http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sports/rss.xml en Sports commentary: Welcome to Mar-pril http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-welcome-mar-pril <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As February is the worst time of the year for sports, the end of March/start of April is among the best.</p> <p> Just as the NCAA basketball tournaments will be hitting full stride, baseball&rsquo;s Opening Day will kick into gear. &nbsp;And you&rsquo;ll get the big NASCAR race at Martins-ville, to boot.</p> <p> This time of year is rivaled only by October, with its full slate of college and NFL games plus the MLB playoffs.</p> <p> So, enjoy Mar-pril! &nbsp;February will be here soon enough.</p> Room to grow http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/room-grow <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0937.jpg" alt="Liberty will rely on big goaltending from big Trevor Fox (in the red jersey)." title="Liberty will rely on big goaltending from big Trevor Fox (in the red jersey)." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By Mike Forster<br /> sports@bedfordbulletin.com<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Is this the year it all comes together for the Liberty boys soccer crew?<br /> sports commentary: Don't be part of the story http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-dont-be-part-story <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Rule #1 for sports journalists is not to be a part of the story.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There are other rules, such as being accurate, being fair and being thorough.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But, you don&rsquo;t want to be a part of the story.&nbsp; That means you don&rsquo;t want to impact the game in any way.<br /> Even better? http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/even-better <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bb_sr_coach.jpg" alt="Head Coach Brian Divers gives some pointers to his charges during a break last year." title="Head Coach Brian Divers gives some pointers to his charges during a break last year." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Two years ago, they were upstarts.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Last year, they were unsurprisingly good.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This year, they should be beasts.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Staunton River baseball team hopes to improve on last year&rsquo;s historical season by being a major force when late May&nbsp; rolls around.&nbsp; Until then, they hope to hone a team that seems to have all of the pieces in place.<br /> Lady M-Men hit the road http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/lady-m-men-hit-road <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7352.jpg" alt="Liberty’s Alexis Mattson can’t bear to watch as Brookville is awarded the Conference 30 championship trophy." title="Liberty’s Alexis Mattson can’t bear to watch as Brookville is awarded the Conference 30 championship trophy." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Liberty girls&rsquo; basketball team hit the road on Tuesday for the longest ride of their careers.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the opening round of the Region 4A-West playoffs, the Lady Minutemen were to travel to Abingdon.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For those of you who don&rsquo;t have the travel bug, Abingdon is located 163 miles from Bedford.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s 326 miles round-trip.<br /> Sports commentary: Grumblin http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-grumblin-0 <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It causes me great sadness to see the great Ernie Banks dragged through the posthumous muck and mire.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;Mister Cub&rdquo; was a boyhood idol of mine.&nbsp; He was one of the main reasons I continued to like the team, particularly after I&rsquo;d outgrown my toddler affinity for the bear cub worn on the players&rsquo; sleeves.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Unfortunately, the dignity with which he carried himself in life has so far eluded him in the afterlife.<br /> Sports commentary: Grumblin http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-grumblin Schiers and flyer http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/schiers-and-flyer <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hunter.jpg" alt="Staunton River’s Hunter Schiers gets in the zone prior to his monster heave." title="Staunton River’s Hunter Schiers gets in the zone prior to his monster heave." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When it comes to heaving heavy orbs of iron or to tossing oneself through the air, Bedford County&rsquo;s got it all over the competition.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As evidence, a pair of county athletes took home gold at the 3A-West indoor track and field meet held Monday evening at Liberty University.&nbsp; It had originally been slated for Saturday, but Mother Nature had other plans.<br />