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High School

  • Cannaday to test D-I waters

    INDEPENDENCE –– There is a fairly impressive list of basketball players to have played their high school ball in the Twin Counties. The list of those who have gone on to play in Division I is considerably shorter.

    But that list recently grew by one name.

  • Tide pulls away for win; Devils win 21-0

    NARROWS –– Galax broke open a one-run game with seven runs over the final three innings, pulling away from Narrows 13-5 in a Mountain Empire District game Wednesday.

    The Green Wave had just scored to pull to within 6-5 entering the fifth but Galax began distancing itself at that point, starting with a two-run Chase Garvey double for an 8-5 Tide lead. Garvey scored on Stew Merdian’s base hit to widen the gap to 9-5.

    Austin Lumpkin singled to drive in a pair of runs in a four-run Galax seventh.

  • Grayson Co. quarterback makes Wise decision

    INDEPENDENCE –– It’s kind of difficult to envision Max Rodgers as some half-lit middle-aged dude. It’s more difficult for Rodgers to envision himself that way. So for now, Rodgers is just going to enjoy having the chance to play football a few more years.

    The Grayson County senior quarterback committed to play at UVa-Wise recently, ending a recruiting process that included some serious Division I consideration and some equally-serious disappointment along the way.

  • Maroon Tide wins fifth straight; Cavaliers stay hot

    MAX MEADOWS –– Drama is overrated, anyway.

    For the second game in a row Galax batted around in the top of the first inning, pushing eight runs across Tuesday at Fort Chiswell, and breezed to an 18-2, five-inning win in a Mountain Empire District game.

    The Maroon Tide (8-8) sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the first and scored six runs with two outs for its early eight-run lead.

  • Grayson County overtakes Pioneers with five-run seventh

    MAX MEADOWS –– Down to its final out, Grayson County scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and swiped a 7-5 win from Fort Chiswell in a Mountain Empire District baseball game Friday.

    The Blue Devils trailed 5-0 entering the sixth inning before cutting two runs off of the lead heading into the seventh. Isaac Osborne led off the seventh with a single to spark the rally and Matt Cornett walked, after which a fielder’s choice and three Fort Chiswell errors brought in a run.

  • Maroon Tide boys suffer first defeat

    BLUEFIELD, W.Va. –– Graham dealt Galax its first loss of the year in boys’ soccer, edging the Maroon Tide 4-3 Thursday at the East River Soccer Complex.

    The Maroon Tide entered the Mountain Empire District contest 10-0-1. Graham improved to 8-3 with the victory.

    Nathan Figueroa converted a corner kick from Alex Aiello for the G-Men’s first goal and Graham took the 1-0 lead into the half. Will Olive, Sam Stowers and Aiello all scored for Graham, with Aiello assisting on two G-Men scores.

  • New bleachers needed, but replacing could be costly

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County School Board members will decide whether to put any funds towards new bleachers at the aging football complex during next month’s regular meeting.
    Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant spoke about the need to make a decision on where the board planned to spend the roughly $206,000 in leftover grant funds from the school division’s recent athletic field and facilities renovations project.

  • Galax boys hammer Pioneers, Wave

    Galax’s boys’ soccer team upped its overall record to 10-0-1 and did so in a big way, scoring 18 goals in a pair of Mountain Empire District matches last week.

    Galax 9, Fort Chiswell 1: The Maroon Tide began its two-game scoring spree Wednesday with an easy win in Max Meadows.

    Seven different players had at least one goal each for Galax, including a hat trick by Mario Carranza.

    Sebastian Gomez, Emeterio Arce, Isaac Tracy, Edgar Guzman, Denver Nuckolls and Andres Moreno also scored for Galax.

  • Bland stuns Tide; Floyd rallies past Cavs

    BASTIAN –– Don’t go to sleep on Bland County. The Bears are playing some baseball.

    Aaron Rose limited Galax to one unearned run on five hits as Bland pulled out a 3-1 Mountain Empire District win Tuesday afternoon. The Bears improved to 6-3-1 with the victory, dropping Galax to 4-7.

    Bland County scored single runs in each the first, third and fifth innings and held off a late Galax threat to seal the win.

  • Shupe, Callahan light it up in wins for Tide, Blue Devils

    Grayson County and Galax each pounded their way to easy Mountain Empire District softball wins Tuesday.

    Both teams had sluggers step up throughout their lineups, but none had more fun at the plate than the Blue Devils’ Chelsie Callahan and the Maroon Tide’s Madison Shupe.

    The two racked up a combined 12 RBIs in their separate games, combining for three home runs, three doubles and a triple.