Month: November 2016

Basketball Scores- Nov. 30


Radford 72 Christiansburg 46

Patrick Co. 46 Floyd Co. 35

Rural Retreat 49 Patrick Henry -Glade Spring 29

Lebanon 73 Castlewood 46


Carroll Co. 70 Floyd Co. 53

Pulaski Co. 47 Princeton ( WV) 44

Holston 55 Twin springs 43

Bland Co. 67 Eastern Montgomery 23

Graham 58 Christiansburg 52

Bobcats claw Blue Demons

The Radford Bobcats won their home opener over Christiansburg 72-46 as they improved to 2-0 on the early basketball season. The Bobcats had four players in double figures . Kam Edwards led the way with 15 points, Quinton Morton-Richardson 14, Miles Jones 12 and Alante Doyle had 11 points.

Christiansburg was led by Trevor Howell with 11 points as he connected on three three-pointers. Jared Simpkins tossed in eight for the Demons.

Radford jumped on the Christiansburg from the get -go as they outscored the visitors 18-5 in the opening quarter. Radford then took a 31-16 intermission lead and expanded that to 52-30 after three.

C-burg 5 11 14 16-46

Radford 18 13 21 20-72

C-burg – Brown -2, Ruff -6, Simpkins -8, Howell -11, Harman -2, Taylor- 6, Clayborne -8, Cox-3

Radford- Morton -Richardson 14, Edwards 15, Chadwick 4, Alley 1, Baylor 4, Newcome 1, Doyle 11, Jones 12, Wheeler 4, Phillips 3, Sproule 3

Fouls – C-burg – 26 , Radford – 10

Fouled Out – C-burg – Hayden

Technicals – None

FG’S – C-burg – 17, Radford – 25

3Pt. FG’S – C-burg – 6 – ( Howell 3, Taylor 2, Ruff) , Radford – 4 – ( Edwards 2, Jones , Wheeler)

Cougars crush Cavs in season opener

The Pulaski Co. Cougars traveled to Lord Botetourt for their season opener and came away with a 63-48 victory. The Cougars were led by CC Grubb with 20 points as he stroked four three-pointers and his older brother Bryant has 12. Bryan Roberson came off the bench to tally nine.

Lord Botetourt was led by Max Burke with 12 and Noah Taylor with 10 points.

Pulaski Co. led all the way as they took a three point lead after the opening quarter 16-13. They then took a 30-24 intermission lead and put the game away in the third quarter out scoring the Cavaliers 12-5.Cougar head coach Andrew Hart said, We played hard but not smart at times. We played hard on defense and the mistakes we made tonight are , I believe correctable.”

The Cougars in the third quarter went on a 12-2 run to help secure the win. The Cougar junior varsity defeated the young Cavaliers 42-33. Dre Grubb has 11 points in the win. James Jackson had seven, Caleb Kirtner six, Noah O”Dell five and Gage Mannon four. The Cavaliers were led by Jason Foley’s 16 points. The Cougars will again hit the road as they will go to Bassett this Friday night. Junior varsity tips at 5:30 and the varsity around 7 pm.

PC – 16 14 12 21-63

LB – 13 11 5 19-48

PC – CC Grubb -20, B.Grubb -12, Roberson -9, Spencer -8, Robertson – 4, Bradley-6, Dalton -2, Blevins -2

LB – Taylor -10, Burke -12, Call -9, Gross -2, Bond 5, Eller -5, Chandler 2, Dalglish 3

Three Pointer’s – PC – 7 -( C Grubb -4, B Grubb, Roberson, Spencer) LB – 2- ( Dalglish, Taylor)


Cromer Resigns

Christiansburg head football coach Tim Cromer has stepped down as the their head coach. Cromer has been the head man for the last 15 years. His overall record was 98-75. He led the Blue Demons to the VHSL playoffs for 10 of those years as Christiansburg was the state runners-up in 2011 Division 4. They were Region Champions 2009, 2010 and 2011 and he had a 13-10 playoff record.

Some info on next weeks State Semifinal playoffs

There are 24 teams left in the playoffs. Six of those are undefeated. Nine has lost just one game. There are seven two lost teams. One team has three losses and there is one five loss team.

In the Group 1A the combined record for the four teams is 46-4. Group 2A record 51-1. Only Richlands of the four teams has lost a game, with their opponent Stuarts Draft being undefeated. The other two teams Goochland at Appomattox are both 13-0. Group 3A combined record is 41-11, the worse of the six classifications. Group 4A record for the teams is 47-3. Lafayette and Dinwiddie are undefeated and face each other. Group 5A has a record of 46-6, all of the four teams has at least one loss. 6A sees the combine record of 46-6 and all of those teams had at least one loss, as well.

