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Today's Sports

  • Galax fills six first-team spots

    Here’s a telling fact about small-school football, which, by necessity, is about as iron-man as it comes: Of the 14 names listed on the all-Mountain Empire District first-team defense, no fewer than 11 were also first- or second-team on offense.

    That’s single-A ball, where few are expected to do much. Few did more than Galax’s Tyler Houk, the only player named first team at three different positions on the 2008 all-MED football team, voted on by the district’s coaches.

  • Woods,ee^Bassett down Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– They weren’t boo-ing. They were saying “Boo.”

     

    Bassett quarterback Rashawn “Boo” Woods accounted for 168 yards of offense in the first half as the Bengals jumped out to a 21-0 lead, holding off Carroll County 28-7 in the season opener for both schools Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • There's always next year

    I come not to bury the 2008 football season, but to praise it.

    On second thought, let’s do a little of both. For the first time in 14 years, no Twin County football team advanced to the Virginia High School League playoffs. The season is deceased in our neck of the woods, and it flat-lined pretty early, with the three area teams going a combined 8-22.

  • There's always next year
  • Galax sweeps volleyball honors

    There can be little argument about Jamie Cockerham being one of the Mountain Empire District’s top offensive threats. Any defender on the other end of one of Cockerham’s 318 kills can attest to that.

    Cockerham, a senior outside hitter, was named the MED’s player of the year in balloting by the league’s coaches, and the Maroon Tide’s Rose Houk was named the district’s coach of the year, leading a list that includes 11 Twin County players on either the first team, second team or honorable mention squad.

  • Caudill named region's best

    HILLSVILLE –– In voting for the Region IV player of the year award, one of the coaches from the ultra-powerful River Ridge District said she would take Kim Caudill in a heartbeat.

    No further endorsement necessary.

    Caudill, who helped lead Carroll County to one of its most successful seasons ever, was named the top player in both the Southwest District and in Region IV, capping a career that made her the top offensive threat in CCHS history.

  • Galax finishes fifth in Group A

    MANASSAS –– Galax’s boys’ cross country team finished among the top five in the state for the third consecutive year, placing fifth in the Group A championships Saturday at the Great Meadows course.

    Led by a fifth-place finish by Manuel Echeagaray, the Maroon Tide finished with 174 team points, just three points behind Northumberland for the fourth spot. It was Galax’s eighth top-five effort in the school’s 16 trips to the state meet.

  • Galax enjoys happy ending

    WAR, W.Va. — It's an old clich, often times a non-sports one, that “something slipped through someone's fingers.”

    Literally and figuratively that's exactly what happened Friday night to the Big Creek Owls, as they lost four second-half fumbles and a pass interception in a 34-28 loss to Galax.

    With those miscues, and the resulting defeat, the Owls (7-2) may have lost a chance at the West Virginia Class A playoffs. Galax finished its season at 3-7.

  • Salem too tough for Carroll

    DUBLIN –– Carroll County successfully navigated its way through the first 23 matches of the season without a loss. Plotting a course through Salem was another matter entirely.

  • Bears wrap up MED crown

    INDEPENDENCE –– Bland County scored twice in the first 2:11 of the second half to break open a tight game and claim its first outright Mountain Empire District championship, knocking off defending champion Grayson County 29-14 Friday at Bill Strong Field.

    The Bears (9-1 overall, 4-0 district), who earned a share of the MED title on two previous occasions, will enter the Region C Division 1 playoffs as the No. 1 seed while Grayson County ends its season at 0-10, 0-4.