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High School

  • Pioneer second half surge beats Blue Devil boys

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    MAX MEADOWS – Trailing by two points at halftime, Fort Chiswell came from behind in the second half to squeak out a 72-66 Mountain Empire District victory over the Grayson County Blue Devils.

    After falling behind 53-46 after the third period, the Blue Devils made a run at the Pioneers and cut the lead to four on one occasion.

    The Pioneers pulled away late in the game after forcing the Blue Devils to foul to get the ball back.

  • Blue Devil girls hold off Pioneers, 41-38

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    MAX MEADOWS – Jacie Bennett scored 21 points to lead the Grayson County Blue Devil girls to a back-and-forth 41-38 victory over Fort Chiswell in a Mountain Empire District game last Friday night.

    The Blue Devils met every challenge from the Pioneers as they won their first game of the young season against one loss.

    Grayson was guarding a 41-38 lead with 34.2 second to play when coach Tiny Funk called a timeout to set up his final defense.

  • Seniors headline all-Twin County volleyball team

    Three players from Carroll County, two from Galax and one from Grayson County, including three players who reached significant milestones this year, make up the 2018 all-Twin County volleyball team, chosen by the three area schools’ coaches and released last week.

    First team picks from Carroll County are Adrienne Harris, Taylor Spangler and Chasity Tompkins, Galax selections are Ashlyn Brady and Kendall Sturgill, and Grayson County is represented by Breanna Brewer. All are seniors but Sturgill, a junior.

  • Galax opens with a bang

    It was opening night in Galax, and the Maroon Tide raised the curtain by dropping the hammer.

    Kicking off its 2018-19 campaign, Galax limited Eastern Montgomery to four points through the first three and a half periods Monday and walloped the Mustangs 63-8 in a nondistrict game at Galax High School.

  • Three named first-teamers

    Galax and Carroll County combined to place three volleyball players on their respective all-district first teams, two were voted first-team all-region and a total of 12 players received postseason honors as voted on by district and region coaches.

    The Maroon Tide’s Ashlyn Brady was tabbed a first-team all-Mountain Empire and first-team all-Region 1C performer. The senior outside hitter concluded her final season with 216 kills and 365 digs, adding 171 service points including 63 aces.

  • Bowers, Martin Bluefield-bound

    The area around Bluefield is known as Four Seasons Country. A pair of area athletes are going to have two of those seasons covered.

    Golf season and baseball season at Bluefield College will have a Twin County flavor to them as Brandon Martin of Carroll County and Hunter Bowers of Galax have signed letters of intent to play for the Rams. Bowers signed with the Bluefield golf team last Thursday and Martin signed with the Rams baseball team a day before.

  • Runners conclude at state meet

    THE PLAINS –– Grayson County’s Benji Pinckney had the highest finish among the three area high schools represented at the VHSL state cross country championships, run on a muddy, soggy course last Friday and Saturday near Manassas.

    A senior, Pinckney placed eighth in the Class 2 meet with a time of 17 minutes, 15 seconds. The Region 2D and Mountain Empire District champion, Pinckney held off Radford’s William Hartig by one second and Strasburg’s Anthony Cadle by five seconds for his eight-place showing

  • Blowout win sets up big rematch for Galax

    There’s always a reason a team is seeded No. 1 in a tournament and Galax proved that fact last Friday night as the Maroon Tide rolled to a convincing 55-8 victory over EastMont in the opening round of the Region 1C playoffs in Galax.

    The Tide advances to the second round this Friday night at home against the George Wythe Maroons, a team they rallied in the final three minutes to beat earlier in the season 21-14. The Maroons won their opening game last Friday night with a 28-0 win over Covington.

  • Final five-week grid grind begins for 187 teams

    The Virginia High School League playoffs kick off this weekend. For most clubs suiting up tonight (or tomorrow, or yesterday, as weather dictates), that’s a good thing. For other teams, the postseason is gonna happen whether they like it or not.

    Including a school up east that played a nine-game schedule, 12 teams in the state remain undefeated after the regular season, down a couple from a year ago, while three teams trudge on, still looking (most likely fruitlessly, at this point) for their first win of the year.

  • Region 2D: Devils open with Richlands

    First things first: On Tuesday of this week, Richlands lost one of the true legends of a legendary program as Devon Johnson, 25, passed away due to undisclosed causes.