Today's Sports

  • Tide soph takes state title

    SALEM –– The last thing Galax wrestling coach Kevin Spurlin told his 220-pounder before sending him out for the biggest match in the kid’s life was, win, lose or draw, you’re my man.

    The kid must have stopped listening after the “win” part. Teenage boys will do that sometimes when it’s their dads talking.

  • Sloss likes Carroll’s potential

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County High School was obviously sold on Eddie Sloss. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have been introduced last week as the school’s varsity football coach. But Sloss was also sold on Carroll County. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be coming.

    Having spent most of his adult life in or near Montgomery County, the Cavaliers’ new man has a firm basis from which to form an opinion, and his opinion is a favorable one.

  • Carroll County names new...

    HILLSVILLE –– Eddie Sloss has been named the new head football coach at Carroll County High School, following his approval by the school board in its monthly meeting Tuesday night.
    Sloss, a Blacksburg native, was the defensive coordinator at Christiansburg High School this past season after a nine-year stint as an assistant at Blacksburg High and one year at Auburn.

  • Peoples Beamerball-bound

    A lot of newspaper stories about high school athletes signing with this college or that college include a lot of similar content. The athlete liked the school when he or she visited. The people there were nice. The coach was great when I met him or her.

    The meat quote from Steven Peoples is a little different.

    “They gave me this opportunity, and I’m going to take it,” he said. “I didn’t want to go to a D-II school and wonder if I could have done it or not. I just took the opportunity.”

  • Salem rides big start to win

    HILLSVILLE –– For the record, when Carroll County coach Brad Hawks said he was proud of the fight his team showed, he was speaking solely in the figurative sense.

    After giving up 20 unanswered points in the first quarter, the Cavaliers battled back to as close as four points following a late-game scuffle before Salem held on for an 82-73 win in a fiery River Ridge District boys’ game Friday night.

  • Cavaliers hold off Devils

    HILLSVILLE –– Shorthanded and short on experience, Grayson County had coughed up 101 points in a 31-point loss to Carroll County on opening night in December. The rematch was a lot of things, but a blowout wasn’t among them.

    What Carroll County’s 79-74 nondistrict win was, was two teams playing 32 minutes of good basketball.

  • Strong finish lifts Tide to win

    Galax pulled off an 18-point turnaround in the final 10-plus minutes, rallying from a 14-point deficit into a final four-point advantage and handing Graham its first district loss of the year with a 54-50 Mountain Empire District triumph Friday evening.

  • Racing is all about family to...

    Michelle Furr has quickly earned a reputation as one of the top competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series.

    Though her racing career extends over three decades, she and her family first ventured into NHRA national and divisional competition just four years ago, and success quickly followed.  Driving her Ohio Crankshaft/Quickfuel Technologies entries in Super Comp and Super Street, Furr has already earned a pair of NHRA national event wins and racked up several top-tier finishes in the Lucas Oil series points standings.

  • Pats take top spot from Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– A lot of things had to go right for Carroll County in its first meeting against Patrick Henry if the Cavaliers were to hang on to sole possession of the River Ridge District lead.

    Unfortunately for the home team, the only thing that fell in the general direction of Carroll County’s way Friday night was a band of winter participation.

  • Charges evoke memories of a ‘...

    Through shared experiences, bonds are made over the course of months or years, or even in the span of a few moments, that are unbreakable and unmatched by those who have not endured similar experiences.

    Combat can create brothers out of people who otherwise may never have crossed each other’s paths.

    High school football – or, combat on a civic, recreational scale – can make the closest of kin out of young men with different backgrounds or different skin tones.

    A shared feeling of loss can result in the bonding of hundreds.