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Today's Sports

  • Pioneers power past Galax

    Common sense would dictate that a third straight defeat and a 2-4 record have put a serious dent in Galax’s playoff chances. Quite the contrary. As Maroon Tide coach Mark Dixon told his players following a loss Friday to Fort Chiswell, the playoffs start this week for Galax.

    The Tide may possibly need to win out to make it into the 16-team Region 1A West playoffs after it surrendered an early lead and was kept at arm’s length the rest of the night as Fort Chiswell powered to a 49-28 win in the Mountain Empire District opener for both schools.

  • Maroon Tide golfers reach state

    DRAPER –– Close may only count in horseshoes and hand grenades, but a not-too-distant second place can get the job done in high school golf, too.

    Galax didn’t bring home the championship from the inaugural Region 1A West golf tournament Monday at Draper Valley Golf Club, but the Maroon Tide achieved its major objective of advancing as a team to the state tournament after taking the runner-up spot to Holston by 10 strokes. Both teams will take part in the Group 1A tournament Monday and Tuesday at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal.

  • Grayson knocks off Generals

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County played the role of the underdog prior to taking on the Lee High Generals last Friday night in their annual homecoming game.

    But when the dust cleared, the Blue Devils had pounded the Generals 42-20 in a nondistrict clash.

    The Blue Devils were impressive on both sides of the ball, the offense moved the ball up and down the field at will and the defense snuffed out several drives by the Generals.

    The Blue Devils scored off the opening kickoff.

  • Pulaski pulls away from Cavs

    DUBLIN –– Trailing 17-3 early in the fourth quarter Friday night, Carroll County received the break it had been looking for all year. Pulaski County then got the break it had needed for all of two plays.

    With a chance to trim the Cougar lead to a touchdown, a handoff exchange at the 2-yard line went awry and resulted in a lost fumble, a 98-yard Pulaski County drive and, eventually, a 24-3 Cougar win in the Cavaliers’ first visit to Kenneth Dobson Stadium since 1983.

  • Cavaliers stay hot at Galax

    Few onlookers, if any, believed Galax was out of it Monday night, trailing Carroll County two sets to none in their nondistrict volleyball rematch. Least of all the Cavaliers themselves, who had seen the Maroon Tide erase such a deficit en route to a five-set Galax win in Hillsville two weeks ago.

    This time around, Carroll County never allowed Galax the chance to swing the momentum.

    Having eked out a close win in set No. 2, the Cavaliers stormed away in the third and took a 25-16, 25-22, 25-13 win on the Tide’s home floor.

  • Colonels pull away from Tide

    Altavista’s homecoming game is still a couple of weeks down the road, but with a roster that lists three gentlemen with Twin County ties, the Colonels’ trip to Galax at least passed for somewhat of a coming-home game.

    Assistant coach Mike Reavis and AHS assistant principal Jason Kilbourne are both Carroll County graduates and Mike Scharnus got his first head coaching job at CCHS. But all that was overshadowed by the fact that Juan Thornhill crowned himself the unofficial king Friday night.

  • Cavaliers handle Buffaloes, 3-0

    HILLSVILLE –– Coming off a strong showing over the weekend at the John Battle tournament, Carroll County picked up where it left off and took care of Floyd County in three sets Monday night, claiming a 25-19, 25-11, 27-25 win in a nondistrict volleyball match.

    After a 1-2 start to the season, the Cavaliers won the silver division (consolation bracket) at the Battle Bash in Bristol by knocking off Daniel Boone (Tenn.) 25-16, 25-14 and then maintained that momentum against the Buffaloes.

  • Tide grounds out 55-27 win

    Galax ran for more than 300 yards in the first half Friday night en route to a 55-27 non-district win over Eastern Montgomery.

    The Tide (2-1) handed the ball off on 33 of their 35 offensive plays and gashed the Mustang (0-3) defense for 338 yards in the first two quarters alone.

    After taking the opening kickoff, Galax quickly put runningback Steven Peoples back to work. Having missed the last five quarters of action with a concussion, Peoples wasted no time knocking off the rust.

  • Cavaliers fall to Bears, 34-15

    HILLSVILLE –– Trailing by three points early in the second half, Carroll County found itself with a game-changing opportunity by having pushed Mount Airy back into third-and-goal situation, 33 yards away from the end zone.

    But the Bears haven’t averaged 12 wins a season over the past nine years by not having ‘go deep’ available in their goal-line offense.

  • Maroon Tide loses a wild one

    SALEM –– After combining for 957 multi-purpose yards, a dozen touchdowns, 83 points and more momentum swings than could be kept up with, the difference was one misplaced footstep.

    An anticlimactic two-point conversion attempt left a valiant Galax comeback one point short and the Maroon Tide opened its 2013 season with a 42-41 loss Friday to Glenvar at Highlander Stadium.