Lady Vikings Tame Lady Wildcats to take Tournament Title

Hayley Pyatt (23) scored 13 points and added 5 assists for the Lady Vikings in the Championship (Phillip Greene Photo)

It was a night of runs Tuesday evening, with Avery’s Lady Vikings getting the final run to earn the 62-55 victory over the Draughn Lady Wildcats in the Lady Wildcat Christmas Invitational Tournament. Avery’s starters combined for 58 of their 62 points with four of the five starters scoring in double figures and three earning tournament honors.

Katelynn Eudy garnered Tournament MVP honors, scoring 10 points and pulling down 9 rebounds in the Finals (Phillip Greene Photo)

Avery made the first run, jumping on top early, but the Lady Wildcats would storm back to cut the Lady Viking advantage to just two after one.  The second quarter was much the same with the Lady Vikes padding their lead and the Lady Wildcats playing catch up to draw within one at 27-26 at the half.

The Lady Vikes took over in the third quarter, extending their lead to 10, outscoring the Lady Wildcats 20-11 in the period behind 8 points from Lauren Avery.  The Lady “Cats battled back in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to four with just over two minutes remaining, but Avery would end the game with a 5-2 run to seal the 7 point victory.

Lauren Avery earned All-Tournament honors for the Lady Vikings in the Christmas Invitational (Phillip Greene Photo)

Lauren Avery led the Lady Vikings with a double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 boards; while Sara Wiseman led all Avery scorers with 15.  Hayley Pyatte netted 13 points, Katelynn Eudy scored 10 and Elyse Perry cashed in 8 points and 8 assists for Avery.

Avery, Pyatte and Eudy garnered All-Tournament honors, with Eudy taking home Tournament MVP honors for the Lady Vikings.

The Viking Basketball teams return to action next week hitting the road for two games at Polk (Jan. 5) and Owen (Jan. 6), before returning home to face Madison on Friday, January 8.  JV Girls get action underway each evening at 4 PM.  Congratulations to the Lady Vikings on taking the Lady Wildcat Christmas Invitational.


Lady Vikes Humble Lady Pride, Draughn Burns Lady Bulldogs

Savannah Dellinger drives around a Lady Pride defender in Monday's Contest (Phillip Greene Photo)

Avery’s Lady Vikings traveled to Draughn High School in Morganton for the Lady Wildcat Christmas Invitational Tournament on Monday evening for opening round play.

The Lady Vikes jumped out early taking a 16-2 lead after one quarter of play, and extended that lead to 30-11 at the half, dominating the Lady Pride from Leesville Road High School out of Raleigh.  In the second half, the Lady Vikings continued their full court pressure on the Lady Pride, dominating both sides of the ball and extending the lead to 25 at 46-21 with one quarter left to play.

In the final stanza the remaining Lady Vikes found their way on the scoreboard, leading the well-balanced Avery attack to a 56-27 victory.

All 12 Lady Vikings scored, and the Lady Vikings distributed baskets all over the board, led by Sara Wiseman with 11 points, and Katelynn Eudy with 10.  Elyse Perry added 8 for the Lady Vikes, who move on to play Host Draughn this evening in the Championship

Draughn dominated the Lady Bulldogs of Burns in their opening round contest, defeating Burns 82-47 to move into the finals.  Burns faced Leesville Road this evening at 6 PM.  Avery and Draughn faceoff in the Championship contest at 7:30 in Valdese.

Pair of Mountaineers Among Selections to All-WNC Football Team

Mitchell QB Logan Jensen and WR Billy Bomar are among the names listed as part of the All-WNC football team, released on Friday.

Also honored were a number of Western Highlands Conference players, headlined by multiple players from Mountain Heritage, who had their best season in school history, carrying their momentum to the State Championship game.  Hendersonville also earned a number of mentions among the honorees.

Mountain Heritage

Heritage RB Casey Randolph earned 1st team honors, carrying the Cougars to the Title game, and leading all rushers in the state with 3,055 yards  and 39 touchdowns.  He was just the 11th player in NCHSAA history to rush for more than 3,000 yards, and also helped lead the Cougar defense with 143 tackles.  Randolph was also named WHC player of the year.

Taylor Fender also earned 1st team honors for the Cougars.  Fender anchored a strong Heritage line that aided Randolph to his record setting year.  Casey Peterson nabbed 2nd team honors on the other side of the powerful line for Heritage.  and Josh Laws (QB/DB) earned 2nd team honors as a safety for the Cougars.  Austin Rice, Clay Parker and Matt Kardulis earned honorable mention.


Andre Overholt earned 1st team honors for the Wolverines thanks to his performance in just 9 game due to injury.  Overholt played great as a part of the QB tandem for Polk, but made his name as a defensive back, with 6 picks on the season and leading Polk on the defensive side.  Overholt was also named WHC Offensive player of the year thanks to 1,963 all-purpose yards.

