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  • Tide comes alive, edges Radford

    Having seen enough midway through a lackluster first set in the Region 1A West volleyball quarterfinals Monday, the normally mild-mannered and gentlemanly Yerrick Stoneman slammed his Coke bottle to the hardwood and, while its contents were still airborne, sharply recommended that his players wake up.

    Sadly, the Galax coach’s pop bottle did not bounce back. But his team did.

  • Six state champions from 192 hopefuls, starting tonight

    Here we go.

    After four weeks of preseason workouts, 11 Fridays, innumerable highs, lows and in-betweens, we finally get down to the nitty-gritty of the high school football season in Virginia, the playoffs.

    Far more inclusive than even just a couple of years ago, the postseason will begin to whittle away the pretenders from the contenders in five weeks of eliminations culminating in the crowning of state champions in six divisions on Dec. 14.

  • THE FRIDAY PRIMER - playoff edition

    REGION 1A WEST

    #9 Galax (6-4)

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    #8 George Wythe (6-4)

     

    Through the final month of the regular season, two big questions hovered over the Galax program. Following a 49-28 loss to Fort Chiswell that dropped the Maroon Tide into a tie for 19th in the Region 1A West ratings, the question was, could Galax rebound from a three-game losing streak and gain enough points to reach the playoffs?

  • Carroll, Grayson fall in quarterfinals

     Carroll County and Grayson County each saw its volleyball season come to a close with region quarterfinal losses Wednesday.

    In the Region 4A North quarterfinals in Palmyra, Carroll County and Fluvanna County were knotted at one set apiece but the Flying Flucos swept the final two sets, taking a 30-28, 18-25, 25-17, 25-19 win over the Cavaliers (17-13).

    Eustacia Smith had a big night at the net with 20 kills and also fired three aces, while Jessica Sheek contributed six kills.

  • Devils advance, Tide takes title

    MARION –– The realignment of the Virginia High School League this year resulted in the creation of the Southern Empire Conference, which, for all intents and purposes, is a new moniker for the old Southwest District.

    Whatever the name, Grayson County is making itself at home.

    The overall top seed Blue Devils had little trouble advancing to the conference’s inaugural championship volleyball match, shaking off a wobbly start to thump Tazewell 25-15, 25-14, 25-14 Thursday at Marion High School.

  • Grayson girls, Galax boys win region XC titles

    Galax’s boys and Grayson County’s girls both won highly-competitive battles and each brought home a region cross country championship Wednesday.

    At the Region 1A West meet at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol, Galax placed all five of its scoring runners among the top 14 finishers, including individual champion Cliff Conley, to hold off Radford and Auburn for the team title.

  • Carroll offense goes crazy in Hale’s finale

    HILLSVILLE –– On a night when Carroll County won big on the field, it must have felt like a loss in the locker room after long-time head coach Tom Hale announced his plans to step down after 15 years at the helm of the Cavalier football team.

    Hale met with the media following a dominating 77-28 victory at Tommy Thompson Field over neighboring Patrick County (0-10) and said he felt like it was time to move on.

  • FOOTBALL/VOLLEYBALL PAIRINGS & RESULTS

    VHSL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS


    Region 1A West

    Second round

    Haysi 40, Galax 25

    Fort Chiswell 31, Radford 14

    Covington 25, Honaker 0

    J.I. Burton 16, Auburn 7

    State quarterfinals

    #12 J.I. Burton (8-4) at #1 Haysi (12-0)

    #6 Covington (9-3) at #2 Fort Chiswell (11-1)

     

    Region 1A East

    Second round

  • Final week will settle a scrambled playoff picture

    UPDATE: In the time since this story was written, the VHSL has adjusted Grayson County's ratings points in accordance with Alleghany, N.C.'s schedule. Grayson County now is rated 14th in the 2A West Region.

     

    There is still a lot to be decided in the western half of the state as high school football draws down to its final week of the regular season.

  • CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL PAIRINGS

     Group 4A Conference 24 tournament

     

    West                   East

    1. Salem              1. Jefferson Forest

    2. Carroll Co.        2. E.C. Gass

    3. Pulaski Co.       3. Bassett

    4. Wm.Fleming    4. G.Washington

    Quarterfinals

    Monday, 7 p.m.

    Jefferson Forest 3, George Washington 0