Franklin County girls to scrimmage Heritage

LeBryan Patterson (right) is Franklin County’s new girls varsity basketball coach. The Eagles scrimmage Class 3 Heritage-Lynchburg today at home at 1 p.m. and open their 2019-2020 season at home against Class 3 Magna Vista Tuesday.

Franklin County’s girls varsity and junior varsity basketball teams host Class 3 Heritage-Lynchburg today in doubleheader scrimmage.

The varsity scrimmage tips off at 1 p.m. at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

The junior varsity scrimmage tips off at 1 p.m. at Harold Ramsey Gymnasium.

LeBryan Patterson is the Eagles’ new varsity head coach. He replaces Tony Wright, who stepped down from the post following the 2018-2019 campaign.

Last year, Patterson served as Benjamin Franklin Middle School’s head boys basketball coach. He guided the Eagles to a 16-5 record and a runner-up finish in the Junior Piedmont District.

Several players from that squad are competing for Franklin County’s junior varsity boys basketball team this season.

Patterson is a former head junior varsity football coach at Bassett, a former head junior varsity basketball coach at FCHS, a former Eagles boys freshman basketball coach and a former FCHS assistant varsity football coach.

The Eagles opened preseason play with a doubleheader scrimmage at Brookville Friday.

FCHS’s season opener is Tuesday, Dec. 3 at home against Magna Vista. The junior varsity game tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity contest at 7 p.m.

Football Booster Club schedules monthly meeting

Franklin County Football Booster Club has scheduled its next monthly meeting for Monday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.

The meeting takes place in the lecture room of the Dorothy Phelps Student Center at Franklin County High School.

The public is welcome to attend this meeting.

For information, contact club secretary Donna Wright by email: .

BFMS boys down William Byrd

David Kasey netted a team-best 14 points Thursday as Benjamin Franklin Middle School’s eighth-grade boys basketball team defeated William Byrd Middle School, 40-26, in a Roanoke Valley Middle School League contest at home.

Also, Haven Mullins tallied eight points for the Eagles (5-2 in the Roanoke Valley Middle School League, 5-2 overall) and Kendall Mattox scored six.

BFMS girls defeat William Byrd

VINTON — Five players accounted for its points Thursday as Benjamin Franklin Middle School’s girls basketball team won for the sixth time this season — 25-9 over William Byrd Middle School in a Roanoke Valley Middle School League contest.

Kenzie Board paced the Eagles (6-1 in the Roanoke Valley Middle School League, 6-1 overall) with nine points and Kaniah Copeland tallied eight.

Also scoring were Brooklyn Lee with four points and Maggie Hypes and Chelsey Harrison each with two.

Johnny CASA 5K is set for Dec. 21 in Rocky Mount

The 14th annual Johnny CASA 5 Miler and 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21 in Rocky Mount.

The races and the walk take the starter’s gun at 9 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center (CASA) in Rocky Mount.

Established in August 2001, the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary response to children impacted by the immediate and long-term trauma associated with abuse and neglect.

Kevin Bowman (men’s 5K), Julianne Bowman (women’s 5K), Johnathan Seibel (men’s 5-Miler) and Wendy Grider (women’s 5-Miler) are the reigning race champions.

The course begins on South Main Street at the intersection by Rocky Mount Christian Church and Trinity Episcopal Church.

Runners begin down hill and take a left onto North Main Street. Next, they cross over the Angle Bridge and stay straight until the 5K participants turn around at the Rocky Mount Fire Department.

Competitors in the 5-Miler continue on until turning right at Benjamin Franklin Middle School where they continue until reaching the turn-around point marked with signage.

Following the same route back, competitors continue past the starting point onto South Main Street.

Next competitors pass the Franklin County Courthouse, then take a right onto Floyd Avenue followed by a right on Bank Street.

The finish line is in the back parking lot of the Child Advocacy Center.

Trophies will be presented to the first, second and third-place male and female finishers for first place in men’s and women’s masters (age 40 and older).

Medals will be presented to the first, second and third place male and female finishers in these age groups: 8 and younger, 9-12, 13-17, 18-22, 23-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 and older.

Registration is open.

Runners are asked to register and pay electronically through

The website collects a small fee for its service.

Registration prices increase on Monday, Dec. 16.

All registration fees are non-refundable.

Information can be obtained at .

Christmas Clash is slated for Dec. 21 at Hawkins Gym

Franklin County Christmas Clash, staged by the Franklin County Youth Wrestling program, is set for Saturday, Dec. 21 at Franklin County High School.

The tournament is being contested in Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

Cost is $25 per wrestler, $15 for an additional bracket and $3 for spectators.

On-line registration is open until Friday, Dec. 20 at 10 p.m. on the website Track Wrestling.

Weigh-ins are from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 21. Wrestling starts at 10 a.m.

All wrestlers must weigh-in in singlet or two piece, no socks or shoes

Format is round robin — Madison System.

The tournament director reserves the right to combine or alter divisions and weight classes.

Individual medals will be awarded to first, second and third-place finishers in each weight class.

Divisions are grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Girls divisions have been added in grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Females who register can have a second bracket in the main division for free.

“This is to insure that (girls) can still get matches even if participation is low,’’ tournament director Steven Leftwich said. “Let us know when you check in (on the day of the tournament) if you want to be double bracketed.

“We want to support women’s wrestling and help it grow, so spread the word,’’ Leftwich said.

The tournament will follow Virginia High School League (VHSL) rules. Undefeated wrestler wins, regardless of points.

VHSL officials are being used to referee the bouts.

For information, call Leftwich, (540) 676-1130 or contact him by email:

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