The Region 7 All-Stars picked up their first win at the North Carolina State Games Saturday morning as they knocked off Region 1 6-4 at Wake Forest University.
The win moves Region 7 (1-2) into the fifth-place game Sunday morning at 11:30 am. That game will be played at Forsyth Country Day High School. Region 7 will play Region 8, which defeated Region 4 10-3 Saturday night. Dillon Dobson of Starmount paced Region 7 on Saturday. He went 1-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Jordan Miller of East Surry had a double, drove in a run and scored a run; Will Shepard of West Wilkes had a sacrifice fly and an RBI.
Matt Proffitt got the starting nod and went three innings without giving up a run on two hits. Proffitt got the win.
"Matt was outstanding today," said Region 7 coach Mike McCann. He did a great job on the mound for us. And we were able to push some runs across. It was a good effort all the way around today."
Max Linville got one at bat on Saturday and walked; Ryan Turner got the starting nod at second base. He went 0-2 with a walk. He bounced back to the pitcher and struck out.
REGION 7 DEFEATED REGION 1, 6-4
REGION 5 DEFEATED REGION 3, 1-0
REGION 8 DEFEATED REGION 4, 10-3
REGION 2 DEFEATED REGION 6, 3-2
SEVENTH PLACE: REGION 1 v. REGION 4
FIFTH PLACE: REGION 7 v. REGION 8
BRONZE MEDAL: REGION 3 v. REGION 6
GOLD MEDAL: REGION 5 v. REGION 2
WEST SOCCER ADVANCES TO GOLD MEDAL GAME
The West All-Stars defeated the East 3-1 Saturday morning at Spry Stadium on the campus of Wake Forest University.
The West, led by East Lincoln coach Jason Dragoon, built a 2-0 halftime lead thanks to goals by Chelsea Hamrick of Crest and Nicole Corcione of Enka. Those goals came within three minutes of each other midway through the first half. Corcione finished with a goal and an assist on the day.
"Our girls turned in tremenmdous effort," Dragoon said. "Our defense was superb. We did a good job marking up on them, and we were very aggressive on offense. The only down side is that we didn't finish on certain plays.
Leading 2-1 midway through the second half, Tori Andreski of Wilkes Central added an insurance goal for the West. The win moves the West into Sunday's gold-medal game at 9 am. The West will play the South, which defeated the North 2-1 Saturday afternoon. Lillie Brady and Lydia Mauney of Watauga High played for the West and turned in a solid effort, according to East coach and former WHS coach Doug Kidd.
"Those girls played very well," said Kidd, who has won two state championships at Swansboro in the last three years. "I coached those girls as they were coming up the ranks, and they've really developed into a pair of solid players. Based on their play today, WHS should be pretty solid the next few years."
WOMEN: WEST 3, EAST 1
WOMEN: SOUTH 2, NORTH 1
MEN: WEST 2, EAST 0
MEN: SOUTH 0, NORTH 0 (SOUTH WINS 4-2 ON PENALTY KICKS)
BRONZE MEDAL GAMES:
WOMEN: NORTH v. EAST
MEN: NORTH v. EAST
GOLD MEDAL GAMES:
WOMEN: WEST v. SOUTH
MEN: WEST v. SOUTH
PIONEERS FINISH UP AT NATIONALS
The Watauga High women's track team wrapped things up at the New Balance Nationals Saturday mornming.
Rising senior Hannah Barbour turned in a 33rd-place finish in the 2,000-meter steeplechase at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. She completed the course in 8:22.66. Mary Kate Anselmini of Stony Brook, NY won the event with an effort of 6:34.69.
Barbour was one of four place finishers for the Pioneers at Nationals. Sydney cook led the way finishing in a four-way tie for second place in the high jump (Emerging Elite Division) Friday night. Cook, a two-time Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Field Performer of the Year, had an effort of 5-feet, 4 1/2 inches. The 4x800 relay team (Hailey Middlebrook, Darby Middlebrook, Julia Roberts and Barbour) were 16th in Friday night's Championship Segment race.
They turned in a time of 9:27.28, which was six seconds slower than their time of 9:21.27 at the Class 4A state track meet at the same facility on May 15. The Bronxville Track Club of New York won the race in 8:49.85, setting a new meet record (8:51.60 in 2001) and falling just six-seconds shy of the national record (8:43.12 in 2008 set by Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland). Debra Dommermuth finished in a three-way tie for 25th in the pole vault (Emerging Elite Division) as she cleared the bar with a jump of 10-5 1/2.