CALLAWAY — Racing returns to Franklin County Speedway Saturday night with the running of the annual Buster Carroll Memorial.
Marshall (Buster) Carroll competed at the 3/8-mile Callaway bullring, but is most remembered for his years as a headliner in the Late Model Stock Car division. He died in June of 2016, and the inaugural running of this race was staged in September of that year.
The card features 103 laps of action in the Late Model class, a 58-lap race in the Chargers division, 45 laps for the Mini Stocks, 30 laps for the Compacts, 25 laps for the Stock 4 machines and a $1,000-to-win Any Car race.
Pits open at 1 p.m. with practice at 3 p.m. and qualifying at 6:15 p.m.
The first green flag falls at 7 p.m.
Drive-in bingo is set for Waid Park Friday
SIX-MILE POST — A night of drive-in bingo, presented by the Franklin County Department of Parks and Recreation, is set for Friday at Waid Recreation Area and Sports Complex.
Twelve games are planned from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost is $5 per car.
Games will be played on the card as follows: top row left to right, middle row left to right and bottom row left to right.
Letters and numbers will be called through the car’s FM stereo only.
Participants must stay inside their cars to play.
Players can bring daubers/highlighters, but those will be available on site.
Players are asked to mark your card so that staff can read and verify a winning bingo.
Players are asked to honk their car horns and turn on their hazard lights if they have a bingo. This will allow staff to verify the win. Also, prizes will be brought to the winner’s car.
It is asked that players remain in their cars at all times before, during and after the game; the only exception is to use the restroom facilities.
Mask wearing is encouraged.
Players are to turn off their car engines and keep headlights off during bingo.
No loud music is permitted.
Each parking area will have a worked to assist players with questions, just flag them down.
For information, call 483-9238.
Christian Heritage, SMLCA distance runners compete
MONETA — Cross country runners from Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy and Christian Heritage Academy competed in a regular-season meet Thursday.
Roanoke Valley Christian won the girls 5K (3.1-mile) race with a perfect score (15).
The Eagles were the only school to field a complete team for scoring purposes. Their runners finished first, ninth, 12th, 14th and 15th among a field of 15 runners.
Priscilla Keller of Roanoke Valley Christian won the race in 22:26.80
SMLCA’s top finishers were Alexis Teter (27:21.60) in fourth place and Rose Duncombe (34:45.10) in 11th.
Southwest Virginia Home School won the boys’ varsity 5K with 20 points. Placing second was SMLCA with 54 and Faith Christian School-Roanoke was third with 65.
Cade Cockrell of Southwest Virginia Home School won the race in 18:07.20.
Thirty-four runners posted finishing times.
Sam Smith, a senior, placed sixth for the Ospreys in 22:03.00, followed by Caleb Columba (22:56.80) in ninth, Daniel Gault (23:44.80) in 14th, Brian Giese (23:53.20) in 16th, Reid Ferguson (24:19.50) in 17th, Ben Roberson (25:19.00) in 19th and Nathan Weaver (27:39.40) in 24th.
Also, Trent Harper (30:21.10) came in 29th and Tristan Sink (33:51.20) was 31st.
Southwest Virginia Home School won the 2-mile girls middle school race with 18 points, followed by Roanoke Valley Christian (52) and SMLCA (68).
The Homeschool team captured the top three places and had runners finish sixth, eighth, ninth and 10th in a field of 27 competitors.
Jasliene Flanders won the race in 14:18.00.
Chelsea Chattin was the Ospreys’ top finisher in fourth in 15:55.60.
Also, Sylvia Duncombe (18:04.20) was 16th followed by Selah Bach (18:24.20) in 18th, and Raelynn Campbell (24:26.90) and Kaylee Chattin (25:22.30) in 23rd and 24th.
Runners in grades 5 through 8 competed in the race.
The Home School squad won the 2-mile boys middle school race with 22 points, followed by Christian Heritage (53), Faith Christian-Roanoke (66) and SMLCA (93).
Andrew Scott of Faith Christian Academy-Hurt came in first in a field of 48 runners in 13:24.00.
For Christian Heritage, Wyatt Gardner (13:42.80) placed fourth, followed by Lucas King (13:52.80) in sixth, Chase Arrington (14:48.40) in15th, Yobani Rodriguez (15:45.20) in 21st, Heath Spence (15:58.90) in 23rd, , Aydin Gardner (16:12.10) in27th and Eli Weems (16:44.30) in 29th.
Nehemiah Ramaker (14:34.80) was SMLCA’s top runner in 14th.
Next was Stacey Beverly (15:44.60) in 20th, followed by Obaugh Jackson (16:03.40) in 26th, Edward Bradenburg (17:20.90) in 33rd, Trevor Conner (18:08.90) in 34th and Judah Robb (18:10.60) in 35th.
Also, Davis Plyler (20:10.90), Wesley Duncombe (20:26.70), Peyton Best (20:58.90) and Robert Roberson(21:04.40) were 39th, 40th, 41st and 42nd and Grayson Fleener (25:13.00), Dustin Sink (25:30.30) and Preston Belcher (25:49.30) were 45th, 46th and 47.
Runners in grades 4 through 8 competed in the race.
Benefit golf tourney is slated for Oct. 3 at The Westlake
HARDY — The third annual Franklin County High School Baseball Booster Club golf tournament is Saturday, Oct. 3 at The Westlake Golf and Country Club.
Shot-gun start is noon. Lunch will begin at 11 a.m.
According to an official with the tournament, there are spots available for two, four-player teams.
The field is limited to 18, four-player teams.
Format is Captain’s Choice.
Entry fee is $280.
Fee includes cart and green fees, lunch, range balls for the driving range and putting green.
Two adult beverages — a beverage cart will be available for additional purchases.
Prizes for the top finishers and winners of the closest to the pin, longest drive and longest putt contests.
Also, three mulligans and/or red tees can be purchased for $15 per player.
Players can register as individuals and will be placed on a team provided that space remains available.
Five sponsorship levels, each with its own amenities, are available: grand slam ($1,000), home run ($500), “run hard to first’’ ($250), hole ($100) and player hole ($100).
It is asked that entry forms be emailed to email@example.com
It is asked that checks for payment be mailed to FCHS Baseball Club, P.O. Box 631, Rocky Mount, 24151.
For information, call Tim Pasley, (434) 251-1395.
Franklin County seeks nominations for 2020 HOF class
Franklin County High School is accepting nominations for its Sports Hall of Fame (HOF) Class of 2020.
Applications are available on line, in the high school’s athletic office or at the school division’s Central Office.
Deadline to submit completed packages runs through September.
The induction ceremony is held annually during the school’s football season, but since the 2020 campaign has been postponed, a new date for the ceremony will be announced.
The school inducted its inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2018 and the second class in 2019.
Fifteen individuals, eight from the inaugural class and seven from the second class, are enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to athletics at FCHS.
A committee reviews the nominations and selects the inductees.
Principal Joh Crutchfield and Athletic Director Crystal Worley are on the committee.
A nominee must have been a player, coach, administrator or contributor.
The nominee should have made a worthy contribution to the success of the athletic program and should be a good representative of Franklin County athletics through his or her life with high moral and ethical standards.
Former athletes must be FCHS graduates and must be 10 years removed from high school to be eligible.
Inductees are required to provide memorabilia that will be displayed for one year from the date of induction.
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