Today's Sports

  • Tigers too tough for Tide

    HONAKER –– Galax was able to absorb a quick 1-2 punch by Honaker at the outset of its Western Section Division 1 second-round game. A similar salvo by the Tigers to close the first half proved to be too much to overcome.

    Honaker had two touchdowns before Galax had three offensive snaps, and the Tigers added two scores 16 seconds apart just before the half to advance with a 42-14 win Saturday at Fuller Field.

    The Western Section’s No. 1 seed, Honaker (11-1) will host No. 5 J.I. Burton (9-3) in the state quarterfinals this weekend.

  • Galax stopped in semifinals

    RICHMOND –– Galax was able to bounce back from a throwaway set in its Group A Division 1 quarterfinal match. The Maroon Tide couldn’t repeat the feat in the state semifinals.

    Tied at one set apiece, Galax managed just 15 points in the third set and 16 in the fourth as Luray ended the Maroon Tide’s season with a 25-22, 22-25, 25-15, 25-16 decision in the second semifinal Friday afternoon at VCU’s Siegel center.

  • Scrappy Tide scrapes by Eagles

    CLINCHPORT –– Having reached the state volleyball quarterfinals three straight years now, Galax knows that the northeasterly route to the final four in Richmond is a circuitous one. It starts with a three-hour excursion in the opposite direction.

  • Grayson grounds Hawks

    INDEPENDENCE –– A new champion will be crowned in Group A Division 2 this year. It may or may not be Grayson County, but the Blue Devils made sure there would be no repeat by Gretna.

    Eighth-seeded Grayson took a commanding 31-7 halftime lead and fought off second half rally by the No. 9 Hawks, holding on for a 44-31 win in the Western Section Division 2 playoffs Friday at Bill Strong Field.




    Western Section

    Second round

    J.I. Burton 49, Eastside 28

    George Wythe 22, Rural Retreat 6

    Honaker 42, Galax 14

    Clintwood 45, Haysi 0


    #5 J.I. Burton (9-3) vs. #1 Honaker (11-1)

    #2 George Wythe (11-1) vs. #3 Clintwood (11-1)


  • Big rally lifts Blue Devils

    Unable to finish a drive in the first half, Grayson County found a way to finish the game in the second half.

    Stopped time and again by Galax deep in Maroon Tide territory, the Blue Devils found themselves trailing 28-6 early in the second half before rallying for a 32-28 Mountain Empire District win on the final Friday night of the regular season.

  • Cavaliers back atop SWD

    WYTHEVILLE –– It has long been the hope of Cindy Edwards to see Southwest District volleyball reach the competitive level of the River Ridge District. It’s an aspiration strong enough to warrant cooperation between SWD coaches to strive toward that end.

    Whether the River Ridge is ever caught up to remains to be seen, but it sure has made the SWD a lot more interesting.

  • Marion surges past Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Marion used consecutive one-play scoring drives in the third quarter to break open a tight ballgame, and the Scarlet Hurricane dominated the second half to take a 35-6 Southwest District win over Carroll County Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Pioneers power past Devils

    MAX MEADOWS –– Fort Chiswell used a dominant effort in the second half to pull away from a 21-21 tie and take command of the Mountain Empire District race, doubling up Grayson County 42-41 Friday at C.F. McKinney Field.

    “We just couldn’t get them off the field,” Grayson County coach Brett McPherson said. “Every time they needed something, they made it.” 

  • 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.