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Friday, March 15, 2013

Franklin County to host baseball invitational

Franklin County's varsity baseball team will host its annual, two-day invitational tournament today and Saturday at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.

A classic format will be used.

Joining FCHS in the field are two-time reigning Western Valley District champion Halifax County, C.D. Hylton and Liberty Christian Academy (LCA).

Hylton competes in the Cardinal District of the Group AAA Northwest Region.

Halifax plays LCA in the tournament opener at 4:30 p.m. Friday, followed by FCHS and Hylton at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Halifax takes on Hylton at noon and FCHS faces LCA at 3 p.m.

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Cave Spring tops FCHS boys, 7-2

ROANOKE -- Franklin County's boys' tennis team took 2 of 3 doubles matches, but was blanked in singles in a 7-2 non-district setback to Cave Spring Wednesday.

Winning for FCHS (0-2) were the teams of Chris Teeple and Boston Burke at No. 2, 8-3, and Johnny Hughes and Josh Schuck at No. 3, 8-3.

Also, eight-game pro sets were played in singles.

FCHS returns to action today against Lord Botetourt. Match time is 4:30 p.m. at the Franklin County Recreation Park courts.

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Shumaker paces Ferrum in softball sweep

FERRUM -- Propelled by the pitching of senior righthander Rachel Shumaker, Ferrum College completed a non-conference doubleheader sweep of Emory & Henry College Wednesday night at Franklin Community Bank Field for its fifth straight win.

The Panthers, the reigning USA South Athletic Conference champions, took the first game of the twinbill, 9-4, and won the second game, 3-1.

Shumaker tossed a complete-game five-hitter that was highlighted by 16 strikeouts. She yielded a walk and an earned run.

Shumaker struck out the side in the first, third, fifth and seventh frames.

Ashley Ebersole belted a solo home run off of Shumaker in the top of the second inning to provide the Wasps (5-7) with their lone run.

Courtney Burner hit a solo home run for the Panthers in the bottom of the second frame.

Ferrum tallied the game-winning run, which was unearned, in the fifth inning on a Wasps' throwing error and scored an insurance run later in the frame.

In the first game, Ferrum erased a 2-1 deficit after 3 1/2 innings by pushing eight unanswered runs across the plate: two in the fourth, four in the fifth and two in the sixth.

E&H tallied its final two runs in its half of the seventh.

Panthers starter Kaitlyn Culler allowed six hits over five innings of work inside the pitching circle for the victory.

Culler, a junior righthander, gave up two walks and two earned runs, while striking out four.

Aiyana Law tossed the final two innings in relief and allowed three hits, a walk and two earned runs. She struck out two.

E&H's Kaitlyn Pruitt was charged with the loss. She allowed nine hits and walked four.

Shumaker belted a two-run double in the fourth inning and a three-run double in the fifth to lead the Panthers' offense.

Ferrum (2-0 in the USA South, 13-5 overall), the reigning conference champion, returns to league play this weekend with back-to-back doubleheaders at Franklin Community Bank Field.

Saturday, the Panthers face Methodist (N.C.) University and Sunday, they take on Greensboro (N.C.) College.

The first game of Saturday's twinbill starts at noon, the first game of Sunday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.

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Drew ends Ferrum's best winning streak

FERRUM -- Nikki Kleiman netted seven goals and distributed an assist Wednesday to lead Drew (N.J.) University to a 13-7 non-conference women's soccer victory over Ferrum College Wednesday at Penn-Roediger Field.

The Rangers (3-2), who stopped a two-match losing streak with the triumph, outshot the Panthers, 32-14.

The loss ends a program-best six-match winning streak by Ferrum (6-2), which has fielded intercollegiate women's lacrosse since 2000.

Senior Brooke Hewartson paced the Panthers with five goals.

Drew led 7-4 at halftime and outscored Ferrum 6-3 after intermission.

Lauren Blankenship and Julianne Bove each netted one goal for the Panthers and Whitney Owensby passed out an assist.

Also for Drew, Krysta Cento scored three goals and distributed three assists and Devon Affleck tallied two goals and passed out two assists.

Amanda Cheney went the distance in goal for the Panthers and registered 11 saves.

