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Today's Sports

  • 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. 

  • Huge half advances Tide

    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’s postseason opponent wasn’t a repeat of a Week 8 game, but the story line was.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: Nov. 6-12

     

     

    2011

    *After weeks of growing anticipation, in a game previewed on the front page of The Roanoke Times, Grayson County and Galax met on the final night of the season for the first time ever, with 9-0 records, and the Maroon Tide came away with a 21-6 win.

    *Carroll County gave up an early touchdown and responded with 48 unanswered points to close its season with a 48-6 win over Patrick County. Logan Hodges ran for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

     

  • Title defense begins for Galax

    There will always be those who argue that football teams with losing records do not belong in the postseason.

    As long as more than 60 percent of the teams in the state reach the playoffs, the law of averages dictates that they can’t all be 5-5 or better. But more importantly, Honaker got here by way of a Week 10 win as much as somebody else’s loss, so the Tigers deserve to keep playing just as much as anybody else.