MHC Falls to Tusculum in Greeneville


Josh Johnson caught this pass to set up a 1st and Goal for the Lions midway through the 3rd Quarter (Phillip Greene Photo)

The Mars Hill Lions fell in SAC action on Saturday as they traveled to Greeneville, TN to take on the Tusculum Pioneers on Saturday, October 31.  The Lions dominated the contest offensively, but the story of the day was field position, with the Lions allowing the Pioneers to start near mid-field or better on most of the afternoon, and the Pioneers would capitalize, able to put up 38 points on the Lion defense.

Mars Hill played tough, but were unable to do much with the Tusculum passing game, as they rattled off 366 yards through the air.  The Lions were able to rush for more than 273 yards on the day behind 38 carries for 260 yards and 4 TD from record setting RB Jonas Randolph; who, thanks to Saturday’s effort, has accumulated 1618 yards on the season, moving him to 1st all-time in school history.  Former Vikings Josh and Zach Johnson each played well, with Zach racking up 7 tackles for the Lions, while Josh pulled in 4 catches for 39 yards on the day.

The Lions are at Home next Saturday against Wingate at 1:30 PM.


Vikings Look to End Losing Skid against Cougars


Match-Up: Mountain Heritage Cougars (7-2, 4-1 WHC) at Avery Vikings (4-5, 2-3 WHC)
Where: MacDonald Stadium, Avery County High School, Newland, NC

Last Week: Avery lost their 3rd straight contest, falling 33-27 in Marshall to Madison; the Cougars dominated the Mitchell Mountaineers to the tune of 69-18.

The Avery Vikings take the field tonight against the Mountain Heritage Cougars in Western Highlands Conference play.  The Vikes enter the game coming off a 3 game skid, falling last week in Marshall to Madison.  Heritage enters Friday evening’s contest coming off a huge victory last week over Mitchell, boasting a 7-2, 4-1 record with their only loss conference loss coming to Hendersonville.  Last season Heritage turned around an 0-11 record from 2007 to make a deep playoff run, going 11-3, and this season are hoping to duplicate last season’s dominance.
The Cougars boast one of the top defenses in the region, and enter the game with the top rusher in the conference in Casey Randolph who boasts a 2,000 yard season with 2 games remaining.  Randolph is averaging an astonishing 12.3 yards per carry.  The Vikings come into the contest boasting one of the region’s top passing attacks, with Alex Villanueva ranking 2nd in the Western Region, throwing for almost 1500 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season.  Tonight’s contest will begin at 7:30 PM as the Vikings celebrate Senior Night at MacDonald Stadium.

10/29/09: News and Notes

Sports News and Notes Flat

Middle School Basketball:
The Middle School basketball season kicked off this week on Tuesday night with the Cranberry Wildcats taking on Cloudland to open their season.  Both the Cranberry boys and girls were victorious and hoped to carry that into Thursday night’s contest with East Yancey.  The Cranberry girls got things started, and fought hard, but were unable to get the offense clicking against the powerful Lady Panthers.  The Lady Panthers jumped out early, and dominated the floor on both ends, stepping up defense and holding off the Lady Wildcat attack, taking the victory 43-12.  The East Panthers then took the floor and taking their lead from the Lady Panthers, holding off the Wildcats to earn a 41-21 victory.  Cranberry will be on the road Monday, traveling to Bowman to take on the Bulldogs in Toe River Conference action.
Bowman was on the road, traveling to Avery High Thursday evening to face off with the Avery Middle Panthers.  The Lady Panthers got the evening started dominating the boards and pushing the ball up the floor with a speed game that took the Lady Bulldogs out of the contest early in the first half.  The Lady Panthers would pour on the offense to take the victory 53-16 over Bowman.  The Avery guys would then take to the floor and use the same type of speed offense to seemingly score at will, pushing the ball up the floor and jumping on the Bulldogs early and often.  Avery would settle into a groove and like the ladies dominate the boards, to finish the evening with a 57-23 victory.  Avery will be on the road Monday, traveling to Cane River to take on the Rebels.

