Franklin County’s junior varsity football team opens its 2019 season against Liberty-Bedford Thursday at home.
Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.
Mike Guecia begins his third year as the Eagles head coach. He has guided the club to consecutive, seven-win campaigns (2017 and 2018) and the Eagles also won seven games in 2016 under the direction of a different head coach.
FCHS was 7-2 last season and finished undefeated (4-0) in the Piedmont District. Its only losses were to Salem and Lord Botetourt. Those setbacks were by a total of 14 points.
FCHS was 4-1 in home games; one of those games was played at Ferrum College’s W.B. Adams Stadium; and 3-1 in games played on the road.
The Eagles defeated Liberty-Bedford, E.C. Glass, Hidden Valley, Halifax County, Tunstall, Magna Vista and Bassett last season.
The Eagles surpassed the 30-point mark five times and the 40-point mark three times.
FCHS faced Bassett and Patrick Henry in its two preseason games, both at home.
FCHS makes its Blue Ridge District debut this season. Its new league opponents are Staunton River, Northside, Lord Botetourt, William Byrd and William Fleming.
The Staunton River and William Fleming games are at Dillon Stadium; the Northside, Lord Botetourt and William Byrd games are on the road.
FCHS’s first Blue Ridge District game is Thursday, October 10 against Staunton River.
BFMS drops district decision to Northside
ROANOKE — Northside Middle School swept Benjamin Franklin Middle School 2-0 in a Roanoke Valley Middle School League volleyball match Monday.
Set scores were 25-11, 25-20.
The Eagles (1-1 in the district, 1-1 overall) managed to serve just two aces and they placed 78.1 percent of their serves in play.
Maddie Caron and Anna Hasty served those aces. Hasty distributed six assists, while Hope Greer finished the match with three kills and five digs.
BFMS was scheduled to play Woodrow Wilson Middle School at home Tuesday.
The Eagles’ next district match is Thursday at home against Read Mountain Middle School at 5 p.m.
BFMS opens season Thursday at home
Benjamin Franklin Middle School’s football team will attempt to open its 2019 season Thursday when the Eagles entertain Andrew Lewis Middle School in a Roanoke Valley Middle School League contest at home.
Kickoff is 5 p.m.
Last week’s scheduled season opener in Vinton against William Byrd Middle School was postponed and no make-up date has been announced.
BFMS, a year removed from a 10-0 campaign in which the Eagles captured the Junior Piedmont District title, brings a 16-game winning streak into Thursday’s match-up.
Chris Renick is the Eagles’ head coach.
BFMS B-team falls to Andrew Lewis, 30-0
SALEM — Andrew Lewis Middle School shut out Benjamin Franklin Middle School’s B-team, 30-0, in a football contest played Monday.
The Wolverines led 18-0 at halftime and scored 12 points after intermission.
The Eagles (0-2 in the Roanoke Valley Middle School League, 0-2 overall) return to action Tuesday, September 3 against Northside Middle School.
Kickoff at BFMS is 5 p.m.
Young places second in MOD 4 at Motor Mile
FAIRLAWN — Franklin County racer Tanner Young, who competes in the MOD 4 (modified 4-cylinder) division at Motor Mile Speedway and who earlier this season scored his first career series win, placed second in Saturday’s night’s 25-lap division feature.
The top 14 finishers in an 18-car field were on the lead lap when the checkered flag fell.
Dennis Holdren won the race.
Young turned a best lap of 18.521 seconds on his 17th circuit. His best speed was 80.86 mph.
Franklin County drivers Scott Foley and Thomas Parmelee finished sixth and seventh.
Young’s showing moves him into the top 10 in series points with 345.
Foley ranks 12th in points with 315 and Parmelee ranks 18th with 195.
Thirty-three drivers have earned points in the division. Doodle Lang is the leader with 620 points.
The final race of the 2019 season is Saturday, September 7.
BRD golf match is changed to 18 holes
ROANOKE – A Blue Ridge District (BRD) golf match scheduled for Tuesday, September 3 at Ole Monterey Golf Club has been switched from nine holes to 18 holes.
Tee time is 1 p.m.
The Ole Monterey match is the fourth of six regular-season district matches scheduled.
The six BRD teams – Franklin County, Lord Botetourt, Northside, William Fleming, William Byrd and Staunton River, are scheduled to compete twice this week. Tuesday at Blue Hills Golf Club in Roanoke and Thursday at The Westlake Golf and Country Club in Hardy.
