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Start of fall sports means fresh start BY MICHAEL LINDSAY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

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ell, another summer is winding to a close and another school year is upon us. While many schools had outstanding years last year— nine coveragearea teams won state championships — every school starts the new year with the same blank slate and the same opportunity for a good year. While there’s certainly plenty to be said for girls golf, boys tennis, volleyball, boys soccer and cross country, in my mind nothing marks the start of a new year quite like the first football game of the season. From our 15 area schools, four from High Point will take to the gridiron this weekend, each represented on the cover — Andrews by Marquez Swinton, Central by Lashuran Monk, Southwest by Brandon Banks and High Point Christian by Shawn Millsap. Many thanks to all of the athletic directors, parents, coaches and student-athletes for being involved in this fall’s preview section. We, in the Enterprise sports department, appreciate your help and look forward to another stellar year! mlindsay@hpe.com | 888-3526 Follow on Twitter at HPEsports

BEHIND THE FALL SPORTS GUIDE

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Cover photo: Don Davis Jr. Cover design: Leslie Long Section design: Michael Lindsay Photos by: Sonny Hedgecock, Don Davis Jr. and The Thomasville Times Stories by: Michael Lindsay, Jason Queen, and Daniel Kennedy, Zach Keply and Eliot Duke of The Thomasville Times Sports editor: Mark McKinney

2011 Fall Sports Preview Table of Contents

Southwest Guilford . . . . . . . .Pages 4-6 High Point Central . . . . .Pages 7-9, 31 T.W. Andrews . . . . . . . . . .Pages 10-12 HP Christian . . . . . . . . . . .Pages 13-15 Wesleyan Christian . . . . . .Pages 16-17 Westchester Country Day .Pages 19-21 Trinity . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pages 22-24, 47 Ledford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pages 25-27 Wheatmore . . . . . . . . .Pages 28-30, 39 Thomasville. . . . . . . . . . . .Pages 32-33 East Davidson . . . . . . . . . .Pages 34-36 Ragsdale . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pages 37-38 Southern Guilford . . . . . . .Pages 40-41 Bishop McGuinness . . . . . .Pages 42-44 Glenn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pages 45-46


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Cowboys look for breakout year BY MICHAEL LINDSAY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

HIGH POINT – Over the last decade or so, Southwest Guilford football has been on the verge of breaking out a couple times, only to step back. The Cowboys hope this is the year to end that. They return 22 lettermen and 13 starters — including one of the best defenders in the area — from a team that went 6-6 overall and 2-4 in the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference. “I really think we can be pretty good,” said head coach Scott Schwarzer, entering his fifth season after spending four years as offensive coordinator at High Point Central. “A lot of it’s going to be determined by how we play in our nonconference schedule. Our conference is very competitive, but we have high expectations. We feel like we can win, and our goal is to compete at a high level.” Brandon Banks, a senior defensive end/linebacker, will be a key part of what Southwest does this year. He was named PTC Defensive Player of the Year last year and

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(From left) Micah McMaster, Braxton Daye, JayQuan Lewis, James Rogers and Herbert Bridges lead a defense that looks to carry Southwest Guilford to a strong season on the gridiron. has garnered preseason PTC Player of the Year and 4A all-state honors from NCPreps.com. Banks, along with lineman James Daye, linebacker Aaron Fletcher

and defensive back Herbert Bridges, will lead a 3-4 defense that returns seven starters. Schwarzer said the keys defensively will be forcing turnovers, eliminating the big play

and controlling the line of scrimmage. On the offensive side, the Cowboys, who open Friday at Southeast Guilford, have a large hole to fill at quarterback, fol-

lowing the graduation of quarterback Airyn Willis, who was a 1,000-yard rusher last season and signed with Wake Forest University. DeMario Smith will

take over that role in the spread option, while Larry Edwards and Ray Bridges — who combined

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(Front, from left) Ray Bridges, Kevin Stanfield, Ryan Bristow; (back, from left) DeMario Smith and Larry Edwards should be key pieces for the Cowboys’ offense.

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Edwards, Bridges lead running game FROM PAGE 4 for 1,300 yards of total offense last year — will also be key in the backfield. Four-year starter Kevin Stanfield and Ryan Bristow will lead a strong offensive line. “We control what happens to us,� Schwarzer said. “We can’t control the outside world. We have to keep it together and play for ourselves. We’ve got take care of the football and can’t turn it over. We’re going to run the football, and we have to do a better job throwing the football.� For the first time in his tenure, Schwarzer said, he and his entirely new staff — which features former Trinity coach Alex Mebane, former Burlington Williams coach Scott Frazier and former High Point Central player Will Grant — will focus players on playing just offense or defense. That does, however, hamper their depth, particularly at the linebacker and receiver positions. But if Southwest can remain healthy, maintain control of the football and keep a positive attitude, then it can have the breakout season it’s looking for. “Our goal this year is to finish in the top three or four of the conference,�

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Aug. 19 at Southeast Guilford Aug. 26 at Eastern Guilford Sept. 2 vs. Ledford Sept. 9 at Rockingham County Sept. 16 at T.W. Andrews Sept. 23 vs. Northwest Guilford* Sept. 30 vs. Ragsdale* Oct. 7 at Glenn* Oct. 14 vs. East Forsyth* Oct. 21 at High Point Central* Oct. 28 at Parkland* *Piedmont Triad 4A game Schwarzer said. “We do think we’re going to have a successful season. We’re getting to the point here where we can compete at a regular basis. The pieces are there — we just have to put them together.� mlindsay@hpe.com | 888-3526 Follow on Twitter at HPEsports

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SW GUILFORD SOCCER

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(Front from left) Ilhan Ayyildiz, Seth Harrison, J.J. Rogers, Austin Lynk, (back from left) Jacob Arett, Ruben Hwasser and Christian Olds look to lead a young Southwest Guilford boys soccer team this season.

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Coach: Keith Murphy, third year Last year: 9-9 overall, 7-3 Piedmont Triad 4A (tied for second) Missing faces: Paula Ibe, a true linchpin at No. 3 — graduated: Carrie Lee, a wonderful swing player at Nos. 6/7 — graduated; Michelle Marrara, wished to focus on soccer Familiar faces: junior Jacklyn Pfuhl (team’s No. 1 from last year, went 4-6 in singles and 8-0 in doubles with Morgan Jackson); senior Morgan Jackson (team’s No. 2 from last year, went 7-3 in singles and 8-0 in

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doubles with Pfuhl, Pfuhl-Jackson reached second round of regionals); junior Grace Lim (team’s No. 4 last year, went 5-5 in singles, “I look to see Grace come into her own over the next two seasons, delivering on her ability to close out a match); senior Jeanie Choi (went 7-3 in singles, Look for her for senior wisdom in helping develop the younger talent) New faces: freshman Maggie Jermyn — freshman, has a solid ground stroke. Look for her to vie for a topsix spot and contribute mightily to the team in the coming years Season outlook: With four returners and some refined talent

Assistant coaches Michael Vogel, Ryan Johnson, Brad Curtis and Kyle Pycraft

coming up as freshmen, Southwest should hold our own in the conference. Pfuhl-Jackson should gel nicely in doubles and prove a force in the conference vying for top seed in the conference tournament once more. Look to Northwest Guilford to be a major roadblock in this plan. Things that must happen to have a successful season: With the top six hammered down, I will be relying on my new ladies to anchor the bottom half of the rotation. These spots and the doubles game they bring will ultimately decide the outcome to several key matches we will have this season.

Coach: Rob Szitas, sixth season Last year: 15-3-6 overall, 10-2 Piedmont Triad 4A, lost in second round of playoffs to Myers Park Missing faces: Andrew Daniel, Gray Depasquale, Stephen McDaniel, Greg Funk Familiar faces: defender Gabe Dobbins and Hayden Appelberg, forward Alex Lugo, keeper Danny Gillespie, midfielders Erik Collazo and Christian Olds New faces: Erik Casterline, forward Holden Hmiel, defenders Carl Drubbisch and Rueben Hwasser, midfielders Seth Harrison and Andrew Gullickson Coach’s season outlook: We have a young but enthusiastic team. Practices thus far have been very positive and I look for us to keep improving as we gain more experience and get familiar with each other. We’ve had good leadership from our returners and that has carried over to our newcomers. Things that must happen to have a successful season: I am very optimistic that we can find the right people to fill the right spaces and develop a good team chemistry. If we can achieve that we will be a very competitive squad.

SW GUILFORD CROSS COUNTRY

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Coach: Glenn Boulton Last year: The girls finished 2nd in the Piedmont Triad 4A and 6th in the regionals. The boys finished 6th in the conference and 16th in the region. Missing faces: Caitlin Spinks, Audrianna Sarrimanolis for the girls; Corey Albrecht and Nathan Fuchs for the boys Familiar faces: Kostantina Sarrimanolis (All-conference 2010), Allison Kline, Kristan Edwards, Claudia Lugo and newcomer Kylie Jones look to return a strong girls team this year. For the boys, Russell Cherry, D.J. Chamblee, Michael Quada, Justin Sampson, Tim Hayes New faces: Jake Price Season outlook: We have had a large group for preseason and have had 65 kids come out and run. A very good preseason and we are looking forward to competing with the teams in the area and state.

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Coach: Meagan Smith, first year; assistant Gary Tucker Familiar faces: Returning starters - senior Tevyn Jones, senior Charlotte Adams, senior Taylor Hamrick, junior Mary Bryan Smith New faces: Mina Hinman, Charlotte Cain, Rachel Shelton (all freshmen). Elizabeth Crawford (only sophomore) Coach’s season outlook: I ex-

pect the varsity will finish third in the conference (Piedmont Triad 4A). I believe this team will rise to my high expectations and fast-pace practice. Things that must happen to have a successful season: The girls need to buy into my philosophy and put trust into the coaching staff. The girls will have to follow their team expectations and know they have to show respect to each other.

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Coach: Justin Smith, first year; assistant Jordan Shaver Last year: 6-5-1, third in Piedmont Triad 4A, lost to Page in second round of playoffs Missing faces: forwards Austin Miller and Denys Guerrero; defender Anderson Toe; midfielder Max Law, keeper Maki Kafi Familiar faces: senior midfielder/stopper Jackson Boone, junior midfielder Scott Faytol,

junior keeper Brandon Couden New faces: Tyler Owens (transfer), Shep Byles (transfer), Carlos Murillo (JV call-up), Will Johnson (football place-kicker) Coach’s season outlook: The coaching staff and players are extremely excited about this year. We are more versatile and well-rounded. Where we were thin last year, we have filled in those areas with talented guys. Our bench is more promising than ever. We want to fly under

the radar and surprise teams. On paper we don’t look strong, but on the field it will be different. Things that must happen to have a successful season: Our team has to be strategically sound and disciplined. Last year we could rely on the throughball to our guys up top, but this year we have to be more multidimensional in our attack. We are going to be relentless in our pressure because we have a capable, deep bench that can handle it.

