Rocky Mount Post 6’s Junior American Legion baseball team opens its 2019 season today against District F rival South Boston-Halifax Post 8.

Game time is 7 p.m. at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.

The contest was originally scheduled to be played Monday night, but it was postponed because of inclement weather.

An 18-game regular season commences with today’s contest.

The district’s postseason tournament is scheduled for July 25 through July 28.

Besides Post 6 and Post 8, Christiansburg Post 59, Martinsville Post 42, Big Island Post 217, Lynchburg Post 16 and Patrick County are fielding Junior American Legion teams this season.

This marks the first year that Post 6 has fielded a Junior American Legion team since 2015.

Larry Bowles, who served as an assistant coach with Post 6’s Senior American Legion team last year, is steering the Junior American Legion squad from the dugout.

Bowles is a former Franklin County prep and American Legion standout who played at Virginia Tech and in the Los Angeles Angels’ organization.

Jason Altice is Bowles’ assistant.

Senior Legion moves two games, season opener is Sunday

Rocky Mount Post 6 has moved games scheduled to be played this week against Danville Post 325 and Lynchburg Post 16 to later in the season.

Post 6, last year’s District F runner-up, is slated to open its season Sunday at 5 p.m. against Christiansburg Post 59 at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.

The contest is a doubleheader with Rocky Mount Post 6’s Junior American Legion squad, which plays Post 59 at 2 p.m.

An updated schedule for the Post 6 Seniors and Post 6 Juniors is published in today’s Sports section.

The new schedule includes no games at Ferrum College’s W.B. Adams Field and no match-ups against Alleghany (Covington) Post 4.

Besides, Rocky Mount, Christiansburg, Danville and Lynchburg, Martinsville Post 42 and Big Island Post 217 are competing in District F this season.

Ten regular-season games are scheduled.

The district’s postseason tournament is set for July 18 through July 21.

The Virginia State tournament is July 29 through August 3 and the Mid-Atlantic Regionals are August 8 through August 11.

Aaron Haigler, Franklin County’s assistant varsity baseball coach, is Post 6’s manager. FCHS junior varsity coach Brandon Barbour and collegiate player Hunter Barbour are the assistant coaches.

Lynchburg Post 16 is the two-time reigning District F champion. Two years ago, Post 16 was the state runner-up.

Post 6 finished 14-5 a year ago. It suffered three losses to Post 16 and two to Post 325.

Chandler ties for second in HOF men’s tournament

ROANOKE – Local golfer Matt Chandler placed in a tie for second place in the 2019 Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame (RVGHOF) men’s championship tournament over the weekend.

Because of inclement weather, the tournament was cut from 54 holes to 36.

Play began on Friday at Blacksburg Country Club and ended Sunday at Blue Hill Golf Club in Roanoke. Saturday’s second round at Ashley Plantation in Botetourt County was cancelled because of rain.

Chandler shot a 72 during a rain-played opening round and fired a 71 Sunday for a 143 total.

Roanoke’s Jason Spaar (71-67, 138), who competes for NCAA Division III Bridgewater College of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), won the championship by five strokes. His final-round score was the best single-round score posted.

Chandler tied with Roanoke’s Vince Wheeler (73-70, 143), who plays golf for Rhodes (Tennessee) College.

Chandler saw his bid for a fifth consecutive championship and sixth overall stymied by Spaar. This year’s tournament marked the 46th year of the event.

Also, local golfers John Hatcher Ferguson (74-79, 153), Chris Davis (86-75, 161) and Darren Doyle (94-87, 181) and former Ferrum College golfer Brian Bowles (82-83, 165) competed in the tournament.

Roanoke Country Club (460-433, 903) won the team title by two strokes over Blacksburg (462-443, 905)

Kristin Hearp won the women’s championship with a 71 and Nancy Snodgrass claimed the senior women’s title with a 77.

The tournaments were one-day, 18-hole, stroke-play events.

Blacksburg (women’s) and Hidden Valley (senior women’s) captured the team titles.

Panthers’ season opener starts at 1 p.m.

FERRUM – Ferrum College’s 2019 season-opening football game against former USA South Athletic Conference rival Greensboro (North Carolina) College Saturday, September 14 kicks off at 1 p.m.

A time was not listed with a schedule was published in the Franklin County Living special section that was a part of The Franklin News-Post’s May 31st edition.

