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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Racing is all about family to...

    Michelle Furr has quickly earned a reputation as one of the top competitors in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series.

    Though her racing career extends over three decades, she and her family first ventured into NHRA national and divisional competition just four years ago, and success quickly followed.  Driving her Ohio Crankshaft/Quickfuel Technologies entries in Super Comp and Super Street, Furr has already earned a pair of NHRA national event wins and racked up several top-tier finishes in the Lucas Oil series points standings.

  • Pats take top spot from Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– A lot of things had to go right for Carroll County in its first meeting against Patrick Henry if the Cavaliers were to hang on to sole possession of the River Ridge District lead.

    Unfortunately for the home team, the only thing that fell in the general direction of Carroll County’s way Friday night was a band of winter participation.

  • Charges evoke memories of a ‘...

    Through shared experiences, bonds are made over the course of months or years, or even in the span of a few moments, that are unbreakable and unmatched by those who have not endured similar experiences.

    Combat can create brothers out of people who otherwise may never have crossed each other’s paths.

    High school football – or, combat on a civic, recreational scale – can make the closest of kin out of young men with different backgrounds or different skin tones.

    A shared feeling of loss can result in the bonding of hundreds.

  • Grayson good enough in win

    There is no column in a basketball scorebook for style points, no judges’ marks for grace and artistry. Winning ugly counts as much as winning pretty when Grayson County and Galax get together, and either team will take a homely win over an attractive loss to the other any day.

    The Blue Devils stayed undefeated in Mountain Empire District play with a did-what-it-needed 36-27 win Friday over the Maroon Tide.

  • Tide bounces back against Fort

    Following a lackluster performance Friday at Graham in which Galax saw a two-point third-quarter deficit turn into a 15-point loss, the Maroon Tide players experienced a little chewing out after the game and in practice the following Monday.

    The Tide responded by doing a little chewing up on Wednesday.

    Galax clamped down defensively on Fort Chiswell to the tune of just two first-half field goals, racing out to a 28-point halftime lead and bouncing back with a 70-47 Mountain Empire District win.

  • State Line 15-7 after tournament...

     The State Line Rush varsity home school girls’ basketball team recently took home the championship trophy at the annual Jingle Ball Tournament held at North Cross School in Roanoke.

    The Rush opened the tournament by defeating New Covenant Christian 47-16 but dropped its second game 53-50 to Roanoke Valley Christian.

    The Rush began the second day of competition in the losers’ bracket but began its comeback into the championship game by downing the Lynchburg Patriots 49-36 to earn a game against top-seeded Parkway Christian.