FERRUM – Ferrum College’s men’s and women’s soccer teams are staging a first free “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 http://ferrumsoccercamps.com/content/youth-soccer-clinic.
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 balls, cleats, water bottles and shin guards.
Water will be provided.
Also information can be obtained on the men’s and women’s soccer pages at www.ferrumpanthers.com or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Eagle Classic is scheduled
for April 27-28
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 pickleballtournaments.com.
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.
Carla Hall earns weekly
ODAC softball honor
VIRGINIA BEACH – Carla Hall, a sophomore righthander for two-time reigning NCAA Divisionn III national champion Virginia Wesleyan University and a former prep standout at Franklin County, has been named Player of the Week in softball in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).
Hall pitched the second game, one that was stopped after five innings because of the run rule, of the Marlins’ doubleheader sweep of league foe Roanoke College Sunday, 2-0 and 8-0.
Hall’s complete-game victory is her 10th this season and the 20th of her career.
Hall (10-1) yielded one hit, no walks and struck out four. Twice, she retired five Roanoke batters in a row.
Sunday’s two victories raised Virginia Wesleyan’s current winning streak to 12 games.
Earlier in the week, Hall tossed a four-hit, complete-game shutout in a 6-0 triumph over ODAC rival Eastern Mennonite University. She struck out three and walked none.
Hall retired each of the last seven batters she faced and earlier in the contest, she retired six batters in a row.
Hall’s earned run average (ERA) of 1.28 is the second-best in the ODAC. She has struck out 42 batters and has surrendered 45 hits in 82.1 innings pitched.
Also earning Player of the Week laurels is Emory & Henry College freshman first baseman Kendall Varner, a former standout prep player at Class 4 Bassett.
During a 2-2 week by the Wasps, six of the eight hits Varner collected were for extra bases: a double, three triples and two home runs. She drove in five runs and scored seven.
Emory & Henry split conference doubleheaders with Bridgewater College and Shenandoah University.
In the Bridgewater twinbill, Varner was 5 of 8 with four extra base hits, two of which were home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored. She was 3 of 5 in the first game, a 10-3 victory and was a single shy of hitting for the cycle.
In the Shenandoah doubleheader, Varner was 3 of 6 with an RBI and three runs. She tripled twice, drove in one run, walked twice and scored five times.
Varner ranks 12th in the ODAC in hitting with a .410 average, sixth in the league with a .496 on-base percentage and first in the conference with an .870 slugging percentage.
Also, Varner ranks first in the ODAC with 39 runs, second in home runs with 11 and third in total bases with 87.
Panthers, Marlins to meet
Saturday in ODAC softball
VIRGINIA BEACH – Ferrum College’s Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) softball doubleheader against two-time reigning NCAA Division III national champion Virginia Wesleyan University, scheduled for Saturday, was postponed because of inclement weather.
The twinbill has been reset for Saturday, April 20 with the first game starting at 1:30 p.m.
The Marlins (13-1 in the ODAC, 31-2 overall) are the three-time reigning ODAC champions. They have spent all but two weeks of the 2019 season as the top ranked program in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NCAA Division III poll.
Virginia Wesleyan plays its home games at a new facility, the Tom & Betty Broyles Field at TowneBank Park.
Ferrum (7-9 in the ODAC, 17-17 overall) returns to action todayagainst ODAC rival Randolph-Macon. The doubleheader begins at 4 p.m. at American National Bank Field.
Eagles shut out
GW Danville twice
DANVILLE — Franklin County swept George Washington-Danville, 15-0 and 18-0, in a Piedmont District softball doubleheader played Thursday at O.T. Bonner Middle School.
Both games were stopped after three innings because of the run rule.
In the first game, the pitching duo of Anna Smith and Laken Adkins combined to throw a perfect game.
Smith started and faced six batters in two frames. She struck out five.
Adkins worked the third inning and struck out two of the three hitters she faced.
