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High School

  • Spurlin goes off on Bland County

    BASTIAN –– Caleb Spurlin did just about everything Tuesday but buy the team supper and pull a box full of puppies from a burning fireworks factory on the bus ride home.

    A senior who has played nearly every position on the field this year, Spurlin went 6-for-6, hit for the cycle and drove in seven runs, leading an offensive heyday for several Galax hitters in the Maroon Tide’s 28-3 shellacking of Bland County in a Mountain Empire District game.

  • Grayson plans Wall of Fame for athletes

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School officials are reaching out to surrounding school systems for ideas to revive and update the high school’s Sports Wall of Fame to include current and past athletes who deserve the spotlight.

  • Grayson, Galax girls’ tennis teams maintain collision course

    Galax picked up a pair of easy wins in girls’ tennis over Wythe County teams early this week, blanking Fort Chiswell 9-0 on Monday and following with an 8-1 win over George Wythe on Tuesday.

    The wins set up a battle of unbeatens yesterday (Thursday) against 4-0 Grayson County.

  • Blue Devils unload on Tazewell in 14-2 win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County opened big and picked up speed from there, thrashing Tazewell 14-2 in five innings Tuesday in a Conference 39 game.

    Given a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Tazewell starting pitcher Nick Elkins walked the bases loaded to start the home half of the inning but was one strike away from escaping the jam unscathed when William Vaughan stroked a 2-2 pitch to left for a grand slam, starting a huge day for the Blue Devil offense.

  • Tide unties Spartans

    Galax boys’ soccer coach Troy Barkley has two eager helpers when it comes time to break down the field and gather the equipment following home games. Hopefully little Emma and Abby can be original when it comes time for picking out a Father’s Day gift for their dad. He’s already got enough stupid ties for one year, and it’s barely halfway through April.

  • Tide sweeps Grayson Co. in tennis

    Galax took a pair of wins in much-anticipated Mountain Empire District tennis matches Thursday afternoon as both the Maroon Tide boys’ and girls’ teams knocked off Grayson County by identical 8-1 scores.

    In a meeting of unbeatens in Independence, the Galax girls swept the six singles matches to lock up the team win and stay perfect for the year at 8-0.

  • Galax rolls over Blue Devils

    Lauren Garvey turned in a strong pitching performance last Thursday to lead Galax to a 12-0 Mountain Empire District victory over Grayson County.

    Garvey allowed three singles, struck out three and walked one in a game called after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

    The Maroon Tide (5-2) took a 6-0 lead after the first inning against two different Blue Devil pitchers.

    After the leadoff batter was out on a grounder to shortstop, Kylee Hill and Hayden Cassell singled.

  • Carroll splits a pair in Roanoke

    ROANOKE –– Jacob Breen threw four innings of no-hit ball in his first varsity start and Carroll County erupted for nine fourth-inning runs to take a 16-0 five-inning baseball win Thursday over Patrick Henry.

    Carroll County (3-3) took the lead for good on Caden Hodges’ solo home run in the top of the first, then added two runs on back-to-back RBI doubles by Blake Stanley and Breen in the second.

  • Grayson hammers Fort by 10

     MEADOWS – Grayson County ended the game on a quick-action double play last Friday to roll over Fort Chiswell, 16-6, in a Mountain Empire District game shortened to five innings because of the 10-run rule.

    The Pioneers were fighting to prolong the game and leadoff batter Anderson singled to greet new Grayson pitcher Shelby Isom. Anderson went to second on a wild pitch and Rorrer followed with a walk. Carroll singled to score Anderson and cut the Grayson lead to 16-6. Collins drew a walk to load the bases with one out.

  • Kennedy named to 4A all-state second team

    Carroll County High School’s Mattie Kennedy has been named to the second team of the Virginia High School League’s all-Group 4A girls’ basketball team, announced by the VHSL last week.

    A junior point guard, Kennedy helped lead Carroll County to a 23-5 record, the Conference 24 championship, a runner-up finish in the Region 4A North tournament and a spot in the Group 4A state quarterfinals.