High School

  • Alleghany hoop girls packed with size, speed this year

    SPARTA, n.C. -- With more larger size players on this year’s team than in recent years, Alleghany girls head basketball coach Kerry Miller is optimistic about the upcoming season. “We finally have decent size on the varsity,” Coach Miller said. “Usually in the past four or five years, there’s been no size.”

    He also said speed should help the squad improve on last year’s record, which was 3-20 overall and 2-12 in Mountain Valley Conference. “We are a little bit quicker on the wings and we have good penetration,” he said.

  • Grayson County hoop girls strong on depth, experience


    By Craig Worrell


    INDEPENDENCE -- There are certain things that come a little more easily to a team as experienced as the one Grayson County girls basketball coach Tiny Funk will field this year

  • Alleghany's football team reaches Final Four

    AVONDALE, N.C. – With time running out, Erick Solis scored on a four-yard run last Friday night to give Alleghany a 35-28 victory over Mooresboro Jefferson Academy in the NCHSAaA Class 1-A football quarterfinals.

    The Trojans fought from behind the entire game, falling behind 14-7 in the first quarter and tying the game at 14 at the half.

  • Alleghany advances to third round of state playoffs

    SPARTA, N.C. -- Alleghany was impressive last Friday night as the Trojans rolled over the West Columbus Vikings 63-6 in the second round of the 1-A playoffs.

    Alleghany (9-4) and seeded sixth, opened up a 22-6 margin after the first period and had a hot 30-6 lead going into halftime on a chilly Woodruff Field. The Trojans continued to roll with 14 points in the third period and 19 in the fourth to put the game away.

    Alleghany will travel for its third playoff game this Friday, taking on Thomas Jefferson Academy in Mooresville, N.C.

  • Alleghany wins football playoff opener 12-7

    SPARTA, N.C. -- The Alleghany Trojans won their opening football playoff game last Friday, whipping Bishop McGuinness 12-7 in the opening round of the Class 1-A playoffs played on a frigid night at Woodruff Field in Sparta.

    Erick Solis gave the Trojans the early lead when he scored on a 5-yard run in the second period. The run for the extra point failed.

    Leading 6-0 at halftime, the Trojans struck again in the third quarter when Kaleb Redd scored on a 1-yard run.

    The run for the extra point was no good giving Alleghany a 12-0 lead.

  • Grayson County volleyball team's Camryn McGrady gets 1,000th kill

    RICHLANDS -- Camryn McGrady was batting .500 after her first two hitting attempts last week. But she was hitting 1,000.

    After coming up one kill shy of quadruple digits on senior night in the regular season finale against Graham on Nov. 4, the Grayson County middle hitter reached the magic number with her initial kill on Tuesday, helping lead the Blue Devils to an easy – if not picturesque – three-set win over the G-Girls in the Conference 39 semifinals at Richlands High School.

  • Grayson County wins cross country meet

    BRISTOL -- Both the Grayson County boys and girls won their divisions in the Conference 39 cross-country 5K (five-kilometer or 3.1 miles) meet Oct. 28 at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol.

    The Blue Devil boys scored 25 points to take first. Other teams were: 2. Marion 60; 3. Richlands 80; 4. Grundy 91; 5. Graham 92.

    The Grayson girls scored 24 points to claim first. Other teams were: 2. Richlands 52; 3. Grundy 66; 4. Tazewell 75.

    Mary Cunningham won the individual title for the Blue Devil girls with a time of 20.01.

  • Grayson County's volleyball team survives scare from Galax

    INDEPENDENCE --In their first volleyball meeting this year, Grayson County all but ran Galax out of the gym. In the rematch between the two on Oct. 21, the Maroon Tide nearly escorted the Blue Devils to the door with a stunning upset.

    Having bounced back from a two-set deficit and into a 9-3 lead in the fifth set, Galax was unable to finish Grayson County off and the Blue Devils rallied to take the decisive fifth and a 25-19, 26-24, 22-25, 19-25, 15-11 win in a thrilling Mountain Empire District match.

  • Grayson's Vaughan excels at state golf tourney

    ABINGDON -- Grayson County Blue Devil golfer Jacob Vaughan finished eighth in the individual competition of the state Group 2-A golf tournament conducted last Monday and Tuesday at Glenrokie Country Club in Abingdon.

    Vaughan, a senior, the No. 1 golfer on the Blue Devil squad this season, fired a 7-over par 79 for his Monday round and came back with an 82 on Tuesday for a 161 total.

    The Grayson County team did not qualify for the tournament.

  • Taylor Cannaday crowned 2014 Grayson homecoming queen

    INDEPENDENCE -- Grayson County High School 2014 homecoming royalty crowned Friday night includes Queen Taylor Cannaday, King Clint Bourne and Maid of Honor Lydia Flippin. Taylor, 17, is the daughter of Kris and Todd Cannaday; Clint, 18, is the son of Mark Bourne and Angela Dillon; and Lydia, 17, is the daughter of Angie and Scott Flippin. Their crownings highlighted the Grayson-Bland football game’s special halftime ceremony.