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High School

  • Blue Devils hold off Pioneer rally

    MAX MEADOWS –– The Grayson County girls’ basketball team put up its highest scoring total of the year in Wednesday’s Mountain Empire District semifinals. And the Blue Devils needed every one of their 71 points.

    Holding an eight-point lead with less than a minute to play, the top-seeded Blue Devils held off a late Fort Chiswell rally and survived the upset bid by eliminating the No. 4 Pioneers 71-69 to advance to tonight’s championship game against Galax.

  • Galax advances to MED finals

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax has earned itself another shot at Grayson County.

    The third-seeded Maroon Tide, which dropped a pair of regular season decisions to its biggest rival by three and four points this year, will get one last crack at the season champion Blue Devils after knocking out second-seed Graham 35-29 Wednesday at Fort Chiswell High School.

  • Falcons upend Cavaliers in SWD finals

    HILLSVILLE –– Abingdon survived a late Carroll County rally and put up 16 points in a frenetic overtime period, upsetting top-seeded Carroll County 75-71 in the Southwest District boys’ tournament championship game Friday night.

    Abingdon (18-6) took a 41-35 lead into the fourth quarter before the Cavaliers (22-2) rallied to tie the game at 59-59 by the end of regulation.

    The Falcons poured in 16 points in the four-minute overtime, more than it had managed in three of the eight-minute regulation periods.

  • Quesenberry, Tide shock Devils

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax needed to do everything right for 32 minutes to knock off regular season champion Grayson County in the Mountain Empire District semifinals, and the Maroon Tide did just that for all but the final two.

    The Tide made the most of a couple of extra chances to re-do those final 120 seconds.

    Galax won its fourth straight game after starting the season 2-15 and kept its season alive with a 77-76 win Thursday over Grayson County in a thriller that needed two overtimes to decide.

  • Galax run ends one win short

    MAX MEADOWS –– Some-where in Southwest Virginia, a small school basketball team is breathing a huge sigh of relief.

    Entering the postseason as the 10th-rated team in Region C Division 1, Galax was poised to force its way into the six-team playoff field as an automatic qualifier by virtue of a district tournament championship. Had the Maroon Tide been able to pull it off, it would have opened regionals as the No. 2 seed and knocked the current No. 6 team out of the playoffs in the process. As it stands, Galax will be left out completely.

  • Six win individual MED titles

    Grayson County and Galax combined to win six individual championships but Graham swept the remaining eight weight classes to win the Mountain Empire District wrestling championship Thursday at Galax High School.

    The G-Men easily took home the team title with 203.5 points while Galax claimed the runner-up spot with 139. Grayson County held off Fort Chiswell for third, 69-65.

  • Blue Devil boys clinch district

     NARROWS –– Grayson County opened up a 16-point lead by the end of the first quarter and breezed to a 71-34 win over Narrows in a Mountain Empire District game Tuesday.

    The Blue Devils (16-5 overall, 9-0 district) clinched the MED’s regular season championship with the victory.

    Ty Cannaday led three Grayson County scorers in double figures with 14 points. Max Rodgers scored 12 points and Mikey Rodgers added 10.

    Narrows (8-12, 0-8) got 14 points from Chandler Burton.

     

  • Carroll completes comeback

    HILLSVILLE –– It was understandable if Carroll County didn’t play its best basketball game of the year Tuesday night. After all, most of the Cavaliers had gotten in bed sometime after midnight the night before, having just completed a weeks-long climb back to the top of the Southwest District girls’ standings.

    Having entered the week at the No. 3 spot in the SWD, Carroll County is now the leader in the clubhouse after topping Richlands 37-35 Monday and Marion 50-38 on Tuesday.

  • Carroll lineman chooses Liberty

    HILLSVILLE –– Discussing the attributes of an offensive lineman is different than a conversation about those of any other position. Outside of physical size, a lot can be subjective. Runningbacks, quarterbacks and receivers have their yards and their touchdowns.  Linebackers and  defensive backs have their tackles and interceptions. Even defensive linemen can impress with their sack totals. 

    Offensive linemen have…grades?

    Lucas Holder has a number that should make an impression on anybody. That number is 1.

  • Grayson girls, Carroll boys lock up titles

    NARROWS –– Grayson County broke away from a tight game with an overpowering second half and clinched the Mountain Empire District girls’ regular season championship with a 53-36 win Wednesday over Narrows.

    The Blue Devils (17-4 overall, 8-1 district) led just 23-22 at halftime before outscoring the Green Wave 30-14 in the final two quarters of play.

    Camryn McGrady and Meredith Frost led Grayson County with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

    Narrows (4-15, 1-7) got a game-high 18 points from Tiffany Perdue.