http://www.galaxgazette.com/sports/rss.xml en Galax stonewalled in semis http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/galax-stonewalled-semis <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/5679.jpg" alt="Galax runningback Blake Brown is met at the line by Riverheads linebacker Ridge Stokes in the Group 1A semifinals Saturday." title="Galax runningback Blake Brown is met at the line by Riverheads linebacker Ridge Stokes in the Group 1A semifinals Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Galax&rsquo;s 63-21 loss to Riverheads in the Group 1A state semifinals Saturday could be analyzed a thousand different ways.</span></p> <p> Destination: Salem http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/destination-salem <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rivbox_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="112" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">It seems somewhat fitting that, despite having a slightly higher final VHSL rating and a hair better record, Riverheads will be the traveling team for this Group 1A state semifinal tomorrow afternoon while Galax will be defending what&rsquo;s left of its ragged home turf.</span></p> <p> Tide reaches semis http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/tide-reaches-semis <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fortbrown.jpg" alt="Galax’s Blake Brown sidesteps one Fort Chiswell defender as the Pioneers’ Hunter Parrott comes soaring in during the Maroon Tide’s 41-0 Region 1A West win Friday." title="Galax’s Blake Brown sidesteps one Fort Chiswell defender as the Pioneers’ Hunter Parrott comes soaring in during the Maroon Tide’s 41-0 Region 1A West win Friday." align="left" hspace="6" width="118" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Galax&rsquo;s football field is suffering from a groundskeeper&rsquo;s version of male-pattern baldness, the area between the hashes having been pulverized into a grassless, dusty moonscape due to the combination of drought conditions and added weeks of practices and games as the Maroon Tide&rsquo;s season has extended now into the third round of the postseason.</span></p> <p> Compounding the problem is the fact that, as they say, grass won&rsquo;t grow on a race track.</p> Tide vs. Pioneers, take 2 http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/tide-vs-pioneers-take-2 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nov_25_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="29" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">There was the feeling, that Saturday afternoon in early October (the hope, certainly among Galax faithful), that these two teams would see each other again down the road.</span></p> Tide batters Burton http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/tide-batters-burton <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jibbrown.jpg" alt="Galax runningback Blake Brown cuts through the dust and the J.I. Burton defense early in the Maroon Tide’s 44-14 win Friday in the second round of the Region 1A West playoffs." title="Galax runningback Blake Brown cuts through the dust and the J.I. Burton defense early in the Maroon Tide’s 44-14 win Friday in the second round of the Region 1A West playoffs." align="left" hspace="6" width="99" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Number 8 seeds need things like turnovers, home run balls and muffed punts to pull off massive upsets. Number 1 seeds need things that made them No. 1 seeds in the first place to avoid such stunners.</span></p> <p> REMEMBER WHEN: November 13-19 http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/remember-when-november-13-19 <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/2001.jpg" alt="2001–Heather Weaver (40) and Brandi Overstreet contest a shot underneath for Galax, which claimed the MED regular season and tournament championships." title="2001–Heather Weaver (40) and Brandi Overstreet contest a shot underneath for Galax, which claimed the MED regular season and tournament championships." align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <p> <strong>2011</strong></p> <p> Galax rolled up 551 yards of offense and opened the playoffs with a 64-7 win over Holston. Donte Peoples, Joseph Dixon and Steven Peoples rushed for more than 110 yards each for the Maroon Tide and Austin Pack had 150 passing yards.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Grayson County rushed for 411 yards and drubbed Graham 35-15 for its first playoff win in 20 years. Darren Anderson and Xavier Rodriguez ran for two touchdowns each and Rodriguez had 211 yards on 13 carries.</p> Tide meets streaking Burton http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/tide-meets-streaking-burton <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/box_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="40" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A young team from the coalfields, representing a proud program, hit hard by graduation and wearing black and orange. Galax&rsquo;s second-round opponent has a lot in common with its first.</span></p> <p> How J.I. Burton differs, however, is that after an 0-3 start to the season, the Raiders got to the manageable part of their schedule and managed quite well.&nbsp;</p> Huge half advances Tide http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/huge-half-advances-tide <img src="http://www.galaxgazette.com/sites/www.galaxgazette.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hopeoples.jpg" alt="Galax’s Dougie Peoples fends off Honaker’s Mason Phillips on his way to an 81-yard touchdown on a screen pass in the Maroon Tide’s Region 1A West playoff win Friday." title="Galax’s Dougie Peoples fends off Honaker’s Mason Phillips on his way to an 81-yard touchdown on a screen pass in the Maroon Tide’s Region 1A West playoff win Friday." align="left" hspace="6" width="112" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Up until the final night of the regular season, it was looking as if Galax would be hosting Bland County in the first round of the playoffs. It turned out that the Maroon Tide&rsquo;s postseason opponent wasn&rsquo;t a repeat of a Week 8 game, but the story line was.</span></p>