High School

  • Blue Devils welcome new mascot

    INDEPENDENCE — At the white-out game against the Alleghany Trojans on Aug. 24, The Grayson County Blue Devils football team was joined on the field by none other than the Grayson Blue Devil himself.
    The new mascot made his first public debut, donning a Grayson Blue Devils football jersey and carrying a flag bearing the message “Go Blue!” Throughout the game, he trotted along the base of the bleachers, giving hugs to younger fans, dancing along to the band as they played, and participating with the cheerleading squad as they chanted messages of team spirit.

  • Blue Devil, Tide players honored

    Twin County softball teams were not able to advance to their respective state tournaments but the names of some area players have advanced to the state level for post-season awards.

    Hayden Cassell of Galax and Emily Cook of Carroll County have been named Virginia High School Coaches’ Association all-stars, Carroll’s Laken Crockett was voted the Region 4D player of the year and is a first-team all-Class 4 selection while Cassell made the all-state list as a second-team all-Class 1 pick after being named an all-region first-teamer.

  • Two Grayson players named all-district

    Jacob Stuart of Galax was voted the Mountain Empire District’s player of the year and Twin County schools filled a total of five first-team spots in all-district baseball voting.

    Stuart, a senior pitcher/infielder, was tabbed the MED’s top player after compiling an 8-1 pitching record, an 0.52 earned-run average and 99 strikeouts in 54 innings of work.

    At the plate, Stuart batted .383 on the season, going 23-for-60 with 13 runs scored, 18 RBIs and 18 walks.

  • Party poopers: Fort Chiswell spoils Grayson homecoming

    INDEPENDENCE –– Having wandered throughout Southwest Virginia on six of the previous eight Fridays, Grayson County finally returned home, aptly enough, for its homecoming night and the start of a three-game homestand to cap the regular season.

    It was the Blue Devils’ party, and Fort Chiswell ruined it.

    Grayson County overcame a two-touchdown deficit in a busy second quarter Friday but the Pioneers tossed a shutout in the second half, pulling away for a 35-21 Mountain Empire District win at Bill Strong Field.

  • Peoples, Tide keep rolling

    For the better part of the first half, Auburn played keep-away about as well as anyone has been able to do this year against Galax. But while the Eagles’ offense was their best defense, Galax’s best offense was just getting the ball in the first place.

    Dougie Peoples rushed for 245 yards and four touchdowns on just 12 carries and the Galax defense posted its second shutout of the year Friday, blanking Auburn 35-0 in a Mountain Empire District game.

  • GCHS Homecoming 2016

    Homecoming was observed at Grayson County High School last week with a variety of events and the crowning of the court during halftime of the Blue Devil-Bland County football game on Oct. 14.

  • Highlanders ambush Blue Devils


    INDEPENDENCE – Two unbeaten powerhouses faced off at Bill Strong Field in Independence last Friday night and when the dust cleared, Glenvar survived and delivered the Grayson County Blue Devils their first loss of the season, 21-0.
    Glenvar, the defending state 2A champions, came into the game with a 3-0 record. Grayson was also undefeated at 3-0 but they made some key mistakes in their loss to the Highlanders.
    The Blue Devils put together an impressive drive on their first possession.

  • Tide drops another heartbreaker


    Galax has experienced enough heartache in the first four weeks of the season to write a good country-western album about it. The latest track from that compilation could be about how the Maroons left the Maroon Tide with the Blues.

  • Alleghany golf team impressive

    SPARTA, N.C. – A member of the Alleghany Trojan golf team had an impressive showing in the 1-A state golf tournament held last Monday and Tuesday at Foxfire Golf and Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C.

    Dylon Wooten shot rounds of 78-77 to finish with an 11-over-par 155 and tie for fourth place with two other players in the tournament played on the par 72, 6,541 yard Grey Fox Course.

    The Alleghany team didn’t qualify, but Wooten qualified as an individual.

  • Hawks, Grayson baseball teammates stifle Galax


    By Craig Worrell



    There are times during the course of the Mountain Empire District schedule when a team can get away with committing seven errors. Friday wasn’t one of those times for Galax.

    Grayson County took advantage of a shaky Maroon Tide defense and put a saddle on the three-hit effort of Eric Hawks, riding it to a 6-0 MED win on a gloriously sunny afternoon at Felts Park.