https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sports/rss.xml en Blue Devil, Tide players honored https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/blue-devil-tide-players-honored <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/brady.jpg" alt="Ashlyn Brady" title="Ashlyn Brady" align="left" hspace="6" width="50" height="85" /><p> Twin County softball teams were not able to advance to their respective state tournaments but the names of some area players have advanced to the state level for post-season awards.</p> <p> Hayden Cassell of Galax and Emily Cook of Carroll County have been named Virginia High School Coaches&rsquo; Association all-stars, Carroll&rsquo;s Laken Crockett was voted the Region 4D player of the year and is a first-team all-Class 4 selection while Cassell made the all-state list as a second-team all-Class 1 pick after being named an all-region first-teamer.</p> Two Grayson players named all-district https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/two-grayson-players-named-all-district <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ashworth.jpg" alt="Cade Ashworth" title="Cade Ashworth" align="left" hspace="6" width="50" height="85" /><p> Jacob Stuart of Galax was voted the Mountain Empire District&rsquo;s player of the year and Twin County schools filled a total of five first-team spots in all-district baseball voting.</p> <p> Stuart, a senior pitcher/infielder, was tabbed the MED&rsquo;s top player after compiling an 8-1 pitching record, an 0.52 earned-run average and 99 strikeouts in 54 innings of work.</p> <p> At the plate, Stuart batted .383 on the season, going 23-for-60 with 13 runs scored, 18 RBIs and 18 walks.</p> Wildcat Sports Convention planned https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/wildcat-sports-convention-planned <p> FRIES &ndash;&ndash; The 20th anniversary of the Fries Wildcats Sports Convention is planned for Saturday, June 30 at the Fries School auditorium.</p> <p> Being the 20th renewal of this annual event, plans are for a &lsquo;grand reunion&rdquo; of all classes, and an invitation is extended to anyone who attended Fries High School, including teachers, coaches and staff.</p> <p> This year&rsquo;s reunion will be dedicated to the memory of Jerry Watson, whose devotion, hard work and tireless efforts have been an inspiring factor for this convention, and for others to follow.</p> Party poopers: Fort Chiswell spoils Grayson homecoming https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/party-poopers-fort-chiswell-spoils-grayson-homecoming <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/graysonphillips.jpg" alt="Grayson County’s Seth Phillips fends off Fort Chiswell’s Jonathan Poole on a punt return during Grayson’s 35-21 loss Friday to the Pioneers." title="Grayson County’s Seth Phillips fends off Fort Chiswell’s Jonathan Poole on a punt return during Grayson’s 35-21 loss Friday to the Pioneers." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &ndash;&ndash; Having wandered throughout Southwest Virginia on six of the previous eight Fridays, Grayson County finally returned home, aptly enough, for its homecoming night and the start of a three-game homestand to cap the regular season.</p> <p> It was the Blue Devils&rsquo; party, and Fort Chiswell ruined it.</p> <p> Grayson County overcame a two-touchdown deficit in a busy second quarter Friday but the Pioneers tossed a shutout in the second half, pulling away for a 35-21 Mountain Empire District win at Bill Strong Field.</p> Peoples, Tide keep rolling https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/peoples-tide-keep-rolling <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/galaxdickson.jpg" alt="Galax’s John Key (50) seals off an Auburn defender, allowing Landon Dickson to get outside in the Maroon Tide’s 35-0 win Friday." title="Galax’s John Key (50) seals off an Auburn defender, allowing Landon Dickson to get outside in the Maroon Tide’s 35-0 win Friday." align="left" hspace="6" width="82" height="85" /><p> For the better part of the first half, Auburn played keep-away about as well as anyone has been able to do this year against Galax. But while the Eagles&rsquo; offense was their best defense, Galax&rsquo;s best offense was just getting the ball in the first place.</p> <p> Dougie Peoples rushed for 245 yards and four touchdowns on just 12 carries and the Galax defense posted its second shutout of the year Friday, blanking Auburn 35-0 in a Mountain Empire District game.</p> Trojans roll over Starmount https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/trojans-roll-over-starmount <p> <strong>By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff</strong></p> <p> SPARTA, N.C. &ndash; Joe Hampton had five hits to lead Alleghany to a 15-11 victory over Starmount in a Mountain Valley Conference baseball game played March 21.</p> <p> The Trojans opened the game with a pair of runs in the first inning while Starmount scored one run for a 2-1 lead.</p> <p> Alleghany scored three more runs in the second inning and added five in the third for a 10-1 lead.</p> Blue Devils outslug Maroon Tide https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/blue-devils-outslug-maroon-tide <p> <strong>By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff</strong></p> <p> INDEPENDENCE &ndash; Maggie Kirk scattered seven hits last Friday to lead the Grayson County Blue Devils to a 7-1 victory over the Galax Maroon Tide in a Mountain Empire District softball game.</p> <p> Kirk was pitching a shutout until the seventh inning when the Maroon Tide put together a late rally.</p> <p> Skylar Morgan led off the inning with a single. Ally Bartlett followed with a hard-hit double into centerfield to score Morgan. Ashlyn Brady kept the rally going with a single and Kassie Widner was safe on an error.</p> Glenvar overtakes Devils https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/glenvar-overtakes-devils <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gc1.jpg" alt="Grayson County catcher Dez Choate looks for the umpire’s call after a close play at the plate during the Blue Devils’ 9-7 loss March 20 to Glenvar." title="Grayson County catcher Dez Choate looks for the umpire’s call after a close play at the plate during the Blue Devils’ 9-7 loss March 20 to Glenvar." align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> <strong>By CRAIG WORRELL, Sports Editor</strong></p> <p> INDEPENDENCE &ndash;&ndash; Nobody&rsquo;s predicting any won-lost totals yet, but if Grayson County&rsquo;s season opener is of any indication, the Blue Devils will be an entertaining bunch to follow.</p> <p> Grayson County and Glenvar put on a back-and-forth show March 20 with the final rally of the day putting the Highlanders over the top for a 9-7 nondistrict softball win at the Grayson County Recreation Park.</p>