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Young Bison boast plenty of talent BY MICHAEL LINDSAY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

HIGH POINT — After one of its deepest playoff runs in the better part of a decade, the High Point Central football team expects to be right there again, even if it takes a little time in getting there. Although the Bison graduated a host of top players from last year’s team, they do bring a mix of younger players who have limited experience but plenty of talent that they hope will grow into something special this season. “Our expectations are to win,” coach Wayne Jones, entering his fifth season as head coach, said emphatically. “We want to come here to practice, to get better gameto-game and to try to win every game we play.” Last season, HPC, which went 9-5 overall and 3-3 in the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference to tie for third place, ended the year on a good note by reaching the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 2003 before losing to Davie County, 18-15. While the Bison, who lost 25 seniors from last year’s team, feature many younger players this season, the experience gained from the extra weeks of practice and being a part of a playoff run could be motivation leading into this season. “That makes the expectations that much higher,” said Jones, who joined Gary Whitman’s staff at HPC in 1991. “That group got there and you want to get there and go beyond that. You can’t live off what they did last year. It just means you hold the keys now and it’s time for you to drive.” The Bison’s biggest threat is their skill players, includ-

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Aug. 19 at T.W. Andrews Aug. 26 at Asheboro Sept. 2 at Page Sept. 9 vs. Grimsley Sept. 16 at East Forsyth* Sept. 23 vs. Thomasville Sept. 30 at NE Guilford* Oct. 7 vs. Parkland* Oct. 14 at Glenn* Oct. 21 vs. SW Guilford* Oct. 28 vs. Ragsdale* *Piedmont Triad 4A game ing juniors Lashuran Monk and Rakeem Grimes — who both saw plenty of playing time last year. Grimes, however, broke his ankle in the preseason and will miss about a month. He finished second on the team in rushing with 526 yards and five touchdowns while Monk had 71 catches for 1,076 yards and seven TDs receiving and 393 yards and two TDs rushing. He is the lone returnee of HPC’s eight all-conference selections. Justin Johnson, a junior who saw time at slot last year, moves to quarterback and will give the Bison a little more height and quickness under center. Woody Cornwell, an accurate thrower, will also compete for the starting quarterback job. Senior defensive tackle Antione Copes is just one of two returning linemen for HPC, which returns nine lettermen overall, including five offensive starters and four defensive starters. Copes finishes with 30 tackles and two sacks last season. The Bison, who open

their season Friday against archrival T.W. Andrews, also look for athlete Maleek Peoples, a 6-foot, 175-pound transfer from Raleigh Millbrook; running back Zerrick Baker; and receiver Jamale McKiver to make an impact. “We don’t have one team on our schedule that can’t beat us or doesn’t have good athletes,” Jones said. “So, the expectation has to be high for them. There can’t be any letdown because, from week to week, they have to fight. “And the expectations of the program. You’re in a successful program with a rich tradition. You don’t want to be the team that lets it down. You don’t want to be the team that lets your parents down. And you don’t want to be the team that lets your community down. So, the expectations are definitely high.” mlindsay@hpe.com | 888-3526 Follow on Twitter at HPEsports

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Above: (front, from left) Raekwon Williams, Tyrone Little, Rubin Crosby, (middle, from left) Kevin Green, Maleek Peoples, Tyler Wilson, (rear, from left) Jacory Davis and Germain Pratt lead a stout Bison defense. Below: (front, from left) Zerrick Baker, Dwayne Waden, Lashuran Monk, (rear, from left) Jamale McKiver, Justin Johnson, Woody Cornwell and Juwan Foggie look to lead HPC on offense.


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CENTRAL CROSS COUNTRY

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Coach: Suzanne White, first year; assistant Patrick Battle Last year: boys 8-13, girls 14-6 Missing faces: Josh Skinner, Richard Segal, Jeremy Williams, Stephanie Blair and Stephanie Verdi Familiar faces: junior Matt Blake, junior Jacob Cartee; senior Whitney Hodges, junior Mckenzie O’Brien New faces: freshman Mason Keply, ju-

CENTRAL GOLF

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Kelly Williams (left) and Jennifer Galanti highlight a young Bison girls golf team.

Coach: Kim Stalnaker Last year: Fourth in the Piedmont Triad 4A

Missing faces: Mari Norcross, Laura Galanti, and Madeline Rhoton Familiar faces:

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nior Logan Keply Coach’s season outlook: I am very hopeful this season. Although we lost some unbelievably great runners and leaders, I’m looking forward to challenging this new group of kids. Things that must happen to have a successful season: Dedication first and foremost, willingness to go above and beyond. I’ve been working hard to really diversify our workouts, and I hope it will pay off!

Season outlook: We have seven sophomores, one freshman and one junior out for this year’s team. This is the Bison’s largest turnout ever for girls golf. About half of these ladies are beginners and we are spending a great deal of time on the range learning the basics — from the golf grip, to the proper stance, and then trying to make a good turn on the ball, not to mention all the rules associated with the USGA.

MORE HPC COVERAGE

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Check out recaps of Central-Andrews’ closest football games, Page 12 And more photos of fall sports teams, Page 31

CENTRAL TENNIS

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Coach: Robbie Bean, first year Missing faces: Maja Salcin, No. 1 singles, graduation; Megan Patterson, No. 5 singles, graduation Familiar faces: senior Hannah Howell (No. 2 singles, No. 2 doubles); sophomore Sara Howell (No. 4 singles); junior Grace Jung (No. 6 singles); sophomore Tori Skinner New faces: Emily Adams, Kristen Biddle, Deja Becknell, Virginia Cheek, Meredith Field, Caroline Gibson, Anastasia Howard, Rachel Mann, Ariana Martin, Elizabeth Moore, Sara Raisner, Daria Ruiz, Jessica Sandoval, Madeline Scheer, Elena Irina Sticera, Carolyn Troutman Coach’s season outlook: As a first-year coach to the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference, I am hoping to establish a program that prides itself on teamwork, hard work, and setting and establishing goals. We all believe that we can improve on

last year’s record and finish in the top half of the conference. We have some solid returning starters (the Howell sisters, Jung, and Skinner) and some new players with a lot of previous tennis experience (Adams, Biddle, Field, Troutman) and I hope that combination of experience and youth will translate in a lot of W’s this season. Things that must happen to have a successful season: This year’s Bison team has a lot of young, individual talent. Our biggest challenge is how to handle our inexperience. Can our girls juggle the pressures of high school and the pressures of playing high level tennis on a regular basis? From what I’ve seen in preseason, I think everyone is displaying the right attitude and an eagerness to learn. We have a very close-knit and supportive team. I think if the girls continue to embrace the idea of unity and trust in themselves, we should experience a lot of success on and off the court.

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Red Raiders primed for another strong run BY MICHAEL LINDSAY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

HIGH POINT — T.W. Andrews head coach Rodney McKoy has very simple — albeit lofty — goals for his football team this season. “To win the state championship. That’s my goal,” he said. “If you don’t expect that, you’re cheating yourself and your kids. Everybody wants to win it all, but I think we’ve got enough experience to have an opportunity, if we stay healthy.” The Red Raiders, who open Friday at Simeon Stadium against archrival High Point Central, have loads of talent and experience — returning 15 starters, including eight on offense and seven on defense — to compete once again for the conference title that has eluded them. This year, however, they look to reach that pedestal and much more, after going 8-5 overall and 4-1 in the PAC-6 2A last year and reaching the second round of the state playoffs. And they have a plan to achieve that. DON DAVIS JR. | HPE

(Front, from left) Jalen Turner, Brandon Banks, Ricky Gibson, (rear, from left) Simeon Robbins, Jamari Milliken, Tiquan McLean and Chris Pauling anchor a strong defense that returns seven starters from last year.

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“The first thing we’ve got to do is stay healthy,” McKoy said. “The second thing is we’ve got control the game offensively. And to do that we’ve got to run the ball effectively and we’ve got to stop the run effectively. If we get those accomplished, I think we’ll have a good start on things.” Andrews lost two notable offensive weapons, in receiver Mark Johnson and running back Xavier Quick, to graduation. They do, however, return a solid corps of skill players, including senior quarterback Marquez Swinton and receiver Ryan Bostic. They also return five offensive linemen, including senior center Jerry Brown. On defense, senior safety Chris Pauling and senior cornerback Jamari Milliken anchor a stellar defense fortified by

its secondary and linebackers. All five players mentioned were All-PAC-6. “We’ve got quite a few seniors and quite a bit of experience,” McKoy said. “We were pretty young last year, even though we had a decent year. We didn’t lose to no cupcakes — we played some pretty good football teams. “That experience, I think, it’s going to help us this year. We played in some ballgames. Some of them we played well; some of them we didn’t play so well. But I think the experience helped us. ... We want to see the fruit of that labor.” The last few seasons, the Red Raiders have been close. And while last year was a positive one, winning nine of their final 12 games, they want to achieve

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Aug. 19 vs. High Point Central Aug. 26 vs. Smith Sept. 2 at Thomasville Sept. 16 vs. SW Guilford Sept. 23 at Oxford Webb Sept. 30 vs. Atkins* Oct. 7 at Trinity* Oct. 14 vs. Randleman* Oct. 21 vs. Carver* Oct. 28 at Wheatmore* *PAC-6 2A game more and are positive they can. Being in that position has helped them learn to win. “I think there’s a big differ-

ence with this team from last year just maturity-wise,” McKoy said. “The maturity and knowing how to do things and how to win, I think our kids now understand the small things and certain things we’ve got to do. We’ve got talent, but it’s the smaller stuff we’ve got to do to get better. ... “The thing is, with young kids who have played in the playoffs and big games, eventually they’re going to get over the hump. We haven’t lost but one conference game three years in a row. We’ve played for the conference championship three years in a row, and it’s time for us to win the conference. That’s our goal: to win conference and the state championship.” mlindsay@hpe.com | 888-3526 Follow on Twitter at HPEsports

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CENTRAL-ANDREWS HIGHLIGHTS

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This year’s football season opens with a bang — Central-Andrews in the first week. Overall, Andrews holds a 24-17 series edge through 2010. Fourteen games have been decided by a touchdown (seven points) or less: Andrews owns eight wins in those close calls, Central six. Here’s a look at those memorable games:

OCT. 20, 1972 (ANDREWS 18-13) Johnny Evans booted a 30-yard field goal and scored on a 1-yard run. Curtis Wilson returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown. Harold Nash led the Raiders with 73 rushing yards.

SEPT. 19, 1975 (CENTRAL 27-25) The Bison broke through for their first victory as George Curtis rushed for 197 yards and two TDs, while quarterback Blake Lewis threw two TD passes to Willie Jones. Perry Allred’s 2-yard TD run in the fourth quarter provided the winning points.

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(From left) Andrews’ Dishawn Ray, Jalen Turner, Jerry Brown, Jacob Hairston and Teonce Jones appear ready for Central in this year’s season opener Friday at 7 p.m. at Simeon Stadium.

SEPT. 17, 1977 (ANDREWS 14-12) Andrews held on for victory with the first last-minute goal-line stand in series history. Trailing 14-12 with 49 seconds left, the Bison had first-and-goal at the Raider 4. But two procedure penalties and a lost fumble doomed the Bison. Andrews’ Chris Brown rushed for 127 yards and a TD, Dan Wagoner threw a 15-yard TD pass to Terry Buchanan, and Wagoner’s two PATs proved decisive.

SEPT. 16, 1978 (CENTRAL 7-6) The Bison stopped Dwayne Golden’s two-point conversion run one foot short with 1:59 remaining to preserve the victory. Stephon Graham’s 19-yard pass to Anthony Harrington and Eddie George’s PAT gave Central a 7-0 halftime lead. Golden scored on a 2-yard run to pull the Raiders within one.

