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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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COLLEGE WRESTLING
Ferrum to host East Regional at the Berglund Center
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FERRUM -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that Ferrum College has been selected to host the 2015 NCAA Division. III Wrestling East Regional.

The Panthers will host the NCAA national qualifier on Sunday, March 1 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke.

The NCAA hosts six regionals in Division III wrestling each year, with the top three wrestlers in each weight class at all six regionals advancing to the NCAA National Championships.

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HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING
Eagles seek to extend ‘The Streak’ on the mat
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By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor

On Saturday, Franklin County's varsity wrestling team will have a chance to compete at home for the first time this season.

And the Eagles will have a chance to extend what is known as "The Streak"

FCHS is the host team for the Piedmont District championships, which will be staged at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

The Eagles, the reigning league titleholder, seeks their 28th straight district title -- a streak that began in 1988 when they captured their first Roanoke Valley District (RVD) championship by half-a-point over Cave Spring at William Fleming High School.

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LOCAL AUTO RACING
Chase Elliott to make Sprint Cup debut at Martinsville Speedway in STP 500

MARTINSVILLE -- Chase Elliott will take the first laps in his NASCAR Sprint Cup career at Martinsville Speedway in the STP 500 March 29.

Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that Elliott would run five Sprint Cup races this year in preparation for a full-season campaign in 2016. The first of the five races will be the STP 500.

"I'm excited to go to Martinsville. Hendrick Motorsports has had a lot of success there, it's a place they've had a lot of wins," said the 19-year-old Elliott, who is the defending Xfinity Series champion. "It is certainly good to know that in the back of your mind. Also, I know when I ran Martinsville in the truck series I had a lot of room for improvement. I hope I can step up and do my job."

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WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Panthers down Mary Baldwin by 40
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STAUNTON -- Ferrum College tallied more points in the opening half than host Mary Baldwin College netted during the game Wednesday in a 40-point, 81-41, USA South Athletic Conference women's basketball victory.

The Panthers (5-3 in the USA South), who squared their overall record with the triumph, led by 22 points, 46-24, at intermission and limited Mary Baldwin to 17 second-half points.

Ferrum, which has scored 80 or more points in three games this season, all victories, won its second straight game.

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MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Second-half showing propels Pride, 65-50

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro College outscored Ferrum College by 12 points after intermission Wednesday en route to a 65-50 USA South Athletic Conference men's basketball victory over the Panthers at Hanes Gymnasium.

The Pride (5-2 in the USA South, 12-6 overall) led by three points, 26-23, at intermission before outscoring Ferrum (2-5 in the USA South, 7-11 overall) 39-27 over the game's closing 20 minutes.

Greensboro and Averett University are tied for first place in the USA South standings with North Carolina Wesleyan College and William Peace (N.C.) University each a half-a-game in arrears.

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SPORTS BRIEFS
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Warriors edge Eagles in PD boys' hoops

Fourth-quarter play paces Warriors to win

Ferrum's Hairston earns national honor

CHA dominates 2nd half in win

JV girls extend winning streak

Warriors defeat JV boys by 17

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COLLEGE SPORTS
USA SOUTH ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PRESEASON COACHES’ POLLS SPRING SPORTS
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Softball Poll, Women's Tennis Poll, Men's Tennis Poll, Golf Poll, Women's Lacrosse Poll

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RECREATION NOTEBOOK
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SONTAG -- The following events are sponsored or co-sponsored by the Franklin County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Call (540) 483-9293 or the number listed for information.

Also, information and/or registration forms can be obtained by www.franklincountyva.gov/parks.

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