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High School

  • Lady Minutemen take care of JF

     

    They've shown they're the best team in Bedford County.

    Now the question stands:  Can they be the best in more meaningful venues? 

    Specifically, can the Liberty Lady Minutemen make their mark at the State 3A level?

    In order to do so, they'll have to first emerge as the cream of region 3A-West.  Before that, they need to come out of Conference 30 as one of its top two teams.

  • Swim sweep

     

    It seemed like old times.

    At least for half of the night.

    Jefferson Forest and Brookville have had some epic swimming competitions over the years.  Last Thursday evening, the Cavs and Bees, along with the Liberty swim crew, faced off at the Bedford Area YMCA.

  • Hall worthy

     

    It was as though Peanut and Robert and Greg suited up after the festivities were over.

    The Minutemen hoopsters looked that good.

    Alas, Peanut Arrington, Robert Carson and Greg Reynolds, all formally inducted into the Liberty High School Hall of Fame before the boys' game with Staunton River, have all (long ago) used up their high school eligibility.

    Still, the trio of (two-time) State champs must have inspired the current crew of Minutemen hardwooders.

  • The great defenders

     

    They won't get defensive about it.  Nor will they take great offense.

    But this Staunton River girls basketball team is pretty darn solid when it comes to defense.

    The Lady Eagles showed that defensive posture in the penultimate day of 2014 when they beat up on visiting James River, 46-26.

  • The league of Justis

     

    The new year got off to a rip-roarin' start on the mats.

    Liberty Christian Academy hosted its annual kick-off-the-year tourney this past weekend.  It featured all three Bedford County squads, which turned in a mixed bag of results when all was said and done.

    That's mixed bag, as in "bad news and good news."

    The bad news is Jefferson Forest and Staunton River finished further back than was expected (at least by this newspaper).

  • Tough early going in the Blue Ridge

     

    Nothing is easy when it comes to Blue Ridge basketball.  You have to fight for every crumb and, even then, it takes a lot of those crumbs to make a meal.

    Both the boys and girls teams of Staunton River got a taste of what lies ahead on their Blue Ridge plates, as they each played a pair of BRD foes:  Northside and William Byrd.

    Of those four games, River escaped with but a single win, when the Lady Eagles topped Northside 43-36, on Wednesday evening.

    That same night, their brethren were topped by the Vikings, 70-53.

  • "Rocky" road for JF hoops

     

    By Mike Forster

    sports@bedfordbulletin.com

     

    In the spirit of the season, the Cavs were "Rock"-ing around the Christmas tree.  But the Lady Cavs were Jingle Bell "Rock"ed.

    It all took place at the Beacon Classic, held the weekend before Christmas at E.C. Glass.  There both teams of JF hoopsters took on strong squads from Rockbridge County.

    In a Friday night doubleheader, the Cavs won a thriller in overtime, 60-55.  The Lady Cavs were topped in the nightcap, 47-36.

  • JF boys: Hello, old friend

     

    For a guy who was rumored to bleed Liberty blue, he sure looks comfortable in JF red and black.

    The question will be whether new Cav Head Coach Gary Lowry can get the boys basketball crew to be comfortable with his approach.

    We suspect the answer will be yes, in the long run.

    Lowry, who is also the head of safety and security for Bedford County schools, takes over a program that has a less-than-storied past.  

  • Deck the walls!

     

    It wasn't enough to get them on Santa's naughty list.

    Oh, don't get us wrong:  There was nothing untoward in Saturday night's game, won by Liberty to the tune of 49-39:  Both the Staunton River and Liberty girls showed excellent sportsmanship.

    What they also showed was some very sloppy play.

  • Season's Beatings!

     

    They had more sparkle than a Christmas tree, more fire than the yule log and more spice than grandma's fruitcake.

    As a result, the Staunton River boys hoopsters found more points under their collective Christmas tree than did their visitors from Liberty.

    The Minutemen, whose letter to Santa included a request  for a first win of the season,  departed instead with a stocking full of coal.  The final score:   61-33.