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High School

  • Devils rebound at Rural Retreat

    RURAL RETREAT – Grayson County had a sluggish start against the Rural Retreat Indians but when the Blue Devils hit their stride they rolled over the Indians, 42-13 in a nondistrict game last Friday night.

    After failing to move the ball on their first offensive series, the Blue Devils took advantage of a fumble recovery by Logan Sikes at the Blue Devil 44-yard line.

  • Big plays boost Bruins, 17-13

    BLACKSBURG –– Playing a former district mate missing from the schedule since the old New River District closed up shop 18 years ago, Carroll County nearly found itself atop the standings of the stout River Ridge District after one game in its new league. Instead, Blacksburg picked up where it left off back in 1995.

    The Bruins claimed their 21st straight win over the Cavaliers, scoring touchdowns on two their first four offensive plays in the second half and stopping Carroll late in the game to preserve a 17-13 River Ridge win at David Crist Field.

  • Graham edges Maroon Tide at Draper Valley

    DRAPER –– Graham continued its run of Mountain Empire District golf wins, taking honors in a four-team match Thursday at Draper Valley Golf Club.

    The G-Men put together a four-man score of 159 to top Galax by six shots. Grayson County finished third at 182, three strokes ahead of host Fort Chiswell.

    Graham’s Ben Ramsey led the way in the individual standings with a 35 while Galax’s Dominic DiGiacomo was a strong second at 37 and Nick Sage shot 40. Cole Davis paced Grayson County with his 42.  

    VOLLEYBALL

  • Maroon Tide tops Floyd to continue fast start

    Galax had seen this movie before. The Maroon Tide opted for the alternate ending this time around.

    Overcoming a third-set hiccup, Galax regrouped and downed Floyd County 25-13, 25-16, 22-25, 25-17 and improved to 5-0 on the year after a nondistrict volleyball win Thursday.

  • Longhorns hand Devils first loss

    MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. –– A strong start by Grayson County was worn down by the relentless ground attack of Johnson County, and the Blue Devils dropped a 26-10 nondistrict decision to the Longhorns Friday in the mountains of East Tennessee.

    Grayson County (1-1) was on the board just moments into the game when Max Rodgers called his own number and plunged across from the 2-yard line, with William Peters’ PAT giving the Blue Devils a quick 7-0 lead.

  • Maroon Tide wins home opener

    In a tale of two halves, Galax secured its first win of the season Friday night with a 35-15 victory over the Floyd County Buffaloes.

    The game had a half full of offensive performances and one filled with defensive lock-downs. Add in an interception and two kickoffs returned for touchdowns and there was a little something for everybody.

  • 2013 PREVIEW - Galax looking at another deep run?

    Coming off of a 14-win, Division 1 state runner-up season in 2011, Galax lost what was probably the most athletically gifted – and certainly the most highly-decorated – senior class in its history.

  • 2013 PREVIEW - New field in place for old contender

    INDEPENDENCE –– Wrapping up a lengthy realignment process that culminates in the rollout of its new six-classification system this fall, the Virginia High School League has gone to great lengths to level the playing field.

    Grayson County High School has done so in a much more literal but not quite as far-reaching sense of the word.

    The Blue Devils won’t open the home portion of their schedule until Sept. 20, but when they do, they will trot out onto the re-graded, re-sodded and much more horizontal playing surface of Bill Strong Field.

  • 2013 PREVIEW - Tough slate awaits in Cavs' new home

    HILLSVILLE –– Just four times in the 14 years under the direction of Tom Hale has Carroll County finished a football season with a losing record. In those 14 seasons the Cavaliers have finished at .500 or better 10 times, which is once more than in the program’s first 29 years.

    But two of those four losing records have come in the past two years.

  • 2013 PREVIEW – VHSL goes under the knife

    You may not need to forget everything you ever knew about district, region and state alignment among Virginia’s public high schools. For those who have grown up around the old three-group system, which has been in place since 1970, it’s nigh on impossible anyway.

    But a new day is dawning in the Commonwealth as the Virginia High School League rolls out its shiny new 6A classification system this fall.

    One’s take on the whole thing depends largely on what colors one wears.