Franklin County to scrimmage Bassett and Patrick Henry

Franklin County head football coach J.R. Edwards begins his fifth year in charge of the Eagles this fall. FCHS has qualified for the regional playoffs each of the last two years and is 15-28 in Edwards’ four years as head coach.

Both of Franklin County’s 2019 preseason football games will be played on the road.

The Eagles’ first scrimmage in set for Friday, August 15 against former Piedmont District rival Bassett.

Kickoff at Ed Bassett Stadium is 6 p.m.

FCHS concludes its preseason slate with a visit to former Roanoke Valley District and Western Valley District foe Patrick Henry Friday, August 23.

Kickoff a Patriots Stadium-Merrill Gainer Field is 6 p.m.

The Eagles, a year removed from a regional semifinal appearance and a 7-5 finish, visit Liberty-Bedford and Salem in the first two weeks of the regular season before hosting E.C. Glass in their home opener on Friday, September 13.

All Franklin County Sandlot Football Association teams and their cheerleading squads will be honored that evening.

FCHS’s Homecoming game is Friday, September 27 against Hidden Valley. Its Hall of Fame game is against Northside Friday, October 18 and Senior Night game is Friday, November 8 against William Byrd.

Also, the Eagles entertain Lord Botetourt (Friday, November 25), and visit Magna Vista (Friday, September 20), Staunton River (Friday, October 11) and William Fleming (Friday, November 1).

Staunton River, Northside, Lord Botetourt, William Fleming and William Byrd are FCHS’s Blue Ridge District opponents.

Nick Robertson is assigned to Arizona Rookie League

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Former Franklin County and James Madison University right-hander Nick Robertson has been assigned to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Arizona Rookie League team, the AZL Dodgers Lasorda.

The Dodgers have two teams in the league.

Robertson, a seventh-round draft choice of the Dodgers in this year’s amateur draft, was assigned to the club on Monday, July 1.

Thus far, he has appeared in three games and has worked 3 1/3 innings.

Those appearances were on July 1, July 4 and July 7.

Robertson has yielded two hits, a hit batsman and an unearned run, while striking out four. He’s had one save opportunity.

Opponents are batting .154 against him.

Robertson is one of 19 pitchers on the AZL Dodgers Lasorda roster.

Through games played Wednesday, the AZL Dodgers Lasorda is 9-10; it competes in the league’s Central Division.

Nick Robertson earns first-team All-VaSID laurels

RICHMOND – Former James Madison University relief pitcher Nick Robertson, a seventh-round draft choice of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft last month, has earned first-team University Division All-State baseball honors in voting by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).

Robertson, a former Franklin County prep standout, is one of two relief pitchers selected to the first team.

Players who compete for NCAA Division I baseball programs in Virginia are eligible for nomination.

Robertson is James Madison’s lone first-team honoree; two of his teammates, starting pitchers Kevin Kelly and Nick Stewart, received second-team citations.

Robertson finished the 2019 season with eight saves and a 1.01 earned-run-average (ERA). He made 23 appearances for the Dukes.

Robertson permitted 16 hits, 12 runs, four of which were earned, while striking out 54 batters in 35 2/3 innings of work.

Opponents batted .128 against him.

Besides James Madison, players from George Mason, Old Dominion, Virginia, Richmond, Radford, Norfolk State, Virginia Commonwealth, Liberty and William & Mary earned first-team accolades.

Ferrum College student-athletes are honored for academics

FERRUM- During the 2019 spring semester, 112 Ferrum College student-athletes earned academic honors.

Thirty-three student-athletes were named to the President’s List (4.0 grade-point-average (GPA) for the semester), while 79 student-athletes earned Dean’s List recognition (3.40 GPA or better for the semester).

Women’s soccer had the most students on the President’s List with six reaching the 4.0 mark.

Football had an athletic-department best 16 student-athletes named to the Dean’s List.

Student-athletes competing in baseball, football, men’s golf, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, softball, volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, women’s swimming, women’s tennis, women’s wrestling and men’s wresting made the President’s List.

Student-athletes competing in baseball, cheerleading, equestrian, field hockey, football, men’s cross country, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, softball, women’s basketball, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, women’s wrestling, women’s cross country and men’s wrestling made the Dean’s List.

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.

The 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

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 Golf 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 today at Wm. Fleming

ROANOKE - New York Jets defensive end Tarell Basham, a former prep player at Franklin County and a former college performer at Ohio University, is conducting the Basham’s Skills Camp today (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 Ferrum 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 youth soccer camp is set for Ferrum

FERRUM — An evening soccer camp under the lights is scheduled for August 5 through 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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