Mallory Knabel, 12
Led by all state pitcher, Jordan Webster, our James River Varsity Softball team expects to turn heads in the upcoming spring sports season. With the graduation of last year’s seniors, current senior captains Jordan Webster, Mallory Knabel, Briahna Thornton, and Madison Pierpoint are working towards taking the team far into the states tournament like the previous four years.
The lady rapids kicked off their season on Thursday with an intense and competitive game against Monacan High School. The amount of students who came out to watch was insurmountable and showed James River’s Rapid Pride. The girls played extremely well but lost a tough game to the Chiefs.
Highlights include freshman Tinsley Porter’s walk off homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning over the center field fence to score three runs, and a double play turned to senior Briahna Thornton in the fifth. Returning from injury, junior Ashlyn Moore and seniors Madison Pierpont and Mallory Knabel performed well in the outfield. Pitcher Jordan Webster pitched an incredible seven innings to sophomore Chloe Rose, and freshmen Noelle Stewart and Catherine Bodsford had great hits to the outfield.
The James River Varsity Softball team will continue to practice for their next game against Manchester as the girls are eager to win states after placing second at regionals and playing into the state quarter finals last year. Come out and support River’s spring sport team at their next home game Friday, March 22 at five o’clock against Atlee High School.
By. Luke Reeder
After another long NFL season, one of America’s greatest traditions, the Super Bowl, has passed, only this one left most football fans with a sour taste in their mouths. The New England Patriots, for what feels like the fifty third time in fifty three championship games, came away with a win in Atlanta, holding the dynamic offense of the L.A. Rams with 3 total points. Yikes. Considering 10 of New England’s 13 total points came in the fourth quarter hammers home the fact that this was a defense-oriented game, the complete opposite of what most people predicted. And if you aren’t a fan of the Patriots or Rams, that means it wasn’t an easy watch. At least there was the halftime show. Oh wait. Nothing against Spongebob though. I mean, even the players’ post-game reactions were boring, There wasn’t a lot of jumping up and down and yelling, just kind of a, “Been here, done that” look by Belichick and crew. Overall, was it the most exciting Super Bowl? No. Was it the most boring Super Bowl? Yes. And while I’d like to congratulate all the Patriots fans, at this point it’s almost expected for them to win it all. As we go into the offseason, let’s celebrate the beginning of the NFL’s 100th season and the hopefulness it brings for every fanbase, but let me leave you with one scary thought: there’s still a large probability that next year’s Super Bowl game could be a rematch.