High School

  • Maroon Tide headlines all-Group 1A football team

    Headlined by a state player of the year, a state coach of the year and a pair of two-way first-team picks, Galax filled a total of six spots on the all-Group 1A football team, announced last week by the Virginia High School League.

  • Carroll zooms past Maroon Tide

    HILLSVILLE –– It wasn’t the 21-point head start that Carroll County had used five days before in Galax, but bookend double-digit runs in the first half more than got the job done Saturday.

    The Cavaliers scored the game’s first 16 points, finished the half with a 14-point run and improved to 12-2 on the year by running past the Maroon Tide 56-27 in a nondistrict girls’ game.

  • Cavs pull away from Galax

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County didn’t allow Galax to score its sixth point of the game until nearly the 11th minute of play. A six-point flurry in the span of 37 seconds by the Maroon Tide nearly spoiled the Cavaliers’ night.

    Carroll County led by as many as 10 points in the third quarter of a low-scoring rivalry game but had to fight off a Galax rally that saw the lead dwindle to just two points before the Cavaliers pulled away for a 40-29 nondistrict win.

  • Carroll girls rally to defeat Salem 43-38

    SALEM –– Carroll County rallied from a four-point halftime deficit and maintained its lead in the River Ridge District girls’ basketball standings Tuesday night with a 43-38 win at Salem.

    Trailing 25-21 at intermission, the Cavaliers (8-1 overall, 3-0 district) held the Spartans to 13 second-half points to pull out the win.

  • Maroon Tide hosts Virginia-Carolina duals

    Galax finished the day with a 3-2 record and Carroll County went 2-3 in the Ford Memorial Virginia-Carolina Duals wrestling invitational, held Saturday at Galax High School.

    Each of the five Virginia teams in attendance – Galax, Carroll County, Grundy, Rural Retreat and Richlands – wrestled a dual match against each of the five North Carolina teams – Mount Airy, Starmount, East Surry, Chatham Central and Avery County – in an event that continues to grow in popularity.

  • Devils too much for Tazewell

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County had a challenging time putting the ball in the hole from underneath Tuesday night. The Blue Devils had little trouble putting Tazewell in a hole in the second quarter, and keeping the Bulldogs there the rest of the night.

    Grayson zipped away from a 9-9 tie by opening the second period on a 13-3 run and never again allowed the Bulldogs within single digits, claiming a 57-38 win in a game between Conference 39 schools.

  • Galax’s biggest win was forged by its four losses

     Galax won its first 14 games of the 2011 season. The 2015 Maroon Tide wasn’t even at .500 until late October, after the conclusion of the eighth game of the season.

    If 100 people were asked to pick the state championship team between the two, 99 of them would have chosen the 2011 club, and the 100th  guy would have been disqualified for misspelling his own name on the questionnaire.

  • Tide does the unthinkable – stops the unstoppable

    SALEM –– This will tell you everything you need to know about Galax’s defensive effort in Saturday’s Group 1A state championship game:


    Riverheads had won 13 straight games by throwing the football just 20 times. Its top three ballcarriers had averaged more than seven yards per rushing attempt throughout the season. The Gladiators were seven days removed from having gashed a 12-1 team, George Wythe, for 400 rushing yards.

  • Galax wins state championship

    Galax wins state football championship 7-6 by stopping Riverheads' two-point try with no time left. Click here for full story.


    RIVERHEADS entered the Region 1A East playoffs as the No. 2 seed despite its 10-0 regular season. The Gladiators finished tied with Essex with a VHSL rating of 27.40 but the first applicable tiebreaker was that a team that Riverheads played had an effective nine-game schedule.

    The Gladiators’ 27.40 rating was higher than that of defending 6A state champion Centreville and could have easily earned a spot in the 6A playoffs.