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Today's Sports

  • Cavaliers edge Marion 4-3

     HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County was one mistake away from a beauty of a win. As it was, coming out on the good end of a tight ballgame for once was attractive enough in and of itself.

    Marion got all three of its runs on one swing of the bat, but the Cavaliers held on for a 4-3 win in a tidy 90 minutes Wednesday in the first round of the Southwest District tournament at Bill Worrell Field.

    The win set up a semifinal meeting last night (Thursday) against season champion Tazewell, and also secured the Cavaliers one of the district’s four Region IV tournament spots.

  • Pioneers end Tide’s...

     INDEPENDENCE -- Despite dropping a pair of regular season meetings with Fort Chiswell by a combined margin of 19 runs, Galax knew it was capable of playing on even terms with the Pioneers. That they did, until the final pitch of the game.

    Mark Gallimore’s sacrifice fly plated Hody Viars with the winning run with none out in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday as Fort Chiswell ended Galax’s season with a 4-3 decision in the Mountain Empire District semifinals at the GNB Baseball Complex.

  • Tide boys second in MED track

     MAX MEADOWS -- Twin County athletes took titles in eight of the 15 girls’ events and in six of the boys’ events at the Mountain Empire District track and field championships, concluded Friday at Fort Chiswell High School.

    Galax and Grayson County placed second and third, respectively, in the boys’ team standings behind team champion Fort Chiswell, which amassed 162.5 points. Galax was second with 146 while Grayson finished with 81.5

  • Tide wins soccer title; Blue...

     MAX MEADOWS –– After three tough matches against Fort Chiswell, including a rare district loss, Galax coasted to a win in the fourth meeting, blasting the Pioneers 9-0 in the Mountain Empire District soccer tournament finals Thursday.

    The Maroon Tide improved to 13-2-2 on the year as Edu Rojas, Ismael Hernandez and Jose Rojas each scored two goals.

  • Tide, Devils wrap up titles

     WYTHEVILLE –– Galax avenged its first district loss in years Thursday, coming from behind to defeat Fort Chiswell 3-1 in a playoff for the Mountain Empire District regular season soccer championship at George Wythe High School.

    The Maroon Tide, which finished the 2008 season as the Group A state runner-up, fell behind early but bounced back with goals from Jorge Mendez, Edu Rojas and Ismael Hernandez to improve to 11-2-2 on the season.

  • Tide girls edge Grayson, force...

     It took a week, but Galax fought its way back into title contention.

    In a girls’ tennis match that was suspended last Thursday, Galax held off Grayson County 5-4 Wednesday afternoon, forcing a three-way playoff for the Mountain Empire District regular season championship.

    Galax played Bland County yesterday (Thursday) in Wytheville, with the winner taking on Grayson County today for the crown.

  • Course record falls in 10K

     Ideal running conditions led to a new course record, while Galax High School’s distance program was well-represented at the New River Trail-Dr. Ed Dannelly III 10K Run, sponsored by the Galax Parks and Recreation Department.

    David Cheromei, a 29-year-old from Marion, trimmed more than two and a half minutes off the existing record, set in 2003, in winning the event by nearly six minutes with a finishing time of 31 minutes, 16 seconds.

    Linda Kidder, 52, improved her finishing position by two spots to take the female overall title with a time of 45:38.

  • 17th straight title must wait

     PULASKI -- A year of living dangerously finally caught up with Grayson County.

    After winning five district games by a combined six runs, the Blue Devils couldn’t overcome five errors and suffered just its third Mountain Empire District loss in more than a decade, falling to Narrows 9-4 Wednesday night at Calfee Park.

    Grayson County still controlled its own destiny in the MED race but needed a win Thursday at Bland County to secure its 17th consecutive regular season championship.

  • Playing on the big field

     The boy hadn’t broken out the wristband in years. Not since a couple of summers after his grandpa had passed away.

    On one side of the Nike swoosh, he had taken a Sharpie pen and scrawled his grandpa’s initials. On the other side of the swoosh was a 21, the number the elder gentleman had worn when he was a high school baseball coach.

    The handmade memorial showed its age. After all, it had been almost seven years.

  • Thomas, Cavaliers near perfect

     MARION –– Carroll County blew open a tight game with a six-run seventh inning and Rebecca Thomas flirted with perfection as the Cavaliers took an 8-0 win over Marion in a Southwest District softball game Thursday.

    Thomas retired the first 20 batters she faced until Brooke Pennington reached on an error with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Thomas still finished with a no-hitter, striking out 14 of the 22 batters she faced.