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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Galax rolls, 44-3

     Galax scored 28 points in the second quarter and rolled over Carroll County 44-3 in the two teams' annual benefit game Saturday night in Galax.

    The Maroon Tide, which opens regular season play Friday at Glenvar, led 13-3 when it scored four touchdowns in the final 8:09 of the first half. Charles Harris got the ball rolling with a 38-yard scoring run and Jonathen Reyna booted one of his five PATs fora 20-3 Galax lead.

  • Britt, McBayer win BRCC...

    Sherrill Britt rolled in a birdie putt on the 17th hole to break a three-way tie for first place and win the annual Member-Member, Member-Guest golf tournament held at Blue Ridge Country Club in Galax recently.

    Britt and partner Frank McBayer were tied with two other teams, Brad Chambers-James Williams and Brock Cox-Dustin Thompson,  at 12-under par when he dropped the winning putt. The teams parred the 18th hole to give Britt-McBayer the win at 13-under with rounds of 64-63 and a 127 total.

  • Blue Ridge C.C. ladies hold...

    The Ladies Golf Association at Blue Ridge Country Club hosted its annual member-member, member-guest tournament on July 25, with 32 area golfers participating in the Texas scramble format.

    Blue Ridge’s Judy Chambers teamed with Chris Hale of Giles to shoot a 65 and take first place in the championship flight by four strokes over the runner-up team of Jackie Butler (BRCC) and Becky Guynn (Galax).

    In third place was the tandem of Bertha Nunley (Blue Ridge) and Cindy Salyer (Floyd) with a 70, followed by Alice Hill (BRCC) and Diana Nunley (Pulaski) at 73.

  • Winding road takes Leonard to Ky...

    There is no quick and easy way to get from Independence, Va. to Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky. The drive there is some 350 miles long and consumes nearly six hours.

    Even if there were a shortcut from here to a place just southwest of Lexington, Ky., Dustin Leonard has taken the roundabout path to play college baseball for the Eagles.

  • Carroll teams reach AAA final...

    WYTHEVILLE –– A pair of extra-inning thrillers highlighted the first three days of play at the District 1 Dixie AAA tournament at Ager Park in Wytheville.

    Carroll County American and Floyd County battled to a 1-0 decision, putting put on as well-played a game as any group of 9- and 10-year-olds will play anywhere, while Galax and Carroll County National went to extras to see who stayed alive in the event.

  • Galax, Carroll American play on

    WYTHEVILLE –– It took about a week longer than it was expected to, but the District 1 Dixie O-Zone tournament finally wrapped up Thursday as Galax earned a state tournament berth with a dominating performance. Two days later, Carroll County American locked up its state tournament berth by winning the District 1 AAA championship over Wythe West.

    In the O-Zone (11-12) final, Galax took a slim 1-0 lead into the top of the fourth before exploding down the stretch and scoring a dozen runs in the final three innings of its 13-1 win.

  • A reminder: don’t forget to...

     Over the years I have told several people that, as much as anything, I am in the scrapbooking business.

    Yeah, I work at a newspaper. The Gazette pays my bills, buys my groceries and fills my gas tank. In return, I go to a bunch of ballgames, write about them and take some photos.

    Seeing as how at one time or another I have lugged furniture, turned wrenches, wrestled cotton bales and waded through both pepper trash and sawdust for a living, that seems like a pretty decent deal on my part.

  • Isom named to all-state team

    Dylan Isom’s biggest contributions this year arguably came from the pitching mound. It says a lot about the overall year Isom had that the Grayson County senior was voted all-state in what was his second position.

    Isom, one of many key components in a season that saw the Blue Devils reach the state semifinals, was voted first-team all-Group A as a third baseman to go with having earned first-team all-Region C and Mountain Empire District player of the year honors.