It didn't take Christine Vanard very long to pick up her first victory as head coach of the Watauga High women's tennis team.
And that victory came against her old high school, Mount Tabor. The Pioneers dominated from start to finish at they dropped the Spartans 9-0 in Winston-Salem. Meredith Smith, Hannah Petersen, Sarah Petersen, Liz Clark, Maragaret Anaenos and Emily Burwell were victorious in singles play; Smith and Anaenos, Hannah Petersen and Clark, Sarah Petersen and Nicole Fox were victorious in doubles play.
"I'm thankful for this opportunity," Vanard said. "I was familiar with the girls coming in, and I knew we had the talent to be pretty good."
Kyle Winkleman and Grace Owen, Lexi Evans and Ali Maupin and Savannah Copeland and Burwell won their exhibition matches. WHS plays three matches in three days beginning Tuesday in Taylorsville against Alexander Central. That match with the Cougars will also be WHS's Northwestern 3A/4A Conference opener.
WHS SOCCER NIPS WILKES CENTRAL
The Watuaga High men's soccer team won its second conssecutive game as the Pioneer defeated Wilkes Central 3-2 Wednesday night in Moravian Falls.
Freshman Tucker Chasteen scored the game-winning goal at the 60-minute mark of the second half. Sam Schell picked up the assist on that game winner. Alex Parsons (on a penalty kick) and Brian Greer scored the other WHS (2-0) goals; Berkeley Wilcox picked up his third assist of the year.
"It was a nice win," said WHS coach Woody McKay. "Tucker really came through for us with the game on the line. It was a big goal of the freshman."
The JV team (1-0-1) defeated Wilkes Central 4-0. Vincente Montelongo, Canyon Mueller, Jacob Michael and Gray Huffman scored the WHS goals. Hunter Martin had two assists; Dave Irwin had an assist.
WHS travels to Morganton for the Patton Invitational, a tournament they won last season. The Pioneers take on McDowell in their opening match at 5 pm.
ROCKETS PICK UP TRANSFER
A.C. Reynolds High, which kicks off the 2011 season at Jack Groce Stadium Friday night against Watauga, has added another weapon to its arsenal.
Senior Devin Cunningham has transferred to A.C. Reynolds from Westside High (SC). He's a 5-foot-10, 220 pounds running back, who ran for more than 700 yards last fall. But Cunningham is not eligilble to play in Friday's season opener againt teh Pioneers because he has not attended the minimum number of eight practices required by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
Cunningham will make his debut September 2, when the Rockets, who have a bye next Friday, take on Owen.
For WHS, defensive lineman Taylor Shuford, who nursing a knee injury, will play Friday night against the Rockets; linebacker Cody McKinney and Robert South will not play for WHS. Both men are on the shelf with a broken hand. WHS coach Tim Pruitt hopes to have them back for the Ashe County game August 26. Our cioverage of Friday's game between the Pioneers and the Rockets will air at 6:30 p.m. on Oldies 100.7 FM.