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 is placed on a plaque that is 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.

Ten are slated for Virginia High School Hall of Fame induction in June

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Ten individuals who have made contributions to high school athletic and activity programs in the state are slated for induction into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2019 is set for enshrinement at the 30th induction dinner Sunday, June 23.

The 10 inductees will increase the Hall’s membership to 295.

The class is comprised of former student-athletes Billy Baber (Western Albemarle), Natalie Baird Etheridge (Park View Sterling), Kenny Easley (Oscar Smith), Larry Stepney (Norview) and Rebecca Wakefield-Snider (Woodbridge); coaches Jeffrey Custer (Christiansburg, Woodbridge, Gar-Field, Lake Braddock), Bill Dee (Southampton, Phoebus, Oscar Smith) and Lou Sorrentino (George Mason, Culpeper County, C.D. Hylton and Mountain View); and contributors Nancy Burke (George C. Marshall, South Lakes) and Ernie Hicks (Richlands).

Athletes are eligible for consideration 10 years after completion of their high school career and are judged primarily for their achievements in interscholastic sports.

Coaches are eligible after 15 years of experience or upon retirement and are judged on the merits of their achievements at the high school level.

Contributors are professionals who have rendered significant services in capacities such as administration, academic activities, officiating, media or sports medicine.

The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Virginia High School League (VHSL).

Franklin County to cut the ribbon on ‘Old Buzzard’

SIX-MILE POST — Franklin County Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting a grand opening for its new mountain bike trail at Waid Recreation Area and Sports Complex Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The trail named “Old Buzzard’’ incorporates “elements of flow and freeride features into a one-of-a-kind, progressive experience that’s unique to our region,’’ said Matt Ross of the recreation department.

“All features are rollable and appropriate for mountain bikers of nearly any skill level,’’ Ross said.

The trail is in an agrarian setting and features a 1990s barn that houses the trail’s namesake buzzard.

“’Old Buzzard’ has already developed a powerful social media following and will certainly draw riders from surrounding states,’’ Ross said.

Andy Andrews golf tourney is Monday

HARDY – The annual Andy Andrews Memorial Spring Swing golf tournament is set for Monday, May 13, at The Westlake Golf and Country Club.

The tournament is sponsored by Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta.

All proceeds from the tournament benefit charities in Franklin and Bedford counties.

Cost is $75 per golfer and includes green fees, cart, prizes, range balls and lunch.

Each golfer has a “hole-in-one’’ opportunity to win $10,000 cash and other prizes.

Donations are being accepted, and hole sponsorships start at $100.

The tournament started in 2008, but was renamed in memory of Andrews, an ambassador of Smith Mountain Lake and supporter of area ministries, who died in 2013.

For registration and additional sponsorship information, visit, or contact event chairman Rick Carroll, (540) 484-3100.

Norton Memorial golf tourney is May 18

TROUTVILLE – The 2019 Hank Norton Memorial golf tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at the Botetourt Golf & Swim Club.

The tournament is a fundraiser for Ferrum College’s football program.

Lunch begins at noon with a 1 p.m. shot-gun start.

Cost is $100 per-player

Hole sponsorships are available for $150.

Botetourt Golf & Swim Club is on 2414 Country Club Road in Troutville.

Entry forms can be downloaded from Ferrum’s football website:

It is asked that entries be mailed to 332 Farmers Road, Fincastle, 24090.

For information, call Rory (Tater) Benson, (540) 353-7173.

Knights golf tourney is set for June 15

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

JAKES Event is scheduled for June 1

SONTAG – The Franklin County Longbeards, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is hosting its annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Saturday, June 1 at the Franklin County Recreation Park.

The event, now in its 19th year, has won national and state awards from the NWTF.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to all youth ages 17 and younger.

Archery, fishing, canoeing and shooting demonstrations are among the activities.

