Today's Sports

  • Devils pull the upset

    INDEPENDENCE –– It seemed almost an afterthought, the fact that Grayson County had played its way in to the postseason. The Blue Devils could have stowed the gear after Friday night and still walked away on top of the world.

  • Brown, Walker winners in 5K

    Staff reports

    A pair of 16-year-olds took the top two spots and teenagers claimed five of the top 10 finishing positions at the Galax Autumn Days 5K, co-sponsored by Galax Parks and Recreation and Twin County Regional Healthcare on Oct. 21 at Felts Park.

    Nathan Brown and Charles Walker were within a few paces of one another heading down the stretch with Brown pulling off a two-second win over Walker with a winning time of 17 minutes and 6 seconds. The two placed third (Walker) and fourth a year ago.

  • Cavaliers sweep Spartans

    HILLSVILLE –– In their old Southwest District days, Carroll County would often compile a sparkling regular season record only to fall to a River Ridge District team in the regionals. The Cavaliers’ brief membership in the RRD produced four years of struggles in one of the strongest volleyball districts in the state. It seems that Carroll County has never had a bit of luck against the River Ridge.

    Luck had nothing to do with it Tuesday.

  • Party poopers

    INDEPENDENCE –– Having wandered throughout Southwest Virginia on six of the previous eight Fridays, Grayson County finally returned home, aptly enough, for its homecoming night and the start of a three-game homestand to cap the regular season.

    It was the Blue Devils’ party, and Fort Chiswell ruined it.

  • Maroon Tide smacks Wythe

    WYTHEVILLE –– Friday the 13th is normally considered an unlucky day in Western superstition.

    But not for the Galax Maroon Tide football team.

    The Maroon Tide ignored the superstition and, behind runningback Dougie Peoples and a stingy defense, Galax rolled over George Wythe 50-13 in a Mountain Empire District game played at Pendleton Field last Friday night.

    The Tide (5-2, 3-0) put on an offensive show, rushing for 481 yards on 49 carries.

  • Devils homeward bound

    RINER –– Grayson County’s main ballcarriers are all listed as 5-foot-8, they average about 150 pounds, and their coach believes that their effectiveness is aided by the fact that, behind a decent-sized offensive line, those backs can be concealed at times from the defense.

    The Blue Devil rushers may be getting lost back there, but more and more lately they’ve been turning up in the end zone.

  • Floyd topples Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County could use a week off, and it could use a creampuff on the schedule. The Cavaliers will have to make do with just the former.

    Few things can cure an ill like winning can, but Floyd County refused to be any part of a get-well gesture for ailing Carroll County, rolling up a 302-69 advantage in total offense en route to a 28-0 Three Rivers District win Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Devil upset bid falls short

    MARION –– In playing its first game ever against Marion, Grayson County also squared off for the first time against a school starting with the letter ‘M.’ Two fourth-quarter return touchdowns turned the game – and that M – upside-down.

    The Scarlet Hurricane picked up its fifth W of the season by returning a kickoff and an interception for touchdowns, overtaking the Blue Devils 18-10 in a nondistrict game at Hurricane Stadium.

  • Third-quarter profits

    INDEPENDENCE –– Every week, nearly every football team everywhere claims the fourth quarter as “ours.” Friday night at Bill Strong Field, Glenvar laid indisputable claim to the oft-overlooked third.

  • Tide outmuscles Cavaliers

    On a night in which Galax High School was pledged a $500,000 donation for a new weight and fitness facility, the Maroon Tide put on a million-dollar performance on the football field.