SOUTH BOSTON — District 7 champion Franklin County suffered back-to-back losses in the 14th annual Virginia O-Zone state baseball tournament over the weekend and was eliminated from the double-elimination tournament.

The O-Zone division is for players ages 11-12.

The tournament is being played at the Day Complex in South Boston.

Franklin County lost its tournament opener Friday afternoon to Madison Heights, 9-7, and dropped a 9-0 decision Saturday to Emporia.

Franklin County led 5-0 and 7-4 in its game against Madison Heights before the all-star squad from the Lynchburg area rallied for the win.

Joshua Turner hit a home run for the local squad, which employed three pitchers: Logan Coleman, Luke Hicks and Chance Smith.

Post 6 Juniors drop two games

Rocky Mount Post 6 American Legion Juniors baseball team lost both games of a scheduled doubleheader to Christiansburg Post 59 last week by scores of 11-1 and 15-1.

CIAA to stage youth football clinic in Salem

SALEM — The NCAA Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) is staging a free youth football clinic Wednesday, July 17 at Salem Stadium-Willis White Field.

A 2 1/2-hour session begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m.

There is no cost to participate in the clinic.

League coaches and student-athletes are conducting the clinic.

Deadline to register is today ( Wednesday, July 10).

Registration information is available at .

Parent meetings are scheduled for FCHS

A mandatory meeting for student-athletes planning to play fall sports at Franklin County High School and their parents is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23.

This meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Elton Bonner Auditorium at the high school.

A second meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30 at 3:30 p.m. in the Bonner Auditorium.

Student-athletes and their parents are required to attend one of these meetings.

Franklin County competes in football, volleyball, boys and girls cross country and golf during the fall sports campaign.

BFMS fall sports tryouts, practices begin in August

Seventh and eighth graders who are interested in trying out for fall and winter sports for the 2019-2020 school year at Benjamin Franklin Middle School (BFMS) must have a Virginia High School League (VHSL) physical form on file with the high school athletic department and attend a mandatory parent/student-athlete meeting.

These meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, July 23 at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, July 30 at 3:30 p.m. at the Elton Bonner Auditorium at Franklin County High School.

Physical forms can be obtained at BFMS or downloaded from the VHSL website.

BFMS has moved from the Junior Piedmont District to the Roanoke Valley Middle School League.

Because of the move, some changes have been made to winter sports. Middle school basketball and wrestling now begin in October. This means winter sports parents and student-athletes are encouraged to attend a July meeting.

Those with questions or who are in need of additional information should contact Jessica Slough, (540) 493-6542.

BFMS football begins Thursday, August 1.

Players can get their equipment Wednesday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the downstairs locker room area of East Hall.

Player packs will be available for $30. It is asked that checks be made payable to BFMS.

Call head coach Chris Renick (540) 798-9221 with questions.

BFMS volleyball tryouts are Friday, August 9 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, August 10 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Candidates must be able to attend both days.

Contact head coach Andy Flora by email: with questions.

BFMS golf begins Monday, August 12 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Willow Creek Country Club.

A shuttle will take students to Willow Creek after school.

Rides home must be provided by parents.

Contact head coach Bryan Forbes by email: with questions.

BFMS boys and girls cross country begins Wednesday, August 14.

Practice is at BFMS from after school until 5:45 p.m.

Contact head coach David Southall by email: with questions.

BFMS co-ed tennis begins Monday, August 19.

Contact head coach Stephanie Lovelace by email: with questions.

BFMS boys and girls basketball begins Monday, October 14.

More information will be available at a later date.

BFMS wrestling begins Monday, October 28.

More information will be available at a later date.

Basham Skills Camp is set for Friday

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.

New date for softball clinic is slated

FERRUM – Ferrum College’s softball program has rescheduled a one-day clinic that was postponed last month.

The new date is Wednesday, July 17 at American National Bank Field.

The clinic was originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, but was postponed due to poor field conditions resulting from heavy rains and flash flooding that had occurred the day before.

A clinic flyer can be downloaded from Ferrum’s softball page on the college’s official athletic website:

For information, contact Panthers head coach Gerald Culler by

Youth baseball camp is set for July 22-25

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.

Evening soccer camp is set for Ferrum

FERRUM — An evening soccer camp under the lights is scheduled for August 5-7 for elementary through high school students at Ferrum College.

The camp is divided into two age groups and by gender: sessions for ages 6 to 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 head 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.

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