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  1. 7 points
    RichlandsAlum

    New PC High School...

    Without wandering too far into a political discussion, I also like the idea of honoring local folks who made a direct contribution to the community. Much better than generic names referencing directional quadrants and/or landscape features IMO.
  2. 4 points
    UVAObserver

    Rumor

    I’d be willing to bet that you don’t have an MPH in Epidemiology, either. That makes your opinions on the topic about the same as everyone else’s. Why leftists get so butthurt when people use objective data to disagree with them, God only knows. As for recruiting, anyone with a computer and 4th grade math skills can track this stuff. It’s not exactly neuroscience. Not my fault that objective data pretty clearly shows exactly the point Sixcat was trying to prove.
  3. 4 points
    rsntu88

    Rumor

    Well, aren’t you a little big for your britches.
  4. 3 points
    redtiger

    New PC High School...

    @RichlandsAlum that was my point, Nothing wrong with naming schools after presidents or whatever but it doesn't carry a lot of meaning. The directional names are terrible.Wise County has Central(terrible generic name) and Eastside(somewhat better). The only thing that may be worse is Patriot or Freedom (which VA now has 2 of). If a school system is going to change a schools name I like the more meaningful names better. Im ok with them changing the names, but it is a rabbit hole we have to be wary of. If were judging historical figures as Good or Bad based on one bad thing they did then they're all gonna come up short. Were looking at historical figures and their actions as black or white when we all know they're grey. Jackson was someone who was a traitor to his country, a patriot to and defender of his state, and someone who upheld slavery just like millions of others of his time, and held racist views just like the vast majority of the US during his time. Weve also adopted this viewpoint that the South was evil and the North was pro black equality, and thats simply not true. Judging either sides attitude toward blacks from todays viewpoint theyre both terrible.
  5. 3 points
    GMan

    Richlands staff

    I wasn't faculty when I coached the Graham golf team in another life...
  6. 3 points
    redtiger

    New PC High School...

    The names actually mean something to the county and the schools, good change imo.
  7. 3 points
    Ryan4VT

    Rumor

    Good lord the geographical bias. Nice to know we in SWVA aren’t supposed to do research. 🤷🏻‍♂️
  8. 2 points
    Ryan4VT

    Rumor

    He is not teaching or doing the AD job. He has resigned from both. I know Thad reads on here from time to time, and I'm not the person to say why he does one thing or another when it's their personal life. But if a man can make the same amount of money in another industry and also be home to see his young children grow, I'm not sure there isn't a father out there who would take that option.
  9. 2 points
    BigWinners

    New PC High School...

    Wow, you wrote that almost exactly 100% how I feel. I don't have all the answers, I feel like Jefferson was a great American....in some respects. In others, he was a piece of shit. Owning someone else as property, thru a modern lens, seems so outrageous, so horrendous, but in the context of society during the 1760s-1860s, it was perfectly acceptable in the culture. Is Jefferson an incredibly important part of the birth of America and one of the most influential Americans of the Revolutionary era? Absolutely. Did Jefferson participate in a system that was asinine and inhumane? Absolutely. Should we teach Jefferson and laud his accomplishments? Absolutely. Should we build statues and monuments to people who treated another human being in the same vein as a tractor or an axe? Absolutely not. But what's the answer? I don't have it. With Confederate monuments and the like, it's cut and dry to me. They fought against the federal government for the right to own slaves. When our country finally woke up and realized how terrible the practice was, these generals and Southern leaders decided to wage war bc the federal government said they couldn't expand slavery out west. It doesn't mean every single soldier who fought for the Confederacy was a bad person, most soldiers weren't slave owners IIRC, but it does mean they shouldn't be celebrated. Most statues of the Confederacy were built during pushes for civil rights, in the early 1900s and then the 1950s and 60s so it's obvious what the intent was there. So take them down, rename schools, etc.. (In a civilized manor. Mob justice is never the answer) But founding fathers are a different, way more complex issue and as a society we should decide how to proceed.
  10. 2 points
    Grapeape

    New PC High School...

    The man made invaluable contributions to western civilization. The man sold his own children into slavery - but just the black ones. Idk how to reconcile those two things. I understand that the question you asked was rhetorical... maybe we just need a reboot.
  11. 2 points
    Ryan4VT

    Rumor

    School systems make the call.
  12. 2 points
    UVAObserver

    New PC High School...

    We have multiple schools, including a governor’s magnet school, named after a bunch of slaveholders. Where do we draw the line.
  13. 2 points
    UVAObserver

    Reclassification

    Would love to see Giles get back to form and punk Riverheads.
  14. 2 points
    GMan

    New PC High School...

