High School

  • 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.

  • Knights fend off Carroll County comeback

    BUCHANAN –– Carroll County runningback Cassell McMillian closed out his high school career in championship form last Thursday night, carrying the ball 17 times for 124 yards and scoring two touchdowns in a 35-21 loss to James River.

    The Three Rivers District game was moved up from Friday to Thursday night because of the forecast of heavy rain.

    The dry field definitely had an effect on the running game for both teams with the Cavaliers rushing for 224 yards on 39 carries while the Knights rushed for 214 yards on 25 carries.

  • Cavaliers one set short

    HILLSVILLE –– The Carroll County High School volleyball team gives a lot to the community, and that community returns the love in the form of rabid support. The Cavaliers nearly gave their followers another two weeks.

  • 2D title goes to Pinckney

    BRISTOL –– Benji Pinckney claimed the individual championship and Grayson County barely missed out on the team title, settling for a runner-up finish in the Region 2D cross country championships Wednesday at Sugar Hollow Park.

    Grayson County will advance as a team to the Class 2 state meet next Friday and Saturday at the Great Meadows course near Manassas, while advancing as individuals out of the regionals to their respective state meets will be Sarah Elmasry, Joey Jordan and Luke White of Galax and Carroll County’s Kristen Wheatley.

  • Bobcats upend Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County almost got hung out to dry during its home game against Radford this past Friday, after a long fought battle until finally scoring a touchdown late in the fourth quarter; at least putting points on the board and saving Carroll County from ending the game with a shutout dealt by the Bobcats in their 38-7 Three Rivers District win.

  • Key play highlights Tide win

    By the time Todd Key lugged his big ol’ self across the goal line Friday night, Galax’s win over Bland County had been secured for at least an hour. But the touchdown may as well have been the go-ahead score in a championship game.