Drenching rains and thunderstorms to start the week forced the postponement of a handful of state playoff baseball and softball games involving teams from the Yadkin Valley.
Senior William Whitacre of Kernersville Bishop McGuinness fired a brilliant five-under par 67 to take a four-shot lead after Monday’s first day of the 15th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1A men’s golf championships at the Keith Hills Country Club.
Four baseball teams from the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference and three more from the Northwest 1A/2A survived the opening round of the state playoffs Friday.
Here are state playoff baseball, softball and soccer games we’ll be following tonight at Yadkin Valley Sports. Please feel free to leave scoring updates on our Facebook page or on our Twitter account:
Elkin’s boys tennis team pushed the defending 1A state champions to the limit Thursday afternoon before falling 5-2 to Bishop McGuinness in a second-round dual-team playoff match-up.
Forbush High’s girls soccer team scored five unanswered goals – including three in overtime – to upset Randleman 5-2 in Tuesday’s state playoff opener. Jessica Tucker, Sheridan Caudle and DeAnna Wilkins netted shots within three minutes of each other in extra time to lift the Falcons. Forbush was the No. 3 seed from the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference. Randleman was the champion of the Pac-6.
The Northwest 1A/2A Conference released its all-conference teams for spring sports on Tuesday. Here is the complete list for baseball, softball, boys tennis, golf, girls soccer and track & field
Tanner Owen shot a blistering round of 69, and Bishop McGuinness claimed top team honors in the Midwest 1A golf regionals, held Monday at Cedarbrook Country Club in State Road.
A Mount Airy singles player and doubles team won 1A West Regional honors over the weekend in Hendersonville. Matt Kessler captured the 1A West singles crown, defeating Hendersonville’s Jacob Fuquay in the championship. Kessler rallied after dropping the opening set 6-3 to win the next two sets 6-1 and 6-2.
Elkin, Wilkes Central, West Wilkes, West Stokes and Bishop McGuinness will enjoy first-round home games as the N.C. High School Athletic Association girls soccer state playoffs start this week.
Senior Zach Millsaps won three gold medals, and Elkin’s boys track team finished third overall in the 1A Midwest Region track and field championships, held Saturday at North Stokes High School. Millsaps crossed first in his signature event, the 800 meters, and won a rainy 3,200 meters.
Bishop McGuinness and other parochial schools like Cardinal Gibbons and Charlotte Catholic will remain in the N.C. High School Athletic Association. The NCHSAA announced Thursday that a vote to change the association’s bylaws and kick the private parochial schools out has failed. A total of 293 votes (75 percent of the membership) was needed to ban the private schools from the association.
It’s official, area schools that currently comprise the Mountain Valley 1A/2A and Northwest 1A/2A conferences will be split into three leagues starting in the fall of 2013. The N.C. High School Athletic Association officially adopted its realignment plan for the next four-year period at its spring board of directors meeting earlier this week.
The top two seeds in the Northwest 1A/2A Conference baseball tournament advanced past the opening round Tuesday. The other two games on the schedule were postponed because of rain and storms.
If you happened by the Elkin municipal tennis courts after 5 p.m. Tuesday looking for a playoff match between two of the state’s top-ranked high school teams, you were out of luck. No, they didn’t move the match to another day. And no, storms in the area didn’t wash it out.