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High School

  • Key games mark MED openers

    There may have been bigger weekends in the history of Mountain Empire District football. But it’s debatable.

    Four of the MED’s six teams enter the second half of the season with identical 4-1 records, and the district portion of the schedule opens up with two games pitting one 4-1 team against another. A little bit of driving and fans can see them both.

    Galax travels to Fort Chiswell in one big early matchup tonight (Friday) while Grayson County visits Graham in a Saturday matinee as the race to the district title takes one big step in Week 7.

  • Galax, Grayson win Tide Invite

    HILLSVILLE –– Galax won a very tight three-team battle for the boys’ championship while Grayson County and Galax finished 1-2 in the girls’ team standings at the Maroon Tide Invitational cross country meet Wednesday at the Southwest Virginia Training Center.

    More than 400 runners in three age levels turned out for the event, which saw the Maroon Tide boys claim the team win on its home course for the first time since 2001.

  • Ground game chews up Rockets

    Galax scored on every possession Friday night with its powerful running game en route to a 48-23 non-district win over Craig County on Homecoming.

    The Tide (4-1) ran only 29 offensive plays—all of which were on the ground—but managed a season high 48 points to collect their fourth straight win over Craig County (3-2) and third straight win of the season.

    The Peoples brothers once again shined, as big brother Donte Peoples needed only five carries to rack up 156 yards and two touchdowns.

  • Okay, so now what for Carroll?

     Providing there is not some unknown fissure lying under the New River, and that fissure doesn’t suddenly open up within the next few months and create some great, unbridgeable chasm, Carroll County will be in the River Ridge District beginning in the 2013-14 school year.

    The VHSL’s executive committee Wednesday did reverse the redistricting and reclassification committee’s recommendation of also placing Franklin County into the RRD, but did not move on sending Carroll anywhere else.

  • Blue Devils back in the mix

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County ended Galax’s string of 44 straight wins against Mountain Empire District competition Thursday, surging to a big lead in the fifth set and holding off the Maroon Tide 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 17-25, 15-8.

    The win gives the Blue Devils (6-1 overall, 3-0 district) the early MED lead. Galax’s first MED loss since 2008 dropped the Tide to 7-1, 2-1.

  • Clintwood gets last laugh, 49-7

    CLINTWOOD –– A year after one of the most humiliating defeats in the long history of a storied football program, Clintwood can now turn the page.

    The Green Wave had Friday, Sept. 17 circled on its calendar ever since giving up 58 first-half points in a 61-6 loss at Grayson County last year and can now get down to the business of defending its 2011 state championship after thoroughly dismantling the Blue Devils 49-7 in a nondistrict game at Ralph Cummins Stadium.

  • Carroll deals Devils first loss

    INDEPENDENCE –– With three losses in its first six matches, a young Carroll County team hasn’t exactly found smooth sailing through the nondistrict portion of its schedule. But the Cavaliers were able to pull off something no other team has been able to do thus far in the season.

    Carroll County bounced back from a first-set loss and took three straight tightly-contested games to hand Grayson County its first defeat of the season, leaving town with a 19-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-22 win in a nondistrict match Monday night.

  • Carroll County girls get back to .500

     HILLSVILLE –– After trading blowouts in the first two sets, Carroll County and Christiansburg finished with a pair of nailbiters, including an incredible 34-32 fourth set as the Cavaliers edged the Blue Demons in a nondistrict volleyball match Wednesday.

    Jessica Sheek and Eustacia Smith each had 15 kills as Carroll took the 25-12, 16-25, 25-22, 34-32 win. Megan Alderman put up 20 assists while Smith and Sheek combined for seven blocks.

  • C’burg ground game too much for Cavs

     CHRISTIANSBURG ––  De’Quan Green-Gause rushed for 153 yards and four touchdowns on nine carries to lead the Blue Demons (3-0) over the Cavaliers (0-3).

    Joey Augustin ran for 142 yards and two TDs on 11 carries for Christiansburg.

    Conner Lundy completed 21 of 39 passes for 289 yards and one TD for Carroll County. He also ran for a touchdown. Teammate Chris Smoot had nine catches for 131 yards.

    Carroll County.......8    6  7    7––28

  • Devils 3-0 after downing Tribe

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County was favored by three touchdowns to beat Rural Retreat last Friday night but the Blue Devils actually had to come from behind before turning the game into a blowout and claiming the 48-19 nondistrict victory at Bill Strong Field.

    The Blue Devils had the first chance after advancing the kickoff to their own 31. They failed to move the ball and were forced to punt.