Today's Sports

  • Altavista ends Maroon Tide run

    SALEM –– With two reigning state champions in the Group 1A final four, it may have seemed a foregone conclusion that Radford and Altavista would square off in the championship game next week in Richmond, the only question being in filling in the details of how each would get there. But attention to detail this year got Galax 19 wins, and it gave the Maroon Tide a chance down the stretch at pulling off a mighty upset.

  • Colonels await Tide in 1A semis

    Galax and Altavista, holders of the last three Group A Division 1 state championships in boys’ basketball, will meet at 6 p.m. this evening (Friday) at the Salem Civic Center in the semifinals of the inaugural Group 1A state tournament. The good news for Galax is that the Maroon Tide holds two of those three most recent titles. The good news for Altavista is that most of the kids that won it last year are back for more.

  • Galax back in state tourney

    UPDATE: Galax will play its Group 1A state semifinal game Friday at 6 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center against 1A East champion Altavista. The winner of that game will play the winner between Radford and Surry for the state championship next Saturday (March 15) at 2 p.m. at VCU.


    BRISTOL –– They’re baaaaack.

  • 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.