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High School

  • Maroon Tide protects top spot

    Grayson County has made great strides in its girls’ basketball program from a year ago. Galax remains a step or two ahead.

    The Maroon Tide jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and never faltered the rest of the night, taking sole possession of the Mountain Empire District’s top spot with a 60-39 win Friday.

    Galax improved its overall record to 10-3 while staying undefeated in the MED with a 3-0 mark. Grayson County dropped to 2-1 in the league, 5-7 overall.

  • Grayson girls keep winning, bump off Bland

     ROCKY GAP –– Grayson County ran its winning streak to four games Wednesday night, overcoming a slow start and knocking off Bland County 48-44 in a Mountain Empire District girls' game at Rocky Gap High School.

    The Blue Devils (5-6 overall, 2-0 MED) could only manage a three-point lead despite holding the Bears (7-5, 1-1) to two first-quarter points, but Grayson pulled out to a 25-14 lead by halftime.

    Meredith Frost scored 17 points to pace the Blue Devils, who will battle Galax for the district's top spot tonight (Friday).

  • Tide has no trouble with Graham

     BLUEFIELD –– Galax scored the game's first 11 points and limited Graham to 16 points through three periods Friday, opening Mountain Empire District play with a 40-29 win over the G-Girls.

    Bailey Shumate knocked down a pair of early 3-pointers to boost the Maroon Tide (8-3 overall, 1-0 district). She finished with eight points. Freshman Sydney Lindsey led Galax with 10 points and Allison White scored nine.

     

    Galax..........16  4  11    9––40

  • It’s logical. That’s why it’ll never fly

     There are a couple of very peculiar things about the proposed six-classification system announced last week by the Virginia High School League. First, the thing makes sense. Second, it works for Southwest Virginia.

    Often criticized for appearing to be being devoid of common sense and for appearing biased toward the central, eastern and northern parts of the state, the VHSL rolled out its proposal for reclassification last week, setting the stage for a complete overhaul of the current three-classification system used since 1970.

  • Cavs 3-for-3 against Grayson

    HILLSVILLE –– With Grayson County comprising one-third of Carroll County’s nine-game schedule thus far, the Cavaliers are probably ready to see a fresh face across the court for a change. With three losses to Carroll County in Grayson's last five games, the Blue Devils are probably downright sick of the Cavaliers.

    The third meeting in the last 19 days between the two schools produced the same result as the first two as the Cavaliers swept the season series with a 68-51 win in a nondistrict game Wednesday night.

  • Tide, Cavaliers pound Tazewell

     TAZEWELL –– Galax obliterated Tazewell in the first and fourth quarters, rolling to a nondistrict 79-56 win Wednesday over the Bulldogs.

    The Maroon Tide (4-0) jumped out to a 21-7 lead after one quarter of play and finished the game by dominating the fourth period 24-9.

    Five players hit double figures for the Maroon Tide, led by Austin Pack and Lawrence Parsons with 18 points each. Devonte McKinney scored 13 points while Deion George and Eddie Hanks chipped in 12 points each.

  • VHSL poised for shift to 6-division system

    CHARLOTTESVILLE ––The Virginia High School League is a big step closer to moving from three classifications to six while significantly reshaping current district alignments, beginning in the 2013-14 school year.

    An ad hoc task force of the VHSL Executive Committee on Wednesday released data from a Dec. 19 meeting that sets parameters for the first major realignment of VHSL schools since 1970, when the league adopted the current three-classification system.

  • Fort knocks off Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County’s Mountain Empire District schedule got off to a rough start Friday night as Fort Chiswell used a strong first quarter to fuel a 73-54 win in the MED opener for both schools.

    With the score tied at 4-4, Fort Chiswell’s Daniel Hamm got the Pioneers (9-3 overall, 1-0 district) going by draining 3-pointers on consecutive possessions. Brett Mabry knocked down another triple on Fort’s next trip down the floor and the Pioneers were off to the races as their lead grew to 11 points in less than two minutes.

  • Maroon Tide nips Alleghany in OT

     SPARTA, N.C. –– A little bit of North Surry must have rubbed off inside of those borrowed uniforms.

    One night after loaning a set of uniforms to the undefeated Lady Greyhounds, winless Alleghany took Galax to overtime before the Maroon Tide held on for a 61-58 win Wednesday in the Alleghany Shootout.

    Galax outscored the Trojans 7-5 in the extra session to salvage a 1-1 finish in the two-day event.

  • Wythe boards up Grayson en route to 75-56 win

    MAX MEADOWS –– Grayson County had hoped to rebound to a fifth-place finish in the First Bank of Virginia Tournament. The Blue Devils didn’t rebound, period.

    George Wythe dominated the backboards and relegated the Blue Devils to a sixth-place showing in the eight-team tournament with a 73-56 decision Thursday at Fort Chiswell High School.

    George Wythe (3-3) held a 3-to-1 advantage on the boards at one point late in the third quarter and finished with a 54-24 rebounding advantage.