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Today's Sports

  • Patrick County topples Tide

    Wet and soggy conditions couldn't slow down the rushing attack of the Patrick County Cougars as they rumbled over Galax for a 32-6 nondistrict win Friday night.

    The Cougars (4-1) managed 346 yards on 51 carries, including 180 yards from standout senior running back John Harris.

    Harris, who played only a few snaps into the second half, is expected to be playing on Saturdays this time next fall and rolled over the Tide (1-4) on almost every carry.

  • Tide to face area's top...

    Galax has had two full weeks with which to prepare for Patrick County. That can be a blessing, or it can be a curse. Any high school coach would welcome the added time to devise a way to contain the Cougars’ John Harris. The curse is in having twice as long to think about it.

  • Grayson Co. grad engineering...

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –– As a student, DeRon Brown is doing just fine at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The kid sure hasn’t forgotten how to play football.

    Brown has enjoyed a stellar first three weeks of the 2008 season at MIT, averaging nearly 200 yards per game and picking up one of New England’s top weekly football honors in the process as the Engineers have gotten off to a 2-1 start.

  • Devils get fresh start in MED...

    INDEPENDENCE –– Thus begins the Mother of All Road Swings.

    Grayson County begins a five-week, four-game tour of Southwest Virginia and the nether regions of Eastern Kentucky tonight when the Blue Devils travel to Giles County to face Narrows at Ragsdale Field in the Mountain Empire District opener for both schools.

  • Cavaliers host surprising...

    HILLSVILLE –– William Byrd has got it all wrong.

    When a team loses 17 starters, most of them three-year starters, it isn’t supposed to be competitive. The Terriers, gutted last year by graduation, weren’t supposed to open the year 2-0. They weren’t supposed to hang within three points of Salem, and they sure as heck weren’t supposed to score 34 points and rack up more than 300 rushing yards against the No. 1 Group AA team in the state, Brookville, as they did in last week’s 49-34 loss to the Bees.

  • Guynn leads Tide to three-win...

    BLUEFIELD –– The Galax High School golf team capped a busy week with its third win in four days, holding off Graham by two strokes Thursday in a nondistrict match at Fincastle Country Club.

  • Cavaliers serve up trio of...

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County improved to 9-0 on the year with a three-win week, including two wins in Southwest District play.

    The Cavaliers (9-0 overall, 4-0 district) fired 16 aces in a 25-11, 25-6, 25-20 win over Graham on Thursday, missing just one serve in the first two games, and that coming on a foot fault with a 21-5 lead in the second. Maleah Neely and Leanna Rippey combined for nine aces, and six different Cavaliers had at least one ace each.

  • Cavs break into win column

    INDEPENDENCE –– It took Carroll County the better part of the first half before it found its groove offensively. The way the Cavaliers played defense, though, that was all the time in the world.

    Carroll County didn’t get its initial first down until nearly two minutes into the second quarter, but it came on a 60-yard touchdown run by Zack Surratt that opened up a 21-point binge, leading to a 35-0 Cavalier win in a nondistrict game Friday at Bill Strong Field.

  • Cavs lose grip on upset bid

    TAZEWELL ––Nobody’s clothes came off, but Tazewell put on a pretty decent strip show just the same.

    Although thoroughly dominated in the first half, Tazewell twice pried the ball free from Carroll County ballcarriers in the second half, coming up with key turnovers as the Bulldogs rallied for a 27-16 win at Bulldog Stadium.

  • Galax drops second straight 5-...

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax dropped a tough five-game decision for the second time in four days Thursday, falling to Fort Chiswell 25-15, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-9 in a Mountain Empire District match.

    “We simply did not play well,” Galax coach Rose Houk said after her team dropped to 5-4 on the year, 0-1 in district play. “We missed 13 serves, and you can’t do that in a close match. We’ve been playing great, and this was not a good time to have a bad night.”