The Watauga High boys soccer team bounced back from Tuesday's tough loss at Ashe County and walloped McDowell 5-0 in its home opener at Jack Groce Stadium.
Leading the way was Tucker Chasteen. The WHS (1-1) senior scored three times in Wednesday's lopsided win. He got things rolling with his first goal of the night at the 22-minute mark of the first half. Jett Dhing picked up his second assist of the season on the play.
"We had so many chance early on," said WHS coach Woody McKay. "We finally broke through, thanks to Tucker. Once he scored, our shots finally started going in."
Adam Hendrix and Dylan Hill scored the other WHS goals. Hill, Raheim Andrews and Raul Foroni each had an assist. The Pioneers travel to A.C. Reynolds Monday night. McDowell won the junior varsity game, 1-0.
NOTES: The Pioneers are nursing some injuries right now. Midfielder Nick Eller, goalkeeper Will Spinetto and defender Zack Valet are all on the shelf. That trio did not play Wednesday night.
WHS VOLLEYBALL DEFEATS LAKE NORMAN
The Watauga High volleyball team followed the soccer team's lead Wednesday night and defeated Lake Norman 3-1 in its home opener at Lentz-Eggers Gym.
The Pioneers (1-1) defeated the Wildcats, a member of the Northern Piedmont 3A-4A Conference, 25-17, 27-25, 27-29, 26-24. Sarah Combs led the Pioneers with 39 assists and six service aces. Brynne Gould had 15 digs, nine kills and six service aces; Sarah Petersen and Sierra Hill each had 12 kills and four assists apiece; Makenzie Presnell and Sydney Farthing each had nine digs apiece.
Lake Norman won the junior varsity match, 25-13, 25-18. Tayler McCune led WHS (0-2) with seven kills; Makenzie Robinson had ten digs; Grace Hagaman had six digs; Savannah Rusher had five assists; Maddisen Robinson had four assists; Taylor Walker had three kills.
The Pioneers begin Northwestern 3A-4A Conference play at St. Stephens next Wednesday.
Lake Norman defeated Watauga JV: 13-25, 18-25
Tayler McCune 7 kills
Taylor Walker 3 kills
Makenzie Robinson 10 digs
Grace Hagaman 6 digs
Savannah Rusher 5 assists
Maddisen Robinson 4 assists
Watauga Varsity defeated Lake Norman: 25-17, 27-25, 27-29, 26-24
Sarah Combs 39 assists, 6 service aces
Brynne Gould 6 service aces, 15 digs, 9 kills
Sarah Petersen 12 kills, 4 blocks
Sierra Hill 12 kills, 4 blocks
Makenzie Presnell 9 digs
Sydney Farthing 9 digs
WHS CROSS COUNTRY COMPETES AT ST. STEPHENS RELAYS
The Watauga boys' and girls' cross country teams were paced by their top runners on Wednesday. Michael Holland, Garrett Blakely, Josh Lamont and Jeremy McAdams led the Watauga A Team to a sixth-place finish, Matthew Hellenbrand, Caleb Strout, Daniel McAdam and Aiden Powers led the Watauga B Team to a seventh-place finish.
For the girls, Kathleen Mansure teamed up with Eryn Boyle, Caly Neely and Sage Souza, and led the Watauga D Team to a second-place finish; Finley Collins, Rachel Foutz, Katie Henderson, and Maddie Swisher led the Watauga A Team to a fourth-place finish.
St. Stephens made it a clean sweep winning both relay races. The St. Stephens A Team won the boys' race; the STS B Team won the girls' race.
WHS travels to Hendersonville, N.C., Saturday for the Western North Carolina Cross Country Carnival.
St. Stephens a
St. Stephens B
Watauga A (Michael Holland, Garrett Blakely, Josh Lamont, Jeremy McAdams
Watauga G (Matthew Hellenbrand, Caleb Stoudt, Daniel McAdams, Aiden Powers)
St. Stephens B
Watauga D (Kathleen Mansure, Eryn Boyle, Caty Neely, Sage Souza
St. Stephens A
Watauga A (Finley C., Rachel F., Katie Harrelson, Maddie Swisher)
EBAUGH WINS COACHING DEBUT
The Watauga High girls' tennis team made Robin Ebaugh a winner in her coaching debut as the Pioneers (1-0) defeated Ashe County 9-0 in West Jefferson. Results are not available at this time.
The Pioneers host Roxboro-Person in a non-conference match Saturday at 4 p.m. at the WHS Tennis Courts.