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  1. 7 points
    Bearcat Bob

    Mountain 7 Preview

    Now I recall why I never liked Abingdon sports...
  2. 4 points
    Ryan4VT

    7 on 7's

    It's that time of year. Update with any 7 on 7 results you know. Richlands went 5-1 at Marshall today. They lost to a team from Knoxville who has 4 D1 players on it. They also beat Bluefield 8 touchdowns to 3.
  3. 4 points
    cityofRaven

    2A softball

    Virginia High and Tazewell wouldn't have sub .500 records if they played the schedule that Grayson did.
  4. 3 points
    UVAObserver

    2018 ADM numbers

    Graham would already be there if not for the Pocahontas kids. My Pocahontas-graduate wife thinks this is precisely the reason TCPS closed Pocahontas, and I’m not all that disinclined to believe her...
  5. 3 points
    Bearcat Bob

    2A softball

    Madison’s first loss of season after sweeping Page in regular season. Apparently, due to all the rain outs, Madison agreed to travel to Page and play their semifinal game against Wilson, which they won 8-2. They played Page about 30 minutes later and went with pitcher number 2. Lost 5-1 to end their 30+ game win streak. So instead of hosting a state quarter, they will travel to Region A. My son dates one of their players so I get all the details.
  6. 3 points
    #BBN

    2A softball

    Consolation games that mean nothing to seeding should never be played!!! To much rush of an injury to a player that don’t even have a reason to be playing the extra game!!! I am a fan of the old playoff system, the conference winner and the winner of the tournament or runner up goes if the conference champion is the same as the tournament champion!!
  7. 3 points
    Hokie101

    Mountain 7 Preview

    When the vote occurred was an Abingdon representative not present? From the article posted the principle said everything was done to try and include AHS but region trumped the district and he seemed ok with it. You do hate it for the players that worked hard and have to miss out on extra games but to jump to the conclusion that the AHS fans on here are doing is, well expected. It's rained every evening for the past 2 weeks basically and 3a moved up their region tournament but still the conspiracy that M7 didn't want to play AHS is what's being stated as the "real" reason.
  8. 3 points
    Bearcat Dad

    Mountain 7 Preview

    😂😂Abingdon has a run of athletes for a few years, and this is the rhetoric that uniformed people spew. Even then, with all of the D1 talent Abingdon has had on their baseball team, their record against the lowly Bearcats over the last 3 years is only 4-3. The Bearcats have dominated Abingdon for decades in this sport. Last I checked, the extremely average Bearcat football program, won in Abingdon last season, and they will be even better this year. The VHS football program is the poster boy for an average football program, literally. Just look at their all time record on the awesome records page that @Bluefield researcher created. Yet, I believe VHS holds a slight edge, head to head. By "slight" I mean pretty significant. Should I continue?
  9. 2 points
    UVAObserver

    2018 ADM numbers

    Seems like a lot of schools within an hour’s drive of Charlottesville are just below the cutoffs for their respective divisions. Perfectly legit, I’m sure...
  10. 2 points
    UVAObserver

    whats going on with the blues

    They’ll go 4-6 at some point in the future, I’m sure. Just not in the foreseeable future.
  11. 2 points
    Ryan4VT

    2018 ADM numbers

    Oh there’s a reason for that lol
  12. 2 points
    cityofRaven

    2018 outlook region wide

    Palmer cousins.
  13. 2 points
    Gridiron60

    7 on 7's

    Heard Mance has replaced Brown as quarterback with Moir permanently, not sure if it's true or just speculation but I think after last season, it's a smart move if he did.
  14. 2 points
    Ryan4VT

    2018 outlook region wide

    The younger Booker did indeed go back to Graham. He had transferred to Richlands when his older brother came a few years ago. Good luck to him, just not against us lol
  15. 2 points
    RichlandsAlum

    Class 2 Girls Soccer

    Still a fantastic run by the Lady Blues and a memorable season. Congrats to Coach Lindsey and her charges.
  16. 2 points
    sixcat

    1a State Tournament

    Well played game by Honaker and Galax. The throw to the plate was an absolute thing of beauty. Tip of the cap to the center fielder and catcher. At least the players decided the game this time rather than dumb decisions by staff and administration!
  17. 2 points
  18. 2 points
    Bluefield researcher

    2018 ADM numbers

    A vast majority of TC Williams' students speak English as a second language. Football is not part of their culture. This can be said for many of the Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington area. There are 33 5A/6A schools and a select few compete in football. Many football players transfer to schools like Westfield because football is not important to the student body at the their "home" school. Fairfax County population is 1.2 million, Arlington County (the smallest county in the country) 225,000, City of Alexandria population 150,000 with one high school.
  19. 2 points
    Jason

    2018 ADM numbers

    Maggie Walker really had no business in 2a. Not certain they should be 3a either.
  20. 2 points
    RichlandsAlum

    2D Regionals

    Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.
  21. 2 points
    trublue

