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2009 Fall Sports Guide Table of contents T. Wingate Andrews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 3-5 High Point Central . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 6-9 Southwest Guilford . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 10-12 Trinity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 13-15 Wheatmore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 16-19 Wesleyan Christian . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 20-21 Westchester Country Day . . . . . . . . Pages 22-24 High Point Christian . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 25-26 Ledford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 27-29 East Davidson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 30-32 Thomasville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 33-35 Ragsdale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 36-38 Bishop McGuinness . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 39-41 South Davidson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 42-43 Southern Guilford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 44-45 Glenn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages 46-47 BEHIND THE FALL SPORTS GUIDE


With a new school opening and new leagues forming due to the NCHSAA realignment process, what better time than now to learn about all the “New Faces in New Places” ? This year’s cover features a standout from one of the schools on the move in T. Wingate Andrews star Quan Stevenson. The senior defensive back gave a verbal commitment to play for Duke next year after wowing coaches at countless colleges over the summer with his mix of athletic and academic prowess. Also entering the picture are the new faces from Wheatmore High School, built to ease crowding at Trinity. Quarterback Van Peedin and the Warriors

face a tall task, but are eager for the historic season. Let the games begin, and good luck to all our area teams! Cover photos: Don Davis Jr. Cover design: Mary Leslie English Section design: Steve Hanf Photos by: Sonny Hedgecock, Don Davis Jr. and Larry Mathis Stories by: Tom Berry, Greer Smith, Steve Hanf, Daniel Kennedy and Matthew Amick Sports editor: Mark McKinney

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Stars set to shine for Red Raiders BY STEVE HANF ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

HIGH POINT – Stars on defense. Stars on offense. Now all the T. Wingate Andrews coaches have to do is see if the stars will align this football season. “We’ve got good problems – good personnel,” McKoy said after listing an array of talented backs and receivers. “But we’ve got to be consistent. We want to win it all, but the kids have got to play consistent. It’s always a work in progress. Right now the biggest thing is we’ve tried to change the mindset. Winning is a mindset, working hard is a mindset. Once the kids get it, it’s contagious. But when you go in reverse, it’s contagious that way, too.” The third-year coach of the Red Raiders boasts one of the best seniors around to go with one of the best freshmen from last year. Quan Stevenson, the senior, gave a verbal commitment to Duke over the summer and will continue to star in the secondary while also starting at wide receiver. Marquez Swinton, meanwhile, stepped in for injured senior Jordan Reid last season and lit up opposing offenses. In only eight full games, Swinton threw for more than 1,000 yards to go along with 15 touchdowns and just five interceptions. “He’s got a high football IQ and he wants to be good. He’s a good kid, works hard, wants to learn,” McKoy praised. “Getting that year under his belt – he’s a junior in ability and experience. He’s not going to sneak up on anybody this year.”


Quarterback Marquez Swinton and running back Xavier Quick (8) will operate behind a strong T. Wingate Andrews line that includes Steve Malloy (52), Devonte Hege (73) and Tony Barr (74). For all the star power Andrews possesses, McKoy was quick to praise an often-unsung unit. The offensive line returns five seniors who either started or saw significant action last fall in Tony Barr, Steve Malloy, Matt Lowery, Devonte Hege and Josh Dewitt. “Those five are going to make the season for us,” McKoy said. “We should be able to run the ball, and we were all throw-throw-throw last year.” Xavier Quick, who started at tailback last fall as a sophomore, returns and will get carries along with the talented Justin Keitt and Vashon Dawkins. “They’ll be special,” McKoy promised. And while top threat Tony Washington is suiting up for Appala-

chian State this fall, Andrews still returns talented junior Mark Johnson to the receiving corps along with impressive athlete Astute Evans, a speed-burner who didn’t play football last year. Andrews will be just as deep and talented on defense. In addition to Stevenson at strong and free safety, the secondary will include Caleb Collins and experienced corners Jamie Smith and James Davis. The front line boasts impressive end Terry Biles and his gamechanging ability along with Jeremy Wright on the opposite side. The interior line lacks experience, but McKoy said Lowery, Antonio Jackson and big sophomore Ricky Gib-


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Name Jamie Smith Chris Paulings Tiquan McClain Marquez Swinton Desmond Alston Quan Stevenson Xavier Quick Justin Keitt Leland Reynolds Mark Johnson Darius Jones Antonio Watts Ryan Bostic Bryan Bostic Sidney Hayes Caleb Collins Vashon Dawkins Darrell Tucker James Davis Darrin Miller Jeremy Wright Jared Taborn Astute Evans Brandon Mack Ricky Gibson Daniel Pinnix Mike McGill Steve Malloy Matt Lowery Bobby Mannings Maurlon Miller Anthony Hayes Andy Embree Antonio Jackson Devonte Hege Tony Barr Jalen Turner Joshua Dewitt Julius Jones Khyree Jones Dominic Adams Cyrial Jeffeson Terry Biles

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---Aug. 21 – at NE Guilford

A. 28 – at Clt. Country Day Sept. 4 – at Grimsley Sept. 11 – SW Guilford Sept. 18 – HP Central Sept. 25 – Open

Oct. 2 – at Lexington Oct. 9 – Atkins (HC) Oct. 16 – at Trinity Oct. 23 – Randleman Oct. 29 – Carver (Thurs.) Nov. 6 – at Wheatmore

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Small team greets new TWA coach

Raider soccer seeks improvement BY TOM BERRY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

HIGH POINT – A new conference, a new coach. Will that lead to more victories for the T. Wingate Andrews boys soccer team this fall? That’s what coach Cory Notestine expects. A school counselor at Andrews, Notestine has heard that the Raiders won two games last season. “We hope to gel and stack up a few more wins,” he said. “In our new league,


HIGH POINT – Ruthanne Clark, T. Wingate Andrews’ new volleyball coach, hopes eight is enough. That’s all she has on the varsity this season, but she feels all eight are skilled and capable of leading the Red Raiders to a good season. “All of them are very talented,” Clark said. “I’m really excited about the season. We have the opportunity to be real successful.” The eight players are Jacqueline Vera, a junior middle hitter; Cherish McArthur, a sophomore setter; Jamie Bailey, a senior defensive specialist; Nora McKeever, a freshman middle hitter; Raven Dawkins, a senior outside hitter; Kameshia Rorrie, a sophomore defensive specialist; Jill Ricks, a sophomore rightside hitter; and Carinne Webster, a senior rightside hitter. “Definitely, staying healthy will be a key for us this season,” said Clark. “I may have to pull up a couple of JV players, for numbers.” The coach doesn’t know

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I’d even like to make the playoffs. We’ll see what we can do.” Andrews’ new conference – the PAC 6 2A – includes Carver, Atkins, Wheatmore, Trinity and Randleman. The Raiders were in the Piedmont Triad 3A. Notestine expects good seasons from Carlos Carbajal, a sophomore midfielder or striker; Osvaldo Hernandez, a senior striker; Allan Herendeen, a senior sweeper or stopper; and A.J. Bernabeo, a junior stopper or sweeper. | 888-3518


Carinne Webster (1), Jamie Bailey (10) and Raven Dawkins are eager to lead the T. Wingate Andrews volleyball team this season. what to expect from the new PAC 6 2A Conference, which includes Carver, Atkins, Wheatmore, Trinity and Randleman. “I’m really happy with this group of players,” said Clark, a Spanish teacher at the school. “I’ve expressed to the girls that it would be nice to get as many victories as we can, but as long as

we give 100 percent, work hard and have fun, that’s all that really counts. “If we win the conference championship, that would be nice. But we’ve got nothing to lose. There’s no pressure. Once we get on the court, we need to play every game like it’s our last.” | 888-3518


Experience returns for new Red Raiders soccer coach Cory Notestine in Allan Herendeen (left) and Osvaldo Hernandez.

Coach eager for Andrews tennis season to life in the new PAC 6 2A. “Moving to a new conference, the Raiders are looking forward to the chalHIGH POINT – After winning one match lenge,” coach Jerry Young said. “I’m last season in the Piedmont Triad 3A looking forward to a great year with this Conference, the T. Wingate Andrews girls tennis program is looking forward TENNIS, PAGE 5 BY DANIEL KENNEDY SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE

New coach guides small Red Raider cross country squad the teams. Senior Osvaldo Hernandez is team performed pretty well last year. He hopes the Red Raiders will do even an all-conference candidate, and senior Will Taylor is a key runner. better this fall. HIGH POINT – Nick Michael has heard The girls will be led by Bria Byrd. Michael, a first-year head coach, menthat T. Wingate Andrews’ cross country tioned three runners who should pace “I like our team, and I think we can BY TOM BERRY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

improve from last year,” said Michael, a track and field assistant with the Raiders last spring. “It’s always important to get better each season.” | 888-3518


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A contender FROM PAGE 3


positive and respectful group of young ladies.” Team co-captains Jamelia Malachi and Joslyn Worthy should be in the top three for Andrews. Young also expects Patricia Geigel to add punch at No. 1 singles this season for the Red Raiders. Margaret Haymore is a returning player, and Young said athletic senior Sequaya Jackson also could help the team.

The Red Raiders will look to Joslyn Worthy (left) and Jamelia Malachi for leadership on the tennis courts this season. DON DAVIS JR. | HPE

son will be called upon there. Daniel Pinnix is an impressive inside linebacker who returns and will deliver the hard hits along with Sidney Hayes. One thing Andrews lacks is a kicker, but Biles and Stevenson should “surprise everybody” in the kicking game. Just what Andrews’ foes in the new PAC 6 2A Conference need to hear – that the Raiders will be better even in the kicking game after rolling to an 84 mark last season before losing to 3A semifinalist South Point in the second round of the playoffs. “If we stay focused, they can reach their goals,” McKoy said. | 888-3526


T. Wingate Andrews assistant coach Lamont Scales leads an impressive group on the defensive side of the ball that includes (from left) Desmond Alston, Sidney Hayes, Quan Stevenson, Terry Biles, Matt Lowery and Daniel Pinnix.





19 – Volleyball vs. W. Guilford, 6 20 – Volleyball at HP Central, 6 21 – Football at NE Guilford, 7 26 – Tennis vs. HP Central, 4:30 26 – Cross country at SW Guilford, 4:30 27 – Volleyball vs. Grimsley, 6 28 – Football at Clt. Country Day, 7:30 31 – Volleyball at SW Guilford, 6

September 1 – Volleyball vs. S. Guilford, 6 1 – Tennis vs. Dudley, 4:30 1 – Cross country at County Champs., 4:30 2 – Volleyball vs. Dudley, 6 2 – Soccer at Thomasville, 7 2 – Cross country vs. HP Central, 5 3 – Tennis at Ragsdale, 4:30 4 – Football at Grimsley, 7:30 8 – Soccer vs. HP Central, 6 8 – Tennis vs. Atkins, 4:30 8 – Cross country vs. Ragsdale, 4:30 9 – Volleyball at Dudley, 6 9 – Soccer at S. Guilford, 6 9 – Tennis at Trinity, 4:30 10 – Soccer at Dudley, 6 10 – Tennis at HP Central, 4:30 11 – Football vs. SW Guilford, 7:30 14 – Soccer vs. Thomasville, 6 14 – Tennis vs. Randleman, 4:30 14 – Cross country vs. S. Guilford, 5 15 – Volleyball vs. Atkins, 6 15 – Tennis vs. Ragsdale, 4:30 16 – Soccer vs. Dudley, 6 17 – Volleyball at Trinity, 6 17 – Soccer vs. S. Guilford, 6 17 – Tennis vs. Carver, 4:30 18 – Football vs. HP Central, 7:30 21 – Soccer at HP Central, 6 21 – Tennis at Wheatmore, 4:30 22 – Volleyball vs. Randleman, 6

22 – Tennis vs. SW Guilford, 4:30 23 – Volleyball vs. SW Guilford, 6 23 – Tennis at Atkins, 4:30 23 – Cross country at Trinity, 4:30 24 – Volleyball vs. Carver, 6 28 – Soccer vs. Atkins, 7 28 – Tennis vs. Trinity, 4:30 29 – Volleyball at Wheatmore, 6 30 – Soccer at Trinity, 6 30 – Tennis at Randleman, 4:30 30 – Cross country at Atkins, 4:30

October 1 – Volleyball at Atkins, 6 1 – Tennis at SW Guilford, 4:30 2 – Football at Lexington, 7:30 5 – Soccer vs. Randleman, 7 5 – Tennis at Carver, 4:30 6 – Volleyball vs. Trinity, 6 7 – Soccer vs. Carver, 7 7 – Tennis vs. Wheatmore, 4:30 7 – Cross country at Carver, 4:30 8 – Volleyball at Randleman, 6 8 – Tennis at S. Guilford, 4:30 9 – Football vs. Atkins, 7:30 12 – Soccer at Wheatmore, 7 14 – Soccer at Atkins, 7 14 – Tennis host PAC 6 tourney, TBA 14 – Cross country vs. Atkins, 4:30 15 – Volleyball vs. Wheatmore, 7 16 – Football at Trinity, 7:30 19 – Volleyball at PAC 6 tourney, TBA 19 – Soccer vs. Trinity, 7 21 – Soccer at Randleman, 7 21 – Cross country at PAC 6 Champs., 4:30 23 – Football vs. Randleman, 7:30 26 – Soccer at Carver, 7 28 – Soccer vs. Wheatmore, 7 29 – Football vs. Carver, 7:30

November 6 – Football at Wheatmore, 7:30



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HIGH POINT – New coach Jordan Shaver inherits a cross country program with a number of returning runners from last season. “I’m excited about it,” said Shaver, in his first full year teaching at the school and second season coaching after leading the JV girls basketball squad last winter. “I’m learning a lot and feel like we’ll have a pretty good year if we keep working as hard as we are now.” Four juniors are expected to lead the boys, paced by Richard Segal, Ben Horne, Jes Smothers and Taylor Tutton. Freshman Matt Tutton – Taylor’s brother – also should help. The Central girls also will be led by juniors, as Stephanie Blair and Stephanie Verdi return.

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HIGH POINT – In response to a question about High Point Central’s running game, Wayne Jones didn’t dance around the issue. “Non-existent,” the Bison coach said of last year’s offense. Most of the running for a 6-6 squad involved sophomore quarterback Drew Adams running for his life – and not always successfully. The scrappy QB almost always got up, but sometimes rather slowly and painfully. “He took a few licks – some were on him, some were on the inexperienced line,” said Central’s thirdyear coach. “All we focused on this summer was developing a running game. We wanted to be a team that was able to run the ball.” The Bison will do so with a triple-option attack that saw some success last season before the lack of a running game led to the play being scrapped. Aldaquan Teasley will return as the main running back after missing three league games due to a knee injury. He’s now a healthy 6-foot, 205-pounder who ran 4.5 times in the 40-

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---Aug. 21 – R.J. Reynolds

Aug. 28 – at Grimsley Sept. 4 – at Lexington Sept. 10 – Smith (Thurs.) Sept. 18 – at TW Andrews Sept. 25 – at East Forsyth


Center Vince Carrono (front) and linemates Charlie Green (50), Thomas Primus (75), Anderson Spencer (62) and Martize Smith (74) will be tasked with protecting quarterback Drew Adams this season as High Point Central seeks to put up big numbers. yard dash this summer. Also getting carries will be the team’s fastest player in Akeem Langham along with Aaron Leach. Blocking for them will be returners Sebastin Schulz at center, T.J. Primus at left guard and Martize Smith at left tackle. The new-

comers up front should be Thomas Primus, Anderson Spencer and Vince Carrono, who saw some varsity action last fall. Adams has grown to 61, 173 pounds and enjoyed a strong summer throwing the ball. The juniors’s top target remains Derek

Grant, a talented 6-3, 190pound junior who ran a 4.6 this summer. Lashuran Monk, likely the only sophomore on the Central varsity this year, also will get a chance to play receiver and at the corner. Adams threw for 1,700 yards and 15 TDs last fall,

Oct. 2 – Open Oct. 9 – at NW Guilford Oct. 16 – vs. Parkland (HC) Oct. 23 – at Glenn Oct. 30 – vs. SW Guilford Nov. 6 – vs. Ragsdale

with Grant accounting for said of Adams. “One thing 33 catches and 461 yards. we want him to work on “That was not a bad sophomore season,” Jones FOOTBALL, PAGE 9

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Bison soccer returns talented lineup BY STEVE HANF ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

HIGH POINT – Last season ended in defeat for the Bison soccer team, but the moral victory was not lost on the players. In the playoffs against Metro 4A foe Northwest Guilford, High Point Central stared down a team it had lost to by some 13 goals in the regular season and played to a scoreless tie through 60 minutes. Northwest ending up winning, but ... “We really came together that game,” said Bison coach Mark Claar, in his second season leading the Bison boys. “That was a highlight.” Expect more highlights this fall for Central in the Piedmont Triad 4A. Only three primary contribu-

tors were lost to graduation, and several newcomers will make for a deeper roster than in years past. Junior Austin Miller returns after leading Central in scoring last season. He was an all-conference performer and led the attack along with fellow junior Max Law. Both players again will see double-duty this year kicking for the football team. Also returning are four key seniors. Ian Snelgrove leads the defensive unit, while Trevor Hanes and Will Swing offer allaround athleticism at several spots. Mohamed Gebre saw limited time last fall, but has improved greatly in the offseason and brings a “rifle shot” to this year’s offense,” praised Claar. Another junior back




Central hopes to grab a good year with the likes of (from left) Will Swing, Trevor Hanes and Mohamed Gebre. in the mix is goalie Joel Chambers. The 6-foot-2 athlete not only has experience from last season, but attended several keeper camps over the summer and is greatly improved. The returning sophomores include Jackson Boone, the best Bison defender last year even as a freshman; and Chris Boyarizo, who saw good minutes. Bolstering the Central ranks this fall will be ju-

nior Kevin Permenter, an outside midfielder with blazing speed and good touch from Westchester, as well as junior Nathan Cheek, a center-mid with size from Wesleyan. “I feel like we have a little more depth this year,” Claar said. “If we can play to our potential, we should be pretty good. It’s about getting the output out of the kids.” | 888-3526

High Point Central tennis won’t have a deep roster BY STEVE HANF ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

HIGH POINT – Two top returners and a new player give High Point Central a solid start to its girls tennis lineup this fall. With just eight players out for the team in the early going, though, finding a strong top six could be a challenge for fourthyear coach Wes Parrish. “We’re kind of thin this year,” Parrish admitted. “But everybody’s real eager. We’re going to try to stay positive, shoot for the middle of the conference, and if everything goes good we might sneak a few extra wins in.”

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Senior Claire Cain returns after playing No. 1 singles last season, while junior Andrea Parrish is back after competing at No. 3. A newcomer, Lacy

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McNeill, figures to complete the top three. Others who have played in the past for the Bison and will be moving up in the lineup include junior

Maja Salcin and sophomore Hannah Howell. Players such as Miller Heiman and Meghan Patterson – both juniors – as well as senior Rachel


20 – Volleyball vs. Andrews, 6:30 20 – Tennis at HP Christian, 4:30 21 – Football vs. Reynolds, 7:30 24 – Volleyball at HP Christian, 5:45 24 – Tennis at E. Forsyth, 4:30 25 – Volleyball vs. Smith, 6:30 25 – Cross country vs. HP Christian, 5 26 – Tennis at Andrews, 4:30 27 – Volleyball at Andrews, 6:30 27 – Soccer vs. SW Randolph, 7 27 – Tennis vs. HP Christian, 4:30 28 – Football at Grimsley, 7:30 31 – Volleyball at Smith, 6:30 31 – Soccer at Asheboro, 7 31 – Tennis at NW Guilford, 4:30

September 1 – Volleyball at E. Forsyth, 6:30 2 – Soccer at SW Randolph, 7 2 – Tennis vs. Parkland, 4:30 2 – Cross country vs. Andrews, 5 3 – Volleyball at S. Guilford, 6:30 4 – Football at Lexington, 7:30 8 – Volleyball at NW Guilford, 6:30 8 – Soccer at Andrews, 6 8 – Tennis at Glenn, 4:30 9 – Volleyball vs. S. Guilford, 6:30 9 – Soccer vs. Smith, 6 9 – Tennis vs. SW Guilford, 4:30 9 – Cross country at S. Guilford, 5 10 – Football vs. Smith, 7:30 10 – Volleyball vs. Parkland, 6:30 10 – Tennis vs. Andrews, 4:30 14 – Tennis vs. Ragsdale, 4:30 15 – Volleyball at Glenn, 6:30 15 – Soccer at E. Forsyth, 7 16 – Tennis vs. E. Forsyth, 4:30 16 – Cross country at SW Guilford, 4:30 17 – Volleyball vs. SW Guilford, 6:30 17 – Soccer vs. Asheboro, 7 17 – Tennis at S. Guilford, 4:30 18 – Football at Andrews, 7:30 21 – Soccer vs. Andrews, 6 21 – Golf host PTC match, 4:30

Corn should compete for the No. 6 singles position. Central shifts from the tough Metro 4A Conference – with powerful Page and Grimsley – but gets to continue playing Northwest Guilford while picking up traditionally strong programs in Ragsdale and

22 – Volleyball vs. Ragsdale, 6:30 22 – Soccer at NW Guilford, 7 23 – Tennis vs. NW Guilford, 4:30 23 – Cross country at SW Guilford, 4:30 23 – Golf at Ragsdale, 4:30 24 – Volleyball vs. E. Forsyth, 6:30 24 – Soccer vs. Parkland, 7 25 – Football at E. Forsyth, 7:30 28 – Tennis at Parkland, 4:30 28 – Golf at E. Forsyth, 4:30 29 – Soccer at Glenn, 7 30 – Tennis vs. Glenn, 4:30 30 – Cross country vs. E. Forsyth, 4:30 30 – Golf at NW Guilford, 4:30

October 1 – Volleyball vs. NW Guilford, 6:30 1 – Soccer vs. SW Guilford, 7 1 – Tennis vs. S. Guilford, 4:30 5 – Tennis at SW Guilford, 4:30 5 – Golf at SW Guilford, 4:30 6 – Volleyball at Parkland, 6:30 6 – Soccer vs. Ragsdale, 7 7 – Tennis at Ragsdale, 4:30 7 – Cross country host PTC meet, 4:30 8 – Volleyball vs. Glenn, 6:30 8 – Soccer vs. E. Forsyth, 7 9 – Football at NW Guilford, 7:30 12 – Golf host PTC Champ., 1 13 – Volleyball at SW Guilford, 6:30 13 – Tennis at PTC tourney, 1 14 – Cross country at NW Guilford, 4:30 15 – Volleyball at Ragsdale, 6:30 15 – Soccer vs. NW Guilford, 7 16 – Football vs. Parkland, 7:30 19 – Volleyball at PTC tourney, TBA 20 – Soccer at Parkland, 7 21 – Cross country at PTC Champs., 4 22 – Soccer vs. Glenn, 7 23 – Football at Glenn, 7:30 27 – Soccer at SW Guilford, 7 29 – Soccer at Ragsdale, 7 30 – Football vs. SW Guilford, 7:30

November 6 – Football vs. Ragsdale, 7:30

Southwest Guilford in the Piedmont Triad 4A. “Hopefully we’ll get a few more wins this year,” Parrish said. “We’ll be competitive. We’re inexperienced, but they’re real hungry to do what they can.” | 888-3526


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Dig it! Bison (from left) Jessie Bryson, Kaylor Reece and Madison Ridge-Canoy are set for a breakout season on the volleyball court this year.

