Mount Airy already has a tennis state champion this fall — junior Jordan Jackson, who won the 1A singles crown over the weekend in Cary. Now the Granite Bears are in pursuit of a team title. Mount Airy is now two steps away from that goal with Monday’s 6-0 win over Gray Stone Day in the quarterfinal round of the 1A dual-team playoffs.
Wilkes Central found itself in a dogfight all season to win the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference boys soccer championship. Now the Eagles will have to beat a conference foe to advance in the 2A state playoffs. The N.C. High School Athletic Association released its soccer state playoff brackets Monday, and the first-round pairings will send Ashe County (a wildcard team) to Wilkes Central in the 2A draw.
Starmount held on to its mantle as conference champions. West Stokes put an exclamation mark on its first conference title in school history. Mount Airy and Surry Central won pivotal conference match-ups. And every team around the area became riveted with brackets, as the state playoff pairings were announced on Saturday. These are some of the hot topics you’ll find discussed in this week’s issue of Monday Morning Quarterback. Our digital magazine devoted to area high school football is free to read. Just click the large cover photo below and go.
Starmount and Forbush combined to put 10 players on the first-team all-conference volleyball team for the Mountain Valley 1A/2A. Starmount middle hitter Ashton Gregory was named the league’s player of the year, while the Rams’ Jon Symons was voted coach of the year.
against Northwest Conference foe North Surry. Austin Fleming led the way offensively for the Wildcats and Darryl Little led the defensive attack in a 51-7 blowout, helping West Stokes finished the regular season 11-0.
Shane Slate raised several eyebrows over the summer when he said repeatedly that his latest North Surry volleyball team had the potential to be as successful as his last two squads. Those were lofty words considering the 2009 team went 33-0 and won a state championship and the 2010 team advanced to the state semifinals.
The day after the regular season ends in North Carolina high school football is a lot like Christmas for fans, players and coaches. It’s the day the long-awaited state playoff brackets come out.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association released its state playoff brackets for football today. Fourteen of the 17 teams that play in the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference and Northwest 1A/2A Conference made the field. Seven area teams will open at home this Friday.
One of the longest matches in the history of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state women’s tennis tournament championships decided the 1A singles title on Saturday at the J.W. Isenhour Indoor Tennis Center at North Carolina State.
It was a slightly off night for the Surry Central offense. That is of course if you compare Friday’s outstanding performance in a 36-15 victory against South Stokes to last week’s ridiculous, almost Tecmo Bowl-esque, 76-point explosion against North Stokes.
The most-hyped game of the season in the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference certainly lived up to its billing. In the end, the defending conference champions extended their reign one more year, while the upstart challengers suffered their first loss of the season.
ELKIN – On an evening when the offensive production was about as frigid and sloppy as the weather, visiting Forbush put up just a bit more output than host Elkin to post a 6-3 Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference victory in the regular season finale for both teams. A steady rain, slight breeze and temperatures in the upper 30s made the going tough for both offenses.
Two varsity football teams – one beat up, battered and bruised physically; the other beat up, battered and bruised emotionally – squared off Friday night at East Surry. One was playing for a possible home playoff game. The other one was playing on Senior Night for a positive end to an otherwise heart-wrenching season.
Quick hits from Starmount’s 24-17 win over Wilkes Central on Friday night: The Rams clinched their fourth-straight conference championship and the school’s 19th conference title in its 40-plus years of playing football. This year’ seniors have never seen the varsity football team taste defeat in a conference since arriving on campus in the fall of 2008.
Starmount clinched its fourth consecutive conference title on its final drive of the regular season. West Stokes put an exclamation mark on its Northwest 1A/2A Conference title run. Mount Airy and Surry Central won big against league rivals.