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High School

  • XC runners wrap up season

     THE PLAINS –– Galax managed a ninth-place finish in the boys’ team standings while three Twin County girls gave solid individual efforts at the Group A state cross country championships Nov. 12 at Great Meadows.

    The Maroon Tide boys were one point behind Floyd County for eighth position as Region C fared well in the team standings. Fielding just five runners, Parry McCluer (113 points) was a solid second place behind team champion George Mason (65).

  • Turnovers plague Grayson in loss to Dan River

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County had made a living all year by making opponents pay for their mistakes. The Blue Devils’ season came to an end by the same means.

    Entering the second round of the Western Section Division 2 playoffs with a plus-23 turnover ratio, Grayson County gave the ball away five times Friday night, leading to a 31-20 loss to Dan River at Bill Strong Field.

  • 33-point explosion lifts Maroon Tide to 60-24 win

    Galax rebounded from a slow start Friday and scored on five straight possessions to take home its 12th consecutive win, dominating Castlewood 60-24 in the Western Section Division 1 playoffs.

    The top-seeded Maroon Tide (12-0) advances to the third round, where it will face the winner of Saturday’s Honaker-J.I. Burton game without one of its top two-way players – Steven Peoples.

  • Castlewood next for Galax

    In looking for a comparison between this week’s opponent and a more familiar team, Galax coach Mark Dixon mentioned Radford’s offense, and the defense of last year’s Eastern Montgomery team.

    Dixon’s wife, Wendy, associated Castlewood, the Maroon Tide’s foe in the second round of the Western Section Division 1 playoffs, with a team Galax should know very well.

  • Road gets steeper for Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Just how strong is the Western Section Division 2 playoff field? If it had been put together by a selection committee instead of a mathematical formula, there would be howling out of Pittsylvania County about Dan River being under-appreciated.

    The No. 10 seed in a 16-team field, Dan River (8-3) will venture into Bill Strong Field tonight for a second-round meeting with No. 2 Grayson County (10-1) after having knocked off seventh-seeded and defending state champion Gate City on the road, 33-10, last Saturday.

  • Galax to open state at Rye Cove

     Rye Cove defeated J.I. Burton in the finals of the Region D Division 1 tournament Saturday and will be the destination for Galax in the opening round of the Group A Division 1 state tournament Tuesday.

    The contest will be a rematch of last year's state quarterfinals, in which Rye Cove  defeated Galax  3-1.

  • Chargers bump Galax for title

    There were a total of 205 points played and won in the Region C Division 1 volleyball championship match Thursday at Galax High School. Points No. 181 and 182 are the ones the Maroon Tide will remember.

    Leading two sets to one and tied at 24 in the fourth game, Galax was two points away from claiming its first region championship in volleyball when Bath County pulled out the set, then pulled away in the fifth to successfully defend its title 25-15, 17-25, 24-26, 26-24, 15-8.

  • Blue Devils handle Graham, 35-15

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County won its first playoff game since 1991 Friday night with a 35-15 triumph over a much improved Graham team in the opening round of the Group A Division 2 Western Section tournament at Bill Strong Field.

    It was the second win over the G-Men this season for the Blue Devils, who beat them 41-3 in an Oct. 7 regular season game.

    “Graham came to play and their quickness and execution gave us some problems,” said Blue Devil coach Brett McPherson.

  • Carroll County caps season with 48-6 win

     STUART –– Carroll County gave up an early touchdown and responded with 48 unanswered points, finishing its season with a 48-6 nondistrict win Friday over Patrick County.

    Patrick County (0-10) scored on the third play of the game before the Cavaliers (3-7) took over. Logan Hodges scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Patrick Davis added another for a 20-6 lead. Carroll stopped a Patrick drive with less than a minute left in the first half when Davis came up with an interception inside the Cavalier 5-yard line.

  • Hidden Valley eliminates Cavs

    HILLSVILLE – Entering the Region IV volleyball tournament as one of the lower seeds, Carroll County was fortunate not to draw overall No. 1 Cave Spring. The consolation was minimal, though, as the Cavaliers got a date with the last team Cave Spring lost to. 

    Hidden Valley, fresh off a win over the Knights in the River Ridge tournament finals, needed less than an hour to dispatch the Cavaliers, coasting to a 25-15, 25-5, 25-11 win in the quarterfinals Tuesday.