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Community Sports

  • Soccer program's goal is expanding to Carroll
    The Southwest Virginia Rush Soccer Club will host a free soccer mini-camp on Friday, and program director Adam Ritchie says he hopes to spark interest in extending the New River Valley-based program to Carroll County. “[The camp] will hopefully drive interest for the sport. This will be the third year we have hosted this type of camp in Carroll County, and we see more and more growth each year,” he said.
  • Shupe named all-region for Bruins
    GREENVILLE, SC –– The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) has named four players from the Bob Jones University Bruins women’s basketball team to the all-region teams for the South Region. Sarah Thomsen and Kylee Leffew were each voted first-team all-region while guards Sydney Bedsaul and Madison Shupe earned second-team honors.
  • Bryant, Bowman set to enter Carroll hall of fame
    HILLSVILLE –– The Carroll County High School athletic hall of fame will grow by two members later this month as Rod Bryant and Blake Bowman have been selected to join the ranks of former Cavalier greats in an induction ceremony on Jan. 18 at CCHS. Rod Bryant
  • Taylor’s 7-under wins BRCC Invitational
    Skip Taylor fired a 7-under-par for two rounds and won the 55th annual Blue Ridge Country Club Invitational Tournament held recently. Taylor, from Asheville, N.C., and a former winner of the annual tournament, shot a 3-under-par 67 on Saturday and a 66 on Sunday for a total of 133. Tyler Rutherford of Independence, a former player for the Grayson County Blue Devil and Catawba College golf teams, finished second with rounds of 66-70 and a total of 136. J.D. Draker finished third with rounds of 67-71–138. Other winners were:
  • 'King of the Hill' tournament brings community closer
    For the past five years, a basketball tournament in Galax has brought the community together for a day of fun and competition; and participants say it’s about far more than sports. The fifth annual King of the Hill Basketball Tournament took place July 28 at the Rosenwald Felts Community Center in Galax. Rayshawn Tucker, his wife Sarah and Whit Richardson put on the event each year. Basketball was the star attraction, though cornhole, free food and a run through sprinkling water provided by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department were also on order.
  • Va. Blaze wins pair of championships
    LYNCHBURG –– The Virginia Blaze FCA summer travel team pulled off a pair of impressive tournament wins recently, including a championship in the 11th/12th-grade division at the Commonwealth games on the campus of Liberty University. Finishing pool play as the No. 2 seed out of its group, the Blaze opened bracket play with a 38-35 win over Vick4Kids, a team from the Bluefield-Tazewell-Giles area. Trailing by six at the half, the Blaze made enough second-half adjustments to take a late lead and hold on for the win.
  • Strickland earns multiple athletic, academic honors at Ferrum
    FERRUM –– Former Carroll County High School standout Cheyenne Strickland earned a handful of awards during this past season at Ferrum College, for her accomplishments both on the playing field and in the classroom. Strickland, a junior second baseman for the Panthers, was named to the USA South Conference all-East Division first team and also earned a spot on the Virginia Sports Information Directors’ Association all-state second team in the College Division.
  • Huffman, Bowers playing well in BRJGT’s 20th season
    A pair of Galax golfers have stayed near the top of the leaderboard throughout the first four tournaments of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour, as Jetta Huffman and Hunter Bowers have each posted a top-five finish in the 16-18 age group. Huffman and Bowers have each played in three of the four tournaments thus far in the season and neither has placed lower than ninth in any event heading into Monday’s tournament.
  • Freedom Day 5K/Downhill Mile draws 90
    INDEPENDENCE –– The third running of the Freedom Day 5K and Downhill Mile drew a total of 90 competitors to the twin races, held in Downtown Independence on July 4.
  • Huffman, Bowers playing well in BRJGT’s 20th season
    A pair of Galax golfers have stayed near the top of the leaderboard throughout the first four tournaments of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour, as Jetta Huffman and Hunter Bowers have each posted a top-five finish in the 16-18 age group. Huffman and Bowers have each played in three of the four tournaments thus far in the season and neither has placed lower than ninth in any event heading into Monday’s tournament.