High School

  • Galax takes two from Bland

    BASTIAN –– It was Galax girls’ soccer coach Troy Barkley’s supposition that it was just good for his players to get back on the field. Even if a lot of the field got on them.

    Having played just once through the end of March, the Maroon Tide opened its Mountain Empire District season in conditions more commonly seen on fall Friday nights after a hurricane had passed through, with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, snow flurries flying about from time to time and standing water covering large portions of the playing field.

  • Sorry, there’s no VCU in Region C

    A little winter housecleaning…

    Having just watched VCU step over Kansas to reach the Final Four, two thoughts come to mind:

    First, I imagine those Shaka Smart Basketball Camp slots are starting to fill up rather quickly.

    Second, though there may be a place for a team that has no place in the NCAA tournament, there should be no place for a team that has no place in the Region C or Region IV tournaments.

  • Brown honored in region, state

    Galax boys’ basketball coach Verl Brown has been named the coach of the year in both the region and the state after leading the Maroon Tide to the first state championship in program history.

    Brown, in his 14th season as the Tide head coach, guided Galax to a 26-2 record in 2010-11, winning the Mountain Empire, Region C Division 1 and Group A Division 1 championships.

  • Maroon Tide batters Buffaloes

     FLOYD –– Travis Garvey and Travis Cockerham each launched a two-run home run Thursday as Galax pounded Floyd County 14-2 in a five-inning, nondistrict baseball game.

    The Maroon Tide (2-1) jumped on the Buffaloes for eight runs in the first two innings without the long-ball fireworks. Garvey cracked his two-run shot in the fourth and Cockerham added his in the fifth.

    Garvey also doubled and was 2-for-2 with four RBIs for Galax. Cockerham drove in three and was 3-for-4 while Jacob Woodel and Jonathon Alouf were each 2-for-3.

  • Warriors take opener from Tide

     It was a little uncommon that of Chilhowie’s nine players, none had a single-digit uniform number. The Warriors’ offensive totals were like that, too.

    Chilhowie turned 14 hits into 13 runs and raced past Galax 13-1 in a nondistrict softball game Friday at Mountain View Park.

    The Warriors did their damage with a trio of four-run outbursts, coming in the third, fourth and sixth innings.



    Group A Division 1 boys


    Page County 66, Surry County 63

    Hurley 58, Eastern Montgomery 57

    Luray 64, Chesterfield Community 53

    Galax 50, Twin Springs 44

    Thursday at VCU


    Page County (20-8) vs. Hurley (25-3), 1 p.m.

    Luray (22-4) vs. Galax (24-2), 5 p.m.

    Friday at VCU

  • Galax heads east in search of first hoops title

    \Walking into Galax High School on Monday, one could hear the announcement from principal Bill Sutherland giving students instructions on how to get a game ticket and a spot on the bus for the over-nighter being planned for later in the week.

    A stroll into the gym, and one could see Maroon Tide players Lawrence Parsons, Austin Pack and Devonte McKinney slamming home alley-oop passes from the little guys in P.E. class (some more successfully than others).

  • Bitter end something to build on

    BRISTOL –– Facing a potent inside threat and a pair of lightning-quick guards, Galax hoped to force J.I. Burton into early foul trouble, cutting the workload in half.

    It was the Black Raiders doing the dividing and conquering.

    Burton took advantage of some serious early foul trouble by the Tide and got an unexpected – and career-high – 22 points from Jessica Hensley to knock off the Maroon Tide 59-46 in the Group A Division 1 quarterfinals Saturday at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den.

  • Maroon Tide goes cold in final, falls to Bath County 32-29

    BUENA VISTA –– Scoring one point in the first 10 minutes didn’t spell doom for Galax. Getting none the final 5:36 did.

    While Bath County experienced its own scoring struggles, the Chargers’ shooting was the lesser of two evils Saturday as the Pioneer District champs held on for a 32-29 win in the Region C Division 1 girls’ championship game at Parry McCluer High School.

  • Maroon Tide ends drought

    BUENA VISTA –– The name of the town means “Good View.” You can see all the way to the state tournament from here.

    Galax made the lengthy journey to Parry McCluer High School and was rewarded with its first trip to the state tournament in 20 years Thursday, controlling Covington from start to finish for a 45-39 win in the Region C Division 1 girls’ semifinals.

    Galax earned a spot in this week’s state tournament with the win, regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s region title game with Bath County.