FCHS (4-3 in the Piedmont District, 6-5 overall) scored six runs in the first inning, three runs in the second and six runs in the third frame.
FCHS finished the game with 11 hits: three each by Logan Pasley and Alex Prillaman, two by Taylor Anderson and one each by Smith, Madison Morris and Baylee Greer.
Both of Prillaman’s hits were doubles.
FCHS did not strike out and it benefited from nine walks and one Danville error.
FCHS played error-free defense in both games.
In the second game, FCHS tallied seven runs in the first inning, nine runs in the second and two runs in the third.
The pitching duo of Presley Washburn, the starter who worked two innings, and Greer combined on a two-hitter with Danville claiming an single off each pitcher.
Washburn struck out three of the seven batters she faced, while Greer struck out two of the four batters she faced.
Adkins led FCHS with four hits, while Sierra Johnson, Courtney Bryant and Washburn each collected two and Anderson, Greer, Breanna Weaver and Katelyn Craghead each registered one.
FCHS returns to action Saturday against William Byrd. Game time is 11 a.m. at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School Softball Complex.
Eagles jayvees top
Northside in soccer, 3-1
Franklin County’s junioir varsity boys soccer team scored two goals in the first half and one in the second stanza for a 3-1 non-district triumph over Northside Thursday at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.
The Eagles tandem of Cooper Stanford and Jullian Nichols combined to account for the two first half goals to produce leads of 1-0 and 2-1.
In the eighth minute Stanford netted the initial goal of the match courtesy of a Nichols assist.
One minute later; however, the Vikings tallied the equalizer off a corner kick.
In the 15th minute, Stanford used a Nichols assist to break the stalemate and give the Eagles an advantage they would not surrender.
FCHS (6-3) added an insurance goal in the 58th minute when Jordan Hering, with the aid of an Andrew Riddle assist, found the back of the net to finish the scoring.
Eagles goalkeeper Ryan Largen collected four saves.
CORNER KICKS: FCHS (3-1 in the Piedmont District) bested George Washington-Danville, 6-1, at Dillon Stadium in its most recent league encounter.
Nichols netted FCHS’s first two goals in a wire-to-wire win.
The spread was 5-0 after tallies by Jose Diaz, Ethan Oliver and Fabian Ventura-Alvez, all of whom netted their first goals of the season.
Stanford and Riddle distributed assists on Nichols’ goals, while a corner kick by Nichols set up Ethan Oliver’s goal.
FCHS benefited from a Danville own goal following then visitors’ lone tally.
Huffman places 13th
in Shenandoah Shootout
WINCHESTER – Ferrum College freshman Jetta Huffman finished 13th in a field of 23 golfers in the Shenandoah Shootout women’s golf tournament at the Shenandoah Valley Country Club.
Huffman carded a 137 (94-43) for 27 holes on the par 71, 5,692 (women’s tees) layout.
“Jetta struck the ball really well, probably the best I’ve seen her hit it all spring,’’ Ferrum head coach Erick Cox said. “She had a few rough holes and a few putting miscues that really derailed her round in the first 18 (holes) but played well on the last nine holes.
“She will hopefully use this tournament as momentum going into the (conference) championships in a few weeks.’’
Jesse Bartley of Bridgewater College earned medalist honors after carding 122. She won by four strokes over teammate Amanda Kelly (126) and was five strokes ahead of Shenandoah University’s Natalie Hill (127), who finished third.
Bridgewater won the team title with a 507 (343-164). Shenandoah (359-166, 525) was 18 strokes in arrears, followed by Virginia Wesleyan University (360-184, 544).
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) women’s golf championships are Monday and Tuesday, April 29-30, at Bryan Park Golf Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Keiser, Shelton lead Ferrum’s golf team at Camp Lejune
CAMP LEJUNE, N.C. – Ferrum College’s men’s golf team placed ninth in the consolation flight of the Camp Lejune Intercollegiate Golf Championships.
