High School

  • Alleghany pulls away from Devils

    SPARTA, N.C. – Grayson County hit the first basket of the game Tuesday night to take the early lead but Alleghany put on an offensive show to cruise to a 71-48 victory in a nondistrict game.

    Bailey Hawkins provided the early spark for the Blue Devils in the season opener for both teams.

    He scored the first basket of the game for the Blue Devils for a 2-0 lead. Alleghany tied the game on a layup by Lucas Rife before Hawkins drilled a 3-pointer for a 5-2 Blue Devil lead.

  • Floyd finally puts Cavaliers away

    HILLSVILLE –– Floyd County had Carroll County on the ropes more than once Tuesday night before finally pulling away for a 61-52 nondistrict win in the season opener for both teams.

    After combining for just 56 points through the first three periods (Floyd led 33-23 entering the fourth), the two teams racked up 57 points in the final eight minutes but Carroll County’s 29-point finish wasn’t enough to pull out the win.

  • Grayson girls open with 43-31 win over Trojans

    SPARTA, N.C. – Kassie Hawks scored 16 points Tuesday night to lead Grayson County to a 43-31 victory over Alleghany in the season opener for both teams.

    Hawks was a strong force for the Blue Devil inside game as she scored the first basket in a game in which Grayson never trailed.

    The Blue Devils led 5-0 before Kenyre Adkins hit a foul shot for the Trojans first point with 4:42 to play in the first period.

  • State finals matchups to be set tomorrow

    As the playoff field is trimmed by half each week, these columns are getting shorter.

    You’re welcome.

    Semifinal Saturday is upon the 24 teams not yet ready to play basketball, headlined in our neck of the woods by Galax’s trip to the Northern Neck to face Beast of the East (a) Essex, and George Wythe’s hosting of Beast of the East (b) Riverheads in the Group 1A final four.

  • Beast of the east stands between Tide, finals

    Situated on opposite ends of the state, the only time Galax and Essex will ever meet on the football field will be in the advanced stages of the playoffs. But despite being five hours apart, the Maroon Tide and the Trojans have taken a similar path to get to where they are right now.

  • By Dodd, that’s a lot of points

     Galax and J.I Burton have never met on the football field, but there is a connection between the two.

  • VHSL playoff stuff – The Cliff notes version

     I’ll be honest with you here…I was kinda hoping for a road game Friday.

  • Panthers oust Maroon Tide

    SALTVILLE –– Galax had seen hitters like this before. The Maroon Tide had faced the power, the leaping ability, the energizing effect that a series of blazing kills can have on a team and its home fans.

    Up until the first round of the Region 1A West volleyball tournament, there had usually been a reprieve when such a hitter rotated away from the front, but no such abatement would come against Northwood.

  • Richlands too much for Devils

    RICHLANDS – Grayson County fumbled the opening kickoff last Friday night in the opening round of the Region 2A West playoffs and with just over a minute ticked off the clock, trailed Richlands 7-0.

    The game, played on the unlucky Friday the 13th, only got worse and when the final horn sounded, the Blue Devils were eliminated from the playoff picture, 63-7.

    The Blue Tornados came into the game with a 9-1 record, losing early in the season to Union by a single point, 42-41, and the leader of the Southwest Conference.

  • Cavaliers, Blue Devils ousted in conference tournaments

    SALEM –– Carroll County couldn’t duplicate the formula it used to upend Salem the last time it played on the Spartans’ home floor and the Cavaliers saw their season come to a close Wednesday with a 25-11, 25-17, 25-20 loss in the Conference 24 semifinals.

    Carroll (14-11) had knocked off Salem (11-10) in five sets to manage a regular-season split with the Spartans, but Salem jumped to leads of 8-1 and 11-5 in the first two sets.