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Today's Sports

  • Maroon Tide holds off Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax quickly built a nine-point lead and fended off numerous Grayson County comeback attempts to take a 44-34 Mountain Empire District girls’ win Saturday evening.

    The Maroon Tide (5-5) never trailed after scoring the game’s first four points and led 12-3 on Halle Bryant’s putback at the two-minute mark of the first quarter. The Blue Devils (2-8), fresh off a win over then- once-beaten Narrows, made one run after another at Galax but were unable to draw even.

  • Cavaliers fall short of Bruins

    HILLSVILLE –– Adam Horton caught the inbounds pass inside the jump circle, wheeled and launched a near-halfcourt 3-pointer that hit nothing but nylon as time expired. The only thing between the Carroll County forward and hero status was one defensive stop that would have made his heave a game-winner.

  • Cavaliers work past Galax

    HILLSVILLE –– Being a farming area, many residents of Carroll County are familiar with the emblematic significance of the plow in the Future Farmers of America seal. It symbolizes labor, without which (as any former vice president in the organization knows) neither knowledge nor wisdom can accomplish much. After taking a night off, effort-wise, in a loss last week to Galax, it appears Carroll County has gotten the message that one reaps what one sows.

  • Galax stonewalled in semis

    Galax’s 63-21 loss to Riverheads in the Group 1A state semifinals Saturday could be analyzed a thousand different ways.

  • Destination: Salem

    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’s left of its ragged home turf.

  • Tide reaches semis

    Galax’s football field is suffering from a groundskeeper’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’s season has extended now into the third round of the postseason.

    Compounding the problem is the fact that, as they say, grass won’t grow on a race track.

  • Tide vs. Pioneers, take 2

    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.

  • Tide batters Burton

    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.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: November 13-19

     

     

     

    2011

    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.

     

    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.

  • Tide meets streaking Burton

    A young team from the coalfields, representing a proud program, hit hard by graduation and wearing black and orange. Galax’s second-round opponent has a lot in common with its first.

    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.