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Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy has moved to a different district in a realignment of the Virginia Association of Christian Athletics’ (VACA) South Region. The move will take effect this fall during the 2021-22 academic and athletic year.
Back in December, Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy announced the major news that they were going to add football to their varsity sport. The school also announced that former William Byrd and UVA-Wise star Kenis Maciel will be the program’s head coach.
The Franklin County girls lacrosse team held its alumni game on June 9 that featured this year’s team and alumni from past teams.
Although he initially planned to have someone take over the offensive coordinator position this upcoming school year, Staunton River High School football head coach Shaun Leonard has decided he will retain offensive play call duties for one more season before choosing someone to fill in.
Gretna teens swept the top three spots at the inaugural Teen Bass Association tournament, which was held at Smith Mountain Lake on Sunday, May 23.
The No. 8-seed Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Royals toppled No. 1 seed, nationally ranked Randolph-Macon, to advance to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference semifinals, where is finished its season.
Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy recently started a fishing program and took part in its first fishing tournament in school history this past weekend.
Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy recently added a tennis club, golf club, and fishing team for students to join and get some experience playing. Athletic Director Mike Greathouse said they always try to listen to the kids and provide them with the opportunities that they want. Adding th…
Staunton River High School senior Jacob Kirtley might be hanging up the cleats for good when it comes to football, but he won’t be hanging up the head gear for wrestling anytime soon as he will continue his wrestling career at Liberty University. Before he committed, Kirtley said he knew he …
Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA) held a special event Thursday at Eastlake Community Church to celebrate the varsity boys for their first VACA State Championship and the middle school girls for winning their first VACA Championship.
On the final game of the 2019 season against rival Ferrum College, then redshirt freshman and former Staunton River High School (SRHS) star Grayson Overstreet set an Old Dominion Athletic Conference record with 324 rushing yards on 35 carries. His performance helped Emory & Henry College…
At this time last year, Cole Webster was enjoying his daily routine in California: going to school, working out every day with his trainers, playing on one of the best AAU teams in the state, and spending time with his family.
The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy boys basketball team took down Westover Christian Academy 40-36, to win their first state championship in program and school history. The first state title is always a memorable one, but this one was improbable in many ways for the Ospreys.
The Franklin County Family YMCA will host a Swim-a-Thon on Feb. 22-23 to raise funds for the Riptide swim team.
With her first season under her belt, Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy girls basketball head coach Amanda Beverly said she likes what she saw from her team development and chemistry wise.
For the Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy girls basketball team, there was a lot of uncertainty that surrounded this season: new leadership and a young team that still needed to come together.
The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy boys basketball team took down Westover Christian Academy, 51-47, on Thursday at home in what turned out to be a barnburner.
The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy boys basketball team has seen a good amount of success from last season to the start of this season. Last year featured a trip to the VACA state semifinals and this year is showing the Ospreys sitting at 3-0.
Kyle Troup, who has six PBA Tour titles, made a stop at the Vinton Bowling Center to take part in the New Year’s scratch tournament Saturday, Jan. 2. This isn’t Troup’s first-time bowling near Smith Mountain Lake, as he has participated in multiple bowling events at the venue with his most r…
The Staunton River High School football seniors had experienced hardships after their freshman year, which saw them one game away from the state championship. Since then, they’ve faced coaching turmoil and have only won one game in the past two years.
The Water’s Edge in Penhook and The Westlake Golf and Country Club in Hardy have been sold to McConnell’s Golf, which is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Waterfront in Moneta also has reportedly been sold to a Roanoke lawyer who loves to golf.
Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy will add a football program to their athletics program starting in 2021. The head coach will be Kenis Maciel, who has a rich history when it comes to playing and coaching football.
The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA) girls basketball team has started their practice and will feature nine players on the varsity level.
Staunton River Middle School’s wresting superstar, Noah Nininger, made a big statement winning the Super 32 wrestling tournament in Myrtle Beach, which is considered to be one of the toughest tournaments in the country. Four weeks later, he participated in another prestigious tournament know…
All football teams, no matter what level, can agree to one thing: Games are won at the line of scrimmage both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
The Staunton River High School (SRHS) baseball team has yet another player who will continue his baseball career at the college ranks. Senior outfielder Aidan Brown committed to Bluefield College recently and will major in pre-physical therapy during his time as a student-athlete for the Rams.
When it comes to playing under Indiana native Mike Greathouse, the Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy boys basketball team can expect a few things each practice under its head coach: lots of running, attention to detail and working on the fundamentals.
After earning second-team region B her freshman year, the expectations for Franklin County High School senior Adriana Hart, a girls lacrosse midfielder, were already starting to rise. From there, she went to numerous camps, played travel ball for Valley Select and has played on Team Virginia…
Jamelle Jones, a senior at Staunton River High School, was accepted into Culver-Stockton College’s incoming class for the fall 2021 semester.
For the first time in school history, the Staunton River Golden Eagles had two wrestlers place in the Super 32 Challenge — which is one of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the United States — and one of them placed first in the nation. Only thing is, they aren’t high schoolers but are m…
The Big Bass Tour made their stop at Smith Mountain lake this past weekend. The tournament lasted from the 23-25.
The Staunton River High School Football Team will have a familiar face at offensive coordinator as Head Coach Shaun Leonard will take over the reigns for an offense that returns at least nine starters.
Three local charities — the Agape Center, Lake Christian Ministries and SML Good Neighbors — will share the proceeds from Tee it Up for SML, a golf tournament held Sept. 14 hosted by Riddick Home Services.
The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy boys’ soccer team faced off against the Timberlake Christian School in their first scrimmage of the fall season. Since it was a scrimmage, everybody from seventh grade on up was on the varsity team to get some experience for the Ospreys.
The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy volleyball team took the court tonight for their first scrimmage of the fall season against their opponent from the other side of the lake in Christian Heritage Academy.
The Franklin County High School Volleyball team will return a good portion of its team from last season, which finished 13-13 in the regular season plus the playoffs. The Eagles’ season ended on a loss to Ocean Lakes, 3-1.
Officials with the Franklin County Parks and Recreation and the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (SMLRCC) announced a new Waid Park Sprint Enduro and VA Short Track XC championship race. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, at Waid Park in Rocky Mount. Preregistratio…
The Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy Volleyball team will be under the direction again of Head Coach Haley Richardson, who will be entering her second season leading the Ospreys.
The Fishing for Hospice Tournament was held at Smith Mountain Lake on Sept. 11 and 12 which was part of a catch, take a photo, and release tournament.
As schools resume, one American favorite of autumn is missing this year: fall sports. Well, most fall sports.
The Staunton River High School football team will return many key pieces this season to try to get the program back on the right track.
For the Staunton River High School football team, the 2020 football season features a lot of promise. With at least eight starters returning on both offense and defense, the Golden Eagles and their seniors, especially, have their eyes set on some big goals this year.