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High School

  • Road gets steeper for Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Just how strong is the Western Section Division 2 playoff field? If it had been put together by a selection committee instead of a mathematical formula, there would be howling out of Pittsylvania County about Dan River being under-appreciated.

    The No. 10 seed in a 16-team field, Dan River (8-3) will venture into Bill Strong Field tonight for a second-round meeting with No. 2 Grayson County (10-1) after having knocked off seventh-seeded and defending state champion Gate City on the road, 33-10, last Saturday.

  • Galax to open state at Rye Cove

     Rye Cove defeated J.I. Burton in the finals of the Region D Division 1 tournament Saturday and will be the destination for Galax in the opening round of the Group A Division 1 state tournament Tuesday.

    The contest will be a rematch of last year's state quarterfinals, in which Rye Cove  defeated Galax  3-1.

  • Chargers bump Galax for title

    There were a total of 205 points played and won in the Region C Division 1 volleyball championship match Thursday at Galax High School. Points No. 181 and 182 are the ones the Maroon Tide will remember.

    Leading two sets to one and tied at 24 in the fourth game, Galax was two points away from claiming its first region championship in volleyball when Bath County pulled out the set, then pulled away in the fifth to successfully defend its title 25-15, 17-25, 24-26, 26-24, 15-8.

  • Blue Devils handle Graham, 35-15

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County won its first playoff game since 1991 Friday night with a 35-15 triumph over a much improved Graham team in the opening round of the Group A Division 2 Western Section tournament at Bill Strong Field.

    It was the second win over the G-Men this season for the Blue Devils, who beat them 41-3 in an Oct. 7 regular season game.

    “Graham came to play and their quickness and execution gave us some problems,” said Blue Devil coach Brett McPherson.

  • Carroll County caps season with 48-6 win

     STUART –– Carroll County gave up an early touchdown and responded with 48 unanswered points, finishing its season with a 48-6 nondistrict win Friday over Patrick County.

    Patrick County (0-10) scored on the third play of the game before the Cavaliers (3-7) took over. Logan Hodges scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Patrick Davis added another for a 20-6 lead. Carroll stopped a Patrick drive with less than a minute left in the first half when Davis came up with an interception inside the Cavalier 5-yard line.

  • Hidden Valley eliminates Cavs

    HILLSVILLE – Entering the Region IV volleyball tournament as one of the lower seeds, Carroll County was fortunate not to draw overall No. 1 Cave Spring. The consolation was minimal, though, as the Cavaliers got a date with the last team Cave Spring lost to. 

    Hidden Valley, fresh off a win over the Knights in the River Ridge tournament finals, needed less than an hour to dispatch the Cavaliers, coasting to a 25-15, 25-5, 25-11 win in the quarterfinals Tuesday.

  • Tide opens playoffs with Holston

    In the smallest division of Virginia high school football, there are only a handful of programs in the state that can say that they are ‘there’ every year. The rest of the Division 1 world is cyclical.

    Last year, Eastern Montgomery was at its apex. This year, it’s Galax. Two years ago, Holston was the one riding high.

    Two of the most recent upswingers will meet tonight when top-seeded Galax hosts No. 16 Holston in the opening round of the Division 1 Western Section playoffs at Galax High School.

  • Grayson County-Graham, take 2

    INDEPENDENCE –– When the new sectional playoff format for Group A football was announced, one of the more appealing aspects of the system was the possibility of facing a new, unfamiliar opponent in the postseason.

    Maybe next week.

  • VHSL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS

    Two rules of playoff football are (1) never look past your next opponent, and (2) it’s impossible to obey rule No. 1.
    According to the official VHSL pairings released Sunday evening, No. 1 Galax will host No. 16 Holston on Friday night in the opening round of the Division 1 Western Section playoffs, while No. 2 Grayson County will host a rematch with No. 15 Graham in the Division 2 first round Friday.

  • A first of its kind, and it sure didn’t disappoint.

    No doubt about it – Galax got lucky Friday night.

    But then, so did Grayson County.

    You could have said that long before a football ball was ever in the air, and it had nothing to do with the final numbers on the scoreboard.