Fifth-grade boys and girls students from Franklin County’s 12 elementary schools are scheduled to compete Wednesday in the annual Eagle Invitational track and field meet at Franklin County High School’s Bruce M. Kent Track Field.

Windy Gap Elementary School has won the championship of this meet each of the past two years.

Joining Windy Gap in the field are Burnt Chimney, Boones Mill, Callaway, Dudley, Ferrum, Glade Hill, Henry, Lee M. Waid, Rocky Mount, Sontag and Snow Creek elementary schools.

The meet consists of individual and relay running and field events.

Softball reunion is slated for Saturday

Franklin County’s softball program will celebrate 30-plus years of interscholastic competition on Saturday, April 20 when the Eagles host a tripleheader against William Byrd.

The varsity, junior varsity and middle school teams will be in action with the varsity and middle school teams taking the field at 11 a.m. and the junior varsity club playing at 1 p.m.

Past teams, players and coaches will be recognized for their accomplishments.

Softball became part of the interscholastic roster at FCHS in 1988 and the following year, the Eagles won the Northwest Region championship and advanced to the Group AAA semifinals were they were defeated 3-0 by Green Run.

FCHS would play for the regional championship in 2006, but the Eagles would fall 1-0 to Massaponax. In the state quarterfinals, FCHS would suffer a 1-0 loss to Hickory.

The varsity squad has been led by four head coaches: Robin Walls, Todd Hunley, the late Bruce Hess and Bryan Forbes.

BFMS cheerleading tryouts are set

Tryouts to select Benjamin Franklin Middle School’s cheerleading squad for the 2019-2020 school year are scheduled for Tuesday, April 23 through Friday, April 26.

Any rising seventh or eighth grade student, male or female, who is enrolled at BFMS for the 2019-2020 school year is eligible to try out, but each must have a Virginia High School League (VHSL) form dated after May 1, 2018 on file with the athletic department at the high school in oder to do so.

Candidates will be taught a cheer and a dance for the tryouts, and they do not need to know how to tumble or do gymnastics in order to try out.

Also, candidates may be asked to stunt.

Anyone interested in trying out should obtain an informational packet from the office at BFMS.

Questions can be directed to head coach Kelci Hall, 483-5105.

Dance team tryouts

are slated at FCHS

Tryouts to select Franklin County’s dance team for the 2019-2020 school year are scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday, April 30 to May 2 in the Roy M. Law Gymnasium on the high school campus.

Those interested in trying out should obtain an informational packet from assistant coach Megan Sawyers in the FCHS library or Sandy Coblentz in the high school athletics department.

Any questions can be directed to head coach Toni Lynn Mills, 493-9423.

Heritage Classic 5K is set

for Saturday, May 4

The 31st edition of the Heritage Classic 5K is set for Saturday, May 4 at Christian Heritage Academy.

The 3.1-mile race takes the starter’s gun at 8 a.m. A one-mile fun run begins five minutes later.

The course begins on a cider track, grass and asphalt as it winds its way up Glennwood Drive in Rocky Mount.

The 5K serves as a fundraiser for the school.

The the course takes a left onto Scuffling Hill to the turn-around at Rakes Road, returning to the finish on the track.

Cost is $30.

There is group pricing for familes or groups of four or more of $5 off per entry.

Registration is available at

Registration ends Friday, May 3 at 5:59 p.m.

Jeremy Gray of Hillsville and Sarah Anderson are the reigning men’s and women’s champions of the race.

For information, contact race director Eric Miller by email: or by phone: (276) 224-3027.

Pigg River Ramble Weekend returns May 17-19

Franklin County’s Ramble Weekend presented by Smoot Construction is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, May 17-19, on the Pigg and Blackwater rivers.

The event for canoes and kayaks, includes the Blackwater Blackout on May 17, the Pigg River Ramble in May 18 and Breakfast on the Blackwater on May 19.

Also included are a 5K race and the Great Duck Race.

