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High School

  • 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.

  • CLINTWOOD-GALAX: Clintwood carries banner of Lonesome Pine District into state finals.

    If one thing stands out about Lonesome Pine District football in general, it is the tradition.

    From the athletic tape on the front of each Clintwood player’s helmet scrawled with ‘LPD PRIDE’ to the fact that the official Clintwood roster includes the names and numbers of former players who have had their numbers retired, all the way back to 1949, to the fact that the school has had all of three head football coaches since 1953, it’s just a football culture to be found in the pocket communities that dot Virginia’s far-southwest mountains.

  • Cavs hammer Cougars in season opener

     STUART –– Carroll County jumped out to a 14-point lead after the first quarter and opened its 2011-12 season by pasting Patrick County 75-22 in a nondistrict game Monday.

    The Cavaliers held the Cougars (0-1) to six total points in the middle two periods, leading 42-13 at halftime and 63-15 entering the fourth quarter.

    Eight different Cavaliers scored between six and 12 points, led by Wes Smoot’s 12. 

     

    Carroll County......23  19  21  12––75

  • Hiatt’s shot sinks Patrick for Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– As the first light snow of the season was falling outside the Carroll County gym Tuesday evening, the first shots of the basketball season weren’t. But despite what could be one of Carroll’s better offensive teams in years managing just 35 points, Emily Hiatt sank the two that mattered.

    Hiatt’s slashing layup with less than five seconds to play spelled the difference as the Cavaliers opened their 2011-12 season with a 35-33 nondistrict win over Patrick County.