Today's Sports

  • Raiders pose big challenge

    Over the course of the last four seasons, Galax High School football teams have rushed for a tad less than 16,000 yards, or roughly 9.1 miles. Up until recently, Zamir Echeagaray has been up front helping clear a path for just about every foot of it.

  • Galax survives Rebels

    The Region 1A West second-round matchup between Galax and Hurley featured two runningbacks who had rushed for nearly 5,000 yards between them this season. Neither team’s defense seemed overly impressed by that fact.

    Galax’s Charles Harris (2,650 yards through 11 games), Hurley’s Brady Justice (2,270) and the two players’ respective offenses were overshadowed by a physical defensive effort by both teams Friday night, with Galax able to pull away late for a 28-12 win at Galax High School.

  • Hurley next up for Galax

    The second round of the Region 1A West playoffs are upon us, and for the most part, the usual suspects make up the eight remaining teams on this side of the state.

    Haysi and Clintwood are absent, of course, having consolidated into 2A Ridgeview, but many of the teams still alive entering tonight – George Wythe, Radford, J.I. Burton, Galax, Honaker and Rural Retreat, are no strangers to postseason football.

    The two exceptions are Bland County and, as far as second-round action is concerned, Galax’s opponent tonight, Hurley.

  • Tide overwhelms Narrows

    Officially, Galax’s Region 1A West first-round payoff game with Narrows ended just a little after 9 p.m. That may have come as a surprise to any who thought this one would be over before it started.

  • Tide ‘D’ steals the show

    INDEPENDENCE –– Keeping Galax’s offense off the field may be the most effective way to slow down a rushing attack that has amassed more than 10,000 yards in the last four years. The only problem for Grayson County Friday was, it was the Maroon Tide’s defense that was keeping that potent offense on the sideline.

  • Cavaliers buck Colonels

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County opened play in the Conference 24 volleyball tournament Monday night with the full support of its customarily-raucous student section. The Crazies were their usual vocal selves and, as was expected, the Cavaliers advanced to the semifinals.

    The deer head had no comment.

  • Grayson races past Wave

    INDEPENDENCE –– Trailing by a point midway through the third quarter Friday, Grayson County ramped up the pressure defensively and exploded for 28 points in the final 16-plus minutes to run away from Narrows 49-21 in a Mountain Empire District game at Bill Strong Field.

  • Tide annihilates Wave, 75-27

     As per Virginia High School League rule, once a 35-point lead is taken in a high school football game, the clock shall run continuously through incompletions, out-of-bounds plays, touchdowns and the like. Occasionally, time seems to just creep by anyway.

    Friday couldn’t get over with quickly enough for Narrows.

  • No. 5 for No. 6

    BLUEFIELD, W.Va. –– When Steven Peoples of Galax set the state single-game rushing record of 502 yards against Graham in 2013, it came as part of a 54-7 cakewalk. Charles Harris threatened that record Friday at Mitchell Stadium before coming up 38 yards short.

    This time, the Maroon Tide needed every inch of Harris’ enormous yardage total.

  • Giles erupts to down Tide

    PEARISBURG –– A handful of little things in the first two quarters allowed Giles to squeak through to halftime with a one-point lead. A handful of big things early in the second half helped the Spartans race away into what would prove to be an insurmountable lead.