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High School

  • Grundy stuns Cavaliers in 2 OT

     HILLSVILLE ––Grundy overcame a 10-point second-half deficit and held on to knock off Carroll County 78-77 in two overtimes Saturday in a Southwest District game.

    The Cavaliers dropped to 10-7 overall with the loss, 6-3 in the district, with two of the three losses coming to the last-place Golden Wave (4-13, 2-6).

    Cody Justus led all scorers with 27 points for Grundy, which trailed by eight with less than five minutes to play in regulation. Ben Rife and Travis Lester added 18 and 17, respectively.

  • Dominant first half lifts Maroon Tide girls to easy win

     INDEPENDENCE –– After falling behind in the opening seconds, Galax scored 31 unanswered points and coasted to a 45-18 win over Grayson County in a Mountain Empire District girls’ game Monday night.

    Lucy Phipps gave Grayson County (0-12 overall, 0-5 MED) its only lead of the night 34 seconds into the game before the Maroon Tide (9-7, 4-0) tossed a shutout the rest of the half. Bailey Shumate shot Galax into the lead with a transition basket and a pair of 3-pointers as the Tide zoomed into a 12-2 lead by the end of the first.

  • Tide rebounds with key MED win

     MAX MEADOWS –– Justin Hash’s 3-pointer with 1:10 to play put Galax in front 64-62 and the Maroon Tide took a critical Mountain Empire District win Thursday night, edging Fort Chiswell 66-62.

    In a week that opened with three teams undefeated in the MED and riding winning streaks of six games apiece, Galax lost a one-point decision to Grayson County on Tuesday but bounced back to deal the Pioneers their first MED loss of the year two nights later.

  • Cavaliers finish strong at Christiansburg tourney

     CHRISTIANSBURG –– Blake Bowman and Jordan Lamb each advanced to the championship finals and Carroll County posted a strong finish as a team at the Big Blue Invitational wrestling tournament, hosted by Christiansburg Friday and Saturday.

    The match of the day came in the 135-pound championship bout, as Bowman beat Logan Bosley of Christiansburg in a violent battle by a 6-5 decision. It is Bowman’s second career title in this event, as he won in 2009 at 130.

  • Galax takes early lead for Wachovia Cup

     CHARLOTTESVILLE –– Galax, Western Albemarle and Cosby lead the Virginia High School League’s Wachovia Cup standings in Group A, AA and AAA following the 2010 fall sports season.

    The Wachovia Cup recognizes the League’s state champions of state champions, the school in each group that performs best in state-level competition across all sports.

  • Rutherford tops 1,000 points in Grayson victory

    FLOYD –– Tyler Rutherford didn’t get all 1,000 of his career points Saturday night. It only seemed that way.

    Rutherford exploded for 40 points and surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career Saturday as Grayson County drilled Floyd County 90-70 in the final game of the Chance Crawford Invitational at Floyd County High School.

    Rutherford, a senior guard, drained seven 3-pointers for the Blue Devils, who had fallen 113-108 to the Buffaloes in the two teams’ first meeting in December.

  • Devils take back-and-forth win

     INDEPENDENCE –– Having seen his team give up a dozen straight points in the second quarter, Grayson County coach Lucas Austin called a timeout and asked his players if they had already quit.

    Turns out that the Blue Devils were just about to get started.

    Playing at home for the first time since before Christmas, Grayson County rallied from 15 points down into a six-point lead by the end of the third quarter Monday and held on down the stretch to eke out a 68-65 nondistrict win over Carroll County.

  • Devils run past Narrows

     NARROWS –– Taking a win at the cozy confines of William Patteson Gymnasium is never an easy task. Even when that win includes a 26-point lead at some time.

    Playing for just the second time in three weeks, Grayson County found itself in a battle for the better part of three quarters before pulling away to a 79-58 victory over Narrows in a Mountain Empire District game Friday night.

  • Change in the air for new year

     Good news-bad news time.

    The good news is that the top of the line composite bat you’ve been coveting for the upcoming baseball season can probably be found at a fraction of its original cost.

    The bad news is that using it anywhere but in the batting cage can result in a two-game suspension.

    The Virginia High School League has thrown the state’s baseball teams a curveball by banning almost all composite bats for the upcoming season in an effort to curb a trend toward more and more potent – and dangerous – bats.

  • Cavs turn Blues inside-out

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County is sound fundamentally and always has a shooter or three lurking on the outside, two things that keep the Cavaliers competitive night-in and night-out. The emergence of an inside presence has made Carroll dangerous.

    Richlands learned that first-hand on Saturday.

    The penetration and outside shooting of Lindsey Martin coupled with the domination by Shyann Dalton in the paint proved a combination too much for Richlands to handle as the Cavaliers claimed a key 54-39 win in a Southwest District game.