Viking Soccer:
The Avery soccer team wrapped up the regular season traveling to Polk, hoping to duplicate their 2-0 victory from just over a week ago, but the Wolverines would come into the contest with different plans.  The game got started with both teams struggling to get an offensive push, with both defenses stepping up and playing tough.  The contest would remain tied 0-0 heading into the half; but in the opening minutes of the second half the Wolverines would find their way into the box, placing a ball just out of the reach of Morgan Bounds to take the 1-0 lead.  The Vikings would battle, but the Polk defense would keep the Vikes from mounting any offense, while pushing back down field, and netting two more goals to take the 3-0 victory in Columbus.  The Vikings end the season 13-7-2, 9-5 in Conference play, and will likely head into the NCHSAA playoffs next week with seeding yet to be determined.  We will pass along playoff information as it comes available.

Lady Viking Tennis:
Anna Melton will be in action today in Cary, representing the Lady Vikings in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1A tennis championships.  Melton enters the championships as the #4 from the West Region and will take on Lori Wang from Raleigh Charter School in opening round competition. Action will get underway at 10 AM today with the first round and semifinals today.  The Championship match in 1A will take place at 9 AM tomorrow at the Cary Tennis Center.  Best of luck Anna, from all of us at The Avery Post.

Three-Peat: Men’s Soccer Clinches Conference Carolinas Regular Season Title

(Courtesy Lees-McRae Sports Information)

Richard Guffins (

Richard Guffins (

BANNER ELK, N.C. – The No. 1 nationally ranked Lees-McRae College Bobcats men’s soccer a secured their spot atop the Conference Carolians with an 8-0-1 conference record in 2009 to three-peat as regular season champions.

The Bobcats are first in the conference standings with 25 total points — each win is worth three points and a tie one point. Today, Limestone lost to Pfeiffer sealing the title for Lees-McRae. Limestone is currently second in the conference with 24 points, but do not have any games left to earn more points.

The Bobcats will be the number one seed and have home field advantage throughout the Conference Carolinas Tournament, which begins Tuesday October 3rd.

It is the third straight season the Bobcats have one the regular season title. Head coach Chris Whalley has now won the title in three of his five seasons at the helm of the program including two tournament championships.

“As a coaching staff we are very proud of how hard the team has worked to date and feel that being Conference Carolinas Regular Season Champions is tribute to how well we have played at home and on the road this season,” Whalley said.

“This was only one of our goals this season and we must continue to work hard everyday in order to achieve the other goals we set at the beginning of the year,” said student-assistant coach Adam Burden.

The Bobcats play their final regular season match at conference opponent Pfeiffer Saturday at 3 p.m.

10/28/09: News and Notes

Sports News and Notes Flat

Lady Viking Tennis:

Tennis Conference Champs

Avery’s Lady Viking Tennis squad traveled to Mount Airy Wednesday to take on the #2 ranked Mt. Airy Lady Bears in the second round of the NCHSAA playoffs.  The Lady Bears entered the match at 16-1 on the season, while Avery entered at 7-3, and as the match got underway, the Lady Vikings would find themselves facing a different level of competition than they had faced all season.  Thanks to the leadership of Jordan Jackson, the Lady Bears were able to defeat the Lady Vikings 6-0 in last night’s match, to move on in the NCHSAA playoffs as they look to be the one of the favorites to win the State Championship.  Congrats to the Lady Vikings on a great season, and good luck to Anna Melton who will be moving on to compete in the State Individual Tournament this weekend in Cary.

Viking Soccer:
Soccer Viking HeadThe Vikings recovered from Monday’s loss to Mountain Heritage, defeating the Mitchell Mountaineers 3-1 last night in Ledger.  The Vikes battled tough during the first half, making some great defensive stops and taking several shots on goal, but were unable to get an advantage and headed to the half knotted 0-0 with the Mountaineers; but 3 goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half would give the Vikes a 3-0 advantage.  Mitchell would get on the board late, but one is all they would get, as the Vikes rolled to a 3-1 victory.  Avery will travel to Polk County to take on the Wolverines in their final regular season match tonight, Polk is coming off a 3-2 victory over Hendersonville; the game is set to begin at 6 in Columbus.  The Vikings will be looking to earn the victory as they head into the NCHSAA playoffs which will begin next week.