NOV. 6, 1981 (ANDREWS 14-7) Andrews QB Charlie Alston rushed for one TD and threw a 37-yard strike to Warren Marshall for the other score. Larry Johnson scored on a 2-yard run for the Bison.

OCT. 23, 1987 (ANDREWS 3-0) The Raider defense was at its dominating best, limiting the Bison to just 82 yards of total offense and no secondhalf first downs. Jeff White’s 30-yard

field goal provided the winning points.

OCT. 4, 1991 (ANDREWS 20-19) The teams followed the biggest blowout in series history with one of its most unforgettable finishes, scoring 16 points in the final 1:35 and 13 points in the last 19 seconds. Kenny Shaw’s 75-yard interception return gave the Raiders a 20-13 lead with 19 seconds to play. Central drove 66 yards in 13 seconds, aided by two pass interference penalties – the second after time had expired. Lee Goins threw a TD pass to Lee Crawford to make it 20-19. The Bison lined up for the extra point, but went for a fake. Goins’ pass fell off the outstretched fingertips of the receiver.

career coaching victory at Central when the Bison stopped the Raiders at the 3 with 20 seconds left to seal the victory. Chuckie Reed, opposing Andrew’s Freddie Autry-Lindsay, led the Bison with seven carries for 143 yards and a 42-yard TD catch.

on a blocked punt tied it and Charles Thomasson’s 2-yard score at the 1:18 mark had the Bison in control. Andrews’ Jordan Reid completed an 18-yard strike to Cameron Neal with zeroes showing on the clock. The Raiders went for 2 but were stopped just a yard short.

SEPT. 18, 1998 (ANDREWS 17-13)

SEPT. 19, 2008 (ANDREWS 23-16)

The Raiders amassed just 115 rushing yards and 4 yards through the air, but forced four turnovers and rallied from a 7-3 deficit. Jason Pegeuse returned a fumble 52 yards for a TD and Aughtry-Lindsey rushed for a 1-yard score. Nathan McKinney booted a 52-yard field goal.

Jordan Reid’s 17-yard TD pass to Tony Washington with no time left in the first half gave Andrews a 6-0 lead that grew to 8-0 on a safety early in the second half and 15-0 on and Washington’s 14-yard with 7:25 to play. The Bison rallied with 16 points in the final minutes, thanks to four Raider turnovers, but Andrews held on.

SEPT. 16, 2005 (CENTRAL 7-3) NOV. 27, 1992 (ANDREWS 16-15) The first-ever postseason meeting between the rivals turned into one of the greatest games of all time. Central led 15-3 at halftime and held that lead into the fourth quarter. After cutting the lead to 15-10, Andrews recovered a fumble with four minutes to play, setting up the winning TD, a 6-yard pass from Geno McKiver to Travis Jackson with 54 seconds left.

SEPT. 19, 1997 (CENTRAL 21-14) Gary Whitman earned his 200th

An estimated crowd of 11,000 saw Central’s Stephen Johnson score on a QB sneak and Sam Fulp added the PAT in the first quarter. Andrews turned a Bison fumble into three points on a Michael Von Dohlen 27-yard field goal with less than one second remaining before halftime.

SEPT. 14, 2007 (CENTRAL 30-29) The Bison trailed 23-14 in the fourth quarter before Ricky Mitchell capped an amazing night with a 5-yard score to cut it to 23-21 with 5:18 to go. A safety

SEPT. 18, 2009 (CENTRAL 19-12) Central’s Akeem Langham broke a scoreless tie when he ripped out a fumble on the second-half kickoff and ran it in for a score. The Bison’s lead grew to 19-0 on short runs by Al-DaQuan Teasley and Lashuran Monk. Andrews rallied with TDs by Marquez Swinton to Vashon Dawkins and defensive star Quan Stevenson taking a short pass and racing to the end zone. Central’s defense, though, forced one more stop and allowed the offense to run out the clock.


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Cougars look to build BY MICHAEL LINDSAY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

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(Clockwise from left front) Daniel Fulk, Quentin Chavis, Shawn Millsap, Hayden Harrington, Colby Grant, Brandon Bennett and Tulley Dominguez should be key components to helping the Cougars improve in their second varsity season.

HIGH POINT — The High Point Christian football team now has some game experience. That’s something they couldn’t say last year, and it’s something real they can build on this year. In just their second year of varsity play, the Cougars are still a long way from the program they eventually want to be. But the goal for this year is to make strides off of last year. “The expectation is to improve,” said head coach Steve Lechner, entering his fourth year. “We want to get better every day. I know that’s coachspeak, but for us it’s the real deal. “We really have to get better every day, better week to week and improve on last year. Our summer offseason participation was the best it’s been. The the intellectual part the guys have put in has improved. And we’ve got quite a bit of experience.” HPCA, which opens Saturday at home against Bishop McGuinness, returns 11 lettermen from last year’s team, including eight starters on offense and five or six on defense, that went 1-9 overall and 0-6 in the Central Piedmont Football 2A/3A Conference. And while last year might have been tough at times, it was a building experience for this year’s team, which features 20 players — fewer than in previous years but more dedicated and determined. “Last year was a baptism under fire — a classic example of it,” Lechner said. “Our schedule was very aggressive. ... It was very challenging. But the kids took it for what it was, which was a learning

experience, and grew from it. “The guys that were here grew tighter and closer as a family, which is really what you’re trying to achieve as a family. They’re optimistic, excited to get back at it. The goal is truly improvement and to play our best. We want to be the best version of ourselves.” Returning to lead the offense will be sophomore tailback Rick Mack, senior tight end Shawn Millsap and senior offensive lineman Daniel Fulk. HPCA also added transfers Quentin Chavis, a junior quarterback, and Cameron Williams, a junior receiver. To lead the defense, senior linebacker/lineman Colby Grant and junior defensive end Josh Craft return for the Cougars, while they also add sophomore transfer Mick Alley as a linebacker. With only 20 sophomores, juniors and seniors (26 including freshmen), depth is a concern. On the bright side, though, the Cougars have plenty of versatility and conditioning to thrive in their I-look/spread offense and 4-3/4-4 defense. “A successful season would be improvement,” Lechner said. “We’d need to look at game film each week and say that we had 11 guys doing their assignment on every play. So, cut out the mental errors from last year. “And when we have a chance to make plays that we’re making a pretty high percentage on both sides of the ball. We want to approach every game this year — and we’re justified in thinking this way — with an eye toward winning the football game.” mlindsay@hpe.com | 888-3526 Follow on Twitter at HPEsports


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Coach: Kelly Coats, first season; assistant Ethan Moore Last year: 26-8, undefeated in the PACIS, finished fifth in NCISAA 3A Missing faces: right-side hitter Bethany Gesell, middle hitter Claire Phipps Familiar faces: senior libero Ellen Fay (leader in digs with 461, 48 kills and 62 aces), all-conference and all-state senior setter Macy Scarborough (leader in assists with 943), junior middle hitter Kathryn Cox (148 kills and 48 blocks), senior middle hitter Tara Moseley New faces: junior outside hitter Morgan Johnson, junior right-side hitter Sheridan Miller. sophomore setter Rachel Cox, freshman Nikki Zittinger Coach’s season outlook: The Cougars expect another great conference season and playoffs. We are also aiming for a much higher state finish this year. We have a strong senior class with a lot of talent and leadership ability. Things that must happen to have a successful season: We must come together and play as a team. Because we are small in stature in the outside hitting positions, we must play great defense and cover our hitter well, Serving, receiving and communication are always a key to a strong team.

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(From left) Ellen Fay, Lauren Fox, Tara Moseley, Kathryn Cox, Brittany Farmer and Macy Scarborough lead an imposing Cougars volleyball team that is set for another strong run in the NCISAA 3A.

HP CHRISTIAN FOOTBALL

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Aug. 20 vs. Bishop McGuinness Aug. 26 at Wheatmore Sept. 2 at Village Christian Sept. 9 vs. Fayetteville Christian Sept. 16 vs. Wake Christian Sept. 23 at SouthLake Christian* Oct. 8 vs. Forsyth Country Day* Oct. 14 vs. Christ School* Oct. 22 vs. Metrolina Oct. 28 at Hickory Grove* *Central Piedmont Football 2A/3A Conference game

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(Front, from left) Abby Auman, Jackie Love, (rear, from left) Aaron Cliff, Will Cliff, Davis Pack, David Loy and Connor Flater aim to run ahead of the competition this fall for the HPCA cross country team.

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HP CHRISTIAN TENNIS

New faces: Maria Santafe (could become No. 1 singles).

Coach: Adriana Hernandez, second year; assistant Mariana Gamboa Last year: Finished third in PACIS 3A Missing faces: Jenna Curry (No. 3 singles) Familiar faces: senior Carly Black (No. 2 singles, No. 1 doubles), junior Sarah Bridger (No.1 singles, No. 1 doubles), junior Hartlea Love (No. 6 singles, No. 3 doubles)

Coach’s season outlook: “My team has a great attitude and great sportsmanship. They are fun to be around and they never give up. I expect to finish first in conference and qualify to the state tournament.”

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Sydney Curry (left) and Sarah Bridger will help the Cougars girls tennis team contend in the PACIS 3A this season. Bridger, a junior, returns at No. 1 for HPCA.

HP CHRISTIAN CROSS COUNRY

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Coach: Heather Foster, eighth season; assistant Jeff Pack Last year: Boys team won PACIS conference, sixth in NCSIAA 3A state championships; Girls team third in PACIS out of four teams Missing faces: Boys - Trent Gabriel (last year’s No. 6 runner - graduated); Austen Zente (scorer every meet last year, 18:25 at State Meet, transferred to SW Guilford); Girls - Abby Cliff (team Co-MVP last year - graduated) Familiar faces: The boys return four scoring runners from last year. They are sophomore David Loy (No. 2 in conference - 17:08); junior Connor Flater (allconference - 17:21); senior Davis Pack (all-conference - 17:45); sophomore Will Cliff (all-conference - 17:43). The girls return sophomore Sydney Harris (23:23); freshman Jackie Love (24:05). Season outlook: Boys return 4/5 scorers

from last season’s team that fared well in the move to 3A despite being young. Though the top four are solid runners that will be able to compete with some of the best, the fifth spot will be the most critical. Likely candidate to fill that position is freshman Aaron Cliff, who is capable of running mid-18s by the end of the season. Possibilities to round out the top seven are senior Jake McKinney, eighthgrader Lee Cliff and seventh-grader Garrett Foster. The returning runners for the girls are Sydney Harris, team co-MVP last season, and freshman Jackie Love should fill the top two spots. Freshman Abby Auman and senior Courtney Hale both have a couple of years of competitive experience and will also be in the top five. Numbers have been low for the girls the last few years so any newcomers will be warmly welcomed to assist in building the program.

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Things that must happen to have a successful season: “No injuries, 100 percent effort on every practice and matches.”


