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ACS swim team will be competing in their first meet of the year at the Altavista Area YMCA against Liberty Christian Academy. Watch the men's 50 meter race below, and lookout for further coverage of the meet online and in next week's paper.

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The matchup between the Raiders’ and Colonels’ basketball teams on January 13 began with a hard-fought first quarter.

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South Boston, VA…..Finances have always played a key role in racing, especially for the weekly short-track racers. That is why South Boston Speedway officials have worked hard over the years to make racing more affordable for competitors, and, at the same time, keep the competition on a leve…

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Sports returned Thursday night to the Seminole District after a long wait due to the pandemic. The Brookville Bees boys’ basketball team traveled to Rustburg to open the season up against the Devils, a young team with only 3 returning players. 

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South Boston, VA…..Over the last two or three years Tony Housman has wanted to try his hand at racing at South Boston Speedway. Unfortunately, his plans to race at “America’s Hometown Track” did not fully materialize.

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The ACS Colonels’ men’s and women’s basketball games against Appomattox County High originally scheduled for Monday were cancelled.

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Charlottesville, Va. – On December 10, the VHSL announced that it “is requiring each school to follow the recommendations of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)” that students and coaches wear masks while participating in sports. This requirem…

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LYNCHBURG, Va. –Liberty University football has paused all team-related activities due to elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the football program.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty closed out a perfect home slate with a 45-0 shutout victory over the UMass Minutemen, Friday at Williams Stadium. 

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South Boston, Va….This season has been a tough one for Scott Phillips. The Halifax, Virginia resident had looked forward to racing in the Pure Stock Division at South Boston Speedway in 2020 only to see the COVID-19 pandemic crush that hope.

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The host NC State Wolfpack took advantage of a late interception and blocked a field goal within the closing minutes to hold on for a 15-14 win over the 21st-ranked Liberty Flames, Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium. 

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LYNCHBURG, Va. – The 22nd-ranked Liberty Flames rolled up a season-high 633 yards of total offense on the way to a 58-14 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday at Williams Stadium.

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BLACKSBURG, Va. – Liberty senior Alex Barbir made a 51-yard field goal with one second remaining in the game, giving the No. 25 Flames a 38-35 win at Virginia Tech, Saturday at Lane Stadium.

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Altavista Combined School recently hired Lemuel Curran, a technical drawing teacher at the school, as its new varsity men’s soccer coach.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE –– No matter which way the game had ended for the home team late Saturday night––with an exhilarating victory or a crushing defeat––University of Virginia football players would have reconvened Monday morning to start preparing for Louisville’s visit to Scott Stadium, and an …

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CHARLOTTESVILLE –– Another game, another 8 o’clock kickoff for the University of Virginia football team, which hosts North Carolina in that time slot Saturday night.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty’s Thomas Sargeant, who recently started his 40th career game for the Flames, is drawing national attention for his consistent play on the offensive line.

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Roanoke, VA – Virginia Amateur Sports, Inc (VAS) organizers of the Virginia Commonwealth Games at Liberty University annual athletes of the year have been selected: Micayah Holland of Portsmouth was named Youth – Female Athlete of the Year, Clayton Stoil of Great Falls was named Youth – Male…

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Correction: A previous version of this article misquoted Mark McPherson as saying Brookneal High School when he actually said Brookville High School.

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Following the spring sports season that never was, now that Virginia has entered reopening phase 3, baseball is back in Altavista. Altavista, William Campbell, and Staunton River High Schools will be playing a 15-game baseball series this summer, with each team playing 10 games.

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Minor League Baseball announced this afternoon that the 2020 baseball season, including that of the Lynchburg Hillcats, has been officially canceled due to COVID-19.

Due to restrictions in Phase 3 of the re-opening plan for the Commonwealth of Virginia and implications to the speedway’s insurance coverage, South Boston Speedway officials have no choice but to cancel Saturday night’s Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort La…

The 2020 Staunton River Masonic Lodge Catfish Tournament in Brookneal enjoyed one of its best turnouts in its eight-year history this weekend. Over 100 anglers participated in the event in the Staunton River at the Brookneal Public Boat Ramp. The event lasted from Friday evening until Sunday…

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The VHSL Executive Committee during its May meeting today voted (31-0-1) to cancel all spring sports and activities for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.

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It seems that the coronavirus is interrupting a lot of life—and all of sports—these days. The families and coaches of two standout Altavista Colonels football players from the class of 2020 weren’t about to let it cancel their signing day, even if they did have to get creative to make it happen.

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Dean Hubbard's quarter of a century tenure as athletic director at Altavista Combined School is coming to an end with the announcement of his retirement. He has served for 35 years in Campbell County Schools. 

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Does the coronavirus shutdown have you feeling the no-sports blues? The Altavista Journal has you covered. Here are a few ideas to help sports fans, fitness buffs, and athletes alike to make it through the current sports drought.

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RICHMOND — The Colonels made an explosive entrance into the high school indoor track scene in the school’s first year in the sport in a quarter of a century. The athletes from “the little school” in Altavista finished big by winning the VHSL regional championship in the boys’ division.

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CHESTERFIELD -- In just its second year as a team, the Altavista High School varsity swim team took 12 swimmers to the state championships, earned seven all-region swimming honors, and boasted an all-state swimmer. On top of that, sophomore Kristopher Schultz medaled in both of his individua…