HUDDLESTON – The Radford University freshman duo of Jackson Norton and Nathan Brooks placed sixth in Friday’s YETI FLW College Fishing tournament on Smith Mountain Lake (SML).
Weigh-ins for the one-day event were conducted at Parkway Marina.
Both Norton, who hails from Ferrum, and Brooks, who hails from Union Hall, were student-athletes during the high school years at Franklin County.
Norton and Brooks brought a five-bass limit to the weigh-in and their catch tipped the scales at 12 pounds, 10 ounces.
Radford University had three, two-man teams place in the top 10 as Christopher Butler and Zack LeMaster, both of whom hail from Bedford, placed second with a five-bass catch weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces and Christian Williams of Wingina and Joshua Greenberg of Montpelier finished third with a five-bass catch of 14 pounds, 12 ounces.
The Apprentice School tandem of Hunter Atkins of Carrsville and Kitt Moger of Suffolk won the tournament with a five-bass catch weighing 16 pounds, 6 ounces.
Also placing in the top 10 were two teams from Clarkson University (seventh and eighth) and one each from Michigan State University (fourth), James Madison University (fifth), Liberty University (ninth) and Wytheville Community College (10th).
Each of the top 10 finishing teams earned a berth in the 2020 College Fishing National Championships.
James Madison University’s team featured Noah Beckley of Salem and Logan Reynolds of Stuart and Landon Siggers of Danville represented Wytheville.
Atkins, a senior, and Moger have won tournaments staged on SML each of the last two years and they finished fourth three years ago.
“We’ve only been to this lake three times – all three for tournaments…,’’ Atkins said in a prepared release from FLW Fishing.
Atkins said the duos’ sight-fishing skills were pivotal in their two SML wins.
“Kitt and I work real well together when we are targeting beds, alternating casts and keeping bait in front of the fish at all times,’’ Atkins said.
“Smith Mountain Lake is also very similar to some of the lakes we have by our house and we’ve got a lot of practice bed fishing,’’ Atkins said.
“We spent a full day on the water (during Thursday’s practice) just prior to the tournament, and we were on the water from sun up to sun down, just looking for and marking fish on beds,’’ Moger said. “I think that was the key to our win – persistence. We wore that trolling motor out and didn’t even really fish – we just looked for fish on the bed.’’
The duo put 11 “keepers’’ in its boat.
“I think the key was knowing how to sight fish,’’ Atkins said. “We ran into a couple of very large fish, but after a few casts, we knew we were wasting our time. You have to know when it’s going to bite and when to leave it alone. Luckily, we ran into some that were ready.’’
Chitwood establishes ODAC and team softball records
SALEM – Mackenzie Chitwood, a senior at the University of Lynchburg and a former prep softball standout at Franklin County, established league and program records during the 2019 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament, which completed a four-day run at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex Monday.
In Lynchburg’s 9-0 triumph over Guilford (North Carolina) College, Chitwood, who plays first base for the Hornets, belted two home runs to set the program and conference standards for career home runs.
Chitwood’s second blast, a two-run shot, provided Lynchburg with its game-winning runs as the Hornets, who are nationally-ranked in NCAA Division III softball, run-ruled the Quakers.
Her shots cleared the fence in leftfield and centerfield.
The homers broke the records established in 2007 by former Lynchburg star Caroline Cubbage, a member of the university’s Sports Hall of Fame.
“I think it just shows how strong Lynchburg softball is and how we’ve recruited such good players,’’ Chitwood said in a prepared release.
In an elimination game Sunday against two-time reigning Division III national champion Virginia Wesleyan University, Chitwood belted her 17th home run of the season, a two-run shot, to tie the single-season program record set by Cubbage and set the single-season league standard.
Lynchburg would push its lead to 3-0 before yielding seven unanswered runs in a four-run setback.
Chitwood has 40 career home runs.
The Hornets (32-12), ranked 20th nationally and fifth in the Atlantic Region, will see if they receive an at-large berth in the Division III tournament. The field will be announced Monday.
Virginia Wesleyan, ranked No. 1 nationally, reached the 40-win mark by defeating No. 4 seed Randolph-Macon College, 8-2, Monday in a winner-take-all championship contest.
The Marlins won five elimination games in the tournament.
Virginia Wesleyan has captured four consecutive ODAC championships.
This marks the second year in a row that Virginia Wesleyan has fought through the tournament’s loser’s bracket to win the championship.
