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COLLEGE BASEBALL
Gilmore achieves coaching milestone
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Gary Gilmore, the architect of Coastal Carolina (S.C.) University's rise to national prominence on the diamond, has reached a coaching milestone courtesy of a rally produced by his club Thursday at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

Gilmore, a Franklin County native and an alumnus and former player at Coastal Carolina, became the 50th college baseball coach to win 1,000 career games with the Chanticleers' 4-3 triumph over Presbyterian (S.C.) College in the opening game of a three-game Big South Conference series.

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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
Eagles start anew with 5-1 win
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By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor

BASSETT -- Although Franklin County is 11 games into its current softball campaign veteran dugout boss Bryan Forbes said the season started Wednesday.

For those following his reasoning, the Eagles are 1-0.

FCHS broke a 1-1 deadlock by tallying four unanswered runs -- two in its half of the fifth inning and two in its half of the seventh frame for a 5-1 Piedmont District victory over Bassett in the first league encounter between the diamond rivals which had played several times in the past in non-district competition.

The Eagles (2-2 in the Piedmont District, 6-5 overall) squared their district mark with their second straight win with both of those triumphs coming in their opponent's diamond.

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HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' SOCCER
Eagles pound Bengals, 8-0
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BASSETT -- Franklin County netted four goals in the first half and matched that scoring output in the initial 23 minutes of the final stanza for an 8-0 Piedmont District girls' varsity soccer triumph over Bassett Wednesday at Ed Bassett Stadium.

The match was stopped with 17 minutes to play because of the eight-goal slaughter rule.

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COLLEGE BASEBALL
Panthers rally for 8-7 win in extra frames

PULASKI -- Taryn Hayden's single down the left-field line in the top of the 12th inning Wednesday enabled Ferrum College to rally past Emory & Henry College, 8-7, in a non-conference baseball game played at Calfee Park.

The Wasps, who led 5-0 and 7-1 before the Panthers struck for seven unanswered runs, stranded the potential, game-tying run in scoring position at second base in the last of the 12th.

Clay Massie opened Ferrum's half of the 12th frame with a single to left field, advanced to second on a wild pitch, then to third on Lane Deaver's ground out.

He came home on Hayden's base hit.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Eagles score early, secure win with six-run frame

Franklin County scored the game's first five runs, then settled the issue with a six-run fifth inning for an 11-3 victory over Bassett in a Piedmont District varsity baseball game Wednesday at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.

The Bengals cut a five-run lead to 5-2 after 4 1/2 innings before the Eagles respondedwith their six-run outburst.

Nicholas Robertson (2-0) worked five innings for the victory. He allowed eight hits and two runs, both of which were earned, while striking out four.

Braxton Wheeler and Jacob Davis each tossed an inning of relief.

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HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' TENNIS
Eagles blank Bassett, 9-0
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BASSETT -- Franklin County posted five, straight sets triumphs in singles Wednesday en route to a 9-0 shutout of Piedmont District rival Bassett.

Winning in singles for the Eagles (4-0 in the Piedmont District, 5-0 overall) Leanna Carter, Nora Ferguson, Kayla Anderson, Emily Philpott, Taylor Ranson and Emma Fenton, who captured an eight-game pro set at position No. 6.

In doubles, the teams of Carter and Ferguson, Anderson and Philpott and Ranson and Lida Bourhill each won an eight-game pro set.

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MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Pullen garners All-State laurels
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FERRUM -- Ferrum College's Jamal Pullen has been named to the 2014 College Division All-State men's basketball first team, as voted upon by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID)..

This is the first All-State honor for Pullen and only the second such laurel in program history; former All-American Derek Mitchell was Ferrum's first first-team College Division All-State performer in 2011.

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COLLEGE WRESTLING
Ferrum College’s Zimmerman is program’s first All-State performer
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FERRUM -- Ferrum College's Justin Zimmerman has been named to the 2014 All-State wrestling team, as voted upon by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).

Zimmerman earned a spot on the All-State second team, earning Ferrum's first such honor.

The All-State wrestling team is comprised of a first and second team, both consisting of one wrestler from each weight class unless there is a tie in the voting.

All wrestling programs -- NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent schools in Virginia -- are combined into one team

Virginia has eight college wrestling programs: Apprentice School, Ferrum , George Mason University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Mirginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, and Washington & Lee University.

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SPORTS BRIEFS

Bengals edge FCHS boys, 5-4

Boys' soccer downs Bassett

FCHS jayvees play to a 3-3 tie

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JUNIOR VARSITY GIRLS’ SOCCER
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Franklin County's Sydney Wright (12) concentrates as she gains control of the soccer ball in front of a Bassett defender during Wednesday's Piedmont District girls' junior varsity contest between the Eagles and the Bengals that ended in a 0-0 stalemate. FCHS, which outshot Bassett 21-0 but failed to score, is 3-0-1 in the Piedmont District, 4-0-2 overall, The eagles return to action Thursday at Jefferson Forest. (Photo by Ray Reynolds)

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SOCCER STANDOUT
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Lane Varney is shown competing for Virginia's U-14 Olympic Development Program squad during a recent tournament in Williamsburg in which the Virginia team finished with a 3-0 record by besting squads from West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Pennsylvania. Varney, who plays center back for the state team, is an eighth grader at Benjamin Franklin Middle School who competes for Franklin County's junior varsity squad coached by former Eagles standout Erin Saleeby. (Courtesy Photo)

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