High School

  • Galax boys advance to semis

    Once Galax realized that those long, booming leading passes it kept sending downfield were easy fodder for Glenvar’s offside trap, the Maroon Tide was just fine.

    Besides, it was way too hot to repeatedly sprint 40 yards for no more reward other than to see a waving linesman’s flag.

    After incurring five offside calls in less than 10 minutes of play, Galax adjusted its approach, worked through Glenvar’s defense rather than over it and advanced to the Region C semifinals with a 5-0 first round win Monday afternoon.

  • Pack’s best grows by leaps and bounds

     RADFORD –– Austin Pack’s burgeoning career as a moonlighting track star is climbing onward and upward. Onward to the state tournament and upward to…well, who knows how high.

    Pack, a junior who is better known as a quarterback, jumpshooter and pitcher/infielder, and whose lone job in track is bar-hopping, opened some eyes and set a new school record last Saturday by winning the Region C high jump championship at Radford University with a leap of six feet, six and a quarter inches.

    That’s 6-6. And a quarter.

  • Grayson County settles for second in region

    RADFORD –– The most exciting match of the day Wednesday, certainly the one with the most thrilling finish, was the one that had the least relevance, at least in the big picture.

  • Cavaliers jump on Tunstall early

     DRY FORK –– Carroll County came off the bus swinging and jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the top of the first, knocking off Tunstall 10-5 in a Region IV softball tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday.

    The Cavaliers (19-5) registered eight hits among their first 10 batters, including RBI singles from Lillie Kimble and Ragan Halsey plus a three-run double by Jordan Nunn.

    The double-digit cushion came in handy as Carroll County managed just two base hits the rest of the afternoon.

  • 23-year wait over for Galax

    An expanded playoff field got Galax into the regionals in baseball for the first time since 1988. A scorching bat rack and a porous Bath County defense ensured Galax’s wait for its next regional game would be a matter of days, not decades.

    The Maroon Tide staked itself to a 6-1 lead in the first inning on five hits and three errors and kept just out of reach of Bath County the rest of the afternoon, take a 13-9 win in the Region C Division 1 quarterfinals at Felts Park.

  • Devils hammer Pioneers 25-6

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County batted through the lineup in three separate innings and annihilated Fort Chiswell 25-6 in a Region C Division 2 quarterfinal baseball game Tuesday.

    Holding the Pioneers to one run in the first two innings thanks to a pair of double plays, the Blue Devils pounced on Fort starter Darren Roberts for five first-inning runs, including a two-run single by Jared Salts, to take the lead for good.

  • Devils ousted; Tide reaches final

    James River (21-3) pounded out 22 hits and scored 14 runs before Grayson County (13-10) scratched a hit as the Knights cruised to a 23-4 win in the Region C Division 2 softball tournament semifinals.

    Thirteen different Knights had base hits. Jenna Sprinkle led the charge with a home run among her three hits. Haley Shotwell struck out four in five innings.

    Taylor Hale connected on a two-run home run for Grayson County and drove in three of the Blue Devils’ four runs.

    Region C boys’ soccer

  • Knights come from nowhere to stun Cavs

    RADFORD –– With the Cave Spring softball team down by seven runs midway through the fourth inning Wednesday, the talk in the Knights’ dugout turned to whether anyone had seen “The Hangover Part II.”

    That is a movie about a night the characters can’t remember. But Wednesday’s game turned out to be one the Knights will never forget.

    Down by nine runs entering the bottom of the sixth, the Knights rallied for a 13-12, eight-inning win over Carroll County in a Region IV semifinal at Radford University.

  • Grayson County topples Chilhowie to reach state

    INDEPENDENCE – In its first two Region C Division 2 tournament games, Grayson County faced teams that would conclude their seasons with a combined record of 36-6.

    Five of those six losses, including a pair of win-or-go-home decisions, were at the hands of the Blue Devils.

    Grayson County (14-7) held a formidable Chilhowie lineup to three runs through six innings while the Blue Devils used bookend four-run rallies in the first and last innings to power their way back into the region title game, taking a 9-5 win over the Warriors (19-3) Thursday at GNB Park.

  • Tide loses on 8-run seventh

    Holston’s Devin Keith can step away from the game of baseball after one varsity at-bat and feel content. Even if the freshman reserve player had not delivered the biggest hit in the biggest win in school history, he’ll probably never see again what he witnessed Thursday.

    No. 1 seed Holston rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, including five runs with two outs, to stun Galax 10-9 in the Region C Division 1 semifinals at Felts Park.