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High School

  • Grayson, Galax volleyball teams still unbeaten

     Galax ran its season-opening win streak to five matches Tuesday, drilling Pulaski County 25-10, 25-23, 25-15 in a nondistrict volleyball match in Galax.

    The Maroon Tide (5-0) got 13 kills and seven digs from Morgan Neff while Susan Davis added 15 assists and 13 digs. Haley Reynolds served for five aces for Galax.

    Grayson Co. 3, Rural Retreat 0: The Blue Devils also remained undefeated on the young season with a 25-9, 25-8, 25-14 nondistrict win Tuesday in Rural Retreat.

  • TONIGHT’S GAMES

    Rural Retreat at Grayson County

    Preseason optimism was dampened when Rural Retreat opened with a disappointing 34-0 loss at Fort Chiswell. The Indians (1-1) rebounded at Bland County with a 42-6 win and will tackle their third straight Mountain Empire District foe when they travel to Independence to face the Blue Devils (2-0).

    Rural Retreat threw rarely but effectively against the Bears as J.B. Wright hit all six of his passes for 160 yards and a pair of scores. T.C. Caudill added 96 rushing yards for the Indians. 

  • 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).