The Richlands opponent in the opening round of the 2A West Region football playoffs this week is a familiar one and one with a world of momentum after finishing the regular season with its third win in a row!
Richlands piled up more points in the first quarter against Grundy last Friday than some high school football teams do in an entire game….even two games for some teams!
Haysi scores a No. 1 seed in 1A West … plus the rest of the pairings from 2A and 1A West.
Tazewell failed to convert on a fourth down play at the Lebanon 35 yard line and the Pioneers came away with a 35-27 win over the Bulldogs in Southwest District football action Nov. 8.
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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Tusculum College junior Leif Ratliff has made solid contributions to the TC men’s golf program this fall.
From the seniors to the freshmen and junior varsity call-ups, the Richlands varsity volleyball team performed very well in the quarterfinal round of the Conference 39 Southern Empire tournament on Tuesday, November 5 at the Richlands High School gym and the Lady Blues defeated a familiar opponent to advance to the semifinals last Thursday at Marion.
It has been quite a year for Richlands High School senior golfer Zach Luttrell….and then some!
A pair of never say die teams battled five sets with their season on the line with Tazewell edging Graham in volleyball action Nov. 5.
LEBANON- It’s officially a decade of football championships for Richlands High School!
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RNP 1030 RHS FOOTBALL VS. ABINGDON-LEAD PHOTO CUTLINES:
Touchdowns on their first two possessions propelled Tazewell to a 47-8 win over Grundy.
Va. High pulled away from a scrappy Tazewell team and beat the Bulldogs in three games in volleyball action Oct. 24.
A Tazewell stalwart has added another skill to his repertoire.
TAZEWELL- Nothing came easy for the Tazewell varsity volleyball team when the Lady Bulldogs faced Abingdon on the Lady Falcons’ home floor earlier this season…especially points!
- Richlands “survived” a Southwest District football game against Tazewell last Friday night at Witten Field!
William Lester is moving up to the head coaches spot in Tazewell Boys’ basketball.
A tough loss to Lebanon closed a long week on the volleyball court for Tazewell.
INDEPENDENCE- Richlands got an early start to a busy week of volleyball with a Monday trip to Grayson County High School for non-district matches against the tough Blue Devils on October 7.
Richlands coach Greg Mance never ever uses injuries as an excuse for his football team, but nobody could blame him in the least if he did that heading into the furious Southwest District cross-county rival game against the Bulldogs at Tazewell this Friday!
Richlands played very well against powerful Bluefield in a non-district football game last Friday night at Mitchell Stadium….for one half of the game!
Sam Wagner plowed through Tazewell for 129 yards and three touchdowns as the Scarlet Hurricane spoiled the Bulldogs Homecoming with a 27-15 win.
Richlands started a busy week of volleyball on Monday, September 30 with a non-district home match against Marion with two Southwest District matches to follow on consecutive nights against Abingdon and Tazewell, all at the Richlands High School gym.
Powerful Abingdon paid a visit to the Richlands High School gym on Tuesday, October 1 and the Lady Blues paid the price in a straight set 17-25, 11-25, 14-25 Southwest District loss to the Lady Falcons. The loss marked the second night in a row that Richlands suffered straight set losses in volleyball.
Graham finished as the top team in the Southern Empire Tournament (Conference 39) golf tournament last Thursday at the Fincastle Country Club, but Tazewell and Richlands supplied some highlight moments as well. The Bulldogs placed second as a team with a score of 366, led by Colin Hancock with a 78. Graham’s round of 323 earned the G-Men the Conference 39 tournament title to go with the Mountain Empire District regular season championship.
SALTVILLE- The Lady Blues worked hard all day last Saturday in a volleyball tournament held at Northwood High School and that hard work paid off in a third-place finish for RHS among the eight teams in the event.
The Blues were pretty much able to contain Virginia High speedster Justin Brown last week after allowing Lord Botetourt ‘s Chris Thompson to run wild the previous week and now Richlands will face some runners as fast, if not faster, than Brown and Thompson when they travel to Mitchell Stadium this Friday to play the one beaten Bluefield Beavers.
Richlands bounced back nicely from its loss to Lord Botetourt by defeating the Virginia High Bearcats 32-13 in the 2013 homecoming football game last Friday at Ernie Hicks Stadium/EMATS Field. The game was the first Southwest District contest of the season for Richlands.
Tazewell fans lit up the night following the Sept. 27 game with George Wythe but the Bulldog offense lit things up during the game with a 35-20 win over the Maroons.
Richlands brought out the brooms for a sweep over visiting Grundy at the Richlands High School gym on Monday, September 23. Both the RHS junior varsity and varsity posted straight set victories over the Lady Golden Wave with the younger Tornado gals winning 25-9, 25-6 and the varsity Lady Blues posting scores of 25-12, 26-24, 25-15.
The Abingdon Lady Falcons flexed their volleyball muscles last Thursday at the expense of visiting Tazewell at Abingdon High School in a Southwest District match.
After four weeks on the road Tazewell comes home to face the defending state champions.
A wild night in Chilhowie saw the Bulldogs fall two points short in a 45-43 loss to Chilhowie.
PILGRIM’S KNOB- The Lady Blues had a light volleyball schedule last week with just one match at Twin Valley High School on Tuesday, September 17. Both the RHS junior varsity and varsity squads added a non-district victory to their worksheets.
