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Community Sports

  • 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.
  • '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.
  • 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.
  • Tide great pays visit to coach
    Tim Beamer, a world-class sprinter who played football with the Buffalo Bills and other pro teams during the 1970s, came to town on Tuesday to thank his first coach, Joe Lindsey. At the Lindsey home in Galax, Beamer wrapped his coach in a bear hug and said, “Thank you for giving me a chance, coach. It changed my life.”
  • Clark, Shupe honored at Bob Jones U.
    GREENVILLE, S.C. –– Former Twin County basketball players Madison Shupe and Rachel Clark were both named PlanFIRST players of the game recently for Bob Jones University. Shupe, a freshman sports management major from Fries, earned the honor after a 63-39 Bob Jones win over Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Fla., and Clark, a sophomore Biblical counseling major from Galax, was recognized following the Bruins’ 72-70 home win over Johnson University. Shupe and Clark played their prep ball for the State Line Rush homeschool team.
  • Carroll HOF introduces newest members
    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County High School honored its fifth athletic hall of fame class Friday as Ryan Gravley, Lindsay Martin and Chuck Thompson were inducted between the boys’ and girls’ varsity games against Glenvar.
  • Brown, Walker winners in 5K
    Staff reports A pair of 16-year-olds took the top two spots and teenagers claimed five of the top 10 finishing positions at the Galax Autumn Days 5K, co-sponsored by Galax Parks and Recreation and Twin County Regional Healthcare on Oct. 21 at Felts Park. Nathan Brown and Charles Walker were within a few paces of one another heading down the stretch with Brown pulling off a two-second win over Walker with a winning time of 17 minutes and 6 seconds. The two placed third (Walker) and fourth a year ago.