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Community Sports

  • Homeschool team finishes with flourish
     LYNCHBURG –– The State Line Rush homeschool girls’ basketball team concluded its inaugural season with a 21-14 record, earning a championship and a runner-up finish in its final two tournaments of the year. The Rush won the East Tennessee Ladies’ Classic in Kingsport, Tenn., on March 12. Six teams competed in the double-elimination tournament with the Rush opening play with a pair of wins on March 11, defeating the Lighthouse Eagles of Kingsport 37-22 and Titan Teamsport of Bristol 40-7 in the early rounds.
  • ACC Barnstorming Tour to make visit in Galax
     The ACC Barnstorming Tour will make a stop at Galax High School on April 13, bringing some of the nation’s best college basketball players to the Twin Counties. In its 33rd year, the tour has traveled with the likes of Phil Ford, Len Bias, Michael Jordan and Tyler Hansbrough. This year’s roster includes Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler of Duke, Justin Knox of UNC, Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen of Virginia Tech and Tracy Smith of N.C. State.
  • Homeschoolers second in state
     The Lady Panthers of the Blue Ridge Panthers Homeschool Athletic Association placed second  in the Virginia Homeschool Athletic Association’s varsity state tournament March 5 at the Joy Ranch gymnasium. The fourth-seeded Panthers opened the tournament by upsetting top seed Richmond Spirit 41-35 in overtime. “Our girls gave all they had and more,” head coach Mark Wagg said. In the championship game, the Panters fell to the Front Royal Flames 38-22, finishing second in the state.
  • Swim teams compete in Southwest District championships
     On the weekend of Feb. 18-19, the Southwest District Championships of Virginia Swimming were held at The Carter Athletic Center in Roanoke.  The Galax Riptide from the Galax Recreation Department and the Tiger Sharks of the Carroll Wellness Center were among the nearly 400 swimmers from Southwest Virginia at the meet, which included teams from Bristol, Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Lexington, Lynchburg,  Christiansburg, Radford, Roanoke and some smaller towns and cities Southwest Virginia.
  • Stanford didn’t let it go to its head
     You knew it was going to be a long night when you saw the helmets. Those orange hats Virginia Tech broke out for Monday’s Orange Bowl weren’t as bad as the ones Miami wore against the Hokies during the regular season – you know, the green ones that looked like they should have been buzzing around something left in the barnyard – but they were bad enough.
  • Three volleyball players earn NAIA academic honors
     Three former Twin County athletes were honored for their work on the courts as well as in the classroom recently by being named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) volleyball scholar-athletes. UVa.-Wise’s Megan Funk and Bluefield College’s Ashley Strickland and Alyssa Weddle were among the 387 players nationally who were recognized by the NAIA. To be recognized, players must achieve junior status and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Anders reaches career milestone at UVa.-Wise
     WISE –– Mikaela Anders joined a select group of UVa.-Wise volleyball players during the Highland Cavaliers’ 3-0 win over West Virginia Tech on Oct. 27. Anders recorded the 1,000th kill of her career in the match, reaching a milestone that tops what has already been an award-filled career for the junior middle hitter. The 6-foot-1 Anders was selected to the Appalachian Athletic Conference all-freshman team in 2008 while also garnering first-team all-conference status in both her freshman and sophomore seasons.
  • Tankers vs. Tazers
     Area fire and police personnel teamed up on Oct. 16 at the Fries ballpark in a Tankers vs. Tazers benefit softball game in an effort to raise money for the Fries P.T.O. In the first of what organizers hope to be an annual event, members of each team were handcuffed together at the four infield positions, and batters went to the plate wearing fire helmets (shields down) for an inning. Once serious play began, the Tazers pounded out 10 runs in the second inning, survived a five-run rally by the Tankers in the fifth and held on for a 16-5 win.
  • Former Galax resident reaches major milestone
     CHARLESTON, S.C. –– College of Charleston head men’s soccer coach Ralph Lundy has left an indelible mark on the men’s soccer program, C of C and the college community as a whole. His legacy will long be preserved as one of the most successful, hard-working and passionate coaches in the country.
  • Nelson named Most Improved for Wasps
     EMORY –– Matt Nelson, a 2009 Galax High School graduate, enjoyed an exceptional freshman season on the tennis court for Emory and Henry College, earning team and conference honors during his first season at the collegiate level this past spring. Playing No 2 singles as a freshman, Nelson compiled a record of 16-4, earning Old Dominion Athletic Conference player of the week honors during the year. Nelson teamed with No. 1 singles player Chip Wintringham at first doubles, and the pair racked up 17 wins against just four losses.