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Today's Sports

  • Sports commentary: Wrong again

     

    Well, that was quick.

    The Penn State football program has seen the once-Draconian sanctions it received reduced in both impact and duration.

    Last Tuesday, the NCAA announced that it was granting Penn State eligibility for bowl selection this year.  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.

  • Seminole volleyball: It's...

     

    By Mike Forster

    sports@bedfordbulletin.com

     

    Thursday night at the courts told us at least one thing:  The Seminole District is up for grabs.

    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.

    The district opened play with the defending champ taking on Jefferson Forest.  The Brookies, sorely hit by graduation, were no match for the senior-laden Lady Cavs.

    JF won 25-16, 28-26, 22-25, 25-14.

  • Sports Commentary: New on the...

     

    At some point in a man's life, he's the New Guy.  The new kid at school or on the block or on a team.  The new guy at work or at church or at the old folks' home.

    Being the New Guy is a rite of passage, and we all go through it.  I understand there is a similar dynamic for the fairer sex but,  having no experience as a New Gal, I'll stick to what I know.

  • Minutemen roll Rocks

     

    The good news is that Liberty hung more points on an opponent than it has during the Chris Watts Era.

    The bad news is that the Minutemen had to do so.

    The Minutemen escaped with a 63-38 win over a persistent and pesky bunch from Rockbridge County last Friday night.  The win improved the Minutemen to 2-0, overall.

  • Payback time is now

     

    There's something about Brookville.

    Especially if you're a fan of the Liberty Minutemen.

    The men in red, white and blue have had a dickens of a time with the Bees.  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.

  • Sports commentary: Dribs and...

     

    Some dribs and drabs for you to consider.

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    While Virginians can't unite behind any single college football team, I think we all agree on one thing:  The Commonwealth's teams aren't timid when it comes to scheduling.

    In the first week, we got UVa taking on a UCLA team which is among the favorites to take the national title.

    Liberty, meanwhile dared to take on North Carolina, with its top-25 preseason ranking.

  • River to visit Forest this Friday

     

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    Two games, two county rivals.

    That'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.

    JF, on the other hand, will have to wait for the regular-season finale to get its crack at the Minutemen.

    The game this Friday evening should be a good gauge for both teams.  It will also be a means to see some retro-style football, as JF's wishbone and River's single wing offenses will be showcased.

  • What a way to start!

     

    For fans seeking a great way to begin the 2014 season, there were few better places to be than the Eagles' Nest at Staunton River last Friday.

    In a game that is not reflected in the final score, Liberty topped its in-county rival, 47-22.

    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.

  • Sports commentary: Sheesh-cago!

     

    Forgive me if I come across as a sourpuss in this week's column.  But I'm a Cubs fan which, almost by definition, tends to make one dour.

    That sentiment was magnified this weekend, as the Cubbies swept the Baltimore Orioles at Wrigley Field.

    "Wait a minute," you might be thinking.  "Isn't a trio of victories a cause for celebration?"

    Not in Cubs World, my friends.

    You see, in that magical (albeit not wonderful) place, the Cubs have a way of torching things by winning.

  • Sweet sound of pads poppin'

     

    The long march continues for the local football prepsters.

    This past weekend, the three schools had their first taste of scrimmage action.

    We got to see two of the teams up close and personal.  The other will be seen next week, if all goes according to plan.

    This past Friday night, Staunton River played host to Prince Edward and Halifax.  We hit those matchups as Jefferson Forest headed to Rockbridge County. 

    On Saturday, we got to check out Liberty, as the Minutemen entertained Spotswood and Dan River.