High School

  • Grayson dedicates new football stadium

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Blue Devils were welcomed with style last Friday, as they charged onto the field to the sight of a newly-installed flag pole; and completely renovated stone bleachers, jam-packed full of cheering fans.

    The opening game of the season was preceded by a rededication ceremony for the Bill Strong Field at the newly named Grayson National Bank Stadium, as well as a dedication ceremony for the flag pole.

  • Grundy holds off Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County rallied its way out of sizeable deficits in all three sets Thursday night but was unable to sustain the momentum in any of the three games and dropped a Conference 39 volleyball match to Grundy, falling 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.

    The Blue Devils’ best chance to extend the match probably came in the second set. Trailing 17-10, the Blue Devils (0-2) battled their way into a three-point lead before going cold down the stretch.

  • Alleghany outduels Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– In keeping with the festivities of the rededication of Grayson County’s football stadium, the Blue Devils and Alleghany, N.C. put on a fireworks display in the first quarter. The rest of the night was just a pretty decent high school football game.

    The two teams traded touchdowns throughout the first 12 minutes before the defenses gradually took control, and the Trojans held on for a 28-18 nondistrict win Friday at the freshly redone Bill Strong Field.

  • Galax turns the tide on Glenvar

    Something rather unusual happened in the Glenvar-Galax football game Friday night. 

    In a relatively new rivalry which has produced more than its share of close games, miracle comebacks and exiting finishes, this sixth game between the Highlanders and the Maroon Tide was almost over well before the end – emphasis on the almost. 

  • Golfers off to soggy start

    WYTHEVILLE –– Galax came home with a second place finish in the Woodford Classic golf tournament held at Wytheville Country Club last Wednesday.

    First place went to home-standing George Wythe, which posted a team score of 313 compared with 333 for the Maroon Tide.

  • A word or two (or 1,000) more on redistricting

     As you can tell by this column, which is about twice as long as it should be, there was a bit too much going on with the outcome of the recent VHSL appeals committee meeting to shoehorn it all into Monday’s story without having to go hardbound and put it on the shelves at Books-A-Million, so here are a few extra thoughts on the subject.

  • Time out for GHS football field work

    The new football field surface at Galax High School would not have been ready in time for the fall 2016 football season, owing to a narrow turnaround time for state permits, so school officials will wait until 2017 to begin work.

    Superintendent Bill Sturgill updated the Galax School Board at its June 9 meeting.

  • DeHaven to lead Carroll baseball

    HILLSVILLE –– Kevin DeHaven has always worn No. 12 on the baseball field. Tuesday night, he became No. 4.

    DeHaven’s recommendation to be named the next head baseball coach at Carroll County High School was approved Tuesday during the county’s school board meeting. DeHaven, 41, is just the Cavaliers’ fourth head coach as the school looks to its 48th season next spring. He takes over for Joe Tompkins, who stepped down after 18 years at the helm.

  • Mathews blanks Galax

    RADFORD –– Galax’s softball team has had better days this year. But having finally stepped foot on the biggest stage, and having done so with a young team, there’s the hope that better days lay ahead, as well.

    The Maroon Tide had one of its poorer defensive showings with six errors and never mounted a threat against Mathews pitcher Madison South, falling 8-0 to the East Region champions Friday in the Group 1A semifinals at Radford University.

  • Dragons silence Grayson, 2-1





    SALEM – Maggie Walker scored two runs in the first inning Friday and made it hold up for a 2-1 victory over Grayson County in the semifinal round of the Group 2A state baseball tournament played at Kiwanis Park in Salem.

    The two teams were about equally matched, both finishing the game with four hits and four errors and both making big plays when they needed them.