Community Sports

  • GHS senior organizes benefit tournament
     A senior project at Galax High School proved to be a big success on April 14, as Allison White organized and carried out the Jimmy Cockerham Scholarship Fund Volleyball Tournament.  Twelve teams entered the tournament and more than 100 people attended. The winning team consisted of Tim Burton, Ashley Surber, Cindy Rudy, Steve Burcham, Robin Pack and Dennis Vass.
  • Whartenby elevated to head strength coach at U. of Denver
     DENVER –– University of Denver strength and conditioning assistant coach Kathryn Whartenby has been promoted to head strength and conditioning coach, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations Peg Bradley-Doppes announced Tuesday.
  • Carroll Co. cheerleaders hold alumni night
    HILLSVILLE –– The Carroll County High School cheerleaders hosted their inaugural Cheerleader Alumni Night Jan. 6 during a CCHS basketball quad with Tazewell.
  • That’s 20 column inches down, 100 more to go
    And now for something completely inconsequential. Whether by coincidence or the fact that it was Martin Luther King Day, it was an extremely slow news day on Monday in the sports department. Neither Carroll County, Galax nor Grayson County had anything scheduled for Monday. Nobody brought in any pictures of a giant catfish, a 12-pointer or an AAU team. Not even a photo of a turnip that looks like Tim Tebow. There is still a page to fill, however. 
  • Funk earns academic A-A honors at Wise
     WISE –– Megan Funk, a senior at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, has been named to the Academic All-American team by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, must be a junior or senior and must maintain good standing at his or her institution.
  • Carroll Co. AAU girls finish first, second
     The Carroll County 4th-grade girls’ AAU basketball team won its third tournament of the year Dec. 10 at Fort Chiswell a week after placing second in a tournament in Roanoke. In the Roanoke tournament on Dec. 3, the Cavaliers defeated teams from Roanoke and West Virginia in the morning, reaching the championship game that afternoon. Facing the same West Virginia team from the morning round, Carroll County put together a strong defensive effort but could not get its shots to fall, settling for the runner-up trophy after a 21-17 defeat.
  • Autumn Days 5K a family affair
     The husband and wife tandem of Tommy and Emily Boles of Greensboro were the overall male and female winners of the 22nd annual Twin County Regional Healthcare-Galax Autumn Days 5K at Felts Park. Both runners were first-time winners of the event, which drew 169 runners in the 5K plus another 35 in the 12-under, 1-mile fun run. Tommy Boles, 33, posted a winning time of 16 minutes, 38 seconds, holding off former winner Phillip Sumner of Gardners, Pa., by eight seconds. Curtis Swisher was four seconds behind Sumner in third place.
  • Xtreme softball team wraps up big season
     The Caroline Xtreme 10-under softball team completed a successful 2011 season this month after playing in tournaments in the IFA, NSA and Top Gun series. The team won eight tournaments, including the International Fastpitch Association (IFA) North Carolina/Virginia state tournament and the IFA North Carolina/South Carolina state tournament. The Xtreme also finished as the runner-up in the IFA World Series and Summer World Championships.
  • Softball team bound for World Series
          By LARRY CHAMBERS Staff  
  • Galax All-Stars advance to state
      Galax edged Carroll County American 6-5 in extra innings to win the District 1 Dixie O-Zone championship at the Grayson County Rec. Park. Galax and Carroll American had split their two previous meetings, creating a three-way tie including Carroll National. Galax defeated Carroll National 6-2 to advance to the finals against Carroll American, then rallied from a 5-2 deficit to tie the game at 5-5 before scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Galax advanced to the state tournament, which began Saturday in Salem.