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High School

  • Catch-22

     

    Two of the top players in the Seminole District ladies' circuit faced off Monday night on the hardwoods of Jefferson Forest.

    As expected, both had superb games.  It was the supporting cast which made the difference, however, as Liberty defeated the host Lady Cavs, 53-45.

    The win improved Liberty's record to 8-3 in the Seminole, while Jefferson Forest dropped to 3-9.

    The two teams' candidates for All-Seminole consideration were the marquee players in this matchup.  They did not disappoint.

  • Tracksters are on track

     

    Tolsma was tight.  And Bedford County athletes were all right.

    This past Friday, 23 schools jammed Liberty University's Tolsma Indoor Track facility for LU's Mid-Area Meet.

    While no team scores were maintained, plenty of Bedford tracksters performed in superior fashion.  In fact, Liberty, Staunton River and Jefferson Forest combined for 34 medals (eighth place or higher), as they ran, jumped and vaulted to their hearts' content.

  • Liberty swimming strong

     

    By Mike Forster

    sports@bedfordbulletin.com

     

    The Liberty swim team engaged in some aquatics athletics in anticipation of Friday's Seminole District championship.

    The Min-mermen and Min-mermaids entertained Appomattox and Prince Edward in the friendly confines of Liberty's home pool at the Bedford Area YMCA.

  • JF on Santa's 'nice' list

     

    The ghost of Christmas's past will soon be haunting future Jefferson Forest football opponents.

    Bob Christmas, who led the Cavs to their greatest gridiron glory, has been named to take the reins of the program once more.

    Christmas was selected from a pool of over 20 applicants, according to JF Athletic Director John Otey.  "I think this (hire) will do amazing things for school spirit and great things to rally the community behind Jeff Forest football," said Otey.

  • River gets swept

     

    A team can get swamped or it can be edged.  Either way, it receives the same mark in its won-loss record.  That record, of course, is what matters the most.

    The Staunton River guys and gals got a taste of both types of losing.  They were routed by William Fleming before each lost a tough, close game to Northside.

    The pair of losses left the Eagle men looking at a district mark of 0-6 (3-11, overall).  The Lady Eagles, meanwhile, fell to 2-4 halfway through the district skein, and stand 5-10, overall.

     

  • Eagles flex mat muscle

     

    By Mike Forster

    sports@bedfordbulletin.com

     

    Last year, Lord Botetourt and Staunton River tied for the Blue Ridge District wrestling championship.

    So, it's natural to anticipate the two teams would be at the top of the heap this year.

    Well, if last Wednesday was any indicator, there's only room for one at the pinnacle.  And that one wears singlets of black and gold.

  • Shattered!

     

    The Liberty Minutemen had every right to mail it in when they hosted E.C. Glass Friday night.

    But the same Liberty team which lost to the Hilltoppers earlier this season by 21 points took it to Glass.

    The M-Men showed up in a way that was forceful, together and precise in its execution.

    As a result, Liberty took care of the high-flying Glaziers, winning in overtime by the score of 65-64.

  • "Sweep" smell of victory

     

    The good ship Liberty appears to be righted.  And the timing couldn't have been worse for its county rivals.

    The Minutemen topped Jefferson Forest on Thursday night by the score of 60-54, before taking Staunton River on Saturday to the tune of 67-63.

    The pair of wins did two things for the M-Men.  

    First, they are now tied with JF for third place in the district; as both teams now sport 3-2 Seminole marks.  

  • Bees sting Min-mat-men

     

    The Liberty wrestling crew still has quite a way to go to catch up with the likes of Brookville.

    That was shown last Wednesday evening, when the Bees flew into the Minutemen's gym and stung Liberty to the tune of 58-24.

    It was nearly as high a score as you can get.  The combined 82 points fell just short of the possible maximum total of 84.

    High point totals means high pin totals.  And that's just what the decently-sized crowd at Liberty saw.

  • JF drops close one

     

    The men of Jefferson Forest proved they can hang with the best the Seminole has to offer.

    The next step is turning "hang with" into "beat."

    The Cavs went toe-to-toe with reigning district champion E.C. Glass Monday night.  Jefferson Forest made a contest of it before falling, 68-61.

    "Both teams battled, and we were still right in it at the end.  I'm proud of how hard we played," said JF Head Coach Paul Redgate.  "[But]  I don't believe in moral victories."