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  1. 14 points
    I can’t go on record as much in this realm, but I will say that if the School Board closes TCCTC, it will be the worst mistake that body has ever made. We have a population here that is PERFECT for vocational training, and taking that away would be utterly devastating, to put it very kindly. We don’t have the demographics to be a white-collar job mill. We have the demographics for practical training, and it saddens me to see just how much it’s already been placed on the back-burner.
  2. 13 points
    rabidbeaver

    Football Officiating

    If I wanted the kind of abuse that referees take, such as yelled at, spit on, criticized on everything, and even have my ancestry questioned, I would just have my mother-in-law move in.
  3. 13 points
    swva_havok_fan

    James Mitchell is a.....

    People from Marion should choose to go to Chilhowie, so they'd have a better shot at a state championship. :D
  4. 13 points
    UVAObserver

    Union vs Gate City

    There seems to be one fanbase per year that exposes itself for being knuckleheads. Hurley was the program last year. Gate City is on the verge of asking Hurley to hold its beer.
  5. 13 points
    ME! Ha. I'm the new sports intern at WVVA from May-late July. If all goes well, you'll get to see my ugly mug all over your TV screens. I apologize in advance, and I'm not responsible for any damages that come from your screen busting when my face appears. Lmao. In all seriousness, I'm very excited for this opportunity.
  6. 12 points
    UVAObserver

    Score updates - 9/29/17

    I am so impressed with Tazewell's grit and resolve this year. I had this team pegged as an 0-10 team for sure, but that team isn't quitting. They may not make the playoffs but you have to come away with respect.
  7. 11 points
    Ryan4VT

    Richlands at William Byrd

    Also, was very happy to see our boys have the NS stickers on their helmets, our coaches had the NS on their polos and the cheerleaders had purple ribbons in their hair. Byrd lost a senior girl, Nala Saunders, on Wednesday morning suddenly and purple was her favorite color. So I was really happy to see us honor her last night. Also, I thought it was very classy for the Blues to get to the 2 yard line with 1 minute left and Byrd only having one timeout and instead and scoring and going up 13, we took a knee at the 2 to leave it a 6 point win. Felt like that was a good move, especially given the fact that Byrd was playing for NS.
  8. 11 points
    GMan

    NEW WEBSITES...

    To be honest, that is what I wanted my original website to be like but I didn't have the time to put in the effort to do all that...that's how it ended up as a forum only. Now, these guys have stepped up and have done a tremendous job in gathering information and putting it out there. I will continue to be here, and hopefully, they'll continue doing what they are doing and these three sites will be the best you can find in Southwest VA and Southern WV. I also have to give a ton of credit to VHSLhelper...what he does is also a tremendous addendum to everything that is here now!
  9. 11 points
    RCITYHOO

    The good people of Giles

    Before the Giles vs Radford game Friday they are having a fund raiser for Eric Burnette. Was told it was in the cafeteria and it's 2 hot dogs, chips and drink for $6. all earnings go to the family.Thank you Giles fans Eric is a senior football player from Radford High School who has cancer.
  10. 10 points
    GusDaGuesser

    Old Richlands controversy

    Did they change after each play or each series? Or did the offensive team get the cleats while the other team played in socks? Or was it the defensive team that wore the cleats? Did they change by position? That would suck if you were a wide receiver who wore a size 9 and the opposing wide receiver wore a size 13. And this begs the question, why couldn’t Richlands or Salem afford their own cleats? Why did they have to wear the same cleats? And how in the hell did one of these teams make the playoffs playing an entire season without cleats? This needs to be an entire podcast episode, like a 30for30 or something
  11. 10 points
    GMan

    SWVA

    Now, with that said, you vote does not count. This board covers the schools in the map at the top of the page...period. Don't like it??? Slide on over to VAPreps and get your kicks...I can make it happen...
  12. 10 points
    UVAObserver

    Darren Reed In

    In the running for the most unintentionally funny thing ever posted on this site.
  13. 10 points
    bhs7695

