http://www.galaxgazette.com/sports/rss.xml en Dixon to stay, grass to go http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/dixon-stay-grass-go <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/field.jpg" alt="An artist’s rendering of the new artificial surface to be installed at Galax’s football field." title="An artist’s rendering of the new artificial surface to be installed at Galax’s football field." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">When Galax football coach Mark Dixon submitted his resignation several weeks ago to pursue the chance to coach in college, he didn&rsquo;t entirely rule out returning to the high school ranks some day. That day turned out to be Tuesday.</span></p> <p> After several interviews at programs all across the spectrum of college divisions, including one as recently as early this week, Dixon concluded that the little single-A high school in Southwest Virginia is where he belongs.</p> Salem powers past Carroll http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/salem-powers-past-carroll <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/salrotenizer.jpg" alt="Carroll County leftfielder Lance Rotenizer makes a diving attempt at a line drive into the gap early in the Cavaliers’ loss to Salem." title="Carroll County leftfielder Lance Rotenizer makes a diving attempt at a line drive into the gap early in the Cavaliers’ loss to Salem." align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">HILLSVILLE &ndash;&ndash; Transportation issues Tuesday delayed the arrival of Salem&rsquo;s baseball team until game time, pushing the first pitch back about 30 minutes. The Spartan offense more than made up for the lost time.</span></p> <p> Cavs, Tide trade big wins http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/cavs-tide-trade-big-wins <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/boys_1.jpg" alt="Galax’s Josehl Urbina (4) avoids Carroll County’s Quincy Fichtel (8) and keeper Derrick Case en route to a first-half goal." title="Galax’s Josehl Urbina (4) avoids Carroll County’s Quincy Fichtel (8) and keeper Derrick Case en route to a first-half goal." align="left" hspace="6" width="99" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">HILLSVILLE &ndash;&ndash;Carroll County&rsquo;s girls and Galax&rsquo;s boys both built insurmountable first-half leads and coasted to easy nondistrict soccer wins Thursday at Tommy Thompson Field.</span></p> <p> The Cavalier girls took a 5-0 lead after 40 minutes in their 8-0 win while the Maroon Tide boys led 5-1 at the break of their 6-1 victory.</p> <p> Taking it to the next level http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/taking-it-next-level <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dixon2.jpg" alt="Mark Dixon is leaving Galax after compiling a 68-26 record with one state championship and a runner-up finish." title="Mark Dixon is leaving Galax after compiling a 68-26 record with one state championship and a runner-up finish." align="left" hspace="6" width="102" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Family is what brought Mark Dixon to Galax. Family is the main reason he knows that it&rsquo;s okay &ndash; even necessary &ndash; that he should move on.</span></p> <p> Dixon resigned as Galax High School&rsquo;s head football coach early this week after leading the program to unprecedented heights over the past seven seasons. He is leaving to pursue the chance to coach in the college ranks even though, ironically, a man whose success was driven by equal parts fear and preparation is taking a job at the University of TBA.</p> Dixon steps down as Galax football coach http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/dixon-steps-down-galax-football-coach <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0088jibdixon_0.jpg" alt="Mark Dixon&#039;s teams compiled a record of 68-26 in seven seasons, with one state championship and one runner-up finish" title="Mark Dixon&#039;s teams compiled a record of 68-26 in seven seasons, with one state championship and one runner-up finish" align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">RELATED: Taking it to the next level</span></strong></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;"><a href="http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/taking-it-next-level">http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/taking-it-next-level</a></span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> King's Fork ends Carroll County's season http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/kings-fork-ends-carroll-countys-season <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/abby.jpg" alt="Carroll County&#039;s Abby Kennedy is pounced upon by Camary Harris of King&#039;s Fork during the Cavaliers&#039; Group 4A state quarterfinal loss Thursday." title="Carroll County&#039;s Abby Kennedy is pounced upon by Camary Harris of King&#039;s Fork during the Cavaliers&#039; Group 4A state quarterfinal loss Thursday." align="left" hspace="6" width="54" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">SALEM &ndash;&ndash;&nbsp;King&rsquo;s Fork closed the first half on a 6-2 run and opened the third quarter with nine straight points, rallying for a 56-47 win over Carroll County in the Group 4A girls&rsquo; state quarterfinals Thursday at the Salem Civic Center.</span></p> Fork in the road for Cavs http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/fork-road-cavs <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/march_1_0.jpg" alt="Left photo: Mattie Kennedy of Carroll County drives the lane against Camary Harris of King’s Fork in last year’s Group 4A quarterfinals, while Keely Lundy (5, right photo) bodies up on the Bulldogs’ Amesha Miller." title="Left photo: Mattie Kennedy of Carroll County drives the lane against Camary Harris of King’s Fork in last year’s Group 4A quarterfinals, while Keely Lundy (5, right photo) bodies up on the Bulldogs’ Amesha Miller." align="left" hspace="6" width="76" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">HILLSVILLE &ndash;&ndash; Third seed or not, Carroll County can claim at least one advantage when the Cavaliers open play in the Group 4A girls&rsquo; basketball tournament tomorrow: the closest thing to home-court advantage of any team in the event.</span></p> Cavaliers salvage third http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/cavaliers-salvage-third <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cville1.jpg" alt="Carroll County’s Madi Dalton (on floor) and Jade Holt tangle for the ball with Zanequa Thomas of Charlottesville in the first half of the Cavaliers’ 71-42 win." title="Carroll County’s Madi Dalton (on floor) and Jade Holt tangle for the ball with Zanequa Thomas of Charlottesville in the first half of the Cavaliers’ 71-42 win." align="left" hspace="6" width="100" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">HILLSVILLE &ndash;&ndash; It&rsquo;s called a consolation game sometimes, occasionally it&rsquo;s referred to as a third-place game. Carroll County had it both ways Friday night.</span></p>