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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.

  • GHS@GCHS – Grayson preview

    INDEPENDENCE –– Brett McPherson has been involved with some very big high school football games. As an assistant coach at William Monroe he was part of a state championship team in 1991, and he was also a part of a team that ended Lunenburg Central’s string of eight-plus years without a regular season loss.

    This tops them all.

    “Kind of like Halleys Comet. It comes around once every 75 years or so,” McPherson said Monday.

  • GHS@GCHS – Galax preview

    One of the greatest compliments that Galax coach Mark Dixon has paid his players is that he’s never seen a moment be too big for them. Though he’s said as much numerous times throughout this magical year, the biggest moment yet is a couple of days away.

    The Maroon Tide will put its 9-0 record up against Grayson County’s 9-0 mark Friday when the two clash for the Mountain Empire District championship Friday at Bill Strong Field.

    Like his counterpart Brett McPherson in Independence, the feeling was palpable to Dixon on Monday.

  • GHS@GCHS – Game-day parking, post-game activity information

    INDEPENDENCE –– An overflow crowd is expected to attend this Friday night’s game between the Grayson County Blue Devils and the Galax Maroon Tide with the Mountain Empire District championship on the line. 

    Grayson County Athletic Director Chad Wright has passed on some information to help fans get into the stadium and, most importantly, find a parking place.

  • GHS@GCHS – Just how big is this game, anyway?

    Somebody is going home with the Mountain Empire District football champion’s trophy tonight. It has a nice, solid foundation and it’s real shiny and it will look good on a shelf. It’s also hollow.

    The game could match that description as well.

    As huge as the meeting between 9-0 Galax and 9-0 Grayson County really is, and this is no attempt to downplay it – because it is huge – not a great deal rides on the outcome.

  • GHS@GCHS – Players pumped for once-in-a-lifetime experience

    As much as this game means to the two communities involved, as big as it has become these past few weeks – even far beyond the Twin Counties – and considering that both teams find themselves at the same time where neither has been before, it’s still just a game played by kids.

    Twenty-two at a time, kids will play a game in front of what is likely to be the biggest crowd they’ll ever play before.

  • White hits magic number as Tide takes tourney

     Galax will enter the regionals as the MED tournament champion. Allison White will enter the record books.

    The Maroon Tide held off a valiant effort by Grayson County and won the Mountain Empire District tournament Saturday with a 25-13, 21-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-6 win over the Blue Devils at Galax High School.

    Galax will host the Region C Division 1 tournament next week, drawing a first round bye and taking the floor in the semifinals with a 23-1 record.

  • White named district’s best

     Allison White has put up player of the year-type numbers her whole career. She can finally put up a player of the year-type plaque.

    White was named the Mountain Empire District’s top volleyball player, voted upon by the league’s coaches and announced at the conclusion of Saturday’s district tournament.

    A senior middle hitter, White headlined first team heavy with Maroon Tide players, joining teammates Harley Brewer, Bailey Shumate and Grace Wilson on the seven-person squad, along with coach of the year Rose Houk.