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Jeff Linville

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PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry took on a powerful Reagan team and came away with a respectable 3-0 loss.
Coach Barry Hall noted that Reagan has most everybody back from a great team last year and could challenge for the 4A state title.
“It gave our kids a taste of 4A against a small 1A, and we held our own,” said the coaching legen

Cards open season with Reagan loss

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry took on a powerful Reagan team and came away with a respectable 3-0 loss. Coach Barry Hall noted that Reagan has most everybody back from a great team last year and could challenge for the 4A state title. “It gave our kids a taste of 4A against a small 1A, and we held our own,” said the coaching legen

Mount Airy took a 4-2 lead into doubles, then had to hang on for a 5-4 win over East Wilkes in Wednesday's tennis opener.
The Granite Bears took the four lowest seeds in singles, but then lost the first two doubles matches, putting all the pressure on two freshmen playing three doubles.
Brandon McGuire and Harrison Morris went against a pair of C

Bears edge E. Wilkes 5-4

Mount Airy took a 4-2 lead into doubles, then had to hang on for a 5-4 win over East Wilkes in Wednesday's tennis opener. The Granite Bears took the four lowest seeds in singles, but then lost the first two doubles matches, putting all the pressure on two freshmen playing three doubles. Brandon McGuire and Harrison Morris went against a pair of C

The Granite Bears used a high-energy transition game to build a big lead on Chatham Central and won 74-54 in the state 1A playoffs.
Mount Airy ran out to a 30-9 lead in the second quarter and led 37-19 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Chatham shrank the lead to 13, but the Bears came back to push the margin to about 20.
Then early in the fourt

Bears sky for playoff win 74-54

The Granite Bears used a high-energy transition game to build a big lead on Chatham Central and won 74-54 in the state 1A playoffs. Mount Airy ran out to a 30-9 lead in the second quarter and led 37-19 at halftime. In the third quarter, Chatham shrank the lead to 13, but the Bears came back to push the margin to about 20. Then early in the fourt

DOBSON — Surry Central lost in the second round of the state 2A playoffs, 52-44, to Madison.
The Lady Eagles led by two points in the closing seconds, but Madison scored with three seconds left to send the game to overtime, then outscored the Eagles 12-4 in the extra period.
Madison brought a big lineup into Dobson for this playoff game. Th

Lady Eagles fall in OT

DOBSON — Surry Central lost in the second round of the state 2A playoffs, 52-44, to Madison. The Lady Eagles led by two points in the closing seconds, but Madison scored with three seconds left to send the game to overtime, then outscored the Eagles 12-4 in the extra period. Madison brought a big lineup into Dobson for this playoff game. Th

DOBSON — The Lady Eagles beat Draughn 53-30 in the first round of the state 2A playoffs.
“We were able to start off the game with pressure and got some easy shots that way,” said coach Mandy Holt. Shaking off the rust was easier with a 9-1 start.
By the end of the first quarter, Surry Central led 15-8 and stretched that to 29-15

Eagles breeze in 1st round

DOBSON — The Lady Eagles beat Draughn 53-30 in the first round of the state 2A playoffs. “We were able to start off the game with pressure and got some easy shots that way,” said coach Mandy Holt. Shaking off the rust was easier with a 9-1 start. By the end of the first quarter, Surry Central led 15-8 and stretched that to 29-15

A driving layup, a softly lofted shot and a bounce off the backboard looked like North Surry would stay alive.
Then the ball trickled off the rim, and the Lady Greyhounds were knocked out of the state 2A playoffs by Franklin 45-43.
North Surry missed two free throws with 8.5 seconds left that could have given the team the lead. Then with the cloc

Lady Hounds bounced from state playoffs

A driving layup, a softly lofted shot and a bounce off the backboard looked like North Surry would stay alive. Then the ball trickled off the rim, and the Lady Greyhounds were knocked out of the state 2A playoffs by Franklin 45-43. North Surry missed two free throws with 8.5 seconds left that could have given the team the lead. Then with the cloc

