Campbell University restarted its football program a few years ago, and already the Fighting Camels have mined Surry, Yadkin and Stokes counties for recruits. North Surry senior Daniel Draughn became the latest from the area to sign with the private school from Buies Creek, which competes in a non-scholarship NCAA Division I Conference.
Zach Millsaps was simply looking for something to do in the spring after his freshman season of playing basketball for Elkin High School. “I wasn’t real big on baseball so I went out for track,” Millsaps said. “I liked it and I was pretty good at it so I stuck with it through the summer.”
East Surry and Mount Airy high schools aren’t happy with where the N.C. High School Athletic Association has placed them for the 2013-17 conference alignment period, and the two schools have filed appeals and requested changes. Under the latest conference alignment draft released by the NCHSAA a few weeks ago, the Cardinals and Granite Bears are slated to move to an all-1A conference that includes North Stokes, Atkins, Winston-Salem Prep, Bishop McGuinness and Walkertown.
Hunter Smith struck out nine to get the win, and Ethan Wilmoth fanned four to pick up the save in Surry Central’s baseball opener Monday night. The Golden Eagles edged visiting West Wilkes 2-1.
Here are scores from Monday spring sports action around the Yadkin Valley:
East Surry used strong pitching and timely offense to defeat Elkin 6-1 in the baseball season opener for both schools Monday evening. Starter Drew Wilson threw five innings of one-hit ball for the Cardinals to get the win, striking out nine. Reliever Cody Newburn went two innings, allowing one hit and issuing five strikeouts.
What would the state basketball playoffs be without Bishop McGuinness? Answer: Nobody knows, at least not for the past six years.
Pairings and start times have been announced for next week’s 2A and 1A regional basketball tournaments in Greensboro. Girls teams from North Surry, Wilkes Central and Bishop McGuinness have advanced, as well as the boys team from West Stokes. Here is the complete 2A and 1A schedule for the Western Regional:
North Surry girls basketball coach Shane Slate had to check a banner hanging in the home gymnasium when asked about the last time the Greyhounds had advanced to the regionals. “1992,” he said, peeking into the rafters. “It’s been awhile.”
Wilkes Central seniors Paige Love, Katie Ryder and Haley Williams played their last game on their home court Friday night in the Class 2A West Sectional final, and it was a doozy.
A controversial technical foul resulted in a six-point swing midway through the fourth quarter, helping the visiting Murphy Bulldogs post a 69-64 victory over West Wilkes in the third round of the NCHSAA 1A playoffs Friday evening.
Girls basketball teams from Wilkes Cental, North Surry and Bishop McGuinness, as well as the boys team from West Stokes, will be Greensboro-bound next week. All four teams won sectional championships Friday night and have advanced to the West Regional semifinals, which will be held next Thursday and Friday at UNC Greensboro and the Greensboro Coliseum.
West Wilkes leads the 1A wrestling state tournament after Friday’s quarterfinals. The Blackhawks had five winners in the quarterfinal round. East Surry and East Wilkes each had three wrestlers advance. Here are quarterfinal match results:
North Surry holds a three-point leader over Trinity and a seven-point lead over West Lincoln after the first day of the 2A state wrestling championships in Greensboro.
North Surry’s girls basketball team has been one of the most successful of any hoops squad in the Yadkin Valley Sports coverage area the past four years. The Greyhounds, owners of a 27-2 record this season, went 23-3 last year, posted a 20-7 mark in 2009-10 and finished 21-6 in 2008-09.