Spencer, Hall capture top Senior Tour honors

Photo by Matt Ross

A dedication, grand-opening for the new mountain bike trail, known as “Old Buzzard” at Waid Recreation Area and Sports Complex, is scheduled for Saturday, June 1.

ROANOKE – Doug Spencer of Rocky Mount and Alton Hall of Callaway claimed top division laurels in Monday’s Roanoke Valley Senior Tour golf tournament, contested at Blue Hills Golf Club.

Spencer was victorious in Division I, which is for golfers with handicaps from 0 to 14 strokes. He carded a net score of 62.

Placing second was Gary Harper (62), followed by John Eckman (64), Ben Harris (64) and Grady Adams (64).

Hall was triumphant in Division II, which is for golfers with handicaps from 15 to 19 strokes. He posted a net score of 62.

Taking second was Butch Blessard (63), followed by Mike Barnhill (64), Bobby Trent (64) and Ken Komegay (64).

Gary Purdy finished first in Division III, which is for golfers with handicaps of 20 strokes or greater. He turned in a net score of 60.

Bill Murphy (64) was second, followed by Richard Smith (64), Harold Phillips (65) and Roman Wolczuk (65).

Purdy, who hails from Roanoke, was the overall winner.

Gary Harper, who hails from Hollins, posted the best gross score: a 71.

Family tubing begins this weekend

SIX-MILE POST — Family Tubing on the portion of the Pigg River that runs through Waid Recreation Area and Sports Complex begins this weekend.

Franklin County Department of Parks and Recreation is in charge of this program.

Events are scheduled at the recreation park Saturday and Sunday.

Tubing at Waid Park won a state award last year for the best new program in the state from the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society (VRPS).

For information, call Matt Ross, outdoor recreation manager, (540), 483-9293, or contact him by email:Matt.Ross@FranklinCountyVA.gov .

Also information is available at www.PlayFranklinCounty.com .

Franklin County to cut the ribbon on 'Old Buzzard'

SIX-MILE POST – Franklin County Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting a grand opening for its new mountain bike trail at Waid Recreation Area and Sports Complex Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The trail named “Old Buzzard” incorporates “elements of flow and freeride features into a one-of-a-kind, progressive experience that’s unique to our region,’’ said Matt Ross of the recreation department.

“All features are rollable and appropriate for mountain bikers of nearly any skill level,’’ Ross said.

The trail is in an agrarian setting and features a 1990s barn that houses the trail’s namesake buzzard.

“‘Old Buzzard’ has already developed a powerful social media following and will certainly draw riders from surrounding states,'' Ross said.

Franklin County boys fall 5-4 in regional tennis quarterfinals on the road

CHESTERFIELD — Franklin County’s boys tennis team, the 2019 Piedmont District runner-up, saw its 2019 season end with a 5-4 loss to Clover Hill in the quarterfinals of the Class 6 Region B team tournament.

FCHS (9-6) entered the eight-team, single-elimination tournament as the No. 5 seed. Clover Hill was the No. 4 seed.

The Eagles lost three district matches to Halifax County and three contests outside of the league: two to Salem and one to Clover Hill.

James River Midlothian won the boys team title with a 5-3 win over Cosby. Both teams advance to the Class 6 state tournament.

In the girls team tournament, Cosby bested James River Midlothian, 5-2, for the championship. Both teams advance to the Class 6 state tournament.

Randolph-Macon,Shenandoah continue postseason play

Regional champion and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) softball runner-up Randolph-Macon College opened play Thursday in the NCAA Division III Softball World Series in Tyler, Texas.

The Yellow Jackets’ first opponent was Emory (Georgia) University.

Both Randolph-Macon and Emory, which is nationally-ranked by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), rallied from first-game losses to win best-of-three games Super Regionals on the road and earn advancement to the World Series.

Randolph-Macon bested Christopher Newport University and Emory defeated the University of Lynchburg of the ODAC, both by 2-1 counts.

An ODAC team is seeking to win the national championship for the third straight year. Virginia Wesleyan University won back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018. Its bid for a three-peat was stymied by Lynchburg in the regionals.

Regional champion and two-time reigning ODAC baseball champion Shenandoah University opens a best-of-three games Super Regional against Johns Hopkins (Maryland) University today with advancement to the Division III College World Series at stake.

Shenandoah, the third seed in a four-team regional contested in Union, New Jersey, worked its way through the loser’s bracker and defeated Westfield (Massachusetts) State, which was previously undefeated in tournament play, twice on the final day of the regional to claim the championship.

Shenandoah seeks to become the third different ODAC team to advance to the College World Series in as many years. Roanoke College, in 2017, and Randolph-Macon, in 2018, are the others. Neither qualified for Division III postseason play this year.

Also, Shenandoah and Hampden-Sydney College have represented the ODAC in the College World Series in the past and Ferrum College, which completed its first year in the conference, is a past, seven-time Division III regional runner-up while competing under the USA South Athletic Conference banner.

Franklin County seeks 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.

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 email:ncastillo@chaknights.org.

Registration is open for Haley Memorial-SML Junior Golf tournament

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; however, players who register on or before today (Friday, May 24) will receive a $15 discount.

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 https://haleylionsjrgolf.com

JAKES Event is slated for June 1

SONTAG – The Franklin County Longbeards, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is hosting its annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Saturday, June 1 at the Franklin County Recreation Park.

The event, now in its 19th year, has won national and state awards from the NWTF.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to all youth ages 17 and younger.

Archery, fishing, canoeing and shooting demonstrations are among the activities.

For information, call Tim Burton (540) 484-3041 or contact him by email: tburton@rockymountva.org.

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