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Today's Sports

  • Sloss, Carroll making early...

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County hasn’t yet played its first football game of the 2014 season, but the Cavaliers have already chalked up a win.

    The school had to order some extra football helmets. One might say that it’s a win and that the Cavaliers covered the spread, as some of those new pots were size XL.

    Including a JV squad that, in terms relative to recent years, is downright massive with numbers in the mid-40s, it looks like the kids at Carroll County are giving the new guy a chance.

  • RipTide second in Blue Ridge meet

    Twin County swimmers broke eight conference records and racked up 21 event championships Friday and Saturday as the Blue Ridge Swim Conference wrapped up its 2014 season with its conference meet at the Galax Recreation Department.

    Elkin came away with the team championship, amassing 1,953 points in 86 events to outdistance runner-up Galax’s 1,544. Dobson (1,194) placed third and was followed by Wytheville (1,035), Reeves Community Center (983) and the Carroll Wellness Center (545).

  • GOOOOOL!

    RADFORD –– Galax finally attained the ultimate goal. It took a perfect goal to make it happen.

    A fixture in the state tournament over the last decade, the Maroon Tide won its first Group 1A state championship in boys’ soccer Saturday when a surgical strike by Mario Carranza in the 57th minute boosted Galax to a 2-1 win over Radford at Cupp Stadium.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: June 8-14

     2009

    The Independence Blue Sox won the 8-under USSSA state championship in Roanoke, over teams from the counties of Botetourt, Roanoke, Pulaski, Wythe and Henry. The Blue Sox outscored their opposition a combined 90-39 in their six games.

     

    2004

  • Steady as She Goes

    RADFORD –– Among the competitors at Thursday’s Group A singles final four, Paige Hanks wasn’t the kid with the blazing or bending serve. She wasn’t the one with the powerful topspin forehand, the indefensible overhand smash or the whizzing cross court backhand.

    Paige Hanks was the player who ran down just about everything that came her way. She was the one that wouldn’t let a point die an easy death. The one that, in contradiction to tennis nomenclature, forced a ton of unforced errors by her mere persistence. 

  • Pair of one-hit wonders

    BRISTOL –– Honaker catcher and Yale-bound scholar Jacob Mitchell called it one of the single greatest individual performances he has ever seen. The future Ivy Leaguer needed to be a little more specific. His superlative could have fit a couple of different guys.

  • Maroon Tide earns state berth

    RADFORD –– The Galax boys’ soccer team plays with heart. It plays with brains. The team plays with backbone, and it plays with guts.

    Wednesday night it played with…scapula?

    A shoulder blade-guided goal was just one of the numerous ways in which the Maroon Tide found the net as Galax demolished Auburn 9-0 in the Region 1A West semifinals at Norman Lineburg Field on the Radford High School campus.

  • Grayson must be living right

    INDEPENDENCE –– Anyone who has been around the game of baseball long enough knows that the sport has its own set of gods. They are nameless, lower-case ‘g’ types, but higher powers they are, nonetheless. They demand reverence for the game, and they have a poor sense of humor to boot.

  • Former coach convicted of...

    WYTHEVILLE — Howard S. Ingo, a former football coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools, was convicted of a “corporal punishment” violation, a Class 4 misdemeanor, and ordered to pay a fine of $100.

    Ingo appeared in the Wythe County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on May 27 for a trial.

    According to news reports, Ingo allegedly made a football player wear chains across his chest and carry 50-pound weights while walking on the football field.

  • Grayson, Hill bounce back

    INDEPENDENCE –– Whether it’s a bicycle or a horse, it’s always best for one to get back on as soon as possible after having been thrown off.

    A pitching mound is no different.