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Today's Sports

  • Carroll boys lead start to finish

    This past weekend kicked off what was for many civic and religious organizations the prime viewing time for their annual Christmas thespian productions. And that was a good thing. For there was no drama to be found in Galax’s gym Friday night.

    Carroll County built a 10-point lead in the first quarter and was ahead by double figures for all but a few moments the rest of the way, taking a 47-35 nondistrict win over the Maroon Tide.

  • Cavs hit 100 as Ty hits 1,000

    INDEPENDENCE –– Ty Cannaday of Grayson County scored the 1,000th point of his career Friday night. At times it seemed as if Carroll County would match that total in 32 minutes.

    The Cavaliers smothered the Blue Devils defensively, scored points in bunches, shot 50 percent from the floor on 74 attempts, knocked down more than a dozen 3-pointers and got double-figure scoring from five different players, putting a damper on Cannaday’s landmark effort with a 101-70 nondistrict win.

  • Haysi absorbs Maroon Tide

    BIRCHLEAF –– Haysi’s bend-but-don’t-break mentality was stretched to the limit Saturday. Plastic Man would have been proud.

    Despite surrendering 339 rushing yards and four touchdowns to Steven Peoples, plus 21 Galax first downs, the Tigers forced the Maroon Tide to work for every yard gained while taking advantage a of a slew of big plays itself. Haysi emerged muddy and battered but with a 40-25 win in a Region 1A West second round game at Sandlick Elementary School.

  • Altavista tops Galax 3-1

     RICHMOND –– Galax jumped out to an early one-set lead but Altavista pulled out close wins in the next two sets and ended the Maroon Tide’s season 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-19 in the Group 1A state volleyball semifinals Friday morning at the Siegel Center.

    The Maroon Tide, runners-up in the West Region, trailed just 19-18 in the second and 23-22 in the third before the East Region champion Colonels pulled out the wins to take a 2-1 match lead.

  • Conley, Tide grab state title

    THE PLAINS –– Galax won its first state cross country championship after chasing it for 25 years. Leading the way for the Maroon Tide was a kid who is now 1-for-1 as an individual.

    Taking up cross country this fall mostly as a means to stay in shape for basketball, rookie runner Cliff Conley claimed the individual Group 1A state championship while gutsy performances by several Tide runners boosted Galax to the team title by a mere two points over Radford at the Great Meadows cross country course near Manassas.

  • Galax ousts defending champ

    WYTHEVILLE – And then there were eight – and Galax is one of them.

    The ninth-seeded Maroon Tide (7-4) went on the road and took home a win in the opening round of the Region 1A West playoffs Friday night, beating defending Division 1 state champion George Wythe 51-20 at Pendleton Field

  • On to state for Maroon Tide

    BRISTOL –– Eastside volleyball coach Brianne Casteele commented after the Region 1A West semifinals that the close losses are the ones that players remember the most. It’s a safe bet that Wednesday’s second semifinal match at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den will be among the longest-lasting of memories for the victors, too.

    Galax and Eastside traded blows for four games and 28 points before the Maroon Tide won the final two, earning the 25-15, 16-25, 25-16, 17-25, 16-14 victory and a spot in next week’s Group 1A final four in Richmond.

  • Tide keeps rolling, wins 49-8

    INDEPENDENCE –– After a 49-28 home loss to Fort Chiswell in October that dropped Galax to 2-4 on the year, Maroon Tide coach Mark Dixon told his team that in essence, the playoffs started the following Friday.

    Having responded with four straight wins, Galax is moving on to the round of 16. The Maroon Tide will open postseason play for real this week after handling Grayson County 49-8 Friday at Bill Strong Field.

  • Cavs moving on to semifinals

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County survived its test in the west. Now it’s time to test the best of the rest.

    Carroll achieved the objective of surviving and advancing out of Conference 24’s divisional stage and will move on to tonight’s tournament semifinals after taking care of Pulaski County 25-18, 25-20, 25-23 in a first-round match Monday at CCHS.

  • Tide makes short work of BC

    BASTIAN – Bland County was determined to not allow Galax any special teams touchdowns or long scoring drives. The Maroon Tide was happy to settle for one big play and a slew of little ones.

    Stopping Bland County on fourth down deep in Bears territory time and again Friday, Galax scored eight touchdowns on just 18 offensive plays through the first three periods, rolling to a 56-8 Mountain Empire District win.