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  1. 20 points
    I remember when football was played in the rain...
  2. 16 points
    LPD 1967

    Sproles Ejection (Ridgeview)

    Rookie Post...not Rookie LPD I was fortunate to play against Coach T. Dotson..Mr. Riggs..Mr. Harry Frye..PV Coaches..Coach Dave Ryder and Mr. Cummins. We would have taken care of this situation in the locker room or on the practice field..BEFORE it occurred on the field/court/diamond. The Helicopter Moms..Lawnmower Dads..Grandstand Usta' Bees have weakened the character and ownership responsibility of our student-atheletes. I will not be popular on this Forum so bring it.
  3. 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.
  4. 13 points
    You know what the Hell you were doing. Your first post was absurd, and it’s preposterous that you feel the need to defend it. Regardless the reason, a young man has passed away, and it’s basic human decency to avoid taking shots at someone. Were this my board, I’d permaban you for this.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 12 points
    UVAObserver

    2A POY Candidates

    I’ll say this for any players who may be reading this board. I’ve always found it true that if you focus on doing the little things right, the big things and the accolades will follow. Stay hungry; don’t go fishing for attention; don’t read your own press clippings; and keep making yourself better every day.
  10. 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.
  11. 11 points
    V-Cats

    Today

    Today is 1-9 Happy Chris Akers Day!!
  12. 11 points
    Plot twist, it's made with laxatives.
  13. 11 points
    EH31

    Graham vs Union

    Please don’t mention frostys on this message board
  14. 11 points
    Bearcat Dad

    RESULTS Final Top 10

    Here are the results for the final Top 10 Thanks to everyone that voted this season. Thanks to @GMan, @Ryan4VT, @rvtne215, and @EH31 for letting me run the Top 10 poll on here and Coalfieldsports.com! 1. Bluefield 2. Chilhowie 3. Graham 4. Pulaski 5. Abingdon 6. Ridgeview 7. Radford 8. Union 9. Galax 10. Mt View OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES Grayson Co. Patrick Henry J.I. Burton Richlands
  15. 11 points
    Allow me to clarify. It's not that it had been 6 years since they beat Amherst. Last night's victory was apparently the first for Liberty (formerly Bedford) Middle School in ANY football game since 2012. My 2nd born son is a member of the team (mostly bench sitting WR/DB this year) and he was only in for a couple of plays. But he and his teammates are walking a little prouder this morning. I asked him what they did to commemorate a win the next day in school (like wearing their jerseys, for example). He obviously didn't know. Sorry that this isn't SW Virginia related or probably even of interest to very many people. Just wanted to indulge in my own little Moment of Zen.
  16. 11 points
    Liam McPoyle

    Thursday Super Pod Questions?

    The autumn leaves are less colorful this year. Experts say it was from a warmer than usual September; however, a few people are blaming Chris Akers. Who should I believe?
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 10 points
    Plywood_King

    Mountain 7 District Tournaments

    I hope Gate City posters realize what they have accomplished. I am officially calling it: in the previous six months of material posted on SWVASports, they have officially surpassed Abingdon as the "most disliked fan base by their neighbors" in SWVA.
  21. 10 points
    sixcat

    Akers Out at GC?

    This thread has covered..................... Gate City football Mac McClung Gerald Sensenbaugh Billy Wagner Election day 2018 Mike Myers CPR Kevin Saunders Luke Lawson JJ Kelly Hard on's Philly Cheesesteaks Garden hoses Palm readers Sparky Anderson This has to be a Hall of Fame thread!!!!!!! I love this site!!!!!!!!!!
  22. 10 points
    UVAObserver

    Chilhowie Field

    Everyone who had Northwood hosting a state semifinal in the preseason, come collect your money.
  23. 10 points
    swva_havok_fan

