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High School

  • Cavs edge Grayson in 10 innings

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County forced extra innings with a dramatic seventh-inning rally, but Carroll County pushed across a single run in the top of the 10th inning to edge the Blue Devils 3-2 in a nondistrict game Thursday at the Grayson County Rec. Park.

  • Parsons named state’s best

    Lawrence Parsons didn’t have the greatest introduction to high school basketball. The conclusion to his time at Galax couldn’t be much better.

    Three years after being cut from the JV team, Parsons was named the Virginia High School Coaches’ Association Group A player of the year last week after leading the Maroon Tide to its second straight Division 1 state championship.

  • Martin named all-Group AA

    There was plenty of good to go around during the 2011-12 Twin County high school basketball season. Enough to last well into the summer, as it turns out.

    Postseason accolades continue to find their way to all three area schools in the form of all-state teams, all-area teams and all-star team selections.

  • Galax goes yard to win opener

     Galax used a grand slam and a three-run homer to overcome a six-run deficit and the Maroon Tide opened its 2012 season with a 12-8 win over Pulaski County in a nondistrict game Tuesday at Felts Park.

    The Cougars (3-1) took a 6-0 lead after the second inning before the Maroon Tide used the long ball to start its comeback. Eddie Hanks clubbed a three-run homer in the fourth and Chandler Quesenberry clubbed a grand slam to left in the fifth to knot the score at 8-8.

  • East Rock too much for Galax

    RICHMOND –– The road to Richmond started for Galax’s seniors when they were promising but marginally successful freshmen. It started for the Maroon Tide’s coach when he was a half a world away.

    That long journey came to a dead end on Thursday, one exit short.

    East Rockingham simply proved to be too much for the Maroon Tide to handle as the deep, talented and seasoned Eagles eliminated Galax 59-40 in the Group A Division 1 girls’ semifinals at VCU’s Siegel Center.

  • No miracle, just manpower in semifinal win

    RICHMOND –– Once again, Galax found itself trailing by seven points under the bright lights of the Siegel Center, a chance to play in the state championship game on the line.

    This time around, no miraculous finish was necessary.

    Down 34-27 early in the second half, Galax worked itself into a three-point lead by the start of the fourth quarter and then owned the final eight minutes to roll to a 64-54 win over upstart Charles City in the Group A Division 1 semifinals.

  • Tide girls reach final four

    BRISTOL –– Galax went to great lengths to prepare for the team that ended its season in the 2011 state quarterfinals.

    It had to wait a little longer than the final buzzer for that preparation to pay off.

    Cherish Forney missed a free throw with no time on the clock and the Maroon Tide survived, knocking off defending Group A Division 1 champion J.I. Burton, 46-45, in state quarterfinal play Saturday at Virginia High.

  • State tournament primer – the good, the less good and the freakin’ awesome

    Two hundred and thirty-five down, 70 to go.

    Virginia’s state basketball tournaments, all 10 of them, get under way tonight, and though ‘states’ aren’t nearly as exclusive as they were even a few years ago, five boys’ teams and five girls’ teams will stand out among the Commonwealth’s 315 public high schools next week as state basketball champions. That’s still pretty special.

  • STATE PREVIEW – Galax begins defense of title

    Two years ago, Castlewood eliminated Galax in the first round of the Group A Division 1 state tournament. The Maroon Tide hasn’t lost a postseason game since.

    The reigning state champions will begin defense of their title at 7 p.m. tonight when the Tide takes on Region D runner-up Castlewood in the state quarterfinals at the Salem Civic Center.

  • STATE PREVIEW – Carroll looks to take next step

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County doesn’t know a great deal about Staunton River, which is a normal circumstance for this time of year. The Cavaliers know Salem well enough, though, having topped the Spartans for the Region IV girls’ championship, and the Eagles can draw several comparisons to Salem.

    Carroll County (22-4) faces Staunton River (16-9) bright and early Saturday morning at the Salem Civic Center, tipping off at 11 a.m. in the Group AA Division 4 girls’ quarterfinals.