High School

  • 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.


    Galax entered the Region 1A West playoffs as the No. 3 seed with 6-4 record and a VHSL rating of 21.50.

    The Maroon Tide has won nine straight games since a 1-4 start that included losses to Giles, state quarterfinalists Glenvar and Radford as well as 1A state semifinalist George Wythe. Galax led both Glenvar and Radford with less than 20 seconds to play.

  • Maroon Tide, Gladiators are divergent practitioners of a common philosophy. Vol. II – Riverheads.

    An ESPN Radio host in the Shenandoah Valley semi-joked recently that when Riverheads football coach Robert Casto was at Chincoteague High on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, he said that he had two plays – LeRoy Left, and LeRoy Right.

  • Maroon Tide, Gladiators are divergent practitioners of a common philosophy. Vol. I – Galax Maroon Tide.

    Galax head coach Mark Dixon sat at his classroom desk Tuesday afternoon, scratching his head. He was doing so metaphorically, though, which was a good thing. Getting his fingers that close to a mind full of rapidly turning wheels could have resulted in a bloody nub or two.

  • Alleghany pulls away from Devils

    SPARTA, N.C. – Grayson County hit the first basket of the game Tuesday night to take the early lead but Alleghany put on an offensive show to cruise to a 71-48 victory in a nondistrict game.

    Bailey Hawkins provided the early spark for the Blue Devils in the season opener for both teams.

    He scored the first basket of the game for the Blue Devils for a 2-0 lead. Alleghany tied the game on a layup by Lucas Rife before Hawkins drilled a 3-pointer for a 5-2 Blue Devil lead.

  • Floyd finally puts Cavaliers away

    HILLSVILLE –– Floyd County had Carroll County on the ropes more than once Tuesday night before finally pulling away for a 61-52 nondistrict win in the season opener for both teams.

    After combining for just 56 points through the first three periods (Floyd led 33-23 entering the fourth), the two teams racked up 57 points in the final eight minutes but Carroll County’s 29-point finish wasn’t enough to pull out the win.

  • Grayson girls open with 43-31 win over Trojans

    SPARTA, N.C. – Kassie Hawks scored 16 points Tuesday night to lead Grayson County to a 43-31 victory over Alleghany in the season opener for both teams.

    Hawks was a strong force for the Blue Devil inside game as she scored the first basket in a game in which Grayson never trailed.

    The Blue Devils led 5-0 before Kenyre Adkins hit a foul shot for the Trojans first point with 4:42 to play in the first period.

  • State finals matchups to be set tomorrow

    As the playoff field is trimmed by half each week, these columns are getting shorter.

    You’re welcome.

    Semifinal Saturday is upon the 24 teams not yet ready to play basketball, headlined in our neck of the woods by Galax’s trip to the Northern Neck to face Beast of the East (a) Essex, and George Wythe’s hosting of Beast of the East (b) Riverheads in the Group 1A final four.