    Bluefield's Truck Edwards

    Congrats to Jason "Truck" Edwards. Per his Twitter he's going to the University of Pittsburgh to play football! I'm excited for him and to watch him continue his football career at a Power five school.
  14. 10 points
    I have spent time in virtually every corner of Virginia, both professionally and socially. The lack of awareness by many outside SWVA concerning anything involving SWVA is astounding. I've said it before, folks in other parts of the state will send their kids to Virginia Tech but never bother to explore the communities southwest of Blacksburg. Hence, the feeling in SWVA that most Virginians not from SWVA believe the state stops at Exit 118 along I-77. I once had a coworker argue and ultimately lose a bet to me that Oak Hill Academy was located in Tennessee. He couldn't fathom anything in Virginia being south or west of Blacksburg. Just this Monday, a "headhunter" contacted me on Linkedin, gauging my interest in a career move to the Norfolk area. I politely told her I live well over 300 miles from Norfolk and that's as close as I will ever live to Norfolk! She couldn't understand why "anyone would chose to live in that part of Virginia who had options". The quoted text is taken directly from her email to me. She was dumbfounded that I would chose to stay in "that part of Virginia", meaning SWVA, when I had opportunities in Norfolk. In my mind, this clearly shows a bias the rest of the state harbors toward SWVA. And many have never even been to SWVA! So, it should be no surprise that anyone from "Central VA all day" can't have an objective and unbiased opinion of our little slice of heaven! SWVA respects one another in a way other parts of Virginia cannot understand. When our school is knocked out of the playoffs, we show up in droves to support our neighbors in their quest to reach "states". What a bunch of hillbilly rednecks we must be to support our neighbors! But it's this mindset that makes living and raising children in SWVA so rewarding. We can have pride in our community and show similar pride and support for a neighboring community without our community believing us to be disloyal. We may fuss among ourselves from time to time but when push comes to shove, we have each others backs. I'll step down from my soapbox now!
  15. 10 points
    All things being equal, I think Central/GC and Tazewell/Grundy determine the #1 seed. Even if Richlands loses to Va High. Sleeper games are Princeton/Brooke and Mo West/Bearden. The following is based on Central over GC, Va High over Richlands, Grundy over Tazewell, Princeton over Greenbrier, Brooke over Princeton, and Grayson losing their last 2. A tie for #1 between Union/Graham would go to Union for "best overall record". A tie between Union/Marion would come down to "highest average rating of all opponents". 1.) Union 10-0 268 26.8 2.) Graham 9-1 268 26.8 3.) Ridgeview 9-1 262 26.2 4.) Marion 9-1 249 24.9 5.) Va High 7-3 232 23.2 6.) Lee 6-4 211 21.1 7.) Battle, John 5-5 190 19 8.) Central-Wise 3-7 176 17.6 8.) Richlands 3-7 176 17.6 10.) Grayson Co 4-6 174 17.4 11.) Tazewell 3-7 168 16.8 12.) Lebanon 2-8 149 14.9 13.) Gate City 0-10 134 13.4 If Marion beats Graham... 1.) Union 10-0 268 26.8 1.) Marion 10-0 268 26.8 3.) Ridgeview 9-1 262 26.2 4.) Graham 8-2 248 24.8 If Marion beats Graham and Abingdon beats Union... 1.) Marion 10-0 268 26.8 2.) Ridgeview 9-1 263 26.3 3.) Union 9-1 251 25.1 4.) Graham 8-2 248 24.8 If Graham beats Marion and Abingdon beats Union... 1.) Graham 9-1 268 26.8 2.) Ridgeview 9-1 263 26.3 3.) Union 9-1 251 25.1 4.) Marion 9-1 249 24.9 If Marion beats Graham, Va High beats Marion, and Abingdon beats Union... 1.) Ridgeview 9-1 263 26.3 2.) Va High 8-2 254 25.4 3.) Union 9-1 251 25.1 4.) Marion 9-1 250 25 If Tazewell beats Grundy and Lebanon 1.) Graham 9-1 270 27 2.) Union 10-0 268 26.8 3.) Ridgeview 9-1 260 26 4.) Marion 9-1 251 25.1 5.) Va High 7-3 234 23.4 6.) Lee 6-4 211 21.1 7.) Battle, John 5-5 190 19 8.) Tazewell 4-6 185 18.5 If Tazewell beats Grundy, but Richlands beats Va High 1.) Union 10-0 270 27 2.) Graham 9-1 270 27 3.) Ridgeview 9-1 260 26 4.) Marion 9-1 251 25.1 5.) Va High 6-4 220 22 6.) Lee 6-4 211 21.1 7.) Richlands 4-6 195 19.5 8.) Battle, John 5-5 189 18.9 If Tazewell beats Grundy, Richlands beats Va High, and Grayson beats Wythe. 1.) Union 10-0 270 27 2.) Graham 9-1 270 27 3.) Ridgeview 9-1 260 26 4.) Marion 9-1 251 25.1 5.) Va High 6-4 220 22 6.) Lee 6-4 211 21.1 7.) Richlands 4-6 195 19.5 8.) Grayson Co 5-5 191 19.1 If Va High beats Marion and Richlands, and Battle beats Lee 1.) Union 10-0 268 26.8 2.) Graham 9-1 268 26.8 3.) Ridgeview 9-1 262 26.2 4.) Va High 8-2 253 25.3 5.) Marion 8-2 231 23.1 6.) Battle, John 6-4 207 20.7 7.) Lee 5-5 195 19.5 8.) Central-Wise 3-7 177 17.7 9.) Richlands 3-7 176 17.6 Anything can happen over these next 2 weeks. Going to be EXCITING! Hopefully, I have no typos up there.
  16. 10 points
    Bigrhsfan

    Please remember in our prayers !

