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High School

  • Bats awaken late in Devil win

    INDEPENDENCE –– With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning and Grayson County having collected a grand total of zero hits up to that point, Dylan Isom was rung up by the plate umpire on a called third strike.

    Good thing for the Blue Devils that it was really only strike two.

    With the at-bat still alive, two pitches later Isom later poked a single over the shortstop’s head for Grayson’s first hit, sparking a three-run rally as the Blue Devils took a 4-0 nondistrict win Wednesday over Pulaski County at GNB Park.

  • Rutherford fans 13 in 3-1 Grayson County win

     INDEPENDENCE –– Tyler Rutherford tossed a complete-game three-hitter as Grayson County took a 3-1 win over Radford in a nondistrict game Tuesday.

    Rutherford didn’t allow an earned run while striking out 13 Bobcats.

    Grayson County (2-1) took the lead for good in the bottom of the second when Dustin Leonard led off with a single, stole second and scored on a two-out error. Spencer Roberts added an RBI single in the fifth.

  • Galax takes two from Bland

    BASTIAN –– It was Galax girls’ soccer coach Troy Barkley’s supposition that it was just good for his players to get back on the field. Even if a lot of the field got on them.

    Having played just once through the end of March, the Maroon Tide opened its Mountain Empire District season in conditions more commonly seen on fall Friday nights after a hurricane had passed through, with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, snow flurries flying about from time to time and standing water covering large portions of the playing field.

  • Sorry, there’s no VCU in Region C

    A little winter housecleaning…

    Having just watched VCU step over Kansas to reach the Final Four, two thoughts come to mind:

    First, I imagine those Shaka Smart Basketball Camp slots are starting to fill up rather quickly.

    Second, though there may be a place for a team that has no place in the NCAA tournament, there should be no place for a team that has no place in the Region C or Region IV tournaments.

  • Brown honored in region, state

    Galax boys’ basketball coach Verl Brown has been named the coach of the year in both the region and the state after leading the Maroon Tide to the first state championship in program history.

    Brown, in his 14th season as the Tide head coach, guided Galax to a 26-2 record in 2010-11, winning the Mountain Empire, Region C Division 1 and Group A Division 1 championships.

  • Maroon Tide batters Buffaloes

     FLOYD –– Travis Garvey and Travis Cockerham each launched a two-run home run Thursday as Galax pounded Floyd County 14-2 in a five-inning, nondistrict baseball game.

    The Maroon Tide (2-1) jumped on the Buffaloes for eight runs in the first two innings without the long-ball fireworks. Garvey cracked his two-run shot in the fourth and Cockerham added his in the fifth.

    Garvey also doubled and was 2-for-2 with four RBIs for Galax. Cockerham drove in three and was 3-for-4 while Jacob Woodel and Jonathon Alouf were each 2-for-3.

  • Warriors take opener from Tide

     It was a little uncommon that of Chilhowie’s nine players, none had a single-digit uniform number. The Warriors’ offensive totals were like that, too.

    Chilhowie turned 14 hits into 13 runs and raced past Galax 13-1 in a nondistrict softball game Friday at Mountain View Park.

    The Warriors did their damage with a trio of four-run outbursts, coming in the third, fourth and sixth innings.

  • STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE, SCORES

     STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS


    Group A Division 1 boys

    Quarterfinals

    Page County 66, Surry County 63

    Hurley 58, Eastern Montgomery 57

    Luray 64, Chesterfield Community 53

    Galax 50, Twin Springs 44

    Thursday at VCU

    Semifinals

    Page County (20-8) vs. Hurley (25-3), 1 p.m.

    Luray (22-4) vs. Galax (24-2), 5 p.m.

    Friday at VCU

  • Galax heads east in search of first hoops title

    \Walking into Galax High School on Monday, one could hear the announcement from principal Bill Sutherland giving students instructions on how to get a game ticket and a spot on the bus for the over-nighter being planned for later in the week.

    A stroll into the gym, and one could see Maroon Tide players Lawrence Parsons, Austin Pack and Devonte McKinney slamming home alley-oop passes from the little guys in P.E. class (some more successfully than others).

  • Bitter end something to build on

    BRISTOL –– Facing a potent inside threat and a pair of lightning-quick guards, Galax hoped to force J.I. Burton into early foul trouble, cutting the workload in half.

    It was the Black Raiders doing the dividing and conquering.

    Burton took advantage of some serious early foul trouble by the Tide and got an unexpected – and career-high – 22 points from Jessica Hensley to knock off the Maroon Tide 59-46 in the Group A Division 1 quarterfinals Saturday at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den.