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High School

  • Whitlock in charge

     

    Melvin D. Whitlock was introduced as the new head coach of the Jefferson Forest boys' basketball program.

    Whitlock was introduced to a host of interested parties, including players, their parents and local media, at a meet-and-greet hosted at the school Monday evening.

    He takes over a program which has been competitive under previous coaches Paul Smith and Paul Redgate.  Being competitive, however, should not be confused with being a Seminole powerhouse.

  • JF girls advance to State final

     

    Eleven minutes into Jefferson Forest's Group 4A state semifinal match against heavily-favored Midlothian, Cassidy Ratliff's prayers came true.

    Less than two minutes later, so did her dreams.

    The senior forward scored two goals in that span; the first “a gift from God” that went through the hands of the Trojans goalkeeper.

    “I'm glad I prayed this morning,” Ratliff said after the game.

  • Liberty lasses rise

     

    Bedford County ladies continued to impress on the track.  This time, they brought their speed and strength to the 3A-West regional meet, held at Cave Spring.

    At last weekend's competition, the county contingent was led by Megan Beisser and Alexus Pannell.  Beisser, who had just graduated from Liberty last weekend, posted a first place in the 100 hurdles for her recent alma mater.  Pannell, a rising senior, nabbed top honors in the triple jump.

    Top 10 women's teams

  • Lady Minutemen: last off the diamond

     

    Bedford County has suddenly taken on the likeness of a pawnbroker's safe:  Lots of unused diamonds.

    That dynamic (or lack thereof) was a result of a rough slate of conference games which left all of our baseball teams and all but one of our softball teams on the outside, looking in.

    That sole remaining team is the Liberty Lady Minutemen.  Or, we should say, it was the Liberty belles.  They, too, suffered the harsh reality of being bounced, though their termination came in regional play, the only county team to so advance.

  • Tennis, anyone?

     

     

    A nice season got even nicer.

    The Liberty girls' tennis team laid claim to the first-ever Conference 30 championship.  Not only that, the duo of Carly Richardson and Morgan Karnes took the title in doubles play.

    Their crown was also the first to bear "Conference 30" upon it.

    Of course, this is the first year of existence for the conference.  And, what a year for these Liberty ladies.

    They took the team title by cruising over Brookville, 6-2.

  • River baseball crew wins top seed in conference

     

    They continue to impress.

    This group of youngish Golden Eagles are making hay on the baseball diamond.

    Staunton River's latest achievement was earning the top spot in the Conference 30 playoffs.  It's more than just an honorarium:  The prize includes a valuable first-round bye, the only one issued for the seven-team field.

    River controlled its own destiny going into the final week of the regular season.  The Eagles faltered, at first, absorbing a 5-3 loss on the fields of Lord Bot.

  • Forest opens strong in post-season

     

     

    Ready or not, playoff action got underway with games on Monday.

    Two days after seniors from Bedford County High Schools marched across the stage at the Vines Center to receive their diplomas, some of their teams marched into the post-season fray.

    It was a mixed bag for the locals. 

    Jefferson Forest showed an affinity for Monday.  In four games, all played on Cav fields, the school posted a perfect 4-0 mark, doing so with uneven levels of ease.

  • JF baseball comes on strong

     

    The Jefferson Forest baseball team seems to have figured out one key thing:  What matters is how good you are at the end of the season.

    And, it would seem, the lads are taking that knowledge to heart.  They wrapped up their regular season with wins over their big county rival and over the best team in the Seminole.

    The Cavs took care of Liberty, 5-1, before wrapping up things with a stunning 4-2 victory over the behemoth which is Amherst.

     

    Indiana Hall and the Temple of Doom

  • A grand pair

     

    They have to be darn good to win these awards.

    And they are.

    Up against a superb field of nominees, Liberty's Megan Beisser and Jefferson Forest's Ben Ottman were announced as the winners of this year's Bedford Rotary Grand Awards.

    The presentation was made as part of the Rotary's Student-Athlete awards ceremony, held this past Sunday at Liberty High School.

  • Upset bid falls short

     

    The Liberty soccer seniors will certainly remember their Senior Night.  The lads were introduced, along with their parents.  A good number of classmates and family was on hand to support them, as well.

    In all, it was a very nice Senior Night.

    It was nearly perfect.

    The Minutemen nearly pulled off the unthinkable:  an upset of soccer titan Jefferson Forest.  Instead, the Cavs escaped with a 2-1 win on the bouncy, rugged Liberty field.