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By The Gazette


Jorge Mendez scored in the 68th minute off of a misplayed ball by the Radford goalkeeper as Galax managed a 1-1 tie with the Bobcats.


lCarroll County capped a comeback from a 5-0 deficit when Craig Rosen’s two-run single lifted the Cavaliers to a 6-5 win over Grayson County.



A trio of two-out errors opened the door to an eight-run second inning and Grayson County downed Galax 11-0 in baseball. Brandon Haga and Brandon Tomlinson had two hits each for Grayson.


Carroll County’s Brandon Horton and Tazewell’s Casey Herald combined for 29 strikeouts in a 1-0 Tazewell win. The Bulldogs won the game on a leadoff home run in the bottom of the seventh.



Galax swept a baseball double header from Bland, 4-2 and 11-1. Larry Lundy’s two-run double put the Tide in front in the first game, and Cyle Surratt nailed down the save, stranding the tying run at second base. Surratt had a three-run single in the second game.


Carroll County needed all of its 4-0 lead as the Cavaliers held off Pulaski County 4-3 in girls’ soccer. Emily Tsang, Maria Mendieta, Amelia Heath and Amy Alderman scored for Carroll.



Jason Beam shut down Auburn after giving up a first-inning run and Galax got six runs off of four hits, topping the Eagles 6-1. Chris White’s two-run single put the Maroon Tide in front for good.


Wes Self, a freshman, tossed a no-hitter as Grayson County edged Narrows 2-0. The Green Wave’s Jeff White allowed just three hits – a flair single and two drag bunts. Self struck out 16 and allowed just four baserunners, two of which were caught stealing by catcher Chip Pack.



Carroll County product Rebecca Russell ran a leg on the UNC’s conference champion 4x400-meter relay team, which helped the Tar Heels repeat as ACC women’s track champions.


Grayson County rallied from an early 3-0 hole to knock off Bland County 8-3. The Blue Devils trailed by a run before erupting for five in the bottom of the second. Jeff Nicholson improved to 5-0 on the mound with the win.



Ralph Berrier slugged a grand slam and added an RBI double as Carroll County topped Radford 8-3. Greg Bond remained undefeated on the mound, improving to 6-0 with the pitching win.



Carroll County claimed its first New River District baseball championship, riding a four-hit shutout by Kim Gillespie to knock off Blacksburg 4-0. Gillespie’s second complete-game shutout of the year ran his record to 7-2.


Galax took over second place in the MED with a 12-8 win at Giles. E.J. Carico doubled home two runs and later scored to give the Tide a 3-0 lead in the first. Giles tied the game in the bottom of the first but with the bases loaded in the third, a sacrifice bunt and a throwing error brought in all three runners.



Jeff McCarter and Donald LaRue both shot 79 while Greg Adams and Claude Carson each turned in an 82 as Galax won the New River District with a 21-stroke win at Blacksburg.


Donna Lyons and Debbie Horton won the NRD doubles championship with wins over Christiansburg, George Wythe and Galax.



Hillsville took over the lead in the New River District Western Division with a 7-2 win over Galax. Gary Hull was the winning pitcher and was 2-for-2 while Steve Quesenberry went 3-for-4 for the Indians.


David Petty’s bases-loaded double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh lifted Galax past Dublin 3-2. David Beamer was the winning pitcher, allowing just four hits.



Oak Hill closed its baseball season with a 6-5 win over Glade Valley. Ike Royster hit a three-run home run to give the Warriors a 6-1 lead and Oak Hill held on through a three-run Glade Valley uprising in the seventh.



Kenneth Brown tossed a one-hitter as the Galax Eagles defeated the Independence Hawks in a local Negro League game. Members of the Eagles included Brown, c Melvin Goins, 1b Jim Coltrain, 2b Jimmy Beamer, ss Pharie Lee Wolf, 3b Elmer W. Robinson, lf Paul Reeves, cf Clarence Brown and rf Roy Tucker. Willie Lee Goins was the manager and the team was owned by Raymond Brown.


Larry Dotson singled to drive in Snooky Cox with the eventual winning run and Galax remained undefeated after a 3-2 win over Hillsville. Bob Thompson was 3-for-3 for the Indians.



Bud Bryant and Joe Bryant combined for five hits as Independence took a 13-4 win over Rural Retreat.


In the Carroll-Grayson League, Rich Hill defeated Providence 34-4, Woodlawn downed Pipers Gap 26-6 and Hillsville took two from Stevens Creek by scores of 8-7 and 17-7.



Fries banged out 14 hits and the Wildcats defeated Hillsville 14-6 but dropped an 11-10 extra-inning loss to Dublin later in the week.


West Galax won its Grayson County League opener with a 5-0 shutout of Stevens Creek. Independence got past Sparta 5-2 in its season opener.



Galax edged Sparta 7-6 as big right-hander Rex Cullop pitched the Maroon Tide through the sixth inning. Cullop was struck in the head while batting and Spraker took over, pitching the rest of the way.



The annual high school track and field meets were held at Felts Park and Hillsville High. Fries topped Galax and Baywood to win the Grayson meet while Hillsville claimed the Carroll meet over Coal Creek and Woodlawn. 


Galax defeated Pulaski 9-4 in baseball as Phipps tossed a two-hitter for the Leafs. Boyer and Lindsey were both 3-for-4 for Galax.