Former FCHS standout Carla Hall is a sophomore pitcher for the Marlins, who have earned the ODAC’s automatic Division III tournament berth.
Chitwood made the all-tournament team along with teammate Taylor Mabry, a former prep star at Class 4 Bassett who began her college career at NCAA Division I Liberty University.
Carter, Atchue are ranked in outdoor track
Franklin County senior Malik Carter is ranked first in Class 6A boys track and field in the 200-meter dash by milestat.com.
Carter’s time of 21.94 second is the best posted by a competitor in Virginia’s top enrollment classification.
At Benjamin Franklin Middle School, top distance runner Nathan Atchue, an eighth-grader, is ranked No. 2 nationally in the 1,600-meter run.
The Eagles competed in the Golden Eagle Invitational, hosted by Staunton River in Moneta Saturday, and came away with several top finishes.
Carter (21.94 seconds) won the 200-meter run and earned a berth in the Class 6 state meet with his finishing time, while Jocelyn Shufelt (102 feet, 10 inches) took top laurels in the discus throw and claimed a state bid with her throw.
Also claiming top honors were Kylie Cooper (2:22.00) in the 800-meter run and Addie Shorter (5:26.02) in the 1,600-meter run.
Placing second were Cooper (57.98 seconds) in the 400-meter run, Gracie Arrington (10 feet) in the pole vault, Kormah Padgett (15.61 seconds) in the 110-meter hurdles, Garrett Garman (11.06. seconds) in the 100-meter dash with a personal-best time, Amethyst Wampler (91 feet, 11 inches) in the discus with a personal-best throw, Harper Dillon (13:04.92) in the 3,200-meter run and David Carter (4:52.19) in the 1,600-meter run.
Taking third were Padgett (42.76 seconds) in the 300-meter hurdles, Garman (21 feet, 4 inches) in the long jump Malik Carter (11.09 seconds) in the 100-meter dash, Trotter (13.15 seconds) in the 100-meter dash, Alcorn (54.66 seconds) in 400-meter dash and Caroline Horne (13;55.29) in the 3,200-meter run.
Also finishing third was the 4x400 meter girls relay quartet of Amari Patterson, Dayanna Young, Juana Rojas and Kimberly Burke in 4:38.90.
Elijah Belcher came in fifth in the 100-meter dash. He has qualified for the Class 6 meet on time.
FCHS’s boys squad finished second with 83 points, 14 in arrears to winner Heritage-Lynchburg (97).
FCHS’s girls team came in second with 96 points. Heritage claimed top laurels with 137.
FCHS is hosting the Piedmont District outdoor track and field meet Saturday at the Bruce M. Kent Track Field.
Because the Eagles are competing in their district championship meet, they’ll be forced to bypass the annual Cosmopolitan Club of Roanoke Invitational at William Fleming High School.
FCHS will be without senior Trent Whittaker (800-meter run) and freshmen Kylie Cooper (400-meter run, 800-meter run) and Addie Shorter (1,600-meter run), all of whom are competing in the Dogwood Classic at the University of Virginia.
BFMS is entered in the Cosmopolitan’s junior high school division.
Competing for the Eagles’ boys squad are Atchue (800, 1,600), Lewis Donald (shot put, discus), Jaemon King (100, 200 and long jump), Kendal Elliot (shot put, discus), Zakai Pannell (100, 200), Branson Leduc (400, high jump), Jahylen Lee (100, 200, high jump) and Sebastian Ellis (800, 1,600).
Competing for the Eagles’ girls team are Juiianne Bowman (800, 1,600), Loreal Board (100, 200, long jump, high jump), Alexis Smith (shot put, discus, Natalie Davis (800, 1,600), Alexia Piccioni (100, 200) and Nayana Webb (100, 200).
William Byrd edges FCHS in softball by a run, 6-5
Lexi Powell belted a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning Saturday to propel William Byrd to a 6-5 non-district varsity softball win over Franklin County at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School Softball Complex.
The Terriers’ victory is their second this season over the Eagles.
FCHS held a 5-4 lead when Powell smacked her home run off losing pitcher Presley Washburn, who was pitching in relief for FCHS.
The Eagles mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, but that rally died when catcher Alex Prillaman grounded out to shortstop with the bases loaded to end the game.
Powell finished with two hits and three RBIs.
Also, Megan Grant, Sydney Burton and Brie Hodges each collected two hits for the Terriers.
Washburn, Taylor Anderson and Katelyn Craghead each registered two hits for the Eagles and each drove in a run.
