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Youth hitting league

The Home Run Factory in Independence will host a youth hitting league. Entry fee is $40 for the 5-week league. Open to boys and girls ages 6 and up. League will consist of baseball and softball. Call (276) 768-9912 or (276) 768-7089.

Grayson County youth wrestling

The Grayson County High School wrestling program will sponsor eight sessions of junior wrestling instruction for ages 4 years through 8th grade. Sessions will be from 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 2 at the GCHS old gym. Registration fee is $20. Call 773-2131.

Blue Ridge Panthers homeschool basketball

The Blue Ridge Panthers Homeschool Athletic Association is available to all homeschoolers in the Twin Counties. This is a Christian-based association with the goal of complimenting, not overshadowing, the spiritual and intellectual training being carried out in homeschool settings. The association consists of middle school girls’ basketball and is hoping to add JV girls,’ middle school boys’ and JV boys’ teams for the 2009-10 season. Teams are available for any homeschooled boy or girl ages 11-16. The teams are currently working on forming next season’s schedules. If interested in joining this organization, call (276) 768-8207 or (276) 238-2400 before March 20.

Galax, Carroll Co. Dixie umpire meeting

Anyone interested in umpiring Dixie youth baseball this summer is required to attend a meeting to be held March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Galax Rec. Center. Galax pay rate is $25/$20 for plate/base for 8-12-year-old games, $30/$25 plate/base for 13-18-year-old games. Call 236-3218.

Coaches needed for Galax Rec. baseball, softball

The Galax Recreation Department is looking for anyone interested in coaching youth baseball (ages 5-12) and girls’ softball (ages 8-13) during the 2009 season. Contact the recreation department at 236-3218 by March 23.

Sponsors needed for Galax youth leagues

The Galax Recreation Department is looking for businesses and individuals who would like to sponsor youth baseball and softball teams during the 2009 season. Contact the recreation department at 236-3218 by March 23.

Carroll County Dixie registration

Carroll County Dixie baseball and softball registration will be held for tee-ball and coach-pitch, Dixie Angels, Ponytails and Belles softball and Dixie Minors, Majors, 13-14 Boys and Pre-Majors baseball. Registration is March 2-31, Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the CCRD office. Registration will also be Saturdays 10-11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays 6-7:30 p.m. at the St. Paul School gym lobby.

Galax 8-9-10 Dixie Minors baseball

Registration is March 2-20. Open to boys ages 8-10. Players must reach age 8 before May 1, 2009 and cannot reach age 11 before May 1, 2009. Non-refundable registration fee is $20 for city residents, $25 for non-residents. All players must live in City of Galax or attend Galax City schools.

Galax 11-12 Dixie Majors baseball

Registration is March 2-20. Open to boys ages 11-12. Players must reach age 11 before May 1, 2009 and cannot reach age 13 before May 1, 2009. Non-refundable registration fee is $20 for city residents, $25 for non-residents. All players must live in City of Galax or attend Galax City schools.

Galax 10-under Southwest League softball

Registration is March 2-April 3. Open to girls ages 8-10. Players must reach age 8 before May 1, 2009 and cannot reach age 11 before May 1, 2009. Non-refundable registration fee is $20 for city residents, $25 for non-residents.

Galax 13-under Southwest League softball

Registration is March 2-April 3. Open to girls ages 11-13. Players must reach age 11 before May 1, 2009 and cannot reach age 14 before May 1, 2009. Non-refundable registration fee is $20 for city residents, $25 for non-residents.

Galax 17-under Southwest League softball

Registration is March 2-April 3. Open to girls ages 14-17. Players must reach age 14 before May 1, 2009 and cannot reach age 18 before May 1, 2009. Non-refundable registration fee is $20 for city residents, $25 for non-residents.

Galax Recreation spinning classes

The Galax Recreation Center will offer instructor-led spinning classes beginning March 23. Registration begins March 6. Eight bikes are available for each six-week session, one bike available for daily call-in reservation. Morning classes are at 6:15 and 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Evening classes are at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Cost is $45 per six-week session, $5 per daily reservation. Call 236-3218.

Boating safety and education course

The Galax Parks and Recreation Department will host a boating safety and education course on April 25 at the Galax recreation center. The course is required by the new boating education law and the VDGIF to operate boats or personal watercraft in the state of Virginia beginning in July. The course will be conducted by Va. Coast Guard instructors. Registration is March 2-April 18. Cost is $5 to cover class expenses. Course is limited to the first 40 paid registrants. Call 236-3218.

Bertucci volleyball camp

The Bob Bertucci individual skills volleyball camp will be at Galax High School June 22-24. The camp is designed for beginner to advanced skill levels. Tuition is $175 per individual. Pre-registration bonuses include a free camp T-shirt if registered by June 1. For more information, call 1-800-4-VOLLEY, visit www.bob-bertucci.com or call Galax High School volleyball coach Rose Houk at (276) 236-8998.

Sports Information

To submit sports news, contact Craig Worrell at (276) 236-5178, (ext. 212), write to The Gazette, P.O. Box 68, Galax, Va. 24333 or e-mail sports@galaxgazette.com.