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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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RONDA — Brandi Parks allowed two hits and struck out 10 as host East Wilkes edged 4A West Forsyth, 1-0, Monday.

“We took a tough one Saturday and we responded,” East Wilkes Coach Bradley Hayes said, referring to an 11-1 loss to defending 4A champion Alexander Central.

The Cardinals scored the game’s only run in the third inning. Ashley Wagoner walked, stole second, and scored on Kennedy Lester’s single to left center.

“Another senior coming through for us,” Hayes said. “She seems to have a bat in her hand every time we need her.”

Of Parks, Hayes said, “She’s confident in her ability and she’s confident in her defense’s ability. No errors. Tough hit balls we made really good plays.

“This is a very good hitting West Forsyth team.”

The Titans, now 7-4, came in averaging 9.2 runs were game. East Wilkes is now 4-1.



East Wilkes 12, North Stokes 1: Jake McCoy took a no-hitter into the fourth inning as the Cardinals took out North Stokes in five innings.

McCoy, who went the distance, walked one and allowed three hits. It was his first varsity win. “He pitched well last night,” East Wilkes Coach Todd Welborn said. “On JV last year, he struggled with throwing strikes. Last night, Jake McCoy pitched a great game for us.”

Levi Ray drove in three runs, including two with a hit that helped East Wilkes to a five-run first inning. Zach Crabb had two hits for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals committed only two errors. “The defense was much better,” Welborn said.

The Cardinals, 2-7, will host North Wilkes today. That game was rescheduled from Tuesday due to inclement weather. North Stokes fell to 1-9.

Men’s Tennis


Elkin 9, Starmount 0: In Boonville, the Elks gave up only four games as they defeated the Rams.

All singles matched were love and love. At No. 1, Ryan Schell def. Jonathan Allison; No. 2, David Bullin def. Josh Tucker; No. 3, Chad Vestal def. Levi Myers; No. 4, Jacob Lyon def. Shane Harko; No. 5, Matthew Schumak def. Jacob Gwyn; No. 6, Reed Turner def. Jack Dickerson.

At No. 1 doubles, Schumak-Jarret Peterson def. Allison-Tucker, 8-3; No. 2, Ricki Rendon-Daniel Soos def. Myers-Herko, 8-1; No. 3, Isaac Powell-Asher McRitchie def. Gwyn-Dickerson, 8-0.

Elkin, now 6-0, is at Watauga today. Starmount is at Alleghany Thursday.



West Wilkes 7, Elkin 4: In Millers Creek, Elkin’s winning streak came to an end.

The Lady Elks gave the defending state champions a scare, leading the Blackhawks 4-3 going into the sixth. Two unfortunate errors allowed four runs as the Blackhawks claimed a 7-4 victory. Sarah Cudd went 2-for-2 at the plate for Elkin.


Elkin 11, Ashe County 0: In West Jefferson, Cayley Shoemaker carried Elkin Lady Elks to a 11-0 victory over Ashe County on Friday with a strong game at the plate and in the circle.

Cayley reached base four times.

Ashe County managed just one hit off of the Shoemaker, who walked none and struck out seven during her five innings of work.

Five runs in the first three innings helped Elkin blow out Ashe County. A passed ball and a sacrifice fly by Bethany Turner during the first inning and a passed ball and a two-run single by Kirstan Beaver in the second inning supplied the early offense for Elkin.

Melanie Day took the loss for Ashe. She allowed 11 runs in five innings, walked 10 and struck out none.


Elkin 6, Greater Cabarrus Stallions 0: In Lewisville, Cayley Shoemaker came up big at the dish and on the rubber, leading the Elks to a 6-0 win at the Forsyth Country Day Classic.

Shoemaker went 2-for-4, drove in one, and scored two runs. She singled in the first inning and homered in the fourth inning.

Shoemaker gave up six hits and struck out nine.

Elkin took the lead in the first inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Reagan Parks.

Alexander Central 11, East Wilkes 1: In Taylorsville, the defending 4A state champions handed the Cardinals their first loss of the season.

Adrian Pardue’s home run supplied East Wilkes with their lone run.

Track and Field


Welborn a winner at North Stokes Invitational: In Danbury, Hunter Welborn won the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches) and the triple jump (34-9.75).

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.

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