Today's Sports

  • Graham guns past Galax

    In January of this year, Galax’s boys’ basketball team defeated Graham 43-31. The G-Men found their shooting touch on the football field Friday.

    Graham racked up nearly 600 yards of offense, the final 63 of which led to a go-ahead touchdown with 42 seconds left as the G-Men outgunned the Maroon Tide 45-42 in a Mountain Empire District game.

    In a contest that featured five lead changes in the second half alone, Graham just happened to have the ball last, and evened its MED record at 1-1, 5-2 overall. Galax dropped to 0-2, 4-3.

  • Bryant upholds family tradition

    BIG STONE GAP –– Like father, like brother.

    The VHSL Group A golf championship? It’s all in the Bryant family.

    Galax senior John Bryant became the third member of his household to win the state title as he fired a 1-under-par 70 to score a seven-stroke victory at Lonesome Pine Country Club.

    Bryant’s feat matched that of older brother, Sam, who won the 2005 Group A crown. Together, the Bryant brothers have as many first-place medals as their father, Doug, who captured titles in 1975 and 1977 for old Independence High.

  • Blue Devils take care of G-Men

    BLUEFIELD, W.Va. –– Playing a district game for the first time in another state, Grayson County was simply in another league.

    The Blue Devils stymied Graham’s offense most of the day while two Grayson runningbacks darted and dashed their way to more than 100 yards each in a 36-17 MED win Saturday at venerable Mitchell Stadium.

    Grayson County improved to 5-1 overall, 1-0 in the district on the damp and chilly afternoon while Graham dropped to 4-2, 0-1.

  • Late flurry stuns Maroon Tide

    MAX MEADOWS –– For all but 35 seconds of the second half, Galax kept the potent Fort Chiswell offense out the end zone. The final 34 ticks of the clock, though, more than made up for the Pioneers’ second-half offensive shortcomings.

    Galax was just moments away from pulling off a huge Mountain Empire District road win, but Fort Chiswell scored twice in the final 34 seconds and used a two-point conversion with no time on the clock to score a miraculous 37-36 win over the Maroon Tide at C.F. McKinney Stadium.

  • Maroon Tide’s region run ends

    DRAPER –– One of the more interesting and therefore gut-wrenching aspects of watching high school golf is that, even with iPhones and Androids and Blackberries whizzing scores back and forth between onlookers scattered all over the course, nobody really knows what’s what until the ol’ Sharpie starts squeaking on the posterboard.

    Even then it’s not always concrete.

  • Cavs bear down, break through

    HILLSVILLE –– For the second straight year, Carroll County threw a dominant defensive effort at Martinsville. This time around, the Cavaliers were smiling while exiting the field.

    Carroll County picked up its first victory of the season by forcing four turnovers and pulling away for a 36-16 nondistrict win Friday on homecoming night at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Wilson records hole-in-one at...

     Herb Wilson recorded a hole-in-one recently while playing at Galax Municipal Golf Course.

    Wilson aced the par-3, 145-yard ninth hole while playing a round with Press Turbyfill, Dale Kerns and Ken Cooper.

  • Cavs keep momentum going

    HILLSVILLE –– Through a long and successful coaching career that has far surpassed the 200-win mark, Cindy Edwards still hasn’t quite gotten the grasp of coaching experience to her Carroll County volleyball players.

    The concept is catching on by itself, though.

    Having endured its share of growing pains through a 1-3 start, Edwards’ Cavaliers won their sixth straight match Monday, avenging an earlier loss to Galax with a 23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-19 nondistrict win.

  • Grayson bounces back big

    INDEPENDENCE –– After absorbing a thorough clubbing by Grayson County last year, Clintwood went on to win 13 straight games, including a state championship. Grayson County incurred an equally-complete beatdown in Clintwood a week ago. Nobody is saying the Blue Devils will bounce back with 13 wins in a row, but they are off to a good start.

    Grayson was nearly unstoppable on offense Friday night and concluded the nondistrict portion of its schedule with a 45-20 trouncing of Carroll County at Bill Strong Field.

  • Carroll administrators happy...

     HILLSVILLE –– The executive committee of the Virginia High School League went against the grain – and its redistricting and reclassification committee –  and sided with Carroll County and the River Ridge District by removing proposed member Franklin County from the RRD and placing it into the Piedmont District beginning with the 2013-14 school year.

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