North Surry sprinted away from Hendersonville for 90-62 win Friday.
The Greyhounds dashed out to a 30-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and pushed the margin to 31 points at 43-12.
The team hadn't played a game in two weeks and only had three practices in 15 days, noted coach Kevin King.
King said he was concerned about how the team would s

Hounds chase Cats in 1st round

North Surry sprinted away from Hendersonville for 90-62 win Friday. The Greyhounds dashed out to a 30-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and pushed the margin to 31 points at 43-12. The team hadn't played a game in two weeks and only had three practices in 15 days, noted coach Kevin King. King said he was concerned about how the team would s

East boys advance, girls lose

PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry's boys advanced, but the girls lost in the first round of the state 1A playoffs. The Cardinals earned a 73-38 win over Queen's Grant at home, while the Lady Cards fell at Hayesville 59-31. Tyler Smith and Carson Long both had 19 points to lead the boys to the win Friday evening. “We didn't play our best,&#

The threat of another round of inclement weather forecast for Wednesday night postponed nearly all of the first round state basketball playoff games in the area.
An early afternoon girls 1A West playoff game between Mount Airy and Pine Lake Prep went on as scheduled Wednesday. The rest of the contests were pushed back to Thursday. With several inc

Hoops teams deal with weather changes

The threat of another round of inclement weather forecast for Wednesday night postponed nearly all of the first round state basketball playoff games in the area. An early afternoon girls 1A West playoff game between Mount Airy and Pine Lake Prep went on as scheduled Wednesday. The rest of the contests were pushed back to Thursday. With several inc

Mount Airy tore through Pine Lake Prep in the final 11 minutes for a 78-39 win in the first round of the state 1A playoffs.
The visitors tried to make a game of it in the third quarter, but then the Lady Bears turned it on to pull away.
The Bears posted 17 points in the first quarter and had Pine Lake doubled up at 29-14 midway through the second

Bears' D leads to playoff win

Mount Airy tore through Pine Lake Prep in the final 11 minutes for a 78-39 win in the first round of the state 1A playoffs. The visitors tried to make a game of it in the third quarter, but then the Lady Bears turned it on to pull away. The Bears posted 17 points in the first quarter and had Pine Lake doubled up at 29-14 midway through the second

North Surry and Surry Central dominated the boys' and girls' all-conference teams, announced this week.
For North Surry, Khaileel Dailey won player of the year, and coach of the year went to Kevin King.
For the girls, Marlee Wilmoth and Mandy Holt won player and coach of the year for Surry Central.
The Lady Eagles and Lady Greyhounds made up sev

WPC names all-conference teams

North Surry and Surry Central dominated the boys' and girls' all-conference teams, announced this week. For North Surry, Khaileel Dailey won player of the year, and coach of the year went to Kevin King. For the girls, Marlee Wilmoth and Mandy Holt won player and coach of the year for Surry Central. The Lady Eagles and Lady Greyhounds made up sev

RALEIGH — East Surry's Souli Boutis has been selected for the 2015 East-West All-Star men's soccer game.
Boutis will be joined by Robert Cornelius, Forbush, in the July 21 game at UNC Greensboro's soccer stadium.
“The North Carolina Coaches Association is pleased to announce the rosters,” said David Willoughby, NCCA media coordi

East's Boutis all-star pick

RALEIGH — East Surry's Souli Boutis has been selected for the 2015 East-West All-Star men's soccer game. Boutis will be joined by Robert Cornelius, Forbush, in the July 21 game at UNC Greensboro's soccer stadium. “The North Carolina Coaches Association is pleased to announce the rosters,” said David Willoughby, NCCA media coordi

On the mats of the Greensboro Coliseum, the state wrestling tournament always feels like the trading floor on Wall Street.
This year, the effect seemed more intensified because snow wiped out the first day of the tournament, causing Friday and Saturday to be packed from start to finish.
Amid at the chaos of wrestlers shuttling place to place and

Finishing on a high note

On the mats of the Greensboro Coliseum, the state wrestling tournament always feels like the trading floor on Wall Street. This year, the effect seemed more intensified because snow wiped out the first day of the tournament, causing Friday and Saturday to be packed from start to finish. Amid at the chaos of wrestlers shuttling place to place and

