High School

  • Buffs turn it around on Cavs

    FLOYD –– Less than a week after taking a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Carroll County, Floyd County turned the tables Tuesday evening and notched a 3-1 win over the Cavaliers, 25-15, 16-25, 25-17, 25-23.

    Trailing two games to one and looking to extend the match to a fifth set, the Cavaliers (1-2) jumped out to an early 8-3 lead in the fourth set on the strength of a 5-0 run keyed by two Eustacia Smith kills and a pair of aces by Madison Hull.

  • Vaughan leads Grayson County to golf win

    SPARTA, N.C. –– The Grayson County Blue Devils posted an impressive victory over the Fort Chiswell Pioneers in a Mountain Empire District golf match on Aug. 28.

    Grayson finished with a four-man total of 170 while the Pioneers shot a team score of 198.

    Senior Jacob Vaughan was medalist with a 2-over par 38 at New River Country Club.

  • Tide rebounds, hammers Floyd

    FLOYD – Galax scored on its first play from scrimmage last Friday night to set the stage for a big 55-28 nondistrict victory over the Floyd County Buffaloes.

    Joseph Dixon broke through the right side of the Buffalo defensive line to ramble 77 yards for the touchdown with only 19 seconds ticked off the clock. Jonathen Reyna kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

  • Bears maul Carroll County

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. –– The rains that pestered football games throughout Southwest Virginia Friday never made it to the Granite City. But Mount Airy flooded Carroll County with a deluge of big plays.

    The Bears scored five times on plays of 30 or more yards, built a 34-0 halftime lead and coasted past the Cavaliers 55-7 in a nonconference game Friday at Wallace Shelton Stadium.

  • Auburn keeps Carroll coach at 299

    RINER –– By the time the print edition of this story reaches the newsstands, Carroll County volleyball coach Cindy Edwards may have already been fitted for a VHSL 300th win commemorative ring. But Auburn was not in a cooperative mood Monday night.

    Edwards remained at 299 career wins and Auburn stayed undefeated after five matches with a 25-23, 18-25, 25-5, 25-17 nonconference win Monday night.

  • Devils open with 3-0 win over Marion

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County opened its volleyball season by taking three toss-up games from Marion, sweeping the Scarlet Hurricane 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 in a nondistrict match Thursday night.

  • Alleghany takes back-and-forth win from Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County took the lead and lost it in the matter of about 30 seconds last Friday night to drop a hard-fought 26-23 opening football game to cross-border rival Alleghany, N.C., at Bill Strong Field.

  • Glenvar spoils Maroon Tide opener

    Games typically come down to a few key plays – or at least coaches always say that after a loss – and Friday night was no different.

    Both Galax (0-1) and Glenvar (1-0) did very little on offense, but two big plays were the difference in a 24-9 Highlander victory Friday on Galax’s home field.

    The Maroon Tide defense held its own for most of the night, but gave up scoring plays of 63 and 61 yards in the loss. Take away those two plays and the game could have been much different.


    It’s the great conundrum we all face this time every year – we all want summer to last forever, but we can’t wait for football to start.

    We can’t have it both ways, and football is better when there’s a nip in the air anyway.

    So here we go.

    Summer is waning but football season is upon us as the three area high schools kick off their 2014 schedules, all with home games tonight at 7 p.m.

  • Grayson preview: Green energy

    INDEPENDENCE –– Brett McPherson may be a government teacher at Grayson County High School, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a student of history. In 2014 and beyond, the Blue Devils are hoping to move forward by going back.