Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Bedgood shows skill at the net

Connor Bedgood was a three-sport standout during his days Fike High School earlier this decade. In fact, he concluded his high school career by being named The Wilson Daily Times Co-Athlete of the Year for his work on the soccer field, the basketball court and the baseball diamond.

Bedgood went on to a solid career as a defender for the Barton College soccer team and this spring he been an assistant coach for Fike girls soccer head coach Toni Varacchi. On Tuesday afternoon, Bedgood showed flashes of what could have been.

As the severe weather at first delayed, then later canceled Fike's match against Nash Central in the 3-A NEW 6 Conference girls soccer tournament, the teams waited it out in the Fike gym. The Golden Demons passed the time with a friendly, but spirited, intersquad volleyball match.

But as these photos attest, Bedgood provided food for thought that had Fike — and Barton — had men's volleyball, he could have well been a four-sport star. As you can see, he viciously attacked the net and laid down a sizzling kill. No one on the other side of the net, not even Varacchi, had an answer for it.

The Demons and Bulldogs will try again Wednesday at 5 p.m. with the Northern Nash-Rocky Mount match to follow. The championship game is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. Of course, the weather forecast suggests there may be more volleyball in Bedgood's immediate future.

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