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Community Sports

  • Hairston picked to lead Salem girls’ basketball program
    Galax High School graduate and former Maroon Tide coach Corbitt Hairston has been recommended to be the new girls’ basketball coach at Salem High School. Hairston has been in the Salem system since 1999 and has been the girls’ coach at Andrew Lewis Middle School since 2004. He was a boys’ JV assistant and head coach at Salem during the previous six years. A 1989 Galax graduate, Hairston is expected to receive approval from the Salem School Board when it meets May 13, according to a Salem High news release.
  • Blue Ridge Tour gears up for 16th year of junior golf
    Registration is now underway for the 16th season of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour.  The tour’s 2014 schedule includes five golf academies which focus on instruction in all phases of the game, one “Golf by the Rules” clinic in which the player receives on-course guidance to play the game according the rules of golf, and seven tournaments including a season ending two-day tournament. 
  • Carroll Special Olympics in tournament play
     BLACKSBURG –– Cassell Coliseum was full of athletes, partners and family members from Carroll County Special Olympics recently as the Carroll County team participated in the Southwest Regional tournament at Virginia Tech. CCSO played a part in the opening ceremony as Kyle Nester was a torchbearer and LaRae Hall and Brittany Willard were in front of the crowd to deliver a challenge to the fans. Teams of all abilities from as far away as Lynchburg played in the day-long tournament. 
  • Racing is all about family to Furrs
    Michelle Furr has quickly earned a reputation as one of the top competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series. Though her racing career extends over three decades, she and her family first ventured into NHRA national and divisional competition just four years ago, and success quickly followed.  Driving her Ohio Crankshaft/Quickfuel Technologies entries in Super Comp and Super Street, Furr has already earned a pair of NHRA national event wins and racked up several top-tier finishes in the Lucas Oil series points standings.
  • State Line 15-7 after tournament win
     The State Line Rush varsity home school girls’ basketball team recently took home the championship trophy at the annual Jingle Ball Tournament held at North Cross School in Roanoke. The Rush opened the tournament by defeating New Covenant Christian 47-16 but dropped its second game 53-50 to Roanoke Valley Christian. The Rush began the second day of competition in the losers’ bracket but began its comeback into the championship game by downing the Lynchburg Patriots 49-36 to earn a game against top-seeded Parkway Christian.
  • Hash reaches finals at Quarter Horse Congress
     Dakota Brooke Hash if Fries participated in the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, earning a spot as a finalist and placing 11th in the Youth Western Pleasure class, competing against 41 other riders. The All-American Quarter Horse Congress is the world’s largest single-breed horse show.
  • Big payday for 14-year-old
    Will McCraw, a 14-year-old from East Bend, N.C., won the 2013 American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) world championship in Oklahoma City, Okla., and later won the 13th annual Hillbilly Redneck Truck and Trailer Explosion in Morristown, Tenn. Hosting competitors from seven countries, the AQHYA world championships may have seen a new record set as McCraw roped his calf in 1.9 seconds to win the Breakaway Roping championship. According to research so far, McCraw’s time is the fastest time ever recorded at an AQHYA event.
  • GOING THE DISTANCE: Galax Autumn Days 5K
    The annual Autumn Days 5K Run was held at Felts Park in Galax on Oct. 19. The event began with a children’s race at 9 a.m., and the main 5K race began at 10 a.m. Contestants of all ages participated in the race that began at Felts Park and took them in a loop that covered a section of U.S. 58. Roads were closed for the runners’ safety until the race was complete.
  • Carroll teams reach AAA final four
    WYTHEVILLE –– A pair of extra-inning thrillers highlighted the first three days of play at the District 1 Dixie AAA tournament at Ager Park in Wytheville. Carroll County American and Floyd County battled to a 1-0 decision, putting put on as well-played a game as any group of 9- and 10-year-olds will play anywhere, while Galax and Carroll County National went to extras to see who stayed alive in the event.
  • Fridley, Brown top Dannelly field
    One of the more popular running events among Twin County and regional athletes had a distinctly local flavor at the awards presentation Saturday. Runners hailing from Galax filled the top three overall female finishing positions and two of the top three male spots at the New River Trail-Dr. Ed Dannelly 10K run, sponsored by the Galax Recreation Department and held on the New River Trail State Park.