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High School

  • 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.

  • Devils zip to 18-5 win, Lady Cavs go 19-0

    WARDELL –– It’s a good inning when you can put up a crooked number. It’s a good day when you can put up a zip code.

    Grayson County borrowed the Palm Beach, Fla. postal ID for its line score – 33480 – and capped a 17-win regular season with an 18-5 win over the Blue Tornado in a nondistrict game Friday at Southwest Virginia Community College.

    The win avenged a 2-1 loss to Richlands in April.

  • Lindsey’s homer lifts Blue Devils

    RICHLANDS –– Emily Lindsey smacked a three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and lift Grayson County over Richlands 4-1 in a nondistrict softball game Monday.

    Autumn Halsey led off the sixth with a single up the middle, and a fielder’s choice on Grace Circle’s grounder left both runners safe. Nikki Lundy’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners before Lindsey cranked her game-winning homer to right.

  • Galax picks up steam, wins third straight, 9-4 over Chilhowie

    CHILHOWIE –– Galax got its third straight complete game pitching effort and has won three straight after a three-game skid, knocking off fellow Conference 46 member Chilhowie 9-4 in a nondistrict game Wednesday afternoon.

    Stew Merdian went the full seven innings on the mound for the Maroon Tide (12-5), allowing one earned run on just four hits, striking out 10 and walking four.

  • Grayson, Galax reach regionals

    Grayson County earned a pair of conference tennis championships this week. In the big picture, both the Blue Devils and Galax are still alive.

    The Blue Devil boys defeated Galax 5-1 to claim the combined Conference 39/46 team championship on Grayson’s home court Wednesday, a day after the Grayson County girls toppled Graham 5-1 for the Conference 39 title in Bluefield.