http://www.galaxgazette.com/sports/rss.xml en Nester commits to N.C State http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/nester-commits-nc-state <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nester2.jpg" alt="Carroll County pitcher Sydney Nester made a verbal commitment Monday to play softball for N.C. State." title="Carroll County pitcher Sydney Nester made a verbal commitment Monday to play softball for N.C. State." align="left" hspace="6" width="54" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">HILLSVILLE &ndash;&ndash;&nbsp;Carroll County pitcher Sydney Nester has barely advanced past her first year of high school, but the 15-year-old phenom is pretty certain where she wants to be in her first year in college.</span></p> <p> Nester, the hard-throwing freshman who helped lead the Cavaliers to the Group 4A state softball championship June 13, made a verbal commitment to attend North Carolina State, capping a three-week period of time that has been nothing short of the stuff of dreams.</p> Scholarship to benefit Grayson youth http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/scholarship-benefit-grayson-youth <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pauley1.jpg" alt="Taylor “Tator” Pauley was on the mound just hours before an ATV accident claimed his life May 3. A scholarship fund has been established in his name to help cover expenses for youth baseball players in Grayson County." title="Taylor “Tator” Pauley was on the mound just hours before an ATV accident claimed his life May 3. A scholarship fund has been established in his name to help cover expenses for youth baseball players in Grayson County." align="left" hspace="6" width="103" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Taylor Pauley&rsquo;s dream was to some day play in the major leagues. In his memory, hopes are that countless Grayson County boys will get a boost playing in their local leagues.</span></p> Carroll duo headline all-4A team http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/carroll-duo-headline-all-4a-team <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nesters.jpg" alt="Carroll County pitcher Sydney Nester (left) was voted the Group 4A state player of the year and a first-team all-state pitcher, while Cavalier coach Rick Nester was named the state’s 4A coach of the year." title="Carroll County pitcher Sydney Nester (left) was voted the Group 4A state player of the year and a first-team all-state pitcher, while Cavalier coach Rick Nester was named the state’s 4A coach of the year." align="left" hspace="6" width="155" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Rick Nester is a lifelong baseball man who has been coaching varsity softball for three years. Sydney Nester is a ninth-grader who has been playing varsity softball for all of three months.</span></p> <p> Both have found their relatively new surroundings much to their liking.</p> <p> Though the two Nesters aren&rsquo;t related genetically, they are inexorably linked competitively, having been named the Group 4A state player of the year and coach of the year, as announced this week by the Virginia High School League.</p> First time, second to none http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/first-time-second-none <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/winner.jpg" alt="The Carroll County softball team rejoices after its 1-0 win over Woodgrove gave the Cavaliers the Group 4A state championship." title="The Carroll County softball team rejoices after its 1-0 win over Woodgrove gave the Cavaliers the Group 4A state championship." align="left" hspace="6" width="132" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">LYNCHBURG &ndash;&ndash; To the discerning reader, a box score can carry a wealth of information. With a bit of help from the mind&rsquo;s eye, two inches of small print can paint a pretty basic picture of how a particular game played out.</span></p> Carroll, Galax win state championships http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/carroll-galax-win-state-championships <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/winners.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="243" height="85" /><p> <em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Complete coverage of state championship results will appear online and in Wednesday&rsquo;s print edition.&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p> <em><br /> </em></p> <p> LYNCHBURG &ndash;&ndash; So this is what it feels like.</p> <p> Carroll County won the first state championship in a team sport in the school&rsquo;s 46-year history Saturday, squeaking past defending champion Woodgrove 1-0 in the Group 4A title game at Liberty University&rsquo;s Kamphius Field.</p> Finally, the finals http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/finally-finals <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/roa5.jpg" alt="Carroll County catcher Caitlin Horton stretches in vain to reach a popped-up bunt early in the Cavaliers’ 3-2 Group 4A semifinal win over Deep Creek." title="Carroll County catcher Caitlin Horton stretches in vain to reach a popped-up bunt early in the Cavaliers’ 3-2 Group 4A semifinal win over Deep Creek." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">LYNCHBURG &ndash;&ndash; Carroll County softball coach Rick Nester found himself in quite the quandary after his team&rsquo;s 3-2 win Friday over Deep Creek in the Group 4A state softball semifinals. His Cavaliers played their way into Saturday&rsquo;s 10 a.m. state title game, and his son had wooed himself into a wedding scheduled months beforehand for later in Saturday afternoon.</span></p> <p> Somebody in Carroll County was going to get a ring Saturday. The only question was, how many somebodies?</p> Giant killers http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/giant-killers-0 <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">INDEPENDENCE &ndash;&ndash; Late last week, after Grayson County had claimed its first-ever region championship trophy in boys&rsquo; tennis, Blue Devil coach Jim Carter said that winning the region was his team&rsquo;s No.1 goal this season.</span></p> <p> A lot can change in four days.</p> Giant killers http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/giant-killers <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/felts.jpg" alt="Darren Felts went three sets – two of them with tiebreakers – to win the clinching team point in Grayson County’s 5-1 state semifinal win Monday over George Mason." title="Darren Felts went three sets – two of them with tiebreakers – to win the clinching team point in Grayson County’s 5-1 state semifinal win Monday over George Mason." align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">INDEPENDENCE &ndash;&ndash; Late last week, after Grayson County had claimed its first-ever region championship trophy in boys&rsquo; tennis, Blue Devil coach Jim Carter said that winning the region was his team&rsquo;s No.1 goal this season.</span></p> <p> A lot can change in four days.</p>