High School

  • Maroon Tide bombs way to title

    WYTHEVILLE –– George Wythe’s gym is notoriously a hot, stuffy place. But Friday night it was on fire for Galax.

    After a slow start the Maroon Tide shot the lights out the rest of the night, particularly from long range, and cooked George Wythe 54-35 on the Maroons’ home floor to win the inaugural Conference 46 boys’ basketball championship.

    Both teams advance to this week’s Region 1A West tournament. Galax (17-4) will host Narrows on Tuesday while George Wythe (14-10) travels to Radford.

  • Tide’s Sawyers, Carroll’s Rotella place

    SALEM –– The three Twin County wrestling programs sent a total of six competitors to their respective state wrestling tournaments Friday and Saturday, and three wrestlers came home with top-five finishes after two days of competition at the Salem Civic Center.

    Caleb Spurlin (see above story) won the state championship in the 220-pound weight class in the Group 1A event. Teammate Jontae Sawyers worked back from a first-round loss to claim third in the 113-pound class and Jack Vaughan finished eighth in the 160-pound class.

  • Senate panel again sacks homeschool sports bill

    The Virginia Senate Education and Health Committee has been a field of nightmares for perennial legislation to let home-school students play public sports.
    And it was again on Friday.
    On a 9-6 party-line vote, the Democrat-run panel voted down Del. Rob Bell’s version of the so-called “Tim Tebow” bill.
    As it did this year, the measure named for the onetime pro football quarterback now pursuing an NFL return had previously cleared the House of Delegates only to get sacked in the Senate.

  • Basketball tournament pairings/results





    First round

    8. Carroll County at 1. John Handley

    5. King George at 4. Loudoun County

    7. Dominion at 2. Chancellor

    6. Charlottesville at 3. G.W. Danville


    Semifinals ay higher seed

  • Hanks, Guynn, Lundy enjoy big scoring nights

    DUBLIN –– Paige Hanks enjoyed a career night for Galax but it wasn’t enough as Pulaski County pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 53-47  win in a nondistrict girls’ game Monday.

    Hanks poured in 26 points to go with six rebounds, four steals and two assists.

    The largest lead by either team was a five-point edge by Galax (7-9) in the third quarter before the two teams entered the fourth knotted at 37.

    The Maroon Tide was up 42-41 before Pulaski (5-13)  took control with a 12-2 run.

  • Grayson dominant in second half

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County created havoc with its ramped up defense. It created scoring opportunities with an attacking offense. The two together created a win for the Blue Devils.

    Cranking up the intensity in its man-to-man defense, Grayson County outscored Narrows 17-2 in the third quarter and cruised to a 59-33 win in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Tuesday night.

  • Devils race away from Wave

    INDEPENDENCE –– After suffering a disappointing upset loss to Galax last week, Grayson County got back on the winning track in the Mountain Empire District, riding a big second-quarter run to a 65-40 win over Narrows Wednesday night.

    The win improved the Blue Devils to 12-7 overall and 5-2 in the district while the Green Wave dropped to 8-9, 2-4.

  • Trio leads Carroll County past Cave Spring, 57-51

     ROANOKE –– Carroll County got a balanced scoring attack and held off Cave Spring 57-51 in a River Ridge District boys’ game Friday in Roanoke.

    Gunnar Beamer scored 16 points for Carroll County, which got 14 from Cody Keith and 13 from Connor Lundy.


    Carroll County......15  13  14  15––57

    Cave Spring..........12  10  10  19––51


    Carroll County (16-4, 10-2)

  • Titans spoil Cavs’ RRD mark

    HILLSVILLE –– In winning its first 10 games as a member of the River Ridge District, Carroll County has been able to overcome a cold shooting night every now and then. The Cavaliers have not yet had to do so against an equal opponent.

  • Galax girls outlast Narrows

    Facing a six-point halftime deficit, Galax blasted its way into a double-figure lead by the end of the third quarter but had to survive one final scare before emerging with a 49-48 win over Narrows in a Mountain Empire District girls’ game Friday.

    The win gets the Maroon Tide’s head above water in the league standings at 5-4 and evens its overall record at 9-9. Narrows dropped to 8-10, 2-5 with the loss.