Baseball program to conduct youth camp in July

The 2019 Andrew Haley Memorial-Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club Junior Open golf tournament tees off Monday, June 24 at The Water’s Edge Country Club in Penhook. The final round of the two-day, 36-hole stroke play tournament for players ages 10 to 18 is Tuesday, June 25 at The Waterfront Country Club in Scruggs. Registration ends Thursday, June 20 at midnight (12 a.m.) Tournament volunteers are, from left: Mark McKee, Jody Brown, Ric Heinemann, Joseph Brown, Tom Smith, Ed Currin, Muriel Smith, Ron Willard II and Davis McCartney.

Franklin County’s baseball program has scheduled its annual summer youth camp for Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 25 at W.W. Naff Jr. Field on the campus of Benjamin Franklin Middle School.

Daily sessions are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The camp, which is free of charge, is for ages 5 to 12.

Campers should arrive at the field by 8:15 a.m. and they should be picked up by 1:15 p.m.

A snack and a drink will be provided daily.

Campers will be instructed in all facets of the game at each position.

Campers will need to bring all baseball equipment and sneakers.

A towel and a change of clothes will be needed for Thursday’s session when sliding drills are taught and practiced.

To receive a camp information sheet or for information, contact FCHS head baseball coach Barry Shelton by email: barry.shelton or by text: (540) 352-2250.

Registration for sandlot football, cheerleading is open

SONTAG – Registration for sandlot football and cheerleading through the Franklin County Sandlot Football Association is open.

Football is for ages 6 to 12. Cheerleading is for ages 6 to 13.

Age is as of September 30.

Deadline to register is Monday, July 1.

Those interested can register online:

The Franklin County Sandlot Football Association is in its 23rd year of sanctioning youth football in the county.

Since 1996, eight Franklin County teams have won Sandlot Super Bowl championships and nine others have finished as the runner-up.

Professional wrestling returns to YMCA Saturday

Pure Pro Wrestling is returning to Franklin County with a mat card scheduled for Saturday, June 15 at the Franklin County Family YMCA.

Bell time is 7 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by Misty Mountain Wares.

Tickets are $12.

Youth ages 6 and younger are admitted free of charge.

Front row tickets are available in advance at Misty Mountain Wares.

CHA golf tournament is set for Saturday at The Westlake

HARDY – Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) is staging its benefit golf tournament at The Westlake Golf and Country Club, Saturday, June 15.

Format is four-player Captain’s Choice.

Shot-gun start is 1 p.m.

Cost is $300 per team and includes golf fees, door prizes, dinner and awards ceremony.

Prizes will be presented to the top finishers and winners of the longest drive and closest-to-the-pin contests.

For information, contact Nancy Castillo by

Stand-up Paddleboard event is slated for Jamison Mill Park

HENRY – A Stand-up Paddleboard event on Philpott Lake in Franklin County is set for Saturday, June 22 at Jamison Mill Park.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Professional, ACA instruction is provided by Mountain 2 Island Paddleboards, Kayaks and Boat Rentals.

All gear is provided and no previous experience is needed to take part in a three-plus miles trek.

It is asked that patrons bring water.

A $35 activity fee will be charged.

Jamison Mill Park is on 2000 Jamison Mill Road, Henry.

For information, call the Franklin County Department of Parks and Recreation, (540) 483-9293.

Youth cheerleading clinic is set for June 19 at FCHS

The Franklin County varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders are hosting their annual youth clinic Wednesday, June 19.

The one-day clinic runs from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Roy M. Law Gymnasium on the Franklin County High School campus.

Parents must sign a permission form at registration in order for their child to participate.

These forms may be obtained in advance at the high school athletic office in Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium and completed prior to registration.

All interested youth ages 5-12 are invited to attend the clinic, and each participant will receive a gift and list of camp cheers and chants.

Participants will receive instructions in chants, dance, cheers, jumps and stunts by the varsity and junior varsity squads.

Parents will be allowed to take pictures of their children with the FCHS cheerleaders.

For information, contact FCHS head varsity cheerleading coach Marsha Lopez through the athletic department, (540) 483-5332.

Franklin County Football Clinic is scheduled for June 27-28

A two-day recreation league/youth football clinic is scheduled for Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28 at Franklin County High School.

Daily sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon.

There is no cost to attend the clinic, which is scheduled to be held on the football practice fields behind C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.

The Eagles’ football coaching staff and players are conducting the clinic.

For information, call the FCHS Athletic Department, (540) 483-5332.

Basham Skills Camp is set for July 12

ROANOKE – New York Jets defensive end Tarell Basham, a former prep player at Franklin County and former college performer at Ohio University, is conducting the Basham’s Skills Camp, Friday, July 12 at William Fleming High School.

There is no charge to attend the camp.

A three-hour session is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The camp is for boys and girls ages 7-18.

Daniels basketball camp is slated for June 27-29

ROANOKE – Phoenix Suns shooting guard Troy Daniels is conducting his third annual summer camp for youth at William Fleming High School Thursday, June 27 to Saturday, June 29.

