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High School

  • Devils downed by Warriors’ hot start

    INDEPENDENCE –– Chilhowie dominated the opening minutes of each half and never let Grayson County within striking distance the rest of the night, taking a 77-62 nondistrict girls’ win Friday night.

    The Warriors (2-0) took a 13-5 lead in the first six minutes and 37 seconds and opened the second half on a 9-3 run. The closest the Blue Devils (1-2) would get in the first half was 24-19, and Grayson would only creep to within nine points twice in the second half.

  • FRIDAY PRIMER–Galax at Haysi

    #9 Galax (7-4) at #1 Haysi (11-0)

    Saturday, 2 p.m.

  • Carroll County coach: I just felt like it was time

    HILLSVILLE –– Tom Hale set a pretty high standard for himself when he took over the Carroll County High School football program 15 years ago.

    “I always told myself that when I had two losing seasons in a row I would resign,” he said.

    Considering Carroll County had put together back-to-back winning seasons just four times in the previous 30 years, Hale’s 15-year tenure is pretty remarkable.

  • Grayson County girls fourth in Group 2A

    THE PLAINS –– Led by an all-state effort from Mary Beth Cunningham, Grayson County took fourth place in the team competition at the Group 2A state cross country championships, held Saturday at the Great Meadows course.

    Cunningham, a sophomore, placed ninth in the field to pace the Blue Devils, covering the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 55 seconds.

    Grayson County finished with 119 points, holding off Strasburg for the No. 4 spot. George Mason was second overall with 90 points and Floyd County finished third with 99.

  • Eagles down Tide for region

    BRISTOL –– The first two sets of Thursday’s Region 1A West volleyball finals should give Galax a boost of confidence as the Tide pursues its first state title in the sport. The final two sets should do the same for Auburn as it defends the crown it won a year ago.

    Galax jumped on Auburn for a one-set lead and flirted with putting the Eagles in a 2-0 hole before the reigning champs finished in dominant fashion, taking a 20-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-10 win at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den.

  • Giles ends Blue Devils’ season

    PEARISBURG –– Few things are more difficult to absorb than the final football game of a high school kid’s career, even when it happens on a perfect night.

    ‘Perfect’ was a long way off Friday night for Grayson County.

    On a rainy, cold evening that was just a good stiff breeze away from being miserable, top-seeded and undefeated Giles won its 11th straight game and ended the year of No. 16 Grayson County with a 42-12 decision a Spartans Stadium.

  • 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.