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Today's Sports

  • Tide battles, Cavs prevail

    HILLSVILLE –– Some came hoping to see an upset. Others may have come looking for a blowout. Everyone went home having witnessed a very good, entertaining basketball game.

    Galax overcame a sluggish start, rallied into the lead before halftime and trailed by just five points with less than four minutes to go before Carroll County pulled away for a 54-44 nondistrict win in a girls’ game Wednesday night.

  • Second-half surge leads Grayson...

    INDEPENDENCE –– Tied at halftime, Grayson County outscored Carroll County 44-25 in the second half to take a 69-50 nondistrict boys’ win Tuesday.

    The Blue Devils (8-4) were led by Eric Harvey’s 16 points. Steven Eller scored 15, Bubba Bowen added 10 and Preston Bowen chipped in with eight points, 10 rebounds and six steals.

    Tyler Reavis hit four 3-pointers and led all scorers with 18 points for the Cavaliers (2-10).

    Carroll County 11 14 9 16––50

    Grayson County 12 13 18 26––69

  • Maroon Tide pulls away for win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax and Grayson County entered Mountain Empire District play Friday as the two winningest teams in the league through the nondistrict portion of their schedules. The gap between No. 1 and No. 2 may not be as great as many might have believed.

    Before a standing-room-only horde at Grayson County Middle School, the Maroon Tide and the Blue Devils entered the fourth quarter on even terms before Galax pulled away for a 66-59 win, taking a big first step in MED play.

  • Galax opens MED slate with big...

    INDEPENDENCE –– It’s only one game deep into what is a very balanced, very competitive Mountain Empire District race, but for now, Galax is sitting on the top looking down.

    The Maroon Tide took a good first step in district play, opening up with a 55-27 win Friday night over Grayson County to take an early lead in the MED standings. Galax improved to 5-6 overall, 1-0 in the league, while Grayson County dropped to 1-12, 0-1.

  • Bulldogs bite Cavaliers 79-61

    HILLSVILLE – A game that started out with so much promise turned out to be another tough loss for the Carroll County varsity boys Friday night.

    The Cavaliers (2-11 overall, 1-3 district) entered the game having lost eight of their last nine games, and Friday ended no different as Tazewell (4-6, 2-1) came in and dominated them on their home court, taking a 79-61 Southwest District win.

    The Cavs began the game strong, scoring 11 of the game’s first 14 points.

  • Lady Cavs hold on for 49-46 win

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County remained undefeated and number one in the district following a 49-46 girls’ win over Tazewell Friday night.

    It wasn’t easy for the Cavaliers (6-5 overall, 4-0 district), though, having to hold off a stubborn Bulldog (2-7, 1-3) team looking for only its third win in the last seven games.

    The Cavs opened the game up on a mission to put the Lady Dogs away early, outscoring them 16-7 in the first eight minutes.

  • Cougars edge Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Pulaski County has evidently been working hard on its free throw defense.

    The Cougars took advantage of a chilly night at the foul line by the Cavaliers and held off a second-half rally to escape with a 48-41 nondistrict win Monday night.

    Carroll County hit just 6-of-19 from the stripe, or 31.6 percent, in falling to 4-5 on the year. The Cougars crept over the .500 mark with the win, improving to 5-4.

  • McCraw wins Skeens title, Bowman...

    GRUNDY –– Carroll County had four wrestlers reach the championship finals and placed ninth out of 36 teams at the prestigious 29th annual Agie Skeens Memorial Tournament Dec. 29-30 at Riverview Middle School.

    Drew McCraw finished the event 4-0 and won the individual championship in the 275-pound weight class. McCraw drew a first-round bye and followed up with two pins, sticking Michael LaPrade of Turner Ashby in 1 minute, 34 seconds, then pinning Alleghany’s Martin Garcia 46 seconds into the championship quarterfinals.

  • Cavaliers sweep Golden Wave

    GRUNDY –– Carroll County rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final four minutes to overtake Grundy 70-65 in a Southwest District boys’ game Saturday afternoon.

    Grundy’s Jordan Ellis sank two foul shots for a 61-53 Golden Wave lead before James Lanning’s 3-pointer sparked a 17-4 Cavalier run to the final horn.

    Tyler Reavis’ layup gave Carroll County the lead for good, 64-62, with 1:15 to play. Reavis led all scorers with 25 points, Lucas Marshall scored a career-high 14 and Lanning chipped in 12.

  • The best of 2008

    Many of the nation’s leading sports news outlets are hailing 2008 as the best sports year ever. It kind of depends on your perspective.

    For example, it’s very doubtful the Detroit Lions, the University of Washington football team or the Memphis men’s basketball team would agree. Nor would Jake Brown, the X-Games skateboarder who augured into the ground from 40-plus feet on national television.