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July 6, 2011
The Virginia Storm, a Martinsville-based semi-pro football team, open their season Saturday against the Richmond County Golden Bears at the Smith River Sports Complex.

"We are excited about the new group of rookies we have this year," Storm coach Chris Weeks said in a news release. "We are more explosive on offense this year with more speed. We are also a lot more disciplined football team."

The Storm went 3-9 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs in their first year in Martinsville last season. They previously were the Gretna Storm.