Lady Bobcat Soccer:
LMCThe Lees-McRae Lady Bobcat soccer team took on the Lady Buffaloes of Milligan College last night on the turf at MacDonald Stadium due to field conditions at Tate Field.  The two teams battled tough, with Milligan dominating the first half possession, despite being outshot 9-6 by the Lady Bobcats in the half.  In the second half, Lees-McRae would take control of the match, out shooting Milligan 12-4, but were unable to net a goal, sending the game into overtime.  The two overtimes would see the two teams each take 3 shots on goal, but it was the keepers for the two squads that would dominate the contest, with Brittany Bolton making 9 saves for LMC and Heather Crumplen saving 7 for the Lady Buffs, ending the game with a 0-0 tie.  The Lady Bobcats are now 10-6-1 on the season, and sit at fifth in Conference Carolinas play, traveling to Pfieffer for their final match of the season.

Bobcat Golf:
CLEMMONS, N.C. – The Lee-McRae College men’s golf team finished 14th at the Southeastern Championship Preview at Tanglewood Park and Golf Club. The par 70 7,101 yard course played extremely though through the three day course especially with poor weather on day one.
Wrenn Johnson
shot the best round for the bobcats with a 227 for +17.  His best round came in the worst conditions when he shot a 70 on the first day.
James Madison
followed with a 237, +27 with his best rounds coming on days two and three when he shot a 77.  Matt Washburn added a 246, +36, with his best round of 79 on the final day.
Eric Hinson
was the final Bobcat scorer with a 258, +48, with his best round of 82 coming on day two.
The tournament ends the Bobcats fall, now the team will prepare for the 2010 spring season.

HCSA: Competition Report Oct. 24-25


10-24-10 Mary Chesnut Smith (Avery)

Mary Chesnut Smith (Avery) - (Serena Smith/HCSA)

U17 Girls

The U17 girls began their quest for a President’s Cup title this weekend with two matches in Statesville.  President’s Cup is the statewide competition for Classic level competition and this year’s competition brings 16 of the top teams together for the competition.


Kebrina Keys (Ashe)

Kebrina Keys (Ashe) - S.Smith/HCSA

The Avalanche opened competition on Saturday against Triangle Futbal Club.  With a bench depleted due to injury the goal for the Lady Avalanche was to score early and score often.  Mission accomplished.  In the third minute Christina Call (Wilkes) connected with Kebrina Keys (Ashe) to put the Avalanche on the board first. Less than a minute later, Keys assisted Hallie Hilliard (Caldwell) on the Avalanche’s second score. Thirteen minutes later, in the 17th minute, Keys assisted Call on the third goal of the game. Call then got her second assist of the game, and Hilliard her second net of the game in the 25th minute, sending the ball high, through the outstretched fingers of the TFC keeper.


10-24-10 Bethany Miller (Watauga)

Bethany Miller (Watauga) - S.Smith/HCSA

The Avalanche continued to attack throughout the half resulting in at least 7 corner kicks in the half, 4 coming after the last goal, though none were converted into scores.  Closest connections on the ball came when the ball was served into the box by Mary Chesnut Smith (Avery).  Hilliard got her body on one; Bethany Miller (Watauga) got a foot on another and Keys had a chance at one too.

Second half, the TFC Green came out with renewed vigor (and having several subs didn’t hurt) while the Avalanche came out content to sit on their lead holding the TFC Green scoreless.

HCSA Lady Avalanche  4 – TFC Green 0

The second match of opening pool play was played on Sunday with the Avalanche facing the Piedmont Triad Football Club.  The Avalanche had another terrific first half, again scoring all of their goals in the first 45 minutes of the game.


10-24-10 Lauren Crouse (Caldwell)

Lauren Crouse (Caldwell) - S.Smith/HCSA

In the seventh minute, forward Christina Call (Wilkes), saved a wide ball and took it up the side line and crossed inside to Mary Chesnut Smith (Avery). Smith finished the play with a nice shot and score. Less than 3 minutes later,  outside defender, Miranda McCrary (Caldwell), brought the ball past midfield before getting a nice through pass to Hallie Hilliard (Caldwell) who made the score 2-0.