Daniels is a former prep player at William Fleming and a former college player at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The sessions on June 27 and 28 are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The session on June 29 is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a cookout at 2:30 p.m.

Using NBA-inspired drills and techniques, Daniels will help develop the skills of boys and girls ages 7-15 that enjoy that enjoy the game and aspire to play in college or professionally.

The camp provides all participants with lunch each day, a camp T-shirt, an autograph from Daniels and the chance to win other prizes.

Registration is open.

Fee is $100.

For information or to register, visit .

Summer sports camps are coming to Ferrum College

FERRUM – Summer athletics camps in five sports begin next month and extend into August on the Ferrum College campus.

Ferrum is conducting a wrestling camp on campus this year.

The Gold Intensive Camp is set for June 19-23 at the college’s wrestling facility, the old Hank Norton Fieldhouse.

This is an intensive training and technique camp in folkstyle and freestyle wrestling that has eight Ferrum clinicians on hand for individual attention.

Participants attending the camp can stay in the apartment-style dorms on campus between the wrestling facility and the cafeteria.

Cost is $350 for resident campers and $150 for day campers.

There is no set registration deadline, but the camp is limited to a class of 30.

Many have already registered, so it is recommended that those interested sign-up a soon as possible.

For information, contact Ferrum associate head coach Ryan Riggs by email: or log on to

Ferrum softball elite clinic is Wednesday, June 19 at American National Bank Field.

The clinic runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is for rising high school sophomores through rising high school seniors.

Registration fee is $50. The fee includes instruction, lunch and showcase games.

For information, call Ferrum assistant softball coach Maggie White (540) 494-2631 or contact her by email:

Ferrum’s annual baseball camp is for kindergarten through seventh grade from July 8-11.

This is a day camp.

Half-day instruction is $95 and full-day instruction is $180.

Those planning to attend can save $10 if they sing up before Monday, July 1.

To register, call Ferrum’s baseball office, (540) 365-5412, or visit

A lacrosse camp is scheduled for July 8-10 and is for girls ages 6 to 18.

Cost for resident campers is $285 and cost for day campers is $180.

For information, call Ferrum head coach Karen Harvey, (540) 588-3979 or contact her by email:

An evening soccer camp under the lights is scheduled for August 5 through 7 for elementary through high school students.

The camp is divided into two age groups and by gender: sessions for ages 6-10 are from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and sessions for ages 11 and older are from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cost is $25 for the younger campers and $45 for the older campers.

Campers will practice technical skills such as dribbling, passing and receiving, and shooting as well as tactical skills such as attacking and defending in small groups and full field.

To register, log on to and click on the link: Under the Lights.

Ferrum men’s soccer coach Enda Crehan is the camp’s director.

Registration in advance is encouraged, but participants will be accepted through the start of camp.

FCHS seeks Sports Hall of Fame nominations

Franklin County High School is accepting nominations for its Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

Applications are available on line, in the athletic office or at the school division’s Central Office.

Completed packages are due by the end of June.

The school inducted its inaugural Hall of Fame class in October and the second class will be enshrined on a date during the Eagles’ 2019 football season.

The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to athletics at FCHS.

Eight individuals comprised the inaugural class. Seven individuals are expected to be inducted in 2019.

A selection committee of eight members, including FCHS Athletic Director Crystal Worley and FCHS Principal Jon Crutchfield, will review the nominations and choose the inductees.

A nominee must have been a player, coach, administrator or contributor. The nominee should have made a worthy contribution to the success of the Eagles’ athletic program and should be a good representative of Franklin County athletics through his or her life with high moral and ethical standards.

Former athletes must be graduates of the high school and must be 10 years removed from high school to be eligible for nomination.

Inductees will receive an honorary plaque and commemorative coin. The name of each Hall of Fame member will be placed on a plaque that will be on display in Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

The inductees are required to provide FCHS with memorabilia that will be displayed electronically for one year from the date of induction.

 Haley Memorial-SML Junior tourney registration ends next week

Registration for the 2019 Andrew Haley Memorial-Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club Junior Open golf tournament ends next week.

Deadline to register is Thursday, June 20 at midnight (12 a.m.)

Cost is $85.

The two-day, 36-hole, stroke-play tournament is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, June 24 and 25.

This year, the tournament makes its debut at The Water’s Edge Country Club in Penhook. The opening round is set to be contested on the par 72 layout.

The tournament stays in Franklin County for its final round as the concluding 18 holes are slated for The Waterfront Country Club in Scruggs.

Players ages 10 to 18 are eligible. Eighteen-year-olds must not have completed a year of college.

Golfers from Virginia and Tennessee have signed up to compete in this year’s event, tournament officials said.

The Haley family continues to award scholarships to local golfers in memory of Andrew Haley for whom the tournament honors. Performance in the tournament has no bearing on these scholarships.

Register on line at

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