Live at MacDonald Stadium: Lady Vikings vs. Lake Norman NCHSAA Semifinal

Avery 3 Lake Norman 0 – FINAL!!


#12 2:00 – Lady Vikings looking great right now, and Lake Norman looking as if they are giving in.  Lady Vikes with a 3-0 lead and a trip to the NCHSAA Championships next week!!!!!!!

#11 6:14 – GOAL AVERY!!!!! Emily Banner leads Chesnut with a beautiful pass leaving a one-on-one with the Keeper giving Avery the 3-0 advantage and a great contest!!!   Short time remaining!

#10 21:01 – Avery Ladies still clinging to a 2-0 margin behind some great play and spectacular defense.  Lake Norman seems to have woken up a little, but still have 20 minutes to play with Lady Vikes still holding most of the control in the contest.

#9 30:32 – Free Kick attempt for the Lady Knights just outside of the box, headed out by the Lake Norman ladies.   Great defense, and some great offensive pushes by the Lady Vikes to hold to a 2-0 lead.

#8 39:01 2nd Half – GOAL AVERY!!!!!!!! Cassie Bumgarner finds Elyse Perry in the box for Avery’s second goal of the contest giving Avery the 2-0 lead.  Lake Norman seems to be on their heels a little here to start the second half.

#7 Halftime – Lady Vikings with a 1-0 lead at the half with a great first half of action and an amazing goal off the foot of Mary Chesnut Smith on a great maneuver into the box and nets a goal from 30 yards out over the keeper’s head.   Great first half for the Lady Vikings!  40 minutes to go here in Newland.  The winner of today’s contest moves on to the NCHSAA 1A State Championship contest against SW Onslow who defeated Raleigh Charter yesterday evening.

#6 4:58 – GOAL AVERY!!!!!!!!  Chesnut scores the first goal of the post season on the Lady Knights with a beautiful play and placing one just out of the Keeper’s reach.  Avery takes the 1-0 lead.

#5 9:45 – Lady Vikings battling, and from all appearances, LNCS seems to be head hunting Avery’s best players.  Large amount of contact with a number of no calls, but Lady Vikes still battling tough and two teams pushing each other to the limits.  Contests has been everything it was billed as thus far.

#4 20:44 – Smith reenters and a foul gives Avery a free kick from 25 yards out, missed just high by Smith.  Very well played contest thus far.  Still time to come out to the Stadium if you are in town!

Update #3 23:44 – Still scoreless in Newland as the crowd is silent.  Viking leader Mary Chesnut Smith injured on a play and on the field.  coming off the field, but a big blow to the Lady Vikings at this time. Unsure of the situation at this time.

Update #2:  30:00 –  Lady Vikings with a couple of good chances at the goal, and Lake Norman matching their efforts.  Quality gameplay to this point in the contest.

Update #1:  39:00 1st half – Avery controls the ball first, but a great defensive stop and some good movement of the ball from both teams.  Great start to the action.

Avery reached the NCHSAA 1A semifinal with a huge 3-0 victory over North Moore in the state quarterfinal; while Lake Norman enters the contest off a 1-0 victory at Bishop McGuinness.

Neither team has allowed a goal in the post-season this year, and it shapes up to be a great contest between the two schools.


Villanueva, Smith Earn All-State Honors

It was a hot, humid day in Greensboro on Friday, and three Viking Track and Field athletes competed for individual titles in the NCHSAA 1A State Championships on the track at North Carolina A & T.

Alex Villanueva began the day for the Vikings, competing in the first event of the meet, and soaring over 5’10” on the high jump on his first attempt.  Alex was unable to clear 6’, tying the sophomore for 10th in the event, just outside of All-State recognition.

Villanueva then had a short amount of time to get himself ready for the preliminary heats of the Men’s 110m Hurdles, using the thirty minutes to stretch and mentally prepare himself for his next event.  Villanueva fell behind early in the race, and battled his way through, stumbling over the final hurdle and barley edging out the runner to his left for the fourth and final qualifying spot in the 110m hurdle finals.

In the other preliminary race of the day involving an Avery athlete, Caroline Crenshaw competed in the 300m hurdles.

Crenshaw battled tough, striding step for step and finishing fifth in the heat, just outside of finals qualification.

The day continued to get hotter, as did the action on the track, with the sprint preliminaries taking place throughout the morning.  As the morning continued, a number of Western Highlands Conference athletes were also performing well in their respective events.

The afternoon session got underway, and quickly Villanueva was poised and ready to begin his final race of the day, drawing the 8th lane for the spot in the finals.  Alex exploded out of the blocks, attacking the course, and earning a 7th place finish and taking home an All-State finish.

Mary Chesnut Smith finally took the track after a long day of anticipation, competing in the women’s 1600m run to open her state competition.  Smith paced herself through the opening laps, and as she came into the final lap, she was sitting in 7th position crossing the line for the bell lap.  Smith battled tough, pushing her way through the field, and finishing just tenths of a second behind Kristen Stout of Hendersonville for 4th position in the event.

Smith then waited patiently once again for the final event for Avery on the day, the women’s 800m.

