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Josh Smallwood has been at Staunton River High School since 2013 and has been a teacher and coach for the Golden Eagles, but he will now take on a new position as athletic director.

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Amanda Beverly, the new varsity coach for the Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy girls’ basketball team, will look to implement discipline and grit to her team as the season is a couple of months away. 

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The striper fishing continues to be typical summer fashion. But schools are on the move.

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For the Staunton River High School (SRHS) baseball team, there was a lot of potential for a great season that featured the highest expectation a high school team can set: a state title.

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“Don’t talk the talk unless you can walk the walk” — or support what you say not by words but through actions. That was the motto from the Staunton River High School (SRHS) baseball team, which was coming off a 16-7 record last year and was returning key players while moving up a now talente…

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Fans of the Smith Mountain Lake area high school teams will have to wait until December to see any action, and until February to watch football, volleyball, cheerleading, cross country and golf.Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has caused school officials across the state to alter t…

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The VHSL Executive Committee met in special session Wednesday, July 15 for the purpose of discussing the fall sports season. The Executive unanimously voted (35-0-0) to meet on Monday, July 27, to vote on the three recommended models presented at the meeting for reopening sports and activiti…

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For a lot of student athletes, sports can be their saving grace. To add context to that statement, sports can help kids do well in school, help them stay out of trouble and teach them valuable life lessons.

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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…

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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.