For information, call Tim Burton (540) 484-3041 or contact him by email:

Baseball seasons end for Knights, Ospreys

Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) and Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA) saw their seasons end Monday in the quarterfinals of the Virginia Association of Christian Athletics (VACA) state baseball tournament.

The Knights lost to Westover Christian Academy of Danville, 16-5, while the Ospreys fell to Grace Christian, 20-0.

Westover Christian is hosting the semifinals and finals of the tournament.

In today’s semifinals, United Christian plays Westover Christian at 4 p.m., followed by a match-up between Grace Christian and Roanoke Valley Christian at 6:30 p.m.

Today’s losers play for third place Saturday at 11 a.m.

Today’s winners meet for the VACA state title Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

McCormack, Albright claim triathlon titles

HUDDLESTON – Jason McCormack of Charleston, South Carolina and Maryhelen Albright of Roanoke were the winners of Saturday’s Appalachian Power Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon.

The event, a staple of the lake for 19 years, was staged by Virginia Amateur Sports at Smith Mountain Lake State Park.

McCormack, 31, captured first-place laurels in the men’s division in 1:03:01.

Albright, 17, claimed top accolades in the women’s division in 1:08:01.

Nearly 300 triathletes competed in the event, which consisted of a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride and a 5-kilometer run.

Anglers land trophy catches in SML fishing tournament

WIRTZ – More than 400 fishermen competed in the 51st annual SML Fishing Tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunday with weigh-ins at Gills Creek Marina.

The top four anglers in each of four divisions won cash prizes.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit Challenger Little League Baseball.

The results:

Largemouth bass: 1. Les Spradlin, 5.96 pounds; 2. Ronald Wilson, 5.76 pounds; 3. Jimmy Hale, 5.46 pounds; 4. Mark Barber, 5.40 pounds.

Striper: 1. John Mathena, 11.74 pounds; 2. Mark Barber, 11.02 pounds; 3. Roger Perdue, 10.42 pounds; 4. Allen McCloud, 10.32.

Crapie: 1. Jake Rosenburger, 2.34; 2. Rainey Tucker, 2.08; 3. Regina Saunders, 1.80; 4. Rick Baker, 1.72 pounds.

Smallmouth: 1. Gene Arthur, 4.30 pounds; 2. Tony Padgett, 4.10; 3. Bill Miller, 3.80 pounds; 4. Cathrine Pagans, 3.44 pounds.

Catfish: 1. Gary Whitlock, 37.26 pounds; 2. Bobby Cook, 31.82 pounds; 3. Clarence Hodges, 31.20; 4. Rodger Perdue, 24.92.

Youth Results:

Large Fish: 1. Juliette Johnson, 6.88 pounds; 2. Lane Hodges, 5.34 pounds; 3. Zane Hodges, 5.14.

Small Fish: 1. Abigail Royall, 0.74 pound; 2. James Cassaday, 0.54 pound; 3. Cody Linkous, 0.48 pound.

Sports physicals to be offered May 18

Franklin County and Benjamin Franklin Middle School are offering mandatory physicals for those interested in competing in interscholastic athletics during the 2019-2020 academic year Saturday, May 18 at 9 a.m.

These physicals are being offered at ION: the Institute for Orthopedics and Neurosciences, 2331 Franklin Street Southwest Roanoke.

Cost is $20.

Physicals dated after May 1 are required of all students planning to try out for teams during the upcoming school year.

Physicals given on May 18 are good for the entire 2019-2020 school year.

Potential student-athletes need to bring a Virginia High School League (VHSL) physical form with page Nos. 1, 2 and 4 completed with them on May 18.

These physical forms can be obtained in the offices of the East and West buildings at BFMS or in the athletic department office in Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium at FCHS or they can be downloaded from https://www/

These forms must be filed with the FCHS athletic department when completed.

For information, call Jessica Slough at BFMS, (540) 493-6542 or the FCHS athletic department, (540) 483-5332.

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