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Today's Sports

  • On to state for Maroon Tide

    BRISTOL –– Eastside volleyball coach Brianne Casteele commented after the Region 1A West semifinals that the close losses are the ones that players remember the most. It’s a safe bet that Wednesday’s second semifinal match at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den will be among the longest-lasting of memories for the victors, too.

    Galax and Eastside traded blows for four games and 28 points before the Maroon Tide won the final two, earning the 25-15, 16-25, 25-16, 17-25, 16-14 victory and a spot in next week’s Group 1A final four in Richmond.

  • Tide keeps rolling, wins 49-8

    INDEPENDENCE –– After a 49-28 home loss to Fort Chiswell in October that dropped Galax to 2-4 on the year, Maroon Tide coach Mark Dixon told his team that in essence, the playoffs started the following Friday.

    Having responded with four straight wins, Galax is moving on to the round of 16. The Maroon Tide will open postseason play for real this week after handling Grayson County 49-8 Friday at Bill Strong Field.

  • Cavs moving on to semifinals

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County survived its test in the west. Now it’s time to test the best of the rest.

    Carroll achieved the objective of surviving and advancing out of Conference 24’s divisional stage and will move on to tonight’s tournament semifinals after taking care of Pulaski County 25-18, 25-20, 25-23 in a first-round match Monday at CCHS.

  • Tide makes short work of BC

    BASTIAN – Bland County was determined to not allow Galax any special teams touchdowns or long scoring drives. The Maroon Tide was happy to settle for one big play and a slew of little ones.

    Stopping Bland County on fourth down deep in Bears territory time and again Friday, Galax scored eight touchdowns on just 18 offensive plays through the first three periods, rolling to a 56-8 Mountain Empire District win.

  • Big payday for 14-year-old

    Will McCraw, a 14-year-old from East Bend, N.C., won the 2013 American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) world championship in Oklahoma City, Okla., and later won the 13th annual Hillbilly Redneck Truck and Trailer Explosion in Morristown, Tenn.

    Hosting competitors from seven countries, the AQHYA world championships may have seen a new record set as McCraw roped his calf in 1.9 seconds to win the Breakaway Roping championship. According to research so far, McCraw’s time is the fastest time ever recorded at an AQHYA event.

  • Fort’s big minute subdues GC

    INDEPENDENCE –– With about a minute left in the first half Friday, Grayson County was in about as good a shape as it could have hoped for against an undefeated Fort Chiswell team that hadn’t been challenged but once all season.

    But there were those other 60 little seconds.

    Fort Chiswell scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 46 seconds of the first half and ran away from Grayson County, taking a 41-19 Mountain Empire District win Friday at Bill Strong Field.

  • GOING THE DISTANCE: Galax Autumn...

    The annual Autumn Days 5K Run was held at Felts Park in Galax on Oct. 19.

    The event began with a children’s race at 9 a.m., and the main 5K race began at 10 a.m. Contestants of all ages participated in the race that began at Felts Park and took them in a loop that covered a section of U.S. 58. Roads were closed for the runners’ safety until the race was complete.

  • See Steven Run

    UPDATE: In the time since this story was written, the Virginia High School League has recognized Steven Peoples' 502 yards as the official state record, according to a story Wednesday in the Roanoke Times.

    The VHSL's Mike McCall is quoted in the story as saying, "It looks good to me. Five-oh-two is the record."

     

  • Grayson overruns Bland Co.

    BASTIAN –– Grayson County’s first possession may have been a disaster, but the final three quarters were definitely catastrophic for Bland County.

    Grayson County shook off a ragged start and scored three touchdowns in the final 8:10 of the first half, eventually racing away with a 51-12 win in a Mountain Empire District game Friday.

    The Blue Devils got back above the .500 mark at 4-3 overall and squared their district record at 1-1. Bland County dropped its 21st straight game, falling to 0-7, 0-2.

  • Pioneers power past Galax

    Common sense would dictate that a third straight defeat and a 2-4 record have put a serious dent in Galax’s playoff chances. Quite the contrary. As Maroon Tide coach Mark Dixon told his players following a loss Friday to Fort Chiswell, the playoffs start this week for Galax.

    The Tide may possibly need to win out to make it into the 16-team Region 1A West playoffs after it surrendered an early lead and was kept at arm’s length the rest of the night as Fort Chiswell powered to a 49-28 win in the Mountain Empire District opener for both schools.