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High School

  • Degree of difficulty increases for Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– Imagine Carroll County’s football season in terms of a linear graph. The blue line is the level of improvement shown by the Cavaliers. The red line is the level of the competition the team faces from week to week.

    While the blue line is on an inclined plane, unfortunately, so is the red one. For now, the Cavaliers are holding out for the day those two lines intersect. 

  • Devils, Indians looking for 3-0

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County and Rural Retreat will both seek to improve to 3-0 on the year tonight when the two meet for a nondistrict game at Rural Retreat Community Stadium.

    While both teams put up some impressive offensive numbers, what stands out about last week’s action was the defensive job done by the Blue Devils in their 40-7 win over Chilhowie.

  • Galax surges to win over Floyd

    There was thunder and lightning on the field Friday night as Galax coasted to its first win over nearby rival Floyd County since 1995, taking a 37-21 nondistrict win.

    Summer storms delayed the kickoff by 30 minutes, but the thunderous running of Tide senior Jordan Vaughan coupled with the lightning fast speed of Donte Peoples was too much for the Buffaloes.

    Floyd County (0-2) appeared ready to put up a fight against Galax, stopping the Maroon Tide on its opening possession and quickly putting up seven points of its own.

  • Blue Devils face tough task

    INDEPENDENCE –– By his own admission, Brett McPherson would be crazy to not be happy with where his football team is right now.

    Including its benefit game, Grayson County has lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 119 points the last two Fridays. A wretched defensive effort in that benefit game was followed by the Blue Devils locking down (albeit against a vastly overmanned opponent) in the season opener, a 55-12 win over Alleghany.

  • Tide welcomes Floyd back to town

    After a four-year hiatus, one of the longer-running rivalries in this part of the state will resume tonight when Floyd County travels to Galax for a nondistrict game in what will be the Maroon Tide’s 2011 home opener.

    After a pair of sub-par efforts on their home turf, the Buffaloes are probably hoping a change of scenery will do them good.

  • Carroll, Mt. Airy to finally meet on football field

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County High School and Mount Airy Senior High have been sitting just 21 miles apart for more than 40 years without their varsity football players ever having stood across the field from one another.

    That will change this week.

    A rivalry that never was but should have been will finally kick off Friday when the Granite Bears chug up Fancy Gap Mountain for a nondistrict game at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Houk reaches milestone as Tide opens with win

    Galax opened its volleyball season with a convincing three-set win over Rural Retreat, knocking off the Indians 25-16, 25-20, 25-12 in a nondistrict match Thursday.

    Haley Reynolds had 11 service points and four aces to lead the Maroon Tide. Bailey Shumate added 10 assists, 10 points and six kills while Harley Brewer had three blocks.

    It was another landmark win for Maroon Tide coach Rose Houk, who reached Virginia High School Coaches’ Association milestone win No. 340.

    Galax travels to Carroll County on Monday.

  • Cavaliers fall to Bassett again on late score

    BASSETT ––Bassett quarterback Dashaun Valentine’s 6-yard touchdown run with less than a minute remaining propelled the Bengals to a 14-7 nondistrict win over Carroll County on Friday at Ed Bassett Stadium.

    Carroll County had five turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown in the first quarter and two fumbles deep in its own territory in the fourth period. The second fumble with 3:35 remaining gave the Bengals the ball at the Carroll County 30-yard line, and set up their final scoring drive.

  • Blue Devils roll over Trojans

     By LARRY CHAMBERS

    Landmark News Service

     

    SPARTA, N.C. – Grayson County put on another offensive show last Friday night when the Blue Devils opened the season with a 55-12 victory over the Alleghany Trojans in a nondistrict game.

    The Blue Devils made it look easy as they built up a 20-0 lead after the first period and led 48-6 at halftime.

    Grayson wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard, which wasn’t working and the referees had to keep the time on the field.

  • H.S. FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Cavaliers a blend of experienced, unproven

    HILLSVILLE –– Visitors to Tommy Thompson Field will notice a few changes this year. New bleachers adorn the visitors’ side of the stadium and a new lighting system will illuminate the playing field.

    Less obvious is the revolving door on the offensive line.

    For the second year in a row, Carroll County finds itself ushering in a new group of offensive linemen, although circumstances don’t seem quite as dire as a year ago.