The Pigg River Ramble began in the 1970, but was rechristened in 2002. Renowned local journalist Morris Stephenson, who died in October 2017, played an instrumental role in its return and the championship trophy is named in his honor.

The Pigg River Ramble, which takes the starter’s gun at 1 p.m. from Waid recreation Area and Sports Complex was contested from 2002-2017, the year in which Gillian Deegan became the first women to capture first-place laurels. Last year’s Pigg River Ramble was cancelled because of inclement weather.

Cost for the 5K race is $20, $15 for Franklin County students and faculty.

Cost for the Blackwater Blackout, Pigg River Ramble and Breakfast on the Blackwater is $20 each or $40 for a weekend package. Cost is $5 for each event for ages 12 and younger

Registration for these events is open at .

Information can be obtained at that website or by calling the Franklin County Department of Parks and Recreation, (540) 483-9293.

Pigg River Rumble is scheduled for May 18 at Waid Park

SIX-MILE POST – The annual Pigg River Rumble 5K takes the starter’s gun Saturday, May 18 at Waid Recreation Area and Sports Complex.

The race is held in conjunction with the county’s three annual canoeing and kyaking events: the Blackwater Blackout, the Pigg River Ramble and Breakfast on the Blackwater.

Proceeds from the 3.1-mile race supports the cross country teams at Franklin County High School and Benjamin Franklin Middle School.

The race is staged on the Eagles home course and includes a mix of gently rolling hills on trails and crushed cinder gravel paths.

This year’s sponsors are Carilion Clinic, Haywood’s Jewelers and Brooks Mill Winery as well as individual donors.

Registration is $15 for Franklin County students, faculty and staff and $20 for others.

To register, visit

Ferrum soccer teams to stage ‘Friday Night Lights’ clinic

FERRUM – Ferrum College’s men’s and women’s soccer teams are staging a first free Ferrum Friday Night Lights soccer clinic Friday, April 26 from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at W.B. Adams Stadium.

Ferrum’s men’s and women’s coaches and players are running the sessions for boys and girls ages 7-15.

On-site registration opens prior to the clinic’s 6 p.m. start.

Those who wish to pre-register can do so by visiting .

A session for ages 7-10 is from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and a session for ages 11 to 15 is from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Participants are asked to bring their own soccer ball, cleats, water bottles and shin guards.

Water will be provided.

For information, contact Ferrum women’s soccer coach Erin Saleeby by email: or Panthers men’s soccer coach Enda Crehan by email:

Also information can be obtained on the men’s and women’s soccer pages at or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Eagle Classic is scheduled for April 27-28 at recreation park

SONTAG – The Eagle Classic Spring Fling Pickleball Bash is set for Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 at the Franklin County Recreation Park.

This is an outdoor tournament.

Deadline to register is Monday, April 22.

Registration is open at

Registration fee is $30 per-person and the fee covers one or two divisions.

Age divisions for all doubles and mixed doubles ar 50-54, 55-59,60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 and older.

There is an open age division for doubles ages 19 to 49.

Players may compete in only one age division in the same event.

Players are permitted to play in a younger age group, but not an older one.

Courts open for use at 8 a.m. and tournament play begins at 9 a.m. both days.

A practice day is scheduled for Friday, April 26 from noon to 5 p.m.

Doubles play begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 27 and mixed doubles play starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 28.

In the regular bracket, play is best of three games to 11 points, must win by two points.

In the survival bracket, play is one game to 15 points, must win by two points.

Times and format are subject to change.

It is asked that checks be made payable to Franklin County Parks and Recreation and mailed to 295 Technology Drive, Rocky Mount.

For information, call the recreation department, (540) 483-9293.

FLW youth bass tournaments are coming to SML

HUDDLESTON – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is set to visit Smith Mountain Lake Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 with the YETI FLW College Fishing event presented by Costa and the Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Open.

The tournaments, hosted by Bedford Tourism/Bedford Area Welcome Center, will showcase some of the top young anglers from across the region competing for cash and prizes and angling for their chance to advance to the FLW College Fishing National Championship and High School Fishing National Championship.

