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High School

  • 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.

  • One more title to play for

    RADFORD –– Nearly every member of Galax’s baseball team has multiple state championship rings from other sports. Some own as many as five. None would be as improbable as this.

    A two-out RBI single by Bryant Cox in the bottom of the 11th inning extended by one more day what has been a magical year for Galax athletics and propelled the Maroon Tide into yet another state championship game as the Tide pulled off a grueling 4-3 win over Rappahannock in the Group A Division 1 semifinals Friday at Radford University.

  • Maroon Tide to play on

    BLUEFIELD, W.Va. –– One impressive streak came to an end Thursday. Another is alive and kicking.

    Andres Medina saw his string of scoring at least three goals end at six games, but Galax earned a spot in the Group A state soccer tournament for the third straight year, powering past James River 4-1 in the Region C semifinals at the East River Soccer Complex.

  • Eight-run lead safe enough in finals

    GLADE SPRING –– It took a year, but Galax finally figured out what was an insurmountable lead when playing Holston – eight runs, not seven.

    Galax bolted to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, took a 10-2 lead into the seventh and held it this time around, blowing past Holston in the Region C Division 1 championship game at Patrick Henry High School. The win brings with it a home game in the first round of the Division 1 state tournament Tuesday, either against Clintwood or Castlewood. Those two met Sunday for the Region D title.

  • Buffs, Mother Nature down Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– There are probably worse ways to see a season come to an end. Grayson County players would have been hard-pressed to come up with one Tuesday.

    Mother Nature robbed the Blue Devils of their final two at-bats, and Floyd County claimed a rare region tournament win in baseball, holding off Grayson 4-0 in five innings in a rain-shortened Region C Division 2 game at GNB Park.

    Skies opened up with one out in the bottom of the sixth, and following lengthy delay, officials finally called the game at around 7:20 p.m.