Smoot, Dalton shine for Cavaliers at SWD track

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By Staff Reports

 ABINGDON –– Samantha Dalton and Wes Smoot each had scoring finishes in six events and Carroll County advanced a total of eight athletes to the regionals after the Southwest District track and field championships last Wednesday at Abingdon High School.

Wes Smoot won district championships in the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches) and long jump (20-03/4), placing third in the triple jump. In the sprints, Smoot finished fourth in the 400 meters, fifth in the 200 and sixth in the 100, racking up a total of 33 team points.

Kendall Haynes placed second in the 3200 and Isaac Worrell was sixth in the 1600 for the Cavaliers, who placed fourth as a team with 58 points, one point out of third place. Abingdon won the boys’ team title with 185 points, followed by Marion (151), Tazewell (59), Carroll and Richlands (22).

For the Cavalier girls, Dalton placed second in the long jump and third in the triple jump. She added a fourth-place showing in the 100 and finished fifth in both the 200 and 400, earning a total of 24 team points.

Morgan Dickens placed second in the discus and third in the shot put while Morgan Cain was third in the discus and fifth in the shot.

Carroll finished third in the girls’ team standings with 64 points, holding off Tazewell by five points. Richlands was fifth with 23 points. Marion (181) and Abingdon (140) ran away with the top two team spots.


Graham 5, Galax 1: The G-Girls claimed the MED season championship in a playoff Saturday at George Wythe H.S.

Graham took two of the three doubles matches, then secured the team win after the first three singles matches were completed.

Paige Hanks and Susan Davis picked up the Maroon Tide’s lone win, downing Nicole Gabe and Haley Sheets 7-6, 7-5 at No. 2 doubles.


Tazewell 2, Carroll County 0: The Bulldogs got past the Cavaliers for the third time in a week, this time in the Southwest District quarterfinals Saturday in Richlands.

Tazewell had topped Carroll twice in regular season matches earlier in the week before ending the Cavaliers’ season on the weekend.

Taylor Catron and Ashleigh French scored off of corner kicks for the Bulldogs’ two goals.


Galax 13, Narrows 3 (5 inn.): The Maroon Tide locked up the No. 2 seed for the district tournament with a five-inning win Friday in Galax.

Channing Russell and Dunikqua Gambill each drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth to end the game on the 10-run rule. Harley Brewer slugged a two-run homer in a five-run third inning and Brittany Byrd added a three-run double as part of a four-run fourth.

Gambill had three hits for Galax while Russell, Brewer, Byrd, Hayley Reynolds and Morgan Neff added two hits each. Byrd also had four RBIs.

Carroll County 10-7, Marion 0-2: The Cavaliers used a five-run fourth inning in the second game to sweep the SWD double header Friday in Hillsville.

Trailing 2-0 after three innings, the first six batters reached safely for Carroll to start the fourth. Lillie Kimble and Eden Durnil each had a run-scoring hit and Lexi Hodge drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. 

Ragan Halsey and Ashley Willard had two hits each for the Cavaliers.

Kimble allowed just two Marion baserunners in the first game, retiring the first 11 batters she faced before issuing a two-out walk in the fourth. She finished with a no-hitter, striking out eight.

An error, singles from Grace Lindsey and Halsey followed by doubles from Kimble and Durnil spotted the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Lexi Hodge clubbed a solo home run in the fourth, and Emily Hiatt roped a two-run triple as part of a four-run sixth.

Durnil and Autumn Hill were both 3-for-4 for Carroll. Hodge, Halsey and Kimble had two hits each.

Galax 9, Fort Chiswell 8: The Maroon Tide scored twice on the Pioneers in the bottom of the seventh and swept Bland County and Fort in a rare three-team double header Thursday at Mountain View Park.

Galax trailed 8-3 entering the bottom of the sixth. Morgan Neff and Channing Russell each had a two-run single in the sixth, helping pull Galax to within 8-7.

Grace Wilson led off the seventh with a single, stole second and scored the tying run on Brittany Byrd’s base hit. Byrd advanced on Hayley Reynolds’ single and scored the game winner on Brooklyn Key’s sacrifice fly.

Reynolds and Neff had two hits each for Galax.

Galax 4, Bland County 1: Grace Wilson limited the Bears to a run on seven hits as the Tide opened the day with a close win over the Bears.

Morgan Neff’s ground out drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth for Galax, which tacked on two runs in the sixth. Brittany Byrd went 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the Tide.

Abingdon 6, Carroll County 3: The Falcons were scoreless after three innings but finished strong and downed the Cavaliers in a SWD game Thursday in Hillsville.

Lillie Kimble’s RBI double tied the game at 3-3 after six innings, but Abingdon pushed three runs across in the seventh to take the win.


Galax 16, Narrows 0 (5 inn.): A monstrous first inning led to an easy MED win Friday at Felts Park.

The Maroon Tide scored nine runs in its first turn at bat despite having two runners picked off base. Eddie Hanks landed the big blow, clubbing a grand slam to cap the huge first.

Travis Garvey led off the second with a solo shot, and three doubles produced three runs in the third, including RBI hits from Jon Alouf and Garvey.

Justin Ayers added a two-run double in the fourth for Galax.

Hanks and Garvey had three hits each, combining for nine RBIs. Travis Cockerham, Alouf and Trevor Quesenberry each had two hits.

Austin Pack held the Green Wave to one hit in five innings of work, striking out 10 and walking two.