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WESLEYAN SOCCER

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Coach: Scott Reitnour, ninth at school. 13442-23; assistants Matt Moger, John Hachet and Bryce Kenny Last year: 19-5-1, finished second in PACIS 3A and reached the NCISAA finals Missing faces: Offensively, Wesleyan will miss Matt Rickman (9 goals, 18 assists). Defensively, Wesleyan will have to compensate for the loss of Manuel Bedoya, Carter Robbins, Riley Beck and Erik Casterline – all of whom started at defense for Wesleyan. Familiar faces: senior midfielder Cole Manring (9 goals, 4 assists), senior forward Daniel Mallard (11 goals, 4 assists), senior goalkeepers Chase Kenny (10 shutouts, 75 saves) and Chad Staples, senior midfielder Sam McBride (6 goals, 6 assists), senior midfielder Mitchell Tobon (9 goals, 3 assists) and junior midfielder Brandt Bronico (10 goals, 11 assists) New faces: senior centerback Thomas Suits, sophomore midfielder Drew Mostoller, junior defender Bruce Oliver Coach’s season outlook: This year’s team eagerly anticipates contributing to Wesleyan’s strong tradition of soccer excellence. Wesleyan has made the state playoffs 28 consecutive seasons, and this year’s senior class expects this rich tradition to continue. The varsity men’s soccer program at Wesleyan has amassed over 400 wins over the last 27 years, posting a stellar 436-137-58 mark since 1982. This year’s team is excited to make a contribution to a soccer program that strives for excellence. Things that must happen to have a successful season: We will be successful on and off the field if our players serve each other as Christ served the church; if the young men in our program are willing to embody servant leadership to each other and their community. Our team philosophy is best summed up with Matthew 16:24: “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” On and off the field, Wesleyan players strive to fulfill the Great Commission through a disciplined approach to life.

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(From left) Mitchell Tobon, Sam McBride, Cole Manring, Hunter Brammer, Thomas Suits, Chase Kenny, Daniel Mallard and Juan Pablo Higuita aim to lead the Trojans boys soccer team to another NCISAA 3A playoff run.

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Coach: Gaylon Peel, 11th season; assistant Danny Neumann Last year: 8-6; second in the PACIS, lost in the first round of the state playoffs Missing faces: Christina Drake, Morgan Allred and Dakota Griffin — graduation. Familiar faces: senior Ginny Brodd (co-captain and conference player of the year, named to all-state team); se-

nior Sydney Brodeur (co-captain), junior Kelly Shaw, junior Jesse Mills and junior Lauren Southards New faces: sophomore Isabelle Morgan, sophomore Amber Flannigan, junior Kelly Shaw, sophomore Halle Pugh and freshman Lorin Bell Coach’s season outlook: We expect to be competitive in our conference and hopefully challenge for the top spot and advance further in the playoffs.

Things that must happen to have a successful season: We have to work hard and smart. We are in the process of determining our starters in singles and doubles. Then we can focus on the finer points of winning matches. One of the positives is that we have experience returning with our five varsity players from last year and we have gained five JV players that will make an impact.


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WESLEYAN CROSS COUNTRY

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Coach: Matt Barber, 11th season after two-year break Last year: boys second place; girls fourth place Missing faces: senior Drew Thompson, senior Zach Hostetler, senior Brian Gottwalt, senior Madison Hancock Familiar faces: Ben Hostetler Coach’s season outlook: We look to have good potential this year with senior leadership with our cross country team and look to put together a strong season with competitive times. Things that must happen to have a successful season: Trying to stay healthy and consistently continue to lower our times.

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(From left) Brian Gottwalt, Madison Hancock, Drew Thompson, Kristen Cassaart and Zach Hostetler look to pace the Wesleyan cross country team.

WESLEYAN VOLLEYBALL

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Coach: Lindsay Hall, third year; assistant Dana Moore Last year: 21-8, finished second in PACIS, lost in state semifinals to eventual state champ Charlotte Latin Missing faces: setter Taylor White and middle hitter Taylor Bailey Familiar faces: senior Bernetta Moore (2010 all conference and all-state) and senior Rachael Luck New Faces: Britanny Goodson, freshman Megan Woodward, freshman Taylor Bouras Coach’s season outlook: We look to have good potential this year with senior leadership and upcoming freshman in the program. We look to be very competitive to win the conference and make a strong running in the state tournament.” Things that must happen to have a successful season: Having a good work ethic throughout practices and remain strong in our relationship with Jesus Christ our Savior for all things are possible through him.”

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(From left) Bernetta Moore, Kristen Schonover, Rachael Luck and Ashton Caldwell spearhead a strong team that looks to again challenge for the NCISAA 3A title.

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Senior co-captains Ginny Brodd (left) and Sydney Brodeur aim to lead the Wesleyan girls tennis team in the PACIS 3A and NCISAA play.


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(Front, from left) Harry Keefe, Matt Crooker, Tyler Thompson, Sung-Woo Park, (rear, from left) Ben Bruggeworth, Sunam Dhakal and Lasse Palomaki seek a second straight NCISAA 2A state championship after winning last year’s title in dramatic fashion.

WESTCHESTER SOCCER

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Coach: Adam Schwartz, 10th year as varsity coach (12th overall); assistant Rustin Thomas Last year: 20-3-1, won the NCISAA 2A state championship in overtime against top-seeded Caldwell Academy

Missing faces: forward Jose Valencia (all-state, all-conference — transfer); forward George Freiberger (concentrate on track); seven seniors who were great leaders and role players Familiar faces: senior midfielder Lasse Palomaki (all-state, all-region, all-conference); senior defender Matt Crooker (allstate, all-conference); senior midfield-

er/defender/forward Tyler Thompson (all-conference); senior defender Harry Keefe; junior midfielder/forward Angel Valencia; senior goalkeeper Ben Bruggeworth; junior defender Will Thomas New faces: freshman midfielder Ryeong Choi; senior defender Sung-Woo Park Coach’s season outlook: We are returning a lot of skilled players and will have very

high expectations this season. We need to stay healthy, hungry and prepare for every game like it is the state championship. I am very excited about all of the excitement around Westchester soccer, and we are looking forward to playing as a TEAM and showing North Carolina that we are one of the premier programs in the state.


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WESTCHESTER VOLLEYBALL

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Coach: Bea Brown, second year; assistant Jett McClain Last year: 11-9 overall, 7-5 conference, tied fourth place in the Triad Athletic 2A Conference Missing faces: Whitley Glosson, Molly Harris, Morgan Vance, Abby Procton, Baily Gilliam Familiar faces: senior outside hitter Jessi Stockinger (kills 570, hitting efficiency 80 percent, aces 50, blocks per game 6); junior setter Kennedy Thompson (averages 10 assist per game) New faces: junior libero Sarah Kate Christiansen, junior outside hitter Oby Nwanu, junior setter Lizzy Lawrence, junior Haleigh Brecce, junior outside hitter Bele Seyoum, sophomore Helina Seyoum, freshman middle hitter/middle blocker Kayla Watson, freshman setter Campbell Kinley, freshman outside hitter Morgan Kusher, frshman outside hitter Kayla Kusher, freshman outside hitter Leila Abebe, freshman outside hitter Miranda Bryson, freshman outside hitter Savannah Lewis Season outlook: I am very excited for our upcoming season. My players have worked hard in the offseason. They are playing with lots of enthusiasm and have a great work ethic towards the game of volleyball. Every team I’ve had in my coaching career, I’ve coached differently. Each year brings with it a new team, new players who have different personali-

WESTCHESTER CROSS COUNTRY

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BOYS Coach: Mark Scott, fifth year; assistant Tim Anderson, second year Last year: Runner-up in Triad Athletic 2A Conference Missing faces: Aaron Caffey was a senior captain and Wildcat Award winner last year. His contributions on and off the courses will be missed. Familiar faces: Luke Vandeplancke is a returning senior and Coach’s Award winner from last year that will be a key contributor to the team. His continued improvement will be necessary for the team to compete for a conference championship. Westchester also returns its

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(Front, from left) Sarah Kate Christiansen, Kennedy Thompson, (rear, from left) Oby Nwamu and Jessi Stockinger lead a Westchester volleyball team filled with new faces but also with talent. ties and different skills. I plan to get the most out of theses players as a group. I believe that each team has to run its own race and this year we will grow as a team. I’m looking forward to coaching this new team this season. Things that must happen to have a successful season: We must continue

Most Valuable Runner from last year, senior Chris Anderson. Last year was Anderson’s first cross country season and probably to the dismay of his competitors, he has been “bitten by the running bug!” New Faces: Charlie Branson, Corey Cook and Patrick Williford are some of the new faces that have shown early potential while Mike Bauman is another new addition to the cross country team. Bauman was a key part of the state track and field championship team last spring as a seventh-grader placing in the triple jump and hurdles at the state meet! He is adding cross country to his arsenal and could be a factor as the season rolls on.

to work hard as a team. We must be prepared to win, which is much more important than just wanting to win. So we must combine the two. The preparation to win is paramount to WCDS volleyball teams future success. The volleyball season is fast approaching. We have to create objectives to

Coach’s season outlook: We are cautiously optimistic going into this cross country season. The team has almost doubled in size from last year and that is a huge plus. The team is full of hard workers that will improve. How much they improve will depend on how much work they put in on the weekends and holidays. With perspiration, inspiration and a bit of luck, a first ever conference title for Westchester is not out of the question. Things that must happen to have a successful season: We need to have healthy competition from our top-eight runners in order to push each other to improve and, like every other school, we need to stay physically healthy.

strive for. We plan to keep the Wildcat spirit alive, which is one who contributes to her volleyball team on a high level in a number of different areas. She is physically talented and uses those skills to enhance team play, but also is a leader in terms of commitment, loyalty, work ethic and sportsmanship.

GIRLS Coach: Mark Scott, fifth year; assistant Tim Anderson second year Last year: Middle of the pack in the Triad Athletic 2A Conference Missing faces: Two of our top runners are gone. Wildcat Award winner Carson Thorn has graduated and Mary Marshall Fariss has moved to the equestrian team. Familiar faces: Avery Goho. Goho has struggled with nonrunning-related knee pain throughout her career, but has persevered to make all-conference all four years she has run and made all-state as a seventhgrader! Goho narrowly missed all-state last year and early on

looks to be running well. Coach’s Season outlook: The Triad Athletic Conference boasts perennial girls cross country powerhouse Caldwell Academy. We have narrowly edged them a couple times in the past few seasons only to see them take the conference title. If each girl does her part to improve during the year, we should finish near the top of the conference. Things that must happen to have a successful season: The key to our season will be to develop depth. The core of five great seventh-graders of just a few years ago have gone to boarding schools and other sports. We are refilling that cupboard of raw talent this year and will see how quickly they gel.


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Coach: Amy Dillingham, longtime coach Last year: 15-1 record, with only loss to eventual state champs Cape Fear Academy. Won conference tourney, came in fourth at state tourney. Missing faces: None Familiar faces: senior Katie Rice (played No. 1 last year); senior Kristen McDowell (played No. 2 last year); eighth-grader Taylor Freeman (played No. 3 last year); sophomore Erica Sawyer (played No. 4 last year); junior Olivia Greeson (played No. 5 last year); senior Alex Simpson (played No. 6 last year). Season outlook: The top two have played since seventh grade, so this will be their sixth year. I have a very cohesive team; not a lot of drama. Have quite a few players that are playing year-round and playing tournaments. We have a great chance to have our best finish at states this year.

