Category Archives: Richlands


Bears Use Old School Ground and Pound to Run by Blue Tornado

On a night where the 1994 Appalachia Bulldogs state championship team was honored at halftime, it was Travis Turners Union Bears who had the crowd reminiscing about the grit and grind rushing attack from the days at Riggs Stadium. “We done a lot of things very similar to that 94 team,” noted Coach Turner. “We got big, physical backs that run hard and block well for each other and when you have three or four that you can hand the ball to and you’re comfortable handing it to, it helps.” The biggest play in the first half came after Unions first possession of the ballgame when Richlands’ Colton Medley squeaked through to block Unions punt inside the Bears twenty yard line.… Read the rest

Richlands travels to Bullitt Park to take on Union

    Richlands (0-1) vs. Union 1-0   This one has been a thriller since inception.   The average margin of victory in the series is 3.2 points.   The line at Bullitt Park will be long. The seats will be at capacity.   It is just another Richlands and Union matchup.   The heroes in this one are plentiful. Richlands’ Reece Strong, Gray Baker and John Luke Asbury. Union’s Brandon Hubbard, James Mitchell and Mason Polier.… Read the rest

2019 Richlands football preview

Can you smell it? The air is getting crisp — for the moment. Fall is almost here. The grass is getting clipped and lines are being painted (well, maybe not at Ernie Hicks Stadium). It’s football season. 2018 was a bounce-back year for the Blues, turning out an 8-5 record and a berth in the regional title game. That comes just a year after a 4-7 campaign. The 2019 Blue Tornado are hoping to get back a running game this season, something that could help a new starting quarterback.… 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

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

Allen dazzles, downs Richlands for Region 2D Championship

It was the Cam Allen show, part II, on Saturday afternoon in Mitchell Stadium. The senior quarterback accounted for over 250 yards and five touchdowns in helping the Graham G-Men (12-1) push past Richlands (8-5) 38-10. It only took two plays for Allen to show why he will ultimately be named the region’s player of the year. He hit Devin Lester on a 37-yard bomb to put Graham ahead 7-0. Richlands wasn’t going to go down without a fight.… Read the rest

Southwest District, Tazewell County rivals meet in Region 2D Final

As Alex Tabor said on Twitter Friday night, there are three things you can count on in life. Death. Taxes. And Richlands playing past Thanksgiving. While that may hold true this season, the game itself will be an uphill climb. Richlands (8-4) and Graham (11-1) met in this same venue five weeks ago; a 45-0 embarrassment as Graham won the Southwest District. Graham features speed and size, a rare combination in the lower classes of the VHSL.… Read the rest

Richlands shocks Ridgeview, advances to region title game

It was quite the afternoon on Saturday on Rose Ridge. Richlands traveled to Ridgeview for what was one of the most-anticipated matchups in southwest Virginia and came out on top with a 31-21 victory over the first seeded Wolfpack. It looked like it would be a bad start, after a muffed kickoff forced Richlands to start the game on their own 2-yard line. A resurgent Richlands (8-4) offense proved they were game, going 98 yards down the field for a 1-yard Trey Brown touchdown run, keyed by a long 53-yard pass from Race Moir to Taylor Horn.… Read the rest Round 3 Pick Em

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

Coalfield Sports Playoff Polls, who wins?

  [socialpoll id=”2527278″] [socialpoll id=”2527276″] [socialpoll id=”2527279″] [socialpoll id=”2527274″] [socialpoll id=”2527442″] [socialpoll id=”2527448″] [socialpoll id=”2527450″]   Seth HearlSeth. Sports fan. Big Stone Gap native. Freelance writer. Knows the difference between a 3-4 and a 4-3 as well as the species of the symbiote from Spider-Man (Klyntar). A decade plus covering local high school sport in one capacity or another. Takes himself very, very seriously. Hire me!!!!… Read the rest