Sports & Outdoors

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Growing up, Franklin County High School (FCHS) senior Brandon Siebler was dedicated to football. Having learned to play on the gridiron from his father, John Siebler, football soon became Brandon’s favorite sport. He spent many days and countless hours playing the game with his dad and his o…

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Franklin County High School softball had promising potential entering 2020. Leading the way for the Eagles were six seniors, and all of them believed that this season was going to be special for their last go around together.

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Staunton River High School women’s soccer team was going to be a young team led by two seniors in Emily Nellinger and Mady Buchanon this year. The thing is, Nellinger has been playing soccer for six years, and this was Buchanon’s first full year on the soccer field.

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The following official statement was released today by the Virginia High School League (VHSL) regarding the fate of 2020 Spring Sports in the Commonwealth. There had been slight hope that a partial season would be played, but today's announcement puts an end to that speculation. 

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In most cases, college athletes usually start playing the sport they were recruited for at a young age. In the case of Franklin County High School (FCHS) senior Julia Mohler, her lacrosse career didn’t start until her junior year of high school.

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For design he did for the Smith Mountain Eagle, Peter Mason won third place in the sports pages category of the Virginia Press Association Awards. He also won third place in the government writing category for his coverage of Confederate and KKK discussions that took place in Bedford County.…

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Each spring, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) publishes the Boating Incident Report from the previous season. To get included, mishaps must meet one or more of four qualifying characteristics: (1) Damages of over $2000 by or to the vessel or its equipment; (2) An …

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“Strong and solid team players.” — Those words came from Franklin County Girl’s Lacrosse Coach Amy Dwyer when describing two of her senior players, Isabelle Davis and Ainsley Kelley.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy boys varsity basketball team bounced back from a tough loss in the VACA state semifinals on Friday evening to win their consolation final game against tournament host school Timberlake Christian School less than 24 hours later.

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Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy’s Sam Smith goes airborne toward the hoop in the Osprey’s only loss so far this year in postseason play, at Saturday’s regional final against Timberlake at Westover Christian Academy in Danville, Virginia. The Ospreys soared again in the first round of s…

Boating Fishing And Outdoors
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Conservation Police Officers (CPOs) with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) point out that the time of the year has arrived where cold temperatures lure people to the outdoors to spend hours on end fishing for big catfish, big smallmouth bass and hunting for waterfowl, deer, …

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Smith Montain Lake Bassmasters held its first club tournament of the year this past weekend on Saturday. Boater Stephen Highfield was the winner with five fish weighing in at 15.9 pounds. Boater Travis Lively finished in second with four fish weighing in at 9.92 pounds and Boater Lacy Burnet…

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The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is beginning its biennial process for changing the regulations guiding recreational freshwater fishing, aquatic wildlife management, and boating. New regulations will go into effect Jan. 1 2021.

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Polar Bear Ski Day was held on Wednesday, Jan. 1. The water and air temperature were about the same at 48 degrees.

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In late 2019, Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced a reduction in FLW Series entry fees to $1,700 for pros and $550 for coanglers per tournament along with an expanded FLW Series schedule for 2020. The FLW Series championship payout was increased to $200,000 for first place and an additi…

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Local fisherman David Perdue, a resident of the Smith Mountain Lake area, has been selected to compete in the Pro Bass Fishing Tournament, which will begin in January. The competition will a series of seven tournaments that will be held over six months in 2020, the first of which will be in Texas.

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Last Wednesday at Mangos, the Smith Mountain Lake Boating Association presented two checks with money raised from the SML Poker Run earlier this year.

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Chad and Elliot Pilson won the 2019 Bass Cast Classic on Smith Mountain Lake on Saturday with a catch of 17.57 lbs. The Pilsons won three of the six events for the 2019 season and took home $1,580. There were 17 teams that fished in the classic, according to The BASS CAST.com website.

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According to information on The BAST CAST website, there were 36 teams that fished in the Catt SML classic on Saturday and it was filled with heavy sticks. With about half of the anglers weighing in it was considered a tough, cold wet day on the lake. One team was able to break the 20 lb mar…

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The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8-11, District 5 Southern Region, is sponsoring the creation of a new Sea Scout unit in Smith Mountain Lake. The Flotilla will serve as the chartering organization and in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

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The Blackwater Yacht Racing Association (BYRA) held its annual sailboat racing season awards banquet recently at the Westlake Country Club.

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Erich Faber and his two sons, Peter and Jack, made some big catches this past fall on Smith Mountain Lake. Pictured are some of the fishing photos of fish the Fabers caught.

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SML homeowners can purchase and install a light-reflective dock address sign available from the SML Rotary Club.

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Keith Webb was the winner of the 2019 Bass Nation of Virginia State Championship final held over the weekend at Smith Mountain Lake with a two-day total of 25.71 lbs. Webb fished both days around the State Park fishing shallow using a 1/4 ounce black buzz bait on a spinning rod with braid on…

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Chad and Elliot Pilson won Stop #3 on the Bass Cast Tournament Trail with five fishing weighing 19.46 lbs. Saturday on Smith Mountain Lake. They also caught the biggest largemouth of the day weighing 6.36 lbs. earning them $900 for first place and $165 for big fish.

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Chad Green and Johnny Martin won the Alzheimer’s Benefit Fishing Tournament Saturday sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Bassmasters. The team caught a five fish limit weighing a whopping 19.50 lbs.

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Multiple antique and classic boats turned out for the 29th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show and Festival at Mariners Landing Saturday. The event was hosted by Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.

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Boater Rick Hawkins of Roanoke, Virginia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 31 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division super-tournament on Smith Mountain Lake. Hawkins earned $4,682 for his efforts.

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The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division will wrap up their tournament season for anglers with a two-day BFL Super Tournament on Smith Mountain Lake, Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $11,00…

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A survey which was released by Bassmaster Magazine last month, ranked Smith Mountain Lake at No. 16 as one of the nation’s best bass lakes in the Northeast Region, according to a Bassmaster Magazine press release.

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On Friday, Smith Mountain Wake Company and Crazy Horse Marina gave children from the local Boys and Girls Club a chance to go out and have a fun day on the lake for it’s sixth annual Wake the World event.

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Smith Mountain Lake was the scene of swashbuckling activities last weekend during the 2019 Pirate Days. Activities included pirate battles near Bridgewater Plaza and Jake’s Place and live music at various venues around the lake. Crazy Horse Marina had a troupe of pirates visit from the Hampt…

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This past weekend on Friday and Saturday, Smith Mountain Wake Company, located at Bridgewater Plaza, held Hyperlite Pro Day, with Josh Twelker from Hyperlite, out on the lake. Twelker took the participants out on the a boat to go wake boarding and offer them tips and advice on ways they coul…