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High School

  • Devils open with 3-0 win over Marion

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County opened its volleyball season by taking three toss-up games from Marion, sweeping the Scarlet Hurricane 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 in a nondistrict match Thursday night.

  • Alleghany takes back-and-forth win from Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County took the lead and lost it in the matter of about 30 seconds last Friday night to drop a hard-fought 26-23 opening football game to cross-border rival Alleghany, N.C., at Bill Strong Field.

  • Glenvar spoils Maroon Tide opener

    Games typically come down to a few key plays – or at least coaches always say that after a loss – and Friday night was no different.

    Both Galax (0-1) and Glenvar (1-0) did very little on offense, but two big plays were the difference in a 24-9 Highlander victory Friday on Galax’s home field.

    The Maroon Tide defense held its own for most of the night, but gave up scoring plays of 63 and 61 yards in the loss. Take away those two plays and the game could have been much different.

  • WEEK 1 PRIMER

    It’s the great conundrum we all face this time every year – we all want summer to last forever, but we can’t wait for football to start.

    We can’t have it both ways, and football is better when there’s a nip in the air anyway.

    So here we go.

    Summer is waning but football season is upon us as the three area high schools kick off their 2014 schedules, all with home games tonight at 7 p.m.

  • Grayson preview: Green energy

    INDEPENDENCE –– Brett McPherson may be a government teacher at Grayson County High School, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a student of history. In 2014 and beyond, the Blue Devils are hoping to move forward by going back.

  • Carroll preview: Turning over a new leaf

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County is a football program in transition.

    But then, all high school football programs are, in one way or another. Kids are starters usually for a year or two before moving on to either college or real life. There is no recruiting, so a program is handed what the student body and the interest level at that particular time provides, and that program makes the most of that talent in whatever ways it can.

  • Camp teaches skills in football, life

    The Galax High School practice football field recently was host to athletics of a more cooperative kind.

    The site was used for a two-day football camp, brought about by the efforts of coaches Mark Dixon and Kevin Spurlin, along with the local United Way.

    Teaching in the camp were members of F.A.S.T. Camp, a nonprofit organization whose staff, composed of college and professional athletes, trains youth in proper athletic and competitive skills.

    “I think that it’ll be a good partnership,” said Dixon.

  • Gate City handles Grayson County, 40-2

    GATE CITY –– The good news is that Grayson County gets to take a mulligan on this one.

    Walking into one of Southwest Virginia’s most tradition-rich stadiums to face an up-and-coming Gate City, Grayson County’s Blue Devils fell behind early and dropped a 40-2 decision to Gate City’s Blue Devils in a benefit game Friday at Legion Field.

  • The signs point toward change

    Anyone who has driven regularly between Hillsville and Galax along U.S. 58 for the last 20-some odd years probably keeps an eye out for the marquee at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church – at least, anyone other than serial texters and that one doofus in the MG with the paperback novel on his steering wheel who nearly bought someone a new mailbox and me a new fender.

  • Maroon Tide ends on high note

    RADFORD –– One gets the impression that if the Virginia High School League offered big rock chunking, pole climbing or flat tire changing at its state track and field championships, Clif Conley would have placed somewhere among the top five or so.

    This is a guy who took up cross country just last fall and ended the season as a state champion. In May, he was a jumper and a middle-distance man, nowhere among the top times even locally in the 1600 meters. Saturday at the Group 1A track and field championships, he was crowned the state champion in that event.