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The Franklin News-Post
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Friday, October 5, 2012

Ferrum softball to host annual fall classic

FERRUM -- Ferrum College's softball team will host its annual Fall Classic Saturday at Franklin Community Bank Field.

Joining Ferrum, which will field two squads, in the field are Patrick Henry Community College, Emory & Henry College and Randolph College.

Seven games are scheduled with the first game starting at 9 a.m. and the last contest beginning at 7:30 p.m.

There is a 1-hour, 45-minute time limit on all games.

Here's the schedule: Patrick Henry versus Ferrum Gold at 9 a.m.; Patrick Henry versus Ferrum Black at 10:45 a.m.; Emory & Henry versus Ferrum Gold at 12:30 p.m., Patrick Henry versus Randolph at 2:15 p.m., Emory & Henry versus Ferrum Gold at 4 p.m.; Emory & Henry versus Randolph at 5:45 p.m; and Randolph versus Ferrum Black at 7:30 p.m.

Games will feature open substitution and teams will be allowed to bat 10 players.

Concessions will be available for purchase.

In case of rain, the event will be played Sunday.

Ferrum is the reigning USA South Athletic Conference champion and is a season removed from an appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament.

For information, call Ferrum's Athletic Department. 365--4493.

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Hodges wins Dover racing contest

Matthew Hodges of Wirtz is the winner of The Franklin News-Post Racing Contest for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event in Dover, Del.

The racing contest is sponsored weekly during Sprint Cup season by the newspaper and its advertisers.

Hodges will receive $25 for his winning effort.

Hodges picked race winner Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson for 131 points.

The Chase for the Sprint Cup resumes Sunday at Talladega, Ala. The green flag falls at 2 p.m.

The series' two annual races at the superspeedway are often the most unpredictable on the circuit.

Entries for the contest were published in Wednesday's edition of the News-Post.

Entries must be submitted to the News-Post office on 310 South Main Street by 5 p.m. today, or if mailed, they must be postmarked on or by today's date (Oct. 5).

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FCHS freshmen fall at Heritage, 24-14

LYNCHBURG -- Heritage scored 18 unanswered, second-half points Monday night en route to a 24-14 freshman football victory over Franklin County.

The Eagles (1-3), who suffered their third straight loss, committed three turnovers after intermission.

Running back Deontae Jordan scored all of the Eagles' points. He ran for two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion.

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Teeple takes fourth at Bristol Cross

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Franklin County senior distance runner Melissa Teeple placed fourth in Saturday's girls' five-kilometer race at the 21st annual Bristol Cross, hosted by Tennessee High School.

Teeple, the three-time reigning Western Valley District girls' individual champion, completed the 3.1-mile trek at Steele Creek Park in 19:47.6

McKenzie Jones, a freshman from Morristown (Tenn.) West, won the race in a time of 19:19.

Each of the top six finishers broke the 20-minute mark.

Morristown West captured top girls' team accolades with 31 points.

FCHS's girls' squad placed 14th out of 22 teams with 350 points.

Also for the Eagles, Brooke Thornton (23:24) finished 56 in a field of 192 runners, followed by Sara Underwood (109th, 25:14.5), Emily Philpott (122nd, 25:53.3), Sydney Brown (141st, 26:43.2), Jessica Carden (159th, 27:52.9) and Kellie Gingras (175th, 30:04.7).

FCHS's boys' team finished 19th out of 30 teams with 515 points.

Daniel Boone (Tenn.) won the boys' title with 45 points.

Ethan Oakley (18:30.6) was FCHS's top finisher in 63rd in a field of 233 runners, followed by Josh Lawson (78th, 18:44.9), Tyler Williams (92nd, 19:03), Alex Robertson (140th, 20:33.4), Nicholas Lazorisak (179th, 21.31.0) in 179th and Jacob Barton (184th, 21:38.9).

FCHS's next meet is Saturday's North County Invitational at the Greenfield Recreation Park in Botetourt.

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Eagles sweep Danville in WVD volleyball, 3-0

Franklin County's varsity volleyball team won its second Western Valley District match of the season Tuesday, 3-0 over George Washington-Danville at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

Set scores were 25-19, 25-16, 25-19.

