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High School

  • Galax rally falls one run short

    MARION –– Galax made it a habit last year of staging remarkable – if not downright miraculous – late-inning comebacks. It only took one game into the 2014 season to see that once again the Maroon Tide considers no deficit insurmountable.

    The downside to all that late-game noise was that those comebacks were necessary to begin with, as was the case Wednesday. Marion took a 6-0 lead after two innings and sweated out a five-run Galax rally in the seventh before the Scarlet Hurricanes held on for a 6-5 nondistrict win.

  • Shupe leads Galax softball to opening day win

    Galax banged out seven doubles and a pair of home runs and opened its 2014 season with a 10-2 win over George Wythe in a nondistrict softball game Thursday at Mountain View Park.

    Madison Shupe had a huge day for the Maroon Tide, both at the plate and in the field. Shupe went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a two-run home run and three RBIs to lead a potent Galax offensive attack. Shupe also tossed a complete game, giving up two unearned runs on two hits, striking out a dozen and walking five.

  • Grayson, Pulaski settle nothing

    INDEPENDENCE –– That whole ‘kissing your sister’ analogy that is often applied to ballgames that end in a tie? It’s a load of baloney. Grayson County and Pulaski County both left the field Friday with a “kissing your creepy uncle” kind of look to them.

    Both the Blue Devils and the Cougars had their chances but neither capitalized as the two teams dueled to a 2-2 deadlock in a nondistrict contest that was called after eight innings due to darkness.

  • Galax pair lead conference balloting

    Galax’s Clif Conley and Maroon Tide coach Verl Brown headline a long list of Twin County basketball figures honored recently by being named to the first team of their respective all-conference basketball teams.

    Conley was named the Conference 46 player of the year while Brown garnered the coach of the year honors for the conference in voting by the league’s coaches.

  • Radford cruises past Galax

    BRISTOL –– It hasn’t mattered a great deal over the years whether Radford is in Group AA, Group A or Division 2. Now competing in Group 1A, the Bobcats are still A-1.

  • Honaker, Ray finish strong to oust Galax

    BRISTOL –– Megan Ray might be the only high school basketball player who uses a jumpshot technique at the free throw line. Thursday, Ray jumpstarted her Honaker team when it needed her the most.

    In a nip-and-tuck battle with a Group 1A state tournament berth on the line, Ray scored 12 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter to elevate Honaker past Galax 54-48 in the Region 1A West semifinals at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den.

  • Grayson Co. goes through Graham to reach regionals

     RICHLANDS –– Grayson County rallied from a 38-31 fourth quarter deficit by pouring in 30 points in the final eight minutes and racing past Graham 61-51 in the Conference 39 semifinals Thursday at Richlands Middle School.

    Grayson County (16-8) avenged two regular-season losses by a total of six points to the G-Girls and locked up a bid to the Region 2A West tournament with the win.

  • Cavalier girls play on as the Conference 24 runner-up

    ROANOKE –– William Fleming used runs of 13-0 and 9-0 in the first half to take a 35-23 halftime lead and the Colonels went on to claim the Conference 24 girls basketball championship with a 58-49 win Friday over Carroll County.

    The end of the 13-point spurt boosted William Fleming (18-6) into a 22-14 lead but Carroll County battled back to within three points, cutting the gap to 26-23 on a Keely Lundy 3-pointer.

    The Colonels scored the final nine points of the half and were never in serious danger the rest of the way.

  • Carroll boys topple Glass, fall in Conference 24 finals

    DANVILLE –– Twenty-four hours after one of Carroll County’s best efforts of the season, George Washington put the Cavaliers through one of their most disappointing.

    A night after upending E.C. Glass to earn a spot in the Region 4A North tournament, Carroll County could do little to halt a series of overpowering runs by the Eagles, who coasted to a 74-40 win in the Conference 24 championship game Friday on G.W.’s court.

  • Galax stifles Warriors in semis

    WYTHEVILLE –– The way it has been playing defense as of late, if Galax can put 40 points on the board it stands a pretty good chance of coming away with a win. The Maroon Tide nearly had that covered by halftime in its Conference 46 semifinal win Thursday over Chilhowie.

    Holding an opponent in the 30s for the fourth time in its last five games, Galax had enough points on the board by intermission to get the job done, hammering Chilhowie 66-36 at George Wythe High School.