High School

  • Alleghany over S. Stokes 33-0; Grayson falls to Rural Retreat 9-7

    BREAKING NEWS -- Alleghany High School extended its unbeaten streak to four games Friday night with a convincing 33-0 shut-out of South Stokes in away football action.
    Grayson County remained winless on the season, falling to Rural Retreat Friday night in a 9-7 football match-up at Bill Strong Field.

    Be sure to pick up a copy of The Declaration's Sept. 17 print edition for more on the games.

  • Grayson 13, Johnson Co. 33; Alleghany 24, McGuiness 7

    Grayson County fell to Johnson County (Tenn.), 33-13, in the Blue Devil-Longhorn match-up Saturday afternoon at Bill Strong Field.

    Alleghany defeated Bishop McGuiness 24-7 Friday night at McGuiness.

    Be sure to pick up The Declaration’s Sept. 10 print edition for more on the games.

  • Grayson County football game in Independence postponed

    BREAKING NEWS -- The Grayson County High School vs. Johnson County (Tenn.) High School football game originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at Bill Strong Field in Independence has been postponed.

    It is now set for 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at Bill Strong Field in Independence.

    The postponement is weather-related, Grayson County High School Athletic Director Chad Wright reports.

  • Grayson falls to Alleghany 26-23 in football heartbreaker

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County (0-2, 0-0) lost to Alleghany (2-0, 0-0) in a hard fought heartbreaker Friday, losing its football home opener 26-23.

    Be sure to pick up a copy of The Declaration’s Sept. 3 print edition for more on the game.

  • Grayson County falls to Gate City 40-2 in football opener

    GATE CITY –– The good news is that Grayson County gets to take a mulligan on this one.

    Walking into one of Southwest Virginia’s most tradition-rich stadiums to face an up-and-coming Gate City, Grayson County’s Blue Devils fell behind early and dropped a 40-2 decision to Gate City’s Blue Devils in a benefit game Friday at Legion Field.

  • Grayson football going to grind-it-out style

    By Craig Worrell


    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.

    “We’re trying to change our culture,” said McPherson, entering his ninth year at the Grayson helm.

  • Will the Alleghany football team's hard work pay off?

    By Don Richeson


    SPARTA, N.C. -- The unknown vs. the certain. Life offers both – whether on a reality TV cooking show or a high school football field. One of Chef Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” students might surprise him with the most delicious dish ever, or it could be one that makes him remark, “The beef is so undercooked that it is starting to eat the salad.”

  • Cannaday tops in Timesland


    The Roanoke Times, Reprinted with permission.

    More than a few years ago during a VHSL Group A baseball playoff game on the old field at Grayson County High School, a foul ball became lodged in the netting just above home plate.

    Efforts to dislodge the sphere were made.

    A bat was tossed. The catcher flung his mitt.

    The orb was unmoved.

    So Grayson County’s coach at the time, Ed Goodson, calmly strode from the dugout holding another baseball in his hand.

  • Winter guard places first

    The Grayson County High School Winterguard recently completed their 2014 competition season, after attending three competitions sponsored by the Carolina Indoor Performance Association (CIPA) and the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA).

  • GCHS volleyball team to sell prom dresses

    The Grayson County High School volleyball team will host a “Cinderella’s Closet” sale Saturday, March 1, in the GCHS auditorium lobby.

    The team is requesting donations of gently worn prom and homecoming dresses be brought to GCHS auditorium on Friday, Feb. 28, from 3:30-6 p.m. for registration. Dresses must arrive clean and on a hanger.