The Wilkes Diamonds girls’ basketball program will be holding tryouts for the 2012 spring season this Sunday, Feb. 5th in the Wilkes Central High School auxiliary gym. Tryouts will start at 2 p.m. for all 7th and 8th grade girls interested. For more information contact Bradley Stokes at 336-566-1147 or by e-mail at Bradley.Stokes64@yahoo.com.
A special edition of Foothills Football magazine, devoted exclusively to the 2011 state champion West Stokes Wildcats, is now for sale. The full-color, glossy publication is 68 pages, filled with stories, photos, notes, quotes, stats and numbers from the Wildcats’ 16-0 season. West Stokes beat Kinston 21-14 on Dec. 3 in the 2AA state championship game – the first state title in school history and the first football state crown in Stokes County history.
Wilkes Central’s varsity boys basketball team won an exciting game Friday night, topping Starmount 50-48 on Calvin Shomaker’s buzzer-beater. Here are more than three minutes of video highlights from the game, including several of the final plays in the fourth quarter.
West Stokes senior Tyler Bullard, the defensive MVP of the 2AA state championship game, will help UNC Charlotte pioneer its return to college football, the team’s Web site is reporting.
Elkin may have a new coach, but its up-tempo style hasn’t changed since the days when Brent Steelman was working the sideline. Add to that a suffocating fourth-quarter full-court press and the sum was a 74-57 win at East Wilkes that keeps the Buckin’ Elks in the thick of the Mountain Valley Conference.
It’s become a near certainty that by the end of January and the beginning of February, East Wilkes will be playing good basketball and will be a factor in a conference race. For the third straight season, the Cardinals hold the inside track to the Mountain Valley Conference’s top 1A spot and helped themselves with a 44-26 win over on Elkin Friday night.
Brianna Bratcher scored 22 points, and West Stokes’ girls basketball team beat Surry Central 62-44 in a pivotal Northwest 1A/2A Conference game Friday night. The victory moves the Wildcats (10-7, 7-6 Northwest) into sole possession of second place in the conference standings among the 2A teams. Surry Central (10-11, 6-7) falls back to third.
North Wilkes varsity basketball teams held serve at home Friday night, winning rivalry games against visiting West Wilkes The varsity girls closed on a 20-3 run to beat the Blackhawks 58-41. The varsity boys stopped West’s two-game conference winning streak with a 38-32 triumph.
Mount Airy’s girls basketball team finished a busy week with a come-from-behind road win at North Stokes on Friday. Summer Hamilton scored eight of her 13 points during a third-quarter surge, and the Granite Bears topped the Vikings 57-44. Mount Airy trailed 28-23 at halftime and used a 17-3 run in the third period to take control.
Calvin Shomaker can’t remember ever hitting a game-winning shot before. His first time nearly blew the roof off of Wilkes Central’s gym Friday night. Shomaker sank a soft jumper just inside the free throw lane, and the Eagles downed Starmount 50-48 in a pivotal Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference game. The junior actually scored the last seven points of the night, helping Wilkes Central erase a 48-43 deficit in the final two minutes.
Win number 20 in North Surry’s quest for a perfect regular season didn’t feature much drama after about eight minutes. The Greyhounds jumped to a 22-5 lead in the opening quarter and cruised home to a 64-31 road victory at South Stokes. Senior point guard Morgan Midkiff did a little bit of everything in the win, scoring nine points, dishing out nine assists, swiping five steals and grabbing five rebounds – much of that by halftime.
Wilkes Central’s seven girls basketball seniors know they’ll have at least two more home games this season — and possibly several more than that. But the tight-knit group – which includes varsity veterans Paige Love, Haley Williams, Katie Ryder, Kristi Gowan, Kristen Shumaker, Sheena Cardwell and Sydney Blair — still couldn’t help but feel sentimental as they celebrated their official senior night Friday.
West Stokes took Surry Central’s best shot and hung on to win 58-53 in Northwest 1A/2A boys basketball action Friday night. It was the closet conference victory of the season for the Wildcats, who have lost only to Winston-Salem Prep in league play and have beaten eight conference foes by double figures. West Stokes improved to 16-3 overall and 12-1 in conference. Surry Central dropped to 13-8, 7-6.
Here are games we will be tracking on our Yadkin Valley Sports basketball scoreboard tonight. We’ll also update conference standings as we go along. Please send any corrections to Eric Lusk (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post on our Facebook page, which can he found HERE. Be sure to like us on Facebook if you want regular updates on sporting events around the Yadkin Valley Sports.
Yadkin Valley Sports photographer Eric Lusk captured these images during Thursday’s Elkin-Starmount Middle School girls and boys basketball games in Boonville. All of our photo galleries are sponsored by Gardner-Webb University. Click on their ad below for more information on Gardner-Webb University’s degree completion programs, held on area campuses.