University of Lynchburg won the consolation flight and Roanoke College placed 12th.
Ferrum junior Lance Keiser came in third in the consolation flight with a 210 (67-73-70) and Hunter Shelton, a sophomore, was fifth with a 213 (69-79-65).
Finishing 54th was Brad Green (79-90-79, 248), followed by Adam Keiser (88-95-84, 267) in 65th and Matthew Henninger (82-106-94, 282) in 67th.
Hampden-Sydney College finished in a tie for second place in the championship flight.
John Hatcher Ferguson, a Tigers freshman and a former Franklin County prep standout, placed in a tie for fifth with a 217 (75-65-77).
The championship flight was contested on two par 72 layouts and one par 70 layout.
The consolation flight was contested on two par 70 layouts and one par 72 layout.
Benefit tournament is
slated for Mariners Landing
HUDDLESTON — Franklin County High School’s Career and Technical Education Department is hosting its 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 set 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 Bethlehem 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 bethlehemunitedmethodist.org or contact even chairman Rick Carroll, (540) 484-3100.
Pigg River Rumble
is scheduled for May 18
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 support 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 www.runroanoke.com.
BFMS girls, F-C Middle
School play to a tie
Benjamin Franklin Middle School and Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School played to a 2-2 draw in a Junior Piedmont District girls soccer match Thursday.
The Eagles trailed 2-0 at intermission, but erased that deficit in the second half.
Kassidy Hetrick and Alex Held each netted a goal for BFMS.
SMLCA in girls soccer, 10-0
Three players accounnted for half of its scoring as Southwest Virginia Homeschool shut out Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA) 10-0 in a Virginia Association of Christian Athletics (VACA) Southwest District girls soccer match.
Emma Snyder and Kristen Chick each netted two goals and Lillie Campbell tallied a goal and distributed three assists.
Ospreys goalkeeper Grace Shockley collected eight saves.
Eagles to honor Ligon
when Halifax County
visits Naff Field on April 26
Mason Ligon, Franklin County’s longest-tenured head baseball coach, will be honored by the Eagles program when it faces long-time diamond rival Halifax County on Friday, April 26 at W.W. Naff Jr. Field.
Also, the baseball program and the high school are accepting memorials for a one-time only scholarship in Ligon’s memory that will be awarded to a deserving FCHS baseball player or players.
Ligon, who died last September, steered the Eagles varsity baseball squad for 16 years and finished his head coaching career with a 168-125-1 record.
Ligon led FCHS from 1978-1993 and helped the program claim two Roanoke Valley District championships (1986 and 1992) and make four appearances in the Group AAA Northwest Region playoffs (1986, 1987, 1992 and 1993).
During his coaching tenure, FCHS suffered only four losing seasons: his rookie campaign as skipper in 1978 and in 1982, 1989 and 1990.
Ligon served as an assistant coach for three years under the late Dan Hodges. In 1977, the duo led FCHS to the Northwest Region championships and to the Group AAA state ttile game, which was played at the old Fred M. Brown Field at the high school.
FCHS lost to Kempsville 9-1 in what was Hodges’’ final game as head coach.
The 1977 team featured the battery of the late Harold Brown, the Eagles No. 1 starting pitcher, and catcher Abe Naff, Ferrum College Director of Athletics and the Panthers’ long-time former dugout boss. Both are members of the Salem-Roanoke Baseball Hall of Fame.
When Ligon was promoted to the top post the following year, he became FCHS’s eighth head baseball coach. Others to hold the job were Hodges (1975-1977), Royal Mullins (1973-74), Jimmy Thompson (1971-72), Frank Ciamillo (1966-70), Al Johnson (1965), Steve Richards (1957-64) and C.I. (Cy) Dillon Jr. (1951-1956).
Three head coaches have followed Ligon: F.L. Slough, Rusty Lang and current skipper Barry Shelton.