    They've never complained until now. If it was such a big deal, it would have happened years ago...just sayin'...
  15. 2 points
    Ryan4VT

    Richlands staff

    He can better support his family by not being a teacher. He doesn’t need to teach to coach. There is no impending doom smoke signal here. Dude just wants more time with his growing family. The current and former Richlands basketball coaches are non-teachers. Fred works for the town (although he did work for the school system at one point in time) and Fuller owns a pharmacy. The end is not near. The world is not crashing down. Nothing changes.
  16. 2 points
    BigWinners

    New PC High School...

    It's PC to not have a school named after a Confederate general? Learn something every day. I'd bet the black students just loved saying they went to a school named after a general who fought for the right to keep their great great grandparents as property.
  17. 2 points
    Real Sasquatch

    Rumor

    Having lived in Richmond and now South-West Virginia, I would take that as a compliment.
  18. 2 points
    sixcat

    Rumor

    As an ODU graduate, I can give my perspective on life in the 757. I also spent 8 years with a Norfolk based company before relocating back to this part of the state. Most people living east of Williamsburg between the James and York Rivers would rather be anywhere else. Corruption and gambling within the youth football organizations have led to a drop in talent production. When kids and parents are being shaken down and brutalized so gangs can fix outcomes, participation dwindles. Those that still participate become corrupted by the environment before having a chance to reach the college level. The quick cash proves to be too tempting. Another key contributor is baseball. The Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach area is producing more high level baseball players than football ever produced. Which is drawing focus away from football at every level.
  19. 2 points
    GC_Quincy

    'Random' Football Thread

    Ridgewood is the devil...but only because y'all have me craving it at 7am.
  20. 2 points
    Widespread_Panic

    Rumor

    Tech would love to have ODU in the Coastal. It would be an easy win on the schedule and a chance to rest their starters. VT beat them 31-17 last year without Hooker starting at QB. They tend to lie to sell their product. See James Franklin or Butch Jones.
  21. 2 points
    UVAObserver

    Rumor

    If preseason polls determined the actual winners, Duke would have 25 national titles in basketball.
  22. 2 points
    EH31

    Rumor

    What do you have against used car salesmen
  23. 2 points
    UVAObserver

    Fall sports

    The issue as I see it is that the VHSL is the sanctioning body for Virginia high school athletics. Theoretically, school districts could band together and enact guidelines that run contrary to the VHSL’s stated policy. However, if they do, the games would not only not count for any official tally, but could also lead to some sort of penalties from the VHSL for violating their policies/procedures. I could see the VHSL forcing a program to suspend operations for year(s) should they choose to buck the VHSL. That’s apart from the liability issue, which would be financially devastating if a school district went against the VHSL and had an athlete become ill.
  24. 2 points
    GMan

    Rumor

    Just hoping Okie State fires Gundy and comes knocking on JuFu's door...I'm certain the Hokie Club can muster up enough money to pay Okie State to take him...
  25. 2 points
    cityofRaven

    Rumor

    Or tunnels.
  26. 1 point
    Beamerball

    1951 Norton Little League team

    https://www.timesnews.net/Baseball/2020/07/02/1951-Norton-Little-League-team-made-history.html?ci=stream&lp=3&p=1
  27. 1 point
    UVAObserver

    Reclassification

    Ahhh. Seems kinda pointless to just consider grades 9-11 when you could easily count grades 9-12 and just add 1/3 back. My mistake, and apologies. Just when the VHSL starts making a little sense, they go and do something brainless like this. Honestly, the system we have now really isn’t that broken. Just stop the VHSL moles from leaking info to central VA school districts, and it works out well. This would carve up a bunch of districts and pretty heavily screw some of our mid-sized 2A schools (Ridgeview, Battle, Marion, etc). With those numbers, Graham and Lebanon probably fall to 1A, and Tazewell will be AWFULLY close to the cut line. Richlands is 2A easily, but playing against some schools nearly twice their size. The solution would be having mixed districts or combining schools into a hodgepodge (like the early 2010s MED). Could have a SWD-lite with Graham, Tazewell, Lebanon, Grundy, Patrick Henry, George Wythe.
  28. 1 point
    GMan

    Reclassification

    Dang, Graham as a legit Class A school...Graham, Giles, Radford and GW would make a nice start for creating a new district...toss in Fort Chiswell, Galax, Grayson Co. that would be as tough of a Class A district as you could find in VA.
  29. 1 point
    BigWinners

    New PC High School...

    Or throw jellybeans everywhere after a score.
  30. 1 point
    Liam McPoyle

    New PC High School...