    Graham/Radford: AA Semifinals

    The score as I have it is @EH31 owes me a Frosty and @SWVAgridiron owes me a hotdog. Guess I won't be hungry when I go to the game... 😄
  24. 10 points
    I can't imagine the profound sadness of those of you who knew Devon personally. This news breaks my heart, and I never even met the young man. His humility and kindness were so evident, it could even overshadow his immense talent. May God comfort you and his family in the coming days.
  25. 10 points
    Hey buddy. I try to stay off of forums on here because of lunacy like this. However, this is pretty terrible. In all honesty, it is in the top two worst posts I have ever seen on here. Maybe it is because I had a connection with Devon. That guy was my friend. We grew up together. We played together. He was one of the nicest guys in the world. Tonight, a son is gone. A mother, brothers, nieces, nephews and many other extended family members and friends are heartbroken. 25 years old and gone way too soon. Who gives a damn how he passed away? He represented our area in a fine light. I think anyone on this board will admit that. That was my boy. I don't appreciate your ignorance.
  26. 10 points
    Get the **** out of here with that BS man. Just shut up. You don't know a damn thing that happened. Classless asshole. There's a real family out there that is grieving hard right now. There's friends and teammates that don't know what to think now that their brother and classmate is gone. And the LAST thing on this planet that they need is YOU coming on here with your BS Richlands hatred speculating on what happened. I wish I could say I can't believe you would do that, but sadly, this is right in your wheelhouse.
  27. 10 points
    SXSW

    Akers Out at GC?

    My heavens this thread can't end soon enough, it's like an argument with my wife, just when you think it's over it starts all over again.....
  28. 10 points
    EH31

    Week 9 Pod Questions?

    Hypothetically- Should a person who said he would buy everyone on a message board a frosty if Bluefield was held to 6 points at home be held accountable for that statement if Bluefield had the ball inside Lord Botetourt’s 5 yard line down 17-3 but they threw two incomplete fade routes in a row on third & fourth downs even though their offensive line is bigger than the ‘85 bears?
  29. 10 points
    Certainly, prayers for this young man’s family and the Richlands community. I hope Graham makes a show of solidarity Thursday night. Knowing that some HS kids read (and post) on this board, I will say this. If you are considering ending your own life, those feelings are not normal and healthy. It’s OK to be “not OK”, but please seek help if you are feeling these emotions; every insurance provides for mental health evaluation and treatment. Suicide is a permanent solution to temporary troubles. People do care: your family, your friends, and your community care. And believe you me, once you walk off that stage in early June after your senior year, the “crap” that goes along with high school disappears. Sorry to ramble.
  30. 10 points
    bgibb

    Keep Richlands High in your thoughts

    Prayers for this young mans family, friends, and RHS. Similar situation happened when I was in high school and it literally affects everyone associated with the school. I would love to see Graham and RIchlands come together before the game Thursday night and honor this young man with prayer.
  31. 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
  32. 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...
  33. 10 points
    UVAObserver

    Darren Reed In

    In the running for the most unintentionally funny thing ever posted on this site.
  34. 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.
  35. 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!
  36. 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.
  37. 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 !
  38. 10 points
    GC_Quincy

    Richlands vs....

    Everytime y'all mention the Bearded Moose, I start missing my ex mother-in-law for some reason.
  39. 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
  40. 9 points
    99Bama

    Bluefield Beaver

    The morning of the state championship game many people gathered behind the high school to show support for the team. Among them was Tony with his infectious smile. He made the trip to Salem to support Graham. After the game he was on the field living it up with his friends celebrating the Graham win. Had he not been wearing a Beaver jacket one would have thought he was a Graham Gman like everyone else. When Graham played at Giles this year, there he was supporting Graham again. I hope Bluefield will retire the #5 in his honor. Whoever the fortunate person is that received his heart, you got yourself a heart of a champion.
  41. 9 points
    JGray

    Bluefield Beaver

    I want to personally thank all of you guys for your well wishes for our family. I know that Shelly and Slick and Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Ella greatly appreciate everything that the community has done and is doing to honor Tony. Please continue to keep the Blevins and Webster families in your thoughts. I can honestly say, that he is absolutely the best kid that I have ever been associated with. I may be a little bias but I have never in my life seen a kid that is always smiling, up-beat and as positive as Tony was. It definitely shows is how the communities of Mercer and Tazewell as well as surrounding counties have come together to honor such a wonderful young man. May he rest in peace and never be forgotten!!
  42. 9 points
    Nice gesture ... and icing on the cake ... from our WV neighbors! Class act from Bluefield High School! GRAHAM G-MEN ... 2018 STATE CHAMPS
  43. 9 points
    SWVAgridiron

    GC Head Coach

    I’m interviewing for the job next week. Time for the Blue Devils to learn the single-wing
  44. 9 points
  45. 9 points
    Thanks Trueblue for the work you do. This fan appreciates it.
  46. 9 points
    And not just at the high school level either...
  47. 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.
  48. 9 points
    Liam McPoyle

    Graham Clark Resigns

    If Kilmer weren't such a prick, my boy would be starting quarterback.
  49. 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.
  50. 9 points
    cityofRaven

    Rivalry Game(s)

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