10/15/09 – News and Notes

Sports News and Notes Flat

Lady Viking Tennis:

Anna Melton (Left) WHC Singles Champion, Morgan Stout (Center) and Lauren Avery (Right) WHC Doubles Champions  (Phillip Greene Photos)

Anna Melton (Left) WHC Singles Champion, Morgan Stout (Center) and Lauren Avery (Right) WHC Doubles Champions (Phillip Greene Photos)

The Western Highlands Conference held their Conference Tournament last night at Thomas Jefferson Academy.  The weather might have held a chill, but the Lady Viking players were red hot as they battled through the competition and found themselves with three girls in championship finals.  Anna Melton took care of the competition and took home the Individual Conference Championship in singles play, while Lauren Avery and Morgan Stout paired up to earn doubles honors.  The Lady Vikings will get things started in the NCHSAA state playoffs on October 27th with first round action.  The Schedule is TBD.

Lady Viking Golf:
Viking GolfThe Lady Viking Women’s Golf team finished conference play on Tuesday, and the NCHSAA has released tee times for Monday’s Regional at Asheville Municipal Golf Course.  In the program’s first year, the Lady Vikings found success on the Lynx with two girls earning their spot in the Region following their performance in Conference play.  Catalina Lehmann goes into the tournament listed as Avery’s #1, she will get her round started at 11:14 AM, followed closely by #2 for Avery, Arden Stanley, who begins at 11:22 on Monday morning.  Qualifiers from the regional tournament will move on to play in the state championship, which is a two day event held October 26 and 27 at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines.

Lady Viking Volleyball:

Savannah Dellinger (Phillip Greene Photo)

Savannah Dellinger (Phillip Greene Photo)

The Lady Viking Volleyball team held Coaches Night last night in their final home match of the year.  The night was originally set aside as Senior Night, but with the absence of a senior on the roster, the Lady Viking players decided to honor their coaches for their hard work on the season.  The players honored Kim Hayes and Caroline Turner in a small ceremony prior to Varsity Action.  As play got underway the Lady Vikings were able to battle tough, but big hits from Heritage found their way to the floor as they were able to move past the Lady Vikings in three straight, taking it 25-18, 25-16, 25-19.  The Lady Vikings will wrap up their season on the road, traveling to Mitchell to take on the Lady Mountaineers on Tuesday, October 20 in Ledger.

Viking Football:

Tyler Long (Skip Sicker Photo)

Tyler Long (Skip Sicker Photo)

The Viking football team returns home to MacDonald Stadium this evening to take on the Polk Wolverines in Western Highlands Conference play.  The Vikings (4-3 on the season, 2-1 in conference play) are looking to rebound after falling 40-7 last Friday night at Hendersonville. The contest proves to be a tough one for the Vikings with Alex Villanueva coming in leading the Western Highlands Conference in passing with just under 1100 yards on the season.  Polk enters tonight with a 5-2 record, 2-1 in WHC play, coming off their third shutout of the season last week, knocking off Mitchell 39-0 in Columbus.

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O What a Night! WHC Tournament in Full Swing…

viking-background-basketballThe Western Highlands Conference (WHC) Tournament is in full swing, and the Lady Vikings appear to be peaking at just the right time.  In similar fashion to last season the Lady Vikes are hitting on all cylinders at just the right time, blowing out both of their WHC opponents in the conference tournament.  Avery’s ladies hope to continue that success into this evening where they will face the 1 seed Lady Mountaineers from Mitchell.  Last season the Lady Vikings had a tough season, but were able to overcome that and defeat Mitchell in the tournament final; and this season are looking to do the same.

Avery bounced back from their worst offensive performance of the season, 39 points at Mitchell last friday evening, to win two in convincing fashion when it counts.  They followed up Monday’s 79-41 victory over Hendersonville with a dominating performance against the Polk Lady Wolverines on Thursday evening at Avery High in the WHC tournament.  Avery jumped on the board quickly and often in the first quarter outscoring Polk 21-8 in the period, behind 6 points each from Allison Vance and Katie Ellis.  In the second quarter Katelynn Eudy would get in the mix scoring 8 of the Lady Vikings’ 23, leading the Lady Vikes to a 44-24 halftime lead.

Coming out of the half, the Lady Vikings would catch fire and again outscore the Lady Wolverines 23-16 in the period with a balanced attack as 9 Lady Vikes got on the board in the third, leading them to a 67-40 advantage going into the final stanza.  In the fourth the Lady Vikings would hold fast to their 27 point advantage, taking the victory 87-60 in the contest.  Four Lady Vikes would get into double digits with Ellis leading the way with 19 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assists.  Eudy added 17 points and 10 rebounds, also adding 3 blocks on the defensive end; Vance added 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, while adding 5 assists for the Lady Vikes; and Sara Wiseman added 14 points for the Lady Vikings.  Also getting in on the offensive side was Elyse Perry adding 3 points, but getting 5 assists; and Samantha Shook scoring 8 points and adding 4 assists.

