http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sports/rss.xml en Sports commentary: Sweet and sour http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-sweet-and-sour <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; First, a gripe.&nbsp; Then, we can discuss less dreary topics.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bedford County high schools will conduct their graduation ceremonies on May 23.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s less than six weeks away.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; State high school spring sports championships will wrap up on June 13.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I believe something is backwards here.&nbsp;<br /> Bounce back http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/bounce-back <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_lh_home.jpg" alt="Liberty’s Kim Sharrett arrives home just before the ball does in her team’s close game with Brookville. Sharrett came home courtesy of MaHalea Scicchitano’s slash up the middle." title="Liberty’s Kim Sharrett arrives home just before the ball does in her team’s close game with Brookville. Sharrett came home courtesy of MaHalea Scicchitano’s slash up the middle." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Call them resilient.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Liberty&rsquo;s baseball and softball teams showed that they don&rsquo;t quit, even when things are not going their way.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; That was on display last week, when both teams began on a low note but brought it home in fine fashion by week&rsquo;s end.<br /> Sports commentary: Hall of Shame http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-hall-shame <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Which esteemed hall contains more rogues and rascals:&nbsp; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or the Basketball Hall of Fame?<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; While the former contains the likes of Alice Cooper, the Beastie Boys and The Clash, a recent inductee to the latter might have you scratching your head.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As a wrap-up to the NCAA men&rsquo;s basketball tournament, the hoops HOF announced its most recent electees for membership.<br /> sports Commentary: Grumpy grammar http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-grumpy-grammar <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As the editor of the Bedford Bulletin&rsquo;s sports pages, I strive to deliver a quality product.&nbsp; That quality is defined by proper use of the English language. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;Ah,&rdquo; you might mutter.&nbsp; &ldquo;Isn&rsquo;t it game scores you should be focused on?&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To which I&rsquo;d respond, &ldquo;Ha!&nbsp; You ended that sentence with a preposition.&rdquo;<br /> Lady Eagles top Liberty http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/lady-eagles-top-liberty <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gsc_sr_1.jpg" alt="Staunton River’s Alissa Hash (1) mixes it up with Liberty’s Hannah Overstreet during the Eagles’ win." title="Staunton River’s Alissa Hash (1) mixes it up with Liberty’s Hannah Overstreet during the Eagles’ win." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Whatever the opposite of the Easter Bunny is, Emily Hillman played that role against the Liberty girls&rsquo; soccer team.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Staunton River speedster was the difference-maker in the Lady Eagles&rsquo; 1-0 win over Liberty.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Not only did she score the winning goal, Hillman was a dynamic force:&nbsp; Call her Hurricane Hillman.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; She left bodies in her wake as she danced, drove, deeked, dove, diced, dynamited and duked her way around the pitch.<br /> The (really) big hurt http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/really-big-hurt <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_jf_jz_hr.jpg" alt="A welcoming committee of teammates awaits the landing of Janelle Zellars after she smacked a grand slam against Heritage." title="A welcoming committee of teammates awaits the landing of Janelle Zellars after she smacked a grand slam against Heritage." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; History is rife with trouncings.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -At the Battle of Agincourt, some estimates have French casualties numbering 100 times greater than those of Henry V&rsquo;s English army.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -George Washington won the election of 1792 with 100% of the vote.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -In 1996, Bernard Hopkins knocked out Steven Frank in a super-middleweight title bout in 15 seconds.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -Last week, Jefferson Forest&rsquo;s softball team beat Heritage, 25-3.<br /> Flexing some muscle http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/flexing-some-muscle-0 <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_lh_kasey.jpg" alt="Liberty’s Kasey Carr prepares to bring the heat. The Liberty hurler has already built up a record of 3-0." title="Liberty’s Kasey Carr prepares to bring the heat. The Liberty hurler has already built up a record of 3-0." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It&rsquo;s way too early to be thinking about the post-season.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But, it&rsquo;s certainly not premature to be talking about who is shaping up as powerhouse teams in local softball.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One of the first teams mentioned in such a dialogue would have to be the Liberty Lady Minutemen.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Last week, the Belles took care of always powerful Rustburg before heading to the premier Botetourt Bash, where they did some bashing of their own.<br /> Sports commentary: No April fool http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/sports-commentary-no-april-fool <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Ah, April Fools. &nbsp;&lsquo;Tis a day designated for trickery and tomfoolery. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s the one day of the year we get a free pass on pulling the wool over the eyes of our fellow humans.</p> <p> That is, unless you happen to work for the Bedford Bulletin.</p> <p> The boss, citing such trite phrases as &ldquo;journalistic integrity,&rdquo; &ldquo;telling the truth&rdquo; and &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll fire your fanny if you go through with this cockamamie scheme of yours,&rdquo; put the kibosh on my brilliant idea.</p>