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Cantrell retires from coaching basketball

Cantrell retires from coaching basketball

Alan Cantrell, the legendary coach of the Floyd County High School Lady Buffaloes, announced his retirement from basketball this week, ending a run that brought four state titles to the ladies and one for the boys.

The school Tuesday promoted JV coach Jason Dalton to varsity the job for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Cantrell ends his 37-year-run coaching basketball at five high schools in Virginia but the Buchanan native began his coaching career in Floyd County in 1977 and returned there after stints at Grundy, Whitewood High in Buchanan, Tazewell and Pound.

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Lady Buffs end season with semifinal loss

Lady Buffs end season with semifinal loss

The Lady Buffaloes basketball team of Floyd County High School saw their bid for another 2A state championship fall one game short Saturday night with a 60-43 semifinal loss to Central-Wise at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. The Warriors of Central-Wise, a perennial opponent that has beaten the Lady Buffaloes and lost to them in… Continue Reading

Lady Buffs in final four for state

Lady Buffs in final four for state

Floyd County High School’s surging Lady Buffaloes topped a determined Stuarts Draft team that led one briefly in the first quarter, closed to within two in the second but fell to strong defense and key shooting Thursday night in the state quarterfinals at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. The 59-44 win puts the Lady Buffs… Continue Reading

State quarter-finals next for Lady Buffs

State quarter-finals next for Lady Buffs

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes, now the undisputed top basketball team in Virginia’s 2A West after beating Martinsviille in the regional final Saturday afternoon at James River High School, heads to Harrisonburg Thursday to play 2A East No. 3 Seed Stuarts Draft in a 6 p.m. quarterfinal at James Madison University. The Lady Buffaloes… Continue Reading

Floyd meets Martinsville for Regional Final

Floyd meets Martinsville for Regional Final

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes and Martinsville’s distaff’s Bulldogs meet again Saturday afternoon for the group 2A region final in what could be a repeat of of the conference title match eight days earlier. Win or lose, they qualify to the Virginia High School League state championship fun next week at James Madison University’s… Continue Reading

Lady Buffs secure state tourney spot with win

Lady Buffs secure state tourney spot with win

With a decisive 63-46 regional win over Chatham before an appreciative hometown crowd at Floyd County High School Wednesday night, the Lady Buffaloes earned a return trip to the Region 2A state quarterfinals. Abi Belshan’s 19 game points led the Lady Buffs, who led from their opening basket but saw Chatham chip away at a… Continue Reading

Floyd beats Martinsville, wins conference

Floyd beats Martinsville, wins conference

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes took down Martinsville’s Lady Bulldogs 51-47 in the Conference 38 final Friday night at James River High School near Buchanan Friday night, revenging two regular season losses and winning the conference. The win gives the Lady Buffaloes home court advantage in a regional opener next week against Chatham. Abi… Continue Reading

Lady Buffs win semi-final over Giles

Lady Buffs win semi-final over Giles

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes meet Martinsville’s Lady Bulldogs Friday night for the Conference 38, 2A final after the Floyd ladies destroyed Giles 70-28 Thursday at the tournament semi-final at James River High School outside of Buchanan. Floyd’s Michaela Thompson led scoring with 19 points. The semi-final win Thursday gives the Lady Buffs a… Continue Reading

Giles eliminates Floyd from boys’ playoffs

Giles eliminates Floyd from boys’ playoffs

For three and half quarters of the opening round of 3A Conference 32 high school basketball playoff game, the Floyd County Buffaloes led the Giles Spartans Monday night in Pearisburg, but 23 fourth quarter points almost doubled the 12 of FCHS, eliminating the Buffs from state playoff contention for this season. Floyd led by more… Continue Reading

Lady Buffs close out regular season with win

Lady Buffs close out regular season with win

In the regular season ender for Floyd County girls basketball, the varsity Lady Buffs led from the start and cruised to an easy win over the Radford Bobcats 60-29 while the JV squad rebounded from a halftime deficit to take control in the second half and beat the lady Bobcats 51-38. Elizabeth Quesenberry led varsity… Continue Reading

Tough losses against Radford

Tough losses against Radford

When Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes sports teams meet the Radford Bobcats, the fur flies.  Radford is tough and a perennial rival. The the Junior Varsity Buffs Wednesday night in Radford, the Bobcats seemed to have their way for most of the game, leading more than once with double scores like 32 to 16 in… Continue Reading

Dominating wins by Lady Buffs (again)

Dominating wins by Lady Buffs (again)

After the JV Lady Buffaloes stomped Glenvar 41-9, the Floyd Varsity ran into stiff competition that stalled their game in the first quarter and trailed 7-5 in the first quarter but got on track in the second to take the lead in the first 20 seconds of the second and started pulling away, leading 38-12… Continue Reading

Big basketball wins at home, on the road

Big basketball wins at home, on the road

Floyd County’s Buffaloes and Lady Buffs delivered a double knockout blow against the Giles Spartans Wednesday night with the boys beating the Spartans 78-63 before a home crowd while the ladies bested the Giles team 81-47 in Pearisburg. At the FCHS gym, the boys broke a tie early in the game and recovered more than… Continue Reading

Radford dominates Buffaloes

Radford dominates Buffaloes

Radford defeated Floyd County HIgh School’s varsity and jv basketball teams Thursday night. The Bobcats took the varsity Buffaloes 66-40, piling up a 22-7 lead in the first quarter but the Buffs came back in the second quarter to close up the score by outscoring the Bobcats 16-10.  Radford came back with a strong third… Continue Reading

Lady Buffaloes stampede Auburn

Lady Buffaloes stampede Auburn

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes took no mercy on Auburn Wednesday night in a home massacre of 75-19 by the varsity and a 63-5 mauling by the JV. Abi Belshan led varsity Lady Buff scoring with 18, followed by Cassidy Pratt with 16, Mallory Cox at 15 with Michaela Thompson and Elizabeth Quesenberry at… Continue Reading

Lady Buffs action: One win, one loss

Lady Buffs action: One win, one loss

The tough unbeaten Martinsville Bulldogs stayed unbeaten Thursday night as they downed the Floyd County Lady Buffaloes 59-47. Abby Belshan led FCHS scoring with 17 points and Michaela Thompson notched 13 in a hard-fought match. The JV Lady Buffs, however, had little trouble stomping the the visiting Martinsville team. The Buffs held the Bulldogs to… Continue Reading

Big wins for Varsity, JV Buffaloes

Big wins for Varsity, JV Buffaloes

Floyd County High School’s Varsity Buffaloes basketball team broke into the winning ranks Monday night at home with a 75-68 hard-fought game with four players scoring in double digits. Dustin Thompson led scoring with 19, followed by Cayden Sutphin with 16, Ian Bary with 11 along with Austin Gallimore. Thompson and Sutphin each put in… Continue Reading

JV Lady Buffs beat Carroll County

JV Lady Buffs beat Carroll County

For the second straight night, the junior varsity basketball teams won overwhelming victories in front of home court fans at Floyd County High School. The JV Lady Buffaloes took the lead over Carroll County’s Cavaliers Tuesday and never looked back.  It seemed close at time in the first half but the girls took control in… Continue Reading

A JV win but a loss by the Varsity Buffaloes

A JV win but a loss by the Varsity Buffaloes

Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes lead Patrick County for a while in the first quarter of the quarter Tuesday in a non-district basketball match at Floyd County High School but the Cougars piled on the points throughout the game and won 55-37 at the final buzzer.

Too many missed shots by the Buffaloes destroyed their chances of taking their first win of the season and the Buffs are winless in four matches. Continue Reading