For Drew, netminder C.C. Carlini played all 60 minutes and recorded a save.

Ferrum returns to action Saturday against seven-time reigning USA South Atheltic Conference champion Christopher Newport University, which is ranked 19th nationally.

The match gets underway at 2 p.m. at Penn-Roediger Field.

At 2-0, Ferrum is undefeated in conference play.

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Panthers fall in men's lacrosse shootout, 17-13

ASHLAND -- Justin Butler and Tim Rowe combined to net nine goals Wednesday as Randolph-Macon College bested Ferrum College in a men's lacrosse shootout 17-13.

Butler tallied five goals and Rowe scored four as the Yellow Jackets (4-4) squared their record with the victory.

Ferrum (5-4) suffered its second straight loss and failed in its second attempt to match its victory total (6) from each of its first two seasons of intercollegiate play in men's lacrosse.

Also for Randolph-Macon, Ryan Davidson scored three goals.

Nick Smith paced the Panthers with four goals, while Will Walter, Daniel Batong and Marcus Boyer each tallied two goals and Ethan Wakefield, Patrick Cathro and Tyler Poage each scored a goal.

Walter, a freshman, distributed two assists, while Poage, Boyer, Walefield and Cathro each passed out one assist.

Ferrum netminder Damian Pulos finished the match with 11 saves.

Randolph-Macon goaltender Jordan Devito registered 14 saves.

The Panthers return to action Saturday against Piedmont (Ga.) College.

Match time is 1 p.m. at W.B. Adams Stadium.

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Eagles rally from deficit to tie Knights, 4-4

Franklin County recovered from a four-goal deficit Wednesday night to force a 4-4 stalemate in its non-district girls' varsity soccer match against Cave Spring at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.

The contest, the Eagles' 2013 home opener, was tied at the end of regulation and after two, mandatory five-minute overtime stanzas.

Makayla Mills netted FCHS's match-tying goal.

Sydney Varney tallied two goals for the Eagles -- one on a free kick, the other when she converted a penalty kick.

Taylor Smith also scored for FCHS.

For the Knights (0-1-1), Lauren Huff notched a hat trick -- three goals scored -- and Kaitlyn Huff netted a goal.

FCHS goalkeeper Jordan Dudley finished the match with two saves. Lauren Nepper, Dudley's Cave Spring counterpart, registered seven saves.

FCHS travels to Lynchburg for its next match on Monday: a non-district contest against Liberty Christian Academy.

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Cheerleading tryouts are set for March 25, 26, 27

Tryouts to select Franklin County's freshman, junior varsity and varsity sideline cheerleading squads for the 2013-14 school year will be held March 25, 26 and 27.

Also, mascot tryouts will be held in conjunction with these tryouts.

Tryouts will take place in Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

Any student, male or female, who will be enrolled at FCHS for the 2013-14 school year is eligible to try out, but each student who plans to try out must have a Virginia High School League (VHSL) physical form dated after May 1, 2012 on file with the FCHS Athletic Department.

Candidates trying out spots on one of the three cheerleading squads will be taught a cheer and a dance for these tryouts. They do not need to know how to tumble or do gymnastics.

Also, candidates may be asked to stunt.

Candidates trying out to be mascots will be asked to dance in costume to music.

Those interested in trying out should pick up an informational packet from FCHS head cheerleading coach Marsha Lopez in the FCHS Tech A building or from athletic department secretary Sandy Coblentz in Hawkins Gym.

Questions can be directed to coach Lopez through the athletic department, 483-5332.

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Knights edge Eagles in boys' soccer

ROANOKE -- Cave Spring scored the match-winning goal with eight minutes remaining Wednesday night to thwart Franklin County, 1-0, in a non-district boys' varsity soccer match.

The Eagles (0-2) suffered their third straight loss dating to last season's quarterfinal-round setback in the Northwest Regionals.

Matt Ketterer netted the Knights' goal courtesy of an assist from Kyle Gunville.

FCHS returns to action tonight against Martinsville.

Match time at Dan Greene Memorial Stadium is 7 p.m.

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Franklin County girls rally from deficit to force tie

Franklin County recovered from a four-goal deficit Wednesday night to force a 4-4 stalemate in its non-district girls' varsity soccer match against Cave Spring at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.

