Surry County high school sports teams took their bumps and bruises in the early rounds of the NCHSAA spring playoffs, but five local teams are still alive in the postseason tournaments.
Friday marks the beginning of second round action in the girls’ soccer, softball and baseball playoffs, while the regional semifinals in boys’ tennis will take place on Monday.
Below is a look at past playoff results and the next round of competition for each team still standing from Surry County:
The 1A West bracket features a pair of local teams who advanced into the second round with wins earlier this week. No. 11 East Surry and No. 16 Mount Airy each defended their home field in the first round, with the Lady Cardinals earning a 3-1 victory over Highland Tech on Tuesday and the Lady Bears hanging on to defeat Cherokee 4-3 on Wednesday.
Mount Airy (11-10-2) faces a steep mountain in its next match, a date with the No. 1 seed Community School of Davidson (18-0-2) on Friday at 5 p.m. Mallard Creek High School will host the second round match between the Bears and Spartans.
East Surry (11-9-1) received some fortune in the form of a 4-1 upset by No. 27 Mountain Island Charter over No. 6 Highlands. That result allows the Lady Cardinals to host its second round match against the Raptors (5-14-2). Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.
Three Surry County teams qualified for the postseason, but only the North Surry Greyhounds were able to scratch out a win in the first round of competition. No. 18 North Surry (17-9) took on No. 15 South Stokes on Tuesday and escaped Walnut Cove with a 7-4 win. It was the third Greyhound victory in four meetings with the conference-rival Sauras in 2016.
The reward is a date with Reidsville, the 2A West’s No. 2 seed, in the second round. The Rams (22-4) are coming off a tight 3-2 win over No. 31 Hendersonville in their first-round matchup. First pitch between North Surry and Reidsville is schedule for Saturday at 5 p.m.
Only two local teams were invited to the NCHSAA playoffs this season, and East Surry is the lone squad who has yet to transition into the offseason. The No. 9 Lady Cardinals were clinical in a 9-1 home victory over Swain County in the first round.
The next stop in East Surry’s playoff tour will take the team to Newland for a second round battle against No. 8 Avery County Friday at 5 p.m. The No. 8 Vikings (12-8) are the lowest-seeded conference champions in the tournament. Despite East Surry (20-6) being the lower seed, the Lady Cardinals (15) are ranked higher than Avery County (40) on maxpreps.com’s 1A softball rankings.
Mount Airy’s tennis team has carried the Surry County banner all year long with a league title and pair of individual championships in the Northwest Conference. The Bears’ success in 2016 paved the way for a first-round bye in the NCHSAA 1A playoffs.
Mount Airy (20-2) opened play in the tournament on Tuesday with a 5-1 victory over East Wilkes. The win clinched a spot in the regional semifinals and a home match with Lincoln Charter (12-1) on Monday at 4 p.m.
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