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The Franklin News-Post
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Eagles fall in extras in regular-season finale
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Cecilie Elliott's two-out single in the top of the ninth inning produced the game's lone run Tuesday as Halifax County edged Franklin County, 1-0, in a Piedmont District softball clash at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School Softball Complex.

Halifax's victory is its second this season over the Eagles (9-3 in the Piedmont District, 13-6 overall) and its fifth in a row.

The contest was the final regular-season game of the 2015 campaign for both teams.

The Comets (13-1 in the Piedmont District, 17-2 overall) have won 10 games by shutout this season.

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Eagles jayvees end Halifax's undefeated run
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SOUTH BOSTON -- Paced by a four-run fifth inning Tuesday, Franklin County avenged its lone setback of the season by blanking Halifax County, 6-0, in a Piedmont District junior varsity softball contest.

FCHS (10-1 in the Piedmont District, 17-1), coached by Lisa Forbes and Greg Dalton, finishes its season with a 13-game winning streak and with seven shut-out triumphs to its credit.

A game scheduled for Thursday in Danville against league foe George Washington-Danville was canceled because of inclement weather.

Also with Tuesday's win, FCHS prevents Halifax (13-1) from completing a third consecutive undefeated campaign.

Prior to Tuesday, the Comets had not lost a game since the 2012 season when the Eagles bested them twice.

The majority of the seniors on this year's FCHS varsity squad were freshman jayvee players that year.

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FCS to celebrate Memorial Day Saturday

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CALLAWAY -- Franklin County Speedway is staging its annual Memorial Day celebration Saturday night with a full card of racing.

The first green flag falls at 7 p.m.

Headlining the event is 60-lap Late Model Stock Car race.

Reigning series champion Wesley Thomason seeks his third victory of the season.

Also on the card is racing in the Mini Stock, Street Stock, Turnerz and two Mini Cup divisions.

Double points are at stake in all divisions.

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Ranson finishes third in Conference 3 tennis

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ROANOKE -- Franklin County senior Taylor Ranson, the Eagles' No. 1 singles player, has finished third in the Group 6A South Region Conference 3 girls' individual tennis tournament staged this week at the River's Edge Sports Complex.

Ranson was awarded a forfeit victory over Rachel Bell of Cosby in the third-place match and will be an alternate in the Group 6A South Region girls' singles draw.

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Comets blank Franklin County jayvees, 9-0

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SOUTH BOSTON -- Halifax County broke open a close game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth and four runs in the last of the sixth Tuesday en route to a 9-0 Piedmont District junior varsity baseball triumph over Franklin County.

The Comets' victory is their second this season over the Eagles.

FCHS (8-3 in the Piedmont District, 9-9 overall) was limited to four hits by Halifax starting pitcher Dawson Watts, who struck out 12 and walked three in his complete-game shutout.

Matt Holley collected two of those hits, while Cameron Janney and Easton Forbes (double) each registered one.

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Great Country 5-Miler is slated for June 20

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SIX-MILE POST -- The Great Country 5-Miler is slated for Saturday, June 20 at Waid Recreation Area and Sports Complex.

The race, which is being staged by Run Roanoke, starts at 8:30 a.m.

Race day registration and packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 8:20 a.m. at the large picnic shelter at Waid Park.

The Great Country 5-Miler is a trail race featuring dirt road, cinder trail and single track.

For information, call Jeremy Woods with Run Roanoke, (540) 589-3212, or contact him by email:

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VHSL opens its doors to LCA
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CHARLOTTESVILLE -- The Virginia High School League (VHSL) and Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) of Lynchburg have jointly announce that they have reached a settlement of their antitrust lawsuit.

As a result of the agreement, all non-boarding private schools in Virginia will be permitted to apply for membership in the VHSL, and LCA will join the VHSL and compete as a regular member eligible for playoffs starting in August.

Franklin County has competed against LCA in sports such as volleyball, girls' and boys' basketball, wrestling, cross country, softball, baseball and girls' soccer. The Eagles and the Bulldogs have scrimmaged in past years in football, but the two schools will face each other in the regular-season in 2015 and 2016.

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Baseball camp is set for June 1-4

Ferrum schedules annual basketball camp

Series of wrestling camps are slated

Girls' soccer camp is set for June 21-24

Soccer camp is slated for June 30 through July 3

Girls' lacrosse camp to be held July 20-23

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SONTAG -- The following events are sponsored or co-sponsored by the Franklin County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Call (540) 483-9293 or the number listed for information.

Also, information and/or registration forms can be obtained by

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