The Lady Vikings came up big on the defensive end holding Polk’s leading scorer, Kiki Miller scoreless for the contest (Miller didn’t see action in the second half).  The Lady Wolverines would get 18 points from Toya Twitty, but it was not enough to keep the game close.  The Lady Vikings hope to continue their momentum into the Finals where they will face the Mitchell Lady Mountaineers, who barely squeeked by against the Lady Cougars of Mountain Heritage.  The Lady Vikes have lost to the Mitchell ladies twice this season, but are confident going into tonight’s contest.

Tournament Notes:

Lady Viking Scoring Average:  Season – 61.8 ppg   Tournament – 83 ppg
Team Assists:  Season – 13.5 assists  Tournament – 22.5 assists
Katie Ellis:  Season Averages – 12.9 points, 11.3 rebounds  Tournament – 18.5 points, 12 rebounds
Allison Vance: Season – 10.9 points, 4.3 assists, 1.9 rebounds  Tournament – 10 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds
Opponent Scoring:  Season – 52.1 points   Tournament – 50.5

The Lady Viking JVs are also in the tournament final, taking on the Madison Lady Patriots.  The Tournament Schedule for this evening is as follows:

4 PM – JV Girls – (1) Avery Lady Vikings vs. (2) Madison Lady Patriots
5:30 PM – JV Boys – (1) Mountain Heritage Cougars vs. (2) Mitchell Mountaineers
7 PM – Varsity Girls – (1) Mitchell Lady Mountaineers vs. (2) Avery Lady Vikings
8:30 PM – Varsity Boys – (1) Madison Patriots vs. (2) Mountain Heritage Cougars

Looks to be a good night of basketball at Avery High in the WHC tournament championships tonight!

Movin’ On!

viking-background-basketballThe Avery Lady Vikings and the Avery Viking JV boys both got victories in the Opening Round of the Western Highlands Conference Tournament on Monday, February 16 at Avery High School.  The new format of the tournament means that in the first round of the tournament the Higher seed gets a home game, and both teams took advantage of their home court.

The JV boys got the evening started with a tremendous game, playing Madison in their third close match-up of the season.  Avery’s JVs had split the season series with Madison, losing on a buzzer beater at Avery and then winning at Madison on a failed half-court attempt from the Patriots that would have tied the game.  Anticipation was high coming into the game, and fans were not disappointed.  The game went back and forth for much of the first half, but in the second half the Vikings found themselves looking up at a double digit deficit; but that would not deter them, as they would fight back to take the lead late in the fourth quarter.  Avery would hold on with a 50-48 win, to earn their second victory over the Madison Patriots and move on in the WHC tournament.

The Lady Vikes would then take the floor in what would turn out to be more of a practice session for Avery.  Every player for the Lady Vikes got on the board as they ran away with the victory.  The Lady Vikings got their post-season started with a huge 79-41 victory over the Hendersonville Lady Bearcats.  Hendersonville got on the board first on a lay up from Brooks Walz, and then Avery went on a 16-4 run to close out the first quarter.  In the second quarter the Lady Vikings would have one of their best periods of play this season putting up 27 points while allowing only 13 to the Lady Bearcats.  The Lady Vikes would take a 43-19 lead into the half with three players getting into double figures in the first half, Katie Ellis and Katelynn Eudy each had 10 in the half, with Samantha Shook adding 11 points for Avery.

In the second half the Viking Ladies would again dominate the boards and pull away even more, outscoring the Lady Bearcats 36-21 in the half en route to the victory, moving them on in the WHC tournament.  Ellis led the way with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals, an assist and a block.  Shook added 13 points, 3 assists and 2 boards; Eudy finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds; and Allison Vance added 8 points with 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.  Walz led all scorers with 19 points, but it was not enough to overcome the balanced attack of the Lady Vikes.

The Lady Vikings will play at 4 PM on Thursday, February 19, in the semifinals of the WHC tournament against Polk who pulled out a close victory against the Madison Patriots.  Polk and Avery split the season with each team winning on their home floor, but with the Tournament being hosted at Avery it looks to be the Lady Vikes moving on.  The other semifinal contest will pit the (1)  Mitchell Lady Mountaineers, who had a bye in the first round, against the Lady Cougars of Mountain Heritage, who got a double overtime victory over the Owen Warlassies in Burnsville on Monday evening.

The JV Vikings will be in action on Wednesday night in Marshall in the JV semifinals, facing the Mountain Heritage Cougars in a rematch of last weeks last second win for the Vikes.  The JV girls will be in action on Wednesday as well against the winner of the Owen and Polk JV women that will take place tonight at Polk County High School.  The Varsity Boys will be in action this evening, February 17, at Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville, following the JV Girls action between Heritage and Mitchell, game time will be approximately 6:30 PM.

The WHC tournament is being hosted at Avery High on Thursday and Friday evenings, the Semifinals will get underway at 4 PM on thursday with the Lady Vikings taking on Polk County.  Friday night will be the championship contests with the JV Girls Championship getting underway at 4 PM.  Head on out for some great basketball action at Avery High this week.