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High School

  • 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.

  • Bassett edges Carroll 33-30 in Region IV girls’ semifinals

    RIDGEWAY –– Carroll County held Bassett to nearly 20 points less than its season scoring average but the Cavaliers were unable to break the ice themselves and dropped a 33-30 decision to the Bengals in the Region IV Division 4 semifinals Thursday at Magna Vista High School.

    Bassett (18-3) played Salem for the region title. Both teams advance to the Division 4 state tournament.

    The Bengals hit just one field goal in the second half and only scored 13 points from the floor for the game, but survived by hitting 20 of their 30 foul shots.

  • Rebels eliminate Grayson girls

    BLUEFIELD –– Patrick Henry-Glade Spring jumped out to a 17-3 lead in and ended Grayson County’s season with a 54-39 defeat in the Region C Division 2 semifinals Thursday at Graham Middle School.

    The Rebels (18-8) earned their third straight trip to the state tournament, denying Grayson County its first.

    Patrick Henry faced Floyd County for the region title Saturday night.

  • Northwood boards up Galax

    As the higher-seeded team, Northwood took the floor Thursday in its home whites and its score was displayed on the home side of the scoreboard. The Panthers made themselves at home under the boards, too, helping themselves to seconds on the offensive glass.

    Northwood was able to get away with shooting 18 percent from the floor largely by its work on the backboards, and held off Galax 43-38 in the Region C Division 1 girls’ semifinals on the Maroon Tide’s court.

  • Guynn’s huge half leads Carroll to title

    RICHLANDS –– Crysta Guynn is known as a streaky shooter. She played the part on Saturday night.

    Guynn came off the bench to make five 3-pointers and score 19 points, all in the second half, leading Carroll County to a 52-45 win over Richlands to claim the Southwest District tournament championship at Richlands Middle School.

    Richlands (18-4), which ended Carroll County’s long string of SWD regular season titles in a playoff earlier in the week, led 44-39 with 3:23 to play, but the Lady Blues managed just one point the rest of the way.

  • Sizemore, Moore on podium

    SALEM –– Galax’s Chaz Sizemore and Grayson County’s Hunter Moore both earned a podium finish Saturday at the Group A and Group AA wrestling tournament at the Salem Civic Center.

    Both wrestlers were competing in the 220-pound weight class, and though they wrestled a combined 11 matches in the 16-man bracket, their paths never crossed on the mat.

  • Grayson boys, Galax girls win regional quarters

    Having opened the season by splitting a pair of games against Rural Retreat back in December, Galax showed how far it has progressed Tuesday with a 59-22 win over the Indians in the Region C Division 1 girls’ quarterfinals.

    The Maroon Tide has come a long way, but it has a little farther to go.

    “We’re still quite a way from where we want to be,” Tide coach Yerrick Stoneman said. “If we can get one more win we’ll be a lot closer.”

  • Devils come on late, win in OT

    INDEPENDENCE –– Whichever team survived overtime, neither Grayson County nor Graham was going to be able to call its Region C Division 2 girls’ quarterfinal win a thing of beauty. But this time of year, just getting to the next round is the objective, and adequacy will trump splendor every time.

    “Survive and advance,” Blue Devil coach Tiny Funk said. “[Former Grayson football coach] Bill Strong told me the other day, he said, ‘You can win ugly, or lose pretty. Which would you rather do?’ ”

  • Carroll Co. girls reach semifinals

    HILLSVILLE –– A shooter’s philosophy dictates that if you’re making ‘em, keep shooting. If you’re not making ‘em, keep shooting until you do.

    Right now, Crysta Guynn only has to worry about the first part.

    Riding a hot streak that has extended through the last six quarters, Guynn came off the bench to pour in 20 points Wednesday, helping to lead Carroll County over Magna Vista 59-46 in a Region IV Division 4 quarterfinal game.