EMORY –– Jamie Cockerham wrapped up one of the most successful careers ever for an Emory & Henry volleyball player by being named to the all-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) first team recently.
Cockerham, a senior outside hitter and a former four-year letter winner at Galax High School, finished her career as the holder of two school records at E&H and with a share of an ODAC record.
Shirl Britt came from four shots behind Aug. 12 to win the 46th annual Blue Ridge Country Club Invitational.
Britt, from West End, N.C., the defending champion, shot a 3-under par 67 in Saturday’s round and then shot a 7-under 63 for a 129 total for the easy seven-shot victory.
Second place went to Frank McBayer of Hillsville, who shot rounds of 69 and 67 for a tournament total of 136. Third place went to Brad Chambers of Galax, with rounds of 68 and 69 for a 137.
HERSHEY, Pa. – Alix Gennette ran a personal best time and finished fifth in the North American finals of the 1600 meter run at the National Hershey Track and Field championships in early August.
Gennette’s time of 4 minutes, 45.4 seconds earned a fifth-place finish in the boys’ 13-14 age group and set a new school record for Galax Middle School, cutting more than six seconds off of his own record set this past spring.
This year the Galax Riptide Capped of a great season at the annual Blue Ridge Swim Conference swim meet in Mt. Airy, N.C. The team finished with 1166 points to finish second to the Elkin Wet Lightening’ 2139.5. Finishing a close third only four points behind the Riptide were the Reeves Rapids with a score of 1162, followed by the Dobson Dolphins (1006.5), the AquaTechs of Wilkesboro (638), the Wytheville Waves (631) Carroll Wellness Center Tigersharks (590).
Seniors 50 and older in the Twin County area have an opportunity to participate in the first-ever Twin County Senior Olympics on Sept. 14 and 15, but time is running out to register.
The deadline for registration is this Friday — Aug. 31.
The recreation departments from Carroll, Galax and Grayson, along with the Hillsville Rotary Club and Carroll Wellness Center, have teamed up to sponsor the Olympics. “They have worked very hard to make this a reality for us,” said Dennis Ward of Hillsville, the event’s organizer.
AMHERST –– Galax couldn’t overcome a strong Appomattox team and settled for a runner-up finish in the Dixie O-Zone state tournament recently.
The tournament couldn’t have gotten off to a better start for the District 1 champions, who scored five runs in their first at-bat of the event. Zaine Goodman, John Key, Matt Coomes and Chris Meredith had first-inning RBI base hits as Galax opened with a 17-4 win over Pulaski.
Galax and Carroll County National were the last two teams standing after four days of the Dixie District 1 O-Zone baseball tournament at Mountain View Park.
Galax entered Tuesday’s round the lone unbeaten in the original field of eight teams of 11- and 12-year-olds, while Carroll National advanced to Tuesday with one loss, needing to defeat Galax twice to win the district.
Galax completed a perfect 5-0 run through the area’s best 12-year-old baseball teams and claimed the championship in the Dixie Boys’ District 1 O-Zone tournament Tuesday at Mountain View Park.
Galax defeated Carroll County National 12-2 in four innings to capture the title. Both teams will advance to the Dixie state tournament, beginning July 13 in Amherst.
After 13 games, Galax and Carroll County American stood as the last remaining teams in the Dixie Boys District 1 Minors baseball tournament at Mountain View Park.
Galax survived a pair of extra-inning scrapes to reach the final pairing while Carroll American battled its way back through the bottom bracket after losing its second game of the event.