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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • A tale of two Bulls

    Team Red Bull is on the rise, while at the same time taking steps backwards as well.

    The team that fields two Toyota Camrys in the Sprint Cup Series has two completely different scenarios brewing.

    On one side, Brian Vickers (former driver of the No. 25 at Hendrick Motorsports), is in contention for a Chase berth, sitting 11th after a top-five finish at Atlanta this past weekend.

  • Maroon Tide guard’s...

    Being out of position on a basketball court can lead to a lot of bad things, like missed rebounds, defensive breakdowns, offensive confusion, etc. Being out of position, or in this case, being in a different position, turned out pretty well for Cameron Frazier.

    Moving to shooting guard in his senior season after years as Galax’s point guard, Frazier apparently felt right at home in his new position, having a strong enough season to earn the Mountain Empire District’s player of the year award.

  • 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.