The contest, the Eagles' 2013 home opener, was tied at the end of regulation and after two, mandatory five-minute overtime stanzas.

Makayla Mills netted FCHS's match-tying goal.

Sydney Varney tallied two goals for the Eagles -- one on a free kick, the other when she converted a penalty kick.

Taylor Smith also scored for FCHS.

For the Knights (0-1-1), Lauren Huff notched a hat trick -- three goals scored -- and Kaitlyn Huff netted a goal.

FCHS goalkeeper Jordan Dudley finished the match with two saves. Lauren Nepper, Dudley's Cave Spring counterpart, registered seven saves.

FCHS travels to Lynchburg for its next match on Monday: a non-district contest against Liberty Christian Academy.

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Knights hammer Eagles in varsity softball

Courtney Cooper collected four hits in four plate appearances Wednesday as Cave Spring hammered Franklin County 11-0 in a non-district varsity softball game at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School softball complex.

The game was stopped after five innings because of the slaughter rule.

The Eagles (0-2) suffered their fourth straight loss dating to last season's setback in the championship game of the Western Valley District tournament to diamond nemesis Halifax County.

Cooper, who drove in four runs, belted a two-run home run in the first inning for the Knights (2-0) and Madi Billings hit a solo home run in the top of the second.

Cave Spring pitcher Taylor Asimakopoulos tossed a two-hitter with five strikeouts.

FCHS sophomores Logan Barbour and Mackenzie Chitwood collected those hits.

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Eagles, Knights play to a scoreless tie

ROANOKE -- Franklin County and Cave Spring played to a 0-0 stalemate in a non-district boys' junior varsity soccer contest Wednesday night.

Overtime is not played in non-district junior varsity matches.

The Eagles (0-0-2) return to action today at Martinsville.

Match time at Dan Greene Memorial Stadium is 5:30 p.m.

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Franklin County jayvee girls blank Cave Spring

Three players each netted one goal as Franklin County blanked Cave Spring, 3-0, in a non-district girls' junior varsity soccer match Wednesday at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.

FCHS's victory in its 2013 home opener is its first this season.

Paige Wainwright, Lydia Sarbin and Sierra Gardner netted goals for the Eagles (1-0-1).

Sarbin scored by converting a penalty kick.

Samantha Craighead assisted on Wainwright's goal.

The Eagles return to action Monday against Liberty Christian Academy.

Match time is 4 p.m. at Dillon Stadium.

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Franklin County jayvees pound Cave Spring

Paced by an 11-run fourth frame, Franklin County routed Cave Spring, 15-1, in a non-district junior varsity baseball game Wednesday at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.

The contest was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the slaughter rule.

FCHS (2-0) led 2-0 after tallying two run in its half of the second inning and pushed the spread to 4-1 courtesy of a two-run third.

Cave Spring (0-1), playing its 2013 season opener, manufactured its lone run in the top of the third.

The Eagles collected 16 hits.

Catcher Alex Clark and starting pitcher Nick Robertson each registered three hits to lead FCHS.

Also, Jacob Davis, Cameron Walker and Noah Davis each recorded two hits.

FCHS returns to action today against Liberty Christian Academy.

Game time is 4:30 p.m. in Lynchburg.

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Cave Spring tops Eagles jayvess 3-2

ROANOKE -- Cave Spring rallied for all of its runs in the bottom of the third inning Wednesday for a 3-2 non-district junior varsity softball victory over Franklin County.

The Eagles (1-1) scored once in the bottom of the fifth and once in the last of the sixth.

FCHS left nine runners on base, eight of which were stranded in scoring position.

The Eagles left the tying run at second base in the bottom of the seventh.

FCHS collected nine hits: two by Casey Burton and one each by Carla Hall, Sara Brown, Hayley Davis, Lauren Weidig, Olivia Scalf, Ni-Ni Dillard and Cayman Davis.

Burton surrendered four hits and struck out four in a complete-game effort inside the pitching circle.

Burton was responsible for all three of Cave Spring's runs, but only one of those runs was earned.

The Knights collected one hit the their half of the first inning and three in the bottom of the third.

 
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