FCHS (8-4) won the junior varsity contest, 20-10.
The Eagles’ triumph is their second this season over William Byrd.
BFMS boys drop 3-0 decision in title match
MARTINSVILLE — Top seed Laurel Park Middle School shut out No. 3 seed Benjamin Franklin Middle School, 3-0, in Monday’s championship match of the 2019 Junior Piedmont District boys soccer tournament at the Smith River Sports Complex.
Laurel Park’s win is its third this season over the Eagles, who end their season with an 11-4-1 record.
The Eagles were attempting to win their second straight Junior Piedmont District title and their third overall.
Monday’s match was BFMS’s last one in the Junior Piedmont District. Next year, the Eagles return to the Roanoke Valley Middle School District in conjunction with Franklin County’s move to the Blue Ridge District.
BFMS girls fall in title game to Halifax, 8-2
SOUTH BOSTON – Halifax County Middle School, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, bested No. 2. seed Benjamin Franklin Middle School, 8-2, Monday in the championship game of the 2019 Junior Piedmont District softball tournament.
The Lions captured their fifth straight Junior Piedmont District championship and their eighth league title in a row in softball.
Halifax’s win is its second this season over BFMS with both of those victories coming on its home diamond.
The Eagles have placed second in the tournament on several occasions during their tenure in the Junior Piedmont District, which ended with Monday’s setback.
Next year, BFMS’s sports teams return to the Roanoke Valley Middle School District in conjunction with Franklin County’s move to the Blue Ridge District.
Roanoke Valley Christian stops Christian Heritage
WAIDSBORO — Roanoke Valley Christian School limited Christian Heritage Academy to one hit Monday in a 13-1 baseball rout of the Knights at the Waidsboro Ruritan Club Ballfield.
Roanoke Valley Christian’s win is its second this season over the Knights (6-2), who saw a five-game winninng streak end.
The contest was stopped after five innings because of the run rule.
Anthony Turner’s solo home run in the bottom of the second inning accounted for CHA’s lone run.
Lance Wendt’s one-hitter featured 10 strikeouts.
Alec Rich was 3 of 3 with a double for Roanoke Valley Christian (11-2) and Daniel Abbott belted two doubles and drove in a run.
Franklin County tops Northside by a run
A one-out single by shortstop Logan Pasley brought pinch runner Taylor Janney home with the game-winning run in the last of the seventh inning as Franklin County edged Northside, 5-4, in a non-district varsity softball game at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School Softball Complex.
The Vikings rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the top of the seventh to square the count.
Rianna Saunders hit an inside-the-park home run during the rally.
Samantha Johnson and Jennifer Caudle each collected two hits for Northside.
Anna Smith led FCHS, which was playing its third game in four days, with two hits.
Freshman righthander Laken Adkins was the winning pitcher.
Eagles whip Bruins in boys lacrosse, 18-5
BLACKSBURG – Tyler Held and Tommy Jackson combined to score 10 goals Monday as Franklin County routed Blacksburg, 18-5, in a boys varsity lacrosse match.
Held netted six goals and Jackson tallied four.
Also for the Eagles, who ended a three-match losing streak, Aric Lawrence scored three goals and Clayton Weterrings collected two goals and distributed an assist.
Aist Rowland led Blacksburg with three goals, while Lake Gohlke scored a goal and passed out three assists.
Franklin County girls even mark with 12-9 win
BLACKSBURG – The scoring duo of Emma Barber, a senior, and Tyler Harvey, a sophomore, accounted for 10 of Franklin County’s goals Monday as the Eagles defeated Blacksburg 12-9 in a girls varsity lacrosse match.
With the win, the Eagles (5-5) even their record.
Barber netted seven goals, while Harvey tallied 3.
Katie Racek scored five goals for the Bruins.
Also scoring were Kennedy Thomason and Sophie Hutton.
FCHS goalkeeper Beatrice Bradner finished the match with five saves.
Knights down Ospreys in baseball 6-4
FERRUM – Christian Heritage Academy’s (CHA) baseball team defeated Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA) 6-4 in a non-district contest Saturday at W.B. Adams Field.
The Knights’ victory is their second this season over the Ospreys; the earlier win was by an 8-7 score.
CHA’s triumph is fifth in a row.
The Knights are 6-1 this season.
Eagles tie Danville, defeat Halifax County
Franklin County’s varsity soccer team tied George Washington Danville and defeated Halifax County in back-to-back Piedmont District matches Thursday on the road and Friday at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.
