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Cedar Cliff Notes June 4, 2014

Reviewing the Rocket sports year Lochlan Angle

Sports Writer

The Reynolds 2013-2014 sports season was a remarkable ride for everyone involved. Rocket teams experienced victories, hardships, setbacks, and improvements. From players to fans, the year once more was not only entertaining, but very successful. The football team finished third in the conference with a 9-5 record. The team also made a deep run in the playoffs, reaching the third round. “It was a season to remember,” senior quarterback Levi Ledford said. “We fought through a lot of adversity, but we made a deep run in the playoffs, and the seniors led the team to a season I’ll never forget.” Several Rocket seniors are planning to go on to play football in college. Cameron Burton will go to Lenoir Rhyne University, Chance Towery plans to play at Youngstown State University, Andrew Long and Caelan Rhinehardt-Walker will

go to Emory and Henry College together, Thomas Blakey is going to UNC Chapel Hill, and Levi Ledford will attend Florida Tech. Other fall sports teams had success as well. The volleyball team finished first in the 3-A Mountain Athletic Conference and made it to the second round of playoffs. Men’s soccer also won the 3-A conference title. Three players on the women’s tennis team qualified for regionals, and Madison Roberts was an allconference athlete. The women’s golf team was small yet ready to improve throughout the season. “The girls worked hard,” golf coach Steven Anders said. “They worked hard to get better from day one.” Women’s cross country had a great season, finishing first at regionals and fourth at state. Five runners made all-regionals, and Anna Vess was the regional champion. Men’s cross country finished third in the conference, second at the UNCA Invitational meet, and placed 12th in the region, the team’s highest finish in seven years.

Photo provided by Levi Ledford Levi Ledford hands the ball off to AJ Logan.

Photo provided by Marcia Hudzik

Senior Caleb Hudzik carries the baton during a relay. The winter sports season began on all of those high notes and continued the trend of Rocket success. The wrestling team placed second in two tournaments. Harrison Stiteler was all-conference and finished with over 40 wins. Wrestlers Matt Wade, Sam Mosby, and Teka Lenehan had over 30 wins on the season. The women’s swim team broke all of the previous Reynolds records in all relays, and six swimmers made it to the state meet. The women’s team finished second in the conference and the men’s team finished third with Anna Vess, Anna Catherine Nazemi, and Matthew Shimshock taking home wins in the conference meet. The men’s basketball team finished third in the conference and reached the third round of playoffs. The women’s team improved this year and made it to the first round of playoffs. Additionally, four Reynolds cheerleaders made all-state: Kacie Campbell, Makenzie Wallen,

McKenna Wild, and Briana Humes. The spring sports teams also experienced great success. The baseball team finished third in the conference with a 13-12-1 record, reaching the playoffs, but getting knocked out in the first round. The softball team finished the regular season 16-4 and second in the conference. They won the first two games of the playoffs, but lost to Pisgah High School May 19. Men’s track placed second at regionals and finished second in the conference. Women’s track won the 3-A MAC title, and the team finished the season at the state meet, placed second at it, and was the overall state runnerup. Congratulations to all Rocket athletes, coaches, and fans on a fantastic year. Reynolds Athletic Director Larry Brow was very pleased with Rocket success this season. “The tradition of winning continues once again at AC Reynolds High School,” said Brow.

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