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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 …

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The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy girls soccer team has been working through some growing pains this spring as they’ve gotten the program back off the ground, but the Ospreys have shown considerable signs of improvement in recent games after a rough start.

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The Staunton River High School girls soccer team, under the leadership of head coach Jeff D’Aiuto, got off to a promising start this spring, winning three of its first five matches. 

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The Ospreys of Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA) scored three runs in the first two innings to set the pace early as they prevailed on the road over the Westover Christian Bulldogs 13-4 on Tuesday, April 12.

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A two-hit, five-inning complete game from senior Riley Hill helped propel the Franklin County Eagles to a 10-0 mercy rule road win over the Hidden Valley Titans on Thursday, April 14. The Eagles used a strong first and second inning to give Hill more than enough run support for the evening.  

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Franklin County High School’s baseball team got a 5-4 contested victory over district rival Lord Botetourt last Friday, April 8, on the road. The Eagles scored a run in the sixth inning to give them their first lead of the game and eventually give them the victory.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA) baseball team got back on the winning track by taking down the Tigers of Hargrave Military Academy (HMA) at home Monday, 12-3. The Ospreys scored eight runs in the fifth inning to pull away from the Tigers.

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The Staunton River High School softball team continued its outstanding start to the 2022 season this past weekend with a pair of victories over Patrick County and Liberty Christian, which improved the Golden Eagles to a perfect 9-0. 

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The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy varsity baseball team improved their perfect season to 9-0 after a 12-0 victory over Timberlake Christian Schools on Monday at Forest. The Ospreys used three pitchers who combined to throw a no-hitter against the Tornadoes.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy varsity baseball team had another big week to end March and kick off April, as the Ospreys blew out Temple Christian, Eastern Mennonite and Roanoke Valley Christian this past week to improve to 8-0 on the season.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA) baseball team kept its undefeated season going after winning the United Christian Tournament hosted by United Christian Academy.

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 A groundball by senior Brock Harris in the top of the seventh inning that was misplayed by the Staunton River High School infield proved to be the dagger as the error allowed senior Dallas Smith to score and propel Jefferson Forest High School to a 2-1 victory Saturday on the road. The cont…

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The Franklin County High School Eagles used a six-run sixth inning to reach a 10-run lead and finish off the Hidden Valley High School Titans by mercy rule, 20-10, on Saturday, March 19. The victory was the Eagles’ first win of the season. 

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After leading Staunton River High School to a historic 25-0 record until the Region 3D Championship and a trip to the VHSL state tournament, senior twin stars Jeni and Cali Levine both will continue their basketball careers on the division one college level at the University of South Carolin…

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In the Staunton River High School gymnasium, there are two team portraits on one of the walls: the 1996 Track & Field outdoor team that won the state championship and the 2016 football team that finished runner up for the state championship. They are the only two teams recognized by the …

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For years, Dan Wilson, Virginia DWR fisheries biologist for SML, has relied on DWR’s “Angler Journals” as a primary data collection tool on the overall health of the SML Striper Fishery. He currently receives around 20 journals per year, but only a few are from Smith Mountain Striper Club (S…

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Staunton River turned some heads and dethroned Christiansburg in its own wrestling tournament this past weekend at the Big Blue Invitational, which is held at Christiansburg High School. The Blue Demons had won the previous seven tournaments.