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Today's Sports

  • Tide takes suspense out of MED

    Galax threw a wrench into what was sure to be a tight finish in the Mountain Empire District girls’ race, stunning Bland County 45-41 in the MED finale for both teams Tuesday night.

    The Bears (17-5 overall, 6-2 district) could have tied Fort Chiswell for the regular season championship with a win but couldn’t overcome the Maroon Tide (8-13, 3-5).

  • Cavs enter tourney with a spark

    FLOYD –– Tied at 35 in the regular season finale with Floyd County, Carroll County coach Brad Hawks and his staff spent more than half of a 60-second timeout discussing how to play the final 24 seconds.

    Instead of setting up one final play, Hawks and his staff decided to run what they brung.

    A basic continuation of the Cavaliers’ set offense resulted in a wide-open 18-footer from the baseline for Will Jones, who swished the jumper as time expired, lifting Carroll County to a 37-35 nondistrict win.

  • Lifetime achievement award

    INDEPENDENCE "" As did old Independence High before it, Grayson County High School has enjoyed a ton of winning over the years, and Thomas Owens has been there for a huge chunk of it. Rightfully so, a little chunk of the school now bears his name.

    Owens, a multi-sport coach at the school since 1975, received a double honor Thursday night when, in a ceremony before the Grayson-Fort Chiswell basketball game, he was inducted into the GCHS Wall of Fame and had the school’s basketball court named in his honor.

  • Galax boys clinch MED; Lady Cavs...

    NARROWS –– Galax locked up the Mountain Empire District boys’ basketball championship, jumping to a big first-quarter lead and holding on for a 66-52 win Saturday over Narrows.

    The Maroon Tide improved to 19-2 overall, 5-1 in the district and earned an automatic spot in the Region C Division 1 playoffs as well as the top seed in the MED tournament.

    Scott Alouf hit six 3-pointers and led all scorers with 24 points for Galax. Tyler Houk and Justin Hash tossed in 15 points apiece.

    Adam Morris led Narrows (4-15, 2-5) with 14 points.

  • Galax wins MED; Cavs second in...

    Galax laid claim to eight individual championships and repeated as Mountain Empire District champs in the MED tournament last week at Galax High School.

    The Maroon Tide racked up 192 team points, 40 points better than runner-up Grayson County. Fort Chiswell was third with 99 points.

    Eric Stowell (103 pounds), Ethan Campbell (112), Edu Rojas (119), Jose Rojas (130), Jose Martinez (140), Seth Criner (160), Jay Miles (189) and Dakota Cockerham (215) all won their respective weight classes for the Maroon Tide.

  • Fort Chiswell spoils Grayson...

    INDEPENDENCE –– Fort Chiswell spoiled a lot more than the first official game on the newly-dedicated Thomas Owens Court.

    In a game in which Grayson County hoped to cap a night honoring their former coach by taking another step toward a possible district title, Fort Chiswell caught fire in the second half and rallied to an 86-68 Mountain Empire District win.

  • Tide outpaces Fort, 88-75

    Cameron Frazier goes to the hoop for two of his 18 first-half points. Frazier left the game early in the second half with an ankle injury, but the Tide prevailed 88-75.Galax and Fort Chiswell played the first eight minutes of their Mountain Empire District showdown Friday night at a preposterous rate, on pace for a 132-112 final score. Even the halftime tally of 50-48 was ridiculous for a high school game. But what was truly absurd was the thought of Galax dropping back-to-back district games.

  • Cavaliers pull another step...

    TAZEWELL –– Carroll County built a big cushion in the second quarter and went on to defeat Tazewell 57-51 in a Southwest District girls' basketball game Friday.

    Trailing 12-9 after eight minutes, the Cavaliers (13-5 overall, 11-0 district) outscored the Bulldogs 20-7 in the second period to take a 29-19 halftime lead.

    Lindsey Martin and Kayla Goins led Carroll County with 14 points each and Rachel Dalton dropped in 12 points. Tazewell (5-11, 3-5) got a game-high 18 points from Kelsey Sutherland.

    Carroll County 9 20 11 17––57

  • Galax holds off Auburn

    RINER –– With the divisional playoff setup in place for the second year, there is no way Division 1 Galax and D2 Auburn can meet in the postseason.

    It’s a shame. Because the two teams put on a tournament-quality performance Friday night.

  • Pop Quiz

    Today’s special guest is Drew McCraw, an all-Southwest District lineman for the Carroll County football team and the No. 2-ranked heavyweight wrestler in Group AA, behind Andrew Miller of Bassett. McCraw is a senior and is drawing serious recruiting interest in both sports. Though he is open to playing either sport in college, his main focus right now is of course wrestling and the upcoming district, region and state tournaments.