http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sports/rss.xml en Sports commentary: Wrong again http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-wrong-again <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Well, that was quick.</p> <p> The Penn State football program has seen the once-Draconian sanctions it received reduced in both impact and duration.</p> <p> Last Tuesday, the NCAA announced that it was granting Penn State eligibility for bowl selection this year. &nbsp;Additionally, the school would be able to start dishing out the full allotment of scholarships in 2015, a number that has been significantly curtailed over the past two years.</p> Seminole volleyball: It's anyone's district http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/seminole-volleyball-its-anyones-district <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/vb_lh_morgan.jpg" alt="Rustburg&#039;s Cait Flippen (10) and Liberty&#039;s Lauren Morgan (12) have a standoff at the net." title="Rustburg&#039;s Cait Flippen (10) and Liberty&#039;s Lauren Morgan (12) have a standoff at the net." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> By Mike Forster</p> <p> sports@bedfordbulletin.com</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Thursday night at the courts told us at least one thing: &nbsp;The Seminole District is up for grabs.</p> <p> After being dominated by Brookville last year and by Glass and JF (as well as the Bees) in recent years, this year, parity is the watchword.</p> <p> The district opened play with the defending champ taking on Jefferson Forest. &nbsp;The Brookies, sorely hit by graduation, were no match for the senior-laden Lady Cavs.</p> <p> JF won 25-16, 28-26, 22-25, 25-14.</p> Sports Commentary: New on the New http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-new-new <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> At some point in a man&#39;s life, he&#39;s the New Guy. &nbsp;The new kid at school or on the block or on a team. &nbsp;The new guy at work or at church or at the old folks&#39; home.</p> <p> Being the New Guy is a rite of passage, and we all go through it. &nbsp;I understand there is a similar dynamic for the fairer sex but, &nbsp;having no experience as a New Gal, I&#39;ll stick to what I know.</p> Minutemen roll Rocks http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/minutemen-roll-rocks <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fb_lh_porter.jpg" alt="Liberty quarterback Austin Porter barrels his way into the end zone in spite of the efforts of Rockbridge County defenders TJ Tyree (left) and Zeke Watkins." title="Liberty quarterback Austin Porter barrels his way into the end zone in spite of the efforts of Rockbridge County defenders TJ Tyree (left) and Zeke Watkins." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The good news is that Liberty hung more points on an opponent than it has during the Chris Watts Era.</p> <p> The bad news is that the Minutemen had to do so.</p> <p> The Minutemen escaped with a 63-38 win over a persistent and pesky bunch from Rockbridge County last Friday night. &nbsp;The win improved the Minutemen to 2-0, overall.</p> Payback time is now http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/payback-time-now <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fb_lh_cico_0.jpg" alt="Big hits, like this one by Jared Cico against Rockbridge, will have to be the order of the day against Brookville." title="Big hits, like this one by Jared Cico against Rockbridge, will have to be the order of the day against Brookville." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> There&#39;s something about Brookville.</p> <p> Especially if you&#39;re a fan of the Liberty Minutemen.</p> <p> The men in red, white and blue have had a dickens of a time with the Bees. &nbsp;In fact, the last time Liberty prevailed over Brookville was in 2009, when many of the current Minutemen were suiting up to play rec league football.</p> Sports commentary: Dribs and drabs http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-dribs-and-drabs-0 <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Some dribs and drabs for you to consider.</p> <p class="rtecenter"> *****</p> <p> While Virginians can&#39;t unite behind any single college football team, I think we all agree on one thing: &nbsp;The Commonwealth&#39;s teams aren&#39;t timid when it comes to scheduling.</p> <p> In the first week, we got UVa taking on a UCLA team which is among the favorites to take the national title.</p> <p> Liberty, meanwhile dared to take on North Carolina, with its top-25 preseason ranking.</p> River to visit Forest this Friday http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/river-visit-forest-friday <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fb_jf_malik.jpg" alt="A key for Staunton River will be shutting down the very dangerous Malik Stewart, a primo wide receiver for JF. " title="A key for Staunton River will be shutting down the very dangerous Malik Stewart, a primo wide receiver for JF. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> m</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Two games, two county rivals.</p> <p> That&#39;s the way the schedule has worked out for Staunton River, which heads to Jefferson Forest this Friday night after hosting Liberty a week ago.</p> <p> JF, on the other hand, will have to wait for the regular-season finale to get its crack at the Minutemen.</p> <p> The game this Friday evening should be a good gauge for both teams. &nbsp;It will also be a means to see some retro-style football, as JF&#39;s wishbone and River&#39;s single wing offenses will be showcased.</p> What a way to start! http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/what-way-start <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fb_lh_devin.jpg" alt="Liberty&#039;s Devin Carper tries to elude Staunton River middle linebacker Blake Green, as Daniel Scott (30) arrives to help bring him down. Carper ran for 77 yards and a touchdown." title="Liberty&#039;s Devin Carper tries to elude Staunton River middle linebacker Blake Green, as Daniel Scott (30) arrives to help bring him down. Carper ran for 77 yards and a touchdown." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> For fans seeking a great way to begin the 2014 season, there were few better places to be than the Eagles&#39; Nest at Staunton River last Friday.</p> <p> In a game that is not reflected in the final score, Liberty topped its in-county rival, 47-22.</p> <p> In the first half of the game, River played the Minutemen on even terms, and the Golden Eagles held a 7-6 lead at the intermission.</p>