Today's Sports

  • Tide makes most of last chance

    FLOYD –– A gloriously beautiful weekend gave way to a dreary, chilly Monday, but the nippy and overcast start to the new week provided something that was lacking under the warm blue skies of a day before.

    They’re playing baseball again.

    A young Galax took its time getting the bats going but finally strung together a rally in its final turn at bat, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to overcome Floyd County for a 3-1 nondistrict win in the season opener for both schools.

  • Fruitless venture for Carroll...

    SALEM –– Nobody walked into the Salem Civic Center dressed as a tropical fruit or a garden vegetable Saturday. Fittingly, the huge following that came to witness Carroll County’s first state tournament appearance in 22 years never got a chance to go nuts.

    A dry spell that encompassed nearly two full quarters subdued the Cavalier faithful, stymied Carroll’s offense and propelled E.C. Glass to the Group AA Division 4 semifinals after a 61-46 quarterfinal win late Saturday night.

  • From poorhouse to penthouse

    HILLSVILLE –– It doesn’t seem like that long ago to those who experienced it firsthand. 

    Carroll County’s most recent venture to the state tournament in 1991 seems like just a few years back to those who followed the Cavaliers then. Even the back-to-back region championship teams in 1979 and 1980, there’s no way those guys are in their 50s now.

    But on the other hand, the gap between today and three years ago may as well be an eternity.

  • Cavaliers reign in Region IV

    HILLSVILLE –– Salem was as well-prepared to face Carroll County as any team the Cavaliers have played this year. But nobody was prepared to see Cody Keith go off the way he did.

    A dynamic 6-foot-2 junior forward, Carroll County’s sixth man hit every shot he put up, scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed team highs with six rebounds and four steals as the Cavaliers used a dominant fourth quarter to claim a 66-48 win in the Region IV Division 4 finals Saturday night.

  • G-Men break Grayson’s heart

    BLUEFIELD –– Double overtime was doubly cruel this time around.

    Playing two extra sessions for the second time in three games, Grayson County was eliminated one win short of a state tournament berth after a 77-75 loss to Graham in the Region C Division 2 semifinals Friday on the G-Men’s home floor.

    Graham (18-7) advanced to Saturday’s championship game to meet Radford (24-2), a 58-51 winner over Glenvar in the first semifinal.

  • Cavaliers survive Warriors

    HILLSVILLE –– Gunnar Beamer and Corey Kellam put on a great game of h-o-r-s-e in the first quarter. Carroll County and Magna Vista put on a great show all night.

    After leading for most of the night, Carroll County found itself against the ropes with time winding down but held Magna Vista to three points the final five minutes, rallying from a five-point deficit to survive with a 59-57 win in the Region IV Division 4 semifinals.

  • Home school sports bill sacked...

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND – Down goes Tebow.
    The bill, that is.
    Legislation to let home schooled students join public school sports teams was defeated Feb. 14 in the Senate Education and Health Committee, where similar bills have failed in previous years.
    The perennial proposal from Del. Rob Bell (R-Albemarle County) would achieve that by prohibiting public schools from joining an interscholastic governing body, such as the Virginia High School League, that bars home schoolers from public school sports.

  • A hair-razing season for CCIS

    HILLSVILLE –– There is probably a good number of 8th-grade girls’ basketball coaches walking around at various schools out there today with less hair than they possessed when they started the job, either due pulling it out themselves or by having it leave of its own volition.

    Carroll County’s 8th-grade girls certainly caused their coach to lose his hair, albeit all at once, and on a completely voluntary basis.

  • Devil girls add tourney title

    MAX MEADOWS –– Mountain Empire District regular season champion Grayson County starts four sophomores, and for the longest time Friday night, it showed. The Blue Devils also start some talented kids with 40-plus games of varsity competition under their belts. That showed when it mattered most.

    Grayson County shook off a sluggish, tentative start and finished with a flourish, validating its season title by zooming past Galax 52-41 for the MED girls’ tournament title at Fort Chiswell.

  • Carroll Special Olympians host...

    HILLSVILLE –– Despite the snowfall that coated area roads last Saturday, conditions improved enough to allow the Carroll County Special Olympics Basketball Classic to go on as planned at Carroll County Intermediate School.

    A crowd of nearly 250 came to show support as the team took the floor. The Carroll County Junior ROTC provided the color guard while Krista Neely sang the National Anthem.