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High School

  • Grayson runs past Canes

    INDEPENDENCE –– Seth Phillips entered Grayson County’s regular-season finale averaging 8.8 points per game. For a while Thursday, he was on pace to score 128.

    Other than that tricky eight-tenths of a point, Phillips matched his scoring average in the first two minutes as the Blue Devils used a hot start to roll past Marion 74-51 in a nondistrict Conference 39 game.

    The win left Grayson County with the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, and the Blue Devils will host No. 6 Grundy tonight (Monday).

  • Up and down season ends on a downer for Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County rode the momentum of an impressive win over Patrick Henry into Monday night’s Conference 24 quarterfinal match-up against Bassett. Three 3-pointers in the first quarter helped build an 11 point lead for the Cavaliers. Unfortunately, foul trouble and struggling offensive production brought a close to the 2016-2017 season for Carroll County with a 63-55 loss to the Bengals.

  • Devils advance past Wave

    INDEPENDENCE –– Being the son of a basketball coach, Wes Ayers has probably long ago learned the importance of not forcing the issue on offense, but rather in taking what the defense is giving.

    Monday night, Grundy’s defense was in a giving mood.

    Ayers torched the Golden Wave for 30 points and Seth Phillips popped in another 18 as Grayson County pummeled Grundy 73-53 in the opening round of the Conference 39 boys’ basketball tournament.

  • Chilhowie takes a pair from Galax

    CHILHOWIE –– Galax put up its third-highest point total of the year but it wasn’t enough to knock off Chilhowie as the Maroon Tide dropped a 67-47 Conference 46 boys’ game Friday.

    Cameron Kestner led all scorers with 23 points, including the 1,000th of his career, to pace Chilhowie (17-3). Dylan Catron dropped in 18 points, Trevor Tucker scored 11 and Alex Delp 10 for the Warriors.

  • Seniors lead Cavs to win

    HILLSVILLE –– The most difficult assignment for a non-starter on a basketball team has to be the job given to the kid at the end of the introduction line. She not only has to memorize an individual handshake for each of the five starters, but get all of them just right lest she and the player being introduced both look silly. In her first start of the year Friday, Megan Garland handled her intro just fine all by herself.

  • Six wrestlers claim conference, sub-region titles

    HILLSVILLE –– Kids have been rolling around on the mats since December. But the real wrestling season opened this past weekend.

    Grapplers across the state took their first steps toward what they hoped would be a final destination of a state tournament berth as conference and sub-regional events took place Friday and Saturday.

  • Tide girls, Devil boys win

    Galax’s girls broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter and Grayson County’s boys took control considerably earlier as the two teams notched Mountain Empire District wins in a Saturday split quad at Galax High School.

  • Devils own 2nd half, hammer Tazewell

    TAZEWELL –– Heading into halftime with a six-point lead, Grayson County put Tazewell away in the third quarter and rolled to a 70-38 Conference 39 win in a nondistrict game Wednesday.

    The Blue Devils (10-11) led just 31-25 before outscoring the Bulldogs 24-7 in the third quarter. Grayson County limited Tazewell to just 13 second-half points.

  • Titans end Carroll’s 14-game streak

    ROANOKE –– Carroll County rallied from a 14-2 deficit in the first quarter and then again from a 15-point hole in the third but couldn’t capitalize as the Cavaliers fell to Hidden Valley in overtime, 65-60 in a River Ridge District girls’ game Tuesday.

    Held without a field goal in the first period, the Cavaliers (15-2 overall, 10-1 district) tied the game in the second quarter but fell behind again 39-24 in the third.

  • Grayson drops two to Three Rivers foes

     INDEPENDENCE –– Hank Connor led a balanced Glenvar scoring attack as the Highlanders took down Grayson County 82-52 in a nondistrict boys’ game Monday night.

    Connor scored a game-high 19 points while Noah Lovelace dropped in 14 and fellow Highlanders Logan Williams and Landry Gerbers added 13 points apiece.

    Grayson County (7-10) got a team-best 14 points from Tanner McPherson and Wes Ayers chipped in 10 points.

    Glenvar improved to 12-6 with the win.