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High School

  • State-bound Statesmen end Grayson County’s year

    RINGGOLD — Randolph-Henry got on the board early and often and held off a late Grayson County rally as the Statesmen beat the Blue Devils 11-5 in the VHSL Region 2A West baseball semifinals Wednesday evening at Dan River High School.

    Randolph-Henry (20-3) scored four runs over the first two innings — two in each inning. Drew Jackson and Cameron Vassar had RBIs in the first inning, with Jackson smacking a double into left-center, while Derek Horvath and Josh Jones had RBIs in the second inning.

    “Gave me room to breathe,” Horvath said.

  • Blue Devils batter Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Once into the second level of the softball postseason, games commonly come down to a late squeeze bunt, or one defensive miscue, or one big swing of the bat.

    Hitting through the order in consecutive innings will get the job done too, if one is into that sort of thing.

  • Tide boys 4th at region track

    RADFORD –– Led by an MVP performance by one of its individuals, Galax will send its largest contingent to the state track and field meet in more than a decade, while Grayson County brought home an individual championship in its region meet.

    In what coach Tony Quesenberry labeled “an incredible day” for his program, the Maroon Tide earned one region title, three runner-up finishes and earned points in 11 events at the Region 1A West championships Saturday at Radford University’s Cupp Stadium.

  • Auburn ends Maroon Tide’s season

    RINER –– For a second straight season, the Auburn softball team is on the cusp of qualifying for the state tournament for the first time in school history. 

    The difference is that this year’s team is hitting on all cylinders. 

    The Eagles cruised to a 10-0 slaughter rule win against Galax in the 1A West Region quarterfinals on Monday, scoring five runs in the fifth inning to end the game early. 

    Auburn (21-3) played Honaker in the region semifinals Tuesday with a berth in the state tournament on the line. 

  • Hanks, Davis continue on, team ousted

    Galax was eliminated from the team competition but will continue on with its singles and doubles play as the Region 1A West girls’ tennis tournament got under way Friday at Felts Park.

    Radford scored a 5-2 win over the Maroon Tide in the team competition, but Galax’s Paige Hanks and Susan Davis are still alive in their respective disciplines. Playing their third match of the day, Hanks and Davis won their doubles quarterfinal match with a straight-set win over Auburn’s Montana Hill and Jenny Sjostrand.

  • Bengals send Carroll County packing

    BASSETT –– The road to the state tournament just got a lot longer for Carroll County.

    Bassett used a pair of doubles in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and walk off with a 3-2 win in the Conference 24 softball championship game Friday at Bassett High School.

    The Cavaliers (14-9) now face a 230-mile slog to Mineral to face Conference 23 champion Louisa County in the first round of the Region 4A North tournament. Bassett (15-8) will host Conference 23 runner-up Fluvanna in its quarterfinal game.

  • Blue Devils hold on to big lead, drop Richlands in 5

    INDEPENDENCE –– In its final regular season game last week, Grayson County unloaded for six runs in the second inning for a 7-0 lead, only to give up 10 unanswered runs in a 10-7 loss to Glenvar. It took just one game for the Blue Devils to get a second chance to make a huge inning stand up.

  • Tide plays on as conference runner-up

    EMORY –– Galax did what it had to do to move on to the next round. It very nearly made it so that move was a short one.

  • Galax survives PH ace but falls to Chilhowie in finals

     EMORY – When Chilhowie High School left fielder Ellen Vance settled under a pop fly off the bat of Galax’s Ally Bartlett and the ball plunked into her glove, it marked the final out and a first for her team. 

    Chilhowie claimed the biggest win in the history of the school’s softball program – and took home the first title trophy – on Wednesday with a 7-1 victory over Galax in the finals of the Mountain West Conference tournament at Patrick Henry High School. 

  • Cavs win big in softball, fall in baseball

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County scored 17 runs in the first two innings and went on to hammer William Fleming 21-0 in five innings Monday in the West Division of the Conference 24 softball quarterfinals.

    Carroll County (13-8) will host an East Division opponent in the conference semifinals Wednesday at 5 p.m.