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Today's Sports

  • Byrds soar over Eagles

     

    Staunton River was at a disadvantage from the start.

    When the Eagles hosted William Byrd in boys hoops last Friday night, River Head Coach Brandon Harris dutifully sent his starting five onto the court.

    The tallest stands five foot eight inches tall.  Every starting Terrier is taller than that mark.

    In what may have been the least contested opening jump ball in county history, Byrd's 6'4" Koty Collier squared off with River's 5'8" Jordan Mattox.

  • Sports commentary: By any other...

     

    "The king is dead.  Long live the king!"

    That's what people in nations ruled by royalty are purported to exclaim when a sovereign passes away, only to be succeeded by his son/brother/nephew.

    The declaration could be adapted for college football:

    "The BCS is dead.  Long live the BCS."

    Monday night marked the expiration of the much-derided Bowl Championship Series.  We've been told the system will be replaced by a much better one.

  • Wrestlemania

     

    Liberty Christian Academy's turn-of-the-year wrestling tournament is rapidly gaining a reputation for excellence.

    So are the Bedford County grapplers who participate in it.

    All three local teams finished in the top half of the scoring, with Jefferson Forest and Staunton River logging in top-five performances.  Liberty wound up 13th in a 26-team field.

    Here's how the teams fared:

    1.  Poquoson           242.5

  • Slay ride

     

    A wintery mix which was making travel a dicey proposition mimicked what was happening concurrently in Staunton River's gym.

    In other words, slushy road conditions mirrored slipshod basketball by both Liberty and the Lady Eagles.

    It was the Minettes who emerged with the win, keeping their record spotless (at 4-0) with a 59-40 win.

    "That was a sloppy game," noted Liberty Head Coach Mike Jones.

  • Sports commentary: A Desert of...

     

    The iceman cometh, but not in these parts.

    I've gushed previously on the wonderful attributes that adorn life in this area of Virginia.  

    Now, I'm griping.

    Where's the hockey?

    Now, I fully realize that neither the town nor the county of Bedford has the population or the inclination to support pro hockey at any level.

    I also understand that the introduction of the sport at the high school level is too pricey a proposition to merit even consideration.

  • Sports commentary: Thank you...

     

    Go Army!  Beat Navy!

    "Wait a minute," you might be thinking.  "Didn't this guy write a column on the Army-Navy game last week?

    I did.  But I'm not through with the topic.

    Last week's column was written in a humorous vein, though I'm certain there are readers who might counter that last week's column was merely an attempt at writing in a humorous vein.

    This week, I'm taking a more somber approach.

  • M-Men's first Seminole win

     

     

    Considering their opponent, the Liberty Minutemen hoopsters didn't appear to be too, er, rusty.  The M-Men came away with a 62-43 win over a visiting crew from Rustburg.

    The victory came to the Minutemen in their the first Seminole District game of the season.  The Minutemen, who now stand 2-1, went 1-1 in an earlier tournament held at Broadway.

    The tone of the Rustburg game was set early.  Austin Porter dished to Jamaal Preston for an easy bucket.  Rucker Shipp followed up with a  three pointer.

  • Prolific

     

     

    The battle for Bedford County got underway last week, with Jefferson Forest drawing first blood via a win over Staunton River.

    But it wasn't easy.

    The Cavs had their hands full with the undersized Eagles all evening.  In the end, the lads from Forest hung on for an 86-82 win in front of an undersized crowd at the Sabredome.

    "There wasn't a whole lot of defense played in this game," said JF Head Coach Paul Redgate.  "Still, we're very happy to get the win."

  • A new approach

     

    Surprises are rarely neutral:  They can be good or they can be bad.

    For Steve Mills, Jefferson Forest's new head coach of the girls team, his early-season surprises clearly fall in the latter category.

    Mills found out early in his tenure that he would begin his inaugural campaign absent two of the team's best players from last year.  Guards Cassidy Ratliff and Katie Cousins have opted not to play roundball this season.  Instead, the duo will focus on soccer, a sport in which they have proven acumen.

  • Sister act

     

    Teams should be family.

    In the case of the Staunton River Lady Eagles, that is a literal truism.

    If the Lady Eagles are going to make much of a mark on the hardwoods this season, they'll likely be led to do so by two pairs of sisters.

    The Cawley and Stephens sisters should bring that sense of family to the team.

    Britney and Whitney Cawley are twin sisters and are both seniors.  Sydney Stephens is a senior who will be joined by junior sis Asia.