Today's Sports

  • Loudoun cleared

    HILLSVILLE –– It may come as no surprise that the Carroll County girls’ basketball program is returning to a state tournament. But the way the region bracket fell into place this year, there was a mighty big difference between ‘not surprised’ and ‘rest assured.’

  • Galax, Grayson wrestlers win...

    SALEM –– Galax wrestling got a two-for-one deal Saturday night. For Grayson County, it was one wrestling for two.

    The Spurlin boys kept it all in the family for the Maroon Tide in the Group 1A finals, with Joshua, a freshman, claiming the title at 126 pounds and brother Caleb wrapping up his career with a third straight championship at 220 pounds. In the 2A championships, Will Lawrence wrestled for a lost friend in winning the crown in the 152-pound class.

  • Cavaliers battle to title

    HILLSVILLE –– The Carroll County girls’ basketball team has had a lot of easy double-digit wins this year. Despite a misleading 15-point final margin in Friday’s Conference 24 title game, this wasn’t one of them. The Cavaliers have posted some impressive victories during the season. This one may take the cake.

  • Salem ends Cavs’ season

    SALEM –– Carroll County’s Conference 24 quarterfinal game against Salem had to be moved to Andrew Lewis Middle School due to a water leak on the roof of the Spartans’ home gym. The actual flooding didn’t commence until the fourth quarter at the secondary venue.



    Independence poured in 34 third-quarter points and hammered Mount Rogers 94-59. Kelly Haga had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Kirk Goodson contributed 14 points and 14 boards while Ashley Haga dished 10 assists.

    Galax remained atop the MED volleyball standings after a four-set win over Independence.


  • Cavaliers hang on to top Bruins

    HILLSVILLE –– After a slow start, the Carroll County boys’ basketball team found its groove in the second half to pull away from Blacksburg 61-58 in an exciting River Ridge District game.

    The Cavaliers were cruising along with a 59-51 lead with 19 seconds to play but Blacksburg decided it wasn’t going down easy.

    The Bruins scored to cut the lead to 59-53. Blacksburg intercepted the inbounds pass and Grant Johnston hit a layup and was fouled. He made the free throw and the lead was down to 59-56.

  • Cavaliers spread the wealth

    HILLSVILLE –– Given the fact that in basketball, assists are also known as ‘dimes,’ and given the fact that Carroll County’s girls had 19 dimes Friday, if Cavalier coach Marc Motley had a nickel for every time his players dished a dime, he’d almost have a dollar’s worth of nickels.

    On the other hand, one can’t assign a monetary value to a 3-pointer.

  • State Line wins tourney title

    GREENVILLE, S.C. –– The State Line Rush homeschool girls’ basketball team went 3-0 last week to claim the championship of the Bob Jones University Invitational, held on the BJU campus in Greenville.

    Facing Wood County Christian of Williamstown, W.Va. in the title game on Friday, freshman Audrey Clark came up huge with 27 points, including sinking 10-of-15 free throws, to lead the Rush to a 58-47 win.

  • Maroon Tide sweeps Bears

    Galax’s girls’ basketball team had scored 20 and 22 points in its most recent two games, both of them losses. Tuesday, the Maroon Tide got that part of the problem straightened out before halftime.

    Galax jumped out to a 26-12 lead by intermission and cruised to a 43-27 win the first of two easy takes by Tide teams in a Mountain Empire District quad with Bland County.

    The Galax boys followed suit in the nightcap, similarly breaking away to a 31-12 halftime lead en route to their 48-27 cakewalk.

  • Carroll gets over the hump

    HILLSVILLE –– Weekends are a great time for tidying things up around the place. Saturday, Carroll County finally got rid of that eyesore of a zero that had been cluttering up its district won-lost record.

    After several near-misses, the Cavaliers finally got over the hump against a River Ridge District foe, hustling past Christiansburg 53-46.

    The key word there was ‘hustle.’