    2D Regionals

    BlueTornadoLive‏ @BlueTornadoLive Richlands has held the opponent scoreless SEVENTEEN. TIMES. THIS. SEASON. Astounding. They’ve given up ONE goal (@leegeneralslive on Monday) since April 19th. That’s 18 games ago..... Just incredible how well coached this team is. PHOTO Emalie Bawl28
  22. 2 points
    Varsity season is over for us now. After winning the first regional playoff game in school history, LHS bowed to perennial power Western Albemarle in the Region 3C semifinals. Son averaged about 20 minutes per game and did score a goal. Not a bad outing for a sophomore. But sitting the bench was very, very hard for him and it really had an impact upon his level of enthusiasm for the game. He's accepted an invitation to take a different direction in terms of travel soccer this fall, which could have some really great benefits for him if he wants to pursue them -- but he seems ambivalent about that at best. On the academic side, he is enrolling in the early college option this fall -- which means that he should graduate in 2020 with both his high school diploma and an associate's degree. He is appropriately focused on the challenges associated with that (he will be taking the highest offering of Calculus available -- roughly equivalent to what Engineering and Architecture majors have to complete in their freshman year at Virginia Tech). He's also broadening his consideration of college choices. He now says he wants to stay in Virginia, but he's open to all options. And on a recent visit to another school, he commented favorably on the fact that it is considerably smaller in size than Virginia Tech. He continues to get a lot of correspondence from college soccer coaches -- but the most persistent ones are either outside of the Commonwealth or they are smaller colleges that don't really rate at the top of his list in terms of academics right now. If he changes his mind and decides that he is really serious about soccer, I think he might still have a shot (a low percentage one at that) of being offered a spot on the roster of a Division II or very low tier Division I school. But I don't see his worldview changing. And I am perfectly fine with that. Meanwhile I'm observing a couple of other kids who have expressed an interest in playing college soccer, and I'm perplexed by their experiences. The really talented player I mentioned previously has gone to the effort of putting himself out there and setting up the online profiles -- and he is getting very little response. My hypothesis is that it's because he doesn't stand out in terms of size and speed -- he's small and quick, just like most stereotypical forward players. Another local kid who is very talented looks like a lock to play Division III ball but is getting no attention at all beyond that level. So at least in soccer, here's what I think I'm learning about the college recruiting process: 1. The top programs (Division I and perennial powers) already have their own talent acquisition process in place -- and it skews rather heavily toward international players and the most elite level of travel ball players within the country. 2. The rest do the same thing. But are satisfied enough in taking the leftover talent that is not culled by the top programs and/or taking the best travel players on a descending scale and a more regional (or state) basis. 3. Most programs beyond the top tier have algorithms in place to identify and invite outliers at an early age (based on whatever data or combination of factors that they have identified as having value). These are invited to camps where they likely compete for the spots on the roster that are not occupied by players at the two previous levels described above. Depending on the level of the program, I'd guess that players in this tier have a 25% or lower chance of ultimately being invited to play -- and there is little or no possibility of receiving a scholarship offer. 4. It also appears that a lot of Division III schools will often harbor one or two spots for the very best regional players in their particular area -- probably in an effort to generate or maintain some level of local interest. So from a Virginia perspective, unless you are a player on a Champions League level travel team, you hit one or more of the data points established by a program's search algorithm, or you're a major producer for a travel team that plays in a Top 6 league (as defined by VYSA), college soccer is a long shot with a probability somewhere less than 5% for even the most talented players. I do think that players who fit in my category #3 above would be compelling to follow, but my operating theory right now is that (like my son) they tend to weed themselves out of the process. If/when I see anything different, I will share it.
  23. 2 points
    Ryan4VT

    2A softball

    Yep. 100% self inflicted by politics and the kids are the ones who got the short end of the stick. I hate it for those girls. They 100% should be in the regional tournament. VHS and Tazewell finished the season with sub-.500 records and both got in.
  24. 2 points
    Bluefield's Russ Coleman - Concord Graham's Dante Vineyard - UVA-Wise Graham's Ajai Oakes - Bluefield College
  25. 2 points
    50kw

    Mountain 7 Preview

    Oh look at us.....We are far superior to everyone else in every way. You just don't want to play us, wah, wah, wah. This is the same Abingdon wine and cheese we have been forced to consume for years. Face it, Abingdon is 3A playing down for travel reasons. This does not mean the world revolves around you and everyone must bow at your every cry and moan. It would be an easy fix if the school districts in Washington County could be slightly altered.
  26. 2 points
    Ryan4VT

    Mountain 7 Preview

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Abingdon chose to leave the SWD to go to the M7, correct? I don’t remember th VHSL making that choice. Abingdon did. And why the fuss when even the coach at Abingdon said they wouldn’t have made the tournament finals anyway. They would have been forced to drop out to go play the regional tournament.
  27. 2 points
    UVAObserver

    Mountain 7 Preview

    Perhaps they can still participate under the flag of “Baseball Athletes from Abingdon”. Y’know, just like the Russian olympians did.
  28. 1 point
    EH31

    Cam Allen picks up first D1 offer

    Looks like Cameron is Big 10 bound
  29. 1 point
    EH31

    Cam Allen picks up first D1 offer

    https://n.rivals.com/state_rankings/2019/virginia rivals ranked Cam as the #17 player in Virginia and the #80th Conerback nationally
  30. 1 point
    Marshall offered him yesterday
  31. 1 point
    I will go ahead and offer him a full scholarship to the university of Union Bears.
  32. 1 point
    Ryan4VT