Eleven minutes into the game, Call earned the first yellow card of the game for finishing her shot after a whistle had been blown for an offside call.  The continued offside calls slowed the Avalanche offense some but they were not to be denied.  In the 31st minute, Kebrina Keys (Ashe), was able to get the ball to Call who took the ball across the face of the goal before shooting, placing the ball behind the keeper for goal number three of the half. Emily Banner (Avery) took a shot in the 32nd minute which the keeper got her fingers on but couldn’t contain, resulting in a corner kick, but no score. Four minutes later, Banner found Hilliard who worked through several defenders before shooting and getting her second goal of the day. Fighting through the whole half, the Avalanche continued on the offensive when keeper turned field player for now, Caitlyn Curley (Wilkes) took a shot on goal. The keeper was able to stop the ball but she was not able to hold on to it. Call was on the spot to get the rebound and get her second goal of the game. Half-time score was 5 – 0.


10-24-10 Mary Kate Huffman (Watuaga)

Mary Kate Huffman (Watauga) - S.Smith/HCSA

Because of the short bench (only one substitute available), Coach Kiki Wallace had the team play a player down, to rest more players and after Keys was injured, to keep her out and one sub. He also juggled the line-up, letting many of the defensive players play the front line or the midfield. The girls enjoyed trying to get the defensive players on the scoreboard, but to no avail.

FINAL SCORE:  ’92 HCSA Lady Avalanche   4 – PTFC Lady Black 0

With two shut outs in the opening weekend, the Lady Avalanche are well positioned to move on to the final four weekend on November 7 & 8.  However they face an equally determined opponent next Saturday when they travel to Wilmington to play Triangle United.  Only the winner advances.

Other HCSA Scores

U12 Girls Red lose 0 – 8 vs GYS Twisters (Greensboro)
U12 Girls Navy lose 2 – 4 vs GYS Twisters (Greensboro)
U14 Girls remain undefeated with a 4 – 2 win vs WCWAA (Waxhaw)
U16 Girls lose 0 – 4 vs Charlotte United (Kepner President’s Cup competition on 10-24)
U16 Girls lose 0 – 7 vs Fuquay Varina (Kepner President’s Cup competition on 10-25)
U11 Boys win 4 – 2 vs BSA Blast (Burke County)
U14 Boys lose 1 – 3 vs TCYSA (Winston-Salem)

Bobcats Down Tusculum 4-1

(Courtesy Lees-McRae Sports Information)

Berin Boracic score two goals and had five total points in the match (Courtesy

Berin Boracic score two goals and had five total points in the match (Courtesy

BANNER ELK, N.C. – Berin Boracic scored two goals and had the assist on Richard Guffens’ game-winning goal as the No. 1 Lees-McRae College Bobcats (13-0-1) defeated the Tusculum College Pioneers (8-4-1), 4-1, Saturday in nonconference men’s soccer action.

The Bobcats broke onto the scoreboard with five minutes left before the end of the first half when Guffens laid a pass off to a cutting Luke Perry.  Perry ripped a shot 30-yard shot just under the crossbar to give the Bobcats the 1-0 lead.

Marc Joseph tied the score in the 65th minute for Tusculum when he received a pass from Anteneh Lemma and launched a shot from 20-yards for the goal.

But five minutes later, Guffens got his head on a Boracic corner for the game winner.  Boracic sent a bending ball into the box, where Guffens worked through the Tusculum defense to snap the header into the net to make it 2-1.

Boracic followed with his first goal of the match less than a minute later when he received a long pass from Luke Perry.  Boracic outran the Pioneers back line and flipped a shot over the charging keeper.

The game got its final goal in the 81st minute when Boracic received a pass from Grant Elder and scored.  Elder collected the ball on a pass from David Palmer that was deflected by a Tusculum defender.  Elder found a cutting Boracic, who finished near post to make it 4-1.

Sean paradise made six saves for the Bobcats between the pipes.

Lees-McRae held a slight shot advantage, 12-11, and both teams had four corner kicks during the match.

The match was a rematch from the 2008 NCAA Tournament’s Round of 16, where the Bobcats fell 2-0.  The Bobcats also fell to Tusculum 2-1 during the regular season.

Lees-McRae will host North Georgia College and State University Tuesday at 5 p.m. for their next match.