FCHS tied Danville, 2-2.
In that match, Gavin Beckner and Baine Shively each netted a goal for FCHS.
FCHS bested Halifax, 3-1.
Shively, Fredrick Wilson and Graham Law each tallied a goal for FCHS.
Ryan Largen made his first start in goal for FCHS and he collected two saves.
FCHS finished the match with 25 shots.
Franklin County jayvees blank Comets, 5-0
Franklin County claimed its fifth league triumph and its eighth overall Friday by shutting out Halifax County, 5-0, in a Piedmont District junior varsity boys soccer match at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.
The Eagles (5-1 in the Piedmont District, 8-3 overall) netted two goals in the first half and three after intermission.
Jose Diaz’s hat trick – three goals scored – paces FCHS. He his first tally came in the 18th minute of the first half and produced a 2-0 edge.
In the second stanza, Diaz netted his team’s fourth and fifth goals.
Jullian Nichols ignited the Eagles’ scoring when he placed a rebound in the back of the net in the 10th minute of the match.
Jesus Gonzales tallied FCHS’s third goal to make the count 3-0.
Goalkeeper Cody Nichols recorded his first shutout of the season.
Franklin County girls rout Danville at home
Ashlee Jordan netted five goals Thursday as Franklin County’s girls varsity soccer team routed Piedmont District rival George Washington-Danville 9-0 at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.
Also scoring for FCHS, which has not lost to a Piedmont District rival since entering the multi-classification league for girls soccer in the spring of 2014, were Samantha Chaudet, Erica-Blake Sellars and Sarah Crawford.
The match was stopped because of the spread with a shade less than 20 minutes remaining.
Early stoppage of a match occurs when the difference reaches eight goals and after half of the closing, 40-minute stanza is played.
FCHS goalkeeper Hannah Rice collected four saves.
FCHS has defeated Danville twice this season.
Bridgewater tops Ferrum in men’s lacrosse
BRIDGEWATER – Bridgewater College netted nine, first-half goals and seven tallies after intermission Saturday for a 16-10 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) men’s lacrosse victory over Ferrum College.
With the win, the Eagles (6-4 in the ODAC, 13-4 overall) secure a berth in the league’s postseason tournament; the top six teams in the conference earn bids.
Joining Bridgewater in the field are Washington and Lee University, University of Lynchburg, Hampden-Sydney College, Randolph-Macon College and Roanoke College.
Failing to qualify are Virginia Wesleyan University, Shenandoah University, Guilford (North Carolina) College, Ferrum (1-9 in the ODAC, 2-15 overall) and Randolph College.
Ferrum ends its season with the loss, its second in as row, both in conference play.
Bridgewater led 5-2 after the first quarter, 9-6 at intermission and 12-7 after three periods of play.
The Eagles netted five goals in the first quarter, four each in the second and fourth stanzas and three in the third frame.
The Panthers countered with two goals in the first quarter, four in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth.
Bridgewater led from wire-to-wire, albeit, Ferrum did equal the count at 2 in the first quarter, at 6 in the second stanza and pulled to within two goals of the lead (9-7 and 12-10) twice in the second half: with 14:08 left in the third quarter and with 8:45 remaining in the match.
A four-goal, match-ending surge the Eagles secured the win; they scored one goal while down a player and three others in man-up situations during the scoring run.
Bridgewater’s four-goal surge was its second of the match – the Eagles broke the stalemate a 2 with four consecutive goals, a run that ended with Ferrum’s third tally at the 13:25 mark of the second period.
Connor McLean and Sean MacLeish each netted three goals for the Eagles, while Justin Calabrese tallied two and Jake Truman, Lucas Johnson, Jake Pangle, Joey Pellegrino, Kyle Graham, Trent Cheyney, Mason Gauntt and Eric Husselbaugh each netted one.
Six of Bridgewater’s 16 goals were produced by an assist.
Husselbaugh distributed three assists, Pangle passed out two and Jared Barley had one.
Jacob Boswell netted four goals to pace the Panthers, while Jack Sheehan tallied three, Mackoy Bodmer scored two and Ronald Carney had one.
Two of Ferrum’s 10 goals were produced by an assist. Cam Steeley passed out both assists.
Bridgewater goalkeeper Hunter Bagby(13-4) finished the match with 12 saves. Koby McMahon (1-8), Ferrum’s netminder, collected 17 saves.