HIGH POINT – Two all-conference performers have High Point Central’s girls golf team two-thirds of the way toward a strong team score. Coach Kim Stalnaker, who has been at the helm all four years of the girls program, said his team should be a little older and a little better this season as the Bison shift from the Metro 4A to the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference. “We just lack a little depth,” Stalnaker said. The good news is that Breana Boyd returns. The senior in her fourth year with the team was Central’s No. 1 golfer. She shot a low round of 37 during a nine-hole match at Meadowlands. “I hope and expect to see a lot of that

from her,” Stalnaker said. “She’s been playing quite a bit. She’s hitting the ball well.” Another returning senior with four years of experience is Katerina Canter. She also earned all-conference honors. The final three players with experience are senior Molly Shank and juniors Mari Norcross and Laura Galanti. Shank is a soccer player who can rely on her athleticism on the golf course. Norcross is in her third season with the team, while Galanti has tackled the course this fall wearing a knee brace after getting hurt during the spring soccer season. “Those five will have to carry us,” said Stalnaker, who will be assisted once again by Ray Keever. Keever recently celebrated his 85th birthday. | 888-3526

Central spikers expect big things team this year are two more seniors who will help immediately: former Bison Beth Deaton, who missed last seaHIGH POINT – Eight returning players son, and Madison Ridge-Canoy, a High and a number of talented newcomers Point Christian transfer. should help High Point Central’s volJunior Rese Chorpening got plenty of leyball team soar to new heights this playing time for the Bison last fall and season. is a solid hitter along with junior Kam“My coaching staff and I, we’re pretty eron Hardy, another HPCA transplant. excited about the upcoming season,” Destiny Ingram, in her first year playsaid Kim Foust, in her third year leading ing, also should help Central. the Bison. “I think we’re going to shake The returning sophomores all played some things up in the conference.” key roles last year, with Olivia Tatum, Last year in the Metro 4A, Central fin- Charlotte Adams and Taylor Hamric ished fifth but “put together some good providing experience on the defensive wins,” Foust said. Moving forward in end and Tevyn Jones bringing another the Piedmont Triad 4A should be pos- athlete at the net. sible thanks to all those experienced A talented freshman group expected players. to help the varsity this year includes Setter Jennifer Lindh – “our quar- setters Brooke Bryson and Grace Bunterback,” praised Foust – leads a se- emann along with hitter Kat Andrews. nior group that includes hitters Jessie Bryson and Kaylor Reece. New to the | 888-3526 BY STEVE HANF ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER


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doing is getting the ball out of his hand quicker. The line’s got three experienced people coming back, and they’ve been in the weight room and gotten bigger.” Central’s defense has conference Player of the Year Jimmy Moorman

returning at middle linebacker along with secondary stars Evan Aguilar (six INTs), Langham (five INTs) and Leach, a strong corner last fall who moves to outside linebacker. Also back are Jonathan White and Merritt Blanks at defensive end.


Central will be driving for success with (from left) Hannah Stanley, Breana Boyd, Katerina Canter, Tini Prajapati, Angie Chavarria, Hollis Dameron and Molly Shank. Brian Primus, Tyreek Sparks and Roger Greene each saw some action on varsity last season and will be counted upon heavily, while Sean Myers is a new player on the line from Reidsville. Austin Miller – the starter – and Max Law

will return to kick and play soccer in the same season. Miller hit seven field goals last year. Every extra threat will help in the new Piedmont Triad 4A Conference. “Expectations are going to be a lot more than they were last year,” Jones

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Southwest football improving fast cludes Brian Creech and Nick Fleming. Harry McNeil, who played HIGH POINT – Mixed in with at Southwest as a sophomore, the frustrations of a one-win is back from High Point Censeason last year was the addtral and will be a big help at ed pain of “what might have outside linebacker. Other been” for the Southwest Guillinebackers for the Cowboys ford Cowboys. will be Jason Nazal, Brandon A one-point loss to Ragsdale, Banks and Quin Peeler. which finished the year 13-1. “I really think we’ve got a Defeats by a single touchdown chance to be good on defense,” to perennial contenders T. Schwarzer said. “We’re very Wingate Andrews and Glenn. simple in what we do, and it A five-point loss against Westgives our kids confidence that ern Guilford. they’re where they’re sup“The key to this year is overposed to be when the ball is coming the negatives, winning snapped.” the little battles,” said thirdSouthwest’s offense starts year coach Scott Schwarzer. with senior Davis Inman, in “If we’re able to win the little his second full year at quarterbattles, we’ll pull those close back. Last season, he threw for games out. We’re in the best 1,700 yards and 13 touchdowns shape we’ve ever been in. The in an offense that struggled big thing this year is we’ve got mightily running the ball. to find a way to close the door Any number of candidates and finish games.” will get carries this season: The losing season didn’t put J.J. Garrison, Sam Hall, Cody a damper on Southwest’s numDON DAVIS JR. | HPE Fields, McNeil, even freshbers, which included huge An improved outlook this fall for Southwest man Larry Edwards. And turnouts for summer drills and Guilford stems in part from a defense led by Ar- Inman will have plenty of more than 100 players out for mando Suarez (front), Harry McNeil (45), Airyn targets from which to choose the team earlier this month. in Willis, Bridges, Andrew Willis (1), John Gehris (30) and Greg Bridges. “We’ve made a lot of signifiPate, Tyrone McIntosh, Justin cant progress in a lot of areas,” ing them in the secondary will be Surgeon, Lateef DeGroat and Schwarzer said. “The overall char- the athletic Airyn Willis as well as Braxton Daye. acter and commitment of our team – Jarred Howard and Brian Davis. Banks, another big target, will these guys are playing for each othJalen Kitching is back at line- man the end of the line at tight end. er. There’s not a lot of ‘me’ guys.” backer and is strong enough to Up front, Brian Creech and Kevin The defense features a number take on blocks and still disrupt a Stanfield – just a sophomore – reof top returners, led by all-confer- play. Armando Suarez has gotten turn after starting last year. Bryan ence cornerback Greg Bridges and bigger and stronger on the line FOOTBALL, PAGE 11 strong safety John Gehris. Join- and will lead a group there that inBY STEVE HANF ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

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Name Airyn Willis Robert Howze Justin Surgeon Greg Bridges Tyrone McIntosh Lateef DeGroat Braxton Daye Davis Inman Larry Edwards Matt Mulligan Brandon Banks Princeton Brown Brian Davis Sam Hall Jalen Kitching John Gehris Byron Morris Jarred Howard J.J. Garrison Cody Fields Adrian Peguese Justin Tanner Harry McNeil Jason Nazal Ryan Bristow Brian Creech Xavier Lewis Bryan Hatchell Willie Morris Barry Hedgebeth Greg Burgess Kevin Stanfield Anson Robinson Dejerrick Graham Nick Fleming Charlie Stanfield Robert Pausch James Rogers Bracy Bonham Armando Suarez DaQuan Brooks Allahn Snelling-Faulk Nic Boyd Andrew Pate Devonte Davis Davin Runnerstrom Nathan Cohen Tanner Denney DeShawn Brown Quin Peeler

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HIGH POINT – Southwest Guilford experienced an impressive boys soccer season last fall, going 19-5-2 and finishing unbeaten in the conference while reaching the third round of the state 3A playoffs. The Cowboys return enough talent to be just as good, but the move to a 4A league should make for tougher competition. “In 4A, teams will be a little stronger, a little faster and a little quicker,” said Rob Szitas, entering his fifth season as head coach. “It will be new for us, and there’s some uncertainty. But we have to approach


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it the same way, and not be intimidated or distracted.” Southwest returns seven starters, and five seniors, in an effort to compete in the new Piedmont Triad 4A Conference. The seniors are midfielder Justin Jones, midfielder/forward David Merritt, midfielder Kevin Lyons, defender Max Wang and forward Joey Fiorello. Other returnees include junior midfielder Gray DePasquale, junior defender Stephen McDaniel, junior defender Andrew Daniel and sophomore forward Bart Toe. “Our goal is to be as competitive as possible,” Szitas said. “We want to put ourselves in position, physi-

Hatchell will play center and Robert Pausch steps in at right guard after a good offseason. Anson Robinson also will be in the mix after coming on strong, while Ryan Bristow and Charlie Stanfield will provide depth up front. “We’ll still throw the ball, but I think we’ll be able to run the ball this year,” Schwarzer said. “I think we’ll be more balanced than in the past, and it will help our defense if we can control the clock and keep them off the field.”

cally and mentally, to win every game. “We’d love to win the conference again. If we put together all the pieces, and have a few lucky breaks, that is a realistic goal. It will be tough, but we have to challenge the players and not settle for second place.” Southwest faces plenty of competition in the conference, including Ragsdale, Northwest Guilford, East Forsyth, Glenn and High Point Central. “Every conference game will be a challenge,” Szitas said. “We’re ready for the challenge.” | 888-3518

Given last year’s record and a move to the Piedmont Triad 4A, Schwarzer knows his Cowboys have work to do. But he likes what he sees so far. “We’re under the radar and I know everybody is probably picking us last,” he admitted. “We really feel like we can surprise people this year. We’ve proven we can compete with anybody. Now we’ve got to prove we can win games.” | 888-3526

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The Cowboys expect to contend for another conference title this season thanks to players such as (from left) Max Wang, David Merritt, Justin Jones and Kevin Lyons.

HIGH POINT – Things have changed for Southwest Guilford’s girls tennis team, and not just because Keith Murphy has replaced Denny Wesney as head coach. Because of the graduation of five starters, the Cowgirls are much different from the squad that won the Piedmont Triad 3A last fall. And Southwest’s move to a 4A league should make for even more challenges. “This will be a rebuilding year,” said Murphy, a former assistant coach. “We took the conference last year, but we lost so much to graduation.” Sophomore Morgan Jackson should move up to No. 1 singles. The second singles spot will be held by Jaqulyn Pfuhl,

a freshman. “Her ability sizes up nicely,” Murphy said about Pfuhl. “She’s prepared for it.” The No. 3 singles spot will be held down by senior Heather Min. Michelle Marrara, a sophomore whose sister was a senior last fall, should take over at No. 4. After that, positions are up for grabs. The new conference features powerhouse Northwest Guilford and improved High Point Central. While the Cowgirls return most of their team for 2010, Murphy will not dismiss this season. Wesney built a solid tennis tradition for Southwest’s girls. “We’ve got good girls and I really like them,” he said. “They will play with heart and have fun, and that’s all I can ask.”



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Players such as (from left) Michole Miller, Sarah Warnock and Amanda Kairis will be called upon to lead the Southwest Guilford volleyball team this fall.


Southwest Guilford returns leaders Sarah Adams (left) and Gabi Phillips for this year’s girls golf team.

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HIGH POINT – In his first year as Southwest Guilford’s girls golf coach in 2008, Scott Duerscherl directed the Cowgirls to a 23-3 record. He hopes for another solid season this fall, but much of Southwest’s success will depend on depth. Duerscherl knows about three players on the team, but hopes to add more. Junior Gabi Phillips returns after reaching the state tournament last season. Junior Sarah Adams also is back after flip-flopping the No. 1 position with Phillips last year and making the state playoffs in 2007. Junior Kirsten Lee rounds out the roster – for now. “We don’t have the depth as a lot of teams we’re playing,” said Duerscherl, who owns Deep River Golf Range on Highway 68. “An honest expectation will be in the middle of the pack.” Duerscherl expects his team’s toughest competition to come from Northwest Guilford and Ragsdale. Southwest plays its home matches at River Landing in Colfax. | 888-3518


It’s not a stretch to expect success for the Southwest Guilford cross country teams this fall. A huge crop of seniors, led by Tori Shelton and Joel Shuford, are set to lead the Cowgirls and Cowboys in a new 4A league.

HIGH POINT – Many high school cross country teams would love to have 11 runners. Southwest Guilford has 11 seniors. The Cowboys and Cowgirls anticipate successful seasons during their first year in 4A. A big reason is experience. The Southwest boys have seniors in Joel Shuford, Sebastian Ball, Bryan Ingram, Matt Brandsema and Daniel Mungo. The senior girls are Kirby Quada, Katie Cline, Anna Kline, Haley Rawlinson, Tori Shelton and Amy Zhan. Two of the seniors are returning all-conference runners: Shuford and Shelton. Junior Adrianna Sarrimanolis also made all-conference last season. “We have many returning seniors who have at least three years experience,” said Southwest coach Glenn Boulton. “Overall, both teams should be competitive.” | 888-3518


18 – Volleyball vs. W. Guilford, 6:30 18 – Soccer at N. Guilford, 7 18 – Tennis at N. Guilford, 4:30 19 – Tennis at SE Guilford, 4:30 20 – Volleyball vs. N. Guilford, 6:30 20 – Soccer vs. W. Guilford, 7 20 – Golf at N. Guilford, 4 21 – Football at SE Guilford, 7:30 24 – Volleyball at W. Guilford, 6:30 24 – Tennis vs. N. Guilford, 4:30 25 – Volleyball at SE Guilford, 6:30 25 – Soccer at SE Guilford, 7 26 – Tennis vs. NW Guilford, 4:30 26 – Cross country vs. Andrews, 4:30 27 – Volleyball at S. Guilford, 6:30 27 – Soccer at Grimsley, 7 27 – Golf at E. Guilford, 4 28 – Football at E. Guilford, 7:30 31 – Volleyball vs. Andrews, 6:30 31 – Soccer vs. N. Guilford, 7 31 – Tennis at Ragsdale, 4:30

September 1 – Soccer at W. Guilford, 7 1 – Cross country at Guilford Co. Champs., 4:30 2 – Volleyball at N. Guilford, 6:30 2 – Tennis vs. Glenn, 4:30 2 – Golf vs. Asheboro, 4:30 3 – Volleyball vs. NW Guilford, 6:30 3 – Soccer at W. Alamance, 7 3 – Tennis at Reynolds, 4:30 3 – Cross country vs. Wesleyan, 4:30 4 – Football vs. Ledford, 7:30 8 – Volleyball at Ragsdale, 6:30 8 – Soccer vs. SE Guilford, 7 8 – Tennis at E. Forsyth, 4:30 9 – Tennis at HP Central, 4:30 9 – Golf at Asheboro, 4:30 10 – Volleyball vs. Glenn, 6:30 10 – Soccer at Reynolds, 7 11 – Football at Andrews, 7:30 14 – Tennis at Parkland, 4:30 15 – Volleyball vs. E. Forsyth, 6:30 15 – Soccer vs. Reynolds, 7 16 – Cross country at PTC PreMeet, 4:30 16 – Golf vs. E. Guilford, 4 17 – Volleyball at HP Central, 6:30 17 – Soccer vs. NW Guilford, 7 17 – Tennis vs. SE Guilford, 4:30 21 – Volleyball vs. S. Guilford, 6:30

21 – Soccer vs. NE Guilford, 7 21 – Tennis at NW Guilford, 4:30 21 – Golf at HP Central, 4:30 22 – Volleyball at Parkland, 6:30 22 – Soccer vs. Ragsdale, 7 22 – Tennis at Andrews, 4:30 23 – Volleyball at Andrews, 6:30 23 – Tennis vs. Ragsdale, 4:30 23 – Cross country vs. HPC/ Rags, 4:30 23 – Golf at Ragsdale, 4:30 24 – Soccer vs. Glenn, 7 25 – Football vs. Reynolds (HC), 7:30 26 – Cross country at G’boro Inv., 9 a.m. 28 – Tennis at Glenn, 4:30 28 – Golf at E. Forsyth, 4:30 29 – Volleyball at NW Guilford, 6:30 29 – Soccer at E. Forsyth, 7 30 – Tennis vs. E. Forsyth, 4:30 30 – Cross country at NW Guilford, 4:30 30 – Golf at NW Guilford, 4:30

October 1 – Volleyball vs. Ragsdale, 6:30 1 – Soccer at HP Central, 7 1 – Tennis vs. Andrews, 4:30 2 – Football vs. NW Guilford, 7:30 3 – Cross country at HaganStone Classic, 10 a.m. 5 – Tennis vs. HP Central, 4:30 5 – Golf host PTC match, 4:30 6 – Volleyball at Glenn, 6:30 6 – Soccer at Parkland, 7 6 – Tennis vs. Wesleyan, 4:30 7 – Tennis vs. Parkland, 4:30 7 – Cross country at Parkland, 4:30 8 – Volleyball at E. Forsyth, 6:30 9 – Football vs. Ragsdale, 7:30 12 – Golf at PTC Champ., 1 13 – Volleyball vs. HP Central, 6:30 13 – Soccer at NW Guilford, 7 13 – Tennis at PTC tourney, 1 14 – Cross country at NW Guilford, 4:30 15 – Volleyball vs. Parkland, 6:30 15 – Soccer at Ragsdale, 7 16 – Football at Glenn, 7:30 19 – Volleyball host PTC tourney, TBA 20 – Soccer vs. Glenn, 7 21 – Cross country at PTC Champs., 5 22 – Soccer vs. E. Forsyth, 7 23 – Football vs. E. Forsyth, 7:30 27 – Soccer vs. HP Central, 7 29 – Soccer vs. Parkland, 7 30 – Football at HP Central, 7:30

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---Aug. 21 – at Ledford

Aug. 28 – at E. Davidson Sept. 4 – West Stokes Sept. 11 – at Surry Central Sept. 18 – Asheboro Sept. 25 – at S. Guilford


The Bulldogs are ready to get defensive with (front, from left) Cory Steed and Chris Sexton and (back, from left) Ron Griffin, T.J. Bulla, Angelo Dunn and Adam LaCombe. es, those were cut in half.” Five all-conference players return for the Bulldogs in Rhyne Kivett, Theron Williamson, Mario McInnis, Angelo Dunn and T.J. Bulla. Kivett highlights a triple-option offense that was silenced just twice last year – by powerful Ragsdale and Northern Vance squads. Trinity’s 4-7 record included three losses in which fourth-quarter leads slipped away, but the offense rarely struggled except in the turnover department. Kivett accounted for more than 1,100 yards of offense and 11 TDs as a sophomore. He’ll be the QB this sea-

son along with McInnis and Jordan Johnson. McInnis is a threat everywhere, while Johnson notched 1,000 yards rushing for the JV last year. Whoever’s not playing QB will be elsewhere in the backfield. Dunn returns at fullback,

and the team’s lone twoway starter will be backed up on offense by Kris Frazier. Skyler Srishord returns at running back, while Ryan Spencer is back at receiver after being among the area’s best last fall. Justin Robbins

also should get into the passing patterns. The skills guys will be able to move the ball because Trinity’s line is “the strongest unit on our team,” Mebane praised. With Williamson, those returning starters in-

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TRINITY – For this year at least, much about the Bulldogs looks the same. Sure, Trinity was split in half when Wheatmore opened, and Alex Mebane lost every one of his assistant coaches and most of a JV team in the move. But most of the varsity players remain the same, and a senior class numbering 23 athletes figures to improve on last season’s 4-7 record. “We have a very solid senior class,” said Mebane, in his fourth year leading the Bulldogs. “Other than depth, our varsity doesn’t look much different. We expect to win this year.” Now, other things certainly aren’t the same. Trinity didn’t learn until February which players it would be keeping, and teaching assignments arrived at spring break. Mebane’s new staff includes no one on the faculty at Trinity. And a program that ended the year with 91 players now has 50: 32 on varsity, 18 on the JV. “There have been a lot of distractions,” Mebane said. “But we have a good nucleus for this team. Our depth is the issue. Once you get to the under-class-

Name Mario McInnis Scheynen Loeffler Adam LaCombe Darien Norwood Coulter Pruitt Ryan Spencer Cory Steed Justin Robbins Mitchell Frazier Rhyne Kivett David Presnell Angelo Dunn Ron Griffin Jordan Johnson Richey Sun Skyler Srishord Dallas Piner Kris Frazier T.J. Bulla Brad Auman Zach McNeill Erasto Ponce Jacob Motley Andrew McGavic T.J. Lambes David Welch Austin Reitzel Michael Robinson Theron Williamson Quintin Strickland Aaron Schulte Chris Sexton




Trinity soccer boasts big numbers BY TOM BERRY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

TRINITY – On the positive side, Trinity has about 25 players on its varsity boys soccer team. On the negative side, there’s no junior varsity. “This is one of the first times we won’t have a JV team,” said Mike Sink, entering his 23rd year as head coach. The reason is obvious. Because Trinity has been split into a second high school – Wheatmore – there are fewer athletes available for the Bulldogs. Although Sink did not feel he had enough players to form a JV team, he wanted to keep as many players as possible on the varsity. “We don’t want any players to

get lost in the shuffle,” he said. “So we’re holding on to as many as we can. I’ve explained it to the players, and for the most part they understand. I’ll try to get playing time for as many as possible, but we still want to be successful.” The Bulldogs had plenty of success last season, finishing in the top three in the conference and making the state 3A playoffs. Now in a 2A league, Trinity has enough returning talent to reach the playoffs again. The Bulldogs have six returning players with starting experience: senior forward Josh Berry, junior midfielder Josh Gross, senior midfielder Jose Sedano, senior midfielder Kirby Graves, junior defender Trevor Dean and junior

goalkeeper Brandon Jarrett. Trinity also should receive help from senior Luis Proano, sophomore Scheynen Loeffler, senior Lin Wall, senior A.J. Hammond, freshman Chase Clark, freshman David Gonzalez, sophomore Jackson Auman and freshman Raymond Hernandez. “We want to finish at the top of the conference,” Sink said. “But I’ve told the players that we can’t take anything for granted. We have to play every game like it will be our toughest all year. “So many things can happen, but our first goal is to win the conference and then see how far we can go in the state playoffs.” | 888-3518


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“Those guys know what they’re doing,” Mebane praised of the line. “We’re undersized, but the kids are very smart, they’ve been in this system, they know what we do and do it well.” Dunn and Bulla power the defensive unit at inside linebacker after starring there last season. The only problem Mebane has with those two players is that both also could be

counted as Trinity’s best defensive linemen. The line is a huge question mark, with some nine players being considered. “Dunn and Bulla could be the heart and soul of our defense,” Mebane said. “We may end up playing both of them down at those inside positions, we may end up playing both of them up, we may play one of them down and one of them up.”


Others in the running for line spots include Cory Steed and T.J. Lambes, both of whom saw varsity time last year, as well as JV call-up Chris Sexton. At outside linebacker, the Bulldogs return solid starters Adam LaCombe and Ron Griffin. The secondary also includes the talented McInnis at free safety, while players such as Spencer, Robbins and Johnson should by fight-

ing for time at corner. Griffin is back for his fourth season kicking for the varsity, and he’ll continue punting as well with a makable goal of kicking for a college team. As for Trinity’s team goals, those are easy despite the early hardships. “Anything less than a winning season will be falling short of what all of us expect,” Mebane said.

