East Surry erupts to win playoff game PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry exploded for eight runs to knock off East Wilkes 10-0 in six innings Friday night.
The Cardinals posted their second shutout in two days as Drew Wilson scattered four hits and two walks over six innings.
Wilson had 14 strikeouts to two walks, which is a very good ratio, noted assistant coach Chad Freeman.
Still, through five and a half innings, the game was shaping up as a pitcher’s duel.
East Wilkes was hu...
Lady Hounds advance in state playoffs The Lady Hounds softball team advanced in the state playoffs on Friday after it beat West Davidson 7-2 in a hard hitting team effort.
Hounds Coach Willie Hodges said, “We came out and hit the ball tonight.” Hodges said the team also played good on defense. Hodges said the infield and outfield performed well.
Kayla Swift made several good catches at right field throughout the game.
There were no runs scored in the first inning, but the H...
Bears place in five events at state championship GREENSBORO — Mount Airy’s track team came home with a gold, two silvers and a bronze at the state 1A track championship at N.C. A&T University.
The Granite Bears placed in the top four in five events, led by a championship in the triple jump by senior Corey Valentine.
Valentine finished in the top four in all three jumping events.
He started Friday morning by clearing 20-09.5 in the long jump, good for fourth place.
Then he and West W...
Hounds golf take fifth at Regionals LEXINGTON — North Surry finished in the top five at the 2A Midwest Men’s Golf Regional; and two-time defending champs Salisbury won again.
Salisbury scored 315; West Davidson took second, recording 325; Cuthbertson, third, recording 329; East Davidson, fourth, recording 344; and North Surry, fifth, scoring 345.
Jesse Robertson of West Stokes was the individual medalist with a top score of 74.
T.J. Ramey of North Surry finished in a tie ...
Local netters ousted from state tournaments CARY — The four local tennis players didn’t survive the first day at the state tournaments in Cary Friday.
Two singles players and two doubles players qualified for the 1A and 2A brackets with top-four showings at regionals last week.
In the 1A singles tournament, Mount Airy’s 1A conference champion retired due to a lingering injury in the second set.
In the 2A, North Surry’s singles player and Surry Central’s doubles team went down in ...
Cards slam Sauras 7-0 for tourney title WALNUT COVE — East Surry hit four home runs, and Cody Ashburn threw a shutout as the Cardinals claimed the Northwest Conference Tournament 7-0 over South Stokes.
The Cards posted five runs in the fifth inning to blow open a close game in the tournament final which was repeatedly delayed since Saturday.
Senior Drew Wilson was named tournament most outstanding player after hitting two solo homers to give East Surry a 2-0 lead.
East’s Drew Wilson leads NW All-Conference Team WALNUT COVE — East Surry’s Drew Wilson was named the Northwest Conference player of the year for baseball Thursday night.
At the end of the conference tournament final, the Northwest announced the all-conference team as well as player and coach of the year honors.
Surry Central’s Matt Scott won coach of the year, but couldn’t be there to accept as he was coaching a playoff game in Dobson.
The Golden Eagles also led the four local school...
Cuthbertson pitches shutout against Central in state playoffs DOBSON — Cuthbertson High School routed Surry Central in a 10-0 shut out score in the first round of the state playoffs hosted by Surry Central.
Central’s Cole Fowler led as pitcher, Jake Henley took the mound in the third inning, and senior J.C. Whitt finished for Central.
The Golden Eagles came out flat on both offense and defense and never recovered after Cavalier batter Austin Pierce hit a homerun in the game’s opening.
Coaches announce summer sports camps With the school year winding down, local coaches are beginning to announce their summer sports camps.
• East Surry will host its soccer camp June 3-6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.
The camp is open to boys and girls who are rising third- through rising eight-graders. The cost is $20 through the end of the month or $25 on the first day of camp.
Coach Bill Hart leads the camp, assisted by counselors made up of current and former p...
Central knocked from soccer playoffs in OT DOBSON — Surry Central led for much of the game before falling in overtime to Piedmont 3-1 in the 2A soccer playoffs.
The Lady Eagles had a tough first-round opponent in the Lady Panthers (13-4) from Monroe.
The two teams battled back and forth across a soggy field without a score for most of the first half.
After three failed attempts on corner kicks, the Eagles finally scored on the fourth.
Sarah Bruce soft-touched the ball to Tess ...
Former Cardinal Long awarded Belmont Abbey’s Best All-round PILOT MOUNTAIN — Former East Surry Cardinal basketball player Kelsey Long was recently awarded the Best All-round Crusader Award at Belmont Abbey College, selected to represent the school in a career sports forum and awarded a summer internship at North Carolina State University.
Long said of the accolades, “I was honored, the hard work and dedication has paid off.”
She said the Best All-round award was a pleasant surprise and a nice way ...
Cale Gale has seen it all, but loves the fun of Bowman Gray WINSTON-SALEM — According to a press release from Bowman Gray Stadium, Cale Gale has had experience in virtually every level of NASCAR competition, but he says there’s something special about Bowman Gray Stadium. It’s part history, part competition — and it’s all about just having fun.
“I started racing go-karts when I was just four,” said Gale, who grew up surrounded by racing. “My dad’s a nine-time late model champion down in Mobile, Ala....
Punter Austin Barker signs with Lenoir-Rhyne North Surry’s Austin Barker is headed down to Cary this weekend to compete in the state 2A tennis championship.
Before that, Barker announced his choice of Lenoir-Rhyne University to play football next fall.
Barker is a standout punter who made the 2012 NCPreps.com 2A All-State team.
The senior averaged 39.8 yards per punt, a respectable number made even more amazing considering how often he had to hold back from giving it his best.
Baseball playoffs taking shape The playoff picture is coming into focus for area baseball teams.
Six teams from the Northwest Conference will be in action this Friday in the first round of the state 1A and 2A playoffs. Three teams will be at home and three on the road.
This week’s rain has interfered with some final seedings as conference finals haven’t been played.
East Surry and South Stokes still have a game to play for the conference title, but that doesn’t impac...
Four local schools represent Northwest Conference at state tennis tourney Two individuals and two doubles teams from the 1A/2A Northwest Conference will compete in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Men’s Tennis Tournament Championship in Cary beginning on Friday.
This year’s Northwest Conference will have representatives from Mount Airy High School, North Surry High School, Surry Central and Bishop McGuinness competing in the state tournament.
In 1A state tennis competition, Mitch Kessler of Mount Airy ...