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High School

  • 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.

  • Maroon Tide sweeps Warriors

     The failed alley-oop attempt from Justin Hash to Lawrence Parsons resulted in a quick exit for both players and a short but to-the-point sermon taken from the Book of Verl.

    Far be it from the two Galax players to do any backsliding.

    Upon re-entering the game, Parsons cruised along the baseline when he received a more conventional bounce pass from Hash, took one dribble and rattled the rafters with a two-handed flush, completing a three-point play to highlight a 75-44 trouncing of Chilhowie in a nondistrict game Tuesday night.

  • Maroon Tide boys topple Graham, Galax girls knock off Bland County

    Galax used double-digit advantages in the first and fourth quarters to roll to a  49-33 Mountain Empire District girls’ win over Bland County Friday in Galax.

    The Maroon Tide (8-6 overall, 2-0 district) outscored the Bears a combined 35-15 in the two periods to remain unbeaten in MED play.

  • McKinney’s 21 leads Tide boys

     Galax jumped out to a huge first-quarter lead and opened Mountain Empire District play Friday with a 78-43 win over Narrows.

    The Maroon Tide (8-1 overall, 1-0 district) never trailed after holding the Green Wave (5-5, 0-1) to eight first-quarter points.

    Galax led 6-5 when it embarked on a 23-3 run over a stretch of nine minutes spanning the first and second quarters. Brock Cox drained a 3-pointer and Devonte McKinney hit a layup and free throw to ignite a run of 14 straight Maroon Tide points as Galax took a 23-8 lead into the second period.

  • Rodgers, Devils edge Cavs

     HILLSVILLE –– It was basketball’s version of a dive play on fourth-and-goal at the 1.

    Grayson County’s Mikey Rodgers took an inbounds pass at midcourt with 3.8 seconds left and barged through the Carroll County defense, rolling in a layup at the buzzer to lift the Blue Devils to a 70-68 win in a nondistrict boys’ game Wednesday night.

  • Grayson County girls barely miss chance at first victory

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County came within a whisker of snapping a 42-game losing streak but fell to Holston 39-37 in a nondistrict girls’ basketball game Wednesday.

    Holston (4-5), which had ended its own string of 100-plus straight defeats earlier in the year, took a two-point lead on Faith Ritchie’s free throw with 18 seconds remaining.

    Grayson County (0-7) had a chance to send the game into overtime but was off the mark at the buzzer.

  • Tide finally finishes Trojans

     SPARTA, N.C. –– Galax saw a 21-point lead dwindle to two then grow again to 25 as the Maroon Tide took an 89-65 nondistrict win over Alleghany, N.C., Wednesday night.

    Galax (5-0) was about as good as it could be for the first 8:46 but slowly coughed up nearly every bit of a 21-point cushion before pulling away down the stretch.

  • Gambill, Alleghany down Galax

     SPARTA, N.C. –– Kennedy Gambill nearly outscored Galax by herself, pouring in 39 points to lead Alleghany past the Maroon Tide 67-40 in the Alleghany Showcase tournament Wednesday.

    Gambill, a junior guard, knocked down six 3-pointers and was 15-of-19 from the foul line as the Trojans improved to 6-3 on the year. Galax saw its record even at 4-4.