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Today's Sports

  • Future stars queue up for...

    Just because schools are out doesn't mean learning has to come to an end.

    Area youth converged on sports camps last week in an effort to fortify their knowledge, skills and abilities by picking the brains of local coaches and high school players. Baseball, basketball and soccer camps had folks hopping all week.

    One of the Minutemen coaching the lads was Aaron Lafon, Liberty's catcher. "I want to help the little kids get better and get better myself," said Lafon, himself an attendee at the same camp many years ago.

  • Forest-heavy Post 217 starts...

    You might be excused if you confuse this season's Big Island Post 217 American Legion ball club with the Jefferson Forest squad that just wrapped up its Seminole run a couple of weeks ago. Both teams feature many of the same faces. Given that the Cavs won both the District regular season and tournament titles means that's not such a bad thing. Layer in some top-notch talent from Liberty and sprinkle in some college-level players and the team looks to be a strong one.

  • Cubs will end century of pain--...

    2008 will be the Year of the Cub.

    This is the year that will end the century-long misery affair that Cubs fans have had with the North Siders.

    Many, many times over the past forty years, I've been joined by millions of Cub rooters in having our hearts broken.

    My wife, having sat through the Cubs? meltdown in the 2003 NLCS (some call it the Bartman series, though he only merits scant blame), remarked, "I don't see how you can stand it. It gives me agita."

    Naturally, fans that have endured such disappointments tend to grasp at straws.

  • Commentary--The Star Mangled...

    I blame Whitney Houston.

    Having witnessed yet another flagellation of the National Anthem, I can bite my tongue no longer. We have sunk to the level where we find it perfectly acceptable to allow the wanton butchering of the song that is supposed to be the one piece of music that we, as a people, have in common. Francis Scott Key did not intend his masterpiece to be countrified, romanticized, urbanized or salsasized.

  • JAKES doing its part for local...

    If we're going to see continued appreciation for outdoor activities, particularly hunting and fishing, we will need those sports to be embraced by our youth.

    Bedford's James River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is certainly doing its part. Recently, the chapter hosted a JAKES youth event Saturday May 31. JAKES is an outreach program of the NWTF and stands for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship.

  • Falls, White win Grand Awards

    Student-athletes from across the county saw their efforts pay off when the Bedford Rotary Club presented its 13th annual awards last Tuesday evening.

    The event, which was held at the Liberty High School auditorium showcased numerous athletes from all three high schools in 21 distinct sports.

    The Grand Awards, given to the top male and female scholar athletes of the year, were also presented.

  • Both Cav soccer squads booted

    On the same sunny evening, both Forest soccer teams had their state championship aspirations quashed in heartbreaking fashion. The Cavs lost 1-0 to Northside, while the girls lost to Harrisonburg 2-1 in the third overtime period.

    Cavs outhustled, outmuscled

    It wasn?t supposed to end this way.

    The Jefferson Forest boys? soccer team saw its clear shot to a state berth picked from its collective pocket by a quick and aggressive bunch from Northside.

  • Plea from a desperate housewife...

    Editor?s note: While Mike was away from his desk, we took the liberty of replacing his normal commentary with this missive from his wife. Normally, we wouldn?t be so underhanded. But, in this case, it?s a fairly dire situation.

    Dear Bedford Bulletin readers,

    I am the wife of the jamoke that usually writes this column. I am using his space to make a request:: Would you please contact Mike with your ideas for summer sports articles?

  • Semi-no for Seminole's Cavs

    The Jefferson Forest baseball team is unaccustomed to playing with fire. It did so, however, twice in Regional play. While the Cavs escaped their first experience, Waynesboro was only too happy to burn them. The result was a season-ending 10-8 loss to the Little Giants in the Regional semifinals. The seven errors that the Cavs committed netted Waynesboro the boost it needed to overcome the 6-1 lead that Forest had built in the early going.

  • Football and drugs--commentary

    As nearly all of you know, in Amherst County, the star quarterback of the football team (state player of the year, in fact) was busted for dealing drugs in his school.

    Last week, Virginia Tech pulled its offer of a full football scholarship. The young man still faces felony charges.

    In discussing the incident with area teachers, coaches, students and fans, the same things are said over and over: How stupid. What was he thinking? What a wasted opportunity.

    The purpose of this column isn?t to pile on.