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High School

  • 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.

  • Galax lineman headed to Ferrum

    Ferrum College wants Christian Brown. But only if his high school coach is willing to let go of him.

    A four-year starting lineman for Mark Dixon at Galax, Brown signed a letter of intent Thursday to play football for the Panthers. Dixon is obviously thrilled for Brown but will regret seeing him leave.

  • Galax continues assault on MED

    RURAL RETREAT –– Galax remained undefeated in MED baseball action by rolling over Rural Retreat 19-2 in five innings Wednesday.

    The Maroon Tide (7-2, 5-0) took command early with a four-run top of the first, adding nine more runs in the second. Two runs scored on a Rural Retreat error, which was followed by RBI hits from Kolby Barnes and Joseph Berry.

  • Grayson bashes in two wins

    INDEPENDENCE –– Two huge innings translated into one short softball game Wednesday afternoon as Grayson County hammered Marion 11-0 in a five-inning nondistrict game at the Grayson Rec. Park.

  • Grayson, Cavaliers stay hot

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County won Friday for the fifth time in as many games, overpowering Rural Retreat 14-0 in a Mountain Empire District game at the Grayson Rec Park.

    The Blue Devils (8-3 overall, 3-2 district) opened with a seven-run first inning and cruised from there to a five-inning run-rule victory.

    Grayson scored five runs by the time the initial out was recorded in the first, beginning with back-to-back two-run base hits by Jake Hollingsworth and Cal Campbell. Chris Meredith capped the big start with a two-run triple to right.

  • Cavaliers breeze past Tide 4-1

    Taylor Spangler hit a two-run home run in the first inning last Thursday to stake Carroll County to an early lead against Galax and the Cavaliers never trailed as they defeated the Maroon Tide 4-1 in a nondistrict softball game at Mountain View Park.

    The Cavaliers came into the game with a 5-2 record, fresh off of a one-hit 3-0 shutout victory over Alleghany last Wednesday, while the Maroon Tide had a 6-2 record.

    Both teams had their ace pitchers in the circle, Emily Cook for Carroll County and Hayden Cassell for the Maroon Tide, and both played a strong game.

  • Double-digit innings power Tide, Devils

    Three area baseball and softball teams put double-figure run totals on the board Tuesday and all four teams in action that day scored run-rule wins.

    At Felts Park, the Maroon Tide hung a dozen runs on Bland County in the second inning of a 25-1 MED win. Tied 1-1 entering the bottom of the second, Galax trotted 18 batters to the plate and scored 12 runs on eight walks, four hits and three Bland errors.