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High School

  • Peoples named top defender

    There is never a bad year in which to earn all-district recognition. In some years though, the honor carries a little more weight.

    For the Mountain Empire District, 2012 was one of those years.

  • Cavs battle, come up short

    HILLSVILLE –– Starting a new season with two losses in two nights isn’t the best thing that ever happened to a basketball team. Starting a season with close setbacks to a pair of teams that will contend for region championships, a thing like that can bring optimism to a club that’s fielding four new starters.

    Carroll County held a five-point lead early in the fourth quarter before a flurry of outside jumpers fueled a 10-0 Floyd County run, and the Buffaloes held on for a 62-57 win in a nondistrict game Tuesday night.

  • 2012-2013 Twin County GIRLS’ BASKETBALL preview

    The 2011-12 basketball season was a pretty solid one for the three Twin County girls’ teams. Carroll County had its most successful years ever by winning the program’s first region championship and reaching the Division 4 state semifinals. Galax ended a two-decade absence by reaching the final four in Division 1. Grayson County improved by leaps and bounds over the 0-20 campaign from the year before, winning nine games and coming probably one win short of a region tournament appearance.

  • Grayson, Carroll boys open with easy wins

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County used a 10-point edge in the third period to break out to a 19-point lead and the Blue Devils opened their 2012-13 season with a 67-45 nondistrict win Friday over Alleghany, N.C.

    Leading 31-22 at the half, Grayson County opened the second half on a tear and pulled out to a 54-35 lead by the start of the fourth quarter.

    Mikey Rodgers scored 20 points to lead all scorers while Adam Wyatt and Ty Cannaday each chipped in 11 points for the Blue Devils. Fabian Santos led Alleghany (0-2) with 15 points.

     

  • UPDATE: Honaker 42, Galax 14

    Honaker scored two quick touchdowns to start the game and two more at the end of the first half and pulled away from Galax for a 42-14 win in the Western Section Division 1 playoffs Saturday in Honaker.

    See Wednesday's print edition for full coverage.

  • Late score sinks Blue Devils

    MAX MEADOWS –– Fort Chiswell drove 79 yards in less than two minutes, converting a third-and-26 along the way, and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 27 seconds left to squeak past Grayson County 32-28 Friday in a Western Section Division 2 second round game at C.F. McKinney Field.

    Grayson County, the No. 8 seed, sees its season end at 9-3, while top-seeded Fort Chiswell (11-1) advances to next week’s state quarterfinals against John Battle (11-1).

  • Wyatt, Jordan post all-state finishes

    GREAT MEADOW –– Two Twin County runners earned all-state recognition by placing among the top 10 individuals and Grayson County managed a fifth-place showing in the girls’ team standings at the Group A cross country championships Saturday.

    Grayson County’s Emma Wyatt and Galax’s Ashley Jordan finished within three seconds of one another in eighth and 10th places, respectively, to garner all-Group state status, which goes to the top 15 runners.

  • Galax limps into second round

    It’s a shame Cliffs Notes doesn’t have any study guides dedicated to two-a-days. Such a manual would have come in quite handy in Galax this week as the No. 8 Maroon Tide prepared for its Western Section Division 1 second round playoff game tomorrow at 1 p.m. at top-seeded Honaker.

    Having to find and prepare replacements for four injured starters, who encompass as many as a dozen total positions including special teams, Maroon Tide coach Mark Dixon said this week has been a lot like training camp.

  • Second chance for Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE –– Football is one of the few sports in which you get one shot per season at a certain opponent. There’s no home-and-home in a 10-game schedule, so if things don’t work out, you’ve got to live with that for a year.

    Not this time.

  • Third time no charm

    ELLISTON –– With six starters back from a team that reached the Division 2 state semifinals a year ago, Auburn has been a solid favorite to return to the state final four in 2012.

    The Eagles, now competing in Division 1, sure looked the part Thursday.

    Auburn rung up its 24th win – its 22nd by a 3-0 count – in the Region C Division 1 finals, pounding Galax 25-12, 25-14, 25-13 at Eastern Montgomery High School.