Today's Sports

  • Cavs pound Dogs to go 21-1

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County put the finishing touches on one of the most remarkable regular seasons in school history and capped a second straight Southwest District championship Friday with an 85-55 dismantling of Tazewell.

    The Cavalier senior class was honored beforehand, then commenced to win its 40th ballgame in two years, wrapping up a perfect run through the SWD for a second year in a row.

    After a subpar showing in a three-point win Tuesday at Marion, Carroll finished with wins on consecutive nights by a combined 68 points.

  • Grayson survives Tide scare

    A 3-14 record at this point in the season would have been a little more palatable for Galax if one of those wins happened to be over archrival and Mountain Empire District-leading Grayson County.

    As it was, the Blue Devils, who took the last meeting by 20 points, kept their unblemished district record intact and Galax had to settle for another ‘close but not quite’ kind of night.

  • Devils in the zone against G-Men

    UPDATE: The Grayson County-Galax quad scheduled for tonight (Feb. 1) will be played, although the starting time for the first game has been moved up one hour to 3:30.


    BLUEFIELD –– Grayson County boys’ basketball coach Lucas Austin couldn’t recall the last time – if ever – that his team played 32 minutes of zone defense. A necessity more so than a strategy due to the absence of two starters, the Blue Devils’ static defensive set made a strong case for future employment on Wednesday.

  • Cavs 17-0 after 30-point third

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County basketball fans know it’s coming, or at least they think they do. More times than not, they’re right.

    In winning its 17th game without a loss – the best start in school history – Carroll County once again did what it has already done so many times this year. One minute the Cavaliers will be in a battle. Two or four or eight minutes later, they’re sitting atop a 20-point lead.

  • Gravley, Cavs pound Richlands

    HILLSVILLE –– After three or four unsuccessful 3-point attempts, including one that was two-thirds of the way down before wriggling back up and out, Ryan Gravley may or may not have thought, ‘Enough is enough.’

    His body language, though, plainly said, ‘It’s just three points. Let’s get this over with.’

  • Maroon Tide bounces Fort

    MAX MEADOWS –– Ugly is in the eye of the beholder. Galax’s win Wednesday at Fort Chiswell was not a thing of beauty, but there is no such thing as an unattractive victory.

    In a game that was slowed to a crawl at times by 48 fouls, 71 free throw attempts and five disqualifications, the Maroon Tide notched a big Mountain Empire District win by holding off the Pioneers 46-33.

    The win sets up a key showdown Friday against Grayson County in a meeting between two teams with district title aspirations.

  • Galax man makes strong showing...


    After years of hard work and preparation, Alfonzo “Fonzi” Hernandes Cobos of Galax is climbing the ladder as a bodybuilder.
    On Nov. 3, 2012, he took first place in the lightweight class bodybuilding competition at the Elite Muscle Classic in Greensboro, N.C. He also placed second in the overall competition.
    Cobos, 23, was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and moved to the United States when he was 12 years old. He is a graduate of Galax High School.

  • OT is OK this time around

    MAX MEADOWS –– In its two overtime games this season, Grayson County has given up a total of three points in the extra sessions. The Blue Devils were actually able to score a few themselves this time around.

    Blanked in a one-point OT loss to Carroll County a couple of weeks ago, Grayson County scored the first seven points of overtime and limited Fort Chiswell to one field goal in the OT period, taking a 63-52 win in the Mountain Empire District opener for both schools.

  • Carroll County sweeps Falcons

    HILLSVILLE –– With the boys’ basketball teams from Abingdon and Carroll County meeting with combined records of 18-2 Wednesday night, it was a solid bet that at least one of the games in the boys’-girls’ doubleheader would be a competitive one.

    Thank goodness for the girls’ game.

    The Lady Cavaliers were able to hold off a strong Abingdon challenge while the Carroll County boys annihilated the preseason favorite Falcons as the Cavaliers swept the Southwest District openers for both schools.

  • Hate to break it to you 2012,...

     In Wednesday’s paper I’ll have a look back at what was a pretty good 2012. For the next-to-last sports page of this year, let’s take a look forward.

    There is 365 days’ worth of stuff to anticipate in 2013, and though we have no idea what most of it will be, there is quite a bit that we do know will happen, and some of that will begin happening as early as the second day of the new year.