    Guys, If you all could remember Mike Compton from Richlands in your prayers ! Mike volunteers to help the Blues football team and does so much to help and is a great guy, but he had a massive heart attack the first of the week and is at Holston Valley hospital and will have open heart surgery this Friday 6/24/2017 and both he and his family need your prayers ! I need to edit this, I just found out that his heart suffered more damage than first thought and he is unable to have his surgery tomorrow and is in critical care unit and as of right now it is unknown as to what type of care or when, please pray for Mike and his family, they are having a tough time right now as you can imagine. Thanks !
  17. 10 points
    GC_Quincy

    Richlands vs....

    Everytime y'all mention the Bearded Moose, I start missing my ex mother-in-law for some reason.
  18. 10 points
    Lee2000

    New to the board

    Hello Everyone. Been reading the board for a while, but joined last night. My name is Bob and I graduated from Lee in 2000 and now living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. I've enjoyed reading and keeping up with all the local teams. Living so far away I probably wont post as much, but thought I would introduce myself. Bob
  19. 9 points
    GMan

    Old Richlands controversy

    Trolling is prohibited here. You may meet "The Chair" or, even worse, "The Hammer"...just sayin'...
  20. 9 points
    Thanks Trueblue for the work you do. This fan appreciates it.
  21. 9 points
    sixcat

    Influences

    It may not mean as much in far SWVA as it does in this area. I would have loved for my former high school coach and mentor, Fred Jennings, to have been interviewed for the podcast series Ryan is putting together. You guys would have loved listening to him as much as I have for the past 40 years. He passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86. I would love for more people to hear his stories. For example, at one point just following WWII, four of his older brothers were in the starting five of the Lees-McRae Bobcat basketball team. All five starters were graduates of Fries High School and had fought in WWII. They postponed completion of high school to serve their country, completed high school upon their return, all became college graduates and high achievers in life. It was a different time and they were symbolic of "The Greatest Generation"! Fred was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and lost 70% of his hearing in the process. He was awarded the Silver Star for his efforts. Fred attended every single Virginia Tech home football game from 1958 through 2016, not missing a single one. He was honored on the field for his contributions to the university on several occasions. Fred built a full-court basketball court and Olympic sized pool at his home to keep "his kids" (us) out of trouble. He never had children of his own but had hundreds he taught and coached through the years. He was my baseball coach, football coach, Algebra teacher, mentor and friend. For most of the past 11 years, Fred would come to my office every few months and just talk...for hours. His wife passed away a few years ago and he hasn't been the same. He is, in all honesty, the single greatest influence on my life. He took an interest in me when I was 4 years old, taught me the value of life and passed his love of math on to me. He is the reason my username on this board, Twitter and Instagram handles will never change. He is partially responsible for the moniker. His brother, Allen "Birddog" Jennings was a teacher and coach at Virginia High in the 60's. He wrote a fabulous book several years ago called "My Day to Wear the Underwear". Birddog passed away March 8th at the age of 92. Rest in peace Mr. Jennings. You were loved and will be missed.
  22. 9 points
    Liam McPoyle

    Graham Clark Resigns

    If Kilmer weren't such a prick, my boy would be starting quarterback.
  23. 9 points
    UVAObserver

    State Semi-Finals (3/6/18)

    What a fantastic game. Graham just dug far too deep a hole for itself with the 12 first half turnovers, and those extra possessions were really the story of the game. Proud as a peach of how the G-Men fought and clawed all season long, and we’ll always have that shocker at UVA-Wise. Now, Gate City, the first 29 games mean nothing without victory in the 30th. Take care of business at the Siegel Center Friday. There’s a lot of demons to be exorcised for this whole region in boys’ basketball. Do it.
  24. 9 points
    EH31

    The rematch: Appomattox @ Union

    No pressure Union guys but this is basically the Allies vs. the Axis .... please don't let the Germans win!!
  25. 9 points
    cityofRaven

    Rivalry Game(s)

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