Martinsville Mustangs baseball

The Martinsville Mustangs are looking for host families for the upcoming season, which begins on May 30.


Martinsville Mustangs seeking host families

The Martinsville Mustangs are seeking host families for the 2019 season. The Mustangs are a team of college-aged players, and the team needs homes for approximately 30 players. Host families consist of retired individuals, parents with young children up to teenagers, and baseball fans of any age. According to NCAA rules, college baseball players cannot be paid for living expenses and other costs. It requires summer leagues such as the CPL to use host families to house players.

Host families must be available to host a player from May 22-August 17, provide a clean, safe bedroom, bathroom, and access to laundry equipment. Players do their own laundry, but welcome any help you give them. Host families do not need to provide meals or transportation.

In addition to forming a life-long relationship with your player, the Martinsville Mustangs would offer a thank you with a free host family package that includes two season tickets for all home games for each player that you host, access to private Mustangs events, and on field recognition at the Mustangs last home game.

Those interested in becoming a host family, please call the Mustangs at (276) 403-5250 or email


4H Marksmen Compete in 2019 Virginia 4H Spring Air

The Patrick County 4-H Marksmen recently traveled to W.E. Skelton 4H Educational Center at Smith Mountain Lake in Wirtz, to take part in the 2019 Virginia 4H Spring Air competition. More than 20 4-H shooting clubs from around the state attended, with more than 160 kids competing in 10 different events.

Competing for the Patrick County 4-H Marksmen were Dylan Hodges, Lauren Murphy, Caleb Murphy, Nick Hooker, Emily Clark, Miller Hopkins, Steele Foley, Nathan Hodges, Evan Havens, and Jude Martin.

The Patrick County 4-H Marksmen use shooting as a vehicle to teach youth ages 9-19 life skills such as responsibility, self-discipline, and teamwork through skills learned in archery, muzzle loading, pistol, rifle, and shotgun. Through these disciplines, youth also learn firearm safety and marksmanship.

The 4H thanks the local community for their support and send a special thank you to Shooter’s Pawn and Gun.

The Patrick County 4-H Marksmen Club practices in Stuart and new members are welcome. For more information, please contact the Patrick County Extension Office at 276-694-3341.

Individual and team results are listed below:

Air Rifle

Senior Sporter Individual: Nick Hooker, 1st place, Emily Clark, 4th place, Caleb Murphy, 14th place, Steele Foley, 16th place, Lauren Murphy, 23rd place, Dylan Hodges, 43rd place

Senior Sporter Team: 1st place team: Nick Hooker, Emily Clark, Caleb Murphy, Steele Foley

Air Rifle Silhouettes

Senior Individual: Emily Clark, 1st place, Nick Hooker, 3rd place, Caleb Murphy, 15th place, Steele Foley, 18th place, Lauren Murphy, 29th place

Junior Individual: Dylan Hodges, 4th place, Miller Hopkins, 9th place, Evan Havens, 10th place

Air Pistol Basic Supported

Junior Individual: Nathan Hodges, 7th place, Evan Havens, 11th place

Air Pistol Standing Supported

Junior Individual: Jude Martin, 16th place

Air Pistol Standing

Junior Supported Team: 4th place Team: Nathan Hodges, Evan Havens, Jude Martin

Air Pistol International Standing

Senior Individual: Steele Foley, 1st place, Nick Hooker, 5th place, Caleb Murphy, 19th place

Senior Team: 2nd Place Team: Steele Foley, Nick Hooker, Caleb Murphy

Archery Genesis

Senior Individual: Steele Foley, 2nd place, Nick Hooker, 12th place, Lauren Murphy, 15th place, Caleb Murphy, 19th place

Senior Team: 1st place team: Steele Foley, Nick Hooker, Lauren Murphy


Individual 11 and over: Lauren Murphy, 38th place, Dylan Hodges, 48th place, Evan Havens, 54th place, Miller Hopkins, 59thplace, Jude Martin, 63rd place

Team: 6th place team - Lauren Murphy, Evan Havens, Miller Hopkins, Jude Martin, Dylan Hodges

Individual 10 and under: Nathan Hodges, 6th place


Bengals senior Abbie Laine takes home VHSL honor

Bassett senior Abbie Laine was recently named recipient of the Courageous Achievement Award, for Class 4 female athlete by the VHSL. The award was given by the Allstate Foundation and the VHSL to honor Virginia student leaders.

Laine will be invited to a luncheon to honor this year’s winners on May 20 in Charlottesville, where $28,500 in scholarships will be awarded to 19 Virginia high school seniors representing all parts of the commonwealth. The Achievement Awards are the highest honors given by the Virginia High School League to students who have excelled in the classroom, communities and in athletic and academic activities. The Allstate Foundation has partnered with VHSL for 12 years and contributed $261,000 in scholarship funds to empower and support the education of tomorrow’s future leaders.

Laine has earned nine varsity letters at Bassett in soccer, cross country, and indoor track. On the soccer field, she has received all-conference and all‐district honors. In cross country, she was named the team’s most valuable runner as a junior and senior while qualifying for state competition. In addition, she was named the Martinsville Bulletin Athlete of the Year for cross country in 2018. She also captained the soccer and cross country teams.

Her academic career has been just as exemplary with a 4.34 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society, BETA Club, and was a Freshman Mentor. She is a member of Basset High School’s most elite organization called the ACE Academy. This group consists of less than 30 members of the graduation class and is by invitation only. When she graduates in May, she will have earned an associate degree from Patrick Henry Community College.

Laine’s outside activities include serving as a youth soccer referee and bible school leader. As a member of the school’s National Honor Society she was an attendee at the Chick‐Fil‐A Leader Academy. She also participates in Young Life.

“Most kids go home at the end of a school day, but I am not like most kids,” Laine said in a release from the VHSL. “After school, the second part of my day is just beginning. Each day after school, I head to sports practice, club activity, or a youth organization meeting. While I’m often tired at the end of the day, these extracurricular activities are invaluable to me...they have taught me life skills that, in many cases, transfer into the academic setting.”

Laine plans to study biology at the University of Lynchburg in the fall.

Youth Golf

AHM/SML Lions Junior Golf Tournament registering contestants

Golfers from Virginia and Tennessee are signed up for the Andrew Haley Memorial/SML Lions Junior Golf Tournament. Golf players ages 10-18 from the Martinsville area are welcome to join them. They will get significant tournament experience on two professional courses. Registration is at

Through the generosity of The Willard Companies, the AHM/SML Lions Junior Golf Tournament will tee off on June 24-25 at The Water’s Edge Country Club at Smith Mountain Lake.


Martinsville junior, senior legion to hold tryouts

The Martinsville Post 42 junior and senior legion baseball teams will hold tryouts on May 18 at 10 a.m., and May 19 at 2 p.m. at Hooker Field in Martinsville.

The tryouts are open to players 19 and under (players cannot turn 20 during the 2019 season), and are open to players from Magna Vista, Martinsville, Bassett, Patrick County and Carlisle Schools.

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