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Today's Sports

  • End of the line for Tide, Brown

    BUENA VISTA –– Monday night marked the end of the road for the Galax boys’ basketball season. It was also the stepping-off point for the Tide’s iconic coach.

    Verl Brown said that Parry McCluer’s 47-35 win in the Region 1C quarterfinals would be his final game on the Maroon Tide bench. Brown guided Galax to two state championships and more than 300 wins in 21 seasons.

  • Rocking the cradle; threepeat...

    Mere seconds away from defeat, Galax's two-time champ made it three in a row.

    SALEM –– Joshua Spurlin registered career win No. 100 Saturday. More significant was the fact that he also notched career win No. 3.

  • Tide breezes into finals

    One of Bland County’s best hopes for knocking off Galax in the Mountain Empire District girls’ semifinals Monday was to get the Maroon Tide into foul trouble. Both sides had their issues with fouls, but Galax’s committing them was overcome by Bland’s inability to convert them.

  • Clark, Shupe honored at Bob...

    GREENVILLE, S.C. –– Former Twin County basketball players Madison Shupe and Rachel Clark were both named PlanFIRST players of the game recently for Bob Jones University.

    Shupe, a freshman sports management major from Fries, earned the honor after a 63-39 Bob Jones win over Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Fla., and Clark, a sophomore Biblical counseling major from Galax, was recognized following the Bruins’ 72-70 home win over Johnson University.

    Shupe and Clark played their prep ball for the State Line Rush homeschool team.

  • Grayson powers past Fort

    MAX MEADOWS –– Getting out of Fort Chiswell with a win, be it by 20 points or two, will often bring out a sentiment common among anyone who does so. Whether spoken or inferred, it’s usually along the lines of “We’ll take it.”

  • One thousand, three hundred and...

    HILLSVILLE –– For several minutes, on a special night in an otherwise less-than-marquee Three Rivers District girls’ basketball game, Carroll County’s Mariah Carter mingled with friends and family on the court, but Cavalier coach Marc Motley was nowhere to be found. The fact that Carter was visible ruled out the possibility that she and her coach were in some back room playing rock-paper-scissors for the game ball.

  • Carroll HOF introduces newest...

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County High School honored its fifth athletic hall of fame class Friday as Ryan Gravley, Lindsay Martin and Chuck Thompson were inducted between the boys’ and girls’ varsity games against Glenvar.

  • Wrestlers finish strong

    The Mountain Empire District wrapped up its head-to-head dual competition Wednesday at Galax High School, with Grayson County claiming the district’s team championship with two wins to conclude with a 6-0 league mark.

  • Turner takes reins at Carroll

    HILLSVILLE –– New Carroll County football coach Jack Turner is confident that he can get the Cavaliers on the winning track. He’s seen it happen before, first-hand.

    Turner, a former head coach at Pulaski County and Auburn who was an assistant last season at Galax on Mark Dixon’s staff, was announced Monday night as Carroll County’s next coach. The 50-year-old Pulaski native did his homework before applying for the job and saw similarities between the Cavaliers and his last head coaching position, at Auburn.

  • Galax girls rally from 15 down...

    Were the Galax-Bland County game televised, this was about the time that one would turn off the TV, go make a ham sandwich and wait for the boys’ game to start.

    The Maroon Tide managed a paltry eight points in the first half and trailed by 12 in the third quarter, after having reached a nadir of being 15 points behind. Galax’s top scorer and rebounder, Essence Brown, was on the bench in street clothes. No. 2 in both categories, Shea Foxx, sat beside her, an ankle wrapped in ice.

    But turning off the idiot box would have been a mistake.