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  • Coalfield Sports Playoff Polls, who wins?

    Coalfield Sports Playoff Polls, who wins?

  • Graham and Union set for another playoff showdown

    Graham and Union set for another playoff showdown

    Region D, 2A Semi Finals Graham G-Men (10-1, 5-0) 3-seed at Union Bears (9-2, 4-2) 2-seed   Two of the most successful Region D programs in recent memory will meet this week. The Graham G-Men travel to Big Stone Gap to take on the Union Bears in the Region D semi finals. The two teams… Read More on Graham and Union set for another playoff showdown »Read More »
  • CoalfieldSports Pick Em: Round 2

    CoalfieldSports Pick Em: Round 2

    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… Read More on CoalfieldSports Pick Em: Round 2 »Read More »
  • Union uses power run game to eliminate John Battle

    Union uses power run game to eliminate John Battle

    Region D, 2A Quarterfinals  Union-21 John Battle-0 The Union Bears relied on their power run game and a suffocating defense to end the John Battle Trojans’ season Saturday at Bullitt Park. The Bears (9-2) racked up over 300 rushing yards on offense and shut out the visiting Trojans (5-6) for the second straight week to… Read More on Union uses power run game to eliminate John Battle »Read More »
  • CoalfieldSports Pick Em: Playoffs Week 1

    CoalfieldSports Pick Em: Playoffs Week 1

    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… Read More on CoalfieldSports Pick Em: Playoffs Week 1 »Read More »
  • Union, John Battle prepare for round two in first round of playoffs

    Union, John Battle prepare for round two in first round of playoffs

    Region D, 2A opening round John Battle (5-5, 3-3, 7th seed) at Union Bears (8-2, 4-2, 2nd seed) For the second week in a row, the Union Bears and John Battle Trojans will meet on the field with this meeting being the opening round of the Region D, 2A playoffs. The first meeting in the… Read More on Union, John Battle prepare for round two in first round of playoffs »Read More »
  • Union overcomes Battle in regular season finale

    Union overcomes Battle in regular season finale

    Friday marked the second consecutive week that Union took the field in a downpour, but this week’s contest ended much more favorably for the Bears. Union relied on a steady dose of Aaron Stidham and a smothering defense to shut out John Battle 12-0 to end the regular season. It was a low scoring, defensive… Read More on Union overcomes Battle in regular season finale »Read More »
  • Bears look to rebound against Trojans in regular season finale

    Bears look to rebound against Trojans in regular season finale

    Week 11 Preview Union Bears (7-2, 3-2) at John Battle Trojans (5-4, 3-2) Last Week: Abingdon def. Union, 35-17; John Battle def. Lee, 20-14 Last Meeting: Union def. Battle, 57-29. Union leads series 5-0 The final week of the regular season sees the Union Bears, fresh off of a blowout home loss to Abingdon, travel… Read More on Bears look to rebound against Trojans in regular season finale »Read More »
  • Falcons top Bears to remain unbeaten in the M7

    Falcons top Bears to remain unbeaten in the M7

    The rain was steady at Bullitt Park as Abingdon (7-2 5-0) and Union (7-2 3-2) took the field for a showdown to potentially decide the Mountain 7 district. The Falcons were back to their usual game plan.  Stifle the run, play gritty defense and take advantage of opportunities.  The Falcons did just that.  Union turned the… Read More on Falcons top Bears to remain unbeaten in the M7 »Read More »
  • CoalfieldSports Pick ‘Em: Week 10

    CoalfieldSports Pick ‘Em: Week 10

    This season, the folks at Coalfield Sports are picking five of the most intriguing matchups in the area to be the games of the week before you the fans select THE game of the week. Each week, Ryan and Brady, the hosts of the SWVASports Podcast will pick the five contests and be joined by… Read More on CoalfieldSports Pick ‘Em: Week 10 »Read More »
  • Bears, Falcons set for showdown at Bullitt Park

