High School

  • Panthers oust Maroon Tide

    SALTVILLE –– Galax had seen hitters like this before. The Maroon Tide had faced the power, the leaping ability, the energizing effect that a series of blazing kills can have on a team and its home fans.

    Up until the first round of the Region 1A West volleyball tournament, there had usually been a reprieve when such a hitter rotated away from the front, but no such abatement would come against Northwood.

  • Richlands too much for Devils

    RICHLANDS – Grayson County fumbled the opening kickoff last Friday night in the opening round of the Region 2A West playoffs and with just over a minute ticked off the clock, trailed Richlands 7-0.

    The game, played on the unlucky Friday the 13th, only got worse and when the final horn sounded, the Blue Devils were eliminated from the playoff picture, 63-7.

    The Blue Tornados came into the game with a 9-1 record, losing early in the season to Union by a single point, 42-41, and the leader of the Southwest Conference.

  • Cavaliers, Blue Devils ousted in conference tournaments

    SALEM –– Carroll County couldn’t duplicate the formula it used to upend Salem the last time it played on the Spartans’ home floor and the Cavaliers saw their season come to a close Wednesday with a 25-11, 25-17, 25-20 loss in the Conference 24 semifinals.

    Carroll (14-11) had knocked off Salem (11-10) in five sets to manage a regular-season split with the Spartans, but Salem jumped to leads of 8-1 and 11-5 in the first two sets.

  • Tide tops Warriors for region bid

    Forced to cobble together a new rotation in the absence of middle hitter Essence Brown, and given one day to do so, second-seeded Galax responded with a 25-16, 6-25, 25-22, 25-10 win over No. 4 Chilhowie in the second of two Conference 46 volleyball semifinal matches Wednesday at Galax High School.

    The win set up an all-maroon title match, as George Wythe’s top-seeded Maroons knocked off No. 4 Fort Chiswell 25-19, 25-17, 25-23.

  • Wythe denies Maroon Tide

    George Wythe twice rallied from being down a set, then pulled away from a 10-10 tie in the fifth set to upend Galax for the Conference 46 volleyball tournament championship Thursday at Galax High School.

    The top-seeded Maroons (18-8) ended the match with a 4-1 run to notch the 16-25, 25-19, 14-25, 25-15, 15-11 win.

    Needless to say by looking at the individual set scores, it was an up-and-down night for both teams.

  • Area runners advance to state meets

    Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County will all be represented at their respective state championship meets later this week after posting strong finishes in regional events Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Patrick Henry doesn’t hold back in 71-24 win over Carroll County

    ROANOKE –– Patrick Henry of Roanoke  broke a record it set two years ago against Carroll County, handing the Cavaliers a 71-24 defeat Friday in the season finale for Carroll.

    The Patriots, who scored the most points ever given up by the Cavaliers in a 70-22 win in 2013, built a 43-10 halftime lead and tacked on three third-quarter touchdowns to end Carroll’s season at 1-9. Patrick Henry will move on to the 5A playoffs with a 5-5 mark.

  • Tide pair break through to state

    Say what one will about girls competing in the male-dominated golf tournaments sanctioned by the Virginia High School League for its conference, region and state championships, about playing from different tees, about differences in distance making for what amounts to playing on two separate courses. Whatever.

  • Galax hammers Bland County

    BASTIAN –– Galax scored four touchdowns before it ran its sixth offensive play Friday night and continued its onslaught on opposing defenses with a 69-6 Mountain Empire District win over Bland County.

    The Maroon Tide climbed above the .500 mark for the first time and will enter its regular season finale at Grayson County with a 5-4 mark. After a 5-0 start to the year, Bland County dropped its third loss in the past four weeks to fall to 6-3.

  • Blue Demons roll over Cavs

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County fell behind on the first play of the game last Friday night as Christiansburg rolled over the Cavaliers 44-7 in a River Ridge game played at Tommy Thompson Field.

    C.J. Napper gave the Blue Demons the early lead when he plowed through the Cavalier defense on a 61-yard touchdown run with just 14 seconds having ticked off the clock. Neal Rahmes kicked the extra point for a 7-0 Demon lead.