Oh, how quickly things can change. The Watauga High girls' soccer team found itself in a first-place tie with St. Stephens in the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference standings at the beginning of the week.
Now, the Pioneers, mired in a two-game losing streak, find themselves two games off the lead. And the situation has gone from bad to worse.
St. Stephens (11-1-1 overall; 6-0 NW3A-4A) blanked WHS 3-0 Thursday night at St. Stephens. Olivia Holmes scored twice and Alex Roarke added a goal to pace the Indians. Jordan Black and Amanda Hall each had an assists; goalkeeper Taylor Logan earned the shutout.
The Pioneers (8-2-2; 4-2) take on McDowell in a non-conference game at home Monday. The WHS junior varsity team and St. Stephens played to a 2-2 tie. Erin Tobin and Finley Collins scored for the Pioneers.
PIONEERS DOMINATE INDIANS, 8-1
Chalk up another win for the Watauga High boys' tennis team. WHS (7-2 overall; 4-0 Northwestern 3A-4A Conference) defeated St. Stephens 8-1 on Thursday.
The win leaves WHS in sole possession of first place, and just two wins away from nailing down the NW3A-4A Conference crown---something that eluded them last year (the first time since 1993).
Like they did on Tuesday against South Caldwell, the Pioneers took control by winning five of six singles matches.
Landon Taylor and Dristan Trate led the way with straight set victories at No.1 and No.2 singles. Taylor staved off a strong challenge by Jake Ugolin of the Indians, 6-3, 7-5. Trate had an easier time as he knocked off Joe Ugolin of the Indians, 6-0, 6-0.
Will Spinetto (at No.4 singles), Brody O'Neal (No.5) and Josh Lampkins (No.6) gave WHS a commnding 5-1 lead heading into doubles play.
The Pioneers return home to play Fred T. Foard on Tuesday.
Watauga at St Stephens April 3rd, 2014
Watauga 8 St Stephens 1
Landon Taylor(W) def Jake Ugolini(ST) 6-3 7-5
Dristen Trate(W) def Joe Ugolini(ST) 6-0 6-0
Caleb Drum(ST) def Caleb Gould(W) 0-6 6-3 1-0
Will Spinetto(W) def Randy Chavez(ST) 6-0 6-0
Brody O'Neal(W) def Tanas Gangadher(ST) 6-1 6-0
Josh Lampkinsw(W) def Tristen Workman(ST) 6-0 6-0
Taylor/Trate(W) def Ugolini/Ugolini(ST) 8-2
Spinetto/Lampkins(W) def Drum/Workman(ST) 8-1
O'Neal/Zach Archer(W) def Chavez/Gangadher(ST) 8-4
WHS GOLFERS FINISH FOURTH
The Watuaga High boys' golf team turned in a fourth-place finish Thursday at the Catawba Springs-Lake Hickory Country Club in Hickory, N.C.
The Pioneers had a team score of 339. They finished 18 shots off the lead. Hibriten bested the field again. The Panthers had a 321 and nosed out Hickory and South Caldwell, which tied for second with a 328.
Austin Harrill of Hickory paced the field with a two-over par 74. Austin Graham of WHS was four shots back with a 78. Austin Northern had an 81; Rory McNeil had an 83.
The Pioneers travel to the Orchard Hills Golf Course in Granite Falls, N.C., Monday. South Caldwell will be the host school.
St. Stephens 315
South Caldwell 328
Fred T. Foard 370
Medalist Austin Harrill Hickory 74
Austin Graham 78
Austin Northern 81
Rory McNeil 83
Troy McNeil 97
John LeBlanc 99
Alan Graham 102
ROGERS NAMED AP BOYS COACH OF YEAR
Freedom High boys' Casey Rogers was named the 2013-14 Associated Press Boys' High School Coach of the Year in North Carolina on Thursday.
Rogers led Freedom (31-1) to the Class 3A state championship. The Patriots, who lost suffered their lone loss against Watauga, defeated Wilson-Hunt 59-57 in the state finals.
Ironically, Rogers was named the Player of the Year by the AP in 1998.
South Caldwell 6, Hibriten 1
Patton 16, Hickory 0, 5 inn.
South Caldwell 6, Hibriten 1
St. Stephens 3, Watauga 0