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High School

  • Late score sinks Blue Devils

    MAX MEADOWS –– Fort Chiswell drove 79 yards in less than two minutes, converting a third-and-26 along the way, and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 27 seconds left to squeak past Grayson County 32-28 Friday in a Western Section Division 2 second round game at C.F. McKinney Field.

    Grayson County, the No. 8 seed, sees its season end at 9-3, while top-seeded Fort Chiswell (11-1) advances to next week’s state quarterfinals against John Battle (11-1).

  • Wyatt, Jordan post all-state finishes

    GREAT MEADOW –– Two Twin County runners earned all-state recognition by placing among the top 10 individuals and Grayson County managed a fifth-place showing in the girls’ team standings at the Group A cross country championships Saturday.

    Grayson County’s Emma Wyatt and Galax’s Ashley Jordan finished within three seconds of one another in eighth and 10th places, respectively, to garner all-Group state status, which goes to the top 15 runners.

  • Galax limps into second round

    It’s a shame Cliffs Notes doesn’t have any study guides dedicated to two-a-days. Such a manual would have come in quite handy in Galax this week as the No. 8 Maroon Tide prepared for its Western Section Division 1 second round playoff game tomorrow at 1 p.m. at top-seeded Honaker.

    Having to find and prepare replacements for four injured starters, who encompass as many as a dozen total positions including special teams, Maroon Tide coach Mark Dixon said this week has been a lot like training camp.

  • Second chance for Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE –– Football is one of the few sports in which you get one shot per season at a certain opponent. There’s no home-and-home in a 10-game schedule, so if things don’t work out, you’ve got to live with that for a year.

    Not this time.

  • Third time no charm

    ELLISTON –– With six starters back from a team that reached the Division 2 state semifinals a year ago, Auburn has been a solid favorite to return to the state final four in 2012.

    The Eagles, now competing in Division 1, sure looked the part Thursday.

    Auburn rung up its 24th win – its 22nd by a 3-0 count – in the Region C Division 1 finals, pounding Galax 25-12, 25-14, 25-13 at Eastern Montgomery High School.

  • Chilhowie no problem for Galax

    Galax pounded the ball on the ground for 345 yards Friday night en route to a 45-19 opening round win over Chilhowie in the Western Section Division I playoffs at home.

    The Maroon Tide (7-4) averaged 8.6 yards per carry despite playing without their top running back Donte Peoples, who suffered a season ending injury the week before.

    Younger brother Steven Peoples carried the load during the first quarter, scoring four of Galax’s first five touchdowns.

  • Grayson takes MED championships

    HILLSVILLE –– Grayson County earned a title sweep while all six area cross country teams advanced to region competition during Mountain Empire and Southwest District cross country championships last week.

    In the MED meet at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center, Grayson County held off Galax by eight points to win the boys’ championship while the Blue Devils nipped Galax by three points to take home the girls’ crown.

  • Lundy tosses three TD passes in 36-18 win

     NARROWS –– Grayson County jumped out to a 29-6 halftime lead and rolled over Narrows 36-18 in a Mountain Empire District game Friday at Ragsdale Field.

    Filling in for injured starter Max Rodgers, quarterback Tyler Lundy threw three touchdown passes in the first half as the Blue Devils (7-2 overall, 3-1 overall) never trailed.

  • Tide starts big, blasts Bland Co.

    Galax used 35 first quarter points Friday night en route to a 56-14 thrashing of district foe Bland County to pull even in Mountain Empire District play.

    The Tide (6-3 overall, 2-2 district) held the ball for a miniscule 1:08 during the first 12 minutes of the game and touched the ball only seven times before the clock began to run continuously.

    Bland County (0-9, 0-4) scored a season-high 14 points, but found little success with its triple option offense.

  • Cavs top Devils 3-0

    HILLSVILLE –– A technical glitch with the public address system caused a lengthy delay in the customary pre-match introductions and the playing of the national anthem, but only until the Carroll County student section broke forth into an unpolished but heartfelt rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.

    The Cavaliers themselves kept humming right along through the rest of the night.

    Carroll County was for the most part in control from start to finish and posted a surprisingly easy three-set win over once-beaten Grayson County, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19.