Category Archives: Sports

Cross country action at Rocky Knob

Cross country action at Rocky Knob

Floyd County High School’s annual cross country meet at Rocky Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway pitted the Buffaloes against Eastern Montgomery and Roanoke Catholic amid the clouds and misty conditions Wednesday afternoon. The FCHS boys varsity team took a victory.  Roger Mannon’s story and more of my photos in next week’s Floyd Press.

Floyd scores 4 TDs, but loses 55-28

Floyd scores 4 TDs, but loses 55-28

For a while in  the second varsity football game of the season, Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes matched an opponent point for point for a tie score. The Buffs fell behind Galax 14-0 early in a game delayed by storms Friday night but Floyd stormed back with a kickoff return that turned into a touchdownContinue Reading

Volleyball starts at home with a bang

Volleyball starts at home with a bang

  Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes volleyball team kicked off the home season Tuesday night and took little time to dispatch Christiansburg in the opening sets. The game opens a busy week in sports with more volleyball in Carroll County tonight and the home opener for the football Buffaloes against Galax Friday night  atContinue Reading

Buffaloes fall in opener

Buffaloes fall in opener

For the first half, Floyd County High School’s football Buffaloes played the Carroll County Cavaliers even — going into the break with a 6-6 tie by swapping touchdowns and missing extra points. But the touchdown score wasn’t enough for the second half as the Cavaliers added 10 more points to none for the Buffaloes, whoContinue Reading

Nighttime madness at Bristol

Nighttime madness at Bristol

Three weeks ago, I checked the Bristol Motor Speedway web site to see if any tickets were available for the Irwin Tools 500 night race this past Saturday night. The best available seats were on row 3 of the Allison straightaway on the front stretch — a damn good location for a track that usedContinue Reading

FCHS teams getting ready

FCHS teams getting ready

Practice for fall high school sports in Floyd County is underway and school starts officially on Tuesday, August 12. Football, volleyball and other sports are gearing up for returns on the field and in the gym. The marching band will provide entertainment at halftime and provide music during the games and local fans will hopeContinue Reading

A time for uniform standards?

A time for uniform standards?

  A long email from a parent of a student track athlete complained recently that some schools are letting their female team members “show too much skin” with skimpy, tight uniforms. Another parent said one of my photos from the recent Virginia High School League State Track Championships at Radford University (published in another paper,Continue Reading

FCHS nemesis King William falls in final

FCHS nemesis King William falls in final

King William High School, after ruining Floyd County’s hopes for a repeat state softball championship with a 12-2 rout on Friday, couldn’t seal the deal Saturday, dropping the title game to Page County 5-2 in the final at Radford University. A critical error sealed the fate of the heavily-favored King William, leading 2-1 in theContinue Reading

State softball title run ends with brutal loss

State softball title run ends with brutal loss

Hopes for a repeat state championship by the Floyd County High School Lady Buffaloes softball team fell short Friday afternoon in a lopsided loss to King William in the semi-finals in Salem. The Lady Buffs uncharacteristically committed multiple errors and their bats went silent for most of the game until a last-inning rally that scoredContinue Reading

Floyd opens state softall tourney play

Floyd opens state softall tourney play

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes open state softball play Friday at 1 p.m. at Moyer Field in Salem against King William in a quest for a repeat state championship. Their game follows Page County’s match-up against Dan River, the team that beat Floyd last week in the regional final.  As a semi-final winner, FloydContinue Reading

Floyd girls relay team takes win at State

Floyd girls relay team takes win at State

Strong start with the Floyd County High School track team at the state championship meet at Radford University Friday as the girls’ 4 by 800 relay team took the state title with a record time and the boys team placed. In softball regional competition, Floyd fell to Dan River 11-1 in the final but stillContinue Reading

Lady Buffs clinch state softball spot

Lady Buffs clinch state softball spot

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes softball team qualified to the state tournament and a chance to repeat as Virginia champs late Thursday night with a convincing 16-4 win over John Battle in the Group 2A regional semi-finals in Lee County in far Southwestern Virginia. The team meets Dan River Friday in the regional finalContinue Reading

Strong hitting gives Floyd regional win

Strong hitting gives Floyd regional win

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffaloes opened regional contention Tuesday with a 5-3 win over Randolph-Henry with solid hitting and strong team play. Holly Britt drove in two runs while Mary Phillips, Christine Phillips and Riley Underwood each drove in runs as the team overcame a 2-1 deficit early in the game and how headContinue Reading

Buffaloes cruise to an 8-0 conference title

Buffaloes cruise to an 8-0 conference title

Floyd County High School’s Lady Buffs varsity softball team steamrolled Glenvar in Riner Saturday with an 8-0 shutout behind a strong pitching performance of Christine Philips and an 11-hit barrage at the plate to take the Conference 38 title. Phillips struck out four and the team avenged an earlier loss to Glenvar.  The Lady BuffsContinue Reading

Seventh-inning hit spoils perfect game

Seventh-inning hit spoils perfect game

Radford High School varsity baseball pitcher Luke Phillips was two outs away from a perfect game against the Buffaloes at Floyd County High School Friday when Josh Gallimore connected with the ball for a hit in the seventh inning. Two runners reached base in the bottom of the seventh with one safe at first becauseContinue Reading

Great weather for sports, even when you lose

Great weather for sports, even when you lose

After soaking rains earlier in the week, Thursday provided great weather for soccer at the varsity boys and girls games took on Radford on the home field. The weather was great but the outcomes of the game were not. The boys dropped the match 4-0 and the girls lost 7-1. Over on the baseball field,Continue Reading

Emerging track stars

Emerging track stars

Floyd County High School’s Eighth Grade track team hosted a multi-school event Thursday and gave both fans and coaches a look at future stars for the varsity team in the coming years. Temperatures cooled a little as clouds came in late and covered the sun but a number of performances stood out. Track is alsoContinue Reading

Losses at home, but victory on the road

Losses at home, but victory on the road

A day after coming back from a deficit in the sixth inning to win, Floyd County High School’s varsity Buffaloes baseball team fell victim to the same kind of comeback by Auburn’s Eagles, who overtook an early 2-0 lead by Floyd to win 9-3 under threatening skies. On the soccer field at home in Floyd,Continue Reading

Close calls in a lopsided JV loss

Close calls in a lopsided JV loss

In a game with a number of close calls by the umpires and missed opportunities by the Floyd County Buffaloes junior varsity baseball team Monday, Carroll County cruises to a 10-1 victory on the FCHS home field. A missed line drive to right field that went to the fence or a call at first baseContinue Reading