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Staunton River High School placed second in girls team scores with 57 points, third in boys team, scores with 22 points and second in combined team scores with 79 points at swim meet Nov. 30 at Bedford YMCA. Other schools competing were Altavista High School, Northside High School and Willia…

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Jeff Bonn with CertainTeed holds a 9-pound, 22-inch Largemouth on Nov. 2. He was fishing with Capt. Kathy of Spike’s Prime Time Fishin’, and the fish was released. The photo was submitted by Robert Franceschini.

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Seventy-two runners and walkers competed in the 25th annual Apple Valley 5K cross country race held Saturday, Nov. 5, at Gross’ Orchard, located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bedford County.

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David Souders of Goodview caught this possible lake record Flathead catfish while fishing with Capt. Kathy, Spike’s Prime Time Fishin’ on Oct. 25. Jeff Morgan, Dave’s stepson, is the only one who could pick it up for a photo. It was estimated to weigh 50+ pounds and released back in the lake…

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Staunton River High School Golden Eagles football team hosted Lord Botetourt High School for its senior night matchup Friday and lost 41-14.

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More than 60 youth participated in the Franklin County Parks & Recreation Kids Fishing Derby that was held at Waid Park on Saturday, Oct. 8.

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The foursome representing Branch Management took home top honors in the inaugural Smith Mountain Lake Fall Classic Golf Tournament, which took place Oct. 14 at Mariners Landing Country Club. 

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Dillon Johnson (right) of Winfield, West Virginia, was visiting his relatives for a family reunion at SML when he caught his very first fish July 29: a citation 38.5-inch, 23-pound striped bass. He fished with Captain Kenny Short. Johnson is a national standout saxophone player and straight-…

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On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Staunton River High School Marching Band traveled to Lynchburg City Stadium to participate in the 50th Annual Lynchburg Classic. The Marching Eagles placed third overall in Class 1A and second in music. Shown is the band leadership with awards.

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On Monday, Sept. 26, Staunton River High School (SRHS) Golden Eagles volleyball teams hosted the Christiansburg High School Blue Demons. The SRHS junior varsity team lost in two sets 11 to 25 and 5 to 25. The varsity team lost in three sets: 11 to 25, 13 to 25 and 24 to 26.

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On Thursday, Sept. 15, the Staunton River High School (SRHS) Eagles volleyball teams hosted the Brookville High School Bees. The varsity Eagles fell in three sets to the Bees: 13 to 25, 15 to 25 and 15 to 25. The junior varsity team lost in two sets: 19 to 25 and 7 to 25. 

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Staunton River High School’s volleyball teams traveled to Lynchburg on Wednesday, Sept. 7, to take on the Bees at Brookville High School. Staunton River’s varsity team lost in three sets: 25 to 14; 25 to 10; and 25 to 14. Staunton River’s junior varsity team lost in two sets: 25 to 18 and 25 to 8.

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The Staunton River High School (SRHS) boys and girls cross country teams opened up the 2022 season Wednesday, Aug. 31, with the ninth annual Bengal Clash at the River at the Smith River Sports Complex in Martinsville.

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Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy’s football team held its first football game of the season Friday on their brand new field next to EastLake Community Church. SMLCA went on to defeat Fuqua School 33-6.

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On the morning of June 25, the Smith Mountain Striper Club (SMSC) hosted the first annual “Reel Connections with Kids” fishing event at Crazy Horse Marina and on Smith Mountain Lake. The organization invited a group of local children to spend a day learning about boating, fishing and enjoyin…

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Staunton River High School’s girls and boys track and field teams made their way to Lynchburg and the campus of Liberty University this past weekend for the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 3 State Track and Field Championships. 

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The Staunton River High School Golden Eagles baseball players dropped their final game of the season to the Northside High School Vikings 12-3 at home last Monday, May 16. The Vikings used 14 hits to score their 12 runs, which also included a four-run sixth inning. 

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It was a form of déjà vu for the Staunton River High School Golden Eagles softball players, who dropped their previous matchup against the Lord Botetourt High School Cavaliers 1-0 on the road. In their most recent matchup on May 21, the Golden Eagles again fell to the Cavaliers in the Blue R…

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Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy’s hopes of winning its first baseball VACA state championship in program history were halted after a 10-0 mercy rule loss in the championship game to Grace Christian School. The loss was the Ospreys third one of the season.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA) baseball team is now one win away from its first ever VACA state championship in program history after a dominate 21-0 victory Monday over Faith Christian Academy (FCA) in Hurt, Virginia.

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Franklin County High School’s baseball team used a five-run fifth inning to pull away from district rival Northside High School at home Friday, May 13. The Eagles went to freshman Lawson Pasley, who went six innings strong, allowing only four hits and three walks, and recorded three strikeouts.

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The Staunton River High School (SRHS) boys and girls track and field squads wound down their regular season in early May as they participated in the Cosmopolitan Invitational Track and Field Meet in Roanoke on Thursday, May 5, and hosted the fourth meet of the season at the Staunton River Hi…

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Staunton River High School’s softball team got back on the winning track after a tightly contested 2-1 road victory over Northside High School on Monday, May 16. The win also helped the Golden Eagles clinch the Blue Ridge District regular season title.

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Staunton River High School’s softball team suffered its first defeat of the season at the hands of county rival Liberty High School on the road by a final score of 1-0 May 11.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy Ospreys baseball team advanced to the VACA state semifinals after their 21-2 quarterfinals win over the Ridgeview Christian Crusaders on Monday. The win put the Ospreys two wins away from their first state championship in program history.

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Staunton River High School’s softball team remained perfect on the season after a 9-4 road victory over district rival William Byrd on Thursday. The Golden Eagles used two three-run innings to pull away from the Lady Terriers.

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On Monday, the Franklin County High School Eagles baseball team used the arms of junior Preston Crowl (five innings) and freshman Luke Pasley (two innings) to take down the Blacksburg Bruins 2-1 on the road for their eighth straight win.

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On Saturday, April 30, well over 300 fitness enthusiasts made their way to Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston for the 24th anniversary of the Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon. Virginia Amateur Sports, in partnership with the Kinetic MultiSports, received registrations for the Triathlo…

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The Franklin County High School (FCHS) baseball team powered by an eight-run fourth inning, cruised to a 15-5 mercy rule home win over Staunton River High School on Friday, April 29. The FCHS Eagles jumped to a 14-0 lead before the Golden Eagles managed to get their first run across the plate.

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The Staunton River High School (SRHS) softball team kept its undefeated season intact after a convincing 11-1 home victory over district rival Franklin County High School on Friday, April 29. The victory moved SRHS to an unblemished 14-0 record.

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After hosting the Golden Eagle Invitational on April 23, in which 25 personal bests were set by the Staunton River High School (SRHS) Track and Field squad, the Golden Eagles returned to the track the afternoon of Wednesday, April 27.

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One of the highlights of living at Smith Mountain Lake over the past half-century has been the annual Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tournament. After being hampered the past couple of years by COVID-19, the event is returning to Gills Creek Marina and Lodge starting Friday, May 6, and running …