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17 – Soccer vs. S. Lee, 7 17 – Tennis at S. Guilford, 4:30 18 – Volleyball at Asheboro, 5 18 – Soccer vs. Asheboro, 7 18 – Tennis vs. Ledford, 5 19 – Soccer at S. Guilford, 6 19 – Tennis vs. Asheboro, 4:30 19 – Cross country vs. S. Guilford, 4:30 20 – Volleyball vs. S. Guilford, 5 21 – Football at Ledford, 7:30 24 – Soccer vs. Ledford, 7 24 – Tennis at Asheboro, 4:30 25 – Soccer at Asheboro, 7 25 – Tennis at SW Randolph, 4:30 25 – Cross country vs. E. Davidson, 4:30 26 – Tennis vs. E. Davidson, 5 27 – Volleyball at E. Davidson, 4:30 27 – Soccer at Ragsdale, 7 28 – Football at E. Davidson, 7:30 29 – Volleyball at Asheboro tourney, TBA 31 – Volleyball at S. Guilford, 5 31 – Soccer vs. S. Guilford, 6

September 1 – Tennis vs. S. Guilford, 5 1 – Cross country at Asheboro, 4:30 2 – Volleyball vs. Ledford, 5 3 – Volleyball vs. Asheboro, 6 3 – Tennis at Ledford, 4:15 4 – Football vs. W. Stokes, 7:30 8 – Volleyball at Ledford, 5 8 – Tennis vs. Randleman, 4:30 9 – Soccer at Ledford, 7 9 – Cross country vs. Ledford, 4:30 10 – Volleyball vs. E. Davidson, 4:30 10 – Tennis vs. Andrews, 4:30 11 – Football at Surry Central, 7:30 14 – Soccer vs. E. Davidson, 7 14 – Tennis at Wheatmore, 4:30 14 – Cross country vs. Prov. Grove, 4:30

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TRINITY – Although about half of Trinity has split into Wheatmore, the Bulldogs continue to have a good turnout for cross country. Tim Kelly, entering his sixth year as Trinity’s cross country coach, had about 17 boys and 20 girls practicing last week. That’s not a big difference from last season, when the boys finished around .500 and the girls went unbeaten in the conference during the regular season. For Kelly, the biggest difference is with the freshmen. Just six freshmen girls are out for the team – and one boy. “That’s where it shows up,” Kelly said about the split. “To keep the program going, we need more young runners. It’s a tough sport. We’re trying to get the word out that we’ll keep taking runners up to the second week of school, for freshmen, anyway.” Trinity has plenty of experienced runners this season. For the boys, the top four will be senior Ken Collishaw, senior Dustin Mann, sophomore Ethan Cox and sophomore Ryan Kozlowski.

TRINITY – Like many teams at Trinity this fall, girls tennis has fewer players. The Bulldogs barely had enough to field a team last week during practice, but first-year head coach Erin Bass keeps looking for more. That’s a common problem because Trinity’s district has been split in half due to new Wheatmore High. “The split has made it difficult to get numbers out,” said Bass, an English teacher at Trinity who was the boys tennis coach the last two seasons. “We just have to roll with the punches

and build our numbers back up. The future looks good.” Just one player returns from last year’s team. Sophomore Katlyn Staub will play No. 1 singles. Kate Ackerman, a junior, will play No. 2 singles. She was on the team as a freshman before sitting out last season. The rest of the players are inexperienced but fairly close in talent level, according to Bass. “They’re beginners,” she said. “They’re good learners and I’m glad to have them out. If they stick with it, next year will be a lot better. We’re staying positive.” | 888-3518



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Aug. 28 – Prov. Grove Sept. 4 – at W. Davidson Sept. 11 – E. Montgomery Sept. 18 – at E. Davidson S. 25 – SW Randolph (HC)

Oct. 2 – Open Oct. 9 – at Carver Oct. 16 – at Atkins Oct. 23 – Trinity Oct. 30 – at Randleman Nov. 6 – T.W. Andrews


Coach Eugene Everhart (kneeling) is ready to kick off the inaugural season of Wheatmore High School football with offensive leaders (from left) Bryant Everhart, Josh Rickert, Van Peedin, Dalton Albertson and Trevor Wheeler

What awaits Wheatmore Warriors in debut season? BY STEVE HANF ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

TRINITY – Numbers, size, strength, talent, experience: Eugene Everhart has plenty to worry about when it comes to Wheatmore’s new football team. On the plus side, though ... “We don’t have to worry about kids parking their

cars in the wrong place at practice or anything like that,” the coach said with a laugh. “We’re very, very young.” The area’s newest high school opens its first football season Friday at South Davidson and then plays host to Providence Grove at the end of the


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TRINITY – A young team will hit the trails for Wheatmore cross country coach Misty Wolfe this year. “My goal for them is to improve their overall times,” said Wolfe, who coached the Trinity swimming team the past five years. “Each of them is so new to the sport, I want them to be able to improve individually. We’re just trying to build a foundation.” Some 15 runners have been out so far. Those with the most experience are junior Wesley Wright and sophomore Michael Turnbill, both of whom competed for Trinity last fall. Others on the boys team for Wheatmore will be sophomores Thomas Carota, Ray Edwards and Dylan Fulp along with freshmen Seth Vickers, Taylor Minton, Jason Ozment and Justin Pang. For the girls, a slew of freshmen will compete: Claire Webb, Taylor Walker, Andrea Fields, Leah Wright, Lexa Wall, Shay Pencola, Hannah Johnson and Miranda Farmer.

month. Wheatmore is so new that its players aren’t even in their own school, and Everhart admitted that the Warriors’ “home” opener likely will come at Trinity as well. For all the challenges, Everhart and his coaching staff of Trey Hunter, Jake Smith, Ronnie House and Wes Berrier have enjoyed themselves. “They’ve been very, very attentive, they’ve been working hard, they’ve been open to learning. We’ve had fun,” Everhart said of the young team, which includes no seniors. “I think we’ve approached it the same way we have any time we’ve gone into a new situation. You have to start from square one. Your language is completely different, so you have to teach them your terminology. You have to be patient. The play book goes in a little slower. We’re just taking what they do and see what they do when we play them.” Wheatmore’s defense will be anchored by a line of Kirk Blair, Dustin Varner, Dakota Spence and Aaron Robbins. At linebacker will be Jacob Miller and Chris Clubb, while

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Assistant coaches Ronnie House (left) and Wes Berrier talk defense with Warriors Curtis Seay (1), Chris Clubb (23) and Tyler Cook (76). the outside linebackers are Curtis Seay and Josh Rickert. Roaming the secondary will be Dalton Albertson, Michael Proctor and Trevor Wheeler. “I think our defensive line has a chance to be pretty good,” Everhart said. “They’re really picking up the techniques we want them to use. They’ve learned to chase the ball real well.” Rickert, an athletic 5foot-10, 175-pound sophomore, also will lead the offense at running back. Van Peedin will play under center and look for Seay, Bryant Everhart and Wheeler in the passing patterns. Albertson will get time at tight end along a line of Josh Hinesley, Spence, Tyler Cook, Robbins and center Brandon Berridge. Wheatmore will run a spread-gun, no-huddle offense featuring the running of Rickert. “He’s going to be a good

player,” Everhart said. “He was an outstanding JV player last year in the option offense (for Trinity). I think he’s going to have a chance to be a very good runner.” Everhart, who took over as Wheatmore’s football coach and athletic director after 10 years at Central Davidson, said the school won’t begin the year with a JV team. The varsity roster opened with 34 players. “Having 34 kids is not a terribly small number for a varsity, but we’re so inexperienced that the depth with our kids who have actually played a high school game before is a problem,” the coach admitted. “We’re going to have to learn on the run.” The Warriors will attempt to do so early against some small schools. Early success could be key prior to a PAC 6 schedule that includes Andrews, Carver and Atkins.

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20 – Volleyball at SW Randolph, 5 20 – Tennis at Prov. Grove, 4 21 – Football at S. Davidson, 7:30 24 – Tennis vs. E. Davidson, 4:30 25 – Tennis at E. Montgomery, 4:30 26 – Volleyball at Prov. Grove, 5 27 – Cross country at S. Davidson, 5 28 – Football vs. Prov. Grove, 7:30 29 – Volleyball at Asheboro tourney, TBA 31 – Volleyball vs. E. Davidson, 5 31 – Tennis vs. W. Davidson, 5

September 1 – Volleyball vs. W. Davidson, 6 2 – Tennis at E. Davidson, 4:30 3 – Tennis vs. S. Davidson, 4:30 3 – Cross country at E. Davidson, 5 4 – Football at W. Davidson, 7:30 8 – Volleyball vs. SW Randolph, 5 8 – Tennis at Carver, 4:30 9 – Volleyball vs. S. Davidson, 6 9 – Cross country at W. Davidson, 5 10 – Volleyball at Atkins, 5 10 – Tennis at Atkins, 4:30 11 – Football vs. E. Montgomery, 7:30 14 – Volleyball at E. Davidson, 5 14 – Tennis vs. Trinity, 4:30 15 – Volleyball at Carver, 5 16 – Tennis at Randleman, 4:30 17 – Volleyball at Atkins, 5 17 – Tennis at S. Davidson, 4:30 17 – Cross country at Prov. Grove, 5

“Our No. 1 goal is for us to qualify for the playoffs,” Everhart said. “We’d like to get in some of those nonconference games, get better, find a way to win

18 – Football at E. Davidson, 7:30 21 – Tennis vs. Andrews, 4:30 22 – Volleyball vs. Trinity, 5 23 – Tennis vs. Carver, 4:30 23 – Cross country at Trinity, 5 24 – Volleyball at Randleman, 5 24 – Tennis vs. E. Montgomery, 5 25 – Football vs. SW Randolph (HC), 7:30 28 – Soccer at Carver, 7 28 – Tennis vs. Atkins, 4:30 29 – Volleyball vs. Andrews, 5 30 – Soccer at Atkins, 7 30 – Tennis at Trinity, 4:30 30 – Cross country at Andrews, 5

October 1 – Volleyball vs. Carver, 5 5 – Soccer vs. Trinity, 7 5 – Tennis vs. Randleman, 4:30 6 – Volleyball vs. Atkins, 5 7 – Soccerat Randleman, 7 7 – Tennis at Andrews, 4:30 7 – Cross country at Randleman, 5 8 – Volleyball at Trinity, 5 9 – Football at Carver, 7:30 12 – Soccer vs. Andrews, 7 13 – Volleyball vs. Randleman, 5 14 – Soccer vs. Carver, 7 14 – Cross country host PAC 6, 5 15 – Volleyball at Andrews, 5 16 – Football at Atkins, 7:30 19 – Soccer vs. Atkins, 7 21 – Soccer at Trinity, 7 21 – Cross country at PAC 6 Champs., 5 23 – Football vs. Trinity, 7:30 26 – Soccer vs. Randleman, 7 28 – Soccer at Andrews, 7 30 – Football at Randleman, 7:30

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TRINITY – Norman Askew can’t wait for the Wheatmore soccer season to kick off. “The parents are excited, the kids are excited, we’re very optimistic,” Askew said. “New is exciting. New is flat-out exciting!” Serving as head coach of a varsity soccer team will be new to Askew, the longtime Trinity wrestling head coach who spent the past two seasons leading the junior varsity boys soccer team for Trinity coach Mike Sink. Now, Askew gets to coach the new boys soccer team at the area’s newest school. “It’s interesting having no seniors,” Askew said. “Everyone I have will be returning

next year, so the team I’m seeing now is the team I’ll see next year. I’ve got good leadership, several juniors who played for me when they were on JV – the numbers are good.” Askew and his assistant coach – former Trinity keeper Bo Osborne – will rely heavily on five juniors this season who played key roles with the Bulldogs last fall. Eric Lagueruela, Avery Musgrave, Justin Resor, Ross Blake and Derrick Greene should have the Warriors battling for a PAC 6 Conference title along with Randleman and Trinity, Askew said. “They’re saddened by the loss of some teammates they had at Trinity,” he explained of his juniors, “but excited about the new opportunity to step up.” | 888-3526


Wheatmore High soccer coach Norman Askew is looking for a big debut season from team leaders (from left) Eric Lagueruela, Ross Blake and Justin Resor.

Numbers abound for Wheatmore spikers BY STEVE HANF ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

TRINITY – New schools often struggle finding enough numbers to field those first athletic teams. Not so with Wheatmore volleyball, which saw 42 hopefuls try out and 13 girls land on varsity and JV rosters for coach Rodney Kirby. “That’s a huge number for a new school,” said Kirby, Trinity’s varsity coach last year and an assistant prior to that. “They’re meshing as well as any team I’ve had the last three years. They’re enjoying playing with each other. It’s been fun.” The Warriors’ varsity team will have five juniors and just two players in all who saw playing time last year for the

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Junior Luke VanAusdall is a promising newcomer who should break into the top five. For the girls, the top runners are senior Brittany Reeves, junior Allison Floyd, sophomore Tyler Cottle, freshman Natalie Hunter, junior M.K. Atkins, junior Jordan Bouldin and freshman Elizabeth Atkins. “We’ve got seven, eight girls who are pretty good,” Kelly said. Kelly said he lost about five runners to Wheatmore, and just one of the DON DAVIS JR. | HPE top five boys from last Trinity’s cross country team leaders this year will be season. | 888-3518

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Allison and sophomore Lindsey Whitaker at middle hitter, Rains and Hudson will help Wheatmore’s defense. “Our biggest strength will be our defense,” Kirby said. Other strong defenders are junior Candace Caughron, a libero from the JV team, and West Davidson transfer Josephine Watson, a strong back-row defender. As for the offense, Kirby said sophomores Laura Fortner, Brittany Lowe and Abbey Byrd will lead the way at outside hitter. “You don’t know what to expect,” Kirby said of the new PAC 6. “Trinity and Randleman will be the big two, and our goal is to be top three and make the state playoffs.”

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2009 Fall Schedule August 20-21 – Soccer host Sanford Classic, 5 21-22 – Cross country at Brevard Inv., TBA 22 – Volleyball at Cary Acad. tourney, 9 a.m. 22 – Soccer host Sanford Classic, 3 25 – Volleyball vs. Calvary, 6:30 25 – Soccer at Calvary, 7:15 25 – Tennis at Kerr-Vance, 4 25 – Cross country vs. Kerr/ Calvary, 4:30 27 – Cross country vs. Westchester, 4:30 28 – Volleyball vs. Clt. Latin, 5:30 28 – Soccer at HP Christian, 5:30 28 – Tennis vs. HP Christian, 4 31 – Tennis vs. Calvary, 4

Talented runners return for Trojans BY TOM BERRY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

HIGH POINT – Brian Roberts enters his first season as head coach of Wesleyan Christian Academy’s cross country teams. An assistant the past two years, he already knows enough to believe both the boys and girls can improve on last season. The boys finished third in the PACIS and 12th in the state. The girls were third in the league and about 25th in the state. The boys return sophomore Drew Thompson, who set the 5K school record (17:08) at the state meet at WakeMed Park in Cary. “Drew is even better now,” said Roberts. “I expect him to get down to 16:30. Hopefully his time will be one of the tops in the state.” The Trojans also have seniors, among them Sam Young, Greg Young and Connor Andrews. Roberts hopes Sam Young can reduce his 5K time to the mid-17s, while the other two are expected to drop below 19 minutes. Greg Young is back after taking last year off.

The Trojans also have a solid group of middleschoolers coming up. “Hopefully the senior leaders can take us to the conference title,” Roberts said. “We look pretty strong. We’ve got a good chance to compete for the PACIS title and we’ve set a goal to finish in the top 10 in the state.” For the girls, the top four runners probably will be eighth-graders Noelle Coryell, Aubrey Thompson, Madeline Pace and Abby Henson. Senior Erin Frawley rounds out the top five. “Erin will be our leader,” Roberts said. “Obviously, we’re a real young team, but we’ve got a good number of girls out (12 to 15). Our goal is to finish in the middle of the state meet.” Before state-wide competition, Roberts has his eye on the PACIS. “We’re always trying to win the conference title,” he said. “I think the boys have a good shot. The girls have to work hard and see what happens. Hopefully, we’ll peak at the tournament and something special will happen.”



New Wesleyan coach Lindsay Hall will rely upon (from left) Bernetta Moore, Kelsey Templeton and Taylor White.

New coach set with Wesleyan spikers BY TOM BERRY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

HIGH POINT – Wesleyan Christian Academy’s volleyball team will not wade into the season. The Trojans will jump head first on Saturday during an eight-team tournament at Cary Academy. Wesleyan also plays a weekend tournament in September at North Raleigh Christian. “We’ll know what we’re working with pretty quickly,” said first-year head coach Lindsay Hall. She has a good idea. As

a former junior varsity and middle school coach at Wesleyan, Hall already knows the Trojans return seven players from a team that won the PACIS last season. “We have lots of leadership and experience,” said Hall, a 2002 Wesleyan graduate who played volleyball with the Trojans and Greensboro College. “We should be pretty solid. At least seven or eight players are solid out of my 12. We have a good starting team.” Wesleyan’s nucleus includes Bernetta Moore, a

1 – Volleyball at Cary Acad., 6 1 – Soccer at Cary Acad., 7:15 1 – Tennis at Cary Acad., 4 1 – Cross country at Guilford Co. Champs., 4:30 3 – Tennis at Clt. Country Day, 4:15 3 – Cross country vs. SW Guilford, 4:30 4 – Soccer at Bishop, 5:30 4-5 – Volleyball at N. Raleigh tourney, 5 8 – Volleyball at Clt. Christian, 6 8 – Soccer at Prov. Day, 7 8 – Tennis vs. Clt. Christian, 4 8 – Cross country vs. Forsyth CD, 4 10 – Volleyball at Cannon, 6 10 – Soccer vs. Clt. Country Day, 6 10 – Tennis vs. Cannon, 4 14 – Soccer at Westchester, 6 14 – Tennis vs. Kerr-Vance, 4 15 – Volleyball at Clt. Country Day, 6:15

sophomore outside hitter; Taylor White, a junior outside hitter; Kristen Hall, a senior middle hitter; Carly Sheffield, a senior right-side hitter; Kelsey

15 – Soccer at Cannon, 5:30 15 – Cross country vs. FHE, 4:30 17 – Volleyball at G’boro Day, 6:30 17 – Soccer at G’boro Day, 7:15 17 – Tennis at G’boro Day, 4:30 21 – Cross country at Salem, 4 22 – Volleyball at Forsyth CD, 6:30 22 – Soccer at Forsyth CD, 7 22 – Tennis at Forsyth CD, 4 25 – Volleyball vs. HP Christian, 5 25 – Soccer at Asheville Christ, 5:45 25 – Tennis vs. Westchester, 4 26 – Soccer at Rabun Gap, 11 a.m. 26 – Cross country at G’boro Inv., TBA 28 – Volleyball vs. Caldwell, 6 28 – Cross country vs. HP Christian, 4:30

October 2 – Soccer vs. Village Chr., 6 6 – Volleyball at HP Christian, 5:15 6 – Soccer vs. Forsyth Home, 7 6 – Tennis at SW Guilford, 4:30 8 – Cross country at Calvary Inv., 4:30 9 – Volleyball vs. Forsyth CD, 6:30 9 – Soccer vs. Forsyth CD, 7 9 – Tennis vs. Forsyth CD, 4 13 – Volleyball at N. Raleigh, 6 13 – Soccer vs. N. Raleigh, 6:30 13 – Tennis vs. N. Raleigh, 4 13 – Cross country at New Garden, 4:30 15 – Volleyball vs. G’boro Day, 6:30 15 – Soccer vs. G’boro Day, 7:15 15 – Tennis vs. G’boro Day, 4:30 20 – Volleyball at Grace Acad., 5 20 – Soccer at Grace Acad., 5 22 – Cross country at PACIS Champs., 4

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HIGH POINT – The boys soccer season at Wesleyan Christian Academy started long before now. Early in the summer, many players went on a mission trip to Colombia, where they bonded and discovered the importance of helping the less fortunate. The Trojans also spent a week in a team camp at Campbell University and traveled to Augusta, Ga., last weekend to play three matches. Those are plenty of preseason reasons why Scott Reitnour, entering his seventh season as head coach, is excited about his team this fall. “I think we are probably as deep and balanced as we’ve been since I’ve been here,” he said. The Trojans were pretty good in 2008, finishing 15-5-2 after losing 2-1 to Providence Day in the semifinals of the NCISAA 3A state tournament. They could be even better this time. “We have a number of players who play on yearround club teams, so our technical level is good,” Reitnour said. “We’re pretty young, but that


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Wesleyan Christian Academy soccer captains Jordan Lessard (left) and Kevin Polk will lead the Trojans. said, we have a handful of seniors who are good leaders and good players.” It starts with senior captains Jordan Lessard and Kevin Polk. Lessard, an attacking midfielder, was an allconference and all-region player last season. A member of the Greensboro Soccer Club academy team that played in California about a month ago, Lessard has committed to play soccer at Wheaton (Ill.) College. Polk, a double-figure scorer in 2008, is a central striker and “fantastic leader,” said Reitnour. “Kevin is everything we want someone from our program to be about. “I hope our team’s identity reflects the leadership they see in Lessard

and Polk. If they buy into what those two kids are about, it could go very well for us this year.” At goalkeeper, there is neck-and-neck competition between sophomores Chase Kenny and Chad Staples. Carter Robbins, a junior central defender, will anchor the back line. Senior Joseph Mashburn will play left back and senior Aaron Vidovich will play central midfield. “Those are our core players,” Reitnour said. “Everybody can play. Our most outstanding attribute is we are so well balanced. We don’t have four or five players who separate themselves from everybody else. We have to have collective effort.”

defensive specialist; and Rachel Schmitt, a senior outside hitter/defensive specialist. Hall expects Forsyth Country Day to provide the toughest competition in the conference, while rival High Point Chris-

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HIGH POINT – Realistically, most coaches can hope to have either depth or experience on their teams. Wesleyan Christian Academy has both in girls tennis. Not only do the Trojans return the top six players from a team that finished 6-4 overall, they also have plenty of performers. “We look to have a very good team this year with the top six returning, and adding more depth and talent at the seventh through 10th positions,” said Gaylon Peel, entering his 10th year as Wesleyan’s head coach after returning to the Trojans in 2007. “We have a good group of young and talented players who played well last year, gained lots of experience and are looking forward to making big strides against quality opponents in the upcoming season. “The added depth will increase the quality of practice and will give us more consistency if substitutions become necessary.” Top players include No. 1 Ginny Brodd (sophomore), No. 2 Christina Drake (junior), No. 3 Jess Millis (freshman), No. 4 Morgan Speight (freshman), No. 5 Hannah Oglesby (senior), No. 6 Daisy Shaw (junior) and No. 7 Morgan Allred (junior). Forsyth Country Day and Greens-


Christina Drake (left) and Hannah Oglesby are among the upperclassmen hoping to lead the Trojans to a successful fall. boro Day remain tough opponents in the PACIS. Out of the conference, Peel expects Charlotte Country Day, Cannon School and North Raleigh Christian to be solid. | 888-3518

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Westchester volleyball starts rebuilding BY TOM BERRY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

HIGH POINT – Three allconference players graduated. So did four of six starters. All are gone from Westchester Country Day School’s volleyball team, which experienced plenty of success last season with a 15-5 record and No. 2 finish in the Triad Athletic Conference. “We took quite a hit,” said coach Pat Kahny. “We lost a lot of players.” The graduated players were All-TAC performers Becky Plyler, Erin Corns and Liz Kennedy, along with starter April Bryant. The returning starters are middle hitter Whitley Glosson, a junior who led the team in kills and blocks in 2008; and sophomore Jessi Stockinger, another middle hitter. “Our middle should be pretty solid with Jessi and Whitley,” Kahny said. “The biggest thing is we need to try and develop outside hitters. That’s where we need some offensive punch.” Returning seniors are Sara Couch, an outside DON DAVIS JR. | HPE hitter, and Ashley Acuff. A new-look volleyball team for Westchester Country Day will include Sara Couch (front) Senior Amy Rowley, an outside hitter, is back afand (back, from left) Whitley Glosson, Jessi Stockinger and Molly Harris.