A third game rally fell short and Tazewell lost to Marion in girls’ volleyball Sept. 17.
Some lucky competitor could win a new Ford at the Ford Soccer Skills Challenge hosted by Four Seasons YMCA and Freedom Ford of Claypool Hill. The competition will take place at Lincolnshire Park in Tazewell Sept. 21 from nine a.m. until noon. The challenge is open to boys and girls 8-13 and the first 50 participants get a tshirt.
Graham took the first lead in last Friday’s football game at Ernie Hicks Stadium/EMATS Field. Then Richlands grabbed the lead, then Graham, then Richlands, then Graham, then Richlands, then Graham and finally Richlands as the Blues eked out a 27-26 win over their cross county rival in the non-district matchup. It was first one and then the other team taking the lead as neither defense could seem to stop the opposing offense throughout the tight contest that featured seven lead changes. Richlands quarterback River Michaels’ fourth quarter on- yard dive into the end zone sealed the deal for the Blues in a game that was actually decided early when the G-Men couldn’t convert a two-point conversion on their first touchdown of the evening. All of Ben Brown’s and Samuel Stowers’ extra point kicks were true, but neither squad could convert a two-point conversion. RHS attempted a two-point conversion following its final touchdown with just over 4:30 left in the game to try and make its lead over GHS three points so a late field goal wouldn’t win the game for Graham (1-2, 0-0 Mountain Empire District). As things turned out, the visitors never got close enough for a field goal try the rest of the way, thanks to the strong Blues’ defense. “I was really proud of our defense,” said Richlands head coach Greg Mance. “You have to give Graham credit, they came out and hit us in the mouth and ran the ball really well. Then, our defense came out in the second half and was able to stop them.
Sullivan Central controlled the line of scrimmage in the first half scoring on its first two drives to build a 14-0 lead and defeated Tazewell 41-20 in football action Sept. 18.
It is official Aaron Buchanan is the new head baseball coach at Tazewell High School.
Richlands (1-1) hopes to wake up from last week’s nightmare at Big Stone Gap as week three of the 2013 high school football season matches the Blues up with the Graham G-Men at Ernie Hicks Stadium/EMATS Field.
A long road trip continues for the Bulldogs as they head to Blountville for a game with the Sullivan Central Cougars.
BIG STONE GAP- Experience played a big part in last Friday’s football game at Bullitt Park. Murphy’s Law played an even bigger part!
Tazewell scored first and last but Graham scored 30 points in between for a 30-14 win over the Bulldogs.
Local mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, as well as those from surrounding regions and states gathered at George Wythe High School in Wytheville Saturday night, Aug. 31, to witness 19 action packed mixed martial arts bouts.
The first Glo’ Worm 5K will be held at Cedar Bluff Elementary Oct. 19 at eight p.m. The race is open to runners and walkers and offers them the chance to run through strobe lights and black lights while wearing a favorite movie or book character costume. Runners will also wear their swag and there will be prizes for best SWAG and best costume.
The Richlands junior varsity volleyball team rolled in straight sets, but the Lady Blues’ varsity needed four games to repel visiting Twin Valley in non-district matches on Tuesday, September 3 at the Richlands High School gym.
Caitlynn Doss served up six aces and dished out 18 assists and Daphne Hawkins added seven kills, four aces and two blocks as the John Battle Trojans picked up a 25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 25-15 volleyball win over the Bearcats of Virginia High on Tuesday night.
Austin Miles picked up a fumble and ran for what proved to be the winning touchdown in Va. High’s 48-7 romp past Tazewell Aug. 30.
TAZEWELL- The Lady Bulldogs shrugged off a season opening volleyball loss to Chilhowie with a sweep of visiting Bland County last Wednesday at the Tazewell High School gym.
The two Richlands High School volleyball teams tipped off their 2013 regular seasons on Monday, August 26 with home matches against non-district rival Graham.
HONAKER- Richlands wrapped up its 2013 preseason football action last Friday in a 31-2 blowout of Honaker in a benefit game played at Fuller Field/EMATS Stadium. Well, the second half was a blowout. The rest of the night the Tigers gave the Blues all they wanted as the 2012 state Group A runner-up school stayed toe-to-toe with the Blues and had numerous opportunities to score, but couldn’t push the football cross the goal line against the stubborn Tornado defense. “Defensively, I was very, very proud of our effort,” said RHS head coach Greg Mance. “I couldn’t ask any more of our defense. They played great.”
The Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour concluded its season on Tuesday July 30 at Fincastle on the Mountain. The young players found perfect golf weather to complement a golf course in perfect condition. “This is the place where the Tour started and it is always a joy to return,” said tour director Dewayne Belcher. “The Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour appreciates the continued support and contribution that Fincastle on the Mountain makes to us.”
Bluefield College will host its Sixth Annual Jason Elswick Memorial Scholarship Challenge, Saturday, September 7, and when the athletes hit the road for the 5K Run/Walk they’ll be sprinting for more than just awards and accolades. They’ll be running for scholarships and to preserve the memory of a local college student who lost his life before fulfilling his dream of becoming a teacher.
All three Wythe County golf teams competed in the Bank of Marion High School Golf Classic held Monday at the Holston Hills Community Golf Course in Marion
Rain won for the fourth time in the 2013 racing season last Saturday night at Wythe Raceway.