Watauga High boys' tennis team capped off its championship season with five all-Northwestern 3A-4A Conference selections, and senior Landon Taylor was named the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference Player of the Year.
Dristan Trate and Will Spinetto, who qualified for regionals, earned all-conference honors. Spinetto made it in doubles play with Josh Lampkins, who was named honorable mention. Lampkins and Spinetto stepped up big for WHs this season winning a number of key matches in singles and doubles play.
Taylor, who played No.1 singles and doubles for the Pioneers, Caleb Gould and Brody O'Neal earned all-conference recognition. The Pioneers bounced back from a disappointing 2013 season to win their 20th conference championship in 22 years. Ironically, Hickory, which won the conference championship last season, was the last team to dethrone WHS in 1993, when Mike Hudson was head coach of the Pioneers.
Hickory, the No.2 seed overall and the No.1 seed among the Class 3A schools in the NW3A-4A, had four all-conference selections---Will Arditti, William Einfalt, Luke Kessel, and Edgar Ellis. Ian McPhearson of the Red Tornadoes was named honorable mention. Will Rudiciill of South Caldwell was named Coach of the Year.
The Pioneers made the NCHSAA Class 4A state playoffs and lost to Asheville-Roberson in the opening round. Trate in singles play, Spinetto and Lampkins in doubles play, all lost in the opening-round of the NCHSAA Class 4A Western Regional at Cornelius-Hough.
Josh Lampkin, Watauga
Player of the Year:
Landon Taylor, Watauga