High School

  • Three named first-teamers

    Galax and Carroll County combined to place three volleyball players on their respective all-district first teams, two were voted first-team all-region and a total of 12 players received postseason honors as voted on by district and region coaches.

    The Maroon Tide’s Ashlyn Brady was tabbed a first-team all-Mountain Empire and first-team all-Region 1C performer. The senior outside hitter concluded her final season with 216 kills and 365 digs, adding 171 service points including 63 aces.

  • Galax opens with a bang

    It was opening night in Galax, and the Maroon Tide raised the curtain by dropping the hammer.

    Kicking off its 2018-19 campaign, Galax limited Eastern Montgomery to four points through the first three and a half periods Monday and walloped the Mustangs 63-8 in a nondistrict game at Galax High School.

  • Seniors headline all-Twin County volleyball team

    Three players from Carroll County, two from Galax and one from Grayson County, including three players who reached significant milestones this year, make up the 2018 all-Twin County volleyball team, chosen by the three area schools’ coaches and released last week.

    First team picks from Carroll County are Adrienne Harris, Taylor Spangler and Chasity Tompkins, Galax selections are Ashlyn Brady and Kendall Sturgill, and Grayson County is represented by Breanna Brewer. All are seniors but Sturgill, a junior.

  • Bowers, Martin Bluefield-bound

    The area around Bluefield is known as Four Seasons Country. A pair of area athletes are going to have two of those seasons covered.

    Golf season and baseball season at Bluefield College will have a Twin County flavor to them as Brandon Martin of Carroll County and Hunter Bowers of Galax have signed letters of intent to play for the Rams. Bowers signed with the Bluefield golf team last Thursday and Martin signed with the Rams baseball team a day before.

  • Runners conclude at state meet

    THE PLAINS –– Grayson County’s Benji Pinckney had the highest finish among the three area high schools represented at the VHSL state cross country championships, run on a muddy, soggy course last Friday and Saturday near Manassas.

    A senior, Pinckney placed eighth in the Class 2 meet with a time of 17 minutes, 15 seconds. The Region 2D and Mountain Empire District champion, Pinckney held off Radford’s William Hartig by one second and Strasburg’s Anthony Cadle by five seconds for his eight-place showing

  • Blowout win sets up big rematch for Galax

    There’s always a reason a team is seeded No. 1 in a tournament and Galax proved that fact last Friday night as the Maroon Tide rolled to a convincing 55-8 victory over EastMont in the opening round of the Region 1C playoffs in Galax.

    The Tide advances to the second round this Friday night at home against the George Wythe Maroons, a team they rallied in the final three minutes to beat earlier in the season 21-14. The Maroons won their opening game last Friday night with a 28-0 win over Covington.

  • Final five-week grid grind begins for 187 teams

    The Virginia High School League playoffs kick off this weekend. For most clubs suiting up tonight (or tomorrow, or yesterday, as weather dictates), that’s a good thing. For other teams, the postseason is gonna happen whether they like it or not.

    Including a school up east that played a nine-game schedule, 12 teams in the state remain undefeated after the regular season, down a couple from a year ago, while three teams trudge on, still looking (most likely fruitlessly, at this point) for their first win of the year.

  • Region 2D: Devils open with Richlands

    First things first: On Tuesday of this week, Richlands lost one of the true legends of a legendary program as Devon Johnson, 25, passed away due to undisclosed causes.

  • Knights fend off Carroll County comeback

    BUCHANAN –– Carroll County runningback Cassell McMillian closed out his high school career in championship form last Thursday night, carrying the ball 17 times for 124 yards and scoring two touchdowns in a 35-21 loss to James River.

    The Three Rivers District game was moved up from Friday to Thursday night because of the forecast of heavy rain.

    The dry field definitely had an effect on the running game for both teams with the Cavaliers rushing for 224 yards on 39 carries while the Knights rushed for 214 yards on 25 carries.

  • Cavaliers one set short

    HILLSVILLE –– The Carroll County High School volleyball team gives a lot to the community, and that community returns the love in the form of rabid support. The Cavaliers nearly gave their followers another two weeks.