17 – Cross country host TAC meet, 5 18 – Volleyball vs. Elon, 4:30 18 – Soccer vs. HP Christian, 7 22 – Volleyball at Amer. Hebrew, 4:30 22 – Soccer vs. Elon, 7 22 – Tennis vs. Caro. Friends, 4 24 – Volleyball vs. Caro. Friends, 4:30 24 – Tennis at Burl. Chr., 4 24 – Cross country at Amer. Hebrew, 5 25 – Soccer vs. Caro. Friends, 7 25 – Tennis at Wesleyan, 4 28 – Volleyball vs. 1st Assembly, 4:30 28 – Soccer vs. Caldwell, 7 28 – Tennis at Salem, 4

1 – Volleyball vs. Burl. Chr., 4:30 1 – Soccer at Caldwell, 4:30 1 – Tennis vs. Burl. Chr., 4 3 – Volleyball vs. Salem, 4:30 3 – Soccer at Calvary, 6:30 3 – Tennis at HP Christian, 4 3 – Cross country at Caldwell, 5 8 – Volleyball vs. Calvary, 4:30 8 – Soccer at Burl. Chr., 4:30 8 – Tennis at Caro. Friends, 4 10 – Tennis vs. Caldwell, 4 10 – Cross country at Caro. Friends, 5 11 – Volleyball at HP Christian, 5:15 11 – Soccer at Asheville Chr., 5:30 12 – Soccer at Carolina Day., 11 a.m. 14 – Soccer vs. Wesleyan, 6 15 – Volleyball at Caldwell, 4:30 15 – Tennis vs. Elon, 4 17 – Tennis at Calvary, 4

6 – Volleyball at Salem, 4:30 6 – Soccer at HP Christian, 4:30 6 – Tennis vs. HP Christian, 4 7 – Soccer vs. Amer. Hebrew, 6 8 – Cross country at Calvary, 5 9 – Volleyball at Calvary, 4:30 9 – Soccer vs. Calvary, 7 9 – Tennis vs. Salem, 4 13 – Volleyball vs. HP Christian, 4:30 13 – Soccer at TAC tourney, TBA 13 – Tennis at Caldwell, 4 15 – Volleyball vs. Caldwell, 4:30 15 – Tennis vs. Calvary, 4 15 – Cross country at Salem, 5 20 – Volleyball at TAC tourney, TBA 20 – Tennis at Elon, 4 22 – Cross country at TAC Champs., 4:30 23-24 – Tennis at TAC tourney, TBA

21 – Soccer vs. Metrolina, 7:30 21 – Tennis at Cape Fear tourney, 3 22 – Volleyball vs. Salem, 11 a.m.; vs. Gaston, TBA 22 – Soccer vs. Cape Fear, 6 22 – Tennis at Cape Fear tourney, TBA 25 – Volleyball at Statesville, 5 25 – Tennis vs. O’Neal, 4 27 – Volleyball at Metrolina, 5 27 – Cross country at Wesleyan, 4:30 28 – Soccer vs. Kerr-Vance, 7 28 – Tennis vs. Carolina Day, 4


ter not playing last fall. will be the class of the Junior Molly Harris TAC. Caldwell is solid. will start at setter. Ju“High Point Christian nior Abby Procton, an will be very strong,” Kahny outside hitter, was on said. “They were one of the the team last year. The best teams in the state last Wildcats also have seven season. We hope to be in freshmen. the mix (in the TAC).” Kahny believes High Point Christian Academy | 888-3518

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HIGH POINT – Coach Amy Dillingham had some unexpected losses from the girls tennis team at Westchester Country Day School when one player graduated early and another decided to run cross country. Dillingham still expects a successful season, with four starters returning from a team that went 14-1 during the regular season, won the Triad Athletic Conference and finished fourth in the NCISAA 2A state tournament. “We should be strong,” she said. Sophomore Katie Rice returns at No. 1 singles. “She is a big-time player for us,” Dillingham said. “She trains and plays tennis year-round. She’s back stronger than last year.” Senior Elizabeth Coughlin returns after playing


Westchester will be looking for net gains this fall by (from left) Caroline Owings, Katie Rice and Elizabeth Coughlin. No. 3 singles last season. This is her fifth year on the team, and she may move up a notch. The same can be said for senior Caroline Owings, who will play her sixth season of varsity tennis at Westchester. She started at No. 4 singles last season. Kristen McDowell is back after a successful season as a freshman. She did not lose a match at No. 5 singles until the state finals. She was also

part of Westchester’s state championship team at No. 2 doubles. Dillingham said the other two starting spots are up for grabs. With a small team of eight or nine players, everyone should receive playing time. “The four players back have improved,” Dillingham said. “That should help make us a stronger team.” | 888-3518

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HIGH POINT – During the first week of practice, 19 runners joined Westchester Country Day School’s cross country teams. “They’re coming out of the woodwork,” said coach Mark Scott. Nine girls and 10 boys were practicing for the Wildcats. It’s a good start as Westchester’s girls hope to continue last season’s solid performance – winning every meet that did not include powerhouse Caldwell Academy. The Wildcat boys aim to improve on their two meet victories last season. For the girls, freshmen Claire Coun-

cill and Avery Goho return after making all-conference the last two seasons and all-state in 2007 as seventh-graders. Freshman Emma Thomas is back after often running at No. 3 last year. “For this team to have a chance to compete at the state level or with Caldwell at the (Triad Athletic Conference) level, Councill and Goho will have to return to their all-state form of seventh-grade and Thomas will have to close the gap on that lead duo to make it more of a trio,” Scott said. Freshman Marshall Fariss, sophomore Mattie Strickland and junior Carson Thorn improved dramatically last

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HIGH POINT – Adam Schwartz needs a nickname. Westchester Country Day School’s boys soccer coach has four senior defenders who enter at least their fourth year on the team. The group will anchor the Wildcats this season. “I need to come up with a nickname,” Schwartz said. “How about Iron Curtain?” Or Four Horsemen? Steel Curtain? Westchester Wonders? Whatever the nickname, seniors Sloan Tucker, Will Holland, Logan Yeager and Taylor Christiansen are key performers on a team that is youthful almost everywhere else. Tucker has been on the varsity since the eighth grade. “They know what the

program is about, and they will pretty much be the heart of our defense,” said Schwartz. “They are four good, solid defensive players, which is always a good thing.” Junior Dylan Gaffney steps in as goalkeeper after two years on the team with little playing time. “Dylan worked hard this summer,” Schwartz said. “We expect him to step right in there and do a good job.” Other key players are expected to be sophomore Jose Valencia, a centermidfielder who enters his third year on the varsity; transfer Matt Crooker, a sophomore midfielder; sophomore Tyler Thompson, who will play on the left side because of his strong left foot; junior newcomer Trigg Farris; sophomore forward/midfielder Harry Keefe; defender Adam Goho; and


Keep out: Four talented seniors for Westchester Country Day School will make it tough for foes to find the back of the net. The defensive leaders are (from left) Sloan Tucker, Logan Yeager, Will Holland and Taylor Christiansen. junior Logan Icenhour, a Ragsdale transfer who can play several positions. Sophomore Ben Bruggeworth will be a reserve goalkeeper and also play some on offense. Westchester has five freshmen who “are coming along and helping out,” Schwartz said.

Although the Wildcats’ strength will be on defense, Schwartz also wants to be known as a team that can score. Westchester’s schedule is rugged, intentionally designed by Schwartz to test his team from the start. Opponents include Cape Fear Academy,

Kerr-Vance Academy, Asheville Christian, Carolina Day and Wesleyan Christian. In the Triad Athletic Conference, Schwartz expects High Point Christian, Caldwell and Calvary Baptist to be the toughest teams. Westchester posted a winning record and fin-

ished tied for second in the TAC in 2008. The Wildcats could do even better this fall. “We’ve got those four key seniors, but the rest of the team is fairly young,” Schwartz said. “That’s good for our future.” | 888-3518


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Leading the pack of Wildcat runners this fall should be (from left) freshmen Avery Goho, Jeff Green and Claire Councill.

year, with Thorn earning the team’s most-improved award. New additions include freshman Leigh Tyson – a sprinter on the track team – and seniors Abbey Pfister and Courtney Shannon. “While I do not know exactly what to expect from the newcomers, I certainly hope to get some senior leadership,” Scott said. “I look forward to the team being much older and hopefully more seasoned.”

For the boys, Westchester graduated four of last season’s seven runners. The three returners are freshman Jeff Green and eighthgraders Will Moore and George Lindner. Green has been the Wildcats’ top boys finisher in the state meet the last two seasons. Moore and Lindner often spent time in the Nos. 3 or 4 spots during meets. Many of the newcomers are basketball, tennis and base-

ball players – junior Aaron Caffey, sophomores Chris Anderson, Luke Vandeplancke and Cameron Ball, freshman Matt Orth and seventh-grader Bo Henley. Caldwell’s girls remain the TAC favorites. “I hope we can push them,” Scott said. In a balanced TAC for the boys, Scott believes Caldwell and High Point Christian will be strong. | 888-3518


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2009 Fall Schedule August 20 – Tennis vs. HP Central, 4:30 20 – Football (JV) at NE Guilford, 7 21-22 – Soccer at WCDS tourney, TBA 22 – Volleyball at Cary Acad. tourney, TBA 24 – Volleyball vs. HP Central, 5:45 25 – Soccer at Cary Chr., 5:30 25 – Volleyball vs. Caldwell, 5:15 25 – Cross country at HP Central, 5 27 – Tennis at HP Central, 4:30 27 – Cross country at G’boro Day, 4:30 27 – Football (JV) vs. Bishop, 5 28 – Soccer vs. Wesleyan, 5:30 28 – Volleyball vs. Village Chr., 5:15 28 – Tennis at Wesleyan, 4

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Senior Austin Gentry (stretching) and teammates (from left) Courtney Hale, Aaron Cliff, Will Cliff, Davis Pack, Abby Cliff, Trent Gabriel and Austin Zente will be looking for big things this fall for the High Point Christian Academy cross country team. Foster believes Cliff will be one of her top five runners. “We hope to contend for the conference title,” Foster said. “One of our strengths is our guys are very dedicated. They’ve made running their main sport instead of playing one sport and then trying to run. And, we’ve gotten the older guys to realize their potential to do well.” While the picture for the boys team is sharp, Foster is still trying to come up with enough bodies to

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1 – Soccer vs. Amer. Hebrew, 4:30 1 – Volleyball vs. Calvary, 5:15 1 – Tennis at Cannon, 4:30 3 – Volleyball at SouthLake Chr., 5:15 3 – Tennis vs. Westchester, 4 3 – Cross country at Caldwell, 5 3 – Football (JV) at SouthLake Chr., 6:30 4 – Soccer vs. Caldwell, 4:30 4 – Volleyball vs. Caro. Friends, 5:15 8 – Soccer vs. Calvary, 4:30 8 – Volleyball at Cary Chr., 5:15 8 – Tennis at Cary Chr., 4 10 – Volleyball at Grimsley, 6:15 10 – Tennis vs. Calvary, 4 10 – Cross country at Caro. Friends, 5 10 – Football (JV) vs. Cannon, 5:30 11 – Soccer at Burl. Chr., 4:30 11 – Volleyball vs. Westchester, 5:15 11 – Tennis at Elon, 4 14 – Soccer vs. G’boro Day, 4:30 14 – Volleyball vs. Burl. Chr., 5:15 14 – Tennis at Burl. Chr., 4 15 – Tennis vs. G’boro Day, 4 17 – Volleyball vs. Salem (DH), 4:30 17 – Tennis vs. Salem, 4

October 1 – Tennis at Calvary, 4 1 – Cross country host TAC, 5 1 – Football (JV) at Asheville Christ, 4:30 2 – Soccer at Calvary, 7 2 – Volleyball at Calvary, 5:15 6 – Soccer vs. Westchester, 4:30 6 – Volleyball vs. Wesleyan, 5:15 6 – Tennis at Westchester, 4 8 – Volleyball at Bishop, 6 8 – Tennis at Caldwell, 4 8 – Cross country at Calvary, 5 8 – Football (JV) vs. Hickory Grove, 4:30 9 – Soccer at Caldwell, 4:30 9 – Volleyball at Caldwell, 6 12 – Volleyball vs. G’boro Day, 5:30 12 – Tennis vs. Wesleyan, 4 13 – Volleyball at Westchester, 4:30 15 – Soccer at TAC tourn., TBA 15 – Volleyball at NW Guilford, 6 15 – Tennis vs. Elon, 4 15 – Cross country at Salem, 5 15 – Football (JV) at FCD, 6 19 – Volleyball vs. N’side Chr., 5:30 20 – Tennis at Salem, 4 22 – Volleyball at TAC tourn., TBA 22 – Cross country at TAC Champs., 4:30 22 – Football (JV) at Village Chr., 4:30 23 – Tennis at TAC tourn., TBA 29 – Football (JV) vs. Asheville Christ, 4:30

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HIGH POINT – Youth won’t necessarily be a bad thing for High Point Christian’s boys cross country team in the eyes of coach Heather Foster. Of the six Foster expects to contribute the most, four will be in the 10th grade or lower. She believes that should be countered by having four returners from a team that finished fourth in the Triad Athletic Conference and finished ninth among 27 teams in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state 2A meet. “We should be strong,” Foster said. “We are young, but we do have a number of runners with three or more years experience. Foster ranks ninth-grader Connor Flater as the top returner. The oldest is senior Austin Gentry, who is entering his sixth season. Others coming back are 10th-grader Davis Pack and 11th-grader Trent Gabriel. Newcomers expected to contribute the most when the Cougars open Aug. 25 against High Point Central are eighth-graders Will Cliff and David Loy.

17 – Cross country at Westchester, 5 18 – Soccer at Westchester, 7 18 – Volleyball at Cannon, 5:30 22 – Soccer vs. Metrolina, 4:30 22 – Tennis vs. Caldwell, 4 24 – Volleyball vs. Amer. Hebrew, 4:30 25 – Soccer vs. Elon, 4:30 25 – Volleyball at Wesleyan, 5 25 – Cross country at Wesleyan, 4:30 28 – Volleyball at Elon, 4:30 29 – Soccer vs. Caro. Friends, 4:30 29 – Tennis vs. Caro. Friends, 4




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HPCA soccer still in championship chase BY GREER SMITH ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER


Experienced players (from left) Mary Chandler Cohen, Carty Beaston and Caroline Brewer are back in the swing of things at High Point Christian Academy.

Cougar tennis serves up lofty goals this season BY GREER SMITH ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

HIGH POINT – One thing High Point Christian Academy’s girls tennis team shouldn’t be lacking this season is depth. Facing a schedule of 19 matches, coach Aundrea Hendley has a roster of 15 girls. “We are strong and we are deep,” Hendley said. Caroline Brewer, the No. 1 singles player, returns as a senior. Hendley also noted sisters Jenna and Sydney Curry, plus the seasoned doubles team of Mary Chandler Cohen and Carty Beaston, as keys for the Cougars. “We are going to focus on speed and agility and a positive attitude,” Hendley

said. “We did a free trial at Velocity Sports. The girls have the fundamentals, but sometimes you need the legs to get to the shot. Just seeing in one day how much they learned and how much those (teaching) professionals pushed them, I think it started the desire not just to hit a good shot but also to be fresh and be able to go the distance and be able to outlast their opponent in a third-set tiebreaker.” Hendley believes HPCA is talented enough to improve on last year’s secondplace showing in the Triad Athletic Conference. “We are stronger than last year,” Hendley said. “Shoot – we’re looking to win the (NCISAA 2A) state tournament.”

HIGH POINT – High Point Christian Academy soccer coach Shawn Mehegan doesn’t beat around the bush. Coming back with two more victories in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A playoffs is the ultimate goal for the Cougars. That isn’t your average quest, because that would mean a state championship. Mehegan, starting his fifth year at HPCA, has plenty of reasons to believe the Cougars can do it after reaching the final four the past two seasons, winning the Triad Athletic Conference tournament last season and the TAC regular-season championship in 2006 and 2008. The chief one is the Cougars return a strong nucleus from last year’s team that finished 17-42 when it lost 2-1 in double overtime to Caldwell Academy in the state semifinals. “We have a solid core coming back,” Mehegan said. The core is led by Preston Ford, a senior who is the top scorer returning (he was third last year) and earned spots on the All-TAC and NCISSA super-regional teams. He is expected to get help in the scoring column from outside midfielder Thomas Suits, a sophomore, and midfielder Reid Ashby, a junior who is the younger brother of last year’s TAC player of the year Will Ashby, now at Carson-Newman. Mehegan also foresees a couple of newcomers – freshman premier club player Johnny Lind and Ivan Soldo of Croatia – putting the ball in the net while serving as playmakers. On defense, the Cougars return the back line of junior Chance Penland and seniors Joseph McManus and Taylor Suits, plus keeper Zack Eanes, who Mehegan says is improved over last season. “Our strengths are our defensive line and just our scoring capability,” Mehegan said. “I have seven or eight guys who can put it in the net. We’re going to be hard to match up with because we have so many guys who are dangerous. “Our improved goalkeeping, our back line defense and scoring are going to make us difficult to beat.”



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HIGH POINT – The missions remain the same – win another Triad Athletic Conference championship and make a deep run into the NCISAA 2A state playoffs with sights set on a championship. Last season, High Point Christian Academy accomplished one goal in impressive fashion, going unbeaten in the TAC, and came close to going as far as it could in the second – losing in the state semifinals to Asheville Christian to wind up at 27-3. For a repeat, the Cougars must rely on four key returners, led by threetime all-state selection Bethany Gesell, a standout on the front line who was last season’s TAC Player of the Year. Gesell and senior middle hitter Meredith Morris are expected to provide most of the offense. Megan Fary, another senior and

main setter, serves as the quarterback, and Victoria Barnett, who also plays in the middle, is another senior in a significant role. Other starters are sophomore libero Ellen Fay, senior Hannah Steele and sophomore Kathryn Cox. Coach Michelle Wilkerson believes that if her new players can develop in time, the Cougars will be a stronger contender in the TAC. But she is unsure about what HPCA may do on the state level due to the level of competition. “We have a lot of work to do,” Wilkerson said. “I think we can be a contender (on the state level). The older players and the new players are working together well. The important thing is not how well we start. It’s about peaking at the right time. As the younger girls gain experience and learn their roles, then we should be able to peak at the right time.” | 888-3519


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Returning standouts (from left) Jonathan Reid, Steven Fuquay and Dylan Smith are ready to put points on the board for the Ledford Panthers. about at wideout last year, so he knows what’s going on,” Henderson said. “He throws it really well – got a strong arm, good touch. I think he makes us a little more like we were three years ago when (Michael) Blanchard was playing quarterback; a little more of a downhill runner. Cody was a speed guy.” Experienced targets return in 6-6 senior Dylan Smith and 6-0 senior Michael Vogler, both of whom played just about every snap last fall. The backfield will include JV call-ups De Greene – one

of three sophomores on the varsity roster – and Justin Wilder along with Jonathan Shelton. Shelton played at Ledford as a freshman – even scoring

a touchdown in the Panthers’ playoff game – and returns after two years at Glenn. The offensive line will be anchored by returning

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WALLBURG – Losing some 3,500 yards of total offense due to graduation could be problematic for a lot of coaches. Ledford’s Chuck Henderson, however, has other issues. “I think we’ve got a little more depth at skill positions this year, more guys that can play multiple spots in our spread offense,” said the Panthers’ seventh-year coach. “Right now in practice, we’re just figuring out how to get quality touches for everybody. That’s a good problem to have.” Despite the departure of multi-threat quarterback Cody Williams and running backs Reashon Farlow and Rob Davis, a Ledford team that averaged 23.3 points per game in an 8-4 season should still move the ball. Dependable wide receiver Steven Fuquay, a powerfully built 6-foot, 190-pound senior, shifts to the QB spot after serving as the backup last year and seeing time in a few games. “He’s got a little understanding of what we’re trying to do, plus he’s played every down just

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Ledford tennis features a number of experienced players this fall, including (from left) Kathryn Stroup, Elonah Jones, Randi Loggins, Drew Sapp and Katherine Sullivan.

WALLBURG – After 10 years as a coach and youth soccer official, Adam Duncan is getting his shot at another level. Duncan serves as a field marshal at the Guil-Rand Soccer Complex, has coached U-14 teams and the Ledford Middle School community team. Now, he realizes a goal of becoming a high school coach, jumping into the void at Ledford Senior when his friend Matt Doyle decided not to return. “I’ve known Matt for years,” Duncan said. “When he told me that he was leaving, I jumped at the opportunity.” Without going into specifics, Duncan believes strengths for the Panthers are strong senior leadership and a good

core of incoming freshmen. “We’re going to have a decent squad,” Duncan said. “I can’t say that we are great, but we are not terrible.” To offset the advantages teams with more talented players might have, Duncan is emphasizing conditioning. “At the high school level, if you are in great shape, you can win,” Duncan said. An abundance of experience and players won’t be strong suits, as Ledford may not field a JV this year. But even though he is facing challenges as a first-year coach, Duncan’s goal is to reach the state 3A playoffs. “I will not be happy if we don’t do that,” Duncan said. “Getting to the playoffs is what everyone really wants to do at this level.” | 888-3519

Panther tennis boasts loaded lineup WALLBURG – For a few seconds, Randy Grimes sounded as much like a stock-car racing crew chief as a high school tennis coach. “We’re from the South,” said Grimes, coach of the Ledford girls tennis team. “We’re going to run what we brung.” “Run what we brung” means anything goes in racing. The Panthers, of course, must follow rules, but will bring a potent No. 1 singles player in Tiffany Vanhpraseuth, a senior who is a regular in U.S. Tennis Association sanctioned tournaments. “Her aspirations are no less than a state (individual) championship,” Grimes said. “She understands the game as well as any high school child I’ve coached. She eats, sleeps, drinks and breathes tennis. She has beautiful strokes and her form is impeccable. She’s seen a lot of good USTA players

and she’s not going to back down from anybody.” She will lead the way as Grimes brings back five experienced players among his top six. Kathryn Stroup, who missed last year after suffering a severe head injury in a four-wheeler accident, will return and is projected by Grimes as No. 2 in singles. With no order determined, he believes the rest of his top six will be returners Katherine Sullivan, Drew Sapp and Brielle Anthony, plus newcomer Elonah Jones. The bulk of the rest of the 18 players who will fill out the varsity and JV teams in the new Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference include nine more newcomers. “I’m looking forward to the new conference,” Grimes said. “I don’t know what to expect. We plan to take it all. In my opinion, it is us and Asheboro. I look forward to the new challenge his year. “If the girls play to their capability and work as

hard as I think they are going to work, we can challenge for it.” When looking ahead to the 3A playoffs should his Panthers make it, Grimes started talking like a crew chief again. Ledford lost in the third round of the 2A playoffs last year. “It gets tough in 3A,” Grimes said. “You’re usually thrown in there with some really strong teams. If we do make it, we’re really going to have to find another gear. But I assure you, we are going to leave it all on the court. These girls are used to giving 100 percent effort.” | 888-3519


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Ledford’s cross country team will be looking for fast times out of (from left) Chris Murphy, Josh Phillips, Jonathan Outlaw, Jacob Crickenberger and Jonathan Perdomo.


