Kathleen Mansure led the Watauga High girl's cross country team to a first-place finish at the Caldwell
County Invitational on Wednesday afternoon at the Lenior Aquatic Center.
It's the 19th time the WHS girls have won the Caldwell County Invitational since it started in 1993 (the WHS boys have won it 18 times). Mansure paced the field by crossing the finish line in 20:41.48. Deja Anderson of Shelby finishsed in second place, 12 seconds off the lead at 20:53.26.
Overall, the Pioneers had four runners in the top ten. Shelby Hickernell was fifth in 22:19.04, Lily Weeks finished eighth in 22:39.16, and Celia Jackson was tenth in 22:51.86. The Pioneers won the meet with 68 points. Hickory was a distant second with 111.
Michael Holland was WHS' highest finisher in the boy's invtational. He finished fourth in 17:31.67. He was WHS' only finisher in the top 20. Zach Styron was 30th in 19:19.66. Corbin Boyles of Maiden won the race in 17:03.50. Fred T. Foard won the meet with a team score of 124 points. Shelby finished second with 153 points; WHS was fourth with 190 points.
Caleb Zimmerman paced WHS in the boy's open race by finishing sixth in 20:59.79. Devin Windelspecht was ninth (21:16.14) and Bill Bisignani was 17th (22:09.30). WHS finished second as a team, just three points behind the winner Alexander Central. The Cougars won the meet with 88 points. WHS had 91.
Freshman Finley Collins finished 14th in the girl's open race (26:30.77). WHS finished third as a team with 108 points. Alexander Central won the meet with 26 points. The Pioneers will compete in a Northwestern 3A/4A Conference relay meet next Wednesday in Boone, N.C.
PIONEERS SNAP LOSING STREAK
The Watauga High volleyball team broke its two-game losing streak Wednesday night by knocking off Freedom 3-0 in a Northwestern 3A/4A Conference match at Lentz-Eggers Gym. The Pioneers (4-2 overall; 1-1 NW3A/4A) defeated the Patriots, 25-12, 25-15, 25-6.
Whitney Dunnigan led the way with 21 assists. Rebecca Hayes had 10 kills, Meredith Farthing had seven kills, Sierra Hill had five kills and Brynne Gould had six aces.
The JV team defeated Freedom 2-0, 25-6, 25-16. Savannah Rusher had 12 aces in the win; Alexis Villarosa and Tayler McCune each had three kills apiece.
The Pioneers travel to Fred T. Foard tonight. They return home to play Mitchell and Alexander Central in a tri-match on Saturday at Lentz-Eggers Gym.
WOLVERINES DROP HOME OPENER
It was a tough night for the Watauga Middle School football team. The Wolverines (1-1) struggled from the get-go, and lost to West Alexander 24-0 Wednesday afternoon in their home opener at Jack Groce Stadium.
Trailing 12-0, Watauga's best scoring chance came late in the second quarter. The Wolverines had the ball inside the five and fumbled the ball away. And West turned the tables on Watauga and scored on its next possession.
"Instead of it being 12-8, it was 18-0 at halftime," said Watauga coach Dale Allred. "We're young, we're small, and we're still learning. A lot of these guys didn't play middle school football last year. We just have to coach them up. It was a bad break on that fumble, but the kids played much better in the second half."
The Wolverines travel to East Alexander for a 5 p.m. game next Wednesday.
WHS VOLLEYBALL @ FRED T. FOARD, 4:30 P.M.
WHS BOY'S SOCCER @ ASHE COUNTY, 5:15/7 P.M.
WHS GIRL'S TENNIS v. LAKE NORMAN, 4 P.M.