Bridgewater outshot Ferrum, 51-35 and held advantages in shots on goal (33-22), ground balls (46-31), man-up scoring chances (3 of 4 as opposed to Ferrum’s 1 of 4 clip) and faceoffs won (21-9).
The Eagles made 14 of 19 clears, the Panthers were 20 of 27.
Each team committed 18 turnovers.
Ferrum was charged with five penalties for 4 minutes, 30 seconds, while Bridgewater committed four infractions for 3 minutes, 30 seconds.
Virginia Wesleyan routs Ferrum women, 21-4
VIRGINIA BEACH -Virginia Wesleyan University netted 15 goals in the first half Saturday en route to a 21-4 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) women’s lacrosse victory over Ferrum College.
The Marlins (4-5 in the ODAC, 8-8 overall), who squared their overall record with the victory, led 15-3 at intermission and outscored the Panthers (1-8 in the ODAC, 4-12 overall) 6-1 after halftime.
Virginia Wesleyan netted the match’s first six goals and led 10-1 at one point in the opening half.
For the Panthers, who ended their inaugural season in the ODAC with the loss, junior Kaitlyn Harley and freshman Megan Allen each netted two goals.
The count was 11-3 when the Marlins finished the first half with a four-goal surge.
Allen tallied the Panthers’ lone, second-half goal during man-up situation courtesy of an assist from freshman Micaela Harvey (Franklin County).
Jacklyn Prillaman (Franklin County), playing her final collegiate match, assisted on Harley’s second goal.
Prillaman is Ferrum’s lone senior.
Tori Manahan led the Marlins with six goals and Renee Burt tallied five.
Virginia Wesleyan outshot Ferrum, 34-19, and held edges in ground balls (22-11), clears (14 of 16 as opposed to Ferrum’s 8 of 19 clip) and free position shots (5 of 8 as opposed to Ferrum’s 1 of 6 clip).
Virginia Wesleyan forced 23 Ferrum turnovers and committed 15.
Five of Virginia Wesleyan’s goals were produced by an assist.
Ferrum won 14 of the match’s 27 draw controls.
Shaianne Ermini (4-12) played all 60 minutes in goal for the Panthers and collected seven saves.
Mike Hairston (1-0) played 30 minutes in net for the Marlins and registered six saves.
Shenandoah downs Ferrum men, 6-3
WINCHESTER – Shenandoah University claimed victories in singles at position Nos. 1, 2 and 3 and swept doubles play Sunday for a 6-3 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) men’s tennis victory over Ferrum College.
The Panthers (1-10 in the ODAC, 4-14 overall) end their 2019 season with the setback.
Winning in singles for the Hornets (2-9 in the ODAC, 4-11 overall) were Darian Diaz (6-0, 6-2), Bryan Harrison (6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-7)) and Kyle Apgar (7-5, 6-4).
Winning in doubles were the teams of Diaz and Harris (8-4), Brenton Baugh and Apgar (8-5) and Nick Powers and Kyle Denning (8-7 (7-5)).
Eight-game pro sets were played in doubles.
Winning in singles for Ferrum were David Bishop (2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 1-0 (10-7)), Jacob Glass (6-1, 6-3) and Houston Murphy (6-2, 6-4).
Glass is a former prep standout at Class 4 Bassett.
The Panthers, who completed their inaugural season in the ODAC, achieved four victories; they are a season removed from a campaign where they did not win a match.
Five players on this year’s squad have remaining eligibility.
Ferrum women defeat Shenandoah in finale
WINCHESTER – Ferrum College swept singles play and won two of three doubles matches Sunday for an 8-1 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) women’s tennis victory over Shenandoah University.
The Panthers completed their 2019 season, their inaugural campaign in the ODAC with the victory.
Ferrum has won 19 matches over the past seasons.
Winning in singles were Morgan Scott (6-2, 6-3), Autum Murray-Burns (6-1, 6-0), Alexandria Dixon (5-7, 6-3, 6-2), Jordan Thompson (6-1, 6-1), Mallory Scott (6-1, 6-1) and Hailee Green (8-1) in an eight-game pro set.
Morgan Scott and Mallory Scott are former prep players at Class 4 Bassett, while Thompson is a former Franklin County standout.
In doubles, the teams of Morgan Scott and Murray-Burns (8-4) and Mallory Scott and Chelsea Zizzi (8-0) were victorious.
Seven players from this year’s squad have remaining eligibility.