Lord Botetourt enters this week’s play with a six-stroke lead over FCHS, 153-159, after a nine-hole match played at The Westlake on August 13.
William Byrd (176) ranks third, followed by Staunton River (191), William Fleming (193) and Northside (201).
Youth soccer clinic is slated for September 7
SIX-MILE POST – Franklin County’s boys soccer program is conducting a youth soccer clinic Saturday, September 7 at Waid Recreation Area and Sports Complex.
The Eagles coaching staff and players are in charge of the clinic.
The clinic is for ages 4 to 12.
The clinic starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m.
Cost is $20.
Registration takes place the morning of the clinic.
It is asked that checks be made payable to FCHS Boys Soccer.
Participants will be taught techniques for dribbling, passing, shooting and field positioning.
The clinic provides participants to receive specialized training as the sport’s fall season begins.
For information, contact FCHS head coach Bradley Lang by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefit golf tournament is set for September 7
HARDY — The Franklin County Eagle Golf Boosters tournament is set for Saturday, September 7 at The Westlake Golf and Country Club.
Format is four-player Captain’s Choice.
Registration is 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and a shot-gun start at 1 p.m.
Proceeds benefit Franklin County’s golf program.
Fee is $240 and includes tournament entry, gift bag, lunch and one mulligan per player.
A red tee and a toss can be purchased a registration for $10. Limit is one per player.
50-50 tickets drawing are scheduled with tickets available for purchase.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place and in the longest drive, closest to the pin and putting competitions.
Sponsorships are available at three levels: gold ($100), silver ($50) and bronze ($25); each features its own amenities.
For information, call FCHS head golf coach Mike Rogers (540) 493-5985 or contact him by email: email@example.com .
Dance clinic is slated for September 7
Franklin County FlyGirls Dance Team is staging and conducting a youth clinic Saturday, Septbember 7 at the Essig Recreation Center.
The clinic is for ages 4-11 (pre-kindergarten through fifth grade).
Early registration is $20, registration the day of the clinic is $25.
For information, call (540) 493-9423 or (540) 493-3652 or contact by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eagle Strut 5K is slated for September 14
The Eagle Strut 5K race returns for its eighth year Saturday, September 14.
Proceeds benefit Franklin County High School’s senior class – they will be used to offset activity cost and provide aid to those class members who are most in need.
The race takes runners around the town of Rocky Mount.
The 3.1-mile course serves as a perfect introduction to running for novice participants and is enough of a challenge to keep advanced runners interested.
The race takes the starter’s gun at 8 a.m. from the steps of the Roy M. Law Building facing C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.
From there, runners take a right on Tanyard Road, a left on Pell Avenue, a right on North Main Street, a right on Greer Lane, a left on North Main Street, a left on Tanyard Road and finish at FCHS.
Clayton Stanford and Taylor Jones are the reigning men’s and women’s champion.
From 2014-2017, runners had the option to enter and compete in a 10K (6.2 miles) race.
Past champions are Mark Joyce and Emily Burgess (5K) and Dustin Spivey and Amanda Rucker (10K) in 2014; Quint Seagle and Julia Garcia (5K) and Luke Erikson and Martina Stevens (10K) in 2015; David Carter and Frances Lash (5K) and Rob Prom and Molly Philpott (10K) in 2016; and Spivey and Pam Rickard (5K) and Prom and Mary Ellen Philpott (10K) in 2017.
For information, contact Jennifer Bennett by email: Jennifer.email@example.com.
Benefit golf tournament is set for September 14
HUDDLESTON – Burnt Chimney Volunteer Fire Department is staging its annual benefit golf tournament Saturday, September 14 at Mariners Landing Golf and Country Club.
Format is four-player Captain’s Choice.
Shot-gun start is 9 a.m.
Fee is $240 per team.
Lunch will be served following the round.
Gift certificates will be available at each hole.
For information, call Everett Wilson (540), 493-9102.
Pure Pro Wrestling returns to YMCA
Pure Pro Wrestling returns to the Franklin County Family YMCA Saturday, September 14.
Bell time is 7:30 p.m.
Misty Mountain Wares of is sponsoring the card.
Tickets are $12. Youth age 6 and younger are admitted free.
Front row tickets are available in advance at Misty Mountain Wares.