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High School

  • Carroll preview: Turning over a new leaf

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County is a football program in transition.

    But then, all high school football programs are, in one way or another. Kids are starters usually for a year or two before moving on to either college or real life. There is no recruiting, so a program is handed what the student body and the interest level at that particular time provides, and that program makes the most of that talent in whatever ways it can.

  • Grayson preview: Green energy

    INDEPENDENCE –– Brett McPherson may be a government teacher at Grayson County High School, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a student of history. In 2014 and beyond, the Blue Devils are hoping to move forward by going back.

  • Camp teaches skills in football, life

    The Galax High School practice football field recently was host to athletics of a more cooperative kind.

    The site was used for a two-day football camp, brought about by the efforts of coaches Mark Dixon and Kevin Spurlin, along with the local United Way.

    Teaching in the camp were members of F.A.S.T. Camp, a nonprofit organization whose staff, composed of college and professional athletes, trains youth in proper athletic and competitive skills.

    “I think that it’ll be a good partnership,” said Dixon.

  • WEEK 1 PRIMER

    It’s the great conundrum we all face this time every year – we all want summer to last forever, but we can’t wait for football to start.

    We can’t have it both ways, and football is better when there’s a nip in the air anyway.

    So here we go.

    Summer is waning but football season is upon us as the three area high schools kick off their 2014 schedules, all with home games tonight at 7 p.m.

  • Gate City handles Grayson County, 40-2

    GATE CITY –– The good news is that Grayson County gets to take a mulligan on this one.

    Walking into one of Southwest Virginia’s most tradition-rich stadiums to face an up-and-coming Gate City, Grayson County’s Blue Devils fell behind early and dropped a 40-2 decision to Gate City’s Blue Devils in a benefit game Friday at Legion Field.

  • The signs point toward change

    Anyone who has driven regularly between Hillsville and Galax along U.S. 58 for the last 20-some odd years probably keeps an eye out for the marquee at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church – at least, anyone other than serial texters and that one doofus in the MG with the paperback novel on his steering wheel who nearly bought someone a new mailbox and me a new fender.

  • Maroon Tide ends on high note

    RADFORD –– One gets the impression that if the Virginia High School League offered big rock chunking, pole climbing or flat tire changing at its state track and field championships, Clif Conley would have placed somewhere among the top five or so.

    This is a guy who took up cross country just last fall and ended the season as a state champion. In May, he was a jumper and a middle-distance man, nowhere among the top times even locally in the 1600 meters. Saturday at the Group 1A track and field championships, he was crowned the state champion in that event.

  • Netters fall short in state title efforts

    RADFORD – It’s the great conundrum of what is the state tournament: for all the success necessary to get there, and for all the elation of having done so, the majority exit it empty-handed and disappointed, some downright heartbroken.

    The Twin Counties were well-represented in the tennis portion of the VHSL’s highest level of competition, but the Grayson County boys’ team, Galax’s girls’ doubles team and the Maroon Tide’s No. 1 boys’ singles player left under less than perfect circumstances.

  • Maroon Tide comes to life, reaches title game

    RADFORD –– Galax took the lead with a fluke goal. Funny, how the breaks usually go to those who create them.

    Almost constantly on the attack during the Group 1A state boys’ soccer semifinals Saturday, Galax took advantage of a West Point own-goal to snap a 2-2 tie, and the Maroon Tide went on to claim a 4-2 win over the Pointers at Radford University’s Cupp Stadium. 

  • Patience pays off for Galax in quarterfinal win

    RADFORD — Baseball’s a funny sport sometimes. The team that hits the ball better doesn’t always win. The smarter, more patient team can often overcome an offensive deficiency.

    That’s precisely what Galax did in a 5-4 upset win at Radford in the 1A West Region quarterfinals on Tuesday, managing only two hits after the first inning but scoring three runs in the final four frames to get within a win of qualifying for the state tournament.