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High School

  • Cavs can’t solve Bear defense

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – Across the creek at Veterans Memorial Park, the fair was in full swing. In Wallace Shelton Stadium, the above average was the main attraction.

    Mount Airy clamped down on Carroll County defensively and rolled up a four-touchdown lead Friday before settling for a 28-7 nondistrict win over Carroll County.

  • Maroon Tide takes opener from Floyd

     Galax needed 29 points to win the second set but knocked off Floyd County in three, 25-17, 29-27, 25-9 to open its volleyball season with a nondistrict win Tuesday in Galax.

    Lindsey Ayers had 14 kills, Haley Reynolds came up with 14 digs, Susan Davis put up 16 assists and Sydney Lindsey added seven blocks for the Maroon Tide.

    Patrick County 3, Carroll Co. 2: The Cougars pulled away in the fifth set to take a 10-25, 25-22 25-20, 21-25, 15-8 win in a nondistrict match.

  • Huge second quarter lifts Bengals

    HILLSVILLE—Bassett used a 26 point second quarter to take a commanding lead en route to a 40-12 drubbing of Carroll County in a nondistrict game Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    The Bengals (1-0) topped 350 yards on the ground through their triple option offense and kept the Cavaliers (0-1) on their heels throughout the entire game.

    Bassett wasted no time taking the lead.

    Taking over on their own 35-yard line, the Bengals pounded the ball time and time again as they thundered down the field for a score on the opening drive.

  • Blue Devils open with 48-9 win

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County used its superior defense and size advantage Friday night to cruise to a 48-9 victory over Alleghany, N.C. in the season opener for the Blue Devils at Bill Strong Field.

    And while the defense was holding the Trojans to only nine points, the offense took over to provide the points for the non-district win.

  • Carroll athletics could change districts

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board has no intention for its high school sports teams to take the field against distant Franklin County and Patrick Henry, according to action taken at its August meeting.
    The two schools in the Virginia High School League’s proposed River Ridge District are too far away and have the advantage of too many more students than Carroll for the playing field to be level, high school Principal Chuck Thompson and members of the school board agreed.

  • GHS upgrades right on track

    In 2011, Galax High School fielded the best football team in the school’s long history. In 2012, the school will have facilities that will match that success.

    As part of a five-year capital improvement plan, Galax is nearing completion of a $400,000 renovation of the football stadium and track, a project that school superintendent Bill Sturgill expects to be completed before the first home varsity football game Aug. 24.

  • Kings of the rings

    The fist-bump has largely replaced the handshake and to some extent the high-five among today’s youth in general, athletes in particular. Eddie Hanks and Jon Alouf need to have a care when greeting a friend or teammate in such a manner. Someone could end up needing stitches.

  • Rodriguez, Smoot win region, ‘X’ places in three state events

     RADFORD –– Xavier Rodriguez earned three top-four finishes while two Grayson County teammates also managed all-state efforts at the Group A state track and field championships last weekend at Radford University.

    Rodriguez, a senior, placed second in the 100 meters with a time of 10.97 seconds, just .31 behind state champion Jestin Brown of Altavista.

    Rodriguez also placed third in the 400 with a time of 50.48 and was fourth in the 200 (22.24).

  • Blue Devils baffle Galax

    One thing that sets soccer apart from most other sports, aside from the fact that nobody pounces on a loose ball, is that for the most part there is a continuously-running clock.

    Gate City had Galax in sore need of a timeout on Tuesday.

    Giving up two early goals, the Maroon Tide never fully recovered and dropped a 4-1 decision to the Blue Devils in the Group A boys’ soccer quarterfinals at the East River Soccer Complex.

  • Galax settles down, ousts Wave

    PULASKI –– As if the baseball gods had seen enough shoddy play for one evening – 10 runs and six errors in a 50-minute first inning – nearly three inches of rain pounded Calfee Park Tuesday, in effect telling Clintwood and Galax to go home and come back when they could do the game justice.

    Galax got the message.

    Picking up in the top of the third inning Thursday with Clintwood leading 7-6, Galax played flawlessly the rest of the way and pulled out an 11-7 win in the Group A Division 1 state quarterfinals.