Buckin’ Elks upset Thomas Jefferson Academy in first round ELKIN - The Buckin’ Elks are now carrying the torch for area baseball teams in the state playoffs.
Elkin picked up the lone win out of the four local clubs in Friday’s first-round action, upsetting Thomas Jefferson Academy 3-1 in Mooresboro to advance in the 1A bracket.
The Elks rode ace Jamey Cranford to victory. Cranford fired a complete-game gem. The senior scattered three hits over seven innings of work, striking out 11 to power Elkin...
Area softball teams perfect through one round ELKIN - Area teams shined bright in the opening round of the 1A and 2A state softball playoffs Friday night.
Elkin, East Wilkes and Forbush all earned first-round victories to advance in their respective brackets.
In East Bend, the Lady Falcons routed visiting Salisbury in five innings, cruising to a dominating 18-0 victory.
Forbush racked up 18 runs on 20 hits, while also utilizing all 17 players on the roster in the lopsided triumph t...
Conference shines in first round of state playoffs ELKIN - The baseball and softball playoffs kicked off Friday night around the state.
Elkin 3, Thomas Jefferson Academy 1
The Buckin’ Elks picked up the area’s lone baseball victory in the first round after upsetting Thomas Jefferson Academy 3-1 in Mooresboro.
Logan Newman put the finishing touches on the win in the sixth, ripping a RBI double to score freshman Tanner Edwards to punch Elkin’s ticket into the second round f...
Buckin’ Elks blank rival Cards in second round ELKIN - Elkin continued its dominating spring Wednesday afternoon in the second round of the 1A dual team state playoffs.
The Buckin’ Elks blanked Mountain Valley Conference rival East Wilkes Wednesday 6-0 in a match that was shortened by rain.
But the three extra doubles matches wouldn’t have mattered as Elkin cruised into the third round.
Defending 1A singles state champion Tyler Macy paced the Elks, blanking conference silver medalis...
State playoff brackets unveiled ELKIN - Seven area squads on the diamond received postseason berths when the North Carolina High School Athletic Association unveiled the 1A and 2A state playoff brackets Wednesday.
Elkin, East Wilkes and Forbush were granted bids in both the baseball and softball playoff picture, while Starmount earned a spot in the baseball field.
The Lady Rams failed to reach the postseason after finishing as the No. 4 2A seed in the conference.
Top-ranked Falcons cruise in playoff opener ELKIN - Soccer state playoffs got underway Wednesday night around the state.
Forbush 6, West Davidson 0
In East Bend, the top-ranked Lady Falcons picked up where they left off from the regular season in the first round of the 2A state playoffs Wednesday night.
Fresh off a Mountain Valley Conference championship, Forbush opened postseason play in style, cruising past West Davidson 6-0 in dominating fashion to advance to the second roun...
Four Elks, two Cardinals qualify for state championship MONROE - On the heels of three gold medals at last week’s conference track and field meet, Elkin sophomore Shakai Ward continued her dominating spring Saturday at the 1A Midwest Regional in Monroe.
Ward punched her ticket to the upcoming 1A North Carolina High School Athletic Association Track and Field State Championships with top-four finishes in two individual events at regionals.
The sophomore highlighted her afternoon with a regional...
Playoff action heats up ELKIN - While some teams are set to kick off the postseason this week, other playoff action is heating up around the Yadkin Valley.
In tennis, two Elkin pairs advanced to the 1A state championships in Cary.
The duos of Tyler Macy/Ryan Schell and David Bullin/Chad Vestal are two of eight 1A squads still standing with a shot at a state title.
Macy, the reigning singles champion, and Schell will take on Goldsboro’s Josh Matias and Tyler L...
Cardinals clip Forbush for MVAC golf title WEST JEFFERSON - Forbush and East Wilkes battled throughout the regular season for the top spot in the Mountain Valley Conference golf standings.
At the conference tournament last week at Jefferson Landing Golf Club in West Jefferson, the story was no different.
The Falcons and Cardinals fought down to the wire until McKinley Johnson and East claimed the tourney title at the end, 338-340, as the squads split the league championships. Forb...
1st Round 1A Dual Team Tennis State Tournament East Wilkes 8, Pine Lake Prep 1
#1 Greylin Cleary (EW) d. Brian Forte 6-0, 6-2
#2 Dillon Shew (EW) d. Sheppard Fowler 6-0, 4-6, 10-5
#3 Alvin Sales (EW) d. Conor Fallon 6-2, 6-0
#4 Levi Barker (EW) d. John Fallon 6-2, 6-2
#5 Jeffrey Haynes (EW) d. David Kriner 7-5, retired
#6 Yanni Papadopoulos (PLP) d. Luke Patterson 6-4, 6-3
#1 Cleary/Sales (EW) d. Forte/Fowler 8-5
#2 Shew/Barker (EW) d. Fallon/Fallon 8...
Parks, Cards advance to championship game WEST JEFFERSON - Brandi Parks was masterful once again for East Wilkes in the circle.
A day after nearly no-hitting Starmount in the first round of the Mountain Valley Conference tournament, Parks silenced third-seeded Forbush’s potent offense for most of the game in the semifinals at Ashe County High School.
But after being saddled for six innings at the plate Thursday night, the Falcon bats woke up in a big way against the sophomore fla...
Forbush escapes Elkin, punches ticket to title game HAYS - Heading into their third game in as many nights - including an 11-inning affair the night before - one might expect the Falcons to come out sluggish in the