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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Maroon Tide golfers reach state

    DRAPER –– Close may only count in horseshoes and hand grenades, but a not-too-distant second place can get the job done in high school golf, too.

    Galax didn’t bring home the championship from the inaugural Region 1A West golf tournament Monday at Draper Valley Golf Club, but the Maroon Tide achieved its major objective of advancing as a team to the state tournament after taking the runner-up spot to Holston by 10 strokes. Both teams will take part in the Group 1A tournament Monday and Tuesday at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal.

  • Grayson knocks off Generals

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County played the role of the underdog prior to taking on the Lee High Generals last Friday night in their annual homecoming game.

    But when the dust cleared, the Blue Devils had pounded the Generals 42-20 in a nondistrict clash.

    The Blue Devils were impressive on both sides of the ball, the offense moved the ball up and down the field at will and the defense snuffed out several drives by the Generals.

    The Blue Devils scored off the opening kickoff.

  • Pulaski pulls away from Cavs

    DUBLIN –– Trailing 17-3 early in the fourth quarter Friday night, Carroll County received the break it had been looking for all year. Pulaski County then got the break it had needed for all of two plays.

    With a chance to trim the Cougar lead to a touchdown, a handoff exchange at the 2-yard line went awry and resulted in a lost fumble, a 98-yard Pulaski County drive and, eventually, a 24-3 Cougar win in the Cavaliers’ first visit to Kenneth Dobson Stadium since 1983.