The contest is set for Jamieson Stadium. The Panthers are playing the Pride on the road for the first time since the 2016 campaign.

Because of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s (ODAC) addition of Southern Virginia University for football only, Ferrum and the rest of its ODAC brethren are limited to two, non-conference games starting this season.

The Panthers’ final non-league contest is against Averett University, Saturday, September 21 at W.B. Adams Stadium at 1 p.m.

ODAC play begins for Ferrum Saturday, September 28 against reigning conference champion Randolph-Macon College at 1 p.m. at Adams Stadium.

In October, the Panthers visit Washington and Lee University (W&L), host Guilford (North Carolina) College, travel to Bridgewater College and entertain Southern Virginia.

The W&L game October 5 game kicks off at 4 p.m. and the Bridgewater contest October 19 start at 2 p.m. The Guilford and Southern Virginia games are set for 1 p.m. October 12 and October 26.

On November 2, Ferrum plays its final regular-season home game against Shenandoah University. On October 9 and October 16, the Panthers are on the road against Hampden-Sydney College and Emory and Henry College.

Guilford is Ferrum’s Homecoming opponent; Shenandoah is Ferrum’s Senior Day opponent.

The Panthers finished 5-5 and 3-4 in the ODAC last season.

Former Ferrum College player joins baseball staff at Bridgewater

BRIDGEWATER – Former Ferrum College first baseman/left-hand pitcher Taylor Davis has joined Bridgewater College’s coaching staff as an assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator.

Bridgewater athletic officials confirmed Davis’ hiring Monday in a press release.

Ben Spotts is the Eagles’ head coach.

“I am excited to add Taylor to our coaching staff,’’ Spotts said. “I had the opportunity to work with him at Eastern Mennonite University where he was on my coaching staff for two years as our graduate assistant.

“Taylor made a big impression on me in those two years and I knew that if the opportunity came along to add him to my staff, he would be my top choice,’’ Spotts said.

Bridgewater and Ferrum are rivals in the NCAA Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).

Davis was a four-year letter winner for Ferrum who played on the Panthers’ 2014 USA South Athletic Conference championship team.

Davis was a four-time academic all-conference honoree.

Davis earned his bachelor’s in history and social studies from Ferrum and a master’s interdisciplinary studies from Eastern Mennonite in 2017.

“Taylor will assume the recruiting coordinator duties in our program and will work heavily with our hitters and base runners as well as oversee our outfielders,’’ Spotts said.

“Being a (Shenandoah) Valley native, he has a great understanding of the value of a Bridgewater College education and the winning tradition of our baseball program,’’ Spotts said.

“He will work tirelessly to uphold our expectations of success on and off the field. His experience and recruiting ties are not only locally, but throughout the Mid-Atlantic (region) and they will serve our program greatly as we identify recruits who will fit Bridgewater College and our baseball program,’’ Spotts said.

Davis spent the past season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at DeSales (Pennsylvania) University where he was involved in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the baseball program.

Davis coached the hitters and outfielders and served as the team’s third-base coach. Also, he was heavily involved in the recruiting process, identifying and evaluating prospects and scheduling campus visits.

Davis spent one season as a volunteer assistant at NCAA Division I George Mason University, which competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference. His primary duties were coaching hitters and outfielders and serving as the Patriots’ first-base coach.

Under Spotts’ tutelage at Eastern Mennonite, Davis coached hitters and outfielders, served a bench coach and was the head coach for the Royals; developmental program.

Davis has two summers of experience as a pitching coach with the Valley League’s Staunton Braves. During his tenure, Davis coached eight players who were selected in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft.

“Taylor gained great experience at Division I George Mason…His experience at DeSales…will certainly add value tour baseball program. His time in the Valley League…has also aided in his development,’’ Spotts said.

“Taylor is a hard worker and a student of the game who is constantly learning and developing. He understands baseball and has very mature perspective of the game,’’ Spotts said.

“He does a great job in developing relationships with his players and his organization and work ethic to develop our players on and off the field will be a great addition to our program,’’ Spotts said.

Stand-up Paddleboard event is slated for Jamison Mill Park

HENRY – A Stand-up Paddleboard event on Philpott Lake in Franklin County is set for Saturday, June 22 at Jamison Mill Park.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Professional, ACA instruction is provided by Mountain 2 Island Paddleboards, Kayaks and Boat Rentals.

All gear is provided and no previous experience is needed to take part in a three-plus miles trek.