    2018 outlook region wide

    Also true.
  33. 1 point
    jarhead24219

    7 on 7's

    Someone woke up the GIANT, and MANCE always will bring a good game plan
  34. 1 point
    GusDaGuesser

    2018 outlook region wide

    Hearing Graham picked up a RB from Richlands.
  35. 1 point
    GMan

    2018 Spring Sports Semi/Championship Games

    I think the whole system reset...I got booted too...
  36. 1 point
    Ryan4VT

    3A State Tournament Bracket

    Also Honaker in Class 1 baseball and Richlands in Class 2 softball. We have a chance at 4 state titles today.
  37. 1 point
    Tiger_Tilt

    1a State Tournament

    Honaker wins a thriller scoring the go ahead run in the top of the 7th. Getting the final out on a throw from center to home plate to get the final out on a tag. Honaker 2 Galax 1 Final
  38. 1 point
    swva_havok_fan

    Trenton Adkins D1 offer

    .... by the University of Tennessee. If anything will ever make me a Vol fan, it would be seeing Trenton in orange and white.
  39. 1 point
    RichlandsAlum

    2018 ADM numbers

    Another fun dynamic within the Augusta County footprint is the adjacency/presence of two independent city school systems (Waynesboro and Staunton) and a number of private schools with full athletic programs that are within reasonable commuting distance. The allegations of recruiting by certain SW Virginia football programs (*ahem*) pale in comparison to the outright solicitation and marketing of players and programs that takes place there. My sister lives within the city limits of Waynesboro but was a faculty member at Stuarts Draft for many years. My nephew started high school at Draft, was strongly "encouraged" for his entire four years to stay at Waynesboro, and ultimately graduated from a nearby private school in Charlottesville (where he had accepted a scholarship to play basketball). And during that entire time Robert E. Lee and a couple of other public schools were whispering in his ear. So yeah, I can definitely believe that the Augusta school system has a policy directive which places value on its schools' ability to compete on a state level.
  40. 1 point
    Bearcat Bob

    2019 Contender

    I’ve been at a team camp all weekend with East Rockingham. 5A teams—Albemarle and Orange Privates—St Anne’s Belfield and Highland Western Albemarle, Culpeper, William Monroe, George Mason, Madison, Kettle Run, and East Rock East Rock is killing it against all comers. I’m going to get out front early and say that they overtake RE Lee in the district and contend for a state 2A title. You heard it here first! They split with Lee last year in the regular season. Western Albemarle will be in the 3A Hunt.
  41. 1 point
    trublue

    2A softball

    BlueTornadoLive‏ @BlueTornadoLive FINAL!!!!!!!! Richlands 8 @LHSsoftball6 4 Richlands has won the Region 2D softball title for the 2nd year in a row!!!!!!!!!!! BlueTornadoLive‏ @BlueTornadoLive Richlands will host the Region C runner up at Rhonda Blevins Field in Richlands on Tuesday. Date and time TBA.
  42. 1 point
    UVAObserver

    2A softball

    Hey, my senior year! I remember playing Grayson (then D2) in a number of sports, being a higher classification, and Grayson being about 40% larger than we were at Graham.
  43. 1 point
    bgibb

    2017 top talent,where are they going

    Graham's Taymon Cooke- Marshall Bluefield's Mookie Collier- Marshall Bluefield's Truck Edwards- Pitt
  44. 1 point
    Bearcat Bob

    Mountain 7 Preview

    The thing is that I like Frito. Played with him in Bristol. But, their fans can be hemorrhoids.
  45. 1 point
    Ryan4VT

    Mountain 7 Preview

    Abingdon is sitting at 886. That’s not even close to the cutoff. Abingdon does not need to be in 2A with schools like Radford (490), Ft. Chiswell (501) or Lebanon (509).
  46. 1 point
    swva_havok_fan

    Trenton Adkins D1 offer

    Yes. At either UK or Louisville one... can't remember which right off hand.
  47. 1 point
    Bearcat Bob

    Mountain 7 Preview

    If Frito was okay with it, why the stink? If they could not have played through the finals what would be the point of starting?
  48. 1 point
    Falcon Mania

    Mountain 7 Preview

    So back in November when the Union faithful was talking about how they would take on all comers with their chest out was not an issue. But fast forward to May when your no longer the big dog on campus it really doesn't matter. I see where you are going with this.
  49. 1 point
    1inStripes

    Trenton Adkins D1 offer

    Id love to see you in the orange and white belting out Rocky Top!
  50. 1 point
    F@lcon

    Mountain 7 Preview

    I think this is pathetic. The VHSL redistricts every 2 years because they are too dumb to get it right and now they can allow school principals to decide to not allow 1 team to participate because nobody wants to play them. What if everyone had decided to oust Gate City from the basketball in the winter? I don't care what excuses you throw out there, you can't justify taking away 2-3 games and a district championship from a group of seniors just because you don't want to have to play them.
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