October 19, 2013 at the Moose Lodge in Bedford. Dooley is a current resident of Thaxton.

  • Volleyball roundup


    Last year, they won but a single match.

    This year, Liberty has already doubled that total.  And there's a whole lot of season left for the Minettes.

    Hosting Staunton River, Liberty grounded the Eagles in four games.  Just as when the two teams met earlier in the season, River took the first game.  It did so to the tune of 25-23.

    After that, however, it was all Liberty.  The Minettes reeled off wins of 25-18, 25-21, 25-18.

  • Say no, UVA!


    Virginia is for lovers.

    Or, so stated the old advertising slogan.

    Virginia is also for smart folk.  The Commonwealth has one of the finest portfolios of colleges and universities in the nation, if not the world.  I believe that Virginia is the top dog when it comes to secondary education opportunities.

    In my job I have the opportunity to chat with some of our local high school athletes.  Invariably, the topic that comes up when talking with seniors is their future plans.

  • River gets soup-er victory


    William Campbell paid a visit to Staunton River last Friday evening.  When all was said and done, the Eagles put the Campbell Kids back in the can, sending them back to Naruna with a 28-0 loss on their label.

    While Campbell's is supposedly "Mmm Mmm Good," Staunton River was even better.  The Eagles ladled out four servings of touchdown chowder, while their defense served up some hearty goose-egg drop soup.

  • Sports commentary: Dribs and...


    Here are a couple of items for your consideration.  I wanted to share them, but I couldn't stretch any of them into a full column's length.

    Consider it housecleaning for the old noggin.


    While I must confess to having never heard of Diana Nyad prior to last week, I am startled by her accomplishments.