Today's Sports

  • Former Galax football coach dies...

    Former Galax High School head football and baseball coach William G. “Bill” Bryant died Monday in Bristol, Tenn., after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.
    Bryant was a sports standout at Emory & Henry College, where he was an all-American football player, standout baseball player and was inducted into the college’s sports Hall of Fame in 1971.
    He began his career as a coach and teacher at Galax High School in 1965.
    His Galax teams’ successes included multiple district championships and state runner-up honors.

  • Warriors no easy opener

     RIDGEWAY –– It could have been better, it could have been worse. All in all, it was about what Galax coach Mark Dixon expected.

    Although the final tally sheet showed a somewhat misleading five Magna Vista touchdowns to none for Galax, the Maroon Tide (3-7 last season) held its own for the better part of the two-team friendly against last year’s Region IV Division 4 runner-up.

  • Grayson wins state

     YORKTOWN –– Grayson County  captured its first ever state title in Little League fastpitch softball recently with a 7-1 win over McLean in the 10-11 division at the York County Sports Complex.  

    Grayson County entered the week-long event as the District 1 champion and began pool play against Northhampton on July 16.

    Kassie Hawks and Jenna Holdaway combined to pitch a perfect game, while Grayson hitters rolled up 13 runs with Emily Hart leading the way with a 3-for-3 game at the plate in a 13-0 victory.

  • Cox wins BRJGT title

     ABINGDON –– Two local golfers finished among the top three places in the 15-18 age group as the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour wrapped up its 2010 season with a two-day championship July 26-27 at Glenrochie Country Club.

  • Eight men out

    Bud Nelson can hear it now.

    “Y’all are going to kill football,” he says, relaying a quote he hadn’t heard at the time but fully expects to, and probably quite often, in the coming weeks.

    As the director of the Galax Parks and Recreation Department, Nelson knows what’s coming from the naysayers, pessimists and cynics out there who foresee the collapse of civilization because the rec. department is doing something different than the way it’s always been done.

    And brother, this is different.

  • Hendricks aces par-4 No. 8 at...

    George Hendricks carded a hole-in-one on Aug. 3 while playing in the hospital league at Galax Municipal Golf Course.

    Hendricks, a biomedical engineer at Twin County Regional Hospital, recorded his hole-in-one on the par-4 eighth hole, which measures 295 yards. Hendricks had driven the green on No. 8 a few weeks earlier and said before the shot that he was going for the green again. He watched his drive roll onto the green and saw his ball disappear. Hendricks' playing partner, Ken Horton, walked up to the green and peered into the hole, seeing the ball.

  • Analysis: Much ado about nothing

    Don’t begrudge Tom Hale for looking.

    Pulaski County turned to one of its former players, Todd Jones of Essex High School, to fill its vacant head football coaching position. Nobody knows how close Carroll County came to losing its coach, Tom Hale, who interviewed for the position, but fortunately, the search for the Cavaliers' next coach ended before it began.

  • Carroll coach eyes Pulaski job

     HILLSVILLE –– The mathematical chances of Carroll County reaching the 2010 Region IV football playoffs increased early this month. The very reason for those improved odds may at the same time make things a tad difficult for the Cavaliers this summer.

  • Blue Sox repeat as state...

     RADFORD –– The Grayson County Blue Sox 9-under baseball team won the 2010 USSSA state championship May 30.

    The Sox trailed Wythe County 6-0 in the second inning of their opening game before rebounding to post a 17-9 victory. Game 2 pitted Grayson County against Buena Vista, with the Blue Sox taking a 6-3 decision.

    After drawing a bye in the first round of Day 2, the Blue Sox faced Johnson City, Tenn., and scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to remain undefeated for the tournament, advancing to the semifinals.


    Updated June 8, 11:48 p.m.

    John Battle 2, Galax 0

    BRISTOL –– John Battle scored a pair of first-half goals and fended off numerous Galax scoring opportunities to take a 2-0 win in the Group A state soccer quarterfinals Tuesday at Sugar Hollow Park.

    The Trojans scored on a breakaway in the ninth minute to take the lead for good, then scored off a steal in front of the Galax net in the 28th minute.

    See Friday's print edition for full coverage.



    Updated June 7, 5:48 p.m.