    I'd like to see a high school renamed after 40. It could be the Ronald Reagan "Capitalist Cowboys" Instead of a shooting a cannon, they could launch a cruise missile as the team ran onto the field.
  31. 1 point
    UVAObserver

    Reclassification

    Honestly, there’s no reason a split like this can’t happen: 1A: 0-400 2A: 401-800 3A: 801-1200 4A: 1201-1600 5A: 1601-2000 6A: 2000+ The numbers won’t be even, but it makes more competitive sense than what we see now. It will also screw a few of the “line straddlers” in Central VA that get early info from the VHSL.
  32. 1 point
    RichlandsAlum

    Fall sports

    We're still going to be in Phase 3 as of the end of September. Just a matter of how honest Northam will be about the fact that he's already made up his mind.
  33. 1 point
    RichlandsAlum

    Richlands staff

    Apparently it is county by county. Although it has assumed somewhat traditional status, the employment of faculty members as coaches is probably driven by budget considerations as much as anything else.
  34. 1 point
    RichlandsAlum

    Richlands staff

    Apparently the AD duties have already been reassigned on an interim basis. Without knowing exactly what subject he was hired to cover, it probably won't be hard to fill the teaching vacancy. This does seem to represent a sea change in terms of longstanding policy requiring coaches to also function as faculty members.
  35. 1 point
    RichlandsAlum

    Rumor

    I commented in "Richlands staff" thread as well. Resignation as a teacher and AD doesn't necessarily mean that he won't be coaching football.
  36. 1 point
    UVAObserver

    Richlands staff

    Correct. Resigned as a teacher and as AD, will remain the football coach.
  37. 1 point
    Blue 72

    Rumor

    We're not suppose to play football either, in fact most believe that the state of VA's western border is Salem. SWVA is just an imaginary place to those who live east of Salem. A lot of people also think SWVA is full of uneducated people who can't read or write, and don't know diddly about football. Been that way for years, even the VHSL has a hard time accepting that our high schools have a football program. lol
  38. 1 point
    sixcat

    Rumor

    Al Gore's interwebs work in SWVA too. Just because you're sitting behind a keyboard in Virginia Beach doesn't validate your opinions. And ours aren't invalidated because we are in SWVA. The point is, you're perfectly entitled to be wrong even though you're in Tidewater!
  39. 1 point
    sixcat

    Rumor

    Virginia Beach is a world apart from Norfolk, Hampton and Newport News. The programs on the peninsula between the York and James Rivers are shrinking and producing less and less talent. The point is simple, the talent coming from the 757 is coming from a much smaller geographic area than it did two decades ago. Smaller geographic area equals smaller pools of talent! I would also challenge you to research the rosters of some of those Pop Warner teams to see how many of those kids are still playing today! https://www.virginiabeachmustangs.com/success.html https://www.virginiabeachmustangs.com/aascholars.html
  40. 1 point
    Ryan4VT

    'Random' Football Thread

    Caribbean Jerk is my second favorite sauce from BWW lol.
  41. 1 point
    local_insight

    Richlands staff

    Cox must of got a awesome tan then. Trying to be politically correct here
  42. 1 point
    GMan

    Rumor

    There's enough money that says that will never happen...
  43. 1 point
    UVAObserver

    Fall sports

    The lede has been buried in all these stories. It pretty much states that there will be no football so long as we’re in Phase III (so long as Northam doesn’t grant some exemption).
  44. 1 point
    GMan

    Rumor

    It started well before that when Shame Beamer lit the fire, then Daddy got too old, and now JuFu can't fix it...
  45. 1 point
    GMan

    'Random' Football Thread

    Mayo? Only if its Dukes Mayo...
  46. 1 point
    Bigrhsfan

    'Random' Football Thread

    Yep Ryan, 1 of if not the best BQ around !! Also love their fries !
  47. 1 point
    Ryan4VT

    'Random' Football Thread

    Ridgewood is undefeated.
  48. 1 point
    swva_havok_fan

    'Random' Football Thread

    Have you ever tried Ridgewood (Bluff City)? They are amazing!
  49. 1 point
    Squints

    Fall sports

    Gotta feel bad for the kids. Covid presents little to no danger to them at all basically but yet they're having some of the best times of their lives stripped from them. They have no control over the decisions Northam their school board and the vhsl are going to make but yet these decisions are going to effect them directly. ADs and athletic programs can slap together some fundraisers maybe get some donations and get some money back from missing a year of sports. Most if not all teachers and administrators are still going to have a job when things fully go back to normal. You don't get another chance if you're a senior who's trying to earn a scholarship to play ball and get school paid for. All it takes is one breakout game for a kid and that can be the difference between not going to college or going to college. One good season can be the difference between a kid going to school paid for or being in student debt for 5 years and once that window of opportunity is gone, it's gone. You don't get cancelled games or seasons back. You don't get to go back and have prom or homecoming or any other significant event you have in highschool. I know the bigger picture is health and safety for everyone and I completely understand that but you can't help but feel for the kids.
  50. 1 point
    I agree. The Narrows players would be in their mid-80s by then. No way they catch Caleb Jennings.
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