WALLBURG – Ledford cross country coach Tom Kotris is experiencing both sides of the coin. His boys team returns six of last year’s top seven runners. On the girls side, just one returner is back. Either way, the approach is the same. “We don’t want them worrying about what the competition can do,” Kotris said. “We want them to concentrate on what they need to do, and we want them to do the best they can whether that is in winning the conference or regionals or states or if that is in losing. We tell them that failure is OK as long as that’s the best you can do – but that quitting is not OK.” The boys team is paced by Chris Murphy, who qualified for the 2A regionals last year and came close to getting into the state meet. Other returners are twins Josh and Jonathan Phillips, Jonathan Perdomo, Jacob

Crickenberger and Abdul Butt. Kotris believes that Perdomo, Josh Phillips and Crickenberger have a shot at making all-conference. Butt and Crickenberger are seniors. Perdomo and the Phillips twins are juniors. With the Panthers moving up to the 3A level, Kotris was unsure how far the boys team can go. “It’s hard to tell from year to year,” Kotris said. “In our new conference, North Forsyth and Northeast Guilford are traditionally strong. Beyond that I don’t know. But if we focus on what we can do and do what we can do well, we will be competitive.” The outlook for the girls is much murkier. Lauren Skinner, a sophomore, is the only returner, but Kotris said four of the squad’s newcomers are from the senior class. “We basically have a new (girls) team,” Kotris said. “There are a lot of questions right now. I have no idea how we are going to perform.” | 888-3519

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Ledford volleyball team “This is the most versatile team that I’ve ever coached,’’ said the former Kara Mendenhall, who is entering her






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is Douglass, Matt Bashore and big sophomore Sam Henderson. Ledford’s defense lost several keys such as Dakota Walker, Chris Rickard and Kyle Thompson, but five juniors with varsity experience should keep the unit playing well. PatSeptember rick Graven, Blake Bow1 – Volleyball at E. Davidson, ers, Ty Anderson, Chris 5:30 1 – Soccer at Lexington, 7 Ross and Josh Whitehead 1 – Tennis vs. E. Davidson, 4 all learned plenty as soph1 – Cross country host MPC, 5 omores 2 – Volleyball at Trinity, 6 2 – Soccer vs. E. Davidson, 7 The secondary boasts 2 – Tennis vs. S. Guilford, 4:30 senior returner Jonathan 3 – Volleyball at W. Davidson, Reid – also a kick return 5:30 3 – Tennis vs. Trinity, 4 and all-around threat 4 – Football at SW Guilford, – along with Whitehead, 7:30 Shelton, Jacob Decker and 8 – Volleyball vs. Trinity, 5:30 probably Greene depend8 – Golf at NE Guilford, 4 9 – Volleyball vs. E. Davidson, ing on his offensive role. 5:30 Decker, another senior, 9 – Soccer vs. Trinity, 7 suffered a concussion and 9 – Tennis at NE Guilford, 4:30 9 – Cross country at Trinity, 5 ankle injury to limit last 10 – Volleyball at N. Davidson, year’s playing time, but is 5:30 healthy now, Henderson 10 – Soccer vs. W. Davidson, 7 said. 10 – Tennis vs. Salisbury, 4:30 14 – Soccer vs. Lexington, 7 Grady Gilmore and 14 – Tennis vs. SW Randolph, Graven return at line- 4:30 backer, while Ross, David 14 – Golf at SW Randolph, 4 15 – Volleyball vs. S. Guilford, 6 McSwain and Zack Wil15 – Cross country at Asheliams – a sophomore from boro, 5:30 Davie County – will play 16 – Soccer at E. Davidson, 7 16 – Tennis vs. N. Forsyth, 4:30 at outside linebacker. 17 – Volleyball at NE Guilford, 6 Those on the defensive 17 – Soccer at N. Davidson, 7 line should include Brian 18 – Football at W. Davidson, Connolly, Ty Anderson, 7:30 21 – Tennis at Asheboro, 4:30 Blain Harris, D.J. Miller and Barry Hairston. Gilmore likely will punt and Fuquay should handle the kicking chores BY GREER SMITH for Ledford, which lost ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER Thompson’s accurate leg at graduation. HenderWALLBURG – Entering its son said the new Mid- third year, the girls golf Piedmont 3A Conference team at Ledford is still exshould be strong at the top periencing growing pains. with Northeast Guilford “We’re still a work in and Asheboro possessing progress,” coach John plenty of talent. Ralls said. “Last year, we were able to win a couple | 888-3526 of matches and made the

21 – Golf at N. Forsyth, 4 22 – Volleyball vs. SW Randolph, 6 22 – Soccer at W. Davidson, 7 22 – Cross country host MPC, 5:30 23 – Soccer vs. C. Davidson, 7 23 – Tennis at S. Guilford, 4:30 24 – Volleyball vs. N. Forsyth, 6 25 – Football vs. E. Davidson, 7:30 28 – Soccer vs. S. Guilford, 7 28 – Tennis vs. NE Guilford, 4:30 28 – Golf host MPC match, 4 29 – Volleyball at Asheboro, 5:30 29 – Cross country at NE Guilford, 5:30 30 – Volleyball vs. W. Davidson, 5:30 30 – Soccer at NE Guilford, 7 30 – Tennis at SW Randolph, 4:30

October 1 – Volleyball at S. Guilford, 6 2 – Football vs. C. Davidson, 7:30 5 – Soccer vs. SW Randolph, 7 5 – Tennis at N. Forsyth, 4:30 5 – Golf at Asheboro, 4 6 – Volleyball vs. NE Guilford, 6 6 – Tennis at Salisbury, 4:30 6 – Cross country host MPC, 5:30 7 – Soccer vs. N. Forsyth, 7 7 – Tennis vs. Asheboro 8 – Volleyball at SW Randolph, 6 9 – Football at N. Forsyth, 7:30 12 – Soccer at Asheboro, 7 13 – Volleyball at N. Forsyth, 6 13 – Cross country at SW Randolph, 5:30 14 – Soccer at S. Guilford, 7 15 – Volleyball vs. Asheboro, 6:30 16 – Football vs. SW Randolph, 7:30 19 – Soccer vs. NE Guilford, 7 21 – Soccer at SW Randolph, 7 23 – Football at Asheboro, 7:30 26 – Soccer at N. Forsyth, 7 28 – Soccer vs. Asheboro, 7 30 – Football vs. S. Guilford, 7:30

November 6 – Football at NE Guilford, 7:30

Girls golf still a work in progress playoffs. We just have to see if we have improved.” Returning are seniors Carissa Davis, Alyssa Martin, Chelsea Powell and Elizabeth Bradley plus junior Markie Schall and sophomores Bethany Deal and Kaitlyn Moser. Joining the Panthers are Morgan Brock and Sarah Edwards.



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Youth abounds for East football squad BY STEVE HANF ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

THOMASVILLE – East Davidson’s strongest team in decades won seven games two years ago and shared a Central Carolina 2A Conference title. Without 20 seniors on the field, though, the Golden Eagles struggled to a 2-9 mark last fall. Remarkably, only seven seniors dot this year’s roster as East tries to recover in the stronger-than-ever CCC. “We’re young again this year,” allowed coach Bryan Lingerfelt, in his eighth year leading the Eagles. “Some did play varsity last year, but most of them are from JV, and early on they’re going to have to get used to the speed of the game.” East, which usually

East Davidson’s offense will rely on an experienced trio to put points on the board this fall. Quarterback Taylor Warren (12) will have company in the backfield from running backs Malcolm Wimmer (44) and Dylan Gallimore. LARRY MATHIS FOR THE THOMASVILLE TIMES

plays 12 to 15 seniors, will rely heavily upon the leadership of Nick Gibson, Justin Hulin, Dustin Sipes, Dylan Hutchens, Malcolm Wimmer, Jordan Hussey and Scott Hibbett.

Gibson, a strong 6-foot3, 260-pounder, returns to anchor both the offensive and defensive lines, while Hulin also is back at right tackle and Hussey brings a tall frame to the defen-

sive front. Sipes plays outside linebacker and some tight end on offense and Hutchens is a defensive back/wide receiver combo along with Hibbett. Wimmer returns at full-

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back after running well in limited action because of a broken leg. East’s top returning statistical leaders got thrown into the varsity fire as sophomores a year ago. Dylan Gallimore rushed for 650 yards de-

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spite missing five games with an ankle injury and illness. At quarterback, Taylor Warren returns as the full-time starter after throwing for 500 yards while splitting time.


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THOMASVILLE – East Davidson is looking to have a promising volleyball season as the Golden Eagles focus on hard work and gritty play amidst the loss of some key components from last season’s squad. The Eagles finished third in the Central Carolina 2A last year and have three starters returning. Senior Candace Fox, and juniors Chelsea Turner and Taylor Alexander will anchor the lineup. Seniors Megan Cumpton and Stacy Hicks are also returning. “We lost some setters and hitters who graduated last year, so we are in the rebuilding process of training the setter and getting all of that ready,” said coach Kim Warrick. “I have a good bunch of girls who are willing to

work, and they are very scrappy.” With the loss of Elizabeth Merritt, Anna Freeman, Alyssa Cutshaw and Felicia Whitley, East will need to adjust to try to fill their shoes. “It will be an easy contest for me because they are willing to work hard and try different positions,” said Warrick. “Any time you have a group that is willing to do that and not just want to hit or serve or pick a position, and just play to win, that makes a big difference.” With the changes this summer in the CCC, the Eagles will also have to adjust to some new competition, but Warrick has a positive outlook for her girls. “Changing conferences will definitely give us a new look, and for me, it is a new ball game for anybody and everything is up for grabs,” the coach said. “We have got team goals that we have set and we hope to be in the top three, for sure.”


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Seniors (from left) Stacy Hicks, Candace Fox and Megan Cumpton are ready to bump off East Davidson’s competition in the Central Carolina Conference.

THOMASVILLE – New coach Greg Fowler expects to have at least three players – enough for a team score – this fall for the fledgling East Davidson girls golf squad. “Two or three of them have been playing quite a bit, doing stuff on their own,” said Fowler, who takes over for Terry Allmon following his departure to Southwestern Randolph. “Obviously we would like to build the numbers, go out and have a good time and try to get better as we go along.” While some newcomers could join the mix once school starts, Fowler currently has one player from each class that he expects to compete. Senior Ashley Hoover played last year, while her sister – junior Emily Hoover – is expected to play, but could face some conflicts because she’s a cheerleader. Freshman Brianna Burton will be out for the first time. The leader of the group should be sophomore Katie Nance, who earned medalist honors in several matches last season and advanced all the way to

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Golden Eagles Taylor Nahoum (left) and Morgan Sikes look to lead East Davidson’s tennis team this fall.


THOMASVILLE – Last fall was a major rebuilding stage for the East Davidson girls tennis team. After finishing the season in sixth place, the Eagles are ready to put the past behind them and focus on improvement. “I am very excited about this season,” said coach Bill Morris. “I think we are going to be a bit stronger and we also picked up some talented freshmen this year, which rejuvenates the team since we had a few that graduated.” So far, Morris has been training 13 girls this summer. Ten

will be returning to the squad and should provide some experience for the three freshmen. East still is in the process of getting its lineup situated, and the competition for all of the top six spots remains open. The Eagles will largely consist of sophomores and juniors. Notable players are Morgan Sikes, Taylor Nahoum, Brook Poole, Kory Shadrach, Emma Whitley, Summer Pope, Alyssa Harvell, Brittany Nobles, Haley Myers, Lauren Myers, Taylor Blankenship, Lindsey Braedy, and Kayla McDanelin. “It looks to be a good season. I have a very positive outlook on our potential,” said Morris.

THOMASVILLE – After finishing around the .500 mark in cross country last year, East Davidson hopes to continue the growth of both teams by harvesting a new crop of athletes. “We have a very young squad. They look promising, but they are really raw,” said coach Bob Schilly. “We are probably one year away from being really competitive.” Returning for the boys is junior Will Luther, who was all-conference last season. Schilly said Luther will be a critical asset to the program again this year. Also back for the girls will be senior Haley Grimsley, who will more than likely be East’s No. 1 runner. East Davidson’s future looks promising as the Eagles hope to reGrimsley turn to their glory days during their dominant years from 1999 to 2004. “We are really excited about the program and should be really good the next couple of years,” said Schilly. “I have more freshmen this year in the men’s and women’s teams than I have had in several years, which is good for the future. “Our girls did good the past couple of years and we have had some outstanding runners the past four years,” he added. “But we have kind of fallen off as a team, so hopefully we can bring the whole team concept back and work on improving.”

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21 – Football at Randleman, 7:30 22 – Volleyball at Davidson Co. tourney, TBA 24 – Soccer at N. Davidson, 7 24 – Tennis at Wheatmore, 4:30 25 – Volleyball at N. Davidson, 5:30 25 – Cross country at Trinity, 5 26 – Soccer vs. Randleman, 7 26 – Tennis at Trinity, 5 27 – Volleyball vs. Trinity, 5:30 28 – Football vs. Trinity, 7:30 31 – Volleyball at Wheatmore, 5:30 31 – Soccer vs. Wheatmore, 7

September 1 – Volleyball vs. Ledford, 5:30 1 – Tennis at Ledford, 4:30 1 – Cross country at Ledford, 5 2 – Soccer at Ledford, 7 2 – Tennis vs. Wheatmore, 4:30 3 – Volleyball vs. N. Davidson, 5:30 3 – Cross country at Wheatmore, 5 4 – Football vs. N. Davidson, 7:30 8 – Soccer at Randleman, 6 8 – Tennis at Lexington, 4:30 9 – Volleyball at Ledford, 5:30 9 – Soccer vs. N. Davidson, 7 9 – Tennis vs. Thomasville, 4:30 10 – Volleyball at Trinity, 5:30 11 – Football at SW Randolph, 7:30 14 – Volleyball vs. Wheatmore, 5:30 14 – Soccer at Trinity, 7 14 – Tennis vs. C. Davidson, 4:30 15 – Volleyball at Lexington, 5:30 15 – Cross country at Salisbury, 5 16 – Soccer vs. Ledford, 7 16 – Tennis at W. Davidson, 4:30 17 – Volleyball vs. Thomasville, 5:30 18 – Football vs. Wheatmore, 7:30 21 – Soccer vs. Trinity, 7 21 – Tennis vs. Salisbury, 4:30 21 – Cross country at Davidson Co. Meet, 5

22 – Volleyball vs. C. Davidson, 5:30 22 – Cross country at C. Davidson, 5 23 – Soccer at Wheatmore, 7 23 – Tennis vs. Lexington, 4:30 24 – Volleyball at W. Davidson, 5:30 25 – Football at Ledford, 7:30 28 – Volleyball at Randleman, 5:30 28 – Soccer at Lexington, 7 28 – Tennis at Thomasville, 4:30 29 – Volleyball vs. Salisbury, 5:30 29 – Cross country at Lexington, 5 30 – Soccer vs. Thomasville, 7 30 – Tennis at C. Davidson, 4:30

October 1 – Volleyball vs. Lexington, 5:30 5 – Soccer vs. C. Davidson, 7 5 – Tennis vs. W. Davidson, 4:30 6 – Volleyball at Thomasville, 5:30 6 – Cross country at W. Davidson, 5 7 – Soccer at W. Davidson, 7 7 – Tennis at Salisbury, 4:30 8 – Volleyball at C. Davidson, 5:30 9 – Football vs. Lexington, 7:30 12 – Soccer vs. Salisbury, 7 13 – Volleyball vs. W. Davidson, 5:30 13 – Cross country at C. Davidson, 5 14 – Soccer vs. Lexington, 7 15 – Volleyball at Salisbury, 5:30 16 – Football at Thomasville, 7:30 19 – Soccer at Thomasville, 7 20 – Cross country at CCC Champs., 5 21 – Soccer at C. Davidson, 7 23 – Football at C. Davidson, 7:30 26 – Soccer vs. W. Davidson, 7 28 – Soccer at Salisbury, 7 30 – Football vs. W. Davidson, 7:30

November 6 – Football at Salisbury, 7:30

Experienced Golden Eagles set to soar again on soccer f ield BY MATTHEW AMICK FOR THE THOMASVILLE TIMES

THOMASVILLE – After advancing deeper in the state playoffs than any other boys soccer team in school history by making it to the third round, East Davidson hopes to return to its winning ways this season. In 2008, the Golden Eagles fin-

ished 10-7-4, good for third place in the Central Carolina 2A. The team then peaked at the right time entering the playoffs. Some of the returning notables are Travis Luck, Jose Gonzalez, Nick Lopez, Andrew Diamond, Zach Palmer, Edgar Castrellon, Jess Dillard, Devin Nelson, Bryan Payne and Cody Wike.

“I am looking to get great leadership out of Edgar and Zach,” said coach Kevin McLaughlin. Those two returners will be anchoring the defense. As for the rest of the positions, the coach did not want to give too much away. “I think it is going to be very tough this year with the addition of Thomasville,” said McLaugh-

lin of the new-look CCC. “What makes it tough is that you have got excellent coaching. Each coach in the conference works very hard and you have to bring your A-game every night.” No matter how good the league, the Eagles again have aspirations to reach the playoffs. “Basically what I have told my

team is, ‘You can want to go to the state playoffs all you want, but the goal that you have to set as a team has to be winning 50-50 balls,’ ” explained the East coach. “That has to be the goal that you set that will actually get you to the big one. If you want to make it to the states, then you are going to have to do all the other fundamentals to get there.”

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2009 Football Roster

Thomasville football loaded – with questions BY STEVE HANF ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

Name Isaiah Williams De’arius Dow Quin Riley Shamik Spence Sam Nelson Robert Davis Brandon Lucas Tevin Davis Shaquan Johnson Quindale Williams Davonte Gordon-Hunter James Boyd Lawson Hodges Kesean Green Lawrence Thomas James Gregg Breyon Watkins Demonte Kearse Traven Hairston Jordan Hagens Malcolm Ivery Jaquan Daniels Mark Green Anthony Irving Jaquan Harris Tariq Camp Sherrod Young Joe Baranowski Chris Hutton Jaleeel Rogers Donovan Merchant Sharaun Mouzone Zak Kennedy Kevin Green Vince Gobble Quan Luckey Kenneth Mitchell

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The Bulldogs will rely heavily upon defensive leaders (from left) Malcolm Ivery, De Brown said. “The big No. 2 receiver a year ago, question for us is how he along with former reserve Dow and Demonte Kearse this fall as the offense rebuilds.

handles it when the live Ralph Woods. De Dow, an excellent defensive back, backfield. Jonathan Hin- Sam Nelson made the plenty of workouts with bullets come.” Nelson’s top targets son-Braddy, who rushed move to the Bulldogs over his new receivers. “He’s a smart kid, very should be Brandon Lufor 1,500 yards and 23 the summer and got in FOOTBALL, PAGE 43 touchdowns in the regular season, is gone. He’ll be replaced by Lawrence Thomas – a fullback who “The Repair Specialist” played behind HinsonBraddy and Brad Wilkes “For All Of Your Automotive Needs” last year – along with JV Since 1970 call-up Kysean Green and former defensive back Lic#04239 Kuin Riley. Thomas will We answer our phone 24/7 be a mainstay with others playing supporting roles. At quarterback, former East Davidson backup


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THOMASVILLE – One year removed from a 16-0 season and 1AA state championship, Thomasville’s football team possesses far more questions than answers entering the new year in a new league and a new classification. “We graduated a lot of people and we’re in a major rebuilding kind of mode,” said coach Allen Brown. “It’s too early to tell how it’s going to turn out. We’ll be young enough and inexperienced enough, it’ll take a while for us to know if it’s going to be the good, the bad or the ugly.” Physical play will be key for the Bulldogs, Brown explained, especially given the squad’s rugged nonconference schedule and tilts against the likes of Salisbury and Lexington in the Central Carolina 2A Conference. So far, Brown has seen an offense that looks big, but needs to prove it can by physical, while the defense is blazing fast but needs to prove it can hit. “Can we tighten up our chin straps enough and knock heads like we need to?” Brown asked. The offense contains plenty of new faces in the

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Bulldog soccer hopes to speed to the top BY GREER SMITH ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

THOMASVILLE – Young, small and fast. That is the way coach Huey Turner describes his Thomasville boys soccer team, which will move into the Central Carolina 2A Conference this season. Most of the significant experience that is left will come from three seniors returning from a squad that went 16-7, finished third in the Yadkin Valley Conference and lost in overtime to Albemarle in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A playoffs. The young and small portions of the equation come from nine fresh-

men who played on a conference champion middle school team last year. “We’re very small, but we are incredibly fast,” said Turner, who starts his third season at Thomasville after coaching seven seasons at South Davidson. “This is the fastest team I’ve coached.” The seniors are Izzy Escamalia, Hector Canales and Jesus Jimenez. Canales scored 32 goals last year and is within reach of breaking the school record of 137 held by Walter Cruz. Escamalia scored 30 goals, and Turner described Jimenez as outstanding at different positions. “When I put 11 on the field, we’re going to be one of the tougher teams in the conference,” Turner said.

“Last year, I scheduled a lot of the teams in our conference this year to get ready for them, and we held our own. I’m not going to give them any locker room talk, but we should be competitive all the way around.” Turner believes his team will be as well-conditioned as any. He said assistant Billy Parham has devised a new defense to fit his personnel. “There will not be a better conditioned team. My kids have been running for two months. We’ll be competitive even though we’re young. But we’ve got the one thing you can’t teach, and that is how to be quick. We don’t have a lot of size, but we have a ton of speed.” | 888-3519

Coach rescues Thomasville cross country team BY GREER SMITH ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

THOMASVILLE – If everything goes according to plan, Alan Reavis will realize his mission to fill a void in the Thomasville High School sports program. Reavis, who is beginning his third school year at THS as a social studies teacher, has helped coach football and baseball. But running is his forte and he was disappointed that the school was one of the few in the state without a cross country team. “It shut down three or four years ago,” Reavis said. “Thomasville has such a sports tradition with football and basketball and then soccer in recent years. I thought it was a shame

that we did not have a cross country team. There are not a lot of kids that are interested in running three miles at a time in competition. But those who want to do it should have the opportunity to do so.” Reavis decided that he wanted to resurrect the team. He met with Bulldogs athletic director Woody Huneycutt last spring and got the OK to start the process. Last spring, he held organizational meetings and eventually found boys interested in participating. Entering this week, Reavis was unsure how many would actually show up because the team had not practiced. “We’re a little ambiguous about it all because we are starting from scratch,” Reavis said. He also want-

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ed to start a girls team, but through last week had not gotten anyone interested in taking up the sport. “It doesn’t look like it is going to happen,” Reavis said. Of the boys who expressed interest, Reavis says he does have some athletes who ran distance events in track. “The others are a mystery. We’ll see what we’ve got when we get out there.” Of those expected, Reavis rated junior Jason Stewart as his best prospect. He expects senior leadership from Sam Everhart and Will Coto, a duo Reavis helped coach in baseball. “Our hope is to get this thing started and be able to keep it going,” Reavis said.