Football State Semifinals – Friday December 2 – Saturday December 3

6A – South Lakes (12-1) @ Westfield ( 11-2 )———-2 pm

6A – Colonial Forge ( 11-2) @ Oscar Smith (12-1)—- 2pm

5A – Norview (11-2) @ Highland Springs (12-1)—— 2 pm

5A- Stone Bridge ( 11-2) @ Massaponax (12-1)——–7 pm ——Friday Dec. 2

4A – Lafayette ( 13-0) @ Dinwiddie ( 13-0)———– 2pm

4A – Dominion ( 10-2) @ Salem ( 11-1)————– 2 pm

3A – Blacksburg ( 8-5) @ Phoebus ( 11-2) ———- 2 pm

3A – Hopewell ( 10-3) @ Staunton River ( 12-1)—- 3 pm

2A – Richlands (12-1) @ Stuarts Draft ( 13-0)——–2 pm

2A – Goochland ( 13-0) @ Appomattox ( 13-0)——- 2 pm

1A – Riverheads ( 11-1) @ Galax ( 11-2 ) ———–1:30 pm

1A – George Wythe (12-1) @ Sussex Central (12-0)—1:30 pm


Galax , injuries handcuff Fort Chiswell

Galax got four touchdowns from Dougie Peoples and two from Blake Brown enroute to a 41-0 thumping of the Fort Chiswell Pioneers. Brown has 227 yards rushing and Peoples 184.

Fort Chiswell ( 9-4) played without three senior starters ,who had injuries. Colby rider has a broken collarbone, Patrick Crawford tore ligaments in the right knee and Anthony Stoots pulled ligaments in his ankle. To top that off starting quarterback Warren Moore was sick and only played the first half. Galax had 469 total yards to the Pioneers 231. Galax had 21 first downs to nine for Fort Chiswell.

Tyler Jakubiak has 20 carries for 116 yards and Fort Chiswell also had three touchdowns called back. Galax (11-2) scored three times in the first quarter , Brown from one yard out and Peoples had runs of 12 and 19 yards for a 21-0 lead.They stretched that to 28-0 at intermission with Brown scoring from one yard. They would add two third quarters scores both by Peoples from 12 and 54 yards.

Fort Chiswell head coach Todd Tiller said,” Brown and Peoples are a heck of a combo for them. Galax offensive line does a great job. Coach Dixon is a very good coach. They were more physical than us at the line of scrimmage tonight.” Coach then added,” I’m so proud of these kids. They have worked their tails off since last November. Coming of a winless season ,no one thought that we would be here in the state quarterfinals. It really hurt us losing Rider , Crawford and Stoots. Rider can disrupt a game on defense or offense . His leadership on the field is hard to replace. I think he’s one of the best if not the best player in southwest Virginia.”

There was very few dry eyes in the Fort Chiswell locker room after the game. This meant a lot to the players and coaches and it hurt. It was a heck of a ride from a team that was winless last year to nine wins and a state quarterfinal appearance this season. Yes the hurt was very obvious .




Pulaski Co. Cougars boys more depth and more athletic

Dublin…The Pulaski Co. Cougar boys basketball team went 15-9 last year and look for more success this year as they should be more athletic and deeper than last year.

Last year’s team wasn’t the most athletic or the quickest and surely not the tallest Cougar squad. They did play real good defense, looked for each other and the pieces just seemed to fit. They lost Miguel Garcia and Isaac Poe, two starters from last year’s team. This Cougar squad will have 13 players, with three of them being seniors. Of those three only one is a returnee, Bryan Roberson. Bryan played quite a bit, while the other two seniors weren’t on the team. Bryant Grubb the starting football quarterback played as a sophomore and has returned to play. Heath Gray is a former junior varsity but sat out last year. This team is mainly a junior class led team. CC Grubb a 6-2 junior, Sean Spencer 6-0 junior along with Noah Bradley 6-3, Trent Blankenship 5-11 and Braeden Blevins 6-3 all saw time on the varsity last year. The last three all saw time with the varsity. Other juniors on the team will be Kellen Dalton 6-0, Jaylin Nowlin 5-11 and Tyrese Redd 6-0. Dalton started most all of the junior varsity games before he was called up at the very end of the season to the varsity. Nowlin played lots of games on junior varsity and Redd make the varsity during open tryouts. The only sophomore will be 6-5 Austin Reinhardt who played in all the junior varsity games last year.

The Cougars are coached by former Cougar player Andrew Hart. Hart is in his third year and has a 26-22 mark at the helm of the Cougars. His assistant is Brandon Smith, who is also a former Cougar and is in his third year with Coach Hart. C J Burgis will be the junior varsity headman in his third year and his assistant is Phil Mallery also his third season. Burgis and Mallery also played for the Pulaski Co. Cougars in their playing days.

