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High School

  • Gate City handles Grayson County, 40-2

    GATE CITY –– The good news is that Grayson County gets to take a mulligan on this one.

    Walking into one of Southwest Virginia’s most tradition-rich stadiums to face an up-and-coming Gate City, Grayson County’s Blue Devils fell behind early and dropped a 40-2 decision to Gate City’s Blue Devils in a benefit game Friday at Legion Field.

  • The signs point toward change

    Anyone who has driven regularly between Hillsville and Galax along U.S. 58 for the last 20-some odd years probably keeps an eye out for the marquee at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church – at least, anyone other than serial texters and that one doofus in the MG with the paperback novel on his steering wheel who nearly bought someone a new mailbox and me a new fender.

  • Maroon Tide ends on high note

    RADFORD –– One gets the impression that if the Virginia High School League offered big rock chunking, pole climbing or flat tire changing at its state track and field championships, Clif Conley would have placed somewhere among the top five or so.

    This is a guy who took up cross country just last fall and ended the season as a state champion. In May, he was a jumper and a middle-distance man, nowhere among the top times even locally in the 1600 meters. Saturday at the Group 1A track and field championships, he was crowned the state champion in that event.

  • Netters fall short in state title efforts

    RADFORD – It’s the great conundrum of what is the state tournament: for all the success necessary to get there, and for all the elation of having done so, the majority exit it empty-handed and disappointed, some downright heartbroken.

    The Twin Counties were well-represented in the tennis portion of the VHSL’s highest level of competition, but the Grayson County boys’ team, Galax’s girls’ doubles team and the Maroon Tide’s No. 1 boys’ singles player left under less than perfect circumstances.

  • Maroon Tide comes to life, reaches title game

    RADFORD –– Galax took the lead with a fluke goal. Funny, how the breaks usually go to those who create them.

    Almost constantly on the attack during the Group 1A state boys’ soccer semifinals Saturday, Galax took advantage of a West Point own-goal to snap a 2-2 tie, and the Maroon Tide went on to claim a 4-2 win over the Pointers at Radford University’s Cupp Stadium. 

  • Patience pays off for Galax in quarterfinal win

    RADFORD — Baseball’s a funny sport sometimes. The team that hits the ball better doesn’t always win. The smarter, more patient team can often overcome an offensive deficiency.

    That’s precisely what Galax did in a 5-4 upset win at Radford in the 1A West Region quarterfinals on Tuesday, managing only two hits after the first inning but scoring three runs in the final four frames to get within a win of qualifying for the state tournament.

  • Long journey leads to short stay for Carroll

    MINERAL –– Carroll County couldn’t sustain its hot start and saw its season come to a close with a 10-2 loss to Louisa County in the Region 4A North softball semifinals Monday.

    After two quick outs to start the game, Gracie Davidson singled to keep the inning alive and Cheyenne Strickland spotted the Cavaliers an early 2-0 lead with a two-run home run to left-center.

  • Twin County tennis players continue state quest

    Three state tournament slots have already been filled by Twin County tennis teams, and two more were at stake beginning Thursday.

    Paige Hanks and Susan Davis of Galax punched their ticket to the Virginia High School League’s Spring Jubilee at Radford University with their runner-up finishes in region 1A West girls’ action, and Grayson County’s boys move on as a team to the 1A/2A semis.

  • State-bound Statesmen end Grayson County’s year

    RINGGOLD — Randolph-Henry got on the board early and often and held off a late Grayson County rally as the Statesmen beat the Blue Devils 11-5 in the VHSL Region 2A West baseball semifinals Wednesday evening at Dan River High School.

    Randolph-Henry (20-3) scored four runs over the first two innings — two in each inning. Drew Jackson and Cameron Vassar had RBIs in the first inning, with Jackson smacking a double into left-center, while Derek Horvath and Josh Jones had RBIs in the second inning.

    “Gave me room to breathe,” Horvath said.

  • Blue Devils batter Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Once into the second level of the softball postseason, games commonly come down to a late squeeze bunt, or one defensive miscue, or one big swing of the bat.

    Hitting through the order in consecutive innings will get the job done too, if one is into that sort of thing.