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High School

  • 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.

  • River and Forest both 'Rumble'

     

    There's a chill in the air.  Decorations are springing up around town.  Letters to Santa are being dutifully penned.

    That can only mean one thing:  The River Rumble!

    This past weekend's premier wrestling event had a couple of local schools shining like tinsel on the tree.

    Host Staunton River took second place, while Jefferson Forest nabbed third.

    Private-school powerhouse Liberty Christian Academy took the title.

    Team results

  • Liberty ladies on the ascent

     

    No year in recent memory has held as much hope for Liberty girls' basketball as does this one.

    Coming off a season in which they finished 17-5, the Lady Minutemen seem poised to make a stab at a deep run in the playoffs. 

    But, they're likely to do so only:

    -IF Mikalah Jones, the engine of last year's team, can step up and assume the mantle of leadership, both on and off the court.

    -IF the ladies in red, white and blue respond positively to Jones's leadership.

  • Unlucky 13 for Cavs

     

    It was close, but size and strength won out over speed and precision.

    "Any loss is a tough one," sighed JF Head Coach Bob Christmas as the sun set Saturday evening.

    The burly bruisers of Bealeton had just topped the fleet fellows of Forest, 35-28, in a beaut of a game.

    Well, for the most part, it was a beaut of a game.  In a contest in which minimizing mistakes was a must, the Cavs fell short.  A team which was noted for having minimal turnovers during the regular season, had a pair of them against the Eagles.