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  • Steady as She Goes

    RADFORD –– Among the competitors at Thursday’s Group A singles final four, Paige Hanks wasn’t the kid with the blazing or bending serve. She wasn’t the one with the powerful topspin forehand, the indefensible overhand smash or the whizzing cross court backhand.

    Paige Hanks was the player who ran down just about everything that came her way. She was the one that wouldn’t let a point die an easy death. The one that, in contradiction to tennis nomenclature, forced a ton of unforced errors by her mere persistence. 

  • Pair of one-hit wonders

    BRISTOL –– Honaker catcher and Yale-bound scholar Jacob Mitchell called it one of the single greatest individual performances he has ever seen. The future Ivy Leaguer needed to be a little more specific. His superlative could have fit a couple of different guys.

  • Maroon Tide earns state berth

    RADFORD –– The Galax boys’ soccer team plays with heart. It plays with brains. The team plays with backbone, and it plays with guts.

    Wednesday night it played with…scapula?

    A shoulder blade-guided goal was just one of the numerous ways in which the Maroon Tide found the net as Galax demolished Auburn 9-0 in the Region 1A West semifinals at Norman Lineburg Field on the Radford High School campus.

  • Grayson must be living right

    INDEPENDENCE –– Anyone who has been around the game of baseball long enough knows that the sport has its own set of gods. They are nameless, lower-case ‘g’ types, but higher powers they are, nonetheless. They demand reverence for the game, and they have a poor sense of humor to boot.

  • Former coach convicted of...

    WYTHEVILLE — Howard S. Ingo, a former football coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools, was convicted of a “corporal punishment” violation, a Class 4 misdemeanor, and ordered to pay a fine of $100.

    Ingo appeared in the Wythe County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on May 27 for a trial.

    According to news reports, Ingo allegedly made a football player wear chains across his chest and carry 50-pound weights while walking on the football field.

  • Grayson, Hill bounce back

    INDEPENDENCE –– Whether it’s a bicycle or a horse, it’s always best for one to get back on as soon as possible after having been thrown off.

    A pitching mound is no different.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: May 25-31

     2009

    Grayson County rallied with four runs in the seventh inning to stun Holston 8-7 in Region C softball quarters. Seven errors helped Holston take a 7-4 lead into the seventh. Holston committed four errors in the seventh, with the only base hit being the game-winning RBI single by Cortney Halsey.

    Jessup Lambert allowed two hits as Grayson County blanked Patrick Henry 8-0 in the Region C quarterfinals. 

     

    2004

  • Two matches, no match

    WYTHEVILLE –– It’s not a misprint. Just a mismatch. 

    Galax outscored its two opponents a combined 20-0 Tuesday and Wednesday to win the inaugural Conference 46 boys’ soccer tournament championship, in the process earning an opening-round home game in next week’s Region 1A West tournament.

    Galax notched a surprisingly easy 8-0 win over host George Wythe in the championship match Wednesday night, 24 hours after tallying a dozen goals in a semifinal shutout of Patrick Henry-Glade Spring.

  • Tide breezes through first round

    After jumping on Patrick Henry for five first-inning runs in a 10-0 Conference 46 baseball quarterfinal win Saturday, Galax never looked back. After a discouraging and sometimes heartbreaking school year for the boys from Glade Spring, the youthful Rebels can only look forward.

  • Grayson County reclaims No. 1

    HILLSVILLE –– Grayson County players didn’t realize it at the time Friday, but they were playing for the No. 1 seed that they thought they had already secured for this week’s Conference 39 softball tournament. There may be a squealer lurking among the Blue Devil crowd, because they played with an urgency as if they knew it all along.

    Grayson County scored single runs in each of the final four innings, including twice with the game hanging in the balance, and escaped Carroll County after an eight-inning battle with a 7-6 nonconference win.