Mikayla Holland paced FCHS (2-1 in the WVD, 6-13 overall) with 10 kills, while AnnTaylor Walker netted 16 digs.

FCHS returns to action Tuesday against league foe Halifax County. Match time in South Boston is 7 p.m.

A junior varsity match between the Eagles and the Comets opens the doubleheader at 5:30 p.m.

•JAYVEES WIN: FCHS won Tuesday's junior varsity match over GW Danville, 2-0.

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Faith Christian defeats Knights in volleyball

Faith Christian School of Roanoke topped Christian Heritage Academy (CHA), 3-1, in a Virginia Association of Christian Athletics (VACA) Southwest District volleyball match Tuesday.

Set scores were 25-21, 25-19, 15-25, 25-17.

Melissa Andersen led their Knights (2-7 in the district, 2-7 overall) with 13 service points, four kills and nine assists.

Also, Celest Shelton netted six kills, Moriah Thompson tallied three kills and distributed five assists and Brittany Shelton registered five kills.

" This young team showed how much they've developed in this match, especially in the third (set),' CHA head coach Kathy Griffith said. "Brittany Shelton had a great (match).'

CHA's junior varsity team lost in straight sets, 2-0.

Set scores were 25-20, 25-16.

"These girls are getting more aggressive and skilled every match,' Griffith said.  

Ellie Jo Boone, Sarah Tatum and Tricia Spence were CHA's statistical leaders, Griffith said.

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Ferrum sweeps MBC for first league win

FERRUM -- Paced by the play of hitters Jordan Link and Kayla Trippeer, Ferrum College swept Mary Baldwin College (MBC), 3-0, in a USA South Athletic Conference volleyball match Wednesday at William P. Swartz Gymnasium.

Set scores were 25-23, 25-23, 25-17.

Ferrum (1-4 in the USA South, 2-10 overall) stops a 26-match losing streak against conference opposition with the triumph, its first at Swartz Gym since a 3-0 shut-out of MBC on Oct. 26, 2010.

The Panthers' victory ends a seven-match overall losing skid.

MBC (0-3 in the USA South, 0-14 overall) has lost 17 matches in a row dating to last season.

Link and Trippeer each finished the match with 10 kills and four digs.

Setter Leah Quinones distributed 31 assists, while Hannah Shumaker netted a team-best eight digs.

Also, Brittany Jacobs (Franklin County) tallied five kills, seven digs and served three aces and Sadie Wallace (Franklin County) served a match-best five aces.

Ferrum celebrated its annual DIG PINK Night, a cancer awareness rally sponsored by the Side Out Foundation.

Between the second and third sets, five cancer survivors who were in attendance were honored.

Two of those survivors are the mothers of Ferrum alumna players Mindy Bowman and Jessica Flanagan, the Panthers' first-year head coach.

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BFMS stops losing skid

Benjamin Franklin Middle School's volleyball team rallied from a opening-set loss Wednesday to defeat Hidden Valley Middle School, 2-1, in a Roanoke Valley Middle School District match at home.

Set scores were 13-25, 27-25, 15-8.

With the victory, BFMS (3-8 in the district, 3-10 overall) stops an eight-match losing streak.

Ironically, the Eagles' skid started with a loss to Hidden Valley on the road on Sept. 6.

"The girls fought hard and deserved this win,' first-year BFMS head coach Andy Flora said. "I'm proud of their effort.

"We have struggled with some team issues lately, but I can say without a shadow of a doubt that (Wednesday's) win was a TEAM effort,' Flora said.

Trailing 1-0 in sets and facing match point at 25-24, BFMS fought off that match point while receiving serve, then scored consecutive points on serve to square the match and force a 15-point deciding set.

Hidden Valley fought off three match points in that set before falling.

For the match, BFMS served 11 aces, netted 18 kills, tallied 17 digs and distributed 13 assists.

Quinlan Cuddy paced BFMS with three aces, eight kills, six assists and two digs.

Also, Destani Fitzgerald passed out six assists, collected two digs and served one ace.

BFMS concludes its 2012 season at home Tuesday against district foe Read Mountain Middle School. Match time is 5 p.m.

 
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