|Pioneers Continue To Struggle|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Wednesday, 17 April 2013 09:06|
The Watauga High softball team, which began the season with high hopes, has hit a snag. And the Pioneers (4-7 overall; 2-6 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) can't seem to turn themselves around.
WHS dropped an 8-2 decision Tuesday night at home against Alexander Central. The Pioneers actually led 1-0 before the Cougars (19-1) jumped on top for good with four runs in the third inning. They added three more tallies in the fourth.
Michala McCune suffered the loss. The WHS junior went three innings and gave up four runs on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts in the losing effort. Kim Robinson came on in relief in the fourth and was touched up for three runs.
"Michala pitched her heart out and I think the adrenaline of the game just wore her out early on," said WHS coach Stephanie Kostis. "She pitched a great game, I just wish we could have kept her going longer."
The WHS senior, who has had her share of problems on the mound this season, coughed up three runs on four hits with four walks. But she did strike out seven batters.
Hope LaPointe paced the offense. She had three of WHS' six hits, including two doubles and drove in both of WHS' runs. Robinson had two hits, including a double, and she scored a run.
It was also the final regular-season meeting between the schools. Alexander Central and the Pioneers will be in different conferences next year because of realignment. The Cougars will find themselves in a conference with Statesville, Mooresville, Lake Norman, the Iredell County schools, and North Lincoln.
"It's like losing your brother," said Alexander Central coach Monte Sherrill. "Watauga always plays us tough. It's always a battle against them. We'll still play each other as non-conference opponents. But it won't be the same. This is a great rivarly."
The JV team lost 15-0 in three innings by the ten-run mercy rule. Rachel Hawkins and Carrington Taylor each had a single in the loss.
The Pioneers will play Happy Valley (TN.) in a varsity-only game today at 4:30 p.m., at the WHS Softball Complex.
Younger's Late Goal Lift WHS To Victory
The Pioneers staved off a strong challenge by Alexander Central and defeated the Cougars 3-2 in a Northwestern 3A/4A Conference match at Jack Groce Stadium Tuesday night. The win gives WHS the No.1 seed among the Class 4A schools in the NW3A/4A.
Hannah Younger, who had two goals, scored the game-winner at the 69-minute mark of the second half. Tristen Derrick picked up the assist on Younger's tally. Younger tied the game at the 62-minute mark on an assist from Tori Derrick. Ivy Wilcox scored WHS' first goal. Samara Critcher picked up an assist on the play.
The Pioneers (4-4-3 overall; 3-2-1 NW3A/4A) trailed 2-1 at the break before they rallied to score two unanswered goals in the second half.
"We stepped it up in the second half and got a great, hard fought win," said WHS coach Brittany Bolick.
Younger's game winner came from 20-yards out. The Pioneers are schedule to play at Ashe County today. The JV match begins at 5 p.m.; the varsity game begins at 6:30 p.m.
The JV team played Alexander Central to a 1-1 tie. Meghan Gottfried scored the WHS goal in the ninth minute of the first half. Goalkeeper Mackenzie Nelson made six saves.
WHS Tennis Wins Third Straight
It's been an up-and-down season for the Watauga High boy's tennis team to say the least. But, at least for now, the Pioneers are on the upswing. WHS (6-5 overall; 4-1 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) won its third match in a row by knocking off Hibriten 6-3 Tuesday at the WHS Tennis Courts in a NW3A/4A Conference match. WHS grabbed a 4-2 lead in singles play after Paul Hogan defeated Landon Taylor in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, in No.1 singles
Caleb Gould and Dristen Trate settled the issue as they picked up a huge win at No.2 doubles that gave WHS a 5-3 lead. Trate and Gould defeated Hayden Smith and Isaac Tuttle of the Panthers, 10-8.
The Pioneers travel to St. Stephens Thursday night.
Watauga 6 Hibriten 3
Paul Hogan def Landon Taylor(W) 6-0 6-1
Harrison Battle(W) def Hayden Smith 6-1 6-1
Dristen Trate(W) def Will Haas 6-1 6-4
Caleb Gould(W) def Mikeal Anderson 6-2 6-0
Vince Bradshaw def Brody O'Neal(W) 6-4 2-6 1-0
Josh Lampkins(W) def Issac Tuttle 6-0 6-1
Hogan/Haas def Taylor/Battle(W) 10-4
Trate/Gould(W) def Smith/Tuttle 10-8
Will Spinetto/Noah Moomaw(W) def Anderson/Jon Bumgarner 10-4
WHS Girls Win Second Straight
It took a while, three games to be exact, but Holly Quick finally has the Watauga High girl's lacrosse team in the winner's circle. As a matter of fact, Quick has done it twice in the span of less than a week.
The Pioneers (2-3), who finally cracked the win column against West Forsyth on April 10, followed that up by clobbering Hopewell 14-3 at Leigh Wallace Memorial Field Tuesday night. Katie Marks, Courtney Kapral, and Elie Sloboda each had three goals; Taelor Critcher and Addy Kincaid each had two goals apiece.
Goalkeeper Keirsten Henson made 12 saves and was named the player of the game. The Pioneers take on Lake Norman Charter at home Friday night. The WHS boy's, mired in a five-game losing streak, travel to Freedom. Their match with Cornelius-Hough on Saturday has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
Graham Paces WHS Middle School Golf At Lenior
The Watuaga Middle School golf team turned in a fourth-place finish Tuesday at the Lenior Golf Club in Lenior, N.C.
Watauga had a team score of 218 in the four-team field. Burke County won the match with a team score besting the field by 18 strokes. Seth Perry of Burke County was the leading medalist. He fired a 37. Alan Graham led Watauga with a 44, seven shots off the lead. Jordan Austin had a 54; Benjamin Critcher shot a 60.
Watauga travels to the Brushy Mountain Golf Club in Taylorsville, N.C., April 25.
Medalist Seth Perry from Burke 37
Alan Graham 44
Jordan Austin 54
Benjamin Critcher 60
Evan Catoe 60
Mary Lovins 61
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