High School

  • Local hoops: Mystifying



    County basketball is like a box of chocolates.

    Just as you never know if you're going to get a coconut cream (yum) or a chocolate-covered cherry (yuk), you never know what you're likely to get with Bedford hoopsters.

    All three boys' teams have had mystifying seasons.  None has been more stupefying than has Liberty.  After losing its first eight games to open the season, the Minutemen have become hellions of the hardwoods.  

  • Golden Eagles, Lady Cavs in a dilly


    Going into Saturday evening's ladies' hoops tilt between Staunton River and Jefferson Forest, we were confident of two things.  First, the scoreboard was unlikely to get much of a workout.  Second, the girls on the court were likely to get one.

    Such anticipation proved prescient as the Lady Eagles and Lady Cavs worked like the dickens for a meager quantity of points.  In the end, it was River's scant pile of beans which outweighed that of its northern neighbor, 43-39.

  • Minutemen getting it together


    basketball team has to concern itself with teams outside of the Bedford County limits.

    After all, over the course of the last week, the Minutemen have flexed some real muscle at the expense of their county compatriots.

    The latest flexin' came at the expense of visiting Jefferson Forest.  The Minutemen earned a 65-58 win less than a week after trouncing Staunton River on that same M-Men hardwood.  Two of Liberty's three wins this season have come at the hands of Bedford County teams.  

  • 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



    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.