    Bears, Falcons set for showdown at Bullitt Park

    Week 10 Abingdon Falcons (6-2, 4-0) at Union Bears (7-1, 3-1) Last Week: Abingdon def. Ridgeview, 36-30; Union was off Last Year: Union def. Abingdon, 35-7 (Only meeting)   Week 10 brings a matchup that will decide the Mountain 7 district title. The Abingdon Falcons, flying high after notching a huge conference win over Ridgeview,… Read More on Bears, Falcons set for showdown at Bullitt Park »Read More »
  • Union cruises by Wise-Central, 38-13

    Union cruises by Wise-Central, 38-13

    In most contests, it’s the Union Bears’ run game that gets all the publicity and scores all the points. That was not the case Friday night. Senior quarterback Bailey Turner tossed three first half touchdown passes on homecoming to lead Union (7-1, 3-1) to a 38-13 win over the visiting Wise Central Warriors (1-6, 0-4).… Read More on Union cruises by Wise-Central, 38-13 »Read More »
  • Bears welcome county rival Central on homecoming

    Bears welcome county rival Central on homecoming

    Week 8 Preview Central-Wise (1-5, 1-3) at Union (6-1, 2-1)  VS.  Last meeting: Union defeated Central, 45-0. Series History: Union leads all-time, 6-1. One of the most ferocious and competitive rivalry on the hardcourt, there is little love lost between Union and Wise-Central. However, on the football field, it has became a lopsided affair. After… Read More on Bears welcome county rival Central on homecoming »Read More »
  • Union brings home 2A golf state championship.

    Union brings home 2A golf state championship.

    The wait is over. The Union Bears finally added their first state championship as the golf team won the 2018 2A championship on Tuesday. What began as a close tournament, ended in a blowout with the Bears’ combined score of 303 was 23 strokes better than that of second place Wilson Memorial. The Bears were… Read More on Union brings home 2A golf state championship. »Read More »
  • Jenkins helps Bears blow by Lee High

    Jenkins helps Bears blow by Lee High

    It was a sluggish start for the Union Bears in their first home game after a three game road trip. The visiting Lee High Generals dominated the time of possession and had double the offensive snaps in the opening stanza. But senior running back Avery Jenkins changed all of that in an instant. The track… Read More on Jenkins helps Bears blow by Lee High »Read More »
  • Union notches big road victory, defeats Morristown West, 28-20

    Union notches big road victory, defeats Morristown West, 28-20

    Union (5-1, 1-1): 28 Morristown West (2-4, 1-3): 20   Fans of the Union Bears are accustomed to exciting games that aren’t decided until late in the fourth quarter. Friday was no exception. The Bears needed a late touchdown and a timely interception to secure an important road victory, 28-20. The Trojans struck first when… Read More on Union notches big road victory, defeats Morristown West, 28-20 »Read More »
  • Week 6 Preview: Union at Morristown West (TN)

    Week 6 Preview: Union at Morristown West (TN)

    Week Six Union (4-1, 1-1) at Morristown West (2-3, 0-2) Last Meeting: Union def. Morristown West, 14-10 (Only meeting) Last Week: Union def. Gate City, 33-13. Morristown West def. Cherokee, 38-35 Week six marks an end to the non-conference play for the Union Bears as they travel to take on the Morristown West Trojans. The… Read More on Week 6 Preview: Union at Morristown West (TN) »Read More »
  • Bears claw Blue Devils in Mountain 7 matchup, 33-13

    Bears claw Blue Devils in Mountain 7 matchup, 33-13

    What was once the marquee Mountain 7 game of the season has became a ho-hum affair in recent memory. The Union Bears (4-1, 1-1) extended their winning streak over Gate City (0-5, 0-2) to four with a 33-13 victory at Legion Field in Gate City. The Bears found the end zone on their first five… Read More on Bears claw Blue Devils in Mountain 7 matchup, 33-13 »Read More »
  • Week 5 Preview: Union at Gate City