Slough played for and coached alongside Ligon for six years before succeeding him as head coach.
Lang was a player at Ferrum during Ligon’s tenure and Shelton competed at Patrick Henry-Roanoke, a Roanoke Valley District rival of the Eagles.
Besides Slough, Ligon would coach three other players who would become head coaches: Darren Hodges (baseball, Ferrum), Todd Hunley (softball, FCHS) and Bryan Forbes (softball, FCHS).
Gerald (Peanut) Hall served as Ligon’s assistant for 13 years and former head junior varsity coach Rick Searing held that post for 10 years.
Ligon’s 1992 squad was a junior-dominated cast. It saw its season come to an end with a 5-1 loss to Gar-Field, which was ranked No. 12 in the nation by USA Today at the time, in the semifinals of the Northwest Regionals at Naff Field.
Gar-Field won the state championship in 1992.
The Eagles won the RVD title that season on its home field by beating Pulaski County in the championship game.
In that contest, FCHS trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but rallied for three runs and a one-run victory.
With two outs, Nicky Coleman, down 0-2 in the count, hit a high fly ball that was misplayed by Pulaski County outfielder Tom Cruise to allow the tying and winning runs to score.
“I’ll always remember that game because of the way we won it at the end,’’ Ligon said in an interview with The Franklin News-Post in January of 1994.
“Helping Dan with the ‘77 team is a good memory. I’ve had plenty of other good years along the way too,’’ Ligon said.
One of those years was 1988 when FCHS finished with a losing record during regular-season play, but upset regular-season RVD winner Cave Spring, 10-3, in the semifinals of the postseason tournament played at Ferrum’s W.B. Adams Field.
The Eagles, who were seeded fifth in the five-team tournament and who defeated No. 4 seed William Fleming in the quarterfinals lost to Patrick Henry in championship game, 4-2.
Cave Spring, guided by former skipper Roger White, advanced to the Group AAA state championship game that year after winning the Northwest Region championship.
FCHS’s squad featured two players who would compete for Naff at Ferrum: Kevin Anderson and Chad France, and a third player, Matt Adkins, played at Hampden-Sydney College.
Ligon’s last team finished 12-7 and lost to Cave Spring, 4-3, in the finals of the RVD tournament at Calfee Park in Pulaski.
The Eagles advanced to the regionals, but were eliminated after a quarterfinal-round loss to George Washington-Danville at Market Garden Field.
Ligon also served as an assistant football coach, athletic director and activities director during his years at FCHS.
Monies for the scholarship can be sent to FCHS at 700 Tanyard Road, Rocky Mount 24151.
Softball reunion is
slated for April 20
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 title in 2006, but the Eagles would fall 1-0 to Massaponax on the road. In the state quarterfinals, FCHS would suffer a 1-0 loss to Hickory on the road.
The varsity squad has been led by four head coaches: Robin Walls, Todd Hunley, the late Bruce Hess and Bryan Forbes.
To help honor the program, Full Armor Custom Apparel has designed a t-shirt with a front dedicated to the squad’s accomplishments, while the back honors the memory of former standout pitcher Shannon Manning, who died in 2009.
Manning was the Eagles’ starting pitcher in the setback to Hickory, but prior to that outing, she was the winning pitcher in the Eagles’ triumphs over Halifax County in the championship game of the Western Valley District tournament and over North Stafford in the semifinals of the Northwest Regionals.
The Eagles won their quarterfinal and semifinal-round regional playoff games at home.
The t-shirts can be ordered in long and short sleeve and in black or white for $20.
All profits from the sale of these t-shirts are earmarked for the Shannon Manning Scholarship, which awards an Eagles softball player a one-time scholarship of $500.
The t-shirts can be ordered from the following website: https://fchsmemorialsoftball19.itemorder.com/sale.
Payment is to be made when picking up the t-shirts at a date to be announced.