It is asked the patrons bring water.

A $35 activity fee will be charged.

Jamison Mill Park is on 2000 Jamison Mill Road, Henry.

For information, call the Franklin County Department of Parks and Recreation, (540) 483-9293.

Youth cheerleading clinic is set for June 19

The Franklin County varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders are hosting their annual youth clinic Wednesday, June 19.

The one-day clinic runs from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Roy M. Law Gymnasium on the Franklin County High School campus.

Parents must sign a permission form at registration in order for their child to participate.

These forms may be obtained in advance at the high school athletic office in Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium and completed prior to registration.

All interested youth ages 5-12 are invited to attend the clinic, and each participant will receive a gift and list of camp cheers and chants.

Participants will receive instructions in chants, dance, cheers, jumps and stunts by the varsity and junior varsity squads.

Parents will be allowed to take pictures of their children with the FCHS cheerleaders.

For information, contact FCHS head varsity cheerleading coach Marsha Lopez through the athletic department, (540) 483-5332.

Football Clinic is set for June 27-28 at FCHS

A two-day recreation league/youth football clinic is scheduled for Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28 at Franklin County High School.

Daily sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon.

There is no cost to attend the clinic, which is scheduled to be held on the football practice fields behind C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.

The Eagles’ football coaching staff and players are conducting the clinic.

For information, call the FCHS Athletic Department, (540) 483-5332.

Baseball program to conduct youth camp in July

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 is for youth ages 5 to 12.

The camp is free.

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 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: or by text: (540) 352-2250.

Basham Skills Camp is scheduled for July 12 at William Fleming

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.

Daniels hoops camp is slated for June 27-29 at William Fleming

ROANOKE – Phoenix Suns shooting guard Troy Daniels is conducting his third annual summer camp for youth at William Fleming High School Thursday, June 27 to Saturday, June 29.

Daniels is a former prep player at William Fleming and a former college player at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The sessions on June 27 and 28 are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The session on June 29 is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a cookout at 2:30 p.m.

Using NBA-inspired drills and techniques, Daniels will help develop the skills of boys and girls ages 7-15 that enjoy that enjoy the game and aspire to play in college or professionally.

The camp provides all participants with lunch each day, a camp T-shirt, an autograph from Daniels and the chance to win other prizes.

Registration is open.

Fee is $100.

For information or to register, visit .

Summer sports camps are coming to Ferrum

FERRUM-Summer athletics camps in five sports start this month and extend into August on the Ferrum College campus.

Ferrum is conducting a wrestling camp on campus this year.

The Gold Intensive Camp is set for June 19-23 at the college’s wrestling facility, the old Hank Norton Fieldhouse.

This is an intensive training and technique camp in folkstyle and freestyle wrestling that has eight Ferrum clinicians on hand for individual attention.

Participants attending the camp can stay in the apartment-style dorms on campus between the wrestling facility and the cafeteria.

Cost is $350 for resident campers and $150 for day campers.

There is no set registration deadline, but the camp is limited to a class of 30.

Many have already registered, so it is recommended that those interested sign-up a soon as possible.

For information, contact Ferrum associate head coach Ryan Riggs by email: or log on to

Ferrum softball elite clinic is Wednesday, June 19 at American National Bank Field.

The clinic runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is for rising high school sophomores through rising high school seniors.

Registration fee is $50. The fee includes instruction, lunch and showcase games.

For information, call Ferrum assistant softball coach Maggie White (540) 494-2631 or contact her by email:

Ferrum’s annual baseball camp is for kindergarten through seventh grade from July 8-11.

This is a day camp.

Half-day instruction is $95 and full-day instruction is $180.

Those planning to attend can save $10 if they sing up before Monday, July 1.

To register, call Ferrum’s baseball office, (540) 365-5412, or visit

A lacrosse camp is scheduled for July 8-10 and is for girls ages 6 to 18.

Cost for resident campers is $285 and cost for day campers is $180.

For information, call Ferrum head coach Karen Harvey, (540) 588-3979 or contact her by email:

An evening soccer camp under the lights is scheduled for August 5 through 7 for elementary through high school students.

The camp is divided into two age groups and by gender: sessions for ages 6-10 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 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.

Professional wrestling returns to YMCA in June

Pure Pro Wrestling is returning to Franklin County with a mat card scheduled for Saturday, June 15 at the Franklin County Family YMCA.

