• Future taking root in the present
      Good high school sports teams are not made overnight. In nearly every sport, the work and development which takes place well before high school is what translates into success on the varsity fields and courts. Such developmental efforts were on display in the Liberty and Forest zones last week. The Bedford Area YMCA hosted a basketball camp, while the Forest Youth Athletic Association fields were the site of a football camp.
  • Islanders eye playoffs
      They'll get a breather.  Then things will really heat up for the American Legion Post 217 Big Island baseball crew. Coming off a week in which they played six games, the Islanders will head for the post-season, ready or not. The good news?  Big Island will host the District 10 tournament this weekend at Jim Thacker Field, at Forest Middle School. "We've been to Danville and we've been to Brookville," said Head Coach Kelley Russell.  "It's time to play on our home field."
  • Double-header mania
      In baseball, you never know. Take Big Island Post 217's doubleheader with Danville Post 325. The bottom line is that the teams split the pair of seven-stanza sessions. But, the two games couldn't have been more different. In the first contest, Danville took a 4-3 nail biter.  In the nightcap, the Islanders prevailed, 18-11.  The only nail biting going on in that one came from the guy keeping the scoreboard, afraid he was going to run out of numbers.
  • Photo of the Week: Dawn breaks over the surf
      This summer's first Photo of the Week is actually three photos.  Jason Anderson, of Forest, submitted the above stunning image, which he made using a fine photographic eye and a technique called High Dynamic Range imaging.  In HDR, three (in this case) photos of the same scene are merged to give a more luminous image, drawing the best of the images.  
  • Big Island Post 217: Sweet and sour
      For a team with a lot of LCA guys on it, Big Island Post 217 didn't show a lot of love to the crew from Christiansburg. Big Island got its American Legion season off to a roar.  That roaring noise came from the bats of the 217ers.  Four homers were smacked, as Quentin Palmer (twice), Cameron Byrd and Hunter Johnson each tapped a tater. Keyton Elliot had a pair of doubles and single, while Gavin Porpora had a pair of hits and a couple of RBIs.
  • Field of schemes: If you bill it, they will shun
      By Tom Wilmoth and  Mike Forster news@bedfordbulletin.com   Talk about sticker shock! That's exactly what Bedford County's American Legion baseball team got recently. The team, which has had a home behind Forest Middle School for years and years, suddenly finds itself priced out of the market. "Our rate has tripled," said Big Island Head Coach Kelley Russell.
  • Thompson to step down as Liberty skipper
      Lori Mattson's life just got a bit more hectic. Already hunting for new head coaches for the Liberty boys' basketball and softball teams, Mattson, the Liberty athletic director, now has to expand her search to include finding a new skipper for the Minutemen baseball program. Mike Thompson has announced his resignation, effective at the end of this season, after leading the varsity for the past three seasons.  Prior to taking over the program, Thompson had served as JV coach and as an assistant to his predecessor, Stuart Grant.
  • Rotary award nominees for 2014
      Jefferson Forest         Liberty Staunton River Boys cross country Ben Ottman Winston Davis Ben Choate
  • Big Bird may become Big Bear
      Could the City of Big Shoulders also be the place for the Big Bird? Liberty High School graduate and Marshall University senior Brandon Sparrow has earned a shot at the next level. The defensive tackle has been invited to a tryout with the Chicago Bears. In his final season at Marshall, Sparrow had 21 unassisted tackles, while assisting on another 19. He also recovered a pair of fumbles and had 1.5 quarterback sacks.
  • Cujo: Carolina on his mind
           Life's funny.     And, not always in a "ha-ha" sort of way.      Take local boxing icon Scott "Cujo" Sigmon.  It wasn't long ago that the Bedford Brawler was a hot-shot youngster with a dream as big as his head is hard.     Suddenly, the feisty youngster is a relative elder statesman for the sport.  At 27 years of age, he's certainly no spring chicken.  In fact, he's still got plenty of fire in the belly and fuel in the tank.