Cross country teams seek state qualifying berths

Tucker Harvey is a second-year player for Benjamin Franklin Middle School’s boys basketball team.

CHESAPEAKE — Franklin County’s boys and girls cross country teams compete for team and individual qualifying berth in this year’s Class 6 state meets Saturday in the Region A championships at Bells Mill Park.

The Class 5 Region A boys and girls meets are to be contested at the same site too.

The Class 6 Region A boys race opens the quartet of events at 11 a.m and the Class 6 Region A girls race is third on the bill at noon.

FCHS’s girls team seeks to qualify for the state meet for the second straight year and for the third time in program history. FCHS’s boys team has not qualified for the state meet since the 1980s when Chuck Hutto was the Eagles head coach.

The top three finishing teams in the boys and girls races garner state meet bids as do the top five individual finishers who are not competitors on the qualifying teams.

The five-kilometer course at Bells Mill Park is a grass trek over rolling hills and is considered spectator friendly.

Class 6 Region A is comprised of 11 teams: FCHS, Cosby, Thomas Dale and James River-Midlothian from the western part of the region and Ocean Lakes, Oscar Smith, Tallwood, Western Branch, Floyd E. Kellam, Landstown and Grassfield, the host school, from the Virginia Beach-Chesapeake area.

FCHS’s girls team features all of its top runners from last year’s squad, which qualified for the state meet from Region B.

Sophomores Kylie Cooper, the reigning Blue Ridge District champion, and the league’s Runner of the Year, and Addie Shorter, this year’s district runner-up, finished fifth and 12th in last year’s Region B race.

Cooper and Shorter also finished first and second in this year’s Metro Cross Country Championships in Blacksburg.

In capturing the Blue Ridge District title, the Eagles placed five other runners among the top 22 finishers: junior Harper Dillon (fifth), sophomore Caroline Horne (sixth), senior Emily Burgess (10th), freshman Natalie Davis (13th) and freshman Isabella Noto (22nd).

FCHS’s boys team is led by freshman Nathan Atchue, the reigning Blue Ridge District champion, a senior Clayton Stanford, the league’s runner-up.

In capturing the Blue Ridge District crown, the Eagles placed five other competitors among the top 12 finishers: junior David Carter (fourth), freshman Parker Chapman (sixth), sophomore Logan Cadou (ninth), freshman Drew McElvain (10th) and freshman Andrew Riddle (12th).

Cosby’s boys and girls squads qualified for the state meet last year as did James River’s boys team.

Also, Ocean Lakes and Kellam earned girls team berths and Ocean Lakes, Western Branch and Grassfield claimed boys team bids.

FCHS’s squads are coached by Chris Williams.

BFMS boys suffer first loss of season

ROANOKE — Northside Middle School bested Benjamin Franklin Middle School by 13 points, 46-33, Wednesday in a Roanoke Valley Middle School League boys basketball game.

The Eagles’ loss is their first of the season.

Tucker Harvey led BFMS (2-1 in the Roanoke Valley Middle School League, 2-1 overall) with 11 points, nine of which he netted by swishing three 3-point field goals.

Also, David Casey grabbed seven rounds.

The Eagles’ next game is Monday against league rival Cave Spring Middle School. Tip off in Roanoke is 5 p.m.

Pure Pro Wrestling is set for YMCA Nov. 16

Pure Pro Wrestling returns to the Franklin County Family YMCA Saturday, Nov. 16.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Bell time is 7:30 p.m.

The YMCA is on 235 Technology Drive in Rocky Mount.

Tickets are $12.

Youth ages 6 and younger are admitted free of charge.

Front-row tickets are available for purchase in advance at Misty Mountain Wares on 1455 Franklin Street Rocky Mount.

The business, which is sponsoring the card, can be reached by phone: (540) 263-8247.

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