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Benjamin Franklin Middle School outfielder McKinlee Shrader swings and makes contact with this delivery from a Glenvar Middle School pitcher in the Eagles’ 9-4 Roanoke Valley Middle School District softball victory in their 2013 season opener. (Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston)
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Monday, March 18, 2013

Methodist sweeps Ferrum women

FERRUM -- Ferrum College's women's tennis team suffered a 9-0 loss USA South Athletic Conference rival Methodist (N.C.) University Saturday at the Burrows-Skeens Tennis Complex.

The Panthers (0-3 in the USA South, 1-5 overall) dropped each of the three doubles matches by 8-0 scores and were swept by the Monarchs (3-0 in the USA South, 7-1 overall) in singles play.

A Sunday men's and women's conference doubleheader against Greensboro (N.C.) College was rained out. No make-up date has been announced


Mandatory referees' meetings are slated

SONTAG -- A mandatory meeting for anyone who is interested in refereeing spring soccer through the Franklin County Department of Parks and Recreation is scheduled for Thursday, March 21.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin County Recreation Park's soccer field on Virginia 619 (Sontag Road).

Also, a mandatory meeting for anyone who is interested in umpiring softball or baseball through the recreation department is slated for Thursday, March 21.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the recreation park's baseball field No. 1.

For information concerning these meetings, call Terry Miller, 420-5991.


Hunter Education course is set for March 30

A Virginia Hunting Education course will be offered Saturday, March 30 at the Franklin Center in Rocky Mount from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The class is being offered prior to the opening of spring turkey season.

Passage of this class is required before one can obtain a hunting license in the commonwealth.

Participants need to bring a bag lunch with them. There are snack machines on site.

Pre-registration is required and can be done online at or by calling 1-888-516-0844.


Cox delivers game-winning hit for Ferrum in 11th frame

FERRUM -- Justin Cox delivered a game-winning, two-run single in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday as Ferrum College's baseball team stopped a six-game losing streak with an 8-7 non-conference triumph over Hampden-Sydney College at W.B. Adams Field.

The Panthers (8-13) had lost seven, one-run games prior to the victory over the Tigers (9-9).

Ferrum is 5-1 this season against non-conference opponents; the Panthers aveneged their lone loss, a one-run setback to Roanoke College with a victory over the Maroons later in the campaign.

Ferrum trailed 7-5 with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, but was able to produce its game-deciding, three-run rally.

First, Eddie McGrath drew a walk to force Quame Green home from third to cut the deficit to one run and set up Cox's heroics.

Cox's base hit drove in Wes Walker and Taryn Hayden.

Cox collected two hits in six plate appearances. He drove in three runs and scored once.

Hayden was 2 of 5 with a double. He too scored once.

The Panthers employed six pitchers.

Hayden started for Ferrum and worked 2 1/3 innings. Hank Parsley, Jake Perkins, Tyler Easterly and Javin Metz (Franklin County) each pitched at least one full frame.

Closer Justin Puentes tossed the final two innings to earn the victory. He surrendered three hits and two earned runs, while striking out three.


BFMS softball wins season opener, 9-4

Benjamin Franklin Middle School's softball team bested Glenvar Middle School, 9-4, Thursday in a Roanoke Valley Middle School game.

The contest was the season opener for both clubs.

McKinlee Shrader belted two triples and drove in two runs to pace the Eagles (1-0 in the district, 1-0 overall) and Leah Wood also collected a triple.

Also, Delaney Forbes and Danielle Graham each collected a base hit.

BFMS pitcher Kelsey Pendleton recorded three strikeouts.

Eagles outfielder Caroline McConnell took away hits from two Glenvar batters with catches and Graham made a diving grab to end the fourth inning.

BFMS returns to action Tuesday against district rival William Byrd Middle School.

Game time is 5 p.m. at the BFMS softball complex.

The contest is BFMS's 2013 home opener.


