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Today's Sports

  • Eagles are District co-favorites...

    The girls? basketball scene should be a lively one this year. While returning Seminole champion Brookville brings back a lot of talent, it appears that Staunton River is poised to give the Bees a run for their money. The Eagles look loaded with talent and may be poised to peak at the absolute right time. Meanwhile, Jefferson Forest is a year older and a year wiser. If the team can crack the code on scoring, it has a shot at cracking the top three of the District.

  • Liberty should be in thick of...

    The three Bedford County boys? basketball teams enter the season with a wide variance in what they bring to the table.

    In a nutshell, Liberty looks as though it will be one of the powerhouse teams of the Seminole District, featuring some of the marquee talent in the league. Forest will aim to build off the surprisingly good season it had last year. Staunton River looks to be in a rebuilding mode, having graduated all five of last season?s starters.

  • Hunters for the Hungry primed...

    With deer season coming into full swing, the opportunity for hunters and non-hunters to help their fellow Virginians presents itself through the Hunters for the Hungry program.

    Hunters for the Hungry (H4H), has set an ambitious target of facilitating the movement of 360,000 pounds of meat from the woodlands of Virginia to the supper tables of the state?s neediest families.

  • From Minutemen to Ironmen

    In the mid-1980s, a couple of jocks graduated from Liberty High School. Kevin Willis and Chris Tharp were fast friends who played football for the Minutemen. Willis was a middle linebacker and Tharp was a slightly-built defensive lineman. They played for Dr. John Walker, and ?You walked a straight line under him,? according to Willis.

    Fast forward twenty-some years, and the two are teammates again. Only now, instead of tackling Cavaliers and Bees, the two are taking on the grueling course of the Ironman world.

  • Marathon Man

    Editor?s note: Bill Vickery, a resident of Bedford, recently ran in the Richmond Marathon. He was invited to share some of the experiences he had in training up for the race.

    The Training

    Training for a marathon is like having to eat your peas before dessert, except in this case, there are so many peas you wonder if it is worth it. I trained for the Richmond marathon for two months. I ran the marathon to raise money for the Bedford Hospice Hardy Fund.

  • Barry Bonds' plight--...

    So, Barry Bonds was indicted by a federal grand jury last week. Is anybody surprised?

    I'm no Barry Bonds fan, nor am I an apologist for the man. In my opinion, he is a gifted athlete who has shown zero regard for the fans. His selfishness is legion. Also, it is obvious that the guy bulked up somehow.

    I question the merit of putting Bonds behind bars. This has been a witch hunt, plain and simple. And Bonds makes a pretty good witch. Now, the talking heads are wringing their hands, decrying the end of baseball as we know it.

  • Bee-wildering

    There was no rest for the weary, while the well-rested ran roughshod.

    Liberty limped into Stinger Stadium for its VHSL Regional semifinal against top-seeded Brookville. The Minutemen limped out of the joint following a 42-14 pasting at the hands of the Bees.

  • Jones keeps on truckin'

    Local driver Chris Jones continued his remarkable ascent up the NASCAR chain with an impressive finish at last weekend?s Phoenix 150, a part of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Jones, a native of Forest, started 35th in the Friday night race, but worked his way up in the field. In the end, following a mishap in the pits and after some shuffling on cautions, he settled for 27th place in a field that included such hot brands as Kevin Harvick, Stacey Compton and Mike Skinner.

  • Forest has solid showing at...

    The Jefferson Forest cross country team wrapped up its season as it began it: as a team. Competing as Bedford County?s only representative in the State Championship at Great Meadows (Warrenton), the boys? team took eighth place, while the girls? squad nabbed eleventh.

    The boys? race was a fleet affair, with the top 15 finishers all breaking the 16 minute barrier for the 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) course.

  • College Football's top 25...

    What madness is this? I look at the latest football polls and see the likes of Kansas and Missouri sprinkled into the top 10. Hawaii is angling to break into the upper echelons. At times, Kentucky, South Florida and South Carolina threatened the top.

    I feel that the college football scene has become a kind of Bizarro World, where everything is supposedly normal but, in truth, is inverted.

    Take a look at the BCS standings this week. LSU is at the top. So far, so good. The Bayou Bengals are a traditional football powerhouse.