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21 – Football vs. Cox Mill, 7:30 27 – Soccer vs. S. Davidson, 7 28 – Football vs. Mt. Airy, 7:30

September 2 – Soccer vs. Andrews, 7 3 – Soccer at S. Davidson, 6:30 4 – Football vs. A.L. Brown, 7:30 8 – Tennis vs. C. Davidson, 4:30 9 – Tennis at E. Davidson, 4:30 10 – Soccer at Wheatmore, 6 11 – Football vs. Albemarle, 7:30 14 – Soccer at Andrews, 6 14 – Tennis vs. W. Davidson, 4:30 15 – Volleyball vs. C. Davidson, 5 15 – Soccer vs. Wheatmore, 7 16 – Tennis at Salisbury, 4:30 17 – Volleyball at E. Davidson, 5 18 – Football at Davie Co., 7:30 21 – Tennis vs. Lexington, 4:30 22 – Volleyball vs. W. Davidson, 5 23 – Soccer at Davie Co., 6 23 – Tennis at C. Davidson, 4:30 24 – Volleyball at Salisbury, 5 25 – Football at Asheboro, 7:30

28 – Soccer vs. C. Davidson, 7 28 – Tennis vs. E. Davidson, 4:30 29 – Volleyball vs. Lexington, 5 30 – Soccer at E. Davidson, 7 30 – Tennis at W. Davidson, 4:30

October 1 – Volleyball at C. Davidson, 5 5 – Soccer vs. W. Davidson, 7 5 – Tennis vs. Salisbury, 4:30 6 – Volleyball vs. E. Davidson, 5 7 – Soccer at Salisbury, 7 7 – Tennis at Lexington, 4:30 8 – Volleyball at W. Davidson, 5 9 – Football at C. Davidson, 7:30 12 – Soccer vs. Lexington, 7 13 – Volleyball vs. Salisbury, 5 14 – Soccer at C. Davidson, 7 15 – Volleyball at Lexington, 5 16 – Football vs. E. Davidson (HC), 7:30 19 – Soccer vs. E. Davidson, 7 21 – Soccer at W. Davidson, 7 23 – Football at W. Davidson, 7:30 26 – Soccer vs. Salisbury, 7 28 – Soccer at Lexington, 7 30 – Football vs. Salisbury, 7:30

November 6 – Football at Lexington, 7:30


THOMASVILLE – As it moves into the Central Carolina 2A this year, Thomasville’s girls tennis team will have something in common with the one that competed in the Yadkin Valley 1A in 2008. “We had all new kids last year and we’ll pretty much have all new kids this year,” coach Janet Wright said.

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Thomasville seniors (from left) Nancy Rodriguez, Careena Mock and Stacy Wilder lead the volleyball team.

New coach warms up to Bulldog volleyball squad BY GREER SMITH ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

THOMASVILLE – Growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., Amber Gray tired of winter weather. “I got sick of snow,” Gray said. So sick that after getting out of college, she applied for teaching positions in North Carolina. “Thomasville won my heart,” she said. Entering her second year in the classroom, she will begin her first year as coach of Thomasville’s volleyball team.


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“I played volleyball in high school,” Gray said. “When the position became available, I applied and I lucked out.” That means she is now dealing with getting ready for the heat of battle in the Central Carolina 2A Conference while dealing with the heat of summer. She gets ready for play with an experienced team that features nine seniors. Gray said the seniors expected to lead the way for the Bulldogs are server Stacy Wilder, top spiker Careena Mock, captain and motivator Nancy Rodriguez, and versatile

“He never played quarterback until last year, so he had to grow up a lot,” Lingerfelt said of Warren, a tall presence in the pocket at 6-2, 170. “We feel like we’ve got a pretty good backfield – that’s something, for us to have two quality running backs.” Zach Greeley, a junior up from the JV team, also should see time in the backfield after rushing for 1,500 yards on Thursdays last fall. Bryce Hedrick and Sipes will see time at tight end, while Blake Dodd,

all-around player Emerson Jones. “From what I’ve seen so far, I believe we have a good amount of talent and the girls work well together,” Gray said. “Our biggest strengths are our experience and excellent teamwork” Those factors are sufficient enough for Gray to withstand the heat of league play in an alwaysstrong CCC. “We’ve established a goal of competing at the top of the conference,” she said. | 888-3519

Duncan Bean, Justin Weavil and Justin Mounts will play receiver. Handling the blocking duties alongside Gibson and Hulin will be Allen Godbolt at center, plus Elliot Springfield, Daniel Morgan, Dean Small and Gary Haberny. “Several of them will be going both ways, so they’re going to have to be tough,” Lingerfelt said of the line. Other keys on the defensive side of the ball should be JV call-up Dylan Robison at inside

sixth season directing the Panthers. “From our No. 1 player to our No. 12 player, we’re going to have a lot of action from every girl on our team.” The versatility includes five seniors who return from a team that went 233. The losses were against just two schools: two to then-conference foe West Davidson and the other to Starmount in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A playoffs. Tops among the seniors – in size and accolades – is Carmen Pericozzi, an allconference selection who will give the Panthers height in the middle of the front line as she stands 6feet. The others are setter Brittany Wiggins, passer and hitter Taylor Ballard, side-blocker Sara Persiani and libero Taylor Parks. Others whom Berrier expects to make strong contributions are junior middle hitter/blocker Kaitlyn Otey, junior Stevie Williams, sophomore setter Cady Ray and defensive specialist Sara Katherine Kirkpatrick.

linebacker, Tyler Pedley at linebacker as well as Sipes and Ray Tolley at rover. Others in the secondary will be Weavil, Dodd, Gallimore, Mounts and Luis Tejada. Lingerfelt also said East will be counting on Tyler Lequire, Clint Bowers, Aaron Grant, Jamar Harrington, D.J. Barnes and Alex Ross – all juniors – at a number of spots. “We’ve got two seniors on defense,” Lingerfelt said. “The speed of the game is what they’re

“The goal is to be the best passing team in the conference,” Berrier said. “Everything builds from that. If we can get our passes down, we’ll be able to have a great hitting team because we’ve got some size this year.” The emphasis on superlative passing and impassioned play are as important on a day-to-day basis as the usual desire to do well in conference play and advance to the state playoffs. “We are trying to focus on specific things like being the best passing team in the conference and having a cutthroat attitude so people acknowledge what we are doing on the court,” Berrier said. “We want to be real aggressive this year. That just makes better volleyball when every girl is diving on the court and going after every ball. There is an intensity to volleyball and we want to have that intensity. We don’t want to be one of those laid-back teams that just gets by.” | 888-3519

going to have to adjust to. The challenge for them early on will be to not get frustrated.” One nice thing about the young East roster is that Warren – still a junior – has two more years to kick after getting his feet wet last season. Seeing limited action for a team that averaged just 10 points per game, Warren tallied 12 PATs and converted three field goals. Warren or Mounts likely will punt this fall. | 888-3526




JAMESTOWN – With a college-level kicker and experienced defense ready to roll, Tommy Norwood is looking forward to another strong season. “You can’t beat having ’em back on defense and your kickers,” said the Ragsdale coach in his 12th year with the Tigers and 29th overall. “We’ve still got a long ways to go to be ready to play, but whenever you have veterans there’s not as big a sense of urgency. “Now, next year we’ll have to wear name tags,” he added with a laugh. A roster with some 30 seniors includes plenty of experience from a squad that went 13-0 last year before falling to eventual 3AA state champ Dudley in the third round of the playoffs. Those Tigers did it all, scoring an average of 28.7 points per game and allowing just 8.5. “The biggest thing that is a concern of mine – even though they haven’t shown it – is to be satisfied with what they have accomplished already,” Norwood said. “We want them to be better, and I think they will. We’ve got a

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good, solid senior class.” Billy Stone, last fall’s conference Player of the Year on defense, anchors that unit from his middle linebacker spot. He’s joined by another key returner in Walt Sparks, plus junior Robert Pompey. The defensive line boasts plenty of experience with seniors Daniel McNeil, Keith Hanford, Eric McCoy, Cedric Ellison, Neil Jones and Nick Robinson. Darius McQueen returns at safety and will be joined in the secondary by Michael Lecompte, sophomore Chris Bailey-Burke and offensive leader D-on-

ovan Smith on a limited basis. Cornerback Chris Armwood returns and will play opposite junior Avery Washington. “I feel good about that unit,” Norwood said. “As long as we can stay healthy, I feel like we’ve got a pretty good group.” As for the offense ... “We’ve got to get consistent,” Norwood said. “We may run five plays and look as good as you could ever be, and the next five my head starts hurting.” It helps that a big, experienced line returns. Ragsdale rotated eight players every few series last fall,

providing valuable playing time for the likes of left tackle Caleb Cates, left guard Jordan Morris, center Elliott Cobb, right guard Tyler Ritter and right tackle Andy Willard. All but Willard – up from the JV – saw varsity action last year, and adding depth to this fall’s group will be Matt Martin and Andrew Chappell. Family ties can be found elsewhere in the Tiger offense. At tight end will be Pete Romer, whose older brother Tim played quarterback last


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2009 Football Roster Name Darius McQueen Avery Washington Quin Woodberry Luke Heavner Tyrell Quick Garrison Herndon Trey Swaim Ryan Wall Michael Lecompte Luke Sonricker D-onovan Smith Brandon Stevens Deshawn Shouse DeSean Anderson Joe Bass Eric McCoy Daniel McNeil Keith Hanford Barry Brown Christian Herrera Miguel Ochoa Chris Bailey-Burke Chris Armwood Kasey Redfern Kenyon Jones Michael Baldwin Kalik Parker Brad Davis Jaquez Brown Ladarius Carmichael Robert Pompey Courtland Caldwell Walt Sparks Caleb Cates Jordan Morris P.J. Williams Billy Stone Tyler Ritter Andrew Chappell Matt Martin Cedric Ellison Nick Robinson Neil Jones Mark Walker Andy Willard Tyler Graves Elliott Cobb Chaka McCoy Grant Desjardins Pete Romer Morgan Loman Kris Steele Tyquan Roberts

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---Aug. 21 – at S. Guilford

Aug. 28 – Dudley Sept. 4 – at W. Guilford Sept. 11 – Page Sept. 18 – at Person Sept. 25 – at Parkland

Oct. 2 – East Forsyth Oct. 9 – at SW Guilford Oct. 16 – NW Guilford (HC) Oct. 23 – Open Oct. 30 – Glenn Nov. 6 – at HP Central

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JAMESTOWN – Ready or not, Ragsdale soccer moves to the 4A ranks this season. Unfortunately for coach Brien Braswell, his always-talented Tiger team is smaller and more inexperienced than ever. “I hope we can field two teams this year. If we have a couple injuries, we’ll have to merge teams and cancel JV,” admitted Braswell, in his 21st year leading the Tigers. “Everybody knows their role: not get injured and play beyond your means.” Graduation claimed 10 starters, and three-year keeper Kasey Redfern left for full-time football duty this season. That leaves top returners Briggs Kennington and Stenson Croom, who both saw action last year, but weren’t starters. Kennington, a senior, was a mark-

ing back who will likely run in the midfield this year with Croom, a junior. “The rest of it will be a mystery,” Braswell offered with a chuckle. Senior Nick Varga returns after seeing limited minutes last fall, and his brother, sophomore Derrick Varga, could lead the defense. Junior Ryan Wall also may be counted upon in the defense. Others stepping up from the JV ranks this year will be Buri Mungue and Adam Schumacher. The new keeper will be sophomore Brad Davis. “We don’t start conference until Sept. 15, so that gives us a solid month to play,” Braswell said of the Piedmont Triad, which he said will be strong at the top with East Forsyth, Northwest Guilford and Southwest Guilford. “We’ll take some knocks (in the nonconference slate) and hopefully be gelled as a team.” | 888-3526

Talented Tiger golfers back for more BY DANIEL KENNEDY SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE

JAMESTOWN – Three players return for a Ragsdale girls golf team that finished second in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A/2A/3A championship. Senior Laura Chang leads the way for the Tigers after placing third in the state last fall with rounds of 80 and 77 in the finale at Foxfire. Also back are sophomores who possess loads of ex-

perience despite their age: Lily Crane carded rounds of 96 and 88 last season for a top-35 finish in the deep and talented championship field, while Sandy Chung shot 94 and 101. Two freshmen – Haijin Song and Savanna Mackie – also should help the Tigers this year. “We are looking forward to a great season,” said coach Dan Turner, whose team jumps from the 3A ranks to the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference this fall. “We hope to have a strong season.”


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Ragsdale’s cross country team will be chasing a title this season with standouts such as (from left) Brielle Burnett, Grace Popek, Tom Popek and Sarah Justice.


JAMESTOWN – Ragsdale’s cross country and track programs always have been among the best in the state in the 3A ranks. Now, the Tigers get to tangle with 4A schools such as Northwest Guilford and East Forsyth in the Piedmont Triad Conference. “We have a very young team, one that’s rebuilding,” said third-year cross country coach Anne Popek. “It’s going to be challenging for us.” The Tiger boys have competed in the state title meet the past three years and return several

top runners. Junior Joey McHugh should lead the team along with senior Dale Wray, sophomore Patrick Francis and senior Marty Hepburn. A newcomer – Tom Popek – figures to contribute immediately after qualifying over the summer in the U.S. Track and Field Youth Nationals 2000-meter steeplechase. With Tom’s arrival in the ninth grade, Coach Popek now has two kids running for her. Grace, a junior, was the conference’s distance Runner of the Year in the spring track season and should be a standout again this fall. Several track competi-

tors will bolster the girls team, with Brielle Burnett and Sarah Justice running cross country for the first time. Popek, Burnett and Justice all competed for the High Point Panthers AAU track team and enjoyed great success over the summer. Grace also qualified for the steeplechase. Another top returner for the girls team is Sarah Zaramiri, a senior who earned all-conference honors last fall. Senior Ashley Ebright also will return for the Tigers, and junior Grace Lemp joins the team for the first time. | 888-3526


fall. And this year’s QB is Luke Heavner, whose brother Matt was the signal-caller before Romer. Luke Heavner, a junior, was the JV quarterback. A fleet of tall receivers will be at his disposal, although the most heralded athlete of the

group – speedster DeSean Anderson – is just 5-foot-8. Luke Sonricker, who stands 6-4, pulled in 22 catches last season. The 6-3 Kasey Redfern will be a full-time football player this year after playing soccer the past three seasons. In addition

to his strong leg, he’ll see action in passing patterns along with newcomers Kalik Parker (6-3), Tyquan Roberts (6-4), Kris Steele and Armwood. In contrast to the big numbers at receiver, Ragsdale possesses one proven runner in Smith,

who rushed for more than a thousand yards as a sophomore despite sharing carries. He’ll run the show now with support from Barry Brown and fullback Michael Baldwin. The job for the offense is simple – don’t make mistakes. Es-

pecially with Redfern’s booming kickoffs and punts, a nice bonus after he tallied 32 PATs and six field goals last year. “You can’t play for us if you turn it over. We’re not going to put our defense in bad situations,” Norwood said.



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Young Ragsdale spikers shift focus to defensive side BY STEVE HANF ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

JAMESTOWN – Ragsdale’s volleyball team will be making a defensive stand this season after losing a couple of heavy hitters to graduation. Coach Audrey Gore, in her 15th year leading the program, saw Iffy Nwokolo head to Fayetteville State and Jaimee John-

son land at Meredith after they led the Tigers to a third-place conference finish. With five starters gone from that team, Gore is rebuilding with key defensive players. “To win this year I know we’ve got to play defense,” she said. “I don’t have the offensive power that I’ve had in the past. We’re taking another route, but I think we’ll be competitive.”

The goal in the new Piedmont Triad 4A will be to hang with traditionally strong Northwest Guilford and East Forsyth squads while attempting to earn one of four playoff berths. Junior Brittany Morris is back after an all-conference season at libero, and Gore called Morris a college prospect for her defensive play. The team’s top seniors will




20 – Volleyball vs. Morehead, 6:30 20 – Soccer vs. Grimsley, 7 21 – Football at S. Guilford, 7:30 24 – Soccer at NE Guilford, 7 24 – Tennis at Parkland, 4:30 25 – Volleyball vs. N. Guilford, 6:30 25 – Soccer vs. W. Guilford, 7 26 – Volleyball at Page, 6:30 26 – Tennis vs. E. Forsyth, 4:30 26 – Cross country at SE Guilford, 4:30 27 – Soccer vs. Trinity, 7 27 – Tennis at W. Guilford, 4:30 28 – Football vs. Dudley, 7:30 29 – Cross country at McAlpine Inv., 8 a.m. 31 – Tennis vs. SW Guilford, 4:30 31 – Golf vs. N. Guilford, 4

September 1 – Volleyball vs. Parkland, 6:30 1 – Soccer at Grimsley, 7 1 – Cross country at Guilford Co. Champs., 4:30 2 – Volleyball vs. Page, 6:30 2 – Tennis vs. NW Guilford, 4:30 3 – Volleyball vs. E. Forsyth, 6:30 3 – Soccer at W. Guilford, 7 3 – Golf at N. Guilford, 4 4 – Football at W. Guilford, 7:30 8 – Volleyball vs. SW Guilford, 6:30 8 – Soccer vs. SW Randolph, 7 8 – Cross country at Andrews, 4:30 9 – Tennis vs. Glenn, 4:30 10 – Volleyball vs. NW Guilford, 6:30 10 – Soccer vs. NE Guilford, 7 11 – Football vs. Page, 7:30 12 – Cross country at Salem College Inv., 8 14 – Volleyball at McMichael, 6:30 14 – Tennis at HP Central, 4:30 15 – Soccer vs. Parkland, 7 15 – Tennis at Andrews, 4:30 16 – Volleyball vs. S. Guilford, 6:30 16 – Tennis vs. Parkland, 4:30 16 – Cross country at SW Guilford, 4:30 17 – Volleyball vs. Glenn, 6:30 17 – Soccer at E. Forsyth, 7 18 – Football at Person, 7:30 19 – Cross country at Raleigh Reebok Inv., 8 a.m. 21 – Volleyball vs. Grimsley, 6:30 21 – Tennis at E. Forsyth, 4:30 21 – Golf at HP Central, 4:30 22 – Volleyball at HP Central, 6:30

22 – Soccer at SW Guilford, 7 22 – Golf at Guilford Co. Champs., TBA 23 – Tennis at SW Guilford, 4:30 23 – Cross country at SW Guilford, 4:30 23 – Golf host PTC match, 4:30 24 – Volleyball at Parkland, 6:30 24 – Soccer at NW Guilford, 7 25 – Football at Parkland, 7:30 26 – Cross country at Hagan-Stone Classic, 8 a.m. 28 – Volleyball vs. McMichael, 6:30 28 – Tennis at NW Guilford, 4:30 28 – Golf at E. Forsyth, 4:30 29 – Volleyball at E. Forsyth, 6:30 29 – Soccer vs. SE Guilford, 7 30 – Cross country vs. Parkland, 4:30 30 – Golf at NW Guilford, 4:30

October 1 – Volleyball at SW Guilford, 6:30 1 – Soccer vs. Glenn, 7 2 – Football vs. E. Forsyth, 7:30 3 – Cross country at Clt. Wendy’s Inv., 8 5 – Volleyball at Morehead, 6:30 5 – Tennis at Glenn, 4:30 5 – Golf at SW Guilford, 4:30 6 – Volleyball at NW Guilford, 6:30 6 – Soccer at HP Central, 7 7 – Tennis vs. HP Central, 4:30 7 – Cross country at HP Central, 4:30 8 – Soccer at Parkland, 7 9 – Football at SW Guilford, 7:30 10 – Cross country at Tanglewood Inv., 8 12 – Golf at PTC tourney, 1 13 – Volleyball at Glenn, 6:30 13 – Soccer vs. E. Forsyth, 7 13 – Tennis at PTC tourney, 1 14 – Cross country at E. Forsyth, 4:30 15 – Volleyball vs. HP Central, 6:30 15 – Soccer vs. SW Guilford, 7 16 – Football vs. NW Guilford, 7:30 19 – Volleyball at PTC tourney, TBA 20 – Soccer vs. NW Guilford, 7 21 – Cross country at PTC Champs., 4 22 – Soccer at SE Guilford, 7 27 – Soccer at Glenn, 7 29 – Soccer vs. HP Central, 7 30 – Football vs. Glenn, 7:30

November 6 – Football at HP Central, 7:30

be Gretchen Hemm and Amy Bumgarner. Hemm started last year at outside hitter but will see more time at middle this year to take advantage of her blocking ability. “She’s a great defensive player,” praised Gore. Another senior, Amy Bumgarner, is the team’s captain after a quiet but effective junior season.

“She played a lot of defense last year, she’s dependable on the court, doesn’t make many mistakes,” Gore said. “She’s my coach on the floor. She gets the job done.” Junior Morgan Hooks also will be key for Ragsdale this fall after being one of the top hitters on JV. | 888-3526

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Villain football vying for continued success BY STEVE HANF ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

KERNERSVILLE – After a 7-5 season and fourthplace finish in the Northwest Conference, it would be easy to say that Bishop McGuinness is heading in the right direction with its football program. Then again, Charlie Jones has been there before – and seen his team disintegrate due to injuries. “It’s promising, but you’re never disasterproof,” said the Villains’ seventh-year coach. Still, all signs point to continued success. Bishop’s last two JV teams enjoyed 8-2 campaigns. Summer workouts – once unheard of at the school – saw great numbers this year, and a middle school program that started last year further strengthens the foundation. What’s more, 30 upperclassmen dot this year’s roster, and 66 players were in the program – both good numbers for the 1A school. “We have to feel good about the fact we’ve had a stable coaching staff, we’ve had steady growth in our program,” Jones said. “In that essence, our expectations are high. Hopefully this is when it

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Name Josh Rathburn Marty DeFrancesco Kevin Saxon Mike Ledesma Zack Lavasque Thomas Lawler Michael Tilley Jared Pluciniczak Tyler Woods Jake LaRoe James Cardwell Casey Smith Peter Fields Dominick Bresson Kyle Ridenhour Geno Guilyard Max Lum Ben Corsig Jack Vynalek Bradley Hoban Charles Spencer Dylan Ferri Michael Peterson Brian Roche Manny Comas Sean Wilson Dustin Howell Raleigh Sadler Ryan O’Connell Matt Urban Ethan Culberson Todd Turman James Black

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---Aug. 21 – at Union Acad.

