Eagles sweep Magna Vista in volleyball

Franklin County senior outside hitter Alexandra Christoff (No. 2) attacks the net during last week’s non-district loss to Patrick Henry.

RIDGEWAY — Sophomore Courtney Bryant netted 15 kills and served three aces Thursday as Franklin County blanked Magna Vista, 3-0, in a non-district varsity volleyball match.

FCHS (3-1) and Magna Vista (3-2) are former Piedmont District rivals.

The Eagles’ victory over the Warriors is their second this season, both by shutout.

Set scores were 25-21, 25-14, 25-19.

Setter Rachel Justice passed out 19 assists, served two aces and tallied four kills and middle hitter/blocker Callie Altice total six kills and four digs and served four aces.

FCHS returns to action Thursday at Bassett at 7 p.m..

Eagles jayvees shut out Magna Vista

RIDGEWAY — Franklin County’s junior varsity volleyball team defeated Magna Vista, 2-1, in a non-district match on the Warriors’ home floor Thursday.

The Eagles’ victory is their second this season over Magna Vista, a former Piedmont District rival.

On Saturday, FCHS (6-2-2) played six, two-set matches in a one-day tournament at Rockbridge County High School in Lexington. The Eagles finished 3-1-2 in those matches.

FCHS lost to Blacksburg, 2-0 (25-5, 25-17), defeated Turner Ashby (25-13, 25-13), Broadway (25-15, 25-22) and Buffalo Gap (25-18, 15-19) each by a 2-0 count and tied Hidden Valley (14-25, 25-18) and Western Albemarle (25-22, 15-25), each by a 1-1 score.

FCHS returns to action Thursday at Bassett at 5:30 p.m..

BFMS defeats James Madison, 2-0

ROANOKE — Benjamin Franklin Middle School’s volleyball team won its second non-district match of the season Monday, 2-0 over James Madison Middle School.

Set scores were 25-19, 28-26.

The Eagles (1-4 in the Roanoke Valley Middle School League, 3-4 overall) stopped a three-match losing streak with the triumph.

BFMS served 15 aces, placed 89.6 percent of its serves in play, netted 12 kills, distributed six assist and finished the match with 28 digs.

Anna Hasty served five aces and passed out six assists for the Eagles. Hope Greer tallied six kills and Alyssa Legg collected five digs.

BFMS returns to action today against league foe Andrew Lewis Middle School.

Match time at BFMS’s West Gymnasium is 5 p.m.

SMLCA falls 3-0 in volleyball

MONETA — Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy’s varsity volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Jefferson Christian.

Read Mountain Middle School blanks BFMS B football team, 18-0

TROUTVILLE - Read Mountain Middle School shut out Benjamin Franklin Middle School’s B team in a football contest played Monday, 18-0.

The Eagles are 0-3 this season with consecutive, shut-out setbacks.

Ferrum College golfers place third in Green Turtle Invitational

WINCHESTER — Ferrum College’s men’s golf team placed third in the 12-team Green Turtle Invitational, hosted by Shenandoah University at the Winchester Country Club.

The Panthers completed two days of stroke-play competition Monday with a 610 (301-309) total.

Ferrum’s 301 first-day score placed the Panthers atop the team leader board by three strokes over Bridgewater College and the University of Lynchburg.

Bridgewater carded a tournament-best 293 Monday to claim team championship accolades by nine strokes over Lynchburg, 597-606.

Lynchburg posted a 302 final-round score.

Christopher Newport University (307-304, 611) came in fourth, followed by Shenandoah (307-311, 618), Roanoke College (310-312, 622), SUNY Delhi (311-314, 625), Bridgewater B (308-318, 626), Emory & Henry College (317-316, 633), The Apprentice School (336-330, 666) and Eastern Mennonite University (356-345, 701).

Marymount University did not finish its final round after posting a 338 score after Sunday’s opening 18 holes.

Each of the top three finishing teams compete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). Shenandoah, Roanoke, Emory & Henry and Eastern Mennonite also compete in the league.

Ferrum senior Lance Keiser, who is two years removed from competing in the NCAA Division III national tournament and earning All-America accolades, led the Panthers with a 146 (73-73) and finished tied for fourth, three strokes in arrears to individual champion Jason Spaar of Bridgewater (72-71, 143).

Freshman Brett Pennington (76-77, 153), a former standout prep player at Class 3 Lord Botetourt, finished in a tie for 11th in a 78-player field.

Junior Hunter Shelton (73-81, 154) came in tied for 14th, while Jacob Holley (79-78, 157) placed in a tie for 27th and Zachery Walsh (835-83, 168) was tied for 54th.

“We did not play to our potential (Monday). We have a lot to work on, but the future is bright,’’ second-year Panthers head coach Erick Cox said. “Lance played well all weekend. I know he would like (to have) a few shots back, but, overall, he played very solid (golf).

“To start the season with a third-place finish is fantastic. We hope to build off of this and get ready for another event next week,’’ Cox said.

Keiser and Shelton were tied for fifth after Sunday’s play. Keiser advanced one position on the leader board Monday, while Shelton, a former Chatham prep performer, dropped seven spots.

Ferrum counted four scores in the 70s Sunday and three scores in the 70s Monday.

Roanoke College freshman Cameron Dillon (81-74, 155), a former prep star at Franklin County, finished in a five-way tie for 17th. He and teammate Nicholas Peters (75-80, 155) paced the Maroons.

Harry Hodgert (71-74, 145) of Lynchburg and Kevin Quinto (72-73, 145) of Christopher Newport were tied for second and Jacob Laughlin (75-71, 146) of Bridgewater and Keiser were tied for fourth.

