https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sports/rss.xml en Party poopers: Fort Chiswell spoils Grayson homecoming https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/party-poopers-fort-chiswell-spoils-grayson-homecoming <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/graysonphillips.jpg" alt="Grayson County’s Seth Phillips fends off Fort Chiswell’s Jonathan Poole on a punt return during Grayson’s 35-21 loss Friday to the Pioneers." title="Grayson County’s Seth Phillips fends off Fort Chiswell’s Jonathan Poole on a punt return during Grayson’s 35-21 loss Friday to the Pioneers." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> INDEPENDENCE &ndash;&ndash; 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.</p> <p> It was the Blue Devils&rsquo; party, and Fort Chiswell ruined it.</p> <p> 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.</p> Peoples, Tide keep rolling https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/peoples-tide-keep-rolling <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/galaxdickson.jpg" alt="Galax’s John Key (50) seals off an Auburn defender, allowing Landon Dickson to get outside in the Maroon Tide’s 35-0 win Friday." title="Galax’s John Key (50) seals off an Auburn defender, allowing Landon Dickson to get outside in the Maroon Tide’s 35-0 win Friday." align="left" hspace="6" width="82" height="85" /><p> 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&rsquo; offense was their best defense, Galax&rsquo;s best offense was just getting the ball in the first place.</p> <p> 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.</p> Trojans roll over Starmount https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/trojans-roll-over-starmount <p> <strong>By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff</strong></p> <p> SPARTA, N.C. &ndash; Joe Hampton had five hits to lead Alleghany to a 15-11 victory over Starmount in a Mountain Valley Conference baseball game played March 21.</p> <p> The Trojans opened the game with a pair of runs in the first inning while Starmount scored one run for a 2-1 lead.</p> <p> Alleghany scored three more runs in the second inning and added five in the third for a 10-1 lead.</p> Blue Devils outslug Maroon Tide https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/blue-devils-outslug-maroon-tide <p> <strong>By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff</strong></p> <p> INDEPENDENCE &ndash; Maggie Kirk scattered seven hits last Friday to lead the Grayson County Blue Devils to a 7-1 victory over the Galax Maroon Tide in a Mountain Empire District softball game.</p> <p> Kirk was pitching a shutout until the seventh inning when the Maroon Tide put together a late rally.</p> <p> Skylar Morgan led off the inning with a single. Ally Bartlett followed with a hard-hit double into centerfield to score Morgan. Ashlyn Brady kept the rally going with a single and Kassie Widner was safe on an error.</p> Glenvar overtakes Devils https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/glenvar-overtakes-devils <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gc1.jpg" alt="Grayson County catcher Dez Choate looks for the umpire’s call after a close play at the plate during the Blue Devils’ 9-7 loss March 20 to Glenvar." title="Grayson County catcher Dez Choate looks for the umpire’s call after a close play at the plate during the Blue Devils’ 9-7 loss March 20 to Glenvar." align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> <strong>By CRAIG WORRELL, Sports Editor</strong></p> <p> INDEPENDENCE &ndash;&ndash; Nobody&rsquo;s predicting any won-lost totals yet, but if Grayson County&rsquo;s season opener is of any indication, the Blue Devils will be an entertaining bunch to follow.</p> <p> Grayson County and Glenvar put on a back-and-forth show March 20 with the final rally of the day putting the Highlanders over the top for a 9-7 nondistrict softball win at the Grayson County Recreation Park.</p> Oak Hill Warriors honored for National Championship win https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/oak-hill-warriors-honored-national-championship-win <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/champsmsg_-_from_oha.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> <strong>By SHAINA STOCKTON and LARRY CHAMBERS<br /> Staff</strong><br /> <br /> MOUTH OF WILSON &mdash; The Oak Hill Academy Warriors were honored for their Dick&rsquo;s High School National Championship win in April, during a celebration assembly held May 11 at the Fletcher Chapel on campus.<br /> Dr. Michael D. Groves opened the ceremony by thanking Head Coach Steve Smith and the team for their dedication and their victories for the season.<br /> School revives Sports Wall of Fame https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/school-revives-sports-wall-fame <p> INDEPENDENCE &mdash; Members of the Grayson County School Board have revived their plans to update the school system&rsquo;s Sports Wall of Fame; a concept that has remained untouched for what several board members believe is far too long.<br /> Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore discussed the wall during a series of athletic updates during his report at the School Board&rsquo;s March 14 meeting.<br /> In February, the board discussed the possibility of designating a spot for a Sports Wall of Fame, to recognize local athletes who are or were part of the school system.<br /> Alleghany golf team impressive https://www.independencedeclaration.com/content/alleghany-golf-team-impressive <img src="https://www.independencedeclaration.com/sites/www.independencedeclaration.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/trojanlogo042215rgb_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> SPARTA, N.C. &ndash; 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.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> The Alleghany team didn&rsquo;t qualify, but Wooten qualified as an individual.</p>