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High School

  • Number 1 tops Number 1(a)

    BLACKSBURG –– After 21 matches, the Grayson County boys’ tennis team is undefeated. After 20 matches, Galax is undefeated against every team not named Grayson County.

    The Blue Devils kept their season record unblemished, reached a season goal and claimed the 1A/2A West Region team championship Thursday, and both teams move on to the state semifinals after Grayson’s 5-1 defeat of Galax on the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center’s outdoor courts at Virginia Tech.

  • Raiders stun Galax in 1A West

    Matthew Branham was effectively wild. But at this time of year, anything that works is wildly effective.

    Branham’s two-hitter was enough to overcome seven walks and five wild pitches as J.I. Burton upset Galax 7-4 in the Region 1A West quarterfinals Monday at Felts Park.

  • Carroll comes on strong to stay perfect

    HILLSVILLE –– Sydney Nester put a one-two punch on Chancellor Monday night in the opening round of the Region 4A North softball tournament played at Carroll County High School.

    Nester not only tossed a one-hitter but she also had a two-run home run to lead the undefeated Cavaliers to a 12-0 victory over the Chargers and advance to the semifinals today (Wednesday) at Fluvanna at 6 p.m.

  • Galax boys win Conference 46 track crown

    GLADE SPRING –– Galax notched its fifth boys’ track and field championship in the last six years at the conference/district level, holding off the host school 189-142 at Patrick Henry High School.

    The Maroon Tide picked up six event wins and seven runner-up finishes and advanced 18 athletes to the Region 1A West meet.

  • Rally keeps Grayson season alive; Carroll girls win 21st straight

    MARION –– Grayson County scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning – four with two outs – to overtake Richlands 6-5 in the Conference 39 baseball semifinals Tuesday at Marion High School.

  • Galax nips Rebels, can’t solve Chilhowie

    GLADE SPRING –– The second semifinal of the Conference 46 softball tournament was all about the ones – a couple of aces, each throwing a one-hitter and one heads-up play scoring one huge run.

    All of which added up to one more week of softball for Galax.

    Ally Bartlett scored from second on a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the seventh for the game’s only run as the Maroon Tide claimed a 1-0 win over host Patrick Henry, earning a spot in next week’s Region 1A West tournament.

  • Tide captures conference

    GLADE SPRING –– Jake Stuart allowed one hit Tuesday, and a debatable one at that. But there was no argument that the Galax sophomore mastered the Patrick Henry lineup.

    Craig Eisert led off the game with a bad-hop single for the Rebels’ only base hit, after which Stuart shut down the host team with 13 strikeouts in the Maroon Tide’s 2-0 win in the Conference 46 semifinals.

  • Hitting school for Grayson

    MARION –– With both the academic and the athletic calendars winding down to a close, many high school athletes proficient enough to still be playing ball are juggling key playoff tests with their final academic tests, often on the same day.

    Grayson County aced its conference final. Now for some summer school or, in the case of the team’s four seniors for received their diplomas Saturday, a little post-graduate work.

  • Blue Devils tops in Conference 39

    TAZEWELL – Grayson County was clinging to a one run lead over Richlands in the sixth inning last Thursday in the finals of the Southern Empire Conference (39) softball tournament when Claire Circle entered the lineup as a pinch hitter.

    Circle responded with a two-run home run over the centerfield fence to spark a three-run inning and lead the Blue Devils to an 8-6 win and the championship. The game was played at Tazewell High School.

  • Double duty for Strickland

    HILLSVILLE –– Like most kids who are into multiple sports, Cheyenne Strickland’s favorite has been the one that’s happened to be in season at the moment. The Carroll County senior still can’t decide. But she’s got four more years to try.

    Strickland committed to Ferrum College last week to play volleyball and softball, and while dual-sport athletes at the collegiate level aren’t exactly common, she relishes the thought of giving it a shot.