The race opened, and Smith lagged back to feel out the competition, but entering the final lap she pushed forward, and as the runners made their way down the back stretch to finish 2nd in the event and garner her second All-State honor of the day.

Following the meet, first year Viking Track and Field coach Hannah Trice stated, “I have realized in my first year of coaching that the class you are in has nothing to do with your performance; what determines the outcome of your performance is the passion, dedication, and the ability to set a personal goal; and then go out and reach that goal.

“[Alex and Mary Chesnut] were outstanding.  They are both very well rounded athletes and show true dedication and passion no matter what sport or event they are competing in.”

“Caroline performed well and held her own,” continued Trice.  “We are very proud of all our athletes this season and look forward to next season.

Other local athletes making a splash at the State level:

Danica Huskins of Mitchell competed in three events for the Mountaineers, placing with All-State honors in all three.  Huskins placed 7th in the 100m and 200m sprints, while bringing home a 4th place finish in the 400m to earn All-State.

Congratulations to all of these fine young local talents!

Lady Vikings Host Lake Norman Charter in NCHSAA Semifinals

Avery’s Lady Vikings have advanced to the NCHSAA Semifinal Round in the 1A State Playoffs, and will face Lake Norman Charter School in the State Semifinal.

Both teams have not allowed a goal in the postseason.  The Lady Vikings enter the contest off a 3-0 victory over North Moore in the third round, while Lake Norman enters coming off a 1-0 victory at Bishop McGuinness.

Avery has scored 93 goals this season while only allowing 8 goals, amassing a 19-1-2 record on the year with 15 shutouts during the season.

Game time at Avery will be at 7 PM and the only entrance will be through the main parking area in front of the school.  Due to State Regulations, the admission will be $6 and no passes will be accepted with the exception of State Issued passes and official passes.


Vikings oust Eagles in NCHSAA Playoffs

CJ Vance won the game with a two out 2 run blast to give Avery the 16-14 victory at Hiwassee Dam (Holly Barker Photo)

The Avery Viking Baseball team struggled through much of the season, but have hit a groove at the most important time.

The Vikings defeated Hiwassee Dam on Tuesday afternoon 16-14 in 8 innings to move into the third round and a match-up with Murphy.

Avery held a large 14-7 lead after 5 1/2 innings, but in the bottom of the sixth the Eagles added three runs to cut it to 14-10.  In the seventh, the Eagles retired the Vikings in order, and added four more with a two out rally to send the contest to extra innings.

In the 8th, Avery got a runner on, and with two outs, CJ Vance belted a 2 run shot to right field to put the Vikes up 16-14, and Avery shut down the Eagles in the home half of the inning to seal the win.

Avery will play Murphy on Friday with a game time yet to be announced.  Go Vikes!

Lady Vikings to take on North Moore TODAY at Home!

The Lady Viking Soccer team has advanced to the Elite 8 in the NCHSAA playoffs for the first time in program history.  They host North Moore today at 6 PM at Avery High.  Head on out and support your Lady Vikings.

The Winner of Today’s contest will move on to face the winner of Lake Norman Charter and Bishop McGuinness in the State Semifinal round which will take place on Saturday.  This could be your last chance to catch the Lady Vikings at home.


Live at MacDonald Stadium – Lady Vikings vs Lady Bear Cats

Live here at the Lady Vikings second round game with the Lady Bearcats.

2:20 PM – In the 9th minute Mary Chesnut Smith placed a ball in the upper right corner of the goal to give Avery the 1-0 lead and grab momentum in the contest.   The two teams have battled back and forth for the opening minutes of the game.

2:30 PM – The two teams are still battling back and forth, with a very physical contest taking place.  A number of fouls being called on the Lady Vikings, and nothing seemingly being called against the Hendersonville ladies.  Lady Vikes still battling through it all, and holding a 1-0 lead.

2:45 PM – Lady Vikings 1 Lady Bearcats 0 at the Half.  Been a very physical contest, with a couple of great chances being called back by offsides calls.  Great first half, looking forward to 40 more minutes of great soccer.

3:05 PM – GOAL for the Lady Vikings in the 49th minute on a replay of the first goal against West Wilkes on Wednesday with Katelynn Eudy heading in a beautiful shot off a corner kick from Mary Chesnut Smith.  Avery 2 Hendo 0.

3:30 PM – Ten minutes remain with the Lady Vikes holding a 2-0 lead.  Some great play from all the Lady Vikings; look to be moving on to face the winner of Thomas Jefferson and North Moore.

3:40 PM – Lady Vikings WIN.  Move on to face the winner of Thomas Jefferson and North Moore in the third round of the NCHSAA playoffs following a 2-0 victory on the turf.  Avery will HOST the contest on Wednesday.



(Serena Smith Photo)

Avery’s Lady Vikings host Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy tonight, May 7, in what will be for the Western Highlands Conference Title.

The Contest is slated for a 6:30 PM start on Senior Night at Avery High.  Rumor has it that TJCA is bringing a Charter Bus full of fans, and Avery wants to offset the crowd by filling the stands.  ANY Avery County Student that comes to the contest wearing their school shirt or Red and Black to support the Lady Vikes will be admitted into the contest free of charge.

Make plans to attend the biggest soccer contest of the season!  GO VIKES!