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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.

  • Drama absent in Galax’s 48-8 win at Narrows

     NARROWS –– Galax had seen its last two games decided by having the opposition score a go-ahead touchdown in the final seconds. The Maroon Tide gave Narrows no such opportunity Friday night.

    Galax scored 35 first-half points and got back into the win column with a 48-8 Mountain Empire District win at Ragsdale Field.

  • Devils get it over with early

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County scored three touchdowns on its first four plays Friday and totally dominated Bland County in a 48-0 Mountain Empire District game.

    The Blue Devils celebrated homecoming with every player on the team seeing action.

    The Bears got off on the wrong foot to open the game when a squib kick gave Grayson County good field position at its own 48.

  • Devils make it all the way back

    It would be safe to say that Grayson County volleyball had returned to form last year, winning 16 matches and reaching the region semifinals. But nothing confirms it quite like hoisting a championship trophy.

    Having fallen on hard times after reaching the state semifinals in 2007, the Blue Devils made the Mountain Empire District volleyball race a competitive one again this year, finally upending reigning district champion Galax in five sets with a 25-23, 21-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-10 win Tuesday.

  • Area cross country teams post strong showings

     BRISTOL –– Grayson County and Carroll County both finished among the top seven in both the boys’ and girls’ team standings Thursday at the Randy Smith Classic at Sugar Hollow Park.

    Grayson’s girls led the way with their second-place finish in the 12-team, 3-mile race. Emma Wyatt finished fifth overall in 21 minutes, 11 seconds, Hayley Reavis was 11th, Mary Beth Cunningham 14th, Olivia Wyatt 21st and Natalie Ruiz 49th.

  • Offensive explosion lifts Abingdon

    HILLSVILLE—Abingdon scored 38 straight points and gained more than 400 yards on the ground to rally for a 49-28 Southwest District win Friday night over Carroll County at Tommy Thompson Field.

    Abingdon (3-3, 1-0) trailed by one point at the break, but used five straight scoring drives to take a commanding win over district foe Carroll County (1-5, 0-1).

    The Falcons didn’t attempt a single pass in the second half, and instead racked up 310 rushing yards in the final two quarters.