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Today's Sports

  • Galax holds on for state title

    BRISTOL –– Galax won its fourth state golf championship and its second in the last five years, grinding through a tough course and a tough field Tuesday to win the team title by 12 strokes over Giles at Clear Creek Golf Club.

    The Maroon Tide adds the team championship to the Group AA crown it won in 1974 and the Group A titles claimed in 1988 and 2004.

  • Marion stops 2-pointer to top...

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County was denied on a two-point conversion with 1:09 to play as Marion escaped with a 15-13 Southwest District win Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    Trailing 15-7, the Cavaliers (3-4 overall, 1-2 district) took over on their own 15 following a Zack Surratt interception and drove the length of the field, capping the drive with Dillon Caviness’ 28-yard TD reception from Blake Bowman. Fullback Cody Mabe was stopped at the 1-yard-line on the PAT as Marion held on.

  • Cavs, Tide pick up key district...

    HILLSVILLE –– Any setters looking to pad their stats probably didn’t find Thursday’s Southwest District matchup with Grundy much to their liking. Those at the serving line sure had a field day, though.

    Carroll County served up a whopping 25 aces and was never threatened, rolling to a 26-4, 25-8, 25-14 win in a Southwest District volleyball match. The win was the 13th in a row without a loss for the Cavaliers, who ran their SWD record to 8-0.

  • Maroon Tide outguns Grayson

    In a game featuring 58 points and 652 combined yards of total offense, it all came down to the 6 little yards that were not gained.

  • Tide, Devils looking for a...

    They call it swinging the heavy bat.

    Baseball players do it, warming up in the on-deck circle, swinging a bat with weights inside of it, or a bat with a detachable weight on the end. Swing the heavy bat long enough, and the normal bat seems light as a feather.

    Patrick County was Galax’s heavy bat, and Hazard, Ky. served as Grayson County’s donut. Because when the Maroon Tide hosts the Blue Devils Friday in the renewal of their Mountain Empire District rivalry, the load will seem a lot lighter than it has on recent Fridays.

  • Cavaliers go for sixth straight...

    HILLSVILLE –– It seems like the prudent thing to do in these days of economic downsizing –– getting to one’s destination via a smaller model than what one has grown accustomed.

    The Marion football team is no different.

    A year ago, the Scarlet Hurricane reached the Region IV Division 3 finals behind the wheel of what amounted to a Hummer and a Crown Victoria, as powerful fullback Tommy Lyon and high-performance Jordan Burrows combined for more than 2,000 rushing yards.

    This year, Marion is getting pretty much the same results from a Prius.

  • No title, but Tide plays on

    DRAPER –– For a golf team accustomed to playing for championships, second place never looked so good to Galax.

    Seemingly out of contention at one point for one of the two available state tournament berths, Galax’s superior depth came through in the form of its fifth- and sixth-seeded players, Dustin Thompson and Eddie Hanks, as the Maroon Tide squeaked into the second spot by two strokes over Radford at the Region C tournament Tuesday at Draper Valley Golf Club.

  • Galax sweeps girls', boys...

    FRIES –– Galax took both the boys’ and girls’ team wins Wednesday at a six-team cross country meet in Fries.

  • Grayson County meets road Hazard...

    HAZARD, Ky. –– Following a drive of nearly four hours, Grayson County was greeted by a 19-point first-quarter outpouring by one of Kentucky’s top small-school teams, falling 47-16 to Hazard in a nondistrict game at Daniel Stadium.

    The Bulldogs (5-1), ranked No. 6 among Kentucky 1A schools, scored on every possession through the first three quarters to deal the Blue Devils their sixth straight defeat without a win.

  • Maroon Tide drops Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax bounced back from a big second-game deficit and swept the season series with Grayson County 25-17, 25-19, 25-16 in a Mountain Empire District volleyball match Tuesday night at Grayson County Middle School.

    “We seemed really fired-up and ready to play,” said Maroon Tide coach Rose Houk after her team improved to 8-6 overall, 3-1 in district play. “This was a really big win for us. We showed a huge improvement in our serving.”