Bell time is 7 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by Misty Mountain Wares.

Tickets are $12.

Youth ages 6 and younger are admitted free of charge.

Front row tickets are available in advance at Misty Mountain Wares.

CHA golf tournament is set for June 15

HARDY – Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) is staging its benefit golf tournament at The Westlake Golf and Country Club, Saturday, June 15.

Format is four-player Captain’s Choice.

Shot-gun start is 1 p.m.

Cost is $300 per team and includes golf fees, door prizes, dinner and awards ceremony.

Prizes will be presented to the top finishers and winners of the longest drive and closest-to-the-pin contests.

For information, contact Nancy Castillo by

Haley Memorial-SML Junior golf tournament registration is open

Registration for the 2019 Andrew Haley Memorial-Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club Junior Open golf tournament is open.

Deadline to register is Thursday, June 20 at midnight (12 a.m.)

Cost is $85.

The two-day, 36-hole, stroke-play tournament is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, June 24 and 25.

This year, the tournament makes its debut at The Water’s Edge Country Club in Penhook. The opening round is set to be contested on the par 72 layout.

The tournament stays in Franklin County for its final round as the concluding 18 holes are slated for The Waterfront Country Club in Scruggs.

Players ages 10 to 18 are eligible. Eighteen-year-olds must not have completed a year of college.

Golfers from Virginia and Tennessee have signed up to compete in this year’s event, tournament officials said.

The Haley family continues to award scholarships to local golfers in memory of Andrew Haley for whom the tournament honors. Performance in the tournament has no bearing on these scholarships.

Register on line at

FCHS seeks 2019 Sports Hall of Fame nominations

Franklin County High School is accepting nominations for its Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

Applications are available on line, in the athletic office or at the school division’s Central Office.

Completed packages are due by the end of June.

The school inducted its inaugural Hall of Fame class in October and the second class will be enshrined on a date during the Eagles’ 2019 football season.

The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to athletics at FCHS.

Eight individuals comprised the inaugural class. Seven individuals are expected to be inducted in 2019.

A selection committee of eight members, including FCHS Athletic Director Crystal Worley and FCHS Principal Jon Crutchfield, will review the nominations and choose the inductees.

A nominee must have been a player, coach, administrator or contributor. The nominee should have made a worthy contribution to the success of the Eagles’ athletic program and should be a good representative of Franklin County athletics through his or her life with high moral and ethical standards.

Former athletes must be graduates of the high school and must be 10 years removed from high school to be eligible for nomination.

Inductees will receive an honorary plaque and commemorative coin. The name of each Hall of Fame member will be placed on a plaque that will be on display in Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium.

The inductees are required to provide FCHS with memorabilia that will be displayed electronically for one year from the date of induction.

Hot Rod Power Tour stops at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE – More than 2,000 classic cars filled Martinsville Speedway Sunday afternoon as part of Motor Trend magazine’s Hot Rod Power Tour.

The stop at the speedway is the first in the tour’s 25-year history.

“We absolutely love it,’’ Senior Event Director Michael Deer said. “It’s the first time we’ve been here so there’s a bit of unknowns on both sides, but now we’re her and things are working out fantastic.

“The thing for me that stands out the most is how passionate the locals are. Several people have come up to me personally to thank me for bring the tour here,’’ Deer said.

“There’s obviously a rich history here with motorsports and the same thing with Hot Rod Power Tour, being 25 years in, so it’s a really nice partnership,’’ Deer said.

Clay Magana said he drove “more than 1,000 miles to be a part of the tour.’’

He said he saw it six years ago at his home in Kansas. He traveled here in his 1966 Chevelle to see it for a third time.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,’’ Magana said. “I saw the first one when it came through Kansas 25 years ago and I said, ‘I want to do that sometime.’

“So I did it in 2016, without air conditioning, in 2018 with air conditioning and then thus year I wanted to do it for the 25 years. I thought that was pretty cool,’’ Magana said.

The one-day show is not only a way for people to show off the countless hours they have put into restoring and rebuilding their classic cars, it’s also a way for Martinsville Speedway’s staff to utilize the facility outside of race weekends.

“We are always looking for ways to use the speedway throughout the year, but it has to be something that is a good fit,’’ Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said.

“The Hot Rod Power Tour certainly fits the bill. Having so many classic cars at such a historic facility with an iconic magazine is the perfect match,’’ Campbell said.

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