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Today's Sports

  • Devils turn it around

    INDEPENDENCE –– An age-old question was not answered at halftime Friday night in the locker rooms outside of Bill Strong Field. It probably never will be. Nobody will ever figure out the thinking of the average 15- to 17-year-old high school kid. But whatever that mindset may happen to be, it apparently can be flipped like a light switch.

  • Carroll claws back, deals...

    HILLSVILLE –– Somehow, they keep getting it done.

    Carroll County rallied time and time again Thursday night and finished with a bang, knocking Radford from the ranks of the undefeated with a 3-2 Three Rivers District win. The Cavaliers nudged the Bobcats from atop the TRD standings and took sole possession of that top spot with their 26-24, 18-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12 thriller.

    “This group fights,” Carroll County coach Cindy Edwards said. “They battle.”

    Indeed.

  • Carroll tests Highlanders

    HILLSVILLE –– Moral victories can stink, depending on one’s point of view. A moral victory is still just a loss, and Carroll County coach Jack Turner hates both of them. But this one was a little different.

    Facing a team that has averaged better than 12 wins per season over the past four years, Carroll County was within a late fourth-quarter two-point conversion of throwing a serious scare into Glenvar before falling 27-18 at Tommy Thompson Field.

    It was the Three Rivers District opener for both teams.

  • Maroon Tide rolls, 42-0

    RURAL RETREAT –– Along with playing a varsity game on something other than a Friday, it was somewhat of an opposite day Thursday at Rural Retreat Community Stadium.

    Four-year starting defensive back Joshua Spurlin came into the game with one offensive reception in three games but grabbed four passes for 83 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, leading receiver Landon Dickson’s résumé through three games included two rushes for 1 yard, but he carried seven times Thursday for 50 yards and a score.

    Hey, whatever works.

  • Galax subdues Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– Galax’s offense can generate a lot of hubbub and hullabaloo, and rightly so, with a recent string of three straight 3,000-yard rushers, then a shift this year into overdive that has resulted in more than 500 passing yards in its first two games. But the Maroon Tide defense deserves its props, too.

  • Devils outlast Cavs

    INDEPENDENCE –– Six beats three every time.

  • Cavaliers sweep Cougars

    HILLSVILLE –– With Patrick County hanging close, Carroll County zoomed away with huge rallies in all three sets and claimed a 3-0 win over the Cougars, 25-16, 25-13, 25-15 in a nondistrict volleyball match Monday.

  • Tide battles, falls short

    When Galax made a change in direction with its offense in the offseason, coach Mark Dixon said the Maroon Tide was just looking for a different way to lose. Those words shouldn’t be taken too literally. Despite coming up short in its season opener, the Tide may have found a different way to win.

  • 'King of the Hill'...

    For the past five years, a basketball tournament in Galax has brought the community together for a day of fun and competition; and participants say it’s about far more than sports.

    The fifth annual King of the Hill Basketball Tournament took place July 28 at the Rosenwald Felts Community Center in Galax.

    Rayshawn Tucker, his wife Sarah and Whit Richardson put on the event each year.

    Basketball was the star attraction, though cornhole, free food and a run through sprinkling water provided by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department were also on order.

  • Va. Blaze wins pair of...

    LYNCHBURG –– The Virginia Blaze FCA summer travel team pulled off a pair of impressive tournament wins recently, including a championship in the 11th/12th-grade division at the Commonwealth games on the campus of Liberty University.

    Finishing pool play as the No. 2 seed out of its group, the Blaze opened bracket play with a 38-35 win over Vick4Kids, a team from the Bluefield-Tazewell-Giles area. Trailing by six at the half, the Blaze made enough second-half adjustments to take a late lead and hold on for the win.