The Watauga High girls' soccer team shook off the shock of head coach Brittany Bolick stepping down at the end of the season and defeated Hibriten 2-0 Wednesday night at Jeff Storie Stadium in Lenior, N.C.


Sierra Hill led the way for WHS (11-2-3 overall; 6-2 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) with a goal and an assist. Hill picked up an assist on Tristin Derrick's goal at the 20-minute mark of the first half.


She added an insurance goal at the 50-minute mark of the second half off a corner kick by Abby Carson.


WHS won the junior varisty match, 5-1. Kelsey Boyle, Megan Gottfried, Finley Collins, Amanda Lubkemann and Sarah Patton scored for the Pioneers. Lubkemann, Elli Gottfried each had an assist.


The Pioneers travel to Morganton-Patton tonight.




10 minute Kelsy Boyle scored off a corner from Amanda Lubkemann

21st minute Megan Gottfried assisted by Elli Gotfried

30th Finley Collin

50th Amanda Lubkemann

52nd Sarah Patton


WHS Varsity 2, HIBRITEN 0

20th minute goal by Tristin Derrick assisted by Sierra Hill

50th minute goal by Sierra Hill assisted by Abby Carson on a corner kick






The Watauga High boys' golf team turned in a fourth-place finish Wednesday afternoon in a Northwestern 3A-4A Conference meet at the Orchard Hills Golf Course in Granite Falls, N.C.


St. Stephens bested the field with a team score of 310; Hickory finished six shots back with a 316 in second place. The Pioneers were fourth with a 335.


Austin Harrill of Hickory was the leading medalist with a three-under-par 69. Austin Graham led WHS with an 80; Troy McNeil had an 82; Austin Northern had an 83.


The Pioneers will host a NW3A-4A Conference meet at the Boone Golf Club on April 28.



Team results


St Stephens 310

Hickory 316

South Caldwell 327

Watauga 335

Hibriten 339

Patton 367

FT Foard 367

Freedom 376


Medalist Austin Harrill, 69 Hickory


Watauga's scores


Austin Graham 80

Troy McNeil 82

Austin Northern 83

Rory McNeil 90

Josh Farmer 92

Alan Graham 98






The Watauga High boys' tennis team produced two regional qualifiers Wednesday afternoon in the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference qualifier at the WHS Tennis Courts.


Dristen Trate qualified in singles play; the doubles team of Will Spinetto and Josh Lampkins qualified in doubles play.


Trate, who played No.2 singles for WHS this season, defeated Andrew Reeves of South Caldwell, 6-2, 6-3 in the opening round; he defeated Will Benfield of South Caldwell, 4-6, 6-3, 2-0 before Benfield retired from the match.


In doubles play, Spinetto and Lampkins, who have won a number of huge matches for WHS in duals this season, defeated fellow teammates, Caleb Gould and Brody O'Neal, in the finals, 6-4, 6-4. Spinetto and Lampkins knocked off Adam Lund and Tanner Dellinger of South Caldwell in the opening round, 6-0, 6-4.


Gould and O'Neal defeated Kevin Lane and Blaine Massey of the Spartans in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.


The Class 4A Western Regional will be at Cornelius-Hough on Friday and Saturday, May 2-3. The Class 4A state dual-team playoffs begins Tuesday, April 29.


The Pioneers (10-2 in duals), the No.1 seed from the NW3A-4A Conference, will host the No.1 seed from the Mountain Athletic 3A-4A Conference.







Dristen Trate(W) def Andrew Reeves(SC) 6-2 6-3

Will Benfield(SC) def Zach Archer(W) 6-2 6-1


Dristen Trate(W) def Will Benfield(SC) 4-6 6-3 2-0(retired)

Andrew Reeves(SC) def Zach Archer(W) 6-2 6-4


Dristen Trate is the regional qualifier



CalebGould/Brody O'Neal(W) def Kevin Lane/Blaine Massey(SC) 6-1 6-3

Will Spinetto/Josh Lampkins(W) def Adam Lund/Tanner Dellinger(SC) 6-0 6-4


Will Spinetto/Josh Lampkins(W) def Caleb Gould/Brody O'Neal 6-4 6-4


Wiil Spinetto/Josh Lampkins are the regionals qualifiers




The Watauga High softball team suffered another setback Wedneday night. And, as usual, it was the big inning that hurt the Pioneers.


Trailing 1-0, Hibriten erupted for four runs in the third inning and went on to beat WHS, 10-2. the Pioneers also hurt themselves by making four errors. Megan Jackson got the start and suffered the loss.


The WHS senior coughed up four runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Hibriten, which pounded out 12 hits, broke the game open with three runs in the fourth and three more runs in the fifth.


Elizabeth Dollar and Michala McCune were both 2-4. The Pioneers made seven hits in the loss. WHS travels to Morganton-Patton this afternoon for a varsity-only game starting at 4:30 p.m.






Watauga High Athletic Director Tom Wright has announced that the athletic department has WHS hired Teresa Theiling as its new cheerleading coach. She is currently teaching in the Family and Consumer Science Department at WHS.


Theiling is also an assistant coach with the girls' lacrosse team. Coach Theiling will assume her new responsibilities immediately.





Northwestern 3A-4A

Hibriten 10, Watauga 2

Fred T. Foard 10, Patton 0, 6 inn.

Freedom 4, S. Caldwell 3



Northwestern 3A-4A


Fred T. Foard 9, Patton 0

Freedom 2, S. Caldwell 2, tie

Watauga 2, Hibriten 0