Last updated: March 26. 2014 10:43AM - 580 Views
By Jim Fuller

Starmount's Dalton Vestal throws at the North Stokes Invitational Saturday.
Starmount's Dalton Vestal throws at the North Stokes Invitational Saturday.
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Track and Field

DANBURY Starmount’s Hunter Welborn won the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches) and the triple jump (34-9.75) at the North Stokes Invitational Saturday.

Jennifer Johnson also had a good meet: fourth in the triple jump (32-9), qualifying for regionals in that event.

The 4x200-meter relay team qualified for regionals with a time of 1:53.10, good for a third place finish. Johnson, Emma Sizemore, Laken Steelman and Welborn formed the team.

Josh Houser qualified for regionals in discus with a second-place finish of 136-9. That distance was a personal record for Houser. Dalton Vestal set a new personal record in discus also at 106-00. Jake Matthews finished second in high jump at 5-10. Samantha Welborn was second in shot put (32-4.5) and fourth in discus (84-11.)

The Starmount women tied for seventh overall and the men tied for ninth overall. Fifteen teams competed.

Women’s Soccer


Forbush 9, Starmount 0: Tiffany Kennedy, Ashlyn Vestal and Natalie York each had two goals as the Falcons dropped the Rams.

The game was stopped in the fourth minute of the second half when the Falcons scored their ninth goal.

Maddi Morsch, Haley Lindsay and Paige Keaton also scored for Forbush.

The Rams started three freshmen on the back line and despite the heroics of keeper Amanda O’Donnell, the polished Falcons had simply too much firepower.

“Every year she just keeps getting better,” Starmount Coach Jered Markman said of his keeper. “She keeps her head up.”

Proceeds from the game benefited juvenile diabetes. Both teams wore commemorative tops that read “Give Juvenile Diabetes The Boot.” More than $200 was raised, Markman said.

Shots were 22-2 in favor of Forbush. The Falcons also held a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Claire Maske had both shots on goal for Starmount.

The Rams, now 0-4, were at Ashe County Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.



Starmount 17, North Wilkes 15: In Boonville, Morgan Brown went 3-for-5 and knocked in five runs as the Rams won their second game of the season.

The Rams rallied from a 9-0 first-inning deficit and an 11-4 second-inning deficit.

Alli Jones also went 3-for-5 and added four RBI and four runs scored for Starmount. Other hitting stars for the Rams were Amber Fernando (2-for-3, three runs) and Ashley Johnson (3-for-4, two runs, two RBI). Brown also scored two runs.

Kenzie Harris pitched the second through seventh innings for the Rams.

Starmount Middle School 21, Ashe County 16: After a winless 2013, the Rams won their 2014 season opener.

Seventh-grader Kayla Vanhoy pitched. “She did a really good job,” SMS Coach Russ Pardue said. “She battled through.

“The whole team hit the ball well and played hard.”


West Wilkes 4, Starmount 2: In Millers Creek, Taylor Lowe hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Blackhawks.

The Rams tied it in their half of the seventh when Ashley Johnson singled and Angle Couch homered.

Olivia Greene went the distance for the Rams, allowing eight hits and four earned runs.

Weather permitting, the Rams (2-4) were at Ashe County Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.



Forbush 159, Elkin 164, Starmount 164: At Silo Run, Forbush won while Elkin and Starmount tied for second at an eight-team, non-conference meet.

Temperatures were in the low 60s and breezy.

Elkin’s Josiah Blevins and Starmount’s Nick Gunnell tied for top individual honors with 38s.

East Wilkes’ Zach Nixon shot s 39. Starmount’s Mason Hodges contributed a 41.

Elkin (164): Josiah Blevins 38; Jacob Christian 39; Harrison Hall 41; Noah Carter 46; Cory Anderson 48; Logan Johnson 49.

Men’s Tennis


Surry Central 9, Forbush 0: In Dobson, the Golden Eagles put on a dominant display, winning every set in singles and doubles competition.

Top seed Zach Wilmoth won 6-0, 6-2 over Avery Adams. Trent Day won 6-2, 6-0 over Tyler Upchurch.

Third seed Kirk Needham swept Josh Pearson 6-0, 6-0.

Fourth seed Weston Mosley had the longest match of the afternoon, but still won 6-0, 6-3 over Wade Jones.

Tanner Mears won 6-0, 6-1 over Winston Fleming. Andrew Hegler defeated Travis Hester 6-1, 6-0.

Because Mosley’s match lasted so long, Coach Mark Parsons chose to sit Mosley and partner Needham for doubles.

Mears and Hegler played the second spot, and Zach Cochran and Jose Montero played the third seeds.

Wilmoth and Day won 8-1 over Adams/Pearson.

Mears and Hegler won 8-2 over Upchurch/Fleming.

Cochran and Montero won 8-1 over Jones/Hester.

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