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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Big first half lifts Devils past...

    BLAND –– Grayson County took a 27-16 halftime lead and held on through the second half, claiming a 61-51 Mountain Empire District win Friday.

    Preston Bowen and Eric Harvey led the Blue Devils with 14 and 13 points, respectively, and Bubba Bowen added 11.

    Grayson County 13 14 10 24––61

    Bland County 5 11 10 25––51

    Grayson County (13-6, 3-2)

    Rutherford 9, P.Bowen 14, Eller 5, Harvey 13, B.Bowen 11, Blizzard 9.

    Bland County (5-12, 0-5)

  • Devils trip up Tide 74-67

    Over the years, Grayson County-Galax basketball games have been decided by buzzer-beaters, they have been lopsided laughers and they have been swayed by tremendous individual efforts. The most recent meeting was the first one in which the outcome was greatly influenced by a scramble for the ball near midcourt.

    Galax rallied from a 12-point deficit to tie Grayson County by early in the fourth quarter when a debated call resulted in a huge momentum swing leading to a 74-67 Blue Devil win in a Mountain Empire District game Saturday night.

  • Quick start lifts Galax

    Galax jumped out to an 11-point lead in the first seven minutes and battled through a game-long shooting slump to roll past Grayson County 47-38 in a Mountain Empire District girls’ game Saturday night.

    The Maroon Tide (7-10 overall, 2-3 district) managed just a 29-percent effort from the floor (14 of 49), but was aided greatly by an even colder 32 minutes by the Blue Devils, who hit just 8 of 52 from the field (15.4 percent) in falling to 1-19, 0-6.

  • Carroll boys break skid with...

    HILLSVILLE –– Hello, ‘W.’ Good to see you again.

    Carroll County snapped a six-game losing skid when James Lanning scored at the final buzzer, lifting the Cavaliers to a 60-58 Southwest District win Saturday over Grundy.

    Lanning had given Carroll County (3-15 overall, 2-6 district) a 58-56 lead with a stickback before Grundy re-tied the game at 58. A missed Carroll shot went out of bounds to the Cavaliers, who called timeout with 2.5 seconds left to set up the final play.

  • Cavs done in by slow start

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County was held to two first-quarter points for the second game in a row, and a late-game rally couldn’t overcome a 20-point deficit as the Cavaliers fell to Marion 60-50 in a Southwest District game Wednesday night.

    Though Marion (8-6 overall, 4-3 district) didn’t exactly leap out of the blocks – the Scarlet Hurricane didn’t score until nearly three minutes into the game – Brock Hannah hit a pair of 3-pointers as Marion opened the game on a 12-0 run.

  • Court dedication planned to...

    INDEPENDENCE –– Longtime Independence/Grayson County High School coach Thomas Owens will be honored during a special ceremony on Tuesday prior to the Blue Devils’ girls’ basketball game with Fort Chiswell.

    Owens, who has coached boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball and baseball at the school for nearly 40 years, will be honored by having the basketball court at Independence Middle School dedicated in his honor, and by being inducted into the GCHS Wall of Fame.