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  • 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.


    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.