By Jim Fuller
March 20, 2014
BOONVILLE — Three Rams had two hits each as Starmount defeated North Iredell, 9-6, last Thursday.
Luke Shore was the winning pitcher. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double. Other hitting stars for the Rams were Cody Whitaker (2-for-2 with a double) and Zach Freed (2-for-4). Caleb West also doubled for Starmount.
North Iredell fell to 1-3.
Elkin, paced by Harrison Hall’s 41, won Thursday’s four-team golf match at Cedarbrook County Club.
Playing the front nine in windy and cold conditions, Elkin’s top four totaled 176 strokes, followed by East Wilkes (192), Starmount (194), and North Wilkes (232).
Starmount squares off with Forbush today at Silo Run. Elkin hosts South Stokes and East Surry at Cedarbrook next Monday.
Results: Elkin (176): Harrison Hall 41, Josiah Blevins 43, Noah Carter 45, Cory Anderson 47, Logan Johnson 48, Jacob Christian 4; East Wilkes (192): Zach Nixon 44, Dustin Holloway 46, Benjamin Prevette 48, Logan Combs 54, Ethan Baker 57, Jams McCann 60; Starmount (194): Nick Gunnell 46, Brady Hunter 48, Hunter Johnson 49, Carson Brown 51, Austin Holcomb 53, Landon Doss 54; North Wilkes (232): Sloan Huffman 55, Noah Felts 58, Colby Nelson 61, Cameron Tribble 61.
In Boonville, East Wilkes defeated Starmount, 9-0, in a Mountain Valley tennis matchup Tuesday. In No. 1 singles, Dillon Shew defeated Nick Worley, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2, Matthew Philley defeated Jonathan Allison, 4-6, 6-4, 10-7; No. 3, Jeffrey Haynes defeated Josh Tucker, 6-2, 6-2; No. 4, Landon Osborne defeated Shane Herko, 6-1, 6-0; No. 5, Kyle Rhodes defeated Levy Myers, 6-1, 6-0; and No. 6, Stone Bauguess defeated Avery Stanley, 6-0, 6-0. in No. 1 doubles, Shew/Osborne defeated Worley/Allison, 8-0; No. 2, Philley/Haynes defeated Tucker/Herko, 8-0; and No. 3, Rhodes/Justus Brickey defeated Myers/Jack Dickerson, 8-2.
“I really felt like our kids played well,” East Wilkes Coach Aaron Simmons said. “I’m looking for more consistency.
“The Starmount kids played well.”
“Perfect weather,” Starmount Coach Ryan Newman said. “It’s always a great opportunity to play East Wilkes. Coach Simmons has an excellent program. They got good kids on that team.”
The closest match was the No. 2 match featuring Philley and Allison. “Matthew Philley decided not to give up even when he didn’t have his best stuff,” Simmons said.
Starmount, 1-3, is at Wilkes Central next on Monday. East Wilkes was at Wilkes Central yesterday with scores not available at press time and will host Alleghany Tuesday.
Track and Field
In Walnut Cove, Starmount finished third on both the men’s and the women’s side at a five-team meet hosted by South Stokes.
On the men’s side, South Stokes finished with 131 points, followed by Mount Airy with 70 and Starmount with 68. On the women’s side, South Stokes had 122.5, followed again by Mount Airy with 71 and Starmount with 66.
Top performers for Starmount on the women’s side were Samantha Welborn in the discus (first, 99 feet, seven inches) and shot put (first, 33-5); Hunter Welborn in the triple jump (first, 34-8) and high jump (first, 5-7); Emma Sizemore in ther pole vault (first, 8-6); the 4x100-meter relay team of Hunter Welborn, Laken Steelman, Sizemore and Allie St. John (first, 55.1)
Hunter Welborn’s 5-7 in the high jump “was as good as she did all last year,” Starmount Coach David Oliver said.
Of Samantha’s Welborn’s distances, Oliver said, “By no means is that her best performance, but you’re not going to complain this early in the season.”
Oliver said the 4x100 relay performance “was a good time to start with.” He said Allie St. John ran as a “very good substitute” for Jennifer Johnson who has just returned to the team after a nagging muscle injury.
The 8-6 Sizemore posted in the pole vault was her career best. Oliver said he expects “a big year out of” the returning state qualifier.
Top performers for Starmount on the men’s side were Josh Houser in the shot put (first, 41 feet, 7.5 inches) and discus (third, 113-11); Jake Matthews in the high jump (first, 5-8) and the long jump (second, 18-10); John Johnson in the 100 meters (tie-second, 11.9 seconds); Trey Lomax in the triple jump (second, 38-8), the 110-meter hurdles (third, 17.7), and the long jump (third, 18-4); Xavier Davis in the 200 (third, 24.3) and 100 (fourth, 11.9).
Of Houser, Oliver said, “Not bad distances. It wasn’t his best day, but he was able to get a first and a third so I think he was pleased.”
Oliver said Lomax, only a sophomore, is “going to be a three, four-event scorer. He’s going to get better.”
The Starmount women also won the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:57.3.
Forbush 1, Watauga 1: In Boone, Forbush played to a 1-1 with Watauga.
The Falcons were 2-2-1 with the tie.
Starmount 19, North Wilkes 2: In Hays, Alli Jones went 3-for-4, scored three runs, and drove in three runs as the Rams won their first game of the season.
Morgan Brown went 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs, while Christy Reavis added a 4-for-4 performance (three doubles) at the plate for the Rams.