By Brooke Moran
In this last week of March, at James River High School, the sports teams have been playing their hearts out. This week has contained canceled games, county rivalry games, and even an argument on twitter. If you can name it, then it has probably happened.
Monday was one of the many rainy days Virginia has experienced since the start of the new year. Both JV and varsity boys soccer teams were on the schedule, but because of the rain and soaked field, the games were canceled.
Tuesday contained a packed schedule for James River and Lord Botetourt. These are the only two school within Botetourt County, so there is bound to be some tension. JV boys baseball, varsity softball, girls varsity soccer, and boys varsity soccer traveled to Lord Botetourt for their games. Unfortunately, these games were not in the Knights favor. At Lord Botetourt, the varsity softball team was shutout 5-0 by the Cavaliers. The girls soccer team also fell 8-2 to the Cavs. After the girls played, boys soccer was up and ready to play. The James River boys soccer team ended up losing 8-1. JV baseball was a close game between the two teams. This game ended up going into extra innings Unfortunately, the junior varsity team fell to the Cavaliers 5-4. At James River, the varsity baseball and JV softball played Lord Botetourt. The Knights varsity baseball team lost 12-3. On the softball field, the game went back and forth, but eventually it was the Lady Cavs who took the win 6-5.
Wednesday was an off day for James River. The sports teams were able to rest after their tough fight against Lord Botetourt and get ready for a new set of games on Thursday. Varsity baseball and JV soccer played at JR while JV baseball and JV softball played away at different schools. Varsity baseball was the first to get the ball rolling, beating the Alleghany Mountaineers 10-0. JV baseball was playing at Alleghany and they were playing just as hard. They defeated Alleghany 4-10. JV softball kicked off their fight with the Parry McCluer Fighting Blues a day before Varsity softball did, but that did not seem to matter. JV softball defeated the Fighting Blues 16-0. Boys soccer had a more intense game. They played Lord Botetourt a day later than everyone else, but that didn’t stop the competition. In the end, JV boys soccer lost 2-1 against the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers.
It’s finally Friday, and baseball and softball are back again for more games. These games were all against Parry McCluer, who are very close rivals against James River. JV baseball and Varsity softball played at home while varsity baseball played in Buena Vista. Parry McCluer was ready to put up a fight and it showed. The games at James River were going back and forth with who had the lead. JV baseball ended up defeating the Blues 5-3. Varsity softball was a tough match. The game was going back and forth all the way up until the seventh inning. In the end, the James River Lady Knights defeated the Lady Blues 14-10. Back on the Blues territory in Buena Vista, the Varsity baseball team was putting up a fight. The Knights ended up losing to Parry McCluer 3-0. The track teams traveled to Hidden Valley on Saturday for a meet.
This upcoming first week in April, James River sports are going to be having another full week to say the least. Softball has one game on Monday, and then proceed to play in the Botetourt Bash softball tournament Friday and Saturday. Both of the baseball teams play on Monday, and then just varsity baseball plays on Friday. Outdoor track has two meets this week. One is Wednesday at Floyd Country while the other one is Saturday at William Fleming. The soccer teams only play one time this week and it is Thursday at Glenvar High School.