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High School

  • 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.

  • Grayson County keeps rolling in MED

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County had little trouble maintaining its hold on the Mountain Empire District’s No. 1 spot, cruising past Fort Chiswell in three sets Thursday, 25-13, 25-14, 25-14.

    The Blue Devils’ biggest deficit of the night was two points early in the second set, and Grayson (11-1 overall, 5-0 MED) otherwise commanded the Pioneers from start to finish. 

  • 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.