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High School

  • Galax splits with SWD foes

    Galax went 1-1 in a pair of nondistrict girls’ soccer matches against Southwest District competition, edging Marion 3-2 Monday and taking a 6-0 loss from Richlands on Tuesday, both at Galax High School.

    Cassie Richardson scored three goals in Richlands’ win, two of them on assists by Makenley Davis, as the Blue Tornadoes outshot the Maroon Tide 26-1.

    Nadia Ashiq scored two goals nine minutes apart as Richlands took a 3-0 lead into the half.

  • Maroon Tide girls pick up track and field win

    Galax held off Grayson County in the girls’ standings while Fort Chiswell’s boys nipped Grayson by a single point for the team win in a seven-team track meet Wednesday at Galax High School.

    The Maroon Tide girls got a balanced effort from sprints, distance, relays and field events to finish with 89 points, nine ahead of the Blue Devils.

    Galax claimed just one event win, posting a time of 58.9 seconds in the 4x100 relay, and picked up top-three finishes in nine events to outpoint Grayson. 

  • Grayson County sweeps in track

    HILLSVILLE –– Grayson County took both the boys’ and girls’ team wins in a four-way track and field meet Wednesday at Carroll County.

    The Blue Devil boys edged Carroll County 72-63, with Tazewell (43) third and Galax (13) fourth.

    Grayson’s girls finished with 78 points to Carroll’s 42. Tazewell (31) and Galax (11) rounded out the field.

  • Galax boys 4-0 after toppling Floyd Co.

    FLOYD –– Andres Medina scored three times for Galax, which stayed undefeated on the year after taking a 4-1 nondistrict win Monday over Floyd County.

    Medina’s hat trick came on successive goals for Galax (4-0), and Junior Espinosa capped the scoring for the Tide.

    Mario Carranza provided a pair of assists and Mesael Solis stopped four of the five shots Floyd County attempted.

  • Cav comeback comes up short

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County dug itself out of a four-run hole but couldn’t complete the comeback and dropped a 4-3 loss to Floyd County in a nondistrict game Tuesday at CCHS.

    The Buffaloes (4-0) had just scored three runs to take a 4-0 lead when the Cavaliers (1-2) began their comeback in the bottom of the fifth. Floyd pitcher Christene Phillips held Carroll County to one hit through the first four innings before issuing a leadoff walk to Tiffany Moore, who stole second and scored on a two-out single to right field by Kayla Walker.

  • 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.