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 Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Franklin wins Big Green Award
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By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor

FERRUM -- Wesley Franklin is the 2013 recipient of the Big Green Award, which is presented annually by Ferrum College's football team to the senior or seniors who best demonstrates the qualities of courage, hustle and desire as a role model for their teammates.

Franklin, the Panthers' punter and placekicker this past season, was presented the award Sunday afternoon at the team's banquet.

The Big Green Award serves as a memorial to the seven former Ferrum football players and former Panthers assistant coach Rick Tolley, all of whom perished in the Marshall (W.Va.) University plane crash, Nov.14, 1970.

Those seven players were part of Ferrum's 1968 junior college national championship team.

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PREP SPORTS

Eagles to face Bassett in several sports today

Knights down FCHS jayvees by one goal

Eagles edge Liberty Christian to end skid

FCHS jayvees rout Liberty Christian 18-0

Read Mountain routs BFMS in baseball 19-2

BFMS softball stays unbeaten, win 7-5

BFMS boys shut out Glenvar, 5-0

BFMS girls blank Glenvar, 6-0

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LOCAL AUTO RACING
Dudley captures checkered flag in season opener
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By ANDY MARQUIS - Special to The News-Post

CALLAWAY -- Three-time and reigning Late Model Stock Car titleholder Kyle Dudley began his drive for a fourth championship with a victory in Sunday's series feature of the Racing Dynamiks 200 at Franklin County Speedway (FCS).

Dudley inherited the lead on lap 77 of the 100-lap race when the car driven by leader Mike Looney dropped off the pace due to an electrical problem.

Dudley held off a charge by Brian Sutphin in the closing laps for the win.

"...We weren't perfect by any means. We got (the car) dialed in well enough to get the win and that's all you can ask,' Dudley said. "The crew worked their butts off on this thing. I didn't know if we were going to make it, but to come out here and get a win in a big race like this, it finally feels good.'

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COLLEGE GOLF
Panthers place sixth in golf tournament

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- Ferrum College's golf team finished sixth in the USA South Athletic Conference tournament which completed three days of competition Sunday at Benvenue Country Club.

The Panthers finished with a 54-hole total 965 (329-309-327).

LaGrange (Ga.) College (312-297-307), which is in its second year as a conference member, captured its first league championship in the sport with a 916, four shots better than multi-time USA South and NCAA Division III national champion Methodist (N.C.) University (318-296-306), which fired a 920.

Cory Howard (77-71-73, 221) of LaGrange won the individual championship by two strokes over Chris Freeman (73-76-74, 223) of North Carolina Wesleyan College.

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LOCAL RUNNING
Chug for the Jug 5K is set for Saturday

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SONTAG -- The 2014 Franklin Community Bank Chug for the Jug 5K will be contested in Rocky Mount, Saturday, April 19.

The race is staged by the Franklin County Department of Parks and Recreation and begins and ends at the Farmers' Market in downtown Rocky Mount.

The event includes the Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital Health Walk and the Haywood Jewelers Kids' Fun Run.

The fun run is free and is for ages 12 and younger.

The fun run begins at 7:30 a.m., the 5K and the health walk take the starter's gun at 8 a.m.

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OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK
Lortscher overcomes challenges in hunt for exotic game
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Dr. Dave Lortscher scratched another item off his bucket list when he traveled to the lower part of South America to hunt red stag in the remote area of Patagonia in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Argentina.

Lortscher also has hunted in Europe, Africa and North America.

It was early fall in Argentina and Lortscher's visit was timed to coincide with "the roar,' a four-week mating period when the large stags bellow to attract receptive females and also to mark their "breeding turf' to discourage other stags from "crashing the party.'

Lortscher said he faced major challenges.

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