The Watauga High tennis team contines to flex its muscles. The Pioneers (6-0 in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference; 10-0 overall) took a serious step towards the NW3A/4A crown Tuesday night with a 6-3 win against Hickory at the Sports Complex. The Pioneers
won the match by sweeping the Red Tornadoes in doubles play.
"That's the first time it's ever happened since I've been here as coach," said WHS coach Scott Taylor. "We were tied 3-3 after singles play, and our guys just took control by sweeping doubles. It was a great effort on their part. I'm real proud of my guys."
Michael Smith and Harrison Battle broke the tie with a win at No.1 doubles. Chris Ludwig and Landon Taylor decided the match by picking up a win at No.2 doubles. Aaron Evans and Jackson Yates teamed up for a win at No. 3 doubles. Smith, Taylor and Ludwig were all victorious in singles play.
The Pioneers travel to Providence for a non-conference match Thursday.
INDIANS UPEND PIONEERS
The Watauga High women's soccer team suffered its first conference loss of the year Tuesday night. St. Stephens, which is ranked tenth in the state in the Class 3A North Carolina Soccer Coaches Poll, battered the Pioneers 6-1 in a Northwestern 3A/4A Conference game.
The Indians jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before Sierra Hill scored WHS's (5-3 overall; 3-1 NW3A/4A) only goal at the 22-minute mark of the first half that cut the lead in half. Lillie Brady picked up an assist on that goal.
But the Indians added a pair of goals, one off a free kick and the other off a cross, to close out the first half for a commanding 4-1 lead at the break.
The WHS JV team lost 5-3. The JV team led 3-1 at halftime, but the Indians scored four unanswered goals in the second half. Cole Ellis, Marcie Mahoney and Yazmin Hernandez scored for the Pioneers. WHS travels to Fred T. Foard Friday night.
WHS WOMENS LACROSSE WINS BIG
The Watauga High women's lacrosse team blasted East Forsyth 16-2 Tuesday night in Kernersville. Sunny Mohr led the assault with five goals; Olivia Li had three goals; Taelor Critcher and Katie Marks each scored twice. The WHS women (3-4) have won two in a row. They travel to Mount Tabor for a match tonight.
EAST FORSYTH DEFEATS PIONEERS
The WHS men's lacrosse team was bested by East Forsyth 11-3 Tuesday night. Barrett Williams scored twice for the Pioneers (4-3); Adam Lambert had a goal. The Pioneers travel to Freedom Thursday night.
INDIANS TRIP UP PIONEERS
The Watauga softball team just didn't play well, according to head coach Stephanie Long. The Pioneers struggled from the start and lost 5-1 against St. Stephens Tuesday afternoon in a Northwestern 3A/4A Conference game.
The Pioneers (6-5 overall; 3-3 NW3A/4A), who only made three hits, made three errors and handed St. Stephens five unearned runs. Four of those came across in the fourth inning, snapping a scoreless tie and putting the Indians in control.
"Taylor Drummonds got us started with a hit, and then we didn't get another hit until Nicole Dollar singled in the seventh," Long said. "It was just one of those games. Our offense was quiet. Defensively, we gave them five unearned runs."
Megan Jackson drove in WHS's only run with an RBI double in the seventh. Winning pitcher Katie Baker of the Indians struck out 13 batters. The Pioneers travel to Fred T. Foard for a varsity-only game today beginning at 4:30 p.m.
WHS SPORTS SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY 3/28/12
WOMEN'S LACROSSE @ MOUNT TABOR, 5:30 P.M.
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TRACK @ FRED T. FOARD
SOFTBALL @ FRED T. FOARD, 4:30 P.M. (VARSITY ONLY)