THE END OF AN ERA: Richlands’ Greg Mance to coach at Loris (SC)

    Over the course of his 23-year tenure as the head coach at Richlands, Greg Mance never failed to leave his team with a simple message before they took the field on a Friday night. “What is the last thing I tell you every Friday night?” The teenage clad of blue and white immediately shouted back. “HAVE FUN!” Mance echoed his team’s exclamation. “To have fun.” It goes without saying that over the past 23 football seasons in Richlands, the entire town, school, team and coaching staff has had fun.… Read the rest

SWVA Sports Podcast Episode 47: Super Bowl Champion Mike Compton

It is the first Pod of 2019! Brady sits in on this one solo, but it is one of the biggest episodes yet! Super Bowl LIII is set for kick off in Atlanta on Sunday with the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots. It is the Patriots ninth Super Bowl appearance in 19 seasons. We caught up with a local legend who was in Foxboro when this run began.… Read the rest

Mount View’s Larry Thompson resigns; will coach at Wyoming East

A year after its first playoff berth in 12 years, the Mount View Golden Knights are in search of a new football coach. In an announcement via social media on Thursday, Larry Thompson announced he was resigning as the head coach at Mount View, a post he held for five seasons. Thompson finishes his tenure at Mount View with a 20-32 record. The former head coach of the Golden Knights has taken the head-coaching job at Wyoming East High School.… Read the rest

2018 All-CoalfieldSports Team Announced

The inaugural football coverage season has come to a close. With the end of the season comes postseason awards— will recognize the achievements of athletes across the region. During the last month, our staff compiled a list of deserving nominees for a first and second team All CoalfieldSports squad, in addition to an honorable mention. After a list of nominees was finalized, the staff voted on who made each team.… Read the rest

SUCCESS IN SALEM: Graham takes home the gold, whacks Goochland 31-9

Saturday was the type of day for the Graham G-Men that a storybook could not depict any better. Bed sheets hung from bridges in Bluefield, Virginia during the early morning hours on Saturday with messages of well wishes spray-painted on their fabric extending towards the G-Men football team. The late-Glynn Carlock, Graham’s head coach who won 244 games and two state titles during a 32-year tenure from 1973-2004, would’ve turned 81 years old.… Read the rest

VHSL CLASS 1 TITLE: Riverheads rolls to three-peat, trounces Chilhowie 35-7

The mantra for the Chilhowie Warriors this season was “Unfinished Business.” On the opposing sideline, the Riverhead Gladiators countered that statement to model their 2018 season after. “We are not into hash tags and all that,” said Riverheads head coach Robert Casto.  “My kids always said #TakingCareofBusiness.” In a dominating performance, Riverheads cruised past Chilhowie for the second straight season in the VHSL Class 1 state championship by a score of 35-7.… Read the rest

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Chilhowie looks to spoil trifecta for Riverheads

VHSL CLASS 1 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Riverheads Gladiators (12-1) vs. Chilhowie Warriors (14-0) Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 Where: Salem Stadium—Salem, VA. Time: 12:00 p.m. Last meeting: 12/10/2017: Riverheads 42 –Chilhowie 0 All-time record: 3rd meeting: Tied 1-1. Players to watch: Riverheads– FB Jaden Phillips, RB Devin Morris, RB Zac Smiley Chilhowie– RB Greg Sanchez, QB Zach Cale, LB Logan Branson What to watch for: Riverheads: The back-to-back Class 1 state champions look to perform the trifecta on Saturday afternoon.… Read the rest Pick Em: Virginia State Championships

This season, the folks at Coalfield Sports picked five of the most intriguing matchups in the area to be the games of the week before the fans selected THE game of the week. Each week, Ryan and Brady, the hosts of the SWVASports Podcast picked the five contests and were joined by a special guest each week. Now that it is playoff time, there is a twist. Ryan and Brady will still be joined by a guest picker and a trivia question winner throughout the playoffs.… Read the rest

STATE WEEK IN SALEM: Graham seeks gold after 17 year absence

The last time the Graham G-Men made a run to the state championship, a 5-foot-10 wide receiver named Ahmad Bradshaw left each opponent Graham faced scratching their heads. Unfortunately for Bradshaw the G-Men, they came up short of the state crown as they fell to Harrisonburg in 2001. It has been 17 years since Graham has played for a state title. A lot has happened in 17 years. Graham has seen four different head coaches in that time span.… Read the rest

STATE TITLE WEEK IN SALEM: Chilhowie searches for second state title

As the Chilhowie Warriors take the field Saturday at Salem Stadium, it will mark the second time in 363 days that the Warriors have hit the turf in the Roanoke Valley in search of a state championship. 2018’s VHSL Class 1 football state championship features a rematch from a year ago between Chilhowie and the Riverheads Gladiators. The Warriors look to avenge an embarrassing 42-0 loss at the hands of Riverheads last season.… Read the rest