That's what it all comes down to. The Watauga High boys' golf team trails South Caldwell by 19 shots for the No.1 seed among the Class 4A schools in the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference with one match left to play.
The Pioneers finished fourth with a team score of 323 in a NW3A-4A conference meet Monday at the Boone Golf Club. South Caldwell finished fifth with a 324. St. Stephens won the meet with a 312. Hickory finished second with a 316.
Jordan Clontz of Freedom was the leading medalist on Monday with a two-under 70. Austin Graham paced WHS with a 77; Austin Northern had a 79. The Pioneers are scheduled to play at Cedar Rock Golf & Country Club in Lenior, N.C., later today.
The Class 4A Western Regional will be at the North Stone Country Club in Charlotte on Monday.
St Stephens 312
South Caldwell 324
Fred T. Foard (did not compete)
Medalist Jordan Clontz, Freedom 70
Austin Graham 77
Austin Northern 79
Alan Graham 82
Rory McNeil 85
Josh Farmer 85
Troy McNeil 86
PIONEERS SNAP SIX-GAME SLIDE
The Watuaga High softball team came ready to play on Monday. The Pioneers (3-11 ovearll; 3-10 Northwestern 3A-4A Conference) snapped a six-game losing streak by clobbering Hickory 10-0 at the WHS Softball Complex.
The game was called in six innings because of the ten-run mercy rule. Winning pitcher Megan Jackson went the distance, scattered four hits and struck out five. Offensively, the Pioneers pounded out 11 hits. Hope LaPointe and Rachel Cox led the assault with three hits apiece.
LaPointe was 3-4 with a run scored and two runs-batted-in; Cox was 3-4, scored a run and drove in a run. Jackson helped her own cause going 1-4 and she scored two runs; Elizabeth Dollar was 1-2 with a pair of sacrifices, two runs scored and an RBI; Rachel Hawkins had a triple and drove in a run. Hickory made four errors.
The Pioneers take on Ashe County, weather permitting, on Wednesday. They return home to play South Caldwell on Senior Night on Friday.
WATAUAGA 10, HICKORY 0
WHS 3 2 2 0 0 3 - 10 11 0
HHS 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 4 4
Elizabeth Dollar 1 for 2 2R, 2 SAC, RBI, ROE
Shelby Winebarger 0-3 SAC
Michala McCune 1-3 BB 2R RBI
Megan JAckson 1-4 2R 2ROE
Hope LaPointe 3-4 2RBI R
Kristen Gill 1-3 RBI R
Rachel Cox 3-4 R RBI
Rachel HAwkins 1-3 3B RBI
Sarah Combs 0-3 ROE
Megan Jackson 6IP 0 R 4H 5 K 1BB 1 HP
WHS TENNIS OPENS STATE PLAYOFFS TODAY
The Watauga High boys' tennis team (10-2) will host (weather-permitting) Asheville-Roberson (24-2) in the opening-round of the Class 4A State Dual-Team Playoffs at the WHS Tennis Courts today.
The Pioneers are the No.1 seed from the Northwestsern 3A-4A Conference; the Rams are the No.1 seed from the Mountain Athletic 3A-4A Conference. The winner of this match will play Charlotte Catholic (10-1) or Greensboro Grimsley in the second round.
The Class 4A Western Regionals for individual players will start Friday at Cornelius-Hough. The Pioneers will have three qualifiers in the field.
Dristen Trate will play singles; Will Spinetto and Josh Lampkins will play doubles. The top four finishers in singles and doubles play will advance to the state championships next week, May 8-9, in Raleigh.
South Caldwell (4A) 10-2; 17-4
Fred T. Foard 10-2; 15-5
Patton 8-4; 12-7
Hibriten 7-5; 11-8
Hickory 6-6; 10-9
Watauga (4A) 4-8; 10-11
St. Stephens 2-10; 4-14
Freedom 1-11; 7-14
THIS WEEKS GAMES
Freedom at St. Stephens, 7 p.m.
Fred T. Foard at South Caldwell, 7 p.m.
Hibriten at Patton, 7 p.m.
Watauga at Hickory, 7 p.m.
McDowell at Freedom
Hickory at Hibriten, 7 p.m.
Patton at Freedom, L.P. Frans Stadium, 7 p.m.
St. Stephens at Fred T. Foard, 7 p.m.
South Caldwell at Watauga, 7 p.m.
(Conference games through Monday)
South Caldwell (4A) 11-1
St. Stephens 10-2
Fred T. Foard 7-5
Watauga (4A) 3-10
(Conference matches through Monday)
St. Stephens 9-0-1
Watauga (4A) 7-2-1
Fred T. Foard 4-6-0
S. Caldwell (4A) 3-6-1