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Today's Sports

  • Hoops teams thrown a curveball

    If change is good, drastic change must be awesome.

    Or so it seems in the eyes of the Virginia High School League.

    It’s not exactly High School Sports meets Social Reform, but at the very least a tee-ball mentality has invaded the learned folks running high school sports in Virginia.

  • Panthers man up on Tide

    DUBLIN -- Twin Valley may not play much man-to-man defense, but the Panthers showed they have definitely practiced it.

    Employing a seldom-used man defense from start to finish, Twin Valley kept Galax’s long-range shooters out of sync nearly all night, running away with a 77-61 win in the Group A Division 1 quarterfinals Friday at Pulaski County High School.

  • Homeschoolers place third in...

    The Blue Ridge Panthers placed third in the western division at the North Carolina Home Educators Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, held in Winston-Salem Feb. 20-21. The win moved the Panthers to the state basketball championships, held Feb. 27-28 in Greensboro.

    This year’s regional and state tournaments showcased more than 50 teams comprised of more than 500 homeschool basketball players.

  • Maroon Tide finishes the job

    MAX MEADOWS -- The Galax boys’ basketball team isn’t particularly afraid of the number 13. But seeing the 13 disappear can be rather disturbing.

    One year after losing a 13-point second-half lead and the region title game to Eastern Montgomery, Galax watched all but four points of a 13-point third-period cushion evaporate Friday before pulling away for an 82-69 win Friday in the Region C Division 1 championship game at Fort Chiswell High School.

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  • Galax pummells Bath, 73-44

    MAX MEADOWS -- Galax has lived dangerously as of late, trailing by 10 points or more in the second half of two of its past three games, and entering the fourth quarter in a virtual tie Monday against the No. 8 seed in the eight-team regional tournament.

    No fourth-quarter dramatics were necessary Wednesday.

    Galax dominated Bath County 73-44 in the Region C Division 1 semifinals, sending the Maroon Tide into tonight’s title game against Eastern Montgomery and, more importantly, into the state tournament for a second straight year.

  • Blacksburg nips Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County was able to pull off a dramatic win over one Montgomery County school in the Region IV Division 4 tournament. Duplicating the feat proved to be too much.

    A night after edging Christiansburg by a point, the Cavaliers fell just short of toppling Blacksburg, falling 44-41 in the semifinals Wednesday night.

    Carroll County (17-9) never led until Cydnie Cornell’s foul shot put the Cavaliers up 41-40 with 2:16 to play, but Carroll missed its next six shots from the floor and was 0-for-2 from the foul line down the stretch.

  • Bears oust Tide, 81-42

    BLAND -- When Galax knocked Bland County out of the Mountain Empire District lead two weeks ago, the Maroon Tide made a statement that it was not to be overlooked come region tournament time.

    The Bears certainly got the message.

  • Blue Ridge Tour sets 2009...

    Registration is now underway for the 2009 season of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour. Beginning its 11th season, the schedule includes four golf academies which focus on instruction in all phases of the game, a “Golf by the Rules” clinic in which the player receives on-course guidance to play the game according the rules of golf, and six tournaments, including a season ending two-day tournament.

  • Galax to face Twin Valley in...

    It still wasn’t certain as of 8:30 Monday evening exactly where Galax would play its Group A Division 1 state quarterfinal game. At least the Maroon Tide knows for whom to prepare.

    Galax will face Twin Valley in one of four first-round games set for Friday and Saturday as the state begins working its way toward its championship week, March 10-14 in Richmond. The Maroon Tide is planning on a Friday meeting with Twin Valley at 7 p.m. at Pulaski County High School.