One things for sure, 2013 could be a special year for the Watauga High boy's golf team. The Pioneers, who have struggled in recent seasons, are off and running, at least so far. The Pioneers, who turned
in a second-place finish in their first match of the season last Thursday at the Catawba Country Club in Newton, followed that up by finishing in a third-place tie Monday in a non-conference match at the Orchard Hills Golf Course in Granite Falls, N.C.
The Pioneers fired a 162 and finished in a third-place tie with St. Stephens, and just six shots off the lead. Hickory bested the field for the second time in as many outings with a team score of 156. South Caldwell, the host school, finished second with a 159.
Will Banish of St. Stephens was the leading medalist as he paced the field with a 37, one over on the Par 36 course. But Carson Nguyen and Troy McNeil of the Pioneers were just two shots off the lead as each man fired a three over 39. Austin Northern and Christian Bailey of the Pioneers were at six over as they each had a 42; Cameron Taylor fired a 44; Jeff Gainey had a 53.
The Pioneers are scheduled to play in a non-conference match (weather permitting) at the Catawba Springs Country club in Hickory today. Also, the match scheduled for Monday, March 11 at the Brushy Mountain Golf Course in Taylorsville, N.C., has been moved. The match will now be played on Wednesday, March 13.
ORCHARD HILLS GOLF COURSE
South Caldwell 159
St. Stephens 162
Alexander Central 177
Fred T. Foard 177
Medalist: Will Banish 37 St. Stephens
Carson Nguyen 39
Troy McNeil 39
Austin Northern 42
Christian Bailey 42
Cameron Taylor 44
Jeff Gainey 53
WHS Soccer Beats Asheville On Penalty Kicks
It goes down as a tie, but the Watauga High girl's soccer team advanced to a second-round game at the Freedom Tournament by knocking off Asheville on penalty kicks Monday night. The Pioneers will play Avery Thursday night at 7 p.m.
The game with Asheville ended in a 1-1 tie, but WHS (0-1-1) prevailed thanks to four penalty kicks by Hannah Younger, Tori Derrick, Lillie Brady and Abby Carson. Tristen Derrick scored WHS' only goal (her second of the year) in regulation time.
"Tristen scored a big goal for us late in the game (at the 57-minute mark)," WHS coach Brittany Bolick said. " The game was very intense and very even for the most part. And freshman Heather Ostwalt was in goal and came up with an enormous save on the first penalty kick."
The Pioneers were originally scheduled to play tonight, but because of impending weather, the tournament will now be played Thursday and Friday.
WHS BASEBALL MOVED TO HICKORY
Watauga High Athletic Director Tom Wright has announced that Friday night's home baseball game between the Pioneers and Hickory will now be played in Hickory instead. The Red Tornadoes come to Boone on April 9.
The Pioneers (0-2) are scheduled to play at Fred T. Foard today and at North Davidson Wednesday. But both games are weather-permitting.
Monday night, West Lincoln knocked off Hibriten 12-3, and Alexander Central defeated St. Stephens 6-3 in a Northwestern 3A/4A Conference game. The teams moved their game up a day with the impending weather moving in.
Tad Ratliff of the Cougars (3-0; 1-0 NW3A/4A) snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the fourth inning. Brandon Lail got the win for Alexander Central; Luke Watts picked up the save. Tyler Jack suffered the loss for Saint (1-1; 0-1). Hibriten (2-1) suffered its first loss of the season Monday night.
NORTHWESTERN 3A/4A CONFERENCE BASEBALL
WEST LINCOLN 12, HIBRITEN 3
ALEXANDER CENTRAL 6, ST. STEPHENS 3
WATAUGA @ ARDREY KELL, POSTPONED
SOUTH CALDWELL 11, WEST CALDWELL 3
FRED T. FOARD 18, STATESVILLE 2
HICKORY v. CORNELIUS-HOUGH, POSTPONED AND RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 9
WATAUGA @ FRED T. FOARD
SOUTH CALDWELL @ HIBRITEN