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The Franklin News-Post
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Edwards is named new Franklin County football coach
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By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor

J.R. Edwards, who guided Hidden Valley to the state semifinals during his head coaching career with the Titans and who was an assistant coach at Salem during three consecutive, deep playoff runs by the Spartans, has been named Franklin County's new head football coach.

Edwards succeeds Chris Jones who stepped down from the head post last November as a six-year term as the Eagles' sideline boss.

Edwards is the 15th head coach in the history of Franklin County's program which dates to 1950, the year the school opened as a consolidated high school.

Edwards, a former player at The College of William & Mary, said following a Wednesday afternoon introduction to the student body that one of the reasons why he pursued the opening was because he was "ready to be a head football coach again.'

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Franklin County hires new football coach; announcement is set for today
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By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor

Franklin County has completed its search for its next varsity football coach, and the high school has scheduled a public announcement of its new hire today, school athletic officials said Tuesday.

The announcement, which will be made in front of the student body, is set for 2:30 p.m. in the Elton Bonner Auditorium.

The new coach will be the 15th in program history.

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Eagles’ Hanes to continue soccer career at Radford
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By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor

Currie Hanes, who begins his fourth year as a starter on Franklin County's boys' varsity soccer team later this month, will continue his career this fall at NCAA Division I Radford University.

Hanes gave the Highlanders, who compete in the Big South Conference, a non-binding verbal commitment at the end of September, Eagles head coach Curtis Bumgardner said in an email.

Hanes plans to sign his binding national letter of intent Friday, March 27 at 3:30 p.m. The Eagles will host Piedmont District rival Magna Vista later that evening at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.

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Panthers place seventh in NCAA East Regionals
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ROANOKE -- Ferrum College's wrestling team completed its second intercollegiate campaign on the mats by placing seventh out if 18 teams in the NCAA Division III East Regionals at the Berglund Center.

Ferrum served as the host school for the one-day event.

But the Panthers were unable to extend their season as none of their wrestlers qualified for berths in the Division III national championships -- set for March 13 and 14 in Pennsylvania.

The top three place winners in each of 10 weight classes earned national-tournament bids.

Delaware Valley (Pa.) College edged New York University, 123-122, to capture the team championship. Delaware Valley finished third in last year's event, one in which only four points separate the top three finishing teams.

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Piedmont handcuffs Ferrum’s hitters in 10-1 USA South win
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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Piedmont (Ga.) College scored seven unanswered runs over four innings, then tallied three more in the top of the ninth inning Monday for a 10-1 USA South Athletic Conference baseball victory over Ferrum College in the final game of a three-game series played at Methodist (N.C.) University.

The Panthers (6-3 in the USA South, 7-5 overall) took the first two games of the series, each by one run, in a doubleheader played Saturday.

Inclement weather Sunday forced the series finale to be played Monday.

It was inclement weather that forced the three games to be moved from W.B. Adams Field to Methodist.

The Panthers, the preseason championship favorite in the USA South, prevented the shutout when they tallied their lone run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

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Hairston earns third-team All-ODAC laurels

Ramsey to compete in Group 6A state meet

Softball, girls' soccer teams to play Salem

Brown takes Daytona race;Young wins Atlanta

Varina, Cosby win Conference 3 crowns

Virginia Wesleyan tops Ferrum by nine goals, 16-7

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Panthers open Van Kleeck’s final season with a pair of wins
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CLERMONT, Fla.. -- Ferrum College's softball team opened Vickie Van Kleeck's final year as the Panthers' head coach with a pair of wins Sunday during the team's annual spring break series of games.

The Panthers (2-0) edged the University of Mount Union (Ohio), 6-5, and shut out Otterbein College, 6-0.

Van Kleeck announced last September that she would retire at the end of the current season, her 24th as Ferrum's head coach.

Both games were part of The Spring Games, held at Legends Way Ballfields at the National Training Center.

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Marlins rally for win over Ferrum
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VIRGINIA BEACH --Mike Moran netted the match-tying and match-winning goals in the fourth quarter Sunday to lead Virginia Wesleyan College to a 14-13 non-conference men's lacrosse triumph over Ferrum College in the Marlins' 2015 season opener at the DLH Sports Complex.

The Panthers (2-2) led 11-8 after three quarters and 13-11 with 5:53 remaining in the match before the Marlins closed the match by netting three of their six, fourth-quarter goals over the final 4:20.

Moran assisted on the first goal of the scoring run. His goal at 3:43, courtesy of a Joe Papetti assist, produced a 13-13 stalemate. He netted the match-winner with 12 second left off an assist from Levi Williams-Whitney.

The match was tied at 3 after the first quarter and even at 6 at intermission.

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Registration is open for spring sports
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SONTAG -- Franklin County Department of Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for these spring youth sports: baseball, challenger baseball, t-ball, girls' fastpitch softball, co-ed soccer, boys' lacrosse and girls' lacrosse.

There is a non-refundable $20 registration fee that it charged only once per fiscal year: July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

A late registration period for baseball runs from Tuesday, March 3 to Monday, March 16.

T-ball, girls' fastpitch softball, co-ed soccer and girls' lacrosse will take late registrations until March 31.

A fee of $15 is charged with registrations taken after March 2.

No registrations will be taken after the late registration periods end.

Ages are as of May 1 except for boys' lacrosse in which ages are as of Aug. 31

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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

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