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High School

  • Tide girls nip Grayson County

     Galax and Grayson County split another pair of tightly-contested Mountain Empire District tennis matches Friday, Galax’s girls edging the Blue Devil 5-4 in Felts Park and the Grayson boys pulling out a 5-4 win in Independence.

    Grayson County won two of the three doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead into singles play, but the Maroon Tide swept the top four singles seeds to pull out the win. Claire Engelhardt claimed a crucial 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles for the Maroon Tide, which got straight sets wins from Joyce Kuang, Paige Hanks and Susan Davis.

  • Grayson Co. claims MED crowns

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County put the finishing touches on an unblemished run through its Mountain Empire District baseball schedule, locking up the regular season title Wednesday with a 14-0 win at Graham before trouncing Narrows 16-1 Thursday at home.

    Ty Cannaday and Dylan Isom combined for a five-inning no-hitter against the G-Men at Graham Middle School. Cannaday worked the first four innings, striking out six and walking none, while Isom finished the job.

  • Maroon Tide boys, Green Wave girls win MED track titles

     Galax and Grayson County finished 1-2 in the boys’ standings while Narrows used an impressive individual effort to outpoint Galax in the girls’ scoring at the Mountain Empire District track and field championships Wednesday at Galax High School.

    The Maroon Tide boys earned their third straight district championship, scoring well in the field events and dominating the distance races to accumulate 182 points, 49 in front of Grayson County’s 133. Fort Chiswell placed third with 69, followed by Narrows and Graham (23 each) and Bland County (1).

  • Cavs are hammer, nail in final two

    HILLSVILLE –– When Brandon Lineberry whacked a three-run, first-inning homer for the second straight day Friday, Carroll County fans were understandably a little restrained in their rejoicing. After all, Lineberry’s first-inning jack the day before was followed by a torrent of Richlands scoring.

  • Smoot, Dalton shine for Cavaliers at SWD track

     ABINGDON –– Samantha Dalton and Wes Smoot each had scoring finishes in six events and Carroll County advanced a total of eight athletes to the regionals after the Southwest District track and field championships last Wednesday at Abingdon High School.

    Wes Smoot won district championships in the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches) and long jump (20-03/4), placing third in the triple jump. In the sprints, Smoot finished fourth in the 400 meters, fifth in the 200 and sixth in the 100, racking up a total of 33 team points.

  • Tazewell eliminates Carroll County 9-2

    TAZEWELL –– Both teams played nice this time around, but only one played well.

    A scuffle between Carroll County and Tazewell a couple of weeks ago was left where it belonged – in the past – but nine Cavalier seniors saw their high school careers come to the same fate Saturday as the Bulldogs powered to a 9-2 win in the Southwest District baseball tournament quarterfinals at Lou Peery Field.

  • Carroll connection grows at Ferrum

    HILLSVILLE –– For a wide-eyed kid making the jump from eighth-grade ball straight to the varsity, it must have been nice to have one of Carroll County’s all-time greats to help ease the transition.

    Though the first time around worked out pretty well for then-freshman Rachel Dalton and junior Kayla Goins, the two will have a chance at a do-over this fall.

    Dalton will join Goins on the Ferrum College women’s basketball team, making known her intentions recently at Carroll County High School.

  • Grayson picks up pair of wins

      INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County scored 14 runs in the first three innings Tuesday and improved to 7-0 in the Mountain Empire District with a 16-0 shelling of Bland County at GNB Park.

    Run-producing singles by Matt Cornett and Max Rodgers gave the Blue Devils (9-7 overall) a 2-0 lead after the first, and Grayson tacked on five runs on three swings as part of a seven-run second.

  • Cavaliers pound Richlands anyway

    WARDELL –– Partial-strength was stout enough for Carroll County.

    Seemingly unaffected by the final effects of last week’s brouhaha at Tazewell, Carroll County dealt quite ably with the absence of one-third of its lineup for Monday’s game at Richlands, jumping on the Blue Tornado early and breezing to a 7-1 Southwest District win at Southwest Virginia Community College.

  • Group A top player getting out of town

    Lawrence Parsons has advanced so much on the basketball floor and done so much for Galax High School hoops that the big guy deserves to get away for a while.

    Like, four years.

    A chance encounter last spring got the wheels turning and Parsons’ outstanding senior season fueled the process, and the Group A state player of the year landed a scholarship to up-and-coming Ohio Christian.

    Parsons signed the necessary paperwork recently at Galax High School, accompanied by OCU coaches Tony Stockman and Jamey Batten.