Tyler Philpott, DT, earned 2nd team honors for his efforts on the line for the Wolverines.  Philpott dominated the line for Polk, making his way into the backfield and pressuring in every game for Polk.  Philpott had a great season with 76 tackles, leading the team with 21 for loss. Justin Blackburn and JJ Maxwell earned honorable mention honors for Polk.


Desmond Whiteside earned 1st team honors for his sensational performance on Special Teams this season, returning 5 kicks for a score to lead the Bearcats.  Whiteside also rushed for more than 1,000 yards for Hendersonville, and made 6 interceptions on the defensive end.

LB LeQuon Young picked up 2nd team honors for Hendersonville, while Jon Bowie, James Foster, Ben Walgenbach, Daniel Orr, Daniel Parsons, Jonathan Simmons, Justin Parnell, James Young, Marquis Johnson and Juwan Canady picked up Honorable Mention for the talented Bearcat squad.


Logan Jensen made a name for himself this season, with more than 2,000 all-purpose yards, leading a potent Mountaineer offense.  Jensen put together two great seasons over his past two years to help lead Mitchell on the offensive end.  Jensen earned 2nd team honors as an Athlete, exemplifying his talent in a number of areas on the football field.  Billy Bomar picked up honorable mention honors for his efforts at Receiver for the Mountaineers.


Warhorse TE Michael Harvin picked up 2nd team honors on the All-WNC team making his name in what turned out to be a tough season for the Owen squad.  Harvin led the receiving attack for the Warhorses, and became a favorite target for the Owen offense.  OL Seth Stewart also picked up 2nd team honors for his blocking abilities on the Warhorse line.  Andy Coleman, Trey Riddle and Koltyn Williams picked up honorable mention.


Brandon Henderson and Blake Moore were named as honorable mention for the Patriots.  Avery fans might remember the tremendous effort that both players had in the Madison upset of the Vikings.  Henderson’s running ability behind what was not a dominant line earned him honors on the All-WNC team.

The full list of honorees can be viewed at:

All WNC Soccer Team Released

Morgan Bounds, Kyle Griewisch and Brock Yackey earned Honorable Mention All-WNC honors for their season, leading the Vikings to 13-8-2 on the year. (Skip SIckler Photos)

First and foremost, my apologies to Morgan Bounds.  Morgan was named the Western Highlands Conference Goalkeeper of the Year with Hendersonville Keeper Will Patrick; also, congratuations to the Hendersonville Bearcats, who won the NCHSAA 1A State Championship.  Also, Congratulations to Bearcat Coach Freddy Oviedo and a number of Hendersonville and Polk players on earning All Region honors.

The Western Region Athletic Directors have announced the All Western North Carolina Soccer team, and three Vikings were named Honorable Mention to the 2009 Men’s team.  Brock Yackey, Kyle Griewisch and Morgan Bounds earned the Regional bid after leading the Vikings to a great season.

The Vikes battled their way into the State Playoffs, falling in the first round to Highlands in a tough battle, but amassing a 13-8-2 record, and splitting the season series with the Bearcats (20-4-1, State Champions).

Yackey completed his senior season as a key force in the Viking defensive line, making a huge impact for Avery, filling in at times as sweeper due to an injury to Daniel Huff.

Griewisch led the Viking offense, leading the team in goals, and adding a number of assists from the Avery frontline.  Kyle had a career season, and is planning on attending Catawba Valley College to continue his soccer career in the fall of next year.

Bounds earned a number of honors during the season, making his presence known in the box, earning 7 shutouts for the Vikings this season, four of those coming in consecutive games in the month of October as the season drew to an end.

All three players have also made a name for themselves off the field as well, each earning the Edward Jones Scholar Athlete of the Week award for their accomplishments in the classroom.  To earn the award you must be a varsity athlete and maintain an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Congratulations to all the honorees, a full list can be found at:

2009 Year in Pictures

(Graphic Design: Phillip Greene, Photos Courtesy: Skip Sickler, Serena Smith, Phillip Greene, Angel Dugger, Holly Barker)

Viking Basketball Postponed Again

The game scheduled for Monday evening at Avery High between the Hendersonville Bearcats and Avery has been postponed due to the continued coverage of the snow storm that hit the area over the weekend.  Avery’s contest with Thomas Jefferson was postponed on Friday as well, with neither being assigned a make-up date as of now.

The Vikings are off until after the Christmas break, traveling to Polk on January 5, and then to Owen, January 6 for Conference action.  The Varsity Girls will travel to Draughn on December 28-29 to compete in a Holiday Tournament over the break.  Go Vikes!

Viking Grapplers Skip Tigerland Due to Weather

The Avery Wrestlers were unable to travel to Fred T. Foard High School for the Tigerland Classic due to the weather over the weekend.  The Vikings will be in action in a 2-day tournament event on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, traveling to Cherokee for the Cherokee Invitational.  Good Luck Vikings!