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Today's Sports

  • Tompkins takes a look back

    HILLSVILLE –– Anyone who knows Joe Tompkins knows that the man just doesn’t get in a hurry. After all, it’s taken him more than 50 years to walk away from a ballfield.

    A player through youth leagues, middle school, high school and at Pfeiffer College, then a coach in the Carroll County system since 1980, Tompkins has spent just about every spring of his life on a baseball diamond. His 19-year run as the Cavaliers’ head baseball coach came to an end this spring.

  • MMA event will benefit Grayson...

    INDEPENDENCE — Titans of the Cage fight matches will be held July 16 at Grayson County High School.

    Doors open at 4 p.m. and fights start at 5. TOC Promotions will showcase its biggest card ever, featuring more than 20 fights. Some proceeds will go to GCHS athletic department.

    The main event features undefeated welterweight champ Austin Cooper of Team SWMA in Wytheville against Jeremy Caviness of Team Backyard Brawlers of Hillsville.

  • Chambers wins Roanoke C.C. match...

     

    By LARRY CHAMBERS

    Staff

     

    ROANOKE –– Brad Chambers of Galax birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Matt Harmon and win the featured Amateur Division crown of the 71st Roanoke Valley Match Play Championship held at Roanoke Country Club June 17-19.

  • No three-peat for Tide

    RADFORD –– It had happened so often this year, it should have come as no surprise that after a long scoreless stretch, a Galax goal once again ramped the energy level into high gear and initiated a scoring flurry that would decide the game.

    The shocking part was that this time, the Maroon Tide goal juiced the other guys.

  • Blue Devils on short end

    TAZEWELL –– Momentum was a fickle friend Friday in the Region 2A West baseball championship game. Whichever team seemed to be cozying up with Big Mo one moment was almost guaranteed to be shunned by it within an inning or two.

  • Tide wins the main one

    RINER –– Looking at Galax’s softball confrontations with Auburn this year as a single plate appearance, the Maroon Tide was down to its final strike. Galax kicked the ball around the park in a 5-1 loss at home. Strike one but no harm done. The Tide put up a fight a few weeks later but took a 1-0 loss at Auburn. Strike two but still alive. One more miss – a postseason loss – would ring up Galax for good. 

    Wednesday though, the Maroon Tide won the at bat.

  • Maroon Tide girls win conference...

    Galax picked up a pair of individual trophies and opened regional play on a strong note as a team in girls tennis late last week.

    Kayleigh Funk won the Conference 46 singles championship over Rural Retreat’s Leah Stepp when Stepp suffered a knee injury and was forced to retire. Funk had won the first set 6-2 but Stepp had battled back and was leading 5-3 in the second when the injury occurred. The injury also handed the Maroon Tide doubles team of Funk and McKensey Stoneman the conference championship by default.

  • Cavaliers handle Colonels

    HILLSVILLE –– If the double play is a pitcher’s best friend, a four-run rally when trailing 1-0 has to be at least a very fond acquaintance.

  • Cavs run the table again

    HILLSVILLE –– As far as one single ballgame goes, it was a far cry from a flawless day. As one part of a body of work, though, Friday’s 5-3 win over Tazewell was the finishing touch on another work of perfection for Carroll County.

    The Cavaliers found themselves in a mid-game hole, climbed out of it bit by bit and capped a second straight 19-0 regular season with a 5-3 nondistrict win over the Bulldogs on a drizzly Friday afternoon.

  • Barrett, Chilton top finishers...

    Nearly 100 participants turned out for the 18th running of the New River Trail Dr. Ed Dannelly 10K Run, sponsored Saturday by the Galax Parks and Recreation Department.