Alex Rubino (75-73, 148) of Hampden-Sydney College came in sixth, followed by Blake Woodie (71-78, 149) of Shenandoah, Ronald Uszenski (75-75, 150) of Bridgewater and Carter Old (74-78, 152) of Lynchburg and Jackson Soska (75-77, 152) of Bridgewater.

Ferrum returns to action Monday and Tuesday September 16 and 17 at the Tom Kinder Memorial, hosted by Bridgewater at Lakeview Golf Club.

The tournament honors long-time Bridgewater Director of Athletics Tom Kinder, whose brother, Ted , is Ferrum’s former Athletic Director.

Ferrum is a past three-time champion of the tournament; the Panthers captured top team laurels in consecutive years (2014-2106).

FCHS jayvee golfers shoot best score of season at Hunting Hills

ROANOKE — Franklin County’s junior varsity golf team posted a 170 Monday in a non-district, nine-hole match against Cave Spring at Hunting Hills Country Club.

The Eagles’ score is their best of the season.

Tyler Saul led FCHS with a 43 and Sam Fansler carded a 45.

Also turning in a counting score were Haden Johnston (50) and Gage Shipman (51).

Scores posted by Breanna Foster (51), Marshall Hatcher (52), Parker Olsson (54) and Aiden Hall (56) did not factor into the Eagles’ total.

FCHS faces Halifax County today at Willow Creek Country Club at 4 p.m.

Ferrum cross country teams open seasons at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG — Ferrum College’s men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their 2019 seasons last Friday in the Virginia Tech Invitational at the Buford Meredith Cross Country course.

Ferrum’s women’s squad placed eighth in a nine-team field with 250 points.

Wake Forest University won the team title with 30 points, followed by Virginia Tech (31) and the Hokies unattached squad (84) was third.

Rounding out the top five were Radford University (100) and Washington and Lee University (114).

Wake Forest’s Elise Wright won the four-kilometer race in 13:51.4.

For Ferrum, Erinn Reynolds (18:13.4) was 66th, Genesis Pineiro (19:06.3) was 71st, Jazmin Scarberry (19:19.9) was 72nd, Abigail McGovern (24:28.4) was 83rd, Molly Ragland (24:32.2) was 85th and Escarlen Vasquez (25:34.2) was 85th.

Virginia Tech won the men’s race with 30 points. University of Charleston (West Virginia) was second with 44 and the Hokies unattached (81) team came in third.

Completing the top five were Wake Forest (117) and Concord (West Virginia) University (117).

Ferrum finished last in a seven-team field with 220 points.

For the Panthers’ men’s team, Dominique Veney (21:28.4) was 54th, Tysen Gotschi (21:29.1) was 55th, Kevin Tate (22:55.1) was 63rd, Ethan Kummer (23:14.4) was 68th, Alex Rice (24:22.1) was 69th, Clay Smith (24:56.2) was 72nd, Alex Johnson (28:00.7) was 78th and Cree White (30:47.2) was 79th.

“For the most part, I was happy with how we did. It was the first collegiate meet for almost all of our runners, so it was a great first step,’’ second-year Panthers head coach Mark White said. “...Overall, it was a good start.’’

“I think we learned a lot and got those first-race jitters out against some pretty good competition,’’ White said.

“It was very warm as well and we need to learn to make sure to hydrate and fuel our bodies properly before the race. Some of (our runners) had issues with the heat,’’ White said.

Ferrum returns to action Saturday in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference preview meet, hosted by Roanoke College at Green Hill Park in Roanoke County.

Hawkins captures BFL triumph on Smith Mountain Lake

HUDDLESTON — Roanoke’s Rick Hawkins, competing in the Boater Division, caught 10 bass weighing 31 pounds, 10 ounces over two days to claim championship honors in the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division super-tournament on Smith Mountain Lake.

Launches and weigh-ins Saturday and Sunday took place at Parkway Marina in Bedford County.

Hawkins earned $4,682 for his victory.

“I chose to fish the Roanoke (River) arm (of Smith Mountain Lake) the first day and the Blackwater (River) arm the second day,’’ Hawkins said in a release prepared by FLW.

“However, it was the same patter — finding bait fish that were relating to structure in that 20-foot range and throwing crank baits,’’ Hawkins said.

Hawkins’ triumph is his first in an FLW-sanctioned tournament.

Hawkins said he “used a variety of crank baits” to catch fish. He said he “stuck mainly with shad-colored baits — lots of grays, silvers and whites.’’

“I landed six keeper bites each day. However, I did have a couple come off that would have helped me,’’ Hawkins said.

“The key was relating the bait fish to the cover at the right depth. If there was bait fish but no cover, there was no fish. If there was cover, but no bait fish, there was no fish,’’ Hawkins said.

“I also made around 1,000 casts each day. I just kept plugging — so many casts and only six bites a day,’’ Hawkins said.

Virginia anglers claimed all of the top 10 finishing positions.

Rick Tilley of Moneta placed fourth with a 10-bass catch weighing 28 pounds, 5 ounces.

Nine of the top 10 finishers each laded 10 bass. The top 10 weights ranged from 31 pounds, 10 ounces to 22 pounds, 1 ounce.

Tommy Little of Chester landed the heaviest bass in the Boater Division — one that tipped the scales at 5 pounds, 13 ounces. He won the Big Bass award of $562 for his catch.

Cort Gardner of Jessup, Maryland won the Co-angler Division title and $2,622. He landed six bass weighing 20 pounds, 7 ounces.

The weights among the top 10 finishers in the division ranged from Gardner’s 20-7 to Joshua Long’s 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Long hails from Hardy.

A high of eight bass to a low of two were caught by the top 10 anglers.

Virginia anglers tool seven of the top 10 finishing positions, while Maryland fishermen captured the other three.

Gardner also caught the heaviest bass — one that weighed 6 pounds. It earned him the division’s Big Bass award for $281.

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