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High School

  • Maroon Tide tops pair of Carolina teams

     SPARTA, N.C. –– Galax bounced back from a slow start and ran past North Surry, N.C. 59-48 Tuesday to open a successful venture in the Alleghany Invitational at Alleghany County High School.

    Down by double figures in the first half, the Maroon Tide (2-0) rallied to take a 30-29 lead by halftime, then gradually pulled away in the second half.

    Lawrence Parsons led the way for Galax with 19 points, Deion George scored 13 and Devonte McKinney tossed in 10 points for the Maroon Tide.

  • Galax gets through opener

    DUBLIN –– Intermittently, Galax showed flashes of both a defending state champion and a team that had hadn’t been playing basketball but nine days.

    The Maroon Tide’s run to the state title game in football left barely enough basketball players for five weeks to run a decent three-man weave, but the reigning Group A Division 1 state hoops champ finally played its much-delayed season opener on the hardwood Friday with a 51-48 nondistrict win over Pulaski County.

  • Floyd County hands Carroll girls their first loss, 58-47

     HILLSVILLE –– Floyd County rallied from a five-point halftime deficit behind the hot shooting of Krista Cox and dealt Carroll County its first loss of the season, 58-47, in a nondistrict game Friday.

    The Cavaliers had opened the season with six straight wins and led 30-25 at intermission, but Cox sank four 3-pointers in the second half as the Buffaloes (7-1) outscored Carroll County 33-17 over the final two quarters.

    Cox hit six 3-pointers in all and finished with a game-high 20 points. Maria Kuchenbuch scored 13 for Floyd County.

  • Third quarter lifts Cavs, 71-60

    INDEPENDENCE –– Carroll County kept its season-opening winning streak going and handed Grayson County its first loss of the season, riding a strong third-quarter effort to a 71-60 win in a nondistrict game Friday night.

    Leading 36-33 after two quarters, the Cavaliers (4-0) opened the second half with a 19-2 run, hitting eight of their first 10 shots from the floor while holding the Blue Devils to 1-of-8 shooting with nine turnovers in the first 4:33 of the second half.

  • STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Final play was just the last of 139 others

     No single play defines a game. Not even Galax’s 33-28 loss Saturday to Clintwood in the Group A Division 1 state championship game.

    Whether or not there was pass interference in the end zone on the game’s final play depends on which side of the stadium one sat. The green folks would say it was a clean play, the maroon folks would strongly disagree. I couldn’t tell because I was looking through a camera lens, which, at 40-some yards away, can be like trying to watch a football game through a vacuum cleaner hose.

  • STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: They said it

  • STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Play-by-play

    FIRST QUARTER

    Clintwood kicks off. Touchback. Ball on Gx 20

    Galax, 12:00

    1/10 Gx20 Vaughan rush for 3 yards

    2/7 Gx23 Vaughan rush for 9 yards

    1/10 Gx32 Vaughan rush for 10 yards

    1/10 Gx42 Vaughan fumble, Clintwood R.Mullins recovers at Gx 44

     

    Clintwood, 11:14

    1/10 Gx44 Meade rush for 24 yards

    1/10 Gx20 Meade rush for 4 yards

    2/6 Gx16 Meade rush for 2 yards

    3/4 Gx14 Meade rush for -1 yards

  • CLINTWOOD-GALAX: Game notes

    (NOTE: The Group A Division 1 state championship game will be played after The Gazette's production deadline for its Monday edition. A game summary and photos will be posted online Saturday evening. Full coverage will appear Sunday online and in our Wednesday print edition.)

     

    GROUP A DIVISION 1 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

    Clintwood (12-2) vs. Galax (14-0)

     

    Saturday, 12 noon, Salem Stadium

    Admission $10, 6-under free

  • CLINTWOOD-GALAX: A little Grayson County has stuck with both Galax and Clintwood

    One team comes from the coalfields, the other from a mill town. One is known primarily for its size and power, the other for its speed and quick-strike ability. One has a winning tradition dating back for generations, the other is treading on entirely new ground.

    Yet Clintwood and Galax are linked by one common thread – having spent few Friday night hours in friendly downtown Independence this fall.

    Well, that and the fact that they’ll meet one another in the state championship game Saturday.

  • CLINTWOOD-GALAX: We the Peoples

    Steven Peoples was at the 5-yard line. Charging ahead, he was soon at the 10, then the 20. Breaking through a barrier like it was made of paper, he veered left into the open field, careful not to mishandle the cargo his teammates had entrusted him to carry in his right hand. A gang of players was running behind him.