Community Sports

  • Galax second in state O-Zone
     AMHERST –– Galax couldn’t overcome a strong Appomattox team and settled for a runner-up finish in the Dixie O-Zone state tournament recently. The tournament couldn’t have gotten off to a better start for the District 1 champions, who scored five runs in their first at-bat of the event. Zaine Goodman, John Key, Matt Coomes and Chris Meredith had first-inning RBI base hits as Galax opened with a 17-4 win over Pulaski.
  • Galax, Carroll National advance in O-Zone
    Galax and Carroll County National were the last two teams standing after four days of the Dixie District 1 O-Zone baseball tournament at Mountain View Park. Galax entered Tuesday’s round the lone unbeaten in the original field of eight teams of 11- and 12-year-olds, while Carroll National advanced to Tuesday with one loss, needing to defeat Galax twice to win the district. DAY 1
  • Galax defends home turf
     Galax completed a perfect 5-0 run through the area’s best 12-year-old baseball teams and claimed the championship in the Dixie Boys’ District 1 O-Zone tournament Tuesday at Mountain View Park. Galax defeated Carroll County National 12-2 in four innings to capture the title. Both teams will advance to the Dixie state tournament, beginning July 13 in Amherst.
  • Minors tourney down to two
     After 13 games, Galax and Carroll County American stood as the last remaining teams in the Dixie Boys District 1 Minors baseball tournament at Mountain View Park. Galax survived a pair of extra-inning scrapes to reach the final pairing while Carroll American battled its way back through the bottom bracket after losing its second game of the event.
  • Nelson named first-team all-conference
     EMORY –– Emory & Henry College junior tennis player Matt Nelson has been named first-team all-ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) at No. 1 doubles for the recently-completed 2012 season. Nelson, a former Galax High School standout and Group A doubles state champion, and teammate Adam Henderson (Abingdon) were two of four Emory & Henry players to pick up first- or second-team all-conference honors. Nelson and Henderson were a perfect 9-0 in conference play this season and were 17-2 overall.
  • Rush grabs state runner-up finish
     The State Line Rush girls’ homeschool basketball team of Galax finished the 2011-2012 season with a record of 24-18, finishing second in the Virginia Homeschool Athletic Association state tournament in Fairfax and competing in the East Coast National Tournament at Liberty University in March.
  • GHS senior organizes benefit tournament
     A senior project at Galax High School proved to be a big success on April 14, as Allison White organized and carried out the Jimmy Cockerham Scholarship Fund Volleyball Tournament.  Twelve teams entered the tournament and more than 100 people attended. The winning team consisted of Tim Burton, Ashley Surber, Cindy Rudy, Steve Burcham, Robin Pack and Dennis Vass.
  • Whartenby elevated to head strength coach at U. of Denver
     DENVER –– University of Denver strength and conditioning assistant coach Kathryn Whartenby has been promoted to head strength and conditioning coach, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations Peg Bradley-Doppes announced Tuesday.
  • Carroll Co. cheerleaders hold alumni night
    HILLSVILLE –– The Carroll County High School cheerleaders hosted their inaugural Cheerleader Alumni Night Jan. 6 during a CCHS basketball quad with Tazewell.
  • That’s 20 column inches down, 100 more to go
    And now for something completely inconsequential. Whether by coincidence or the fact that it was Martin Luther King Day, it was an extremely slow news day on Monday in the sports department. Neither Carroll County, Galax nor Grayson County had anything scheduled for Monday. Nobody brought in any pictures of a giant catfish, a 12-pointer or an AAU team. Not even a photo of a turnip that looks like Tim Tebow. There is still a page to fill, however.