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High School

  • Maroon Tide wins 10th straight

    Galax won its fourth consecutive Fort Chiswell Invitational championship on Saturday and followed with an easy nondistrict win over Pulaski County on Monday to improve to 11-1 on the season.

    The Maroon Tide’s 25-19, 25-17, 25-11 win Monday was its 10th straight since falling to Carroll County on Aug. 29. Galax trailed for just one point all night before finishing off the Cougars.

    Leading 3-2 in the first set, Galax got a Paige Hanks ace and a Bailey Shumate dink to surge ahead 7-2.

  • Maroon Tide heads to high country

    Galax football coach Mark Dixon has seen his team successfully navigate its way through some name-recognition schools. He did his best this week to make sure there was no plunge in the intensity level leading up to Friday.

    Having notched wins over Glenvar, Floyd County, Eastern Montgomery and most recently Radford, Dixon could foresee a possible letdown with Craig County on the horizon.

  • Tide pulls away from Grayson

    Grayson County showed Galax in one game just how far it has come in one year. Galax showed in all three that there is still work to do.

    Galax’s versatility and experience shone through in the key moments of a first-set win and carried on through the rest of the evening as the Maroon Tide took a 26-24, 25-11, 25-21 win in a Mountain Empire District volleyball match Thursday.

  • 58 first-half points leads to Blue Devil wipeout

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County was favored to beat Clintwood Friday night but no one expected the manner in which the Blue Devils won the nondistrict game. 

    Grayson County put 58 points on the board in the first half and coasted in the second half to a 61-6 nondistrict victory to remain undefeated with a 4-0 record. 

    Actually, Grayson County scored 58 points in a span of 14 minutes and 7 seconds of the first half. 

  • Area volleyball teams pick up victories

     BLUEFIELD –– Galax gave Graham a rude welcome to the Mountain Empire District volleyball scene, rolling to a 25-10, 25-10, 25-7 win Thursday night.

    Allison White led the Maroon Tide (4-1, 1-0) at the net with 10 kills and a pair of blocks, Paige Hanks had five aces among her 12 serving points and Grace Wilson had nine assists and seven points.

    Bailey Shumate, Taylor Bryant and Harley Brewer combined for 15 kills and Carolyn Vaughan served for 10 points.

  • Motley and crew dominate Cavs

    HILLSVILLE—Christiansburg scored on its first six possessions Friday night en route to a 52-13 thrashing of Carroll County at Tommy Thompson Field.

    The Cavaliers (0-3) were pushed around on both offense and defense and managed only 21 yards in the first half before putting up two scores in the second half against the reserves.

    Virginia Tech commit Brenden Motley wasted no time putting the Blue Demons on the board following a three-and-out by the Cavalier offense.

  • Grayson slams Indians 52-13

    RURAL RETREAT – When two undefeated teams clash on the football field, one has to come away a loser.

    The loser last Friday night was Rural Retreat after Grayson County rolled into Indian country and came away with a 52-13 nondistrict victory for the Blue Devils.

    Grayson County set the tone of the game early when Zack Vaughan took the opening kickoff and, after some nifty running and breaking tackles, rambled 73 yards for the touchdown with only 16 seconds ticked off the clock. Mario Ruiz kicked the extra point for the 7-0 lead.

  • Degree of difficulty increases for Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– Imagine Carroll County’s football season in terms of a linear graph. The blue line is the level of improvement shown by the Cavaliers. The red line is the level of the competition the team faces from week to week.

    While the blue line is on an inclined plane, unfortunately, so is the red one. For now, the Cavaliers are holding out for the day those two lines intersect. 

  • Devils, Indians looking for 3-0

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County and Rural Retreat will both seek to improve to 3-0 on the year tonight when the two meet for a nondistrict game at Rural Retreat Community Stadium.

    While both teams put up some impressive offensive numbers, what stands out about last week’s action was the defensive job done by the Blue Devils in their 40-7 win over Chilhowie.

  • Galax surges to win over Floyd

    There was thunder and lightning on the field Friday night as Galax coasted to its first win over nearby rival Floyd County since 1995, taking a 37-21 nondistrict win.

    Summer storms delayed the kickoff by 30 minutes, but the thunderous running of Tide senior Jordan Vaughan coupled with the lightning fast speed of Donte Peoples was too much for the Buffaloes.

    Floyd County (0-2) appeared ready to put up a fight against Galax, stopping the Maroon Tide on its opening possession and quickly putting up seven points of its own.