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PURCELLVILLE — As a former starting center for Virginia Tech’s football team, Danny McGrath can appreciate the impact of a stout defensive line. He just wishes he hadn’t seen one so impressive on Saturday. Northside’s powerful front four pushed around McGrath’s Loudoun Valley team all afternoon, and the offense contributed more than enough to deliver the visiting Vikings a 29-14 victory in the Group 3A state semifinals. “Oh my goodness,” said McGrath, who took over the Loudoun Valley program in 2008, two years after his final season with the Hokies.
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STEPHENS CITY — In the first three rounds of the 2013 Group 4A football playoffs, Salem found opponents that had gaping defensive holes. Saturday the Spartans discovered this: Sheran ... don’t. Salem’s season ended as Sherando handed the Spartans their first shutout since 2009 with a 7-0 Group 4A semifinal victory at Arrowhead Stadium. Drumbeats began sounding through the public address system an hour before the game and the signs were ominous as the Warriors held Salem to a season-low 93 yards rushing to book a date in next week’s 4A championship game against Dinwiddie. The Spartans averaged 303 yards on the ground and scored 143 points in three postseason wins, but Saturday they averaged just 3.1 yards per carry and did not get closer than Sherando’s 21-yard line. “Teams come in all the time thinking they’re going to run the ball on us,” Sherando quarterback and linebacker Reid Entsminger said.
LYNCHBURG — Tyler Lucy scored 30 points as Jefferson Forest edged Brookville 65-62 in a Seminole District game Monday. Tyler Cooper added 12 points and six assists for Jefferson Forest. Ben Hogg led Brookville with 17 points. Darryl Christan had 12 points and Josh Mason finished with 10. JEFFERSON FOREST (4-1) Lucy 30, Cooper 12, Stewart 7, Pelletier 6, McConville 4, Elliott 2, Randolph 2, Willis 2. BROOKVILLE (1-2) Hogg
PEARISBURG — Here’s a quick story: Giles beat visiting Riverheads 28-7 on a raw Saturday afternoon in the Group 2A football semifinals. It didn’t take long. With six combined passes thrown, the game was not a long one . As for the Spartans’ scoring plays, they were of short duration as well . Of the four touchdowns, two of them by fullback Brett Whitlow, none covered a shorter distance than
TAPPAHANNOCK — For one quarter of Saturday’s Group 1A semifinal, Essex head coach John Fulks was witnessing his worst nightmare. Fort Chiswell had come five hours across the state and had permitted the Trojans just three plays in the first quarter while taking an early lead. Unfortunately for the Pioneers, the final three quarters were the stuff of Fulks’ dreams. Once Essex connected for one of its patented vertical plays,
CHRISTIANSBURG — If Saturday’s results are any indication, Glenvar’s Ben Kennedy is picking up right where he left off in the pool last year. Kennedy, a two-time state champion in 2012, was a multiple winner again on Saturday as he won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle at the Southwest Virginia High School Invitational at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. Science Hill High School out of Johnston City, Tenn., swept the team
MIDLOTHIAN — Christian Kirchman scored 25 points for the second consecutive game as Patrick Henry downed host James River-Midlothian 63-53 on Saturday. Kirchman made 13 of 15 free throws, and Patrick Henry made 22 of 28 as a team. Tyus Esworthy added 11 points for Patrick Henry, which trailed by seven midway through the third quarter before mounting a comeback. Kyle Bagley scored 22 points to lead James River-Midlothian. PATRICK
Burt Torrence doesn’t smoke. But the Northside football coach does enjoy an occasional victory cigar. When senior running back Sam Krizner has the ball in his hands late in the fourth quarter of a game, it all but signals another victory for the Vikings. While quarterback Dom Dunnaville produces most of the flash for Northside, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound Krizner is the man Torrence likes to use when it is necessary
This probably comes as distressing news to many, but it stands repeating that Vegas wasn’t built on the backs of the world’s winners. Standard Oil didn’t end up on the Rockefeller books because the old man won the New Jersey lottery. Gambling is a loser’s game. That’s why the deck stacks every Friday night against high school football defenses that have to contend with an opponent that runs the single
Once a swimmer without a school team to represent, Ben Kennedy has made a big splash on the scholastic scheme. Kennedy, one of a handful of Group A swimmers to participate in a state meet dominated by Group AA teams last February, will return to the Christiansburg Aquatic Center today as a state champion. Kennedy won the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke events last year as a junior at Glenvar
The thing about having won a state championship is that it means you’ve been through a lot. So when Salem found itself trailing host William Byrd midway through the third quarter of Friday night’s basketball game, after having earlier led by double figures, the Spartans didn’t panic. Instead, they finished the quarter strong, and opened their season with a 65-55 victory in a game whose intensity had a late-season feel
GROUP 4A SALEM (11-2) at SHERANDO (12-1) Today, 1 p.m. SALEM Location: Salem Nickname: Spartans Coach: Stephen Magenbauer Points scored: 500 Points allowed: 211 Season summary: Nine straight victories since back-to-back losses in September to William Byrd (30-29) and Northside (17-10). ... Has scored at least 42 points in eight of last nine games. ... Playoff wins over Fauquier (49-27), Dominion (52-26) and Woodgrove (42-25). Playoff history: Salem has
FLOYD - Caleb Tanner poured in 59 points for the second straight game and scored his 2,000th career point as Floyd County beat Pulaski County 94-87 in boys basketball action on Friday. Tanner scored 59 in Floyd County's win over Christiansburg on Wednesday, making 33 of 33 free-throw attempts. He made his first 12 free-throw attempts against the Cougars before missing the 13th, capping his streak at 45. Preston Neukirch
MAX MEADOWS — Fort Chiswell High School is nestled into the gentle slopes of the mountains that dominate the region. It’s fitting because when the 12-1 Pioneers are on the football field, it always looks as if they are running downhill. The locals have names for the phenomenon. They use them freely. They call him Thunder. He’s not sure why or where it came from, but Dallas Ward is 190
Athletes with varying attributes are contenders for the starting quarterback position on Salem High School’s football team. The thin-skinned and sensitive need not apply. Austin Coulling stands 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 187 pounds. He has connected on 105 of 149 passes this season, breaking the school record with a 70.5 completion percentage. He overcame a late-season knee injury and has led Salem to three playoff victories and
BOYS VACA SOUTHWEST Parkway Christian 68, SWVA Home School 42 The Eagles placed three players in double figures in a win over the Conquerors on Thursday. Brandon Jennings scored 20 points, Lawrence Huff had 17 points and T.J. Keaton added 14 points for Parkway Christian. Hunter Irving tossed in 13 points and Nathan Vaughon netted 12 for SWVA Home School. SWVA HOME SCHOOL (4-1) George 3,Irving 13,Bishop 8, Vaughon 12,
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