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SWVA Sports Podcast: Episode 48 – Basketball State Championship Week

  Welcome back to the SWVA Sports Podcast. This is a big one!! The Coalfields are represented by FOUR teams in Richmond going for state titles. We welcome on all four head coaches this week, Central’s Robin Dotson, Pulaski County’s Bradley Sutphin, Eastside’s Patrick Damron and Radford’s Rick Cormany. We also talk about Mac McClungs breakout season at Georgetown, Heath Miller’s HOF induction, as well as some coaching carousel action in football.… 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

SWVA Sports Podcast: Episode 46 – Championship weekend recap + Interview with Graham’s Tony Palmer

Welcome back to the SWVA Sports Podcast. Today we go over the Class 1 and Class 2 finals, and talk about the Graham G-Men, 2018 VHSL Class 2 State Champions. We’ll take to Coach Palmer and also get Brady, Ryan and Coach Duble’s reaction to the weekend. As always, follow us! @CoalfieldSports, @Ryan4VT and @JBHess66. CoalField SportsThe collective account for the staff of… 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

SHOWDOWN IN SALEM: Allen, G-Men look to finish against Bulldogs

VHSL CLASS 2 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Goochland Bulldogs (14-0) vs. Graham G-Men (13-1) Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018. Where: Salem Stadium – Salem, VA. Time: 4:30 p.m. Last meeting: First Meeting All-time record: First Meeting Players to watch: Goochland – QB Devin McCray, RB Connor Popielarz, SS Perry Snead-Johnson Graham – QB Cameron Allen, WR Devin Lester, LB Nick Kastner   The 2018 season didn’t start the way that Graham head coach Tony Palmer had hoped for his G-Men.… 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

1958 Graham G-Men remain the lone undefeated team in school history

  In 1958, the Graham G-Men finished their only unbeaten and untied season with a 10-0 record. Hermitage High of Henrico County edged out the G-Men for the state championship that season. The VHSL did not have official state championship playoffs until 1970. They were done in brackets just as they are now. From 1970 until 1985, there were only three division: A, AA, and AAA. Starting in 1920, there were also three divisions; A, B and C, with A being the largest schools and C being the smallest.… Read the rest