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High School

  • Radford cruises past Galax

    BRISTOL –– It hasn’t mattered a great deal over the years whether Radford is in Group AA, Group A or Division 2. Now competing in Group 1A, the Bobcats are still A-1.

  • Honaker, Ray finish strong to oust Galax

    BRISTOL –– Megan Ray might be the only high school basketball player who uses a jumpshot technique at the free throw line. Thursday, Ray jumpstarted her Honaker team when it needed her the most.

    In a nip-and-tuck battle with a Group 1A state tournament berth on the line, Ray scored 12 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter to elevate Honaker past Galax 54-48 in the Region 1A West semifinals at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den.

  • Grayson Co. goes through Graham to reach regionals

     RICHLANDS –– Grayson County rallied from a 38-31 fourth quarter deficit by pouring in 30 points in the final eight minutes and racing past Graham 61-51 in the Conference 39 semifinals Thursday at Richlands Middle School.

    Grayson County (16-8) avenged two regular-season losses by a total of six points to the G-Girls and locked up a bid to the Region 2A West tournament with the win.

  • Cavalier girls play on as the Conference 24 runner-up

    ROANOKE –– William Fleming used runs of 13-0 and 9-0 in the first half to take a 35-23 halftime lead and the Colonels went on to claim the Conference 24 girls basketball championship with a 58-49 win Friday over Carroll County.

    The end of the 13-point spurt boosted William Fleming (18-6) into a 22-14 lead but Carroll County battled back to within three points, cutting the gap to 26-23 on a Keely Lundy 3-pointer.

    The Colonels scored the final nine points of the half and were never in serious danger the rest of the way.

  • Carroll boys topple Glass, fall in Conference 24 finals

    DANVILLE –– Twenty-four hours after one of Carroll County’s best efforts of the season, George Washington put the Cavaliers through one of their most disappointing.

    A night after upending E.C. Glass to earn a spot in the Region 4A North tournament, Carroll County could do little to halt a series of overpowering runs by the Eagles, who coasted to a 74-40 win in the Conference 24 championship game Friday on G.W.’s court.

  • Galax stifles Warriors in semis

    WYTHEVILLE –– The way it has been playing defense as of late, if Galax can put 40 points on the board it stands a pretty good chance of coming away with a win. The Maroon Tide nearly had that covered by halftime in its Conference 46 semifinal win Thursday over Chilhowie.

    Holding an opponent in the 30s for the fourth time in its last five games, Galax had enough points on the board by intermission to get the job done, hammering Chilhowie 66-36 at George Wythe High School.

  • Catron, Chilhowie too much for Maroon Tide girls

    WYTHEVILLE –– Thanks to Radford’s upset of Covington in the Conference 45 championship game Friday, Chilhowie fans will get to see two 2,000-point scorers go head-to-head in the Region 1A West tournament’s first round this week.

    That’s just fine for Galax, because seeing one was one too many Friday night.

    Danielle Catron scored 30 of her 31 points in the first three quarters and Chilhowie held off repeated comeback attempts by Galax as the Warriors hung on for a 67-60 win in the Conference 46 title game at George Wythe High School.

  • Maroon Tide bombs way to title

    WYTHEVILLE –– George Wythe’s gym is notoriously a hot, stuffy place. But Friday night it was on fire for Galax.

    After a slow start the Maroon Tide shot the lights out the rest of the night, particularly from long range, and cooked George Wythe 54-35 on the Maroons’ home floor to win the inaugural Conference 46 boys’ basketball championship.

    Both teams advance to this week’s Region 1A West tournament. Galax (17-4) will host Narrows on Tuesday while George Wythe (14-10) travels to Radford.

  • Tide’s Sawyers, Carroll’s Rotella place

    SALEM –– The three Twin County wrestling programs sent a total of six competitors to their respective state wrestling tournaments Friday and Saturday, and three wrestlers came home with top-five finishes after two days of competition at the Salem Civic Center.

    Caleb Spurlin (see above story) won the state championship in the 220-pound weight class in the Group 1A event. Teammate Jontae Sawyers worked back from a first-round loss to claim third in the 113-pound class and Jack Vaughan finished eighth in the 160-pound class.

  • Senate panel again sacks homeschool sports bill

    The Virginia Senate Education and Health Committee has been a field of nightmares for perennial legislation to let home-school students play public sports.
    And it was again on Friday.
    On a 9-6 party-line vote, the Democrat-run panel voted down Del. Rob Bell’s version of the so-called “Tim Tebow” bill.
    As it did this year, the measure named for the onetime pro football quarterback now pursuing an NFL return had previously cleared the House of Delegates only to get sacked in the Senate.