At least that's what Watauga High boys' lacrosse couch Brett Green is wondering at the moment. The Pioneers (5-7 overall; 5-3 North Carolina Conference 13) earned a split in its season-finale Thursday night against Freedom at Leigh Wallace Memorial Field.
The Pioneers dropped the opener 5-2; Zach Williams and Zack Tomer scored for the Pioneers; but WHS rallied to win the second game, 6-4. Williams led the way with four goals.
If the Pioneers get in, they will get in as a wildcard team. The NCHSAA Class 4A state playoffs begin next Wednesday.
RED TORNADOES BLANK WHS, 1-0
The Watauga High girls' soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision Thursday night at Hickory. The win moves the Red Tornadoes (8-2-1) into sole possession of second place in the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference.
Kaylan Ruff of Hickory snapped a scoreless tie with a goal at the 45-minute mark of the second half. Molly Gniadek picked up the assist. The teams split their season series.
The Pioneers (7-3-1 NW3A-4A; 12-3-3), who fall into third place in the NW3A-4A Confernce standings, defeated Hickory 1-0 in Boone back on March 28. The Pioneers return home to play South Caldwell tonight.
The Spartans upended WHS 1-0 in Sawmills on April 1. The Pioneers must win tonight's game to earn a split in the season series and to claim the No.1 seed among the Class 4A schools in the conference. The varsity game tonight begins at 5 p.m. at Jack Groce Stadium; the junior varsity game starts at 6:30 p.m.
The JV team played Hickory to a 1-1 tie Thursday night. Amanda Lubkemann scored WHS' only goal on a free kick in the 47th minute of the second half.
WHS JV 1, Hickory 1
Amanda Lubkemann free kick- 47th min
Hickory 1, Watauga 0
Hickory- Kaylan Ruff-45th min
WHS TENNIS FALLS IN PLAYOFF OPENER
The Watauga High boys' tennis team lost to Asheville-Roberson in the opening-round of the NCHSAA Class 4A State Dual-Team playoffs Thursday afternoon. The Rams (25-2), the No.1 seed from the Mountain Athletic 3A-4A Conference, defeated WHS 5-3 at the WHS Tennis Courts.
The Rams put the match away with consecutive wins in doubles play. The doubles team of Jason Horecky and Vishal Naik knocked off Dristen Trate and Caleb Gould, 10-2 at No.1 doubles to take a 4-3 lead. The Rams clinched the match at No.2 doubles as Coleman Baker and Nickolas Chor defeated Will Spinetto and Josh Lampkins, 10-6.
Brody O'Neal and Zach Archer of the Pioneers were lead 8-7, when the match was called.
"It could have gone either way, even though T.C. Roberson had two of the best singles players (Horecky and Baker) in western North Carolina," said WHS coach John Spinetto, who was running the team for Scott Taylor, who was away on a family matters. "We were in it until the end. That's all I can ask of the kids. We lost to a very good team."
The Pioneers (10-3), the No.1 seed from the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference, fell behind 2-0 as Horecky and Baker posted victories at No.1 and No.2 singles. Horecky defeated Trate, who was playing No.1 singles in the absence of senior Landon Taylor, who was attending a family wedding in the Caribbean, in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. Baker knocked off Gould, 6-1, 6-1, at No.2 singles.
But WHS rallied to win the next three matches to take a 3-2 lead. Spinetto, Lampkins and O'Neal led te charge.
Spinetto defeated Vishal Naik of the Rams, 7-5, 6-2, at No.3 singles; O'Neal knocked off Jake Johnston, 6-3, 6-1, at No.4 singles; Lampkins defeated Nickolas Chor , 6-0, 7-5. But Abhishek Das defeated Zach Archer, 6-4, 6-2, at No.6 singles, forcing a 3-3 tie, and the Rams took over from there.
Trate (in singles play), Spinetto and Lampkins (in doubles play) will represent WHS today at the NCHSAA Class 4A Western Regional at Corneilus-Hough. The top four finishers in singles and double play advance to the state finals in Raleigh, May 8-9.
ASHEVILLE-ROBERSON 5, WATAUGA 3
1. Jason Horecky (TCR) def Dristen Trate (W) 6-2, 6-0
2. Coleman Baker (TCR) def Caleb Gould (W) 6-1, 6-1
3. Will Spinetto (W) def Vishal Naik (TCR) 7-5, 6-2
4. Brody O'Neal (W) def Jake Johnson (TCR) 6-3, 6-1
5. Josh Lampkins (W) def Nickolas Chor (TCR) 6-0, 7-5
6. Abhishek Das (TCR) def Zach Archer (W) 6-4, 6-2
1. Horecky/Naik (TCR) def Trate/Gould (W) 10-2
2. Baker/Chor (TCR) def Spinetto/Lampkins 10-6
3. O'Neal/Archer (W) were leading Jackson Lawrie & Martin Silva (TCR) 8-7 when match was called
HUSKIES BLOW OUT VIKINGS
Joseph Lowder picked up his sixth win of the year. It wasn't pretty, but regardless, it got the job done. Lowder went six innings, gave up three unearned runs on five hits in a 14-3 blowout win at North Wilkes in a Mountain Valley 1A-2A Conference game. The game was called after six innings because of the ten-run mercy rule. But Lowder (6-0) walked five men and struck out seven in picking up the win.
The Huskies, who clinched a berth in the Class 2A state playoffs, pounded out 14 hits. Joe Richardson led the way with four hits; Bradley Richie drove in two runs. Leading 3-0, Ashe County (9-9 overall; 6-7 MVC 1A-2A) broke the game open with a five run fifth inning and six more runs in the sixth.
GLASS RESIGNS AT PATTON
The head football coach at Patton High, Joe Glass, is leaving the school to take over as the head coach of Jay M. Robinson High School in Concord, N.C.
Glass leaves Patton after two seasons with a record of 9-14, including 7-5 this season before bowing out in the first round of the state playoffs. Glass has also served as an assistant coach at Alexander Central and Hickory. Glass leaves the Panthers program with the most wins by a head coach (nine). He said hed be facing a similar challenge starting out at Robinson as what he faced at Patton, as Robinson was 1-10 last season and plays in tough conference around the Charlotte area.
Patton will now search for its fifth head football coach in six years and that process has already begun.