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High School

  • River has new soccer coach

     

    Staunton River announced the hiring of Kristopher McCoy as its new boys soccer coach.

    McCoy's hiring was approved by the Bedford County School Board during one of its summer sessions.

    He moves into a position which has been defined by its transience:  McCoy becomes the seventh man to head up the Staunton River boys soccer program in the past eight years.

    In contrast, Jefferson Forest has had the same head coach, Jedd Zaring, since 1993.

  • LH netters ready to rock

     

    Liberty volleyball returns after a season that was a great improvement over previous years. Under Amanda McCoy's head coaching, the team was able to secure wins throughout the season and in tournament play and landed four players on All-Conference, All-District and All-Region teams. 

  • Flexing some muscle

     

    By Mike Forster

    sports@bedfordbulletin.com

     

    Like a horse bent on a wire-to-wire victory, Jefferson Forest's golf team has stormed out of the gate.

    The Cavs, one of the top teams in the state last year, are already showing that they're the real deal in 2014.

  • And so it begins

     

    Technically, it's still summer.

    But on three county school campuses, it felt an awful lot like autumn.

    That's because football fever is in the air.  Fueled by the opening of formal practice sessions, the gridirons of Liberty, Jefferson Forest and Staunton River are open for business.

    Staunton River and Jefferson Forest opened two-a-day sessions on Thursday morning.  Liberty began its double sessions on Monday.

  • Here's to you, Ms. Robtison

     

    She came to us from the Keystone State.

    And back to Pennsylvania she's heading.

    Vanessa Robtison has resigned her position at Staunton River in order to accept the same job at a school in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.

    Her formal resignation was accepted by the Bedford County School Board last Thursday.

    Robtison is a native of Pennsylvania, having graduated from Neshaminy High School (about a half hour north of Philly) in 2002.  

  • Getting ready to get ready

     

    It was ever-so-faint.

    But, for those with a nose for such things, it was unmistakable:  The smell of football was in the air.

    True, we're a long way from those cool autumn months.

    We're still quite a ways from the opening games of the season (Aug. 29).

    But, we're on the cusp of formally prepping for that day.

    In fact, both Staunton River and Jefferson Forest open their two-a-day practice sessions tomorrow (July 31).

  • 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.