    Week 5 Preview: Union at Gate City

    Week Five Union (3-1, 0-1) at Gate City (0-4, 0-1) Last Week: Ridgeview defeated Union, 27-14 Daniel Boone (TN) defeated GC, 48-13 Last Meeting: Union def. GC, 48-0 Series History: Union leads overall, 5-3. What once was a fierce rivalry defined by epic contests and devoted fans has became a one sided beat down. Gate… Read More on Week 5 Preview: Union at Gate City »Read More »
  • ATOP THE MOUNTAIN: Wolfpack defeat Bears 27-14

    ATOP THE MOUNTAIN: Wolfpack defeat Bears 27-14

    Coming into Friday night’s Mountain 7 District showdown with Union, junior linebacker Alijah Sproles was brimming with confidence.  “They (Union) better be ready,” said an excited Sproles after the victory over Wise Central last Friday. “We will be.” The Wolfpack were indeed ready.  In a masterful defensive performance that would make some of coach Rick… Read More on ATOP THE MOUNTAIN: Wolfpack defeat Bears 27-14 »Read More »
  • CoalfieldSports Pick ‘Em Week 4

    CoalfieldSports Pick ‘Em Week 4

    This season, the folks at Coalfield Sports are picking five of the most intriguing matchups in the area to be the games of the week before you the fans select THE game of the week. Each week, Ryan and Brady, the hosts of the SWVASports Podcast will pick the five contests and be joined by… Read More on CoalfieldSports Pick ‘Em Week 4 »Read More »
  • Key Matchups: Union @ Ridgeview

    Key Matchups: Union @ Ridgeview

    This week’s game of the week features the two top teams in the Mountain 7. The winner should hold the inside track to a district title and home field advantage come playoff time. Here are some of the crucial matchups that could determine the game: Ridgeview Offensive Line v. Union Front Seven This match up… Read More on Key Matchups: Union @ Ridgeview »Read More »
  • Wolfpack, Bears has the making of instant classic

    Wolfpack, Bears has the making of instant classic

    Ridgeview Wolfpack (3-0, 1-0 M7) VS. Union Bears (3-0, 0-0 M7) When:  Friday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. Where:  The Ridge, Rose Ridge, Va. Series all time:  Union leads 3-0 (Last meeting Union defeated Ridgeview 34-19 on September 15, 2017 in Big Stone Gap, Va.) It is being billed as “The Showdown on Rose Ridge.” … Read More on Wolfpack, Bears has the making of instant classic »Read More »
  • Vote for Coalfield Sports’ Week 4 Game of the Week!

    Vote for Coalfield Sports’ Week 4 Game of the Week!

    Welcome to Coalfield Sports’ Game of the Week Poll! Throughout the season, we will select five games each week for our weekly pick’em segment on the SWVA Sports Podcast. Co-Hosts Ryan Dye and Brady Hess will keep a running total of their picks along with a collective total of the weekly guest picker! With so many… Read More on Vote for Coalfield Sports’ Week 4 Game of the Week! »Read More »
  • Union thrashes Letcher County Central (KY), 34-7

    Union thrashes Letcher County Central (KY), 34-7

    Union 34 Letcher County Central 7 After a slow first quarter that saw the Bears manage seven points, Union came alive in the second quarter in route to a 34-6 win. The non-conference win pushes the Bears to 3-0 going into next week’s highly anticipated district contest against the Ridgeview Wolfpack. Both teams enter the… Read More on Union thrashes Letcher County Central (KY), 34-7 »Read More »
  • CoalfieldSports’ DPOW Week 2: Union’s Mason Polier

    CoalfieldSports’ DPOW Week 2: Union’s Mason Polier

    It was a pretty eventful week for Union inside linebacker and running back Mason Polier. Defeating one of your biggest rivals on the road in a critical Region D contest? Check. Rushing for over 100 yards, including a 70 yard touchdown romp? Check. Racking up 11.5 tackles in a defensive effort that held the high… Read More on CoalfieldSports’ DPOW Week 2: Union’s Mason Polier »Read More »
  • Week 3 Preview: Letcher County Central (KY) at Union

    Week 3 Preview: Letcher County Central (KY) at Union

    Week Three Preview Letcher County Central (KY) (0-3) at Union (2-0)   Last week: Union def. Richlands, 42-28 Hazard (KY) def. Letcher County Central, 43-13 Last Meeting: Union def. Letcher County Central 55-27   The Union Bears continue their out of conference slate this week as they play host to the visiting Letcher County Cougars.… Read More on Week 3 Preview: Letcher County Central (KY) at Union »Read More »
  • Vote for Coalfield Sports’ Week 2 Players of the Week!

