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High School

  • Galax goes yard to win opener

     Galax used a grand slam and a three-run homer to overcome a six-run deficit and the Maroon Tide opened its 2012 season with a 12-8 win over Pulaski County in a nondistrict game Tuesday at Felts Park.

    The Cougars (3-1) took a 6-0 lead after the second inning before the Maroon Tide used the long ball to start its comeback. Eddie Hanks clubbed a three-run homer in the fourth and Chandler Quesenberry clubbed a grand slam to left in the fifth to knot the score at 8-8.

  • East Rock too much for Galax

    RICHMOND –– The road to Richmond started for Galax’s seniors when they were promising but marginally successful freshmen. It started for the Maroon Tide’s coach when he was a half a world away.

    That long journey came to a dead end on Thursday, one exit short.

    East Rockingham simply proved to be too much for the Maroon Tide to handle as the deep, talented and seasoned Eagles eliminated Galax 59-40 in the Group A Division 1 girls’ semifinals at VCU’s Siegel Center.

  • 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.