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Today's Sports

  • Door to the past makes pit stop...

    The thousands of customers beating a path in and out of the Galax Wal-Mart last Wednesday through Saturday probably had no idea they were just a few feet away from Jimmy Johnson and his race car.

  • Galax pounds Floyd for first win

    FLOYD -- Galax banged out 14 hits and broke into the win column in a big way Friday, rolling past Floyd County 13-3 in five innings in a nondistrict game.

    The Maroon Tide (1-1) scored four runs in each of the first two innings and coasted the rest of the way.

    Tyler Houk was 4-for-4 with four RBI and slugged a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning for the Maroon Tide. Jacob Woodel, Brock Cox and Eddie Hanks added two hits each.

  • Phone tag with Kenny Wallace

    It’s embarrassing really...A person like Kenny Wallace takes the time to sit down and talk with you on the phone, dials your numbers, and you miss the call.

    What am I talking about?

    Last week, I was scheduled to have an interview with Wallace over the phone. The interview was scheduled for 1 p.m., only I missed the call.

    After leaving me a voice message, Wallace called back minutes later...Again, I wasn’t near my phone.

    Thatss twice, if you lost count!

  • Cavs hot right off the bat

    HILLSVILLE -- It’s common at this time of year, especially with the dearth of outdoor practice time, for pitching to be ahead of hitting. If that is the case, Carroll County has a lot to look forward to offensively.

    Playing their season opener, the Cavaliers’ bats were in late-April form as Carroll County pounded Floyd County 14-2 in five innings in a nondistrict game Thursday at Bill Worrell Field.

  • SPORTS SHORTS

    Youth hitting league

    The Home Run Factory in Independence will host a youth hitting league. Entry fee is $40 for the 5-week league. Open to boys and girls ages 6 and up. League will consist of baseball and softball. Call (276) 768-9912 or (276) 768-7089.

    Grayson County youth wrestling

  • Trojans knock off Galax 9-3

    Wiffle balls and batting cages are great, but there’s no substitute for actually being on the dirt doing the real thing.

    Hampered by a conspiracy between basketball and Mother Nature that has kept Galax indoors most of the young season, the Maroon Tide dropped its season opener Wednesday, falling 9-3 to Alleghany, N.C., in a nondistrict game at Mountain View Park.

    Alleghany was playing its fourth game, while Galax has been outside fewer than five times altogether in coach Verl Brown’s estimation.

  • Goins, Frazier named all-region

    Those who didn’t get a chance to see any of the top five girls’ basketball players in Region IV shouldn’t worry too much. All five of them will be back.

    Three juniors, including Carroll County’s Kayla Goins, and two sophomores headed up the first-team all-region squad, while in Region C boys’ voting, Galax’s Cameron Frazier was a first-team pick.

  • Cavaliers open with 4-1 win

    INDEPENDENCE -- Carroll County opened the 2009 softball season in fine form, getting solid pitching, timely hitting and making some tough defensive plays. Once the Cavaliers master the routine pop fly, they should be okay.

    A couple of misplayed pop-ups were the only thing between the Cavaliers and a spotless start to the year Wednesday as they took a 4-1 nondistrict win over Grayson County at B.A. Rhudy Fields.

  • Motley, Goins honored in SWD

    HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County coach Marc Motley was named the Southwest District girls’ basketball coach of the year and Kayla Goins earned a spot on the first team in all-district voting released this week.

    The Lady Cavs had one second-team pick and one honorable mention selection, while in boys’ balloting, the Cavaliers had one second-team pick and two honorable mention choices.

  • Burris wins state, advances to...

    CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Caleb Burris is boldly going where one Burris has gone before.

    Burris, a fourth-grader at Gladeville Elementary School, will represent Galax Elks Lodge #2212, the Southwest District and the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Regional Hoop Shoot Contest in Frederick, Md., on March 21. Burris qualified for the honor by winning the 10-11 age group at the state contest, held at St. Anne’s Belfield School on March 1.

    Burris is the son of Ricky and Sarah Burris. His brother, Seth, was a state champion last year and advanced to the regional contest.