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Today's Sports

  • Maroon Tide takes 27-7 win

    RURAL RETREAT –– During the preseason, Galax coach Mark Dixon referred to the 2015 club’s 1-4 start and how those four close losses revealed flaws that easy wins against lesser foes may not have shown. He quipped that he would have been a lot more comfortable being exposed without losing all four of those early games.

    The 2016 Maroon Tide is rolling up the wins, but the coach doesn’t seem much more comfortable about it this year than last.

  • Devils stop Cavaliers short

    INDEPENDENCE –– Seth Phillips and Tanner McPherson caught a combined 10 passes for 336 yards Friday. The biggest grab of the night may have been the one that didn’t add a single yard to Grayson County’s offensive total.

  • Buffaloes topple Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Floyd County made the trip to Carroll County without its head coach, Winfred Beale, who was suspended seven days Thursday morning for an undisclosed reason. The highly-respected Beale has won more than 200 games during his time leading the Buffaloes, but not once in his 36 years there has he made a tackle, laid a block or bolted through an open hole on a Friday night.

  • Tide outmuscles Cavs

     HILLSVILLE –– It looked like a game. It walked like a game and talked like a game and even felt like a game. In the end, though, the Galax-Carroll County benefit game Friday at Tommy Thompson Field was still a scrimmage, and glorified or not, scrimmages are for learning.

    For that, both teams’ head coaches are probably grateful.

  • There’s no ‘I’ in ‘Relay’

    Relays are some of the more exciting events that running has to offer. There’s the all-out blur of the 4x100 sprint relay, the disciplined pace of the longer 4x800 and the grab bag format of the medley relay. And then there’s the lesser-heard-of 10-for-200.

    Miles, that is.

    A handful of area runners are gearing up for what will be the Galax Running Club’s second 200-mile relay of the year, this one the Raleigh-to-Atlantic Beach, N.C. Tuna Run 200.

  • Galax gets back to work

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. –– Every year, every high school football team enters its first scrimmage with plenty of questions, and most walk off the field with a lot of them still lingering.

    One question unanswered after Galax’s scrimmage Wednesday at Mount Airy was, where does Isaiah Harrison want to go for his free dinner?

  • CCHS wins appeal in latest VHSL...
  • MMA event will benefit Grayson...

    INDEPENDENCE — Titans of the Cage fight matches will be held July 16 at Grayson County High School.

    Doors open at 4 p.m. and fights start at 5. TOC Promotions will showcase its biggest card ever, featuring more than 20 fights. Some proceeds will go to GCHS athletic department.

    The main event features undefeated welterweight champ Austin Cooper of Team SWMA in Wytheville against Jeremy Caviness of Team Backyard Brawlers of Hillsville.

  • Chambers wins Roanoke C.C. match...

     

    By LARRY CHAMBERS

    Staff

     

    ROANOKE –– Brad Chambers of Galax birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Matt Harmon and win the featured Amateur Division crown of the 71st Roanoke Valley Match Play Championship held at Roanoke Country Club June 17-19.

  • Tompkins takes a look back

    HILLSVILLE –– Anyone who knows Joe Tompkins knows that the man just doesn’t get in a hurry. After all, it’s taken him more than 50 years to walk away from a ballfield.

    A player through youth leagues, middle school, high school and at Pfeiffer College, then a coach in the Carroll County system since 1980, Tompkins has spent just about every spring of his life on a baseball diamond. His 19-year run as the Cavaliers’ head baseball coach came to an end this spring.