VIRGINIA BEACH — Franklin County’s wrestling team placed 13th out of 33 teams in a two-day tournament hosted by Class 6 Region A rival Ocean Lakes: the Mike Duman Toys for Tots Invitational.

The Eagles finished in a two-way tie for 13th with Kempsville, each with 92 points.

FCHS’s Shane Shepherd, competing at 113 pounds, placed second. He was pinned in the finals by Jaden Flores of Kempsville in 1:47.

En route to the title bout, Shepherd drew a first-round bye and won bouts in the second round, the quarterfinals and the semifinals all by pin.

Also for the Eagles, Bryle Fitzgerald, wrestling at 160 pounds, which is one weight division above his certified class, took fourth, and Bryson Chrsman, competing at 220 pounds, finished fourth.

Fitzgerald opened with a win by pin, but lost in the second round by decision, 4-2, to fall into the consolation bracket.

However, he was able to work his way back to the consolation finals by claiming victories in five elimination bouts, four by pin and one by major decision. In the third-place bout, he fell 6-0 to Trent Walker of Currituck County.

Chrisman suffered his first loss in the semifinals by pin, but he was able to rebound in the consolation semifinals with a victory by pin. He lost 1-0 in the third-place bout to Corey Shipp of Jefferson Forest.

Also competing for the Eagles were Lee Whitlow (0-2 at 106), Nate Stafford (1-2 at 120), Jonathan Grosvenor (0-2 at 126), Robbie Knott (2-2 at 132), Alex Baumberger (1-2 at 138), Stefan Knott (1-2 at 152), Landon Church (1-2 at 182) and Dalton Wild (0-2 at 285).

Cosby, a Class 6 Region A rival of the Eagles, captured the team championship with 215 points.

Rounding out the top five finishing teams were Jefferson Forest (184), Nansemond River (180), Deep Creek (155) and Western Branch (153).

Completing the top 10 were Frank Cox (145), John Handley (144.5), William Fleming (129.5), Hickory (121) and Mills Godwin (107.5).

Other team scores were Gloucester (100.5), Ocean Lakes (94), FCHS (92), Kempsville (92), Matoaca (79.5), Tallwood (73), Potomac (61), Warwick (61), Smithfield (58), William Monroe (57), Currituck County (49), Great Bridge (39.5), Cape Henry (32), Lake Taylor (31), King’s Fork (29.5), Northeastern (28), Albemarle (26), Grafton (20.5), Menchville (19), Phoebus (18.5), Prince George (10), Collegiate School (6) and Norfolk Christian (0).

FCHS begins two days of competition in the Big Orange Classic Friday in Vinton. William Byrd is the host team for the area’s oldest high school wrestling tournament.

SML Wrestling Club wins annual Christmas Clash

Smith Mountain Lake Wrestling Club captured the team championship of Saturday’s Franklin County Christmas Clash at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

Twenty-one squads competed for the team championship.

SML Wrestling scored 448 points, followed by Franklin County Wrestling Club (295), Glenvar Wrestling (276), VA Elite Wrestling Club (242) and Roanoke Area Wrestling (108).

Placing sixth through 21st were Riverheads Youth Wrestling (106), Eastern Greenbrier (103), Blue Ridge Wrestling Club (97), Tazewell Wrestling (82), Roanoke Catholic Celtics (59), Panthers Wrestling Club (58), PC Mat Cats (55), Patrick County’s middle school team (46), Team Botetourt Wrestling Club (42), Cavalier Wrestling Club (24), Patrick County (20), K-Vegas (11), Benjamin Franklin Middle School (10), Heatherwood Hall (7), Bulldog Wrestling (5) and Tech MMA (2).

BFMS seventh graders fall in opener by 10 points, 37-27

COLLINSVILLE — Benjamin Franklin Middle School’s seventh-grade boys basketball team dropped its 2019-2020 season opener last week to Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School, 37-27.

The Eagles (0-1) return to action Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 at Martinsville Middle School. Tip off is 5 p.m.

FCHS boys swimming team wins three double duals

Franklin County’s boys swimming team defeated Blue Ridge District rival William Fleming and bested non-league foes Carroll County and Alleghany in three double duals contested Friday night at the Franklin County Family YMCA’s William Lee Cooper Aquatic Center.

The Eagles downed the Colonels, 137-8, and were victorious over Carroll County (115-49) and Alleghany (127-23).

Franklin County’s girls squad defeated William Fleming, 69-17, tied Carroll County, 59-59, and lost to Alleghany, 93-47.

The Eagles return to action Wednesday, Jan. 8 in Daleville against Blue Ridge District foe Lord Botetourt and Carroll County.

Cooper wins 1,000-meter run at Holiday Track Classic

LYNCHBURG — Franklin County sophomore track and field standout Kylie Cooper won the girls 1,000-meter run at the Holiday Track Classic, hosted by Amherst County at Liberty University’s Indoor Track Complex.

Cooper captured top accolades in 3:06.09.

Also posting top 10 finishes for the Eagles were Addie Shorter in the girls 1,600-meter run (third, 5:29.08), the girls 4x800-meter relay team (ninth, 11:40), Amari Patterson in the girls high jump (ninth, 4 feet, 10 inches), Nathan Atchue in the boys 3,200-meter run (fourth, 10:11.58) and Clayton Stanford (eighth, 10:14.78) and Garrett Garman in the boys long jump (second, 21 feet 9 1/2 inches), boys 55-meter dash (fourth, 6.62 seconds) and in the 300-meter dash (10th, 37.77 seconds).

FCHS returns to action Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in an invitational at Roanoke College in Salem.

Ferrum softball clinic is set for Saturday, January 25

FERRUM — Ferrum College’s softball team is staging its winter clinic Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.

If the event is postponed because of inclement weather, it will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.

The clinic takes place at the Ferrum branch of the Franklin County Family YMCA, which is on the college campus.

Separate hitting and pitching sessions are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Players can register for either one or both sessions.

A registration fee of $50 for one session or $90 for both sessions is due by Wednesday, Jan. 8 to guarantee a spot.

There is a limit of 40 participants for each session.

On-site registration is Jan. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

A registration form can be downloaded from the softball team’s website: .

For information, call Ferrum assistant coach Maggie White, (540) 365-2631 or contact her by email:

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