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Today's Sports

  • Tide on wrong end of classic

    WYTHEVILLE –– The politically correct and thus more palatable term favored by the VHSL is ‘sudden victory’ overtime. It all depends upon one’s perspective. Radford could certainly go along with the categorization, Galax would strongly disagree.

  • No. 20 sends Galax to state

    WYTHEVILLE –– When Galax boys’ soccer coach Troy Barkley asked his team to come up with a list of goals at the start of the season, ‘reach state tournament’ found its way somewhere on the list. The team winning its first 20 matches did not.

    They got that one anyway.

    Galax improved to 20-0 and punched its ticket to the Group A tournament with a dominant second-half effort, overwhelming Giles 5-1 at George Wythe High School’s Pendleton Field.

  • Durnil, Cavs finish off Bassett

    HILLSVILLE –– After rapping three hits, including a grand slam, and facing two batters more than the minimum after a shaky first inning, Carroll County pitcher Eden Durnil didn’t get to finish off Bassett.

    But Durnil the shortstop did.

    Just having been relieved by Gracie Davidson after the Bengals put three seventh-inning runs on the board, Durnil triggered a 6-4-3 double play on Davidson’s only pitch of the game as the Cavaliers held on for the 12-7 win in the Region IV play-in game Monday at CCHS.

  • Grayson powers to MED title

    A sudden and severe thunderstorm knocked out the Mountain Empire District softball semifinals Wednesday at Mountain View Park. Power was restored on Thursday, in a big way.

    Grayson County belted nine home runs in two games, rolling to the MED title in a condensed one-day conclusion to the event. The Blue Devils pulled away from Galax 11-1 in six innings in the championship game after pounding six home runs in a 17-0, five-inning semifinal win over Narrows.

    Galax reached the title game by holding off Fort Chiswell 7-3 in a contest resumed in the fifth inning.

  • REGION TOURNAMENT RESULTS

     REGION C DIVISION 2 BASEBALL

    Quarterfinals

    Chilhowie 7, Giles 2

    Glenvar 8, Radford 7

    Floyd County 9, James River 6

    Grayson County 4, Fort Chiswell 2

    Semifinals at James River H.S.

    Glenvar 9, Chilhowie 4

    Grayson County 10, Floyd County 2

    Championship at Calfee Park

    Glenvar 7, Grayson County 4

     

    REGION C DIVISION 1 BASEBALL

  • Cavs upset in SWD semis

    HILLSVILLE –– Scoring opportunities like the one Tazewell wasted in the first inning against Carroll County have been few and far between in games between the two this year.

    The Bulldogs didn’t blow their second chance.

    Having come up empty despite three first-inning singles, Tazewell pushed four runs across in a decisive third-inning rally and went on to shut out the Cavaliers 5-0 in the Southwest District softball semifinals Tuesday at CCHS.

  • Injured wrestler still fighting...

    Luke Hampton, an Alleghany County wrestler paralyzed after his spine was injured during a match, is now running his own business and training young grapplers. On Sunday, a free concert in Sparta, N.C., will benefit Alleghany Special Olympics in honor of Hampton.

  • Falcons quiet Cavs for title

    HILLSVILLE –– Three weeks ago, scoring a pair of runs was enough for Carroll County to hand Abingdon its only Southwest District baseball loss of the season. In the rematch, two wouldn’t do.

    Cody Hahn slammed the door shut on the Cavaliers with the Falcon’s holding a 3-2 lead, and Abingdon pulled away to a 5-2 win, clinching the SWD season title Friday at Bill Worrell Field.

    Carroll County could have forced a playoff for the season championship with a win, but will have to settle for the No. 2 spot in this week’s SWD tournament.

  • Cavaliers blank Tazewell

    HILLSVILLE –– As the only two seniors on the Carroll County softball team, Autumn Hill and Ragan Halsey anchor the Cavaliers in a figurative manner. They do so in a more literal sense as the team’s first and third basemen and its No. 3 and 4 hitters.

    Situated in between the two on the diamond, and in the middle of it all Tuesday, was freshman pitcher Gracie Davidson.

    The young Carroll right-hander shut down Tazewell on three hits, striking out nine and walking two as the Cavaliers claimed a 6-0 Southwest District win.

  • Devils, Tide start busy week

    As far as Monday – and only Monday – is concerned, Grayson County’s 5-2 win over Galax was of great importance, a hard-fought win by the Blue Devils over their fellow co-leader in the Mountain Empire District baseball standings.

    But as far as the week as a whole is concerned, “a man’s week,” according to Grayson coach Mike Worrell, Monday’s outcome may turn out to not matter a whit to either team by Saturday evening.