Coach Hart was asked about each player and what the player will bring to the team this season. Coach Hart stated, “Bryan is a real good shooter. He’s a good offensive player. He’s improved on defense and has become more confident and improved. Bryant’s (Grubb) physical play will be important to us. His football has made him stronger and more physical. He’s a good athlete, brings toughness to this team. He can do it all–offense, defense, rebound and shoot the ball. (Heath Gray) was with us as a sophomore on the junior varsity and has come back out. He is point guard and will see action. He has good handle of the ball and will see solid minutes for us.“

Coach then added regarding the juniors, “CC (Grubb) led us in scoring last year, He can definitely fill it up. Real good shooter and athletic. He was second last year in rebounds for us. He has gotten stronger and looking for more good things from him. (Sean Spencer) started last year for us. Very solid in everything. Does all things well. Has good toughness, plays great “D” and very versatile and athletic. Logan (Robertson) will be more than likely our starting point guard. Has very much improved. Shoots better, handles better. Puts lots of pressure on the ball, defensively. Has real good motor.”

“Kellen (Dalton) is a real shooter. Can score. Will see lots of playing time. Can play a couple positions. (Jaylin Nowlin) played lot on the junior varsity last season. Will see some action at guard. Solid back up. Can do a number of things. Braeden (Blevins) played lot on varsity last year. Will see time at forward. Good rebounder. Has really improved his range and is solid on his defense.”

“Noah (Bradley) has improved as much as any player in the off season. Low post player. Shot has improved as well as his rebounding ability. Has stepped up in his leadership. Has a very good mid range game. Expecting good things from him. (Trent Blankenship) played for us on varsity and started s few games. Trent does lot of things for us. He’s versatile. Good Shooter. Good ball handler and rebounder. Has improved defensively.”

Coach Hart then said this about the lone sophomore on the team, Austin Reinhardt, “He played I think in every game last year as a freshman on the junior varsity. He has some good post moves. Brings us some height and big body inside for us. He can shoot well. He’s strong and is improving as a rebounder. Well see action for us this season.”

The Cougars will play seven so-called River Ridge District teams and four out-of-district squads. The four teams outside of league are Galax, Lord Botetourt, William Bryd and Bassett. When asked about these four teams, Coach Hart replied, ”Bassett is very athletic. I think they have lot of their players back from last year. Should be improved. Galax has lot of their kids back also. They like to slow the tempo down and play physical. Will have to match that physical play. Coach Verle Brown does a fine job with them. William Bryd will be very good. Have a great post player. They can play about any style, fast or slow. Well coached.”

“Lord Botetourt will be very tough. Lost a lot of the kids I had there on my last junior varsity team. I think they return a big post player. Will have match their physical style and intensity.”

Hart then gave a brief outlook on the River Ridge teams, “Hidden Valley has most every one back. Bunch of seniors. They will be very tough.”

Regarding Patrick Henry he said, “Coach Esworthy does a fine job there. He has some good returning athletes. Has a real good guard that can flat out play. Very athletic. Salem lost some real players from last year. Got a kid I think his name is Pannell? Is very good. Had a good junior varsity team. Blacksburg’s Coach Day gets a lot out of his kids. The 6-4/ 6-5 Johnston kid can really play. They have very quick guard by the name of Tyquest Terry. Very athletic. Will be improved.”

“Cave Spring will have a 6-7 post player that is good. They had the perhaps best junior varsity we played last year. Three or four seniors the will be very good. Carroll County will have a new head coach. Coach Hawks did an excellent job there. Couple kids, I think are Combs and Johnson that can play. Don’t know much about them or what they will try to do under a new coach.”

“Christiansburg lost some good players. Got a big post kid by the name of Clayborne. Played football. He’s big, physical and tough. Had some good jv kids.”

The Cougar junior varsity will have 15 players this year. They will have some good size, athletic and some good shooters. CJ Burgis, the head coach, is in his third year. The team will consist of eight freshmen and seven sophomores. The sophomore’s are: Justin Roberson, Caleb Kirtner, Ben Poe, Julian Black, Noah O’Dell, Jairus Miller and Colt Merchberger. The Freshmen will be Dre’ Grubb, Gage Mannon, James Jackson, Nathan Swinney, Chris Hay, Hayden Gray, Luke Russell and Dillon Porter. Six players are listed at 6’0 “ or taller. The team has the potential to be good and will be fun to watch as they develop.

Coach Hart was asked about this years team and he replied by saying, ”I want us to be able to go 10 deep and apply on ball pressure. Run and play fast. I think we are more athletic and deeper than last year. I believe we are more versatile at different positions. We will play man to man on defense. Like lot of movement on offense. Right now I can’t name five as the starters. Competition is a good thing.” Coach then added, ”Last year kids accepted their roles. They shared the basketball and were unselfish. This year I hope we have all of that. I think we are better balanced. We have been looking for each other. We have passed the ball well. I think we can go with different lineups if need be. We have some kids that can play two and three different positions, so I think we are more versatile.”

If the Cougars do share the ball and play defense with their quickness and athletic ability, this can be a very interesting team to watch and with a few good breaks, may just make things interesting at the “Cougar Den.”