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High School

  • VHSL adjusts state tournament set-up

    The VHSL has moved its boys’ and girls’ state basketball semifinals out of VCU’s Siegel Center as part of a restructured format beginning with the 2014-15 season.

    The new format – adopted after a poll of the VHSL Executive Committee – calls for the six boys’ and six girls’ championship games to be played at VCU over a three-day period from March 13-15 with four games played on each day.

    Each day’s games will be divided into two-game sessions at VCU.

  • Grayson walks over Cougars

    STUART –– Take away a few shaky moments on defense Grayson County would have chalked up Wednesday’s 9-2 nondistrict win over Patrick County as a stellar effort.

    As it was, the win was still nothing to sneeze at.

    The Blue Devils got a strong effort from starting pitcher Dylan Isom, showed a good eye at the plate and took advantage of its offensive opportunities to notch the seven-run victory over what is traditionally one of the area’s better Group AA programs.

  • Galax rally comes up short

    If the first week of the baseball season has demonstrated anything, it is that a young Galax squad won’t quit when behind. It has also demonstrated that overcoming an eight-run deficit is a little too much to expect.

    But not by much.

    Galax spotted Pulaski an 8-0 lead in the top of the first inning but battled back and eventually got the potential go-ahead run to the batter’s box, only to come up short in a 10-8 nondistrict loss Friday at Felts Park.

  • Strategic arm limitations

    With the coming of the new baseball season, there are some new regulations — and some will likely have an impact on most teams at some point this spring.

    Pitching arms, always highly valued and occasionally endangered in high school baseball, will be safer as a result of a recently announced Virginia High School League rules change.

  • Devils pull away from Chilhowie, Cavs drop Floyd Co.

    CHILHOWIE –– Grayson County scored six runs in the fifth inning to break open a close ballgame and defeated defending Division 2 state runner-up Chilhowie 10-6 in a nondistrict game Friday.

    The Blue Devils (1-0) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first but saw the Warriors (1-1) draw even in the third. After scoring a single run in the fourth, Grayson put together its six-run rally in the fifth, highlighted by Dylan Isom’s two-run double.

  • Cav girls, Tide boys win big

    Galax may wish to consider putting this one in the playbook, because of the 22 players on the field, 21 of them appeared to have been caught off-guard.

  • Blue Ridge Tour ready for 15th season

    Registration is now underway for the 15th season of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour.  

    The schedule includes four golf academies, which focus on instruction in all phases of the game, one “Golf by the Rules” clinic in which the player receives on course guidance to play the game according the rules of golf, and seven tournaments, including a season-ending two-day tournament. 

  • Galax battles back, falls short at Marion

    MARION –– Galax scored six runs in the final two innings but came up one run short, falling 12-11 to Marion in a nondistrict game Wednesday afternoon.

    Galax trailed 10-5 after the fifth before scoring three runs on a Chandler Quesenberry double and two Scarlet Hurricane errors.

    Marion answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning but Galax rallied once again on RBI singles from Quesenberry and Alex Zipprich before running out of gas.

  • Gravley leads all-SWD voting

    HILLSVILLE –– There’s no good reason anyone should question Ryan Gravley’s being chosen as the 2012-13 Southwest District player of the year. But should a dissenting opinion arise, the Carroll County senior can always reply that he had a better year than the kid who won it last year.

    Gravley, who also happens to be that kid who won it last year, was voted the district’s top player for the second year in a row, leading a list of six Twin County players and three coaches named to their respective boys’ or girls’ first teams.

  • Cav duo lead Region IV voting

    Carroll County’s Ryan Gravley and Brad Hawks headlined the 2012-13 all-Region IV boys’ basketball team with Gravley being named the player of the year and Hawks earning the Division 4 coach of the year award.

    Gravley led Carroll County in scoring, assists and free throw shooting as the Cavaliers won their second straight Southwest District championship and their first Region IV championship since 1979-80.