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Franklin County's D.A. Reynolds (33) awaits an entry pass into the post from teammate Chris Tyree (34) during last years loss to GW Danville in the semifinals of the Western Valley District boys basketball tournament. Reynolds and Tyree are returning seniors for the Eagles this season. FCHS opens its 2009-2010 campaign tonight at Hidden Valley. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor

Franklin County's boys' varsity basketball team begins the 2009-2010 season seeking to reclaim a championship it last captured in 2005.

The Eagles' girls' varsity basketball team starts its season seeking to defend a title it won for only the second time in school history just last year.

Both will be tested in their campaign openers tonight -- FCHS's boys travel to Hidden Valley, who are a season removed from a Group AA Division 4 state semifinal appearance, while FCHS's girls' host the Titans, who also made it to the state semifinals in Group AA Division 4.

Both Hidden Valley squads won Region IV titles in Division 4.

Both games tip off at 7:30 p.m. and are preceded by junior varsity games which begin at 6 p.m.

FCHS's girls' team, guided by fourth-year head coach Anne Crutchfield, finished 24-2 last year and was undefeated in the Western Valley District.

The Eagles, who were ranked as high as No. 5 in Group AAA by the Associated Press last season, fell at home to Forest Park in the semifinals of the Northwest Regionals.

The Eagles tied single-season school record for wins (24) and consecutive victories (19) last season. Both of those standards were set FCHS's 2006 club, which earned the school's first state tournament berth.

FCHS features five returning veteran players in seniors Shea Smith, Desirae Jamison, Boreika Burwell and Malerie Hunter and junior Miranda Smith.

Miranda Smith earned first team All-WVD and All-Northwest Region accolades last season and received an honorable mention All-Group AAA citation in voting by the Virginia High School Coaches Association (VHSCA).

Miranda Smith, who averaged 15 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds per game last season, is a third-year varsity veteran. She needs 306 points to surpass the 1,000-point mark in career scoring.

Shea Smith averaged 12.5 points and a team-best 5.2 assists per game last season. She and Burwell are fourth-year varsity players -- both were freshmen on Crutchfield's first team in 2007.

Jamison begins her third varsity campaign and Hunter is in her second year of varsity competition.

Cassi Williams also returns from last year's title squad.

FCHS will play 10 games this month. District play starts at home on Jan. 5 against William Fleming.

FCHS's boys' team finished 15-9 and failed to qualify for the Northwest Regionals for the second straight season.

Last year, the WVD sent two teams -- William Fleming and GW Danville -- the Group AAA Final Eight for the second time in league history and the Colonels, the reigning Northwest Region champions, lost in the state finals.

Doug Conklin begins his 13th season as the Eagles' head coach, but it's his first as a retired teacher. He is within striking distance of 200 career wins.

Conklin has guided FCHS to seven straight winning seasons, three district championships, two Northwest Regional runner-up showing and to two appearances in the Group AAA state tournament.

Chris Tyree, a fourth-year varsity player, returns for his senior season after earning second team All-WVD accolades last season.

Senior veterans D.A. Reynolds and Earl Gill and junior Daniel Hutson each received an honorable mention all-district citation last season.

Gill and Hutson are third-year varsity players.

Seniors Chris Witcher, Tae Gilbert and Chris Witcher and junior Tre Preston also have past varsity experience.

Varsity newcomers are juniors Chase Hughes, Blake Smith, Thad Basham and 6-foot-9 center Andre Washington; sophomores DeVonta Royal, Isiah Gill and 6-foot-7 center Jalen Robertson; and freshman Ryan Flynn.

Hughes, Gilbert, Reynolds, Basham and Preston were contributing performers on the Eagles' district championship football team, which won the school's first playoff contest before falling in the Division 6 Northwest Region semifinals.

FCHS's home opener is Tuesday, Dec. 8 against Group AA Bassett.

The Eagles will play 11 games this month. District play begins Jan. 5 at William Fleming.

Both FCHS squads will go on the road to Northern Virginia for back-to-back games against Potomac and Stonewall Jackson this weekend.

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