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Today's Sports

  • Jefferson Forest rings Liberty...

        Liberty High School was the place to be Friday night.
        The school was the site of a three-pronged invasion from Jefferson Forest, including girls soccer (see story below), baseball and softball.
        It was a good night, if you happen to be a fan of the red and black.  We at the Bedford Bulletin, of course, were pulling for tie scores, given they were all county teams.  Or, we’d take a split:  two wins apiece.
        What we saw was an old fashioned skunking.

  • Sports commentary: Sweet and...

        First, a gripe.  Then, we can discuss less dreary topics.
        Bedford County high schools will conduct their graduation ceremonies on May 23.  That’s less than six weeks away.
        State high school spring sports championships will wrap up on June 13.
        I believe something is backwards here. 

  • Bounce back

        Call them resilient.
        Liberty’s baseball and softball teams showed that they don’t quit, even when things are not going their way.
        That was on display last week, when both teams began on a low note but brought it home in fine fashion by week’s end.

  • Sports commentary: Hall of Shame

        Which esteemed hall contains more rogues and rascals:  the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or the Basketball Hall of Fame?
        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.
        As a wrap-up to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the hoops HOF announced its most recent electees for membership.

  • sports Commentary: Grumpy...

        As the editor of the Bedford Bulletin’s sports pages, I strive to deliver a quality product.  That quality is defined by proper use of the English language.             “Ah,” you might mutter.  “Isn’t it game scores you should be focused on?”
        To which I’d respond, “Ha!  You ended that sentence with a preposition.”

  • Lady Eagles top Liberty

        Whatever the opposite of the Easter Bunny is, Emily Hillman played that role against the Liberty girls’ soccer team.
        The Staunton River speedster was the difference-maker in the Lady Eagles’ 1-0 win over Liberty.
        Not only did she score the winning goal, Hillman was a dynamic force:  Call her Hurricane Hillman.
        She left bodies in her wake as she danced, drove, deeked, dove, diced, dynamited and duked her way around the pitch.

  • The (really) big hurt

        History is rife with trouncings.
        -At the Battle of Agincourt, some estimates have French casualties numbering 100 times greater than those of Henry V’s English army.
        -George Washington won the election of 1792 with 100% of the vote.
        -In 1996, Bernard Hopkins knocked out Steven Frank in a super-middleweight title bout in 15 seconds.
        -Last week, Jefferson Forest’s softball team beat Heritage, 25-3.

  • Flexing some muscle

        It’s way too early to be thinking about the post-season.
        But, it’s certainly not premature to be talking about who is shaping up as powerhouse teams in local softball.
        One of the first teams mentioned in such a dialogue would have to be the Liberty Lady Minutemen.
        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.

  • Sports commentary: No April fool

     

    Ah, April Fools.  ‘Tis a day designated for trickery and tomfoolery.  It’s the one day of the year we get a free pass on pulling the wool over the eyes of our fellow humans.

    That is, unless you happen to work for the Bedford Bulletin.

    The boss, citing such trite phrases as “journalistic integrity,” “telling the truth” and “I’ll fire your fanny if you go through with this cockamamie scheme of yours,” put the kibosh on my brilliant idea.

  • Lady Cavs seek repeat

     

    It’s tough when the act you have to follow is yourself.

    The Jefferson Forest girls’ soccer team, the crew that stormed its way to the State 4A finals last year, faces a tall order in trying to match that feat.

    In will be especially daunting, given the quality of the players which have moved on via graduation.  For starters, the Lady Cavs lost the Gatorade National Player of the Year in Katie Cousins.  Ouch!

    Also taking her sheepskin was all-time (boys and girls) school scoring leader Cassidy Ratliff.  Owee!