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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.