RALEIGH — East Surry's Souli Boutis has been selected for the 2015 East-West All-Star men's soccer game.
Boutis will be joined by Robert Cornelius, Forbush, in the July 21 game at UNC Greensboro's soccer stadium.
“The North Carolina Coaches Association is pleased to announce the rosters,” said David Willoughby, NCCA media coordi

East's Boutis all-star pick

RALEIGH — East Surry's Souli Boutis has been selected for the 2015 East-West All-Star men's soccer game. Boutis will be joined by Robert Cornelius, Forbush, in the July 21 game at UNC Greensboro's soccer stadium. “The North Carolina Coaches Association is pleased to announce the rosters,” said David Willoughby, NCCA media coordi

GREENSBORO — The Granite Bears leave the state wrestling championship with three golds, a silver and a bronze.
Mount Airy had five wrestlers qualify, and all of them medaled.
“To place five in the top three is impressive,” said coach Cody Atkins.
Jacob Hogue, Triston Mabry and Cameron Pack all won first place at the state 1A ch

Bears take three gold medals

GREENSBORO — The Granite Bears leave the state wrestling championship with three golds, a silver and a bronze. Mount Airy had five wrestlers qualify, and all of them medaled. “To place five in the top three is impressive,” said coach Cody Atkins. Jacob Hogue, Triston Mabry and Cameron Pack all won first place at the state 1A ch

GREENSBORO — North Surry and Surry Central each got a bronze medal at the state 2A championship Saturday.
North's Austin Rozier and Central's Uriel Secundino won their matches in the consolation finals to earn third place.
The rest of the local 2A wrestlers didn't fare as well.
For the Greyhounds, Jacob Humphries, Devyn Green and Cody Slat

Hounds, Eagles get bronze

GREENSBORO — North Surry and Surry Central each got a bronze medal at the state 2A championship Saturday. North's Austin Rozier and Central's Uriel Secundino won their matches in the consolation finals to earn third place. The rest of the local 2A wrestlers didn't fare as well. For the Greyhounds, Jacob Humphries, Devyn Green and Cody Slat

Marlee Wilmoth has spent extra time working on free throw shooting since the last time Surry Central played North Surry.
It paid off for the senior point guard and for the Lady Golden Eagles, who rallied to beat their crosstown rivals 34-25 on Friday at Ron King Gymnasium to secure a No. 1 seed for next week's state playoffs.
Wilmoth led all scor

Lady Eagles win tiebreaker

Marlee Wilmoth has spent extra time working on free throw shooting since the last time Surry Central played North Surry. It paid off for the senior point guard and for the Lady Golden Eagles, who rallied to beat their crosstown rivals 34-25 on Friday at Ron King Gymnasium to secure a No. 1 seed for next week's state playoffs. Wilmoth led all scor

State wrestling tourney begins

GREENSBORO — Several local wrestlers are still alive in the hunt for a state title at the Greensboro Coliseum today. Six of seven local 2A competitors won their opening matches on Friday afternoon. Then the 1A teams took the mats at 8 p.m. 2A BracketsNorth Surry's Jacob Humphries lost in the first round. He was pinned midway through the sec

Ref discretion has gray areas

Two recent rulings from wrestling officials had Bears fans upset, and they have a right to be. The calls that went against first Andrew Moore and then Shay Wilson left me scratching my head, and one of the wrestlers on the outside looking in at the state championship this Friday. If there's anything that sports fans across the globe can agree upo

RALEIGH — The N.C. High School Athletic Association has released the brackets for this week's state wrestling championship.
The brackets are listed on the website trackwrestling.com.
Barring any changes from the weather, the 2A will get under way on Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum. The 1A schools will begin on Friday. Then all four clas

Bracket given for 1A wrestling

RALEIGH — The N.C. High School Athletic Association has released the brackets for this week's state wrestling championship. The brackets are listed on the website trackwrestling.com. Barring any changes from the weather, the 2A will get under way on Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum. The 1A schools will begin on Friday. Then all four clas





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