Aug. 28 – Open Sept. 4 – at Highland Tech Sept. 11 – South Davidson Sept. 18 – South Stokes Sept. 25 – at North Surry

Oct. 2 – at N. Raleigh Chr. Oct. 9 – at East Surry Oct. 16 – Surry Cent. (HC) Oct. 23 – at Mount Airy Oct. 30 – at West Stokes Nov. 6 – North Stokes

goals last year and is back Jones said. “What we hope to kick as well as play a we’ve done is stocked our bigger role on offense and program with kids who defense as Bishop transi- have been here three, four DON DAVIS JR. | HPE tions into the Northwest years and know the sysDefensive leaders for Bishop McGuinness who are looking for another big season 1A/2A league with some tem. But there are a lot of include (from left) Mike Ledesma, Raleigh Sadler and Thomas Lawler. talented programs. guys who have something “The noticeable nega- to prove on the varsity.” pays off with more wins.” returning weapon is quar- 1,000 yards and 24 TDs on tive, it’s not like we return Remarkably, Bishop terback Josh Rathburn. Thursday nights. | 888-3526 The offensive and de- a whole lot of starters,” was just seven points The senior rushed for 600 away from a 7-0 start last yards and threw for 400 fensive lines will be anchored by three-year season, losing a pair of last season. Thomas Lawler returns starter Raleigh Sadler games early by six points and one point. That team to the offense as a block- and his 6-foot-2, 300-pound “The Repair Specialist” put plenty of points on the ing back, as does Mike frame. Dustin Howell, anboard (25.1 per game) and Ledesma at split end. In other senior, also returns addition to Rathburn, the up front. Sadler was Bishallowed 18.2. Since 1970 Scoring as much could bulk of Bishop’s carries op’s top tackler last year, be a challenge with the will go to Jared Plucinic- while Lawler also made Lic#04239 graduation of Edward Ka- zak and Marty DeFran- plenty of stops at lineWe answer our phone 24/7 george and James Mont- cesco. Pluciniczak split backer. Ledesma will be gomery, who combined time with the varsity back in the secondary. Kicker Kevin Saxon for 2,000 yards and 25 and JV last year, while touchdowns. Bishop’s top DeFrancesco picked up made four of five field





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Bishop McGuinness spikers eager to earn redemption BY DANIEL KENNEDY SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE

KERNERSVILLE – For all intents and purposes, Bishop McGuinness would like to strike last season from the record. Of course, the NCHSA will never agree to alter the course of volleyball history, but the Villains appear poised to take care of the matter themselves. After finishing eighth in a nine-team

Northwest Conference last year, Bishop returns healthy with an infusion of newcomers who have ignited a transformation. “Last year was not a very good year,” Villains coach Alain Tourret said. “It was my first year and I had a lot of students with injuries. My setter was out before the season began. It was kind of a training session for me.” Tourret’s baptism by fire should make success this time

around that much sweeter. Stephanie deGuzman and Erin Fitzgerald are back as part of a nucleus from last year’s squad. A new blueprint was unveiled this summer for Tourret’s team, which will consist of 10 players, something he discussed with his returning starters that was agreeable to all parties. The unit will include seven standouts from a year ago and three newcomers who the second-year

sophomore Lauren Cushing, up from JV, will flank Buckland as the outside hitters. What about the competition? Surely defending conference champ East Surry must loom as a dark cloud over the completion of this rebuilding project. “I told my players with a smile that I don’t care who we play,” said Tourret. “I’m not scared of anybody this year. We have a great team.”



KERNERSVILLE – In 2009, coach Steve West must shake off the lingering effects of a haunting playoff finish for a second consecutive season. Bishop McGuinness’ soccer season ended last year with a 2-1 loss to Albemarle in the fourth round of the NCHSAA 1A playoffs, a year after the Villains dropped a gutwrenching contest in the third round of the playoffs to West Montgomery. “We totally dominated and should have won,” West said of the 2-1 defeat last fall. “It was probably the worst loss I’ve had to deal with at Bishop.” The bitter loss last season, however, has resulted in a hunger within the mainstays to avenge their defeat. That quest begins with the Villains’ Evan Seach, who will carry an increasing offensive load. “Evan Seach is the alltime leading scorer at

coach said are already an instant improvement over the supporting cast from last year. Among the new cast members, Megan Buckland will begin her first season as middle hitter for the Villains. Tourret expects the basketball standout to be able to “massacre opponents” as a key piece of a revamped squad he believes will be much more powerful than last year. Senior Kelly Baugherey and

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Experienced players such as (from left) Robert Tikkanen, Evan Seach and Atticus Lum will lead the Villains. Bishop and has another year to build on that,” said West. “It was kind of funny. Evan made all-state his sophomore year, but they didn’t vote him in last year. He had a down year his sophomore season and played great last year, so I guess it evened out.” Seach leads an offense that has suffered more than its share of losses. Of

the nine seniors who graduated, two of the former players were starters. Among those back is senior Atticus Lum, who will serve as the anchor of the team’s defense. Fellow returnee Robert Tikkanen had a terrific sophomore campaign two seasons ago and looked forward to


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Villain netters all a year better BY DANIEL KENNEDY SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE

KERNERSVILLE – What a difference a year can make. Bishop McGuinness enters 2009 with high hopes and a team that returns virtually everyone from last year’s squad – a stark contrast to last August, when the Villains were returning no starters and not even a coach. “It was my first season and we finished 6-9,” Villains coach Jenn Anderson said. “Bishop started with a brand new team last year after losing all its starters from a state (finalist) team in 2007, but we dramatically improved at the end of the season as you would expect. We had a really good year.” Returning as the No. 1 singles player from last year is Elizabeth Davis, back to help drive a vastly improved squad. While Davis finished

among the top four in the state last fall, the decorated senior may play No. 2 this year behind vaunted teammate and fellow senior Emily Ciriano. Ciriano played extremely well alongside Davis last year and made it to regionals, but her greatest strides came this summer in taking two out of three head-to-head matches with Davis. “It looks like they will be switching positions this year,” said Anderson in reference to the prospects of Ciriano being No. 1. “They are two very strong players who played doubles together and should be strong this season.” When asked who would assist Davis and Ciriano in providing depth to the squad, Anderson said “there’s just so many.” One is Katy Jones, a sophomore who was an alternate last year and will play Nos. 4 or 5 this fall. “She has made wonderful progress and is a




20 – Volleyball at S. Stokes, 6:15 20 – Tennis at S. Stokes, 4:30 21 – Football at Union Acad., 7:30 21-22 – Soccer at FCD tourney, TBA 24 – Cross country at McAlpine Inv., 9 a.m. 25 – Volleyball vs. N. Surry, 6:15 25 – Tennis vs. N. Surry, 4:30 26 – Soccer vs. G’boro Day, 6:30 26 – Cross country vs. Ledford, 6 27 – Soccer at Reagan, 7 27 – Volleyball at Mt. Airy, 6:15 27 – Tennis at Mt. Airy, 4:30 28 – Volleyball at NCSSM, 6 31 – Volleyball vs. W-S Prep, 6:15 31 – Tennis at W-S Prep, 4:30




Bishop McGuinness’ returning players such as (from left) Kimberly Host-Madsen, Hilary Kenney and Emily Ciriano will enjoy their second fall with coach Jenn Anderson. hard-working player who wants to get better,” Anderson praised. Bishop will be competing in a new-look Northwest Conference that will include both 1A and 2A schools from Surry, Stokes and Forsyth counties. Although the competition may be stout, Bishop’s talent should make last year’s

rebuilding effort a distant memory as the Villains seek to elevate themselves among the state’s elite. “It’ll be a lot different this year,” said Anderson. “(The league additions) should bring strength to our conference and we expect to be a lot better this year, given a full season for the girls to play together.”

17 – Tennis at N. Surry, 4:30 18 – Football vs. S. Stokes, 7:30 19 – Cross country (girls) at Irvine, Calif., TBA 21 – Soccer at Reynolds, 7 21 – Volleyball vs. G’boro Day, 6 22 – Soccer at W. Stokes, 6:30 22 – Volleyball vs. Mt. Airy, 6:15 22 – Tennis vs. Mt. Airy, 4:30 23 – Soccer vs. W-S Prep, 6:30 24 – Volleyball at W-S Prep, 6:15 24 – Tennis vs. W-S Prep, 4:30 25 – Football at N. Surry, 7:30 26 – Cross country (boys) at G’boro Inv., TBA 29 – Soccer vs. S. Stokes, 6:30 29 – Volleyball vs. E. Surry, 6:15 29 – Tennis vs. E. Surry, 4:30 30 – Soccer vs. N. Stokes, 6:30

1 – Soccer at S. Stokes, 6:30 1 – Volleyball at E. Surry, 6:15 1 – Cross country at Pre-NWC meet, TBA 3 – Volleyball vs. N. Stokes, 6:15 3 – Tennis vs. N. Stokes, 4:30 4 – Football at Highland Tech, 7:30 4 – Soccer vs. Wesleyan, 5:30 5 – Cross country at Jungle Run Inv., TBA 8 – Soccer vs. E. Surry, 6:30 9 – Volleyball vs. W. Stokes, 6:15 9 – Tennis vs. W. Stokes, 4:30 10 – Soccer at Mt. Airy, 6:30 10 – Volleyball at Surry C., 6:15 10 – Tennis at Surry C., 4:30 11 – Football vs. S. Davidson, 7:30 12 – Cross country at Seahawk Inv., TBA 15 – Soccer at Surry C., 6:30 15 – Volleyball vs. S. Stokes, 6:15 15 – Tennis vs. S. Stokes, 4:30 17 – Soccer vs. N. Surry, 6:30 17 – Volleyball at N. Surry, 6:15

1 – Volleyball at W. Stokes, 6:15 1 – Tennis at W. Stokes, 4:30 2 – Football at N. Raleigh Chr., 7:30 3 – Cross country at G’boro Inv., 11:15 6 – Soccer at E. Surry, 6:30 6 – Volleyball at N. Stokes, 6:15 8 – Volleyball vs. HP Christian, 6 9 – Football at E. Surry, 7:30 9 – Volleyball at NWC tourney, TBA 10 – Cross country at 4Runners Inv., 9 a.m. 13 – Soccer vs. Mt. Airy, 6:30 15 – Soccer vs. Surry C., 6:30 16 – Football vs. Surry C., 7:30 20 – Soccer at N. Surry, 6:30 21 – Soccer at W-S Prep, 6:30 21 – Cross country at NWC Champs., 5 23 – Football at Mt. Airy, 7:30 26 – Soccer at N. Stokes, 6:30 27 – Soccer vs. W. Stokes, 6:30 30 – Football at W. Stokes, 7:30

November 6 – Football vs. N. Stokes, 7:30

Bishop McGuinness girls – and boys – eye cross country titles this season BY DANIEL KENNEDY SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE

KERNERSVILLE – As with any experienced championship squad, Bishop McGuinness will lose several talented individuals from a girls team that claimed the 1A state title last season. The outlook is bright, however, for the continued success of a program that returns such stellar athletes as Meredith Bennett, Katie Pellitteri, Kathryn

Bennett and Olivia Hall. Given their track record – which includes near misses versus state champions Hayesville in 2006 and Topsail in 2007 before finally taking the top prize last year – the Villains appear to be in good hands. “In terms of the girls, it’s just more of building off last year,” offered coach Robert Youtz. “In finally breaking through with the championship, the numbers have doubled this year. That’s the biggest thing that

has come from last season. “The girls that were on the team last year, they want to try to go back this year and if not win it, they want to get as close as they can.” As strange as it may sound, aspirations for the boys may be even loftier with an entire unit returning. Senior Austin Tritt will reclaim his role as leader of the pack, while junior Preston Kahn returns with yet another year of experience under his

belt. A pair of seniors – Josh Renegar and Alex Wordsworth – will add even more maturity to a squad looking to duplicate the success of the ladies. Add promising freshmen Brynna Tremblay and Alex Arrington to an already-potent girls team plus dual-sport star Robert Tikkanen and newcomer Alex Preudhomme to the guys squad, and one question readily lends itself. What could possibly go wrong?

“It’s a little unknown, since we’re going to the 1A/2A split conference,” said Youtz of the new-look Northwest. “With the group of girls that ran last year, and the guys – I’ve got every guy back from last year – they want to come on really well. It’s never been done for boys and girls to win this conference in the same year. They want to do that.” If recent history is any indication, it would be unwise to bet against Bishop.



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South football reaches for the stars BY STEVE HANF ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

DENTON – Don’t blame South Davidson’s football players if they’re reaching for the stars this season. They’ve been practicing under them in a special Midnight Madness feature this August. “The seniors wanted to do something a little different,” second-year coach Mike Crowell said after his Wildcats held their first practice and then first scrimmage at midnight a la college basketball teams. What else do the 20 seniors want? “Their goals are lofty. They’ve talked all summer about wanting to finish top three in the conference and win seven or more ball games,” Crowell explained. “If we win one or two in the playoffs, that’d be gravy – a little icing on the cake.” Momentum continues building for the Wildcats, who won three games last year for a fourth-place finish in the Yadkin Valley 1A and first-round date in the playoffs. A school known for its small numbers and small size won’t play any sophomores on the varsity this year. The roster will include 11 unique starters on offense and defense. And a big offensive line should help the Wildcats improve on last year’s 8.9 points per game average. This is South Davidson football? “I really want the sophomore class to play JV one more year and have a chance to be successful,” explained Crowell, who only played about five sophomores up last season. “We’re still two-platooning, and I catch a lot of grief about that over here from

20 – Volleyball at N. Rowan, 5 20 – Tennis vs. Chatham C., 4:30 21 – Football vs. Wheatmore, 7:30 22 – Volleyball at Davidson Co. tourney, 9 a.m. 24 – Soccer vs. W. Montgomery, 6:30 24 – Tennis at Albemarle, 4:30 25 – Volleyball vs. Chatham C., 5 25 – Cross country at Albemarle, 4:30 26 – Volleyball vs. Thomasville, 5 26 – Soccer at N. Rowan, 6:30 26 – Tennis vs. N. Moore, 4:30 27 – Volleyball at Albemarle, 5 27 – Soccer at Thomasville, 7 27 – Tennis at E. Montgomery, 4:30 27 – Cross country vs. Wheatmore, 4:30 28 – Football at W. Davidson, 7:30 31 – Soccer vs. Chatham C., 6:30 31 – Tennis at S. Stanly, 4:30


1 – Volleyball vs. N. Moore, 5 1 – Cross country at E. Montgomery, 4:30 2 – Volleyball at Thomasville, 4:30 2 – Soccer at Albemarle, 6:30 2 – Tennis vs. C. Davidson, 4 3 – Volleyball at E. Montgomery, 5 3 – Soccer vs. Thomasville, 6:30 3 – Tennis at Wheatmore, 4:30 4 – Football vs. C. Davidson, 7:30 8 – Volleyball at S. Stanly, 5 8 – Cross country N. Moore, 4:30 9 – Volleyball at Wheatmore, 5 9 – Soccer vs. N. Moore, 6:30 9 – Tennis vs. Gray Stone, 4:30 10 – Tennis at W. Montgomery, 4:30 11 – Football at Bishop, 7:30 14 – Soccer at E. Montgomery, 6:30 14 – Tennis vs. N. Rowan, 4:30 15 – Volleyball vs. Gray Stone, 5 15 – Cross country host YVC, 4:30 16 – Soccer at S. Stanly, 6:30 16 – Tennis at Chatham C., 4:30 17 – Volleyball at W. Montgomery, 5

17 – Tennis vs. Wheatmore, 4:30 21 – Soccer at C. Davidson, 6 21 – Tennis vs. Albemarle, 4:30 22 – Volleyball vs. N. Rowan, 5 22 – Cross country at S. Stanly, 4:30 23 – Soccer vs. Gray Stone, 6:30 23 – Tennis at N. Moore, 4:30 24 – Volleyball at Chatham C., 5 24 – Tennis at C. Davidson, 4 25 – Football vs. E. Montgomery (HC), 7:30 28 – Soccer at W. Montgomery, 6:30 28 – Tennis vs. E. Montgomery, 4:30 29 – Volleyball vs. Albemarle, 5 29 – Cross country at N. Moore, 4:30 30 – Soccer vs. N. Rowan, 6:30 30 – Tennis vs. S. Stanly, 4:30


1 – Volleyball at N. Moore, 5 2 – Football at N. Moore, 7:30 5 – Soccer at Chatham C., 6:30 6 – Volleyball vs. E. Montgomery, 5 6 – Cross country host YVC, 4:30 7 – Soccer vs. Albemarle, 6:30 7 – Tennis at Gray Stone, 4:30 8 – Volleyball vs. S. Stanly, 5 9 – Football vs. Albemarle, 7:30 12 – Soccer at N. Moore, 6:30 12 – Tennis at YVC tourney, TBA 13 – Cross country at Gray Stone, 4:30 14 – Soccer vs. E. Montgomery, 6:30 15 – Volleyball at Gray Stone, 5 16 – Football at Chatham C., 7:30 19 – Volleyball at YVC tourn., TBA 19 – Soccer vs. S. Stanly, 6:30 20 – Cross country at YVC Champs., 4:30 23 – Football vs. W. Montgomery, 7:30 28 – Soccer at Gray Stone, 6:30 30 – Football at S. Stanly, 7:30


6 – Football at N. Rowan, 7:30


---Aug. 21 – Wheatmore SONNY HEDGECOCK | HPE

Powering the South Davidson offense this year will be center Dustin Sheppard along with Alex Grubb (33), Josh McClure (9) and Cody DeCamp. my coaches: ‘We can’t do that at this school!’ We did it last year about 90 percent of the time, and I think it helped us out some in games where we were close, we were a little fresher at the end of games. And, it gets your kids more experience.” The big line of Samuel Rogers, Cody Dahlenburg, Doug Russell, Brandon Marshall and Nate Richardson returns along with new senior Jake Dillard. They’ll be protecting a backfield featuring seniors Josh McClure, Alex Grubb and Cody

DeCamp, all of whom return. McClure played receiver last year and makes the shift to QB this fall. Crowell called him the best athlete on the team, while DeCamp is the fastest – he won the YVC title in the 110-meter hurdles last spring. DeCamp led South in tackles last season, but will focus on offense now. Other threats include split end Tyler Davis, receiver/running back Tyler Hughes and running backs


Aug. 28 – at W. Davidson Sept. 4 – C. Davidson Sept. 11 – at Bishop Sept. 18 – Open S. 25 – E. Montgomery (HC)

Oct. 2 – at North Moore Oct. 9 – Albemarle Oct. 16 – at Chatham Cen. Oct. 23 – W. Montgomery Oct. 30 – at South Stanly Nov. 6 – at North Rowan

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DENTON – Caught in what seems to be a perpetual transition, South Davidson volleyball anxiously awaits what the Wildcats believe to be the next step in a lengthy rebuilding process. “We finished fourth in our conference (last fall),” coach Kaye Hunt said. “We made it to the finals in the conference tournament and got beat by West Montgomery. We made it to the playoffs and lost in the first round to Albemarle.” Last year’s defeat for South may have proven to be a foreshadowing of challenges to come. Albemarle – previously a nonconference foe – will be joining the Yadkin Valley 1A as part of the NCHSAA realignment process. The Wildcats will face

the daunting challenge of replacing all but one of the starters that were part of last year’s squad, with only Amber Blackmon coming back. With all the departing players, newcomer Rebecca Hall – a 5-foot-10 junior transfer from Duplin County – will step into a vital role at middle hitter. Remaining on the schedule for South are a few teams Hunt feels comfortable envisioning success against – on the rare occasion the Wildcats get a break from the glut of upper-tier teams in the YVC. “West Montgomery is the front-runner,” Hunt said. “We beat South Stanly when they weren’t part of our conference. But of course, Albemarle will be strong.” The Wildcats need no reminder.

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Cody Robbins and Jake Edwards, who was injured the past two seasons. “I really think our offense is going to rely on our line,” Crowell said. “Those guys did a great job last year, they’re bigger. We’re probably stronger pound-for-pound across the line than we’ve been in 10 years.” On the defensive side, nearly everyone returns, led by linebacker Cody Deel and secondary standouts C.J. Tucker, Dane Hill and Zac Strother. Chris Anderson and Cody Fee will compete on the line, while Robbins and Russell likely will start at the ends. Other keys on the defense will be Lewis Ward, Edwards and Cody Smith, a soccer player who has added speed to the secondary. As for special teams, watch out for McClure, who hit a 64-yard field goal and finished second at Appalachian State’s 55man kicking camp over the summer. “I told Josh that if we cross the 50, what have we got to lose? We’re going to hammer it,” Crowell said. “He’s got a collegelevel kind of leg.” | 888-3526

South Davidson soccer will take the f ield BY DANIEL KENNEDY SPECIAL TO THE ENTERPRISE

DENTON – With a hint of apprehension, South Davidson’s third-year coach Matt Coloton once again undertook the task of collecting a group of players for soccer tryouts. Initial response to the program’s need for athletes to come forward revealed an unfortunate reality. The Wildcats faced a challenge greater than the opponents within their conference. Given the disadvantages of drawing players from a small district, the greatest threat to the 2009 season was reaching the number necessary to field a team. Despite the hardships, however, the Wildcats will in fact play soccer this fall – and look forward to the competition.

“I lost pretty much everything (from last season),” Coloton said. “Eight seniors I believe (graduated). Obviously with a small school, it was a small team. We’ll have six or seven freshmen, so we’ll obviously be very young,” South will have an interesting mix of talent this year. The eight seniors who graduated left nearly that many rising seniors in their stead. Senior Will Brunck will begin his first season in goal for the Wildcats, replacing last season’s senior goalie Chris France. Edgar Espinoza, Landon Pierce and Landry Miller will chip in to provide experience and help solidify midfield. “We’re kind of 50-50 with returning and new players,” Coloton said. “The strength will be in the middle of the field. We’re

just trying to complement (Brunk, Espinoza, Pierce and Miller) with younger players on the outside.” That younger core will be led by first-year players Tyler Coe, Max McCurry, Nick Fellers and Chris Smith. Coloton is not without reservation as to South’s chances of remaining competitive with teams from the top of the Yadkin Valley 1A Conference after losing so much from last year’s team, but he does believe it is a wide-open race for the third, fourth and fifth spots in the conference. “East Montgomery will be at the top,” said Coloton. “I’m anticipating Albemarle – with them coming into our conference this year – they’ll be strong. A bunch of us will then be competing for the middle spots.”