Haley/SML Juniors tourney returns in July

SCRUGGS -- The Andrew Haley Memorial-Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club Junior Open golf tournament returns for its 23rd year Monday and Tuesday, July 22 and 23.

The opening 18 holes of the two-day, 36-hole stroke play tournament will be contested at The Waterfront Country Club near Moneta, while the final 18 holes will be played at Mariners' Landing Golf and Country Club in Huddleston.

Youth golfers, both boys and girls, between the ages of 12 and 18 with established handicaps are eligible to compete.

Registration fee is $65 if paid on or before June 22; $70 if paid after that date.

Registration fee includes all golf-related fees for participants, including lunch each day.

All golfers who enter are entitled to one practice round at each course the week before the tournament.

Those without established handicaps can establish those this spring if they would like to participate.

Registration is open and available online at

For information, call Ron Jamison, player recruitment chairman, (540) 721-2361.


Celtics to host hoops tournament Saturday

Franklin County Celtics Travel Basketball Organization will host its second annual Clover Classic youth basketball tournament Saturday, March 23.

The tournament is for boys in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Games will be played at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, Franklin County High School and Christian Heritage Academy.

Start time for games is 9 a.m.

Admission is $10 for adults.

Youth six-year-old or younger are admitted free.

Pre-sale tickets are on sale for $5 and can be purchased at Davis Heating and Air in Rocky Mount.

Tournament updates are available through social media on the Franklin County Celtics' Facebook page. These updates can be accessed by hitting the "like' icon.


Ferris wins FNP racing contest for Las Vegas

Gary Ferris of Stewartsville won the racing contest, sponsored by The Franklin News-Post (FNP) and its advertisers, for Las Vegas by picking Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch for a total of 132 points.

James Holloway of Rocky Mount won the Phoenix contest, choosing Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards.

Ferris and Holloway each will receive $25 for their winning efforts.


BFMS routs Glenvar in season opener

Propelled by a 15-run first inning, Benjamin Franklin Middle School's baseball team opened its 2013 season Thursday by routing Roanoke Valley Middle School District rival Glenvar Middle School, 19-0, at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.

For BFMS (1-0 in the district, 1-0 overall), Logan Boitnott and Briggs Parris each collected two hits and Cameron Janney drove in four runs.

The Eagles return to action Tuesday at William Byrd Middle School.


Shenandoah tops Ferrum men, 6-3

LYNCHBURG -- Shenandoah University defeated Ferrum College, 6-3, in a non-conference men's tennis match played at Lynchburg College Thursday.

Shenandoah is a former USA South Athletic Conference rival of the Panthers now in its first incollegiate campaign in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).

Ferrum (1-0 in the USA South, 1-4 overall) won one singles match and two doubles contests.

In singles, Christopher Miller, the Panthers' No. 1 player, defeated Steven Baker in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5.

In dobules, Miller and Connor Moncure bested Baker and Jeremy Parel in an eight-game pro set, 8-2.

Also, Michael Marsh and Taylor Napier were victorious at No. 2 singles over Vladimar Daskalov and Zach O'Neal, 8-3.


Shenandoah defeats Ferrum women

LYNCHBURG -- Ferrum College's women's tennis team managed one singles victory and one doubles triumph in a 7-2 non-conference loss to Shenandoah University Thursday in a match played at Lynchburg College.

Shenandoah is a former USA South Athletic Conference rival of the Panthers now in its first incollegiate campaign in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).

In singles, Kyra Schultz won for the Panthers (1-4 overall) at position No. 6 over Hannah Johnson, 6-0, 6-2.

Kaitlin Swann, Ferrum's No. 1 player, lost in three sets to Sharon Allin after taking the opening set, 3-6, 6-1,10-6.

Swann, a junior, is a former prep standout at Lynchburg's E.C. Glass High School.

In doubles, Rebecca Harbeck and Brittany Martin bested Kayla Green and Katie Johnson at position No. 2 in an eight-game pro set, 8-4.

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