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High School

  • Grayson County girls fourth in Group 2A

    THE PLAINS –– Led by an all-state effort from Mary Beth Cunningham, Grayson County took fourth place in the team competition at the Group 2A state cross country championships, held Saturday at the Great Meadows course.

    Cunningham, a sophomore, placed ninth in the field to pace the Blue Devils, covering the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 55 seconds.

    Grayson County finished with 119 points, holding off Strasburg for the No. 4 spot. George Mason was second overall with 90 points and Floyd County finished third with 99.

  • Eagles down Tide for region

    BRISTOL –– The first two sets of Thursday’s Region 1A West volleyball finals should give Galax a boost of confidence as the Tide pursues its first state title in the sport. The final two sets should do the same for Auburn as it defends the crown it won a year ago.

    Galax jumped on Auburn for a one-set lead and flirted with putting the Eagles in a 2-0 hole before the reigning champs finished in dominant fashion, taking a 20-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-10 win at Virginia High’s Bearcat Den.

  • Giles ends Blue Devils’ season

    PEARISBURG –– Few things are more difficult to absorb than the final football game of a high school kid’s career, even when it happens on a perfect night.

    ‘Perfect’ was a long way off Friday night for Grayson County.

    On a rainy, cold evening that was just a good stiff breeze away from being miserable, top-seeded and undefeated Giles won its 11th straight game and ended the year of No. 16 Grayson County with a 42-12 decision a Spartans Stadium.

  • Tide comes alive, edges Radford

    Having seen enough midway through a lackluster first set in the Region 1A West volleyball quarterfinals Monday, the normally mild-mannered and gentlemanly Yerrick Stoneman slammed his Coke bottle to the hardwood and, while its contents were still airborne, sharply recommended that his players wake up.

    Sadly, the Galax coach’s pop bottle did not bounce back. But his team did.

  • Six state champions from 192 hopefuls, starting tonight

    Here we go.

    After four weeks of preseason workouts, 11 Fridays, innumerable highs, lows and in-betweens, we finally get down to the nitty-gritty of the high school football season in Virginia, the playoffs.

    Far more inclusive than even just a couple of years ago, the postseason will begin to whittle away the pretenders from the contenders in five weeks of eliminations culminating in the crowning of state champions in six divisions on Dec. 14.

  • THE FRIDAY PRIMER - playoff edition

    REGION 1A WEST

    #9 Galax (6-4)

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    #8 George Wythe (6-4)

     

    Through the final month of the regular season, two big questions hovered over the Galax program. Following a 49-28 loss to Fort Chiswell that dropped the Maroon Tide into a tie for 19th in the Region 1A West ratings, the question was, could Galax rebound from a three-game losing streak and gain enough points to reach the playoffs?

  • Carroll, Grayson fall in quarterfinals

     Carroll County and Grayson County each saw its volleyball season come to a close with region quarterfinal losses Wednesday.

    In the Region 4A North quarterfinals in Palmyra, Carroll County and Fluvanna County were knotted at one set apiece but the Flying Flucos swept the final two sets, taking a 30-28, 18-25, 25-17, 25-19 win over the Cavaliers (17-13).

    Eustacia Smith had a big night at the net with 20 kills and also fired three aces, while Jessica Sheek contributed six kills.

  • Devils advance, Tide takes title

    MARION –– The realignment of the Virginia High School League this year resulted in the creation of the Southern Empire Conference, which, for all intents and purposes, is a new moniker for the old Southwest District.

    Whatever the name, Grayson County is making itself at home.

    The overall top seed Blue Devils had little trouble advancing to the conference’s inaugural championship volleyball match, shaking off a wobbly start to thump Tazewell 25-15, 25-14, 25-14 Thursday at Marion High School.

  • Grayson girls, Galax boys win region XC titles

    Galax’s boys and Grayson County’s girls both won highly-competitive battles and each brought home a region cross country championship Wednesday.

    At the Region 1A West meet at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol, Galax placed all five of its scoring runners among the top 14 finishers, including individual champion Cliff Conley, to hold off Radford and Auburn for the team title.

  • Carroll offense goes crazy in Hale’s finale

    HILLSVILLE –– On a night when Carroll County won big on the field, it must have felt like a loss in the locker room after long-time head coach Tom Hale announced his plans to step down after 15 years at the helm of the Cavalier football team.

    Hale met with the media following a dominating 77-28 victory at Tommy Thompson Field over neighboring Patrick County (0-10) and said he felt like it was time to move on.