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The Franklin News-Post
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
540-483-5113
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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
Eagles push winning streak to 5 games
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BASSETT -- Franklin County scored all of its runs in the first three innings of play Wednesday en route to a 14-1 Piedmont District varsity softball victory over Bassett.

The contest was stopped after five innings because of the slaughter rule.

FCHS (6-1 in the Piedmont District, 9-4 overall) enhanced its winning streak to five games with the triumph.

Since making their Piedmont District debut in softball last spring, the Eagles are 4-0 against the Bengals.

FCHS scored two run in the top of the first inning, three runs in its half of the second and nine runs in the third.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Eagles enhance unblemished Piedmont record
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BASSETT -- Propelled by a pair of three-run frames and 13 total hits, Franklin County kept its league record clean Wednesday with a 7-1 victory over reigning Piedmont District champion Bassett in a district varsity baseball contest.

FCHS (6-0 in the Piedmont District, 8-3 overall) won its second league contest in as many days -- Tuesday the Eagles traveled to Stuart and bested Patrick County, 12-10.

FCHS broke a scoreless stalemate by manufacturing three runs in the top of the second.

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL
Van Kleeck wins her last one
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LYNCHBURG -- Unlike many of her coaching peers at Ferrum College who have stepped away from their games, Panthers softball skipper Vickie Van Kleeck won her last one.

Van Kleeck's last Ferrum team made sure she walked away a winner with a 9-6 victory over Randolph College Tuesday in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader.

The Wildcats won the first game of the twinbill 5-2.

Ferrum's triumph in the second game enabled the Panthers to halt a three-game losing streak.

Van Kleeck ends a 27-year head coaching career; she spent 24 years at the helm of the Panthers.

Van Kleeck is set to become the NCAA Softball Secretary-Rules Editor (SRE) on Sept. 1.

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LOCAL GOLF
LPGA Hall of Famer Sorenstam to visit The Water’s Edge
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By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor

PENHOOK -- Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam is scheduled to make an appearance at The Water's Edge Country Club as the special guest for this year's Swing Fore A Cure golf tournament presented by Advance Auto Parts.

This year's tournament begins with a kickoff Ballyhack Golf Club on Sunday, May 31 in Roanoke where Sorenstam is scheduled to conduct a clinic that afternoon. Tournament play commences the following day (Monday, June 1) at The Water's Edge and Ballyhack.

Sorenstam joins a list of past tournament guests that includes Paul Azinger, Tom Watson, Hank Haney, Shaun Micheel, Kenny Perry and Steve Williams, all of whom visited The Water's Edge.

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MEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE
Four Ferrum players are cited
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FERRUM -- Four Ferrum College men's lacrosse players have been named to the 2015 Southeast Independent Lacrosse Championship (SEILC) All-Tournament team.

The SEILC is comprised of five independent men's lacrosse-playing institutions; Ferrum, Greensboro (N.C.) College, Huntingdon (Ala.) College, Methodist (N.C.) University and Piedmont (Ga.) College.

These schools compete in the NCAA Division III USA South Athletic Conference in all other sports. That league needs one additional team to sanction men's lacrosse as a conference sport.

The top four teams -- Ferrum, Greensboro, Huntingdon and Piedmont -- competed in the inaugural SEILC tournament last weekend at Piedmont.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Eagles start fast, thwart Cougars’ rally, win 12-10
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STUART -- Franklin County jumped out to a 10-0 lead after 3 1/2 innings before withstanding a rally from Patrick County Tuesday for a 12-10 Piedmont District varsity baseball victory over the Cougars.

The Eagles tallied two runs in the first and fourth innings and three runs each in the second and third frames to build their double-digit advantage.

Patrick County scored three runs in the last of the fourth and one run in the bottom of the fifth to make the count 10-4.

FCHS picked up a run in the top of the sixth, but a five-run rally by the Cougars in the bottom of the frame made the count 11-9.

Each team scored a run in the seventh.

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COLLEGE WRESTLING
Ferrum to add women’s wrestling to intercollegiate athletic roster
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FERRUM -- Ferrum College has announced that it will build on the success of its men's wrestling program with the addition of women's wrestling and men's club wrestling. Both will begin immediately, with the Panthers coaching staff already recruiting for the programs.

Under the leadership of Head Coach Nate Yetzer, men's wrestling has produced placewinners at the NCAA Division III East Regional in the first two seasons as a varsity program, including the college's first NCAA national championship qualifier.

President Jennifer Braaten said Ferrum will be one of the first institutions on the east coast to provide collegiate wrestling as an option for women.

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SPORTS BRIEFS
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Eagles suffer first soccer loss of season, 3-2

Colonels defeat FCHS boys' jayvees, 4-1

Riptide to begin summer practices in May

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LOCAL AUTO RACING
James Holloway wins Bristol race contest
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James Holloway of Rocky Mount is the winner of the racing contest at Bristol (Tenn.).

The racing contest is sponsored by The Franklin News-Post and its advertisers during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, which runs from February to November.

Holloway chose Matt Kenseth (race winner), Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch for a total of 118 points.

Scores were very low for the race because crashes took several popular drivers, including points leader Kevin Harvick, out of contention.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Ex-Ferrum, UVa star in the fight of his life
By DOUG DOUGHTY - The Roanoke Times

As former teammates and coaches have been alerted to the seriousness of Darryl Hammond's medical condition, appreciation for his football accomplishments has only grown.

Hammond played on the last Ferrum football team while the Panthers were still a junior college and he was an honorable-mention All-ACC defensive back for Virginia in 1987.

More impressive in many respects was his 16-year career in the Arena Football League. As a combination wide receiver and defensive back, he was chosen the No. 19 indoor player of all time when the AFL held its 25th anniversary.

In 2013, he was named to the AFL Hall of Fame.

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COLLEGE SPORTS
Bill Roth overwhelmed as he leaves Virginia Tech for UCLA
By MARK BERMAN - The Roanoke Times

Bill Roth, who has been the voice of Virginia Tech athletics for more than a quarter-century, is trading in Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum for the Rose Bowl and Pauley Pavilion.

Virginia Tech and UCLA each announced Wednesday that Roth will be leaving Tech to become the radio play-by-play announcer for UCLA football and men's basketball.

Roth, 49, was hired as the Tech radio network's play-by-play announcer for football and men's basketball in 1988.

He interviewed for the UCLA opening last month and was offered the job last Friday.

"I wasn't looking to leave, but it was an iconic program in a big city, near family," Roth said in a phone interview from Los Angeles. "I never thought I'd leave. ... I love Tech and always will.

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RECREATION NOTEBOOK
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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 www.franklincountyva.gov/parks.

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