When Gerald Poe crashed into the end zone from the 1-yard line with 5:52 remaining in the first quarter of a 31-6 win over Natural Bridge in the Region C title game on Nov. 13, 1970, he also put his name in the Virginia High School League’s football record book.
"We always talk about the Road to Richmond, but this is going to be an experience we will probably never have again by hosting the state championship game," said Gate City sophomore Kayli Dunn. "It’s just unheard of honestly and I can’t wait.”
Here are some images from throughout Southwest Virginia from Thursday's first day of VHSL football practice as submitted by coaches from the area.
The VHSL reacted to Gov. Ralph Northam's new COVID-19 restrictions by requiring all athletes to wear masks in both practice and games.
In a press release issued Friday, the Virginia High School League addressed the impact of Governor Ralph Northam’s new statewide measure to contain COVID-19, specifically the reduction from 250 to 25 spectators for in-person gatherings, will have on VHSL sports and activities.
Virginia High School League Executive Director Billy Haun said Friday that he expects the rescheduled 2020-21 sports seasons for the state’s public schools to begin in December after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed an amended executive order relating to recreational athletics.
The Virginia High School League is still optimistic that winter sports will be able to start on time in December.
“It was a tough decision,” Harper said. “We have a great relationship with the people over there at Tennessee High and there is so much history and tradition. However, we feel like we are in different places right now in terms of enrollment, in terms of resources and we’re trying to take care of our kids. Depth probably plays more of a role in football than anything else when you start looking at the numbers game. It’s kind of a mismatch for the time being.”
VHS athletic director Brad Harper confirmed to the Bristol Herald Courier on Saturday night that the Bearcats will not play Tennessee High in the next two-year scheduling cycle for football.
But the Virginia High School League pushed back volleyball until March 1. The truncated schedule will consist of just 12 regular season matches.
The Virginia High School League is close to finalizing a structure for postseason play for its fall, winter and spring sports seasons that have been smacked down and pushed back by COVID-19.
“We understand there’s a lot of history there and tradition,” Virginia High athletic director Brad Harper said. “We certainly do not want to minimize that history. There are a lot of interwoven paths there from Virginia High playing games at the Stone Castle to being crosstown rivals. But our enrollment was certainly a lot different now than it was back in the 1980s.”
Doug Hubbard has been the head football coach at Honaker since 1983 and during that time has witnessed his share of changes, shifts, realignments, consolidations and innovations in regards to the sport at the high school level.
The Virginia High School League approved a plan for the 2020-21 sports calendar on Monday morning during an Executive Committee meeting and the vote means high school football will be played in the spring
It’s decision day for the Virginia High School League.
Give the TSSAA officials credit, they are trying to get fall sports in.
The VHSL will make its final decision on the fate of fall sports in Virginia on July 27. The Roanoke Times' Robert Anderson came up with 20 questions to explore from Wednesday's VHSL's meeting.
The Virginia High School League will make the final decision regarding the 2020-21 sports calendar on July 27 and three models are in play.
Gafford backed Haun’s cautious approach.
“I think patience is going to prevail here,” he said.
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Virginia High School League officials discussed Tuesday the possibility of letting spring teams return to action in the summer but put off any decision until May.