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High School

  • Maroon Tide finishes strong at own invitational

    HILLSVILLE –– More than 400 runners representing 24 schools made the 2011 Maroon Tide Invitational cross country meet the largest in its 18-year history, giving more credence to the fact that the Galax varsity teams had their best showings in a decade.

    The 3.1-mile Southwestern Virginia Training Center course will host the Region C meet in a few weeks, making the event an attractive stop on the cross country circuit for several Southwest Virginia schools.

  • Huge half propels Galax to win

     NEW CASTLE –– Galax rolled to a 49-0 halftime lead and remained undefeated on the year, swamping Craig County 49-14 in a nondistrict game Friday night.

    The Maroon Tide (5-0) got one big play after another in the high-scoring first half, starting with its special teams. After holding the Rockets (2-3) to a three-and-out, Galax was on the board the first time it touched the ball when Deion George returned a Craig County punt 77 yards for a touchdown. Eli Brady knocked through the first of his seven PAT kicks for a quick 7-0 Galax lead.

  • Galax golfers continue winning ways

     DRAPER –– The Galax golf team continued to rack up the wins last week, taking a pair of three-team matches on Tuesday and Thursday.

    Thursday at Draper Valley Golf Club, the Maroon Tide shot a composite 152 to defeat Grayson County (185) and host Fort Chiswell (209).

    John Bryant was low man for Galax, overcoming rainy, chilly conditions to turn in an even-par 36 on the front nine. Matt Downey was a single stroke back at 37 while Ben Hill (39) and Eddie Hanks (40) were also strong.

  • 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.