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also could help out at receiver along with young talent Donovan Merchant. Thomasville’s tight ends figure to be Shauraun Mouzone and Kenneth Mitchell. Up front, the Bulldogs return Tariq Camp and Anthony Irving along the right side. Joe Baranowski and Vince Gobble are competing for time at center, while the left side of the line should include former varsity reserve Mark Green as well as JV call-ups Jaquan Daniels and Sherrod Young. Brown said the line could be the biggest in all his years at Thomasville. All in all, an offensive group that lacks experience: Yes. “But,” Brown emphasized, “in some ways I like this offense. Even though we’re young, we’re big. If we can be big and physical, it ain’t gonna make me mad.” Dow was among the area’s interception leaders last season and returns to the secondary along with fellow returners Davonte Gordon-

Hunter and Isiah Williams. Also back for Thomasville will be end Robert Davis and lineman Damonte Kearse. “We’ve got experience around the perimeter, but the heart of that thing down the middle is not very experienced,” Brown said. Newcomers along the front line will include tackles Malcolm Ivory, Jequan Harris and Jordan Hagens, with Breyon Watkins occupying the other end spot. More questions come at linebacker, with sophomore James Gregg and junior James Boyd both up from the JV, as well as rover Tevin Davis, another sophomore who played JV quarterback last fall. There is good news in the kicking game, where Lawson Hodges returns after connecting for 38 PATs in the 2008 regular season. “We’ve got a team with an opportunity to grow,” Brown said. “We should be an improving team.” | 888-3526


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Hall and Chastity McCurdy. “The other girls will do OK, but those three are probably my eye-catchers,” Wright said. Among the others, she expects to have a returner in Tang Xiong. Wright was unsure of the status of Xiong’s game because she has been out of the country all summer. Wright is not quite sure what the Bulldogs might accomplish this season because she is unfamiliar with the

teams in the CCC, which includes traditional powers Salisbury and Lexington. “I’m not a harsh coach. My goal is for my girls to go out and do the best they can do,” Wright said. “From what I’ve seen, we’re going to be fine. I think we will be competitive, but Salisbury might be a different story. Everybody else, I think we can hang with them.” | 888-3519



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2009 Football Roster

Will there be calm after Storm’s rough year? BY STEVE HANF ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

SUMNER – After an incredibly trying year for the coaches, players and entire community, Southern Guilford is more than ready to get back to worrying about wins and losses on the football field. Somehow, last year’s Storm squad managed a 75 record and second-place finish in the North State 2A in the aftermath of a car accident that claimed the life of star running back Scotty Wayne and sidelined QB Darren Garcia the rest of the year. Thirteen seniors and some 17 players in all return for Southern, which will open the season with an inexperienced offense and solid defensive group. It starts at linebacker, where Sterling Crosby and Nick Bell both return on the inside. They’ll be aided there by sophomore Gary Dickenson. At outside linebacker, Joe Patteson returns along with fellow senior D’Arius Thomas. The secondary includes returners Austen Thompson, O’Brien Chatman and Josh McDuffie. Thompson and Chatman – a former free safety – will be the corners, while McDuffie switches to free safety. The line will be anchored by nose guard Tevan Marshall, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound

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No defenders allowed: Big lineman Darius Pickett is ready to protect Southern Guilford scoring threats O’Brien Chatman (11) and Warren Scott (21). sophomore who saw some varsity action last season. Ryan Donnell also returns up front and will play alongside JV call-up Darren Mitchell and newcomer Tyquan Defrietas. “Early on we’re going to look to our defense to lead us,” Brown said. “If they don’t, we’ll be in trouble. We’re counting on that side of the football since we’re so inexperienced on the offensive side.” The unquestioned leader of the offense will be Warren Scott, a running back with four years of varsity experience who has always had a secondary role

to players such as William Graves and Wayne. This year, “It’s his turn. “Warren’s been a good player for us and a lot of times he’s gotten overlooked, but he’s always been a huge part of our offense,” Brown continued. “This year we’re looking to load him up with as much as he can handle.” Jamie Cunningham, a sophomore, will take over as Southern’s QB. The JV starter last year has worked hard and should play well, Brown said, but growing pains are expected. The backfield also will include McDuffie along

with three new receivers: Chatman, the free safety last year; DeWarren Jefferson, a former JV running back; and Adonis Sherrod, a basketball player out for his first football season. The line also possesses question marks. Darius Pickett and Brandon Holt return and will play at the guards, but new bodies will occupy the other positions. Josh Mitchell, Bobby Swanson and Michael Ambrose are looking for time as tackles, while senior Logan Vestal is the new center after serving as a reserve last fall. The Storm’s tight end will be JV

Aug. 28 – at Rockingham Sept. 4 – at SE Guilford Sept. 11 – Open Sept. 18 – at W. Guilford Sept. 25 – Trinity

call-up Wesley Stephens. “We’re a little concerned because we’re really inexperienced at a lot of positions,” Brown said. Michael Mattocks, who

Oct. 2 – Randleman (HC) Oct. 9 – at SW Randolph Oct. 16 – at NE Guilford Oct. 23 – North Forsyth Oct. 30 – at Ledford Nov. 6 – Asheboro

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New leader hopes for surge of SG runners BY GREER SMITH ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

SUMNER – If nothing else, first-year cross country coach David Martin will have more runners than the number that competed for Southern Guilford last year. Martin, who was an assistant basketball coach last season, took on the challenge of improving the program when the coaching positioned opened. “I thought this would be something different,” Martin said. “I knew some of the kids who ran last year. I wanted to see what I can do with it.” So far, he has gotten 10 boys and five girls to come out for the team. The numbers for the Storm last season were the minimum five needed to post a team score for the boys – and never enough girls. Boys who Martin expects to be among his strong runners are senior Trey Hensley and sophomore Quinton Mitchell. Both were on last year’s team. The only girl returning is sophomore Hunter Meshaw. “One of the keys to cross country is self-motivation because there aren’t many people there watching except parents,” Martin said, “So we’ve got to stress how to get going. And we are working on how to set realistic goals. You may have some runner who will never catch your best runners. But, you can get the slower runners to improve by having realistic goals on how much they want to improve.” | 888-3519

Key trio returns for Southern spikers BY GREER SMITH ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

SUMNER – The good news for Southern Guilford volleyball is that a good number of players return. The bad news is that only three got significant playing time in the past. “We have good leaders, the girls are dedicated and they have a strong desire to win,” coach Beth Brown said. The three with the most experience started on a team that went 14-7 and lost in the first round of the 2A state playoffs. Two – senior Lindsay Inman and junior Rachel Earnhardt – earned allconference honors in the North State.

The other returning starter is senior Laura Daly, who is the primary setter. Inman is a middle hitter and Earnhardt is an outside hitter. Others expected to play key roles are junior outside hitter Carly Hyatt and sophomore setter Kamille Horne. Even with the lack of experience and a move to the Mid-Piedmont 3A, Brown still aims high. “We have written that we want to work together, play under control and have a good attitude,” Brown said. “If we can do that consistently, I would like to win the conference and go to the playoffs. But being in that new conference, it’s going to be interesting to see how we match up.”

Storm soccer team faces tough task round of the state playoffs last fall. She believes the Storm won’t have a drop in talent level in tackling a schedule SUMNER – Even though Southern that includes 3A league foes Ledford, Guilford is moving up from 2A to 3A, North Forsyth, Asheboro, Southwestthere is a standard for the boys soccer ern Randolph and Northeast Guilford. team. For the first time, she will be aided by “We have to be competitive even girls soccer coach Brad Meadows. though we will likely be one of the “We’re going to have to beat people smaller schools in our league,” coach with defense and endurance,” Deaton Jodi Deaton said. “Varsity is all we said. have this year because we don’t have She enjoys a core of six returners: enough people to field a JV team. Kevin Comvalius, Julio Yanez, Carlos There is no other option. We have to Jasso, Michael Mattocks, Luis Rodristep it up when we go up against those guez, Ryan Griffith and keeper Oscar bigger schools.” Martinez. Comvalius and Rodriguez, Deaton lost five players from a squad both forwards, are expected to lead that went 7-3 in the North State 2A and the offense with help from Jasso and lost to Cardinal Gibbons in the second Mattocks. BY GREER SMITH ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

Southern tennis out to net some wins this fall Lindsey Rose (who will be a third-year player), sophomore Samantha Wall (who played as a freshman), sophoSUMNER – Having endured a winless more Ambria Vanstory (whom Simoncampaign a year ago and moving up cini rates as a good player as a newfrom 2A to 3A, Southern Guilford ten- comer), senior Kiani Kapp, sophomore nis coach Tara Simoncini is looking Christina Perry, and juniors Ashlee for improvement in small stages this Branch and Francesca Riker. season. In the new Mid-Piedmont 3A Confer“The goal is to increase the num- ence, “We’re with some tough schools,” ber of games that we win,” Simoncini Simoncini said. “It’s going to be a chalsaid. lenge. We don’t have a feeder school like Among those who Simoncini thinks some of the others and we’re not in an will play significant roles are junior area where the girls play club tennis.” BY GREER SMITH ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER




August 20 – Volleyball at Trinity, 6:30 21 – Football vs. Ragsdale, 7:30 22 – Volleyball at McMichael tourney, 9 a.m. 24 – Soccer vs. Randleman, 6 25 – Tennis vs. Randleman, 4:30 25 – Cross country at Randleman, 5 27 – Volleyball vs. SW Guilford, 6:30 27 – Soccer at E. Guilford, 6 28 – Football at Rockingham Co., 7:30 31 – Volleyball vs.Trinity, 6:30 31 – Soccer at Trinity, 6 31 – Tennis vs. E. Guilford, 4:30

September 1 – Volleyball at Andrews, 6:30 1 – Soccer vs. E. Guilford, 6 1 – Tennis at Trinity, 5 2 – Tennis at Ledford, 4:30 3 – Volleyball vs. HP Central, 6:30 4 – Football at SE Guilford, 7:30 9 – Volleyball at HP Central, 5:30 9 – Soccer vs. Andrews, 6 9 – Tennis vs. N. Forsyth, 4:30 9 – Cross country vs. HP Central, 5 14 – Tennis vs. Asheboro, 4:30 14 – Cross country at Andrews, 5 15 – Volleyball at Ledford, 6:30 15 – Cross country at Asheboro, 5 16 – Volleyball at Ragsdale, 6:30 16 – Tennis at SW Randolph, 4:30 17 – Volleyball vs. N. Forsyth, 6:30 17 – Soccer at Andrews, 6 17 – Tennis vs. HP Central, 4:30 18 – Football at W. Guilford, 7:30 21 – Volleyball at SW Guilford, 6:30 21 – Tennis vs. NE Guilford, 4:30 22 – Volleyball vs. Asheboro, 6:30 22 – Cross country at SW

Randolph, 5 23 – Tennis vs. Ledford, 4:30 24 – Volleyball at SW Randolph, 6:30 25 – Football vs. Trinity, 7:30 28 – Soccer at Ledford, 6 28 – Tennis at N. Forsyth, 4:30 29 – Volleyball vs. NE Guilford, 6:30 29 – Cross country at NE Guilford, 5 30 – Soccer vs. N. Forsyth, 6 30 – Tennis at Asheboro, 4:30

October 1 – Volleyball vs. Ledford, 6:30 1 – Tennis at HP Central, 4:30 2 – Football vs. Randleman, 7:30 5 – Volleyball at E. Guilford, 6:15 5 – Soccer vs. Asheboro, 7 5 – Tennis vs. SW Randolph, 4:30 6 – Volleyball at N. Forsyth, 6:30 6 – Cross country at Ledford, 5 7 – Soccer at SW Randolph, 7 7 – Tennis at NE Guilford, 4:30 8 – Volleyball at Asheboro, 6:30 8 – Tennis vs. Andrews, 4:30 9 – Football at SW Randolph, 7:30 12 – Volleyball vs. N. Guilford, 6:30 12 – Soccer vs. NE Guilford, 7 13 – Volleyball vs. SW Randolph, 6:30 13 – Cross country at NE Guilford, 5 14 – Soccer vs. Ledford, 7 15 – Volleyball at NE Guilford, 6:30 16 – Football at NE Guilford, 7:30 19 – Soccer at N. Forsyth, 7 21 – Soccer at Asheboro, 7 23 – Football vs. N. Forsyth, 7:30 26 – Soccer vs. SW Randolph, 7 28 – Soccer at NE Guilford, 7 30 – Football at Ledford, 7:30

November 6 – Football vs. Asheboro, 7:30


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a promising junior year before a torn ACL ended his season before it began. Early returns on the senior appear promising. This season, the Villains transition to a split 1A/2A Northwest Conference and face new chal-

lenges. “I have no idea (how the conference will shake out),” West said. “West Stokes and Surry Central will give us a hard time. Getting in there with West Stokes (in particular) will be a major obstacle for us.”




WINSTON-SALEM – Myriad construction projects at Glenn High School have eaten up the Bobcats’ practice fields and made it an adventure just to get from the locker room to the field. After last season’s disastrous results, though, a few new hurdles won’t hold back Dickie Cline’s team. “We’ve been kind of fortunate to go through each year basically reloading, and going through the year we went through last year made us step back and evaluate everything,” said the Bobcats’ ninth-year coach. “The emphasis now is back to the little things. We’re not overlooking anything. “What is excitingly optimistic about this team,” Cline continued, “is the work ethic and determination they have had since January. We see that right now there is a greater commitment from our players. This bunch is a lot closer, and you’ve got to have chemistry. We didn’t have chemistry last year.” The Bobcats opened 0-3 last fall and never recovered, stumbling to a 4-7 mark. But a lot of players are back and better than ever this fall, especially on defense. The line includes tackles Davon Gray, Phillip Jeffries and Sharri Dockery, who all started at times, plus end Eric Sinclair and Jake Boger, a former linebacker and fullback. The inside linebackers are Logan Wright – an all-conference offensive lineman last year – former reserve Jake Williams and Davie County transfer John Flowers.

All-conference performer Gavin Brewington headlines the outside linebackers along with JV call-ups Josh Hawkins, Paxton Douthit and Eric Bledsoe. Cline said Hawkins is so athletic and versatile that he’s the only player expected to see time on both sides of the ball this year. The secondary includes returning starter Ryan Parker, who shifts from corner to free safety, along with JV call-ups Perry Worthy, Chris Simmons and Josh Carrothers. “We’ve got some versatility on defense,” Cline said. “I like the size we have up front and I like our team speed. If we can continue to see improvement weekly, our defense has an opportunity to be one of the best we’ve had.” Glenn’s offense is shifting from a spread attack to the I-formation this year because “we’re not a flashy team – we’re a blue-collar team,” Cline explained. Toiling up front are returning starters Taylor Boylan – an all-conference center – and guard Adam Marley along with Delton Green, who was a varsity backup last fall. Talented wrestler Chris Ginnons also will play on the line with Danny Owens and Cameron Wheeler. Promising tight ends Tyler Lee and Javonte Crump also are big bodies who will play big roles for the Bobcats. Quarterback Tajvio Walker returns after a tough junior campaign as the full-time starter. He boasts the strongest arm on the team, but will be tested by Cameron Campbell, last year’s JV quarterback. Both players are talented athletes who will be on the field somewhere


Glenn coach Dickie Cline will be looking for big things on offense this fall from Taylor Boylan (56), Tajvio Walker (7) and Khiry Sutton. at all times. Devronne Gillis and Dallas Steelman return at the receiver spots. In the backfield, Khiry Sutton is back after rushing for 647 yards in an injury-shortened season. He’ll be the go-to tailback this fall, with support coming from sophomore Kevin Williams and Hawkins. The group at fullback includes Luke Manuel and Jamal Dorn – both former defensive players – along with newcomer Victor Rutherford. Glenn returns a pair of experienced kickers. Bryant Culler will handle the punting and Cameron Kapec the kickoffs and PATs. | 888-3526

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2009 Football Roster Name Gavin Brewington Devronne Gillis Dallas Steelman Josh Hawkins John Flowers Daniel Crenshaw Tajvio Walker Chris Simmons Eric Sinclair Khiry Sutton Je’Vante Crump Cameron Campbell Will Bowman Hector Miranda Josh Caruthers Stanley Dockery Ryan Parker Kevin Williams Eric Bledsoe Perry Worthy Bryant Culler Erik Carter Cameron Kapec Vic Rutherford Paxton Douthit Jamaal Doran Daven Gray Trashawn Blockson Khalil Rhynes Jake Boger Logan Wright Jake Williams Jay Maness Austin Green Mitchell Thomlinson Dontae Lemon Andy Ocegueda Darius Raynor Luke Manuel Adam Marley Taylor Boylan Brian Haynes Alex Crippin Delton Green Troy Baker Cameron Wheeler Danny Owens Chris Giddens Phillip Jeffreys Tanner Qualls Tyler Lee Dominique Jenkins Daquan Best Johnta’ Minor



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Aug. 28 – West Forsyth Sept. 4 – at Carver Sept. 11 – at Mount Tabor Sept. 18 – Reagan Sept. 25 – at NW Guilford

Oct. 2 – Parkland Oct. 9 – Open Oct. 16 – SW Guilford (HC) Oct. 23 – HP Central Oct. 30 – at Ragsdale Nov. 6 – at East Forsyth

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Glenn tennis returns key performers BY TOM BERRY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

WINSTON-SALEM – After taking fourth in the Piedmont Triad 3A Conference last fall, the Glenn girls tennis team moves to the Piedmont Triad 4A with a few of the same teams. Does that mean the Bobcats will finish in the same place? It’s possible. Coach Troy Whitman has five players back who received playing time last fall, and the 13 players on the team should make for good competition. “The new league will be difficult,” Whitman said. “But I think we can be competitive and have a shot at winning some matches.” Whitman’s encouragement comes from players such as junior Sydney Anderson, who moves up from No. 2 to the top spot. “Sydney is by far our best player,” Whitman said. “She’s very solid.” Junior Stormi Gantzer will rise after playing No. 4 last season. Same for junior Cassidy Boarman, who played No. 5 in 2008. Two other players have starting experience: senior Erica Barber and junior Haleigh Wilson. Beyond the experienced group, Whitman said, “All the others are close. Nothing is set in stone.” While Whitman is pleased to have 13 players, several have virtually no tennis experience. “Some kids have never played at all,” he said. “We’re starting from scratch a bit. But down the road we should get better and better.”

Bobcat soccer seeks repeat of late surge BY TOM BERRY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

WINSTON-SALEM – In moving up to a new conference and classification, Glenn boys soccer coach Jonathan Cayton-Woody would not mind a repeat of last fall. That’s when the Bobcats struggled at the beginning of the season and then came on strong, eventually reaching the second round of the state 3A playoffs before losing 1-0 to Lake Norman. Don’t expect an exact repeat, but Cayton-Woody is shooting for one of the 4A league’s four playoff spots, with another spot possible as a wild-card team. “Basically, we want to try and compete the best we possibly can,” he said.

“We think we’ve got a good core group on the team that will help us compete and stay in games. The biggest thing is to hang in there in our conference and hopefully make the playoffs.” The Bobcats’ core group includes junior central defender Cameron Kapec, junior midfielder Bryant Culler and junior midfielder Anthony Alderete. Alderete returns as team captain. The new Piedmont Triad 4A Conference is expected to be tough and deep, with Northwest Guilford, Ragsdale and East Forsyth in the mix. “There won’t be any games where you can coast,” said Cayton-Woody, entering his second year as head coach. | 888-3518

Bobcat spikers young, but eager to improve BY TOM BERRY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

WINSTON-SALEM – Typically, coaches like to carry veteran teams into new conferences. That won’t be the case for Glenn volleyball. Coach Ailene Griffith lost four starters from last year’s group, which finished second in the Piedmont Triad 3A. Just two seniors are on the team. “We’re going to be very young this year,” said Griffith, entering her eighth year with the Glenn varsity. “And there’s a lot of uncertainty with the new conference.” The new Piedmont Triad 4A has a few teams Glenn faced in the 3A ranks. That does not include traditional powers Northwest Guilford and Ragsdale.

The Bobcats’ seniors are outside hitter Heather Dortch and right-side hitter Cydney Mankins, both of whom received some playing time last season. Griffith will count on returning starters Meredith Tilley, a junior middle hitter; and Emily Wall, a sophomore setter. Three more juniors are Erin Bentley, who can play several positions; setter and right-side hitter Meagan Tilley; and outside hitter Kaitlyn Manuel. The Tilleys are twin sisters. The Bobcats’ four sophomores are middle hitter Katherine Head, outside hitter Morgan Meyer, defensive specialist Kristen Terry and outside hitter Rianna Hutton. “It’s a new year, and we have high hopes to do well in the conference,” Griffith said.

Bobcats ready to run for new coach BY TOM BERRY ENTERPRISE SPORTS WRITER

WINSTON-SALEM – Glenn cross country coach Scott Goodpasture is moving on to greener pastures. Or something like that: “I’m phasing myself out,” he said. Goodpasture has gone from head coach to assistant coach,

paving the way for Antwon Stevenson to take over the program. But Goodpasture still knows more about the Bobcats’ program than anyone else. Both teams finished in the middle of the conference last fall. The boys have five seniors and two sophomores, while the girls have just one senior to go with three juniors and two sophomores.





21 – Football vs. N. Davidson, 7:30 24-25 – Volleyball, soccer at WS/FC Spectacular, TBA 24 – Tennis at NW Guilford, 4:30 25 – Cross country at WS/FC Champs., 6 26 – Soccer at Atkins, 7 26 – Tennis vs. Parkland, 4:30 27 – Volleyball at Reynolds, 6:30 28 – Football vs. W. Forsyth, 7:30 29 – Cross country at Providence Inv., TBA 31 – Volleyball vs. Atkins, 5 31 – Soccer at W. Forsyth, 7 31 – Tennis at Reagan, 4:30

September 1 – Volleyball at NW Guilford, 6:30 2 – Soccer vs. N. Davidson, 7 2 – Tennis at SW Guilford, 4:30 2 – Cross country at Atkins, 5 3 – Volleyball vs. Parkland, 6:30 3 – Soccer at Morehead, 7 3 – Tennis vs. Reynolds, 4:30 4 – Football at Carver, 7:30 8 – Volleyball vs. W. Forsyth, 6:30 8 – Soccer vs. W. Forsyth, 7 8 – Tennis vs. HP Central, 4:30 9 – Soccer vs. N. Forsyth, 7 9 – Tennis at Ragsdale, 4:30 9 – Cross country at Atkins, 5 10 – Volleyball at SW Guilford, 6:30 11 – Football at Mt. Tabor, 7:30 12 – Cross country at Salem Inv., TBA 14 – Volleyball at Atkins, 5 14 – Tennis at E. Forsyth, 4:30 15 – Volleyball vs. HP Central, 6:30 15 – Soccer at NW Guilford, 7 16 – Tennis vs. NW Guilford, 4:30 16 – Cross country at PTC PreMeet, 5 17 – Volleyball at Ragsdale, 6:30 17 – Soccer vs. Parkland, 7 18 – Football vs. Reagan, 7:30 21 – Volleyball at N. Forsyth, 6:30 21 – Soccer vs. Atkins, 7 21 – Tennis at Parkland, 4:30 22 – Volleyball at E. Forsyth, 6:30

Glenn’s boys are led by senior Alex Collette, an all-conference performer last season. “Alex had a strong summer,” Goodpasture said. “He’ll be looking to make the top 10 in conference meets and do well at big invitationals.” Sophomore Chris Gibson returns after showing plenty of promise last season. The Bob-

22 – Soccer at N. Davidson, 7 23 – Cross country at SW Guilford, 5 24 – Volleyball vs. NW Guilford, 6:30 24 – Soccer at SW Guilford, 7 25 – Football at NW Guilford, 7:30 26 – Cross country at G’boro Inv., TBA 28 – Tennis vs. SW Guilford, 4:30 29 – Volleyball at Parkland, 6:30 29 – Soccer vs. HP Central, 7 30 – Volleyball at W. Forsyth, 6:30 30 – Tennis at HP Central, 4:30 30 – Cross country at NW Guilford, 5

October 1 – Soccer at Ragsdale, 7 2 – Football vs. Parkland, 7:30 3 – Cross country at Wendy’s Inv., TBA 5 – Tennis vs. Ragsdale, 4:30 6 – Volleyball vs. SW Guilford, 6:30 6 – Soccer vs. E. Forsyth, 7 7 – Tennis vs. E. Forsyth, 4:30 7 – Cross country at Parkland, 5 8 – Volleyball at HP Central, 6:30 8 – Soccer vs. NW Guilford, 7 12 – Volleyball vs. N. Forsyth, 6:30 13 – Volleyball vs. Ragsdale, 6:30 13 – Soccer at Parkland, 7 13 – Tennis host PTC tourney, 1 14 – Cross country at E. Forsyth, 5 15 – Volleyball vs. E. Forsyth, 6:30 16 – Football vs. SW Guilford (HC), 7:30 19 – Volleyball at PTC tourney, TBA 20 – Soccer vs. SW Guilford, 7 21 – Cross country at PTC Champs., 5 22 – Soccer at HP Central, 7 23 – Football vs. HP Central, 7:30 27 – Soccer vs. Ragsdale, 7 29 – Soccer at E. Forsyth, 7 30 – Football at Ragsdale, 7:30

November 6 – Football at E. Forsyth, 7:30

cats also have senior Michael Nutter, sophomore Joe Serrano, senior Adam Ott and senior Devin Athan. Glenn’s girls are mostly new, but they have been training together for much of the summer as the Bobcats shift to the new Piedmont Triad 4A to face the likes of powerhouse Northwest Guilford. | 888-3518



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