After a competitive regular season, the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference tournament brackets have finally been set. It took until the final night of the regular season to settle all of the seedings.
Former Elkin High baseball slugger Keith Whitman batted himself into the UNC Pembroke record books this past week. Whitman, a senior, hit his 41st career home run with the Braves in the fourth inning of a 20-5 win against region rival St. Andrews. Whitman took a direct hit from a pitch on his nose in his previous at-bat.
Starmount didn’t have to do a lot of hitting to do a lot of scoring. The Rams turned six hits into a 10-0 victory on Friday night against North Wilkes, getting some help from Viking errors and hit batsmen.
His nickname is Biscuit, but Nathaniel Hodges was Forbush High’s bulldog on Friday night. The senior pitched five strong innings of relief and hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to punctuate a 10-4 win at Wilkes Central. The Falcons became only the second team this season — the other being Starmount — to pin a loss on Wilkes Central.
Elkin High School is looking for a new varsity boys basketball coach. The Buckin’ Elks announced this week in a press release that long-time boys hoops chief Clarence Edwards has stepped down.
Starmount pounded out 14 hits and celebrated Senior Night with an 11-1 win against North Wilkes on Thursday. Nine different Rams recorded at least one base hit in the regular season finale. Wesley Cockerham enjoyed a 3-for-4 night and scored three runs. Jake Barr smacked two hits and recorded four RBIs.
Mount Airy High School’s volleyball team will hold a golf tournament to raise money for the program on May 14 at Pine Ridge Golf Course. The entry fee is $200 per team of four. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, with acceptance of donations. Here are the prizes: the first-place team gets $400, the second-place team receives $200 and the third-place team gets a golf goodie bag.
Starmount High will host a two-day women’s basketball camp on June 15-16. The camp is open to rising second-graders through rising 12th-graders. Sessions will run from 9-11 a.m. each day. The cost is $25.
North Wilkes hit three home runs and turned a triple play in a 9-4 win at Wilkes Central on Tuesday. Taylor Gentry and Amy Byers earned round-trippers as part of a six-run fifth inning for the Vikes. Brooklyn Osborne put an exclamation mark on the victory with a three-run homer in the top of the seventh.
Jessica Baity earned a hat trick — scoring one goal early and two goals late — to help Forbush High’s girls soccer team beat Ashe County 3-1 on Tuesday night. The Lady Falcons kept their conference record unbeaten, improving to 13-0 in Mountain Valley 1A/2A play and 18-1 overall. Ashe County had lost just once in the MVAC heading into Tuesday’s clash.
As many expected, Elkin and East Wilkes tennis players dominated the 1A portion of the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference tournament, held Tuesday. Elkin’s Tyler Macy defeated teammate Jeremiah Morrison 6-2, 6-2 for the 1A singles championship. Jeremy Bauguess and Kelly Calloway of East Wilkes outdueled Elkin’s Charlie Neaves and Andrew Reece 7-5, 6-1 for the 1A doubles crown.
It took a few innings to get rolling, but Starmount’s softball team bounced back into the win column Tuesday after absorbing a 10-0 drubbing at West Wilkes the day before. The Rams plated four runs in the top of the fourth inning and surged past East Wilkes 5-1.
RONDA — Starmount rallied in the top of the seventh inning Tuesday night to beat East Wilkes 3-2 in Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference baseball. The Rams scored two runs in their final at-bats to secure the win, overcoming a 2-1 deficit. Starmount improved to 13-7 overall and 10-5 in the MVAC with the victory.
One hundred minutes of soccer couldn’t break a stalemate between Elkin and West Wilkes on Tuesday night. Both teams had chances to score, both in regulation and during a pair of 10-minute overtimes, but the game ended still deadlocked at 0-0. In the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference, regular season games do not advance beyond the two OT periods if they remain tied.
With the score tied 2-2 in the fifth inning against Elkin, West Wilkes pitcher Will Shepherd appeared to be losing command of the strike zone. But, even after walking the bases loaded with one out, Shepherd never lost the faith of his coach or his teammates. The sophomore worked out of the jam, and the Blackhawks tacked on two late runs to win the pivotal Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference contest 4-2 on Tuesday night.