    Vote for Coalfield Sports’ Week 2 Players of the Week!

    Vote for Coalfield Sports’ Offensive & Defensive Players Of The Week! Winners will be announced on Thursday’s episode of the SWVA Sports Podcast.     Week 1 Winners: Avery Jenkins (Union) – Offense Alijah Sproles (Ridgeview) – DefensveRead More »
  • Bears hold on to defeat Blues, 42-28

    Bears hold on to defeat Blues, 42-28

    A score can be deceiving. The scoreboard at Ernie Hicks Stadium read 42-28 when the dust settled. However, the game was far from a blowout. The Tornado drove down the field looking to tie the game. However, Bryce Guerrant snagged an errant pass from Richlands quarterback Race Moir and returned it 18 yards for the… Read More on Bears hold on to defeat Blues, 42-28 »Read More »
  • CoalfieldSports.com’s Inaugural OPOTW: Union’s Avery Jenkins

    CoalfieldSports.com’s Inaugural OPOTW: Union’s Avery Jenkins

    It didn’t take long for Union Bear senior running back Avery Jenkins to make his mark this season. In the opener, the speedster carried the ball 11 times for 227 yards (20 YPC) in route to Union’s 35-20 win over J.I. Burton and also being named the inaugural CoalfieldSports.com Offensive Player of the Week. Jenkins… Read More on CoalfieldSports.com’s Inaugural OPOTW: Union’s Avery Jenkins »Read More »
  • Coalfield Sports Pick Em: Week 2

    Coalfield Sports Pick Em: Week 2

    This season, the folks at Coalfield Sports are picking five of the most intriguing matchups in the area to be the games of the week before you the fans select THE game of the week. Each week, Ryan and Brady, the hosts of the SWVASports Podcast will pick the five contests and be joined by… Read More on Coalfield Sports Pick Em: Week 2 »Read More »
  • Richlands, Union has became SWVA’s Annual Game to Watch

    Richlands, Union has became SWVA’s Annual Game to Watch

      No close-proximity tension. No county connection. The two teams aren’t even in the same conference. However, Richlands and Union has become one of, if not the biggest rivalry in southwest Virginia. . Since Union High School opened, the teams have met eight times. Seven times in the regular season with a lone playoff encounter… Read More on Richlands, Union has became SWVA’s Annual Game to Watch »Read More »
  • Union, Richlands ready for latest chapter in rivalry

    Union, Richlands ready for latest chapter in rivalry

    Week Two: Union Bears (1-0) at Richlands Blue Tornado (1-0) at Last meeting: 2017: Regular season: Union def. Richlands 16-7 Playoffs: Union def. Richlands 13-10 Overall series: Union leads 5-3 Another chapter in the Bears-Blue Tornado series unfolds this Friday in what has become Southwest Virginia’s most exciting rivalry. The 2A powerhouses are always near… Read More on Union, Richlands ready for latest chapter in rivalry »Read More »
  • Vote for Coalfield Sports’ Week 2 Game of the Week!

    Vote for Coalfield Sports’ Week 2 Game of the Week!

    Welcome to Coalfield Sports’ Game of the Week Poll! Throughout the season we will be selecting five games each week for our weekly pick’em segment on the SWVA Sports Podcast. Co-Hosts Ryan Dye and Brady Hess will keep a running total of their picks along with a collective total of the weekly guest picker! With so… Read More on Vote for Coalfield Sports’ Week 2 Game of the Week! »Read More »
  • Vote for Coalfield Sports’ Week 1 Players of the Week!

