Chitwood is selected in ASBA draft

Mackenzie Chitwood is a former standout player at Franklin County and the University of Lynchburg.

SATSUMA, Ala. — Mackenzie Chitwood, the 2019 NCAA Division III National Player of the Year, has been selected in the seventh round of the American Softball Association’s (ASBA)draft.

Chitwood completed a four-year college career at the University of Lynchburg last month, and is a former three-time All-State prep player at Franklin County.

Chitwood was chosen by the ASBA’s team sponsored by The Field, an indoor baseball and softball training facility in Mobile, Alabama.

The team plays all of its games at Pat Hicks Softball Field in Satsuma.

Chitwood was selected Wednesday. The ASBA’s draft was 14 rounds.

League play begins Friday, June 14 and runs through July. The league is in its second year of operation.

The ASBA promotes itself as the premier professional softball league in the United States.

Chitwood parlayed a career year offensively into a host of individual accolades, including the Player of the Year honor and first-team All-America laurels.

Chitwood belted 21 home runs and drove in 72 RBIs. Both totals ranked first in Division III softball as did her 140 total bases.

Also, Chitwood’s home run and RBI totals established new, single-season program and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) standards.

Chitwood led the Hornets with 63 hits and a .382 batting average.

Chitwood slugged 1.000 with a .511 on-base percentage, smacked seven home runs and plated 19 runs in 12 postseason games.

Chitwood was voted Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Virginia Beach Regional and earned a spot on the ODAC’s All-Tournament team.

Lynchburg finished the season with a 37-15 record — the second-best single-season mark in program history.

The Hornets were one of two ODAC teams to win a regional championship this season. They reached the NCAA Division III Super Regionals where they were defeated by national runner-up Emory (Georgia) University in a best-of-three games series, 2-1.

Chandler seeks fifth straight Hall of Fame men’s golf title

BLACKSBURG — Franklin County golfer Matt Chandler seeks his fifth consecutive men’s championship and sixth overall when play in the 2019 Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame’s (RVGHOF) annual tournament begins today at Blacksburg Country Club.

The 54-hole, stroke-play tournament, which is in its 46th year, moves to Ashley Plantation in Botetourt County Saturday and concludes Sunday at Blue Hill s Golf Club in Roanoke.

Chandler, who plays for Roanoke’s Hunting Hills Country Club, won last year’s tournament by 11 strokes. He carded a 9-under-par 205 total.

Chandler was the only golfer in the field to shoot under par. He posted rounds of 68, 70 and 67.

Last year’s tournament was staged at Roanoke Country Club, The Westlake Golf and Country Club and Hidden Valley Country Club.

Chandler is a past three-time Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA) Mid-Amateur champion. Last year, he garnered men’s Player of the Year honors from the RVGHOF.

The women’s and senior women’s HOF tournaments begin Saturday at Ashley Plantation and conclude Sunday at Blue Hills.

Other local golfers in the field are John Hatcher Ferguson, Chris Davis and Darren Doyle, all of whom are competing for The Westlake.

Ferguson, a rising sophomore at NCAA Division III Hampden-Sydney College, finished third in last year’s tournament and Davis placed in a four-way tie for eighth.

Both Chandler and Ferguson captured state individual championships during their prep golf careers at Franklin County.

Wagner guides Miller School to third straight state title

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Former Ferrum College All-American and star Major League closer Billy Wagner has guided Miller School to its third straight Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division II state baseball championship.

The Mavericks defeated Highland School (20-5) 10-5 in the championship game staged last month in Colonial Heights at Shepherd Stadium.

Miller finished the season with a 23-7 record.

Miller took control of the contest early by scoring eight runs in the bottom of the first inning.

“We had a big inning and then we were able to hold on a chip away at times,’’ Wagner told the Charlottesville Daily Progress. “To come out of the first inning and put something on them like that (eight runs), that’s tough. We were very fortunate, so I’m happy.’’

Miller was making its fifth consecutive state-title game appearance.

Final game of All-Star baseball series is today

SIX-MILE POST — The championship of the Franklin County Baseball Inc.’s 7 and 8-year old All-Star tournament hangs in the balance as Franklin County National takes on Franklin County American in the deciding contest of a three-game series today.

Game time is 6 p.m. at Waid Recreation Area and Sports Complex.

Franklin County American squared the series Tuesday with a 13-7 victory.

Franklin County National won the first game of the set Saturday, 17-9.

Team members for Franklin County American are Brook Cassady, Cooper Altice, Logan Love, Ethan Byrd, Joe Young, Hunter Powell, Maddux Dyson, Bret Bowles, Myles Tolliver, Kayden Manns, Chandan Phillips, Jackson Anderson and Xander Carter.

Team members for Franklin County National are Malachi Hancock, Camden Cooper, Edan Young, Jeremy Angel, Mason Martin, Huck Dalton, Brody Young, Mason Ingram, Noah Stump, Lena Shortt and Tayler Hash.

The tournament is named in honor of Elbert Powell, a former Franklin County Baseball Inc. coach and administrator who died last month at age 80.

Hunter Powell is Elbert Powell’s grandson.

Post 6 Juniors open 2019 season Monday at Naff Field

Rocky Mount Post 6’s Junior American Legion baseball team opens its season Monday against district rival South Boston Post 8.

Game time at W.W. Naff Jr. Field is 7 p.m.

A 20-game regular-season commences with Monday’s contest.

This marks the first year that Post 6 has fielded a Junior American Legion team since 2015.

Larry Bowles, who served as an assistant coach with Post 6’s Senior American Legion team last year, is steering the Junior squad from the dugout.

Bowles is a former Franklin County prep and American Legion standout who played at Virginia Tech and in the Los Angeles Angels’ organization.

Jason Altice is Bowles’ assistant.

Eagles Basketball Camp starts Tuesday

Franklin County’s girls basketball program is staging its annual Eagles Basketball Camp for rising second through rising eighth grade boys and girls starting Tuesday, June 11.

Daily Sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

The camp runs through Friday, June 14.

Cost is $35.

Included in the cost is a camp t-shirt.

Defensive play, form shooting, passing and ball handling are among the skills that will be stressed at the camp.

Also, 1-on-1 and free-throw shooting and 3-point shooting contests are planned.

For information, contact FCHS head girls basketball coach LeBryan Patterson by email: .

Youth cheerleading clinic is scheduled for June 19

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

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.

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 girls lacrosse camp is scheduled for July 8-10 and is for 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.

Professional wrestling returns to YMCA June 15

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 age 6 and younger are admitted free of charge.

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

Registration for Haley-Memorial-SML Junior golf tournament is open

Registration for the 2019 Andrew Haley Memorial-Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club Junior Open golf tournament is open.

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

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.

CHA golf tournament is set for June 15 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

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