Parkway Marina is the site for launches and weigh-ins of both tournaments.

The college anglers kick off the two days of competition on April 26 at 6:30 a.m. with the weigh-in set for 3 p.m.

The high school anglers take center stage on April 27 at 6:30 a.m. with the weigh-in set for 3 p.m.

All launches and weigh-ins are free to attend and open to the public.

YETI FLW College Fishing teams compete in three regular-season qualifying tournament in one of five conferences: Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western.

All participants must be registered, full-time students a a college, university or community college and members of a college fishing club that is recognized by their school.

The top 10 teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual FLW College Fishing Open advance to the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championships.

Additional teams qualify for then national championships if the field size inn regular-season events exceeds 100 boats.

The Potomac River and Marbury, Maryland is hosting this year’s FLW College Fishing Natioal Championship, June 4-6.

The Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Open tournaments are free, two-person team events for students in grades 7-12 and are open to any FLW and Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school clubs.

The top 10 percent of teams at each Open event along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships advance to this years High School Fishing National Championship on Pickwick Lake in June.

The High School Fishing national champions receive a $5,000 scholarship to the college of their choice.

Benefit golf tournament is slated for Mariners Landing

HUDDLESTON — Franklin County High School’s Career and Technical Education Department is hosting its fourth annual, four-player Captain’s Choice golf tournament, Saturday, April 27 at Mariners Landing Golf and Country Club.

Tee time is 1 p.m.

Proceeds benefit all career and technical education students traveling to state and national competitions this year.

Cost is $240 and includes lunch (served at noon), entry fee, golf, cart, one red tee per player and one mulligan per player.

Prizes will be awarded to the top five finishing teams – $500 for first, $300 for second, $200 for third and local green fees for fourth and fifth.

All competitors receive a goody bag and a door prior valued at $10 or greater.

There will be 50/50 drawings, closest to the pin contests on all par 3 holes, long-drive contests and a hole-in-one contest.

Hole sponsorships are available for $100.

For information, call Robbie Dooley (540-483-0221) or Ken Kilinski (540-4830221) at the high school or Doug Conklin (540-420-8172) or Gerald (Peanut) Hall (540-493-3276) for information or to enter a team.

Andy Andrews golf tournament is scheduled for May 13

HARDY — The annual Andy Andrews Memorial Spring Swing golf tournament is set for Monday, May 13 at The Westlake Golf and Country Club.

Sponsored by bethlem United Methodist Church in Moneta, 100 percent of the event’s proceeds benefit several charities in Franklin and Bedford counties, including Lake Christian Ministries, SML Good Neighbors, Henry Fork Service Center, Bedford Domestic Violence Services, Bethlehem UMC Preschool, Franklin County Family Resource Center and Food For Kids-Weekend Pack A Sack.

Cost is $75 per golfer and includes green fees, cart, prizes, range balls and lunch.

Each golfer has a “hole-in-one’’ opportunity to win $10,000 cash and other prizes.

A rain date for the tournament is Monday, May 20.

Donations are being accepted, and minimum hole sponsorships start at $100.

The tournament started in 2008, but was renamed in memory of Andy Andrews, an ambassador of Smith Mountain Lake and supporter of area ministries, who died in 2013.

For registration and additional sponsorship information, visit or contact even chairman Rick Carroll, (540) 484-3100.

Hank Norton Memorial golf tournament is set for May 18

TROUTVILLE — The 2019 Hank Norton Memorial golf tournament has been scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at the Botetourt Golf & Swim Club.

The tournament is a fundraiser for Ferrum College’s football program.

Lunch begins at noon with a 1 p.m. shot-gun start.

Cost is $100 per-player.

Hole sponsorships are available for $150.

Botetourt Golf & Swim Club is on 2414 Country Club Road in Troutville.

Entry forms can be downloaded from Ferrum College’s football website:

It is asked that entries be mailed to 332 Farmers Road, Fincastle, 24090.

For information, call, Rory (Tater) Benson, (540) 353-7173.

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