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High School

  • George Wythe-Galax, Grayson-Carroll highlight 2015 grid schedules

    The 2014 high school football season ended two days ago with six state championships played out in Salem, Lynchburg and Charlottesville. Therefore it’s officially OK to start looking to 2015.

    The next two-year cycle of football schedules for the three Twin County teams will include the renewal of some old rivalries but no new first-time opponents or (thanks heavens, say Grayson Countians) ungodly road trips.

  • Rookies slam door for Carroll

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County returns a wealth of experience on its girls’ basketball team, and those veterans were the main reason the Cavaliers took a comfortable lead over Galax into the fourth quarter Friday night.

    The only two current players who were not part of last year’s bunch made sure that lead only grew.

  • Brown hopes success is catching

    GALAX –– It has become commonplace the last few years for the Galax boys’ basketball team to get off to a late start. With the Maroon Tide football team reaching at least the second round of the playoffs each of the last five years, hoops season takes a back seat, at least early on.

    But winning, they say, can be contagious. And though Galax coach Verl Brown may not necessarily welcome the delays to hoops season brought on by successful fall sports teams, he has at least embraced the reason for it.

  • Galax girls learning on the fly

    It could be deja vu all over again for a Galax girls’ athletic endeavor.

    This past fall, a largely inexperienced Maroon Tide volleyball team struggled early, got its legs under it as the season wore on and gelled behind a dominant player, evolving from an afterthought to within a few points of a state tournament berth by season’s end.

    Fast forward to girls’ hoops.

  • Green Cavs showing progress

    HILLSVILLE –– When a program has graduated as much experience and talent as Carroll County has the last two years, it wouldn’t be that unusual for the rebuilding process to include a little good, a little bad and a little ugly.

    Through the first two games of the season, the Cavaliers are seeing all three over the course of a couple of quarters as they begin anew after the winningest four-year stretch in program history.

  • Carroll County rallies for OT win over Buffaloes

    FLOYD –– Carroll County stormed back from a 17-point second-half hole and edged Floyd County 70-68 in overtime in a nondistrict boys’ basketball game Tuesday.

    The Cavaliers’ Micah Johnson and Winston Giles each sank one free throw in the final seven seconds of overtime to give Carroll County (1-1) its final lead.

  • Board kicks around idea for CCMS soccer team

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board heard a number of requests from young visitors for a middle school soccer team during the citizen comments portion of the Nov. 11 meeting.

    The idea of a soccer team was introduced to the board in October by middle school principal Marc Quesenberry, who told the board that interest in the sport had spiked this year.

  • Lady Devils deep, experienced

    INDEPENDENCE –– There are certain things that come a little more easily to a team as experienced as the one Grayson County girls’ basketball coach Tiny Funk will field this year

    Practices can be a lot more efficient, what with everybody knowing what to expect. Big game jitters may not be as big an ordeal for a group of multi-sport athletes who have been in more than their fair share of them. Teaching certain concepts and tactics evolves into refining such things.

  • New identity for Grayson boys

    INDEPENDENCE –– In the past four years, the Grayson County boys’ basketball program has produced five 1,000-point scorers. The Blue Devils’ success this year may depend on how well they can do on the other end of the floor.

    Though fielding a team that lacks in star power, eighth-year Grayson County head coach Lucas Austin likes what he sees from 11 kids who are similar in size, ability and toughness.

  • Grayson County girls open season with 55-44 win

    SALEM ––Grayson County opened up a 16-point lead in the middle two quarters and opened its 2014-15 girls’ basketball season with a 55-44 win Wednesday at Glenvar.

    The Blue Devils took an 11-9 lead into the second quarter and outscored the Highlanders a combined 30-16 in the second and third period to hold a 41-25 advantage entering the fourth quarter.