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High School

  • 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.

  • H.S. FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Galax looking to build on last year's success

    One of the great things about football is that, more so than in any other sport, before one season is over you find yourself already talking about the next.

    A young 2010 Galax team hadn’t even finished its 9-4, Region C Division 1 runner-up season before folks were already looking forward to 2011. It would have been fairly easy for second-year Maroon Tide coach Mark Dixon to try to schedule his team into a chance at a 10-0 or 9-1 record, but after a long period of scheduling to look better, Galax has scheduled to become better.

  • H.S. FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Grayson County a quiet contender in 2011

    INDEPENDENCE –– They’re out there.

    With all the buzz about playoff changes and Graham entering the Mountain Empire District and Galax’s prospects for a tremendous year, Grayson County is out there somewhere, avoiding much of the attention, quietly flying under the radar.

    “That’s a great place to be,” Blue Devil coach Brett McPherson said.

  • Cavaliers face young, big Bengals

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County opened its 2010 season last year with a loss to Bassett, but avenged itself 10 weeks later by ending the Bengals’ season in the Region IV Division 4 playoffs.

    The Cavaliers are hoping to get it right the first time this year.

    After a disappointing showing in a 36-7 benefit game loss at Galax last week, Carroll County opens its 2011 season for real tonight when the Cavaliers head down to Henry County for a nondistrict battle with the Bengals.