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High School

  • No miracle, just manpower in semifinal win

    RICHMOND –– Once again, Galax found itself trailing by seven points under the bright lights of the Siegel Center, a chance to play in the state championship game on the line.

    This time around, no miraculous finish was necessary.

    Down 34-27 early in the second half, Galax worked itself into a three-point lead by the start of the fourth quarter and then owned the final eight minutes to roll to a 64-54 win over upstart Charles City in the Group A Division 1 semifinals.

  • Tide girls reach final four

    BRISTOL –– Galax went to great lengths to prepare for the team that ended its season in the 2011 state quarterfinals.

    It had to wait a little longer than the final buzzer for that preparation to pay off.

    Cherish Forney missed a free throw with no time on the clock and the Maroon Tide survived, knocking off defending Group A Division 1 champion J.I. Burton, 46-45, in state quarterfinal play Saturday at Virginia High.

  • State tournament primer – the good, the less good and the freakin’ awesome

    Two hundred and thirty-five down, 70 to go.

    Virginia’s state basketball tournaments, all 10 of them, get under way tonight, and though ‘states’ aren’t nearly as exclusive as they were even a few years ago, five boys’ teams and five girls’ teams will stand out among the Commonwealth’s 315 public high schools next week as state basketball champions. That’s still pretty special.

  • STATE PREVIEW – Galax begins defense of title

    Two years ago, Castlewood eliminated Galax in the first round of the Group A Division 1 state tournament. The Maroon Tide hasn’t lost a postseason game since.

    The reigning state champions will begin defense of their title at 7 p.m. tonight when the Tide takes on Region D runner-up Castlewood in the state quarterfinals at the Salem Civic Center.

  • STATE PREVIEW – Carroll looks to take next step

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County doesn’t know a great deal about Staunton River, which is a normal circumstance for this time of year. The Cavaliers know Salem well enough, though, having topped the Spartans for the Region IV girls’ championship, and the Eagles can draw several comparisons to Salem.

    Carroll County (22-4) faces Staunton River (16-9) bright and early Saturday morning at the Salem Civic Center, tipping off at 11 a.m. in the Group AA Division 4 girls’ quarterfinals.

  • Harmon tabbed new Maroon Tide volleyball coach

     Longtime assistant and junior varsity coach Onnie Harmon has been announced as the new varsity volleyball coach at Galax, replacing Rose Houk, who retired this fall after 31 seasons.

    Harmon, 57, has been with the Maroon Tide program since 1988, serving as a varsity assistant until after the 2002 season. Taking a one-year respite in 2003, Harmon said he missed coaching too much and returned to the Galax program in 2004 as the head JV coach, where he has remained until his elevation last week to the varsity post.

  • Tide ‘O’ goes silent in finals

    ELLISTON –– During their careers, the seniors on the Galax girls’ basketball team have played around 100 varsity games. Saturday’s region championship was a one-in-a-hundred kind of day.

    Beset by the mother of all cold spells, Galax hit just two field goals after the midpoint of the second quarter and fell to Covington 39-23 in the Region C Division 1 title game at Eastern Montgomery High School.

  • Maroon Tide girls withstand Bath County rally

    ELLISTON –– Galax staved off an inspired fourth-quarter rally Friday to take down Bath County 37-34 Friday in the Region C Division 1 semifinals. 

    The Maroon Tide advanced to Saturday’s championship game against Covington, which dispensed of Bland County 51-37 in the nightcap. Both teams will move on to this weekend’s state quarterfinals.

    Allison White sank four high-pressure free throws in the final moments to key the Tide’s 37-34 win. 

  • Tide sets pace, races into state

    ELLISTON –– Having given up 112 points two weeks ago to No. 1-ranked Oak Hill Academy, Galax knows that there’s not a lot of joy in watching an opponent go to triple digits. After Thursday, the Maroon Tide knows that sometimes it’s just going to happen.

    On a night when everything seemed to fall, Galax put up its highest scoring total in four years, zipping past Bland County 102-56 in the Region C Division 1 boys’ semifinals at Eastern Montgomery High School.

  • Cavs capture SWD; Grayson ousted in Region C quarters

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County used a 16-5 run in the second quarter to turn around a slow start, then held off an Abingdon charge in the second half to win the Southwest District boys’ tournament championship over the Falcons, 65-57 Friday at CCHS.

    Wes Smoot had two dunks in the run and finished with 15 points, sharing team honors with Connor Lundy. Ryan Gravley and Gunner Beamer added 12 points each for the Cavaliers (19-4).