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High School

  • Tide tennis falls in semis

    BLACKSBURG –– Galax was the final Class 1 team standing in all three disciplines at last week’s boys’ tennis state tournaments. Unfortunately, the Maroon Tide was rewarded with just some pats on the back and a lot of ‘atta-boys.’

  • Maroon Tide overcomes Auburn in semis, 2-1

    RADFORD –– The two goals scored in the first 14 minutes of the Class 1 boys’ soccer semifinal were double what Galax and Auburn had combined to score against one another in their previous 193 minutes of live play. It took another 60 minutes after that initial flurry, but Eric Escobar made sure that a third straight match between the two Mountain Empire District rivals would not once again require overtime.

  • Golden goal win for Tide boys

    RINER –– As time wore on in the Mountain Empire District boys’ soccer tournament finals Thursday, minute after scoreless minute, Galax head coach Troy Barkley began to think to himself, “This is a no-lose situation.”

    Though he was ruminating in philosophical terms, it turns out that his thoughts were correct in more practical matters as well.

  • Galax moves on to softball semis

    Galax scored single runs in the first, third and fifth innings and got a strong closing statement from Ashlyn Brady in the sixth as the Maroon Tide blanked Covington 5-0 in the Region 1C softball quarterfinals Monday at Mountain View Park.

  • Galax moves on to softball semis

    Galax scored single runs in the first, third and fifth innings and got a strong closing statement from Ashlyn Brady in the sixth as the Maroon Tide blanked Covington 5-0 in the Region 1C softball quarterfinals Monday at Mountain View Park.

  • Tide belts Rockets 14-3

    By and large, Galax did everything that a higher-seeded baseball team should do in a first-round tournament game. Everything, that is, except win by the mercy rule, but there was nothing that could be done about that.

    The No. 2 seed out of the Mountain Empire District, Galax took an early lead, built momentum from there and eventually whacked Pioneer No. 3 Craig County 14-3 in a Region 1C quarterfinal at Felts Park.

  • Blue Devils, Maroon Tide silenced in regionals

    WISE –– Tyler Muncy threw a complete game four-hitter and provided what would prove to be the game-winning RBI Wednesday as Wise Central blanked Grayson County 4-0 in the Region 2D baseball quarterfinals at Mack Shupe Field.

    Muncy, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior, struck out 13 and walked none in improving to 4-3 on the year. In two of his losses he allowed just two hits, and he was 15-1 in his sophomore and junior seasons.

  • Cavs stopped short again

    BLACKSBURG –– Since winning the Group 4A state championship in 2015, Carroll County has twice come within a single at-bat of returning to the state tournament. Not many expected the Cavaliers to be that close again in 2018.

    Four consecutive chances to get the third out in the bottom of the second inning each constituted the one elusive at-bat Tuesday as Blacksburg did all its scoring in that frame, taking a 5-1 win over Carroll in the Region 4D semifinals.

  • ...Auburn returns suit in soccer

    WYTHEVILLE –– Galax saw a 23-match winning streak come to an end Thursday evening, a string of success that included a state title last June, 17 wins without a loss this season and three over title game opponent Auburn.

    The Maroon Tide would probably be much more thrilled with a modest little three-game streak at this point in the year.

  • Stuart inks with Highland Cavaliers

    Jacob Stuart missed a season of baseball following his sophomore year due to medical reasons but was granted an extra year of eligibility be the Virginia High School League. He learned something about himself in that down year that most baseball players don’t realize until they hang up the spikes for good.

    “It made me realize how much I missed baseball,” he said.

    If all goes as planned, he won’t have to miss the game for at least another four years.