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High School

  • Maroon Tide girls claim Conference 46 crown

    BLACKSBURG –– The Galax girls’ tennis team opened the season with plenty of questions. At least one of them was answered Thursday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center at Virginia Tech.

    Yes, the Maroon Tide is good enough to win the conference.

  • Late rally leads to 10-0 Grayson win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County turned a nailbiter into a run-rule win with an eight-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday, running past Fort Chiswell 10-0 in a Mountain Empire District game at the Grayson National Bank Baseball Complex.

    The Blue Devils locked up the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in this week’s Conference 39 tournament, plus an automatic berth into next week’s Region 2A West tournament, improving to 16-3 with the win.

  • Big Tuesday for Tide, Devils

    Galax and Grayson County posted blowout wins in baseball and softball Tuesday, including a relatively tame 11-0 baseball win by Galax over Bland County at Felts Park.

  • Maroon Tide girls’ basketball taking new direction in 2016-17

    Citing an overall philosophical change in direction with its girls’ athletic programs, Galax High School will see a change in direction with its varsity girls’ basketball team in the 2016-17 school year.

    Following Tuesday’s school board meeting it was announced that Yerrick Stoneman would not be retained for a seventh season as the Lady Maroon Tide’s head coach and that Mount Airy, N.C. coach Howard Mayo has been hired for the same position.

  • Carroll County 16-0 after no-no, nailbiter

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County sophomore pitcher Sydney Nester was a walk away from a perfect game Friday night and the Cavaliers got into a good, close nailbiter on Thursday in picking up a pair of River Ridge District softball wins.

    On senior night Friday, Carroll County jumped on Pulaski County for four first-inning runs and cruised to a 10-0 five-inning win to improve to 16-0 on the year.

  • Maroon Tide rolls over Chilhowie

    Stew Merdian smashed a double to deep centerfield in the sixth inning last Thursday to clear the bases and give the Galax Maroon Tide a 10-0 nondistrict victory over Chilhowie in a game played in Felts Park.

    The Tide led 9-0  at the time but because of the slaughter rule Merdian only got credit for one RBI.

    Lucas Dalton pitched a strong game for the Maroon Tide, allowing four hits, striking out eight and allowing two walks. Daniel Boardwine had two of the Warriors’ hits.

  • Mayo set to take charge of Galax girls’ hoops

    Howard Mayo is coming back home. Not that he ever really left.

    Though he has been coaching in North Carolina for the past 14 years, Mayo never relocated from his home in Fancy Gap. The girls’ basketball position at Carroll County is made Mayo a resident of the Twin Counties as a newly-minted Bluefield College graduate in the late 1980s, and the same position at Galax is what’s bringing him back professionally.

  • Grayson, Carroll, Galax girls victorious

    INDEPENDENCE –– Rachel Burris and Nikki Lundy teamed up to drive in nine runs Tuesday as Grayson County skated to a 13-0 win over Bland County in a Mountain Empire District game called after five innings.

    The Blue Devils already led 3-0 entering the second inning when Burris clubbed a three-run home run to right-centerfield, her fifth homer of the season. Two batters later, Lundy  smacked a two-run shot to straightaway centerfield, widening the Grayson County lead to 8-0.

  • Fort Chiswell outduels Galax; Grayson beats up Bears

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax’s Stew Merdian and Fort Chiswell’s Bryson Booher dueled one another for seven innings Tuesday afternoon, with Booher getting just enough offensive support to escape with a 2-0 win in a Mountain Empire District baseball game.

  • Cave Spring rallies past Carroll

    HILLSVILLE –– Being out in front was a dangerous place Tuesday. Whether it was Cave Spring or Carroll County, whichever team found itself in the lead didn’t stay there for more than a half an inning.

    Not until the final half-inning, at least.