    Vote for Coalfield Sports’ Week 1 Players of the Week!

    Vote for Coalfield Sports’ Offensive & Defensive Players Of The Week! Winners will be announced on Thursday’s episode of the SWVA Sports Podcast.  Read More »
  • Bears start slow but cruise to a 35-20 win over Raiders

    Bears start slow but cruise to a 35-20 win over Raiders

    For perhaps the final matchup between two rivals, Union relied on big plays in the run game to earn an impressive but sloppy  35-20 victory over J.I. Burton. Burton hung close at times behind senior quarterback Houston Thacker but the Raiders were outmanned at the line of scrimmage. Thacker was 20-of-28 for 192 yards. Most… Read More on Bears start slow but cruise to a 35-20 win over Raiders »Read More »
  • Week 1 Preview: John I. Burton @ Union

    Week 1 Preview: John I. Burton @ Union

    Week 1 Preview J.I. Burton Raiders (Cumberland) at Union Bears (Mountain) 2017: Union won 35-0 The first official game played in the Commonwealth of Virginia will take place Thursday night in Wise County when J.I Burton travels to Big Stone Gap to take on Union. The once competitive rivalry has turned into a largely one… Read More on Week 1 Preview: John I. Burton @ Union »Read More »
  • Bears, Bearcats show flashes of potential in benefit game

    Bears, Bearcats show flashes of potential in benefit game

    Leave it to the Union Bears to make a benefit game dramatic. The Bears traveled to Bristol to take on the Virginia High Bearcats for a scrimmage, their last preseason test before opening the season against John I. Burton on Aug. 23rd. While the game does not count towards your record, it came down to… Read More on Bears, Bearcats show flashes of potential in benefit game »Read More »
  • Union’s Travis Turner looks forward to 2018

    Union’s Travis Turner looks forward to 2018

    Union High School has had one head coach since its inception in 2011. That coach is Travis Turner, whose name has been a staple in Wise County for decades. Turner, a native of Appalachia, was a star quarterback who won a state title as a signal caller under his dad, legendary coach Tom Turner. The… Read More on Union’s Travis Turner looks forward to 2018 »Read More »
  • Spotlight: Bears QB Bailey Turner

    Spotlight: Bears QB Bailey Turner

      The 2017 season proved a rousing success for the Union High School football team. The Bears won 13 games, which included triumphs over rivals Richlands, Ridgeview and a Region D championship win over Graham. However, for one Bear, 2017 was bittersweet. Quarterback Bailey Turner, entering into his third year as a starter and in… Read More on Spotlight: Bears QB Bailey Turner »Read More »
  • Biggest Questions going into 2018 for the Union Bears

    Biggest Questions going into 2018 for the Union Bears

      With the 2018 season right around the corner, we take a look at what are the biggest unanswered questions for the Bears      Is Bailey Turner back to full health? After the devastating leg injury that limited Turner to two games in 2017, is the three-year quarterback ready to led the Bears on… Read More on Biggest Questions going into 2018 for the Union Bears »Read More »
  • Preseason Poll: Mountain 7

    Preseason Poll: Mountain 7

    For the next three weeks, we will bring you our preseason polls for each of the districts that our teams play in. Let’s do some math, shall we? Okay. There are nine districts and there are three weeks left until opening night…sooooooo…THREE DISTRICTS PER WEEK! Shew, glad that’s over. Now, “What is the process?,” you… Read More on Preseason Poll: Mountain 7 »Read More »
  • 2018 Union Bears Football: Season Outlook

    2018 Union Bears Football: Season Outlook

    Union Bears Mountain 7, Region D Head Coach: Travis Turner (8th season, 140-47 overall) 2017 results: 13-1 (6-0 Mountain 7) 8-1 home, 5-0 away. Averaged 34 points per game, allowed 11 points per game. Average margin of victory was 23 points per game. Key losses: TE/FS James Mitchell (Virginia Tech), LB Bryce Lane, LB Tanner… Read More on 2018 Union Bears Football: Season Outlook »Read More »

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