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High School

  • 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.

  • Galax sweeps doubleheader from G-Men

     Galax enjoyed a laugher and endured a squeaker, but came away with a pair of wins by sweeping Graham 16-1 and 1-0 in a Mountain Empire District baseball double header Thursday at Felts Park.

    Dante Ravenell continued to ride a power surge that has seen him hit three home runs in the span of a week. Ravenell belted a three-run homer and added a two-run double to pace Galax to the blowout win in the opener, which was stopped after four innings on the 10-run rule.

  • Galax, Reynolds make short work of Graham

    Thanks to a couple of big innings on offense, Galax didn’t need to be perfect on defense. The Maroon Tide came pretty close nonetheless.

    Maroon Tide pitcher Hayley Reynolds and her D allowed one baserunner in five innings and Galax kept pace with league-leading Grayson County by rolling over Graham 10-0 in a brief Mountain Empire District game Thursday at Mountain View Park.

    The Maroon Tide needed barely an hour to improve to 5-9 overall, 4-1 in the MED, one game back in the district standings.

  • Tide, Devils split key MED wins

    Galax and Grayson County split a pair of evenly-contested tennis matches Thursday, with Grayson’s boys knocking off Galax 6-3 and the Maroon Tide girls edging the Blue Devils 5-4.

    The visiting team was the winner in both matches and each has a key hurdle out of the way en route to their respective Mountain Empire District season championships.

  • Abingdon blanks Carroll County

    HILLSVILLE –– Abingdon opened with a scoring flurry and went on to hand Carroll County an 8-0 defeat in a girls’ Southwest District soccer match Tuesday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    The Falcons (7-2) got a goal every two minutes, including two by Kara Garrett, for the match’s first eight minutes and took a 6-0 lead into the half.

  • Maroon Tide sweeps in track

    Galax took both the boys’ and girls’ team wins in a nine-school track and field meet Wednesday at Galax High School.

    The Maroon Tide girls claimed seven event wins and outdistanced runner-up Narrows 99-88 in the team standings. Carroll County was third with 79, followed by Graham (72), Grayson County (36), Fort Chiswell (18), Bland County (10), Oak Hill Academy (8) and Bluefield, W.Va. (6).

    Megan Boyles and Allison White were double-winners for the Maroon Tide girls, Boyles winning the 800 and 1600-meter runs and White claiming both hurdles events.

  • Grayson claims key MED win

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County cleared a big early hurdle in its Mountain Empire District baseball schedule, holding off Fort Chiswell 7-6 Friday at GNB Park.

    The Blue Devils (3-6 overall, 2-0 district) led 7-4 when the Pioneers made a charge in the top of the sixth, scoring twice and loading the bases with one out before a 4-6-3 double play ended the threat. Matt Cornett retired the side in the top of the seventh for the complete game win.