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TRINITY — When Alex Mebane stepped down as head coach of Trinity’s football program in November, a cloud of uncertainty hovered, as the team stood to lose not only its head coach but 16 starters, including the quarterback. Once Trinity named Troy Whitman as its new head coach, however, local high school football enthusiasts knew there were plenty of reasons to feel good about the direction of the program. Entering his first year at the helm, Whitman brings with him championship experience unparalleled by most first-time head coaches. He also brings along a supporting cast that includes his father, Gary, with whom he served as an assistant coach on High Point Central’s 1999 state championship team. “I feel good about all of our coaches. They’re real good with our kids,� Whitman said. “The kids just have to hang in there and trust us, trust what we’re doing.� While attempting to garner the trust of his

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The Bulldogs will look to Matt Cain (front) and (rear, from left) Troy Whittington, Chase Pruitt, Shaquai Wright and Collin Stout to be top contributors this year. players, Whitman’s first item of on-field business will be to bring a firstyear varsity quarterback quickly up to speed. Junior Chase Pruitt, who has spent the last two years learning the nuances of Trinity’s triple-op-

tion offense, will be asked to take his game to the next level by operating with just three returning starters on offense. “Chase will be running the option, which he has been doing for a few years under Alex Me-

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Coach: Kim Black, first year Familiar faces: Abby Thompson (libero), Amber Lake (middle hitter), Kasey Davis (outside hitter) Season outlook: Hopefully to win the (PAC-6). We have improved immensely since last year, not just individually but as a team. We have grown closer as team. Ten of the 12 girls are returning. Things that must happen to have a successful season: We have to stay positive throughout games no matter what the score is. We must stay together as a team. We can’t turn against one another.

TRINITY FOOTBALL

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Aug. 19 at Ledford Aug. 26 at East Davidson Sept. 2 vs. Eastern Randolph Sept. 9 vs. SW Randolph Sept. 16 vs. Asheboro Sept. 23 at Southern Guilford Sept. 30 vs. Randleman* Oct. 7 vs. T.W. Andrews* Oct. 14 at Wheatmore* Oct. 21 vs. Atkins* Oct. 28 at Carver* *PAC-6 2A game

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The Bulldogs will rely on players like (front, left) Chandler Hyler, Till Everhart, Aaron Taylor and (rear) Daulton Rogers to play well for them on defense this season.

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suit up in Week 1 are new faces. Senior defensive backs Aaron Taylor and Chandler Hyler will start in the secondary for a second straight year, where Colin Erickson, Logan Smith and Skylar King will also see time. Senior Dalton Rogers represents the most physical presence Trinity has at linebacker with a 6-2, 215pound frame. Josh Dills, Stephen Brincefield, Jordan Johnson and Chaas Delgado form the core of the team’s line.

“Defensively, we’re going to have to be pretty good,” Whitman said. “Our offensive line is going to have to come around for us to be good as a team. I feel good about the skill positions on offense. “We’re going to be young and inexperienced. We have a long way to go, but for the most part, I’ve been pretty pleased.” The learning curve will be steep for this young football team, as they face a stiff test from Ledford in the season opener Friday, followed

by dates with other 3A opponents Southwestern Randolph, Asheboro and Southern Guilford, before finally seeing Wheatmore in the third week of PAC-6 play. “The Wheatmore game is going to be big for us,” Whitman admitted. “But we’ve got to take it one day at a time. It may sound cliché, but all we’re going to worry about right now is Ledford.” Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or dk52189@yahoo.com.

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Panthers seek improvement after tough season last year BY DANIEL KENNEDY THE THOMASVILLE TIMES

WALLBURG — For Ledford coach Chris Adams, 2010 was a year of transition. Settling into his new digs as head football coach after returning to the school from a two-year stint as assistant principal at Central Davidson, Adams was tasked with rebuilding a team that lost several key pieces from a 66 season and lost in the first round of the 3A playoffs. Led by a young quarterback, the Panthers got off to a good start by defeating Trinity in the season opener. From that point forward, however, inexperience and injuries derailed a season brimming with potential. In the final 10 games, Ledford beat East Davidson 21-10 to salvage a 2-9 finish. With four of five starters returning on the offensive line and another year under his belt, quarterback Duke Boger, now a junior, hopes to take the next step in his progression by leading the Panthers to a winning record. “Last year, I think with me being a sophomore, I kind of let my nerves get to me a little bit,” Boger said. “This year, I think I need to settle

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Aug. 19 vs. Trinity Aug. 26 at N. Davidson Sept. 2 at SW Guilford Sept. 9 vs. W. Davidson Sept. 16 at C. Davidson Sept. 23 vs. E. Davidson Sept. 30 at N. Forsyth* Oct. 7 vs. SW Randolph* Oct. 14 at Asheboro* Oct. 21 vs. S. Guilford* Oct. 28 at NE Guilford* *Mid-Piedmont 3A game things down and just let the team play as one. We play in a tough conference, so teams like North (Davidson) and Southwest (Guilford) will help us get ready for what we’ll see in conference.” Boger, senior tailback De Greene and the rest of the Panthers face a daunting nonconference schedule once again as a primer for action in the Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference. They open at home Friday with Trinity and follow with four Davidson County rivals and 4A Southwest. Adams believes this season should bring more positives for both his quarterback and

the rest of his young team, as they engage the same opponents from last year, this time knowing what to expect. “He got thrown into the fire last year,” Adams said of Boger. “It was a difficult year for him and for the rest of us as well. We had to deal with the tough parts that came last year, but hopefully we will start seeing some of the rewards this year. I think he’s going to have a great year.” That vote of confidence is extended to a veteran receiving corps led by a trio of seniors who will provide Boger with the option of stretching opposing defenses to deflect some of the attention Greene will receive as the feature running back of Ledford’s ball-control offense. Some rotation of Dylan Miller, Jeff Krauch, Deyonta Dow will emerge as the starting wide receivers for an offense that struggled at times to move the ball in 2010. Dow will also see time on defense as a defensive back. “I’m really excited about our receivers,” Adams said. “I think those guys are solid. They’ve got great height, they run well ... I think we’re

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going to be able to throw the ball. Of course, with us, it all starts with the run.” The Panthers return four starters on the offensive line, three of whom are seniors. Sam Henderson, Austin Glisson and Austin Crispino will anchor a crew responsible for clearing rushing lanes for Greene. Junior Zach Welch also returns and David Flowers will likely round out the starting five after logging some time last year as a sophomore starter. “On the offensive side of the ball, we’re going to be pretty good,” Greene said. “We’ve got a good offensive line this year. We’ve got to have better execution off the ball and more blocking up front and, so far, we’ve executed well in practice.” On defense, senior Josh Vivod will act as the most formidable presence on the interior of Ledford’s line. Landon McGinn and Austin Stilley started at linebacker for the Panthers’ junior varsity squad last year and will be called upon to pick up where they left off, as both will be expected to build upon the final two varsity games in which they started last year. They will join seniors Erik Connolly and Tola Odedere, an all-conference returner at linebacker. Connolly, who will serve as the captain of the defense from his outside linebacker position, said the team should benefit from last season’s injury-plagued campaign because of the increase in playing time several underclassmen received as veterans were replaced in the starting lineup. “Returning players are going to help, freshmen coming back who had to play last year,” Connolly said. “We’re going to have more experience. As long as we just stay fresh, keep people from getting injured, we should be good for the rest of the year.” Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or dk52189@yahoo.com.

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The Panthers soccer team is ready for action this season behind Will Banther (left) and Trent Sherrill and looking to compete for a top spot in the Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference.

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Coach: Adam Duncan, third season; assistant Kevin Smith Last year: 5-15-4, 2-6-2 MidPiedmont 3A Conference Familiar faces: junior forward Reuben Hayes, senior forward Raffaele DiPuorto, junior midfielder Josh Lee, senior keeper Trent Sherrill, senior midfielder Ryan Farlow New faces: junior Nick Gon-

zalez, sophomer Tyler Dodson, senior Will Banther, junior Ryan Shaffer Coach’s season outlook: We want to finish in the top two in the conference and have a winning record overall. We will have a possession stye of play focussing on even distribution of the ball, attack when it’s there, be patient. Things that must happen to have a successful season: To put it simply, play as a unit.

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Coach: Megan Mayhew, first year; assistant Amanda Myers Last year: 2010 Mid-Piedmont 3A champions, advanced to second round of state 3A playoffs Missing faces: Kaitlyn Otey, Stevi Williams, Nicole Swartz, Emily Evernon, Molly Saintsing Familiar faces: senior Cady Ray, senior Sara Katherine Kirkpatrick, junior Chloe Barnes, junior Haylee Leonard New faces: sophomore Kayla Leach Season outlook: The team set goals this year to finish at the top of the conference and advance past the second round of the state playoffs. Things that must happen to have a successful season: We must play as a team, pushing each other to make perfect passes so we can attack and play “our” game. MICHAEL LINDSAY | HPE

The Ledford volleyball team, led by seniors (from left) Molly Holbert, Cady Ray, Madelyn Leonard, Sara Katherine Kirkpatrick and Tori Griffitts, take aim at defending their Mid-Piedmont 3A title and another deep playoff run.

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Warriors ready for third year BY DANIEL KENNEDY THE THOMASVILLE TIMES

TRINITY – The Wheatmore football team may have only won one game in 2010, but a slew of near misses, 12 returning starters — a 1,300yard rusher among them — and a year of improvement across the board indicate the third time may in fact be the proverbial charm. Senior halfback Josh Rickert returns as the focal point of an offense that narrowly missed putting up enough points to start the season 4-1 a year ago. Head coach Eugene Everhart hopes a few minor adjustments will give his team the confidence it needs to succeed in the program’s third year of existence. “We only won one game last year but had an opportunity to win four more,� Everhart said. “We turned the ball over in critical situations, so a key this year will be not making mistakes in crucial spots. We need to focus on making plays and not waiting on bad things to happen.� Everhart’s top playmaker on offense spent much of last season as the leading rusher among backs in the High Point Enterprise’s coverage area, racking up monster numbers while serving as Wheatmore’s

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(From left) Dalton Albertson, Brandon Swift, Tyler Cook and Josh Rickert look to lead the offense for head coach Eugene Everhart (kneeling). The Warriors want to turn close calls into wins this season. workhorse. Quarterback Van Peedin graduated, so the emphasis will be placed even more heavily on Rickert to power the groundbased attack. “We return a 1,300-yard rusher in Josh Rickert, who has good vision and does a good job running the football for us,� Everhart said. “(Offensive linemen) Tyler Cook and Dalton Albertson are both seniors and three-year starters. And

Brandon Swift returns, so we feel pretty good about running the ball.� Senior Jake Berrier and junior Taylor Minton will both vie for time at quarterback and will have the luxury of throwing to Bryant Everhart, who returns as the lead wideout for a team that clearly established its identity last year

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Coach: Laura Monroe, third season; assistant Gary Lovell Last year: Undefeated in PAC-6 2A, reached second round of state playoffs Familiar faces: sophomore Olivia Doane, senior Heather Griffin, senior Brook Herring, junior Laurel Idol, senior Lane Vecellio, sophomore Mary Vecellio, senior Jessica VanLeuvan New faces: We have numerous newcomers who will add depth to the team.

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(From left) Cody Campbell, Dalton Stevenson and Josh Hinesley lead the defense for the Warriors this season.

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on offense. Senior Andrew Bazen spelled Rickert in the backfield last season, but will primarily be utilized as a staple of the defense at linebacker. Albertson is another versatile player who will spend time on both sides of the ball, at linebacker and tight end. Senior Jacob Miller is yet another fixture at linebacker, which must be a position of depth for the Warriors as they shift to a different philosophy on defense this season. “We’re switching schemes on defense,” Everhart said. “We’re not very big up front, so we’re going to have to move our kids around a little bit. I think like every other year, we focus on stopping the run first.” Senior Josh Hinesley and his counterpart, junior Jerrod Sechrist, will anchor that defensive line, while juniors Matt Peek and Marvin Taylor both return to the secondary. Wheatmore will have a chance to get off to an early start by opening at South Davidson — a team the Warriors defeated in last year’s season opener – on Friday and playing in Week 2 against fellow newcomer High Point Christian, which began its football program last season. If the Warriors can avenge their narrow defeat against East Davidson, win the games scheduled against 1A opponents South and Chatham Cen-

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Coach: Misty Wolfe, third season; assistant Rick Maness Last year: Boys and girls finished second in PAC-6 2A Missing faces: Dakota Patterson (boys) Familiar faces: sophomore Alexis Rowell, junior Lexa Wall and junior Shay Pencola for the girls, seniors Thomas Carota, Jake Hunscuker, Michael Turnbill and Ray

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Coach’s season outlook: We are very optimistic and ecstatic about the season. We hope to retain our conference title and finish strong in the state playoffs. Things that must happen to have a successful season: The girls are dedicated to the sport and have a strong desire to win. I am expecting them to push themselves and each other throughout the year. For us to be successful, we must capitalize on our opponents’ mistakes and limit ours. The key is for us to play smart. If we stay healthy and play to our potential, we will be a tough team to beat. Edwards for the boys New faces: freshmen Cora Weeks and Katherine Cromer Coach’s season outlook: Both teams will be strong candidates for the PAC-6 titles. Expect girls team to place at regionals and some individuals to qualify for states. Things that must happen to have a successful season: Develop mental strength and form a strong team unit.

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Aug. 19 at South Davidson Aug. 26 vs. High Point Christian Sept. 2 at West Davidson Sept. 9 vs. Chatham Central Sept. 16 at East Davidson Sept. 23 vs. Southwestern Randolph Sept. 30 at Carver* Oct. 7 at Atkins* Oct. 14 vs. Trinity* Oct. 21 at Randleman* Oct. 28 vs. T.W. Andrews* *PAC-6 2A game tral and take out community rival Trinity, the players have a chance to make the third season a winning one. “Last year, we gave ourselves an opportunity to win some games, but we weren’t sure what to do once we got there,” Everhart said. “We had some kids who were put in positions that they had never been before.” In 2011, Everhart expects his 16 seniors to lead the team to finish what it started. Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or dk52189@yahoo.com.

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(From left) Lane Vecellio, Brook Herring, Mary Vecellio and Laurel Idol lead the Wheatmore girls tennis team.

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(From left) Emily Rhew, Thomas Carota, Jake Hunsucker and Michael Trunbill look to set the pace for the Warriors girls and boys cross country teams.

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The Wheatmore volleyball team is ready for action behind (clockwise, from bottom left) Abby Allison, Kathryn Johnson, Kelly Davis and Katy Davis.

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Coach: Rodney Kirby (third year at Wheatmore and coached at Trinity for three years prior to coming to Wheatmore); JV coach is Nicole Clausi and assistant varsity coach is Katie Watkins Last year: Finished the season with an overall record of 19-6. Finished second in the PAC-6 2A at 10-3 and second in the conference tournament. Qualified

for the state tournament and lost in the third round to Cedar Ridge. Missing faces: Courtney Rains (four-year starter, including one at Trinity; four-time all-conference, conference co-player of the year — graduation); setter Hannah Cranford (won coaches award her senior year, co-captain — graduation) Familiar faces: All starters from last year’s team return with the exception of Courtney Rains. We will still be a very de-

fense-oriented team, and keying our defensive back row will be our senior libero Katy Davis and senior defensive specialist Brittany Lowe. At middle blocker, senior Abby Allison (two-time all-conference) and senior Lindsay Whitaker return. On the outside are two talented hitters: sophomore Kathryn Johnson and senior Laura Fortner. Sophomore Kelly Davis was an allconference setter as a freshman last year and will be running our offense again this year.

New faces: Last year, sophomore Kylie Welborn was called up from the JV for the state tournament and will be a key reserve again this year at outside and opposite hitter. Also moving up from JV will be sophomore Jessica Krpejs, a very talented defensive specialist. Freshman Georgia Garrison, who played middle for ATMS last year, will also play a key role in our offense at opposite hitter. Coach’s season outlook: Finishing second last year and return-

ing all but one starter, I’m sure we are one of the teams to beat this year along with Randleman, Andrews and Trinity. Things that must happen to have a successful season: There are a lot of expectations on this team with the starters returning and the success last year. Playing through the pressure will be huge for this team. A lot easier last year when we came out of the gate as an underdog. This year we are expected to play well.


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High Point Central’s cross country team leaders this year will be (from left) Logan Kepley, Matt Blake and Mason Kepley.

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The Bison volleyball team is set for smashing success behind such players as (from left) Taylor Hamrick, Rebekah Stanton and Tevyn Jones.

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The HPC tennis team is ready for action behind (from left) Emily Adams, Meredith Field and Kristen Biddle.


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Depth, inexperience concerns for Bulldogs BY ELIOT DUKE THE THOMASVILLE TIMES

THOMASVILLE — The Thomasville football team is accustomed to turnover and having to reload on both sides of the ball most offseasons. What has always helped the Bulldogs maintain their dominance is there was normally a plethora of talent to choose from. This season, however, THS is coming into the 2011 campaign with numerous holes to fill and very few options to choose from. “We’re thinner than we’ve been in awhile,” Bulldogs coach Dickie Cline said. “We don’t have a lot of depth, but what we’ve got is good. Should we get hit by the injury bug, we could be vulnerable.” With a roster containing only 17 seniors and little depth at each position, THS will rely heavily on a group of juniors who have seen limited, if any, playing time during their high school careers. But make no mistake, the Bulldogs still have talent at key skill positions and will be a force once the Central Carolina 2A Conference kicks into high gear come October. “We’ve got some good leaders coming back on both sides of the ball,” Cline said. “We’ve got a schedule from hell with four 4A schools, and that’s a tough road to go. We’ve got to endure it and keep

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improving by the time we reach the conference. When you’re thin in numbers, you have to stay healthy. It will be a big adjustment because with no depth it makes you improvise differently than you normally would.” What Thomasville lacks in depth and size, Cline said the Bulldogs make up for with speed. Gone is the two-headed rushing attack of Kesean Green and Quin Riley, but multi-talented Shaquan Johnson is poised to pick up the slack. Johnson will be used as both tailback and wide receiver, and is ready to step into the role as one of the teams’ leaders on offense. “I have a lot of guys around me to help me out,” Johnson said. “I’m ready for the challenge. We

have to work hard in practice and do all the little stuff. The little stuff is what counts. I feel as one of the leaders on this team that the seniors have to carry the team on our backs.” Juniors Josh Johnson, Julian Burgess and Darius Broadie will see time in the THS backfield, and will be counted on to take some of the burden off Johnson. Wide receiver is one of the position where the Bulldogs actually have both experience and depth. Seniors Sharaun Mouzone, Quindale Williams, Michael Rodgers and Erick Melton give THS a core of pass catchers that should help the Bulldogs move the ball vertically, which will help the rushing attack. Sophomores Zack Anderson and Roy

Norris will man the tight-end position. Senior quarterback Justin Hubbard is ready for his chance to lead the offense after spending the past two season as Sam Nelson’s backup. Senior Jordan Hagens, an AllCCC selection in 2010, moves from center to right tackle and will anchor an offensive line that is short on experience. Seniors Eddie Welborn and Robert McGee return to the trenches, but lineman like juniors Lawrence Philips, Tequan Williams and Frank Ingram are getting their first chances to start. With a brutal nonconference schedule, just how quickly the offensive line gels could determine whether or not the Bulldogs avoid a repeat of two years ago when they opened the season 0-4. Defensively, Thomasville is filling holes up front, in the middle and in the secondary after graduation depleted numerous

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Aug. 19 at North Davidson Aug. 26 at Mount Airy Sept. 2 vs. T.W. Andrews Sept. 9 vs. SE Guilford Sept. 16 at Davie County Sept. 23 at HP Central Sept. 30 at C. Davidson* Oct. 7 vs. East Davidson* Oct. 14 at West Davidson* Oct. 21 vs. Salisbury* Oct. 28 at Lexington* *Central Carolina 2A game players who are now playing collegiately. The Bulldogs have always been known for shutting down the opposition’s running attack, and this year the chore will fall in the laps of interior senior stalwarts Jaleel Rodgers, Breyon Watkins and Jeremy Canty. Juniors Adonis Leonard

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and Greg Johnson also will see plenty of playing time inside, especially in the early going or if the injury bug bites the team. Seniors Ryan Wilfoung and Devon Bethea will team with juniors Gabe Brockett and Dezmond Wilson to give the Bulldogs a solid linebacker core capable of making big plays at the line of scrimmage. Seniors defensive backs Tevin Davis, James Burgess and Shameek Spence return to the secondary, and with little experience behind them, the trio will be counted on to not only play well but stay healthy. Juniors Laperial Henderson and Gabe Pesqueria, and sophomore Shakeem Peterson are stepping into varsity roles for the first time. Junior place kicker Rob Styers will take over for Lawson Hodges, who graduated as one of the premiere kickers in Davidson County. Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.

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Golden Eagles settle into new system BY ZACH KEPLEY THE THOMASVILLE TIMES

THOMASVILLE — Before the start of the 2010 season, East Davidson football coach Bryan Lingerfelt decided his offense needed to be revamped in order to fit the athletes he had on his team. Like most things that are new, the installation of the flexbone offense took time and there were plenty of growing pains to go with it, as the Golden Eagles limped to a 2-9 record. With numerous players now familiar with the system, Lingerfelt feels his team is ahead of the game, even with a couple of new faces in the backfield. “It seems like it is going better,” Lingerfelt said. “We have tweaked it a little bit and worked on things that would fit our athletes a little bit better. It seems like they are catching on to it better. Having a new quarterback takes it back to square one a little bit, but he is doing a good job and was willing to step up.” That new signal caller is junior Max Suits, who burst onto the scene late last season at the tailback position, displaying his breakaway speed on several runs. Now under center, Suits will have the choice of calling his own number for scampers. “He is learning,” Lingerfelt said. “It is going to be a slow process for him and he needs to stay patient with himself. We will be all right if he does.” There will be plenty of options

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(From left) Jason Moore, Asa Bohannon, Storm Stidham, Kirk Kanoy and Troy Swicegood look to be forces on defense for East. coming from the sides and behind him. A rotation of Asa Bohannon, Nathan Campbell and Storm Stidham will hold down the fullback position with slot backs Justin Rutledge, Michael Ramos, Tyler Rhodes and Troy Swicegood getting into the mix. Campbell also will serve as the backup quarterback. Blocking up front on the offensive line will be led by center Josh White, who is an imposing oppo-

nent for the defense to contend with. He will use his 6-3, 305-pound frame to open holes up the middle. “He was all-conference last year and we look for good leadership out of him,” Lingerfelt said. Joining him on the right side of the line will be a rotation of Nathan Bundy, Zack Hunt, Jordan Hill and Colton Childress. Holding down the left side will be returning

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starter Matthew Niblock along with Cody Jones, Barry Barnes, Darien McDonald and Ryan LeGrande. Senior Brock Goodyear and junior Josh Craven will man the wideout positions and Taylor Booze will be used as a slash type player. If there is a strength of the team coming into the season, it lies up front on the defensive line. With a handful of returning starters, the line will be the key to limiting the touches on the other side of the ball. The Golden Eagles gave up a leagueworst 394 points in 2010, but that could change with size and experience up front. Even with the experience, there is one hurdle the line must overcome — fatigue. Many of the offensive line players will work double duty, switching over to defense with little rest. Bundy and Niblock will occupy the nose guard positions with Booze, White, Barnes and Jones being plugged in at defensive tackle. The workload will be heavy and the pain will be severe, but Lingerfelt has faith they can unite as one and get through the suffering together. “If we can keep them rotated and fresh, then they will do a good job and produce for us,” he said. “We do have our strength in our numbers right there and experience.” Behind the line will be the linebacker core. Bohannon and Jason Moore are lined up on the inside with Rutledge and Dakota Lilly filling in. The outside will see Stidham and Swicegood with Justin Richardson giving them a breather. Craven, Goodyear and

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Aug. 19 at Rockingham Co. Aug. 26 vs. Trinity Sept. 2 vs. N. Davidson Sept. 9 at S. Guilford Sept. 16 vs. Wheatmore Sept. 23 at Ledford Sept. 30 vs. Lexington* Oct. 7 at Thomasville* Oct. 14 at C. Davidson* Oct. 21 vs. W. Davidson* Oct. 28 at Salisbury* *Central Carolina 2A game Campbell with work the safety positions and Kirk Kanoy, Bradley Hutchins and Tre Grice will be the cornerbacks. Campbell and Jeremy Moose could both see time as punter and Moore will be the kicker. “We are trying to work really hard on keeping a good attitude and I think we are off to a good start on that,” Lingerfelt said. On paper at least, it appears the Central Carolina 2A Conference is shaping up to be a rebuilding year for many teams, so East has as good a chance as anyone to step up and take control. “Everybody has question marks this time of the season and I think the league lost a lot of good players that had been returning,” Lingerfelt said. “We all have a shot on Friday.” The Golden Eagles open the season Friday at Rockingham County of the South Piedmont 3A Conference. Zach Kepley can be reached at 888-3631, or kepley@tvilletimes.com.

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The Golden Eagles will look to (front) Josh White, (rear, from left) Kirk Kanoy, Max Suits and Justin Rutledge to run their offense this season.

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Coach: Bob Schilly, 15th year Last year: Boys were second in Central Carolina 2A Conference, sixth in region, with Rodney Wright 10th in state for all-state honors; girls were fourth in the CCC Familiar faces: All-state selec-

tion Wright, all-conference selection Steven Hicks, plus Dillon Hester, Ben Stogner, Tyler Oldaker, Josh Blair for the boys; all-conference selection Ariel Grimsley, plus Victoria Callahan, Emily Floyd, Stephanie Mann, Carrie Passmore, Carly Bressi, Taryn Atwood for the girls. Season outlook: Boys will be gunning for last year’s conference

champion, Central Davidson. We hope to advance this year as a team to the state meet. For the girls, with so many new faces, we hope to surprise a few teams this year. Things that must happen to have a successful season: For us to succeed this year we must remain healthy, train hard and stay focused.


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Coach: Amanda Beck, first year; assistant Danny Palmer Last year: 6-9, 4-6 Central Carolina 2A Conference (fourth place) Missing faces: Morgan Sikes (No. 1 singles) Familiar faces: seniors Summer Pope, Haley Myersm Emma Whitley, Alyssa Harvell and Lauren Myers; junior Ashley Taylor Coach’s season outlook: Last year we finished fourth in the conference and this year we look to compete in the top three. Things that must happen to have a successful season: We will need to be very successful at the bottom of the lineup.

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Summer Pope (left) and Alyssa Harvell look to lead the East girls tennis team into contention in the Central Carolina 2A Conference this season.

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(From left) Natalie Naturile, Michaela Everhart and Morgan Gallimore return to lead the Golden Eagles volleyball team this season.

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East Davidson will look to Katie Nance (left) and Katie McAdam to lead the girls golf team this season.

Coach: Kim Warrick, 16th year; assistant Heather Adams Last year: 7-17 overall, 6-4 Central Carolina 2A Conference Missing faces: Caroline Fowler, Chelsea Turner

Familiar faces: juniors Natalie Naturile, Michaela Everhart, Morgan Gallimore New faces: juniors Bailey Inman and Hailey Ray, sophomores Jennifer Welborn, Taylor McPhatter, Makayla Watkins, Lyndsi Powers, freshman Jordan Isom, Jessica Ferguson Coach’s season outlook: We hope to challenge for one of the top two spots in the conference.


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Tigers expect another strong season BY JASON QUEEN SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE

JAMESTOWN — Tradition never graduates. We don’t build, we reload. Whatever cliché you want to use, it seems to always apply to Ragsdale. And coach Tommy Norwood, in his 14th season at the helm, isn’t counting on a letdown anytime soon. “I’ve always said, if you don’t have good players, you’re not gonna have good teams,” Norwood said. “We’ve been very fortunate to have good players over the years, and we’ve been very fortunate to have pretty much the same coaching staff year after year. “We don’t have a lot of turnover, and that’s been a big key for us.” The Tigers will look to reload after finishing 5-1 in the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference, 10-3 overall. They return five starters on offense, six on defense and both of their kickers. Norwood calls linebacker Trey Grimes the leader of his defense, and is happy to have fellow linebackers Brandon Swinton and Duncan Sparks back as starters. Defensive linemen Chaka McCoy and Larry Ogunjobi also return, meaning life for opposing running backs should be very tough.

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Justin Briley (right) returns at wide receiver for the Tigers this season.

On the offensive side, losing a quarterback like Luke Heavner could be devastating for most teams. But Norwood has high hopes for senior Garrison Herndon. “He’s been waiting his turn,” Norwood said. “And he’s had a great offseason and a great spring.” Herndon will be able to lean on skill players who either started or got plenty of playing time a year ago. Wide receivers Anthony Stewart and Erik Romer are back, and running back Marquez Eleazer shared time last season. And, as always, even players who are asked to start for the first time have been in the system for a while and have earned their spots. “We feel like we’ve got a chance to be a pretty good football team,” Norwood said. “Our nonconference schedule is as tough as can be (with dates against Dudley, Grimsley, Page and Western Guilford in the first month).” Putting those new players through the fire early should certainly get them ready for October and November, when the Tigers hope to be play-

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Above: (from left) Megan Smith, Kelsey Bottoms, Hailee Grissom and Amber Ozment look to lead the Wheatmore girls golf team this fall. Right: The Warriors boys soccer team, led by (from left) Michael Furr, Chris Thomas, Ricky Lockhart, Ian Underwood, Aaron Stafford and Ryan Smith, aims to have a breakout season in the PAC-6 2A this fall.

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Southern counting on aerial assault BY JASON QUEEN SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE

SUMNER — Darryl Brown is not a coach that sticks to one system and hopes his players can conform. That flexibility has brought a constant winner to Southern Guilford in Brown’s six seasons. This year should be no different, led by senior quarterback Jamie Cunningham and a wealth of returners from last season’s squad that finished 4-1 in the Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference and 8-4 overall. The Storm, which opens Friday at Eastern Guilford, will hand the reins over to Cunningham and eight returning starters on offense. That’s bad news for opposing defenses: Cunningham threw for over 2,600 yards and 28 touchdowns last season, and he’s high on the radar of schools like Elon, Wofford and William and Mary. Cunningham will have receivers Matt Colvin (45 receptions, 10 TDs last year) and Quashan Butler (37 receptions, 7 TDs)

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back as running mates, as well as tailback Malik Moseley (900 yards rushing, 10 Tds). All of those familiar faces in key spots certainly puts a smile on Brown’s face. “One of the things we do here, offensively we’re going to do whatever fits our personnel,” he said. “When you’ve got a quarterback who’s been in the system a few years, and you’ve got guys in space that can make things happen, you’ve got to be able to get the ball to them.” The Storm may be forced to score points in bunches early, as a handful of new players try to fill a big void on the defensive side of the ball. “We lost five all-conference players on defense, and one of those (defensive end Darren Mitchell) was the defensive player of the year,” Brown added. “We’re just really inexperienced, and we’ve got a lot of question marks. It’s just a lot of guys who haven’t been

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The defense of Southern Guilford will be anchored by (from left) Diavante Brown, Dominique Robertson, Matt Colvin, Quashan Butler and Trai Judge. The Storm lost five all-conference players on defense but have several young, capable players who they are looking toward to step up. put to the test on Friday night.” A heavy burden of leadership will fall on junior middle linebacker Dominique Robertson, who started last season. “He understands what we want to accomplish on that side of the ball,” Brown said. And for a team that’s averaged eight wins a year the past seven seasons, Brown doesn’t anticipate this being any different. “We’ve had this senior class for three years as varsity starters. “I like our football team a lot. We always set high expectations, and we’re not after being average. Our guys want to be successful, and they’re willing to work hard to get there.”

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Villains look to maintain high standards BY MICHAEL LINDSAY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

KERNERSVILLE – The expectations have been set high for the Bishop McGuinness football team. And, although there will be new challenges, the goal is to now meet them year after year. “We’d like to think that we’ve reached the point where expectations are going to stay the same,” said head coach Charlie Jones, entering his ninth year while the program begins its 11th. “You can’t change them. You aren’t going to go backwards. “We’ve had three straight winning seasons and four of the last five on JV have been winning records. Participation has been great. We’ve had the same coaches with very few changes over the years. So, I’d like to think our program’s stable enough to graduation isn’t going to change anything.” After its best season to date, in which they went 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Northwest 1A/2A Conference and tied for third, the Villains look to carry that success into another year — just without several of the key players who graduated. Most notably, Nick Sgroi, Jared Pluciniczak and Marty DeFrancesco, who were Bishop’s top three leading rushers and contributed significantly in all three facets of the game. Of the 60 touchdowns the team

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The Villains football team lost many of its top players to graduation but still looks to contend for the Northwest 1A/2A Conference title. scored, 59 graduated. “Sixty touchdowns is a lot, but 59 is a bunch too,” Jones said with a smile. “But every player in every position is someone who has played a lot at that position. They’ve all

played JV, all starters on JV. We’re not plugging in a bunch of guys who have never played before. “We’re not letting them off the hook. There’s no excuses. We’re going to try to keep go-

ing like we’re going.” Settling on an everyday lineup has been a challenge — with Jones half-joking about having to change the depth chart nearly every day. But success at the 1A level, Jones says, is putting

your best 11 players on the field and letting them play. What particularly bodes well this season is a strong line, anchored by seniors Spencer Pas-

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(From left) Brynna Tremblay, Sam Williams, William Johnson, Kaitlyn Merondino, Carly Kreber, Patrick DePinto, Brianna Eichhorn, Kathryn Bennett, Bailey Seach, Michael Dimoff, Greg Rodden and Alex Arrington pace the Villains this season, as they look to compete among the top state 1A teams.

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ciolla and Eric Boyers and junior Adam Fly. Behind them, the Villains look for returning senior running back Patrick O’Shea to thrive. The biggest question mark for Bishop, which opens Saturday against High Point Christian at the High Point Athletic Complex, is at quarterback. Junior Sean Hamacher and senior Andrew Scheppegrell are both competing for the job. Both are very similar in the way they play, Jones said. So, basically, one will become the starting quarterback and the other will be a starting wide receiver. And both will be stalwarts in the defensive backfield. O’Shea will also play linebacker while Pasciolla, Boyers and Fly will be featured on the defensive line for the Villains, who return 14 lettermen including four offensive starters and three defensive starters. But while there are many new faces, the same effort and mentality remains. “They can have a little confidence about it now,” Jones said. “They know how to play. They know what they’re doing. So they don’t have any

Below: The Bishop girls tennis team will be led by (from left) upperclassmen Katy Jones, Marie Petrangeli, Megan McDowell and Grace Lassiter.

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Above: (front, from left) Victoria Herschel, Natalie Hardy, (rear, from left) Lauren Cushing and Emily Judd look to lead the Villains volleyball team.

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Coach: Catherine Lassiter, first; assistant Rod Pearson Last year: 13-3 in conference, made playoffs Familiar faces: Senior Katy Jones (allconference, all-regional, all-state); junior

Marie Petrangeli, junior Megan McDowell New faces: Freshman Kendall Carter, senior Grace Lassiter Season outlook: High expectations for a competitive season. Things that must happen to have a successful season: Want to continue to work hard and have positive attitudes. We love tennis!


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Coach: Missi Brandewie, first season; assistant Jennifer Knight-Schachtner Last year: Seventh in Northwest 1A/2A Conference Missing faces: Katie Davis and Stephanie deGuzman Familiar faces: Lauren Cushing, Natalie Hardy, Victoria Herschel, Kathleen Molen, Erin Liebal New faces: Emily Judd, Julia Brown, Jessica Brandewie, Alex Putman, Julie Dorosiewicz

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The Bishop McGuinness boys soccer team, led by (from left) Noah DeAngelo, Michael Enos, Nick Groat and Chris Mullins, aims to have another strong year and make another deep playoff run. The Villains were co-champions of the Northwest 1A/2A Conference and reached the 1A West Region final last season.

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Coach: Robert Youtz, seventh year; assistants Tim Doran, Holly Pellitteri, Russ Tremblay, Bill Lezan, Michael Sang Last year: Boys — Northwest Conference runner-up, fourth at regionals, sixth at states; Girls — NWC runner-up, fourth at regionals, fourth at states Missing faces: Boys — Preston Khan, last year’s No. 1 runner - graduation; Geoffrey Valcour - graduation; Shane Delaney, one of the team’s top 5 runners - graduation; Girls — entire team returns Familiar faces: Boys — Sam Williams, sophomore, set the freshman record last year and should be a key factor this year; Greg Redden, junior, a top 5 runner on the team and should

be one of the top area runners; Alex Preudhomme, junior, a top-5 runner on the team and should be a key contributor. Girls — Bailey Seach, sophomore, was our top runner and was all-region and all-state as a freshman, set the freshman record last year; Carly Kreber, sophomore, was team’s No. 2 runner and all-conference last year; Kathryn Bennett, senior, one of the faster juniors in the area and was a key factor last year; Katelyn Merendino, junior, top-5 runner on the team; Brianna Eichhorn, junior, member of the varsity; Alex Errington, junior, member of the varsity; Brynna Tremblay, junior, varsity runner last year New faces: Boys — freshmen Zack Jones and Josh Goodman; Girls — freshmen Lexie Weidman and Sarah Beth Bernard Season outlook: The boys lost

Coach: Steve West, fourth year (5222-1); assistants Larry Coplin and Niel Hodges Last year: Co-champions of the Northwest 1A/2A Conference. Lost to eventual state champion Hendersonvlle in the 1A West Region final Missing faces: Lost two starters, defender Pete Jacoby and midfielder Patrick Mullin, to graduation Familiar faces: Noah DeAngelo, a senior midfielder who had 39 goals and 13 assists. Noah was the conference player of the year and made the all-state team for the second straight year. Michael Enos, a senior midfielder who had five goals and seven assists last year. Enos

three from the varsity last year, but have a good solid group of juniors and sophomores that should step up. A very young team as there are no seniors on the team so leadership will come from the younger kids. The team has a lot of talent and will surprise a lot of teams this year. They will run very close to one another in a pack, which will be key for this team. Sam Williams broke the freshman record last year and he has his sights on breaking the sophomore record too. The boys will look to contend for conference and be a top-5 team at state. The girls are returning the entire team from last year. Of the seven runners returning, only one is a senior — Kathryn Bennett. The girls are led by two sophomores: Bailey Seach, who broke the freshman school record, and Carly Kreber, who was

Coach’s season outlook: There is a strong tradition of athleticism at BMHS that the volleyball program is looking forward to building on. The four seniors bring leadership and passion for the game to the court. It will be a growing year for the volleyball program with some very strong hitters and some talented younger players. Things that must happen to have a successful season: The players are improving their overall knowledge of the game, instead of focusing on one position. made all-state as a defensive midfielder. Nine starters and nine seniors return. New faces: Freshman defender Michael McDowell and junior defender Evan Starks Coach’s Season outlook: Returning so many quality players from last year’s squad expectations are high. We expect to have a successful season but realize we have a front-loaded schedule with big challenges starting next week in the Forsyth Cup. Things that must happen to have a successful season: For us to have a successful season we must stay healthy and focused. We must stay focused and play the level we are capable of playing. If we do that we can reach our goals. Making a deep run into the playoffs is not enough to satisfy this team.

not far behind Bailey. The team finished fourth last year and is the only team at states that returns there entire team. Expectations were low last year with such a young team — and the team is still young this year, but expectations have grown based on their performance last year. They will see if they can contend for some championships. Bailey Seach and Carly Kreber will both be shooting for the sophomore record, and both have a great shot at breaking it. The girls will be looking to win conference and be a top-two team at regionals to once again qualify for state. After finishing fourth last year at state the girls will be looking to hopefully finish towards the top and definitely improve on last year’s performance. Things that must happen to have a successful season: First of

all, the boys have to stay healthy and injury free. The team has to have a good solid season of training and utilize the practices. Running together as a pack will be key, but some new runners will have to step up since we lost three seniors last year. Leaders will have to come from the younger kids as there are no seniors. The girls will have to stay injury free and healthy throughout the season to be successful. The girls are going to have to run together and close to each other in the middle of the pack with a few front-runners. They will have to deal with higher expectations this year based off of last year and dealing with that will be key. Overall, a strong close-knit team will be the key to there success and relying on each other to do there job on the course.


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Glenn will look to (from left) Michael Pinkos, Tyler McLean, Paris Harris, Derrick Westfall and Aaron Reavis to key the offense this season as it looks to build off a solid showing in the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference and playoff appearance to end the season last year.

Bobcats hope to keep improving on strong finish BY JASON QUEEN SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE

KERNERSVILLE — Midway through Aldine Payne’s first season as head football coach at Glenn, it would have been easy for him to throw up his hands in frustration.

Instead, Payne and the Bobcats turned the corner and headed in the right direction. Glenn, which started 0-6, rallied to finish 3-2 in the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference and earn a playoff berth. While most fans focus only on wins and losses, Payne is quick with a re-

minder that the Bobcats’ record could have easily been much different. “People forget, we had a blocked field goal against West Forsyth and lost in overtime,” Payne said. “And we threw an interception with nine seconds to go against Carver. “But the kids never quit. We put in a

new system on offense (the flexbone). And our nonconference schedule was so tough, you could go 0-4 and still be a pretty good team.” The Bobcats proved that in September and October, and they’ll look to

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build on that this season. It won’t be easy on offense, with only three returning starters. Of those, two are offensive linemen and Paris Harris, who will take over at quarterback, actually started in the slot last year. And in the complex flexbone, where a multitude of players can touch the ball from all angles, Glenn is blessed with plenty of athleticism. Eric Murden, Terrell Jones and Jacquez Miller should see plenty of touches, and Noah Pearl and Hunter Bowles are fighting for time in the slot as well. Payne also raves about junior center Derrick Westfall, whom he calls his hardest worker. The key to this season will probably be on the other side of the ball, where the Bobcats surrendered 35 points per game last season. That was really no surprise to Payne. “I knew we were awfully young defensively,” he conceded. “I saw three returning starters, and I thought, ‘This is not gonna be good.’ So we tried to build for this year, played some younger guys. And we are gonna be better this year.” Linebackers Thomas Washington and Thomas Matthews will anchor the defense, and William West has moved to the other linebacker spot. Kion Young and T.J. Hines saw plenty of action in the secondary last year, and Payne expects big things out of them. And with one year of experience in the offense under their belts, Payne is counting on improvement. “Last year when we practiced we had to get the system in piece by piece,” he said. “Now, we get to practice for things that are going to happen during the season, and we can prepare for other teams a little more rather than worry entirely about what we’re doing.” The Bobcats open the season Friday at home against Reagan.

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(From left) Charles Williard, TJ Hines, Carlos Bailey and Anthony Gonzalez should be imposing forces on defense this fall for Glenn.

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Coach: Rick Bright, first year; assistant Dale Weavil Last year: This is the first season for the program. New faces: senior Kaleigh Clapp, senior Anna Groce, sophomore Samantha Stilling, sophomore Taylor Strassburg, freshman Rebecca Davis Coach’s season outlook: Even with a first year team, I believe we are capable of winning several matches.

Sep. 23 vs. Parkland* Oct. 7 vs. Southwest Guilford* Oct. 14 vs. High Point Central* Oct. 21 at Ragsdale* Oct. 28 at East Forsyth* *Piedmont Triad 4A game

Regional and state qualification will be a bonus. Things that must happen to have a successful season: Our first year team consists of several golfers with some golf experience, as well as several with extensive softball experience. With focus on fundamentals, these two groups of golfers are ahead of the curve compared with starting with those without any exposure to the game. And the fun part is watching their excitement as they progress.

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Coach: Ailene Griffith, 11th year, assistant Glenda Head Last year: 19-6, finished second behind Northwest Guilford at 12-3 in the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference, lost in second round of playoffs to Providence High Missing faces: Meredith Tilley - graduated Familiar faces: senior middle hitter Catherine Head (all-conference and verbal commitment to Elon), senior setter Emily Wall (all-conference in 2010), senior outside hit-

seniors from last year Familiar faces: Yachasity Bonds New faces: all new players Coach’s season outlook: Outlook is a very tough year, very inexperienced ter Morgan Mayer and Rianna Hutton (returning starters) New faces: Jena Reisenauer (senior middle hitter), Abbi Stacjerski (junior middle’outside hitter) and Hannah Forbes (junior right-side hitter) Season outlook: To win Glenn’s first-ever conference championship in volleyball and to make a run in the state playoffs past the second round. Things that must happen to have a successful season: Come together as a team to achieve our goals, work hard and stay focused every day in practice.


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(From left) Elizabeth Adkins, Natalie Hunter, Jarrod Rogers, Matt Hapeman and Ryan Kozlowski will lead the Trinity cross country teams this fall.

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(From left) Katlyn Staub, Taylor Hembree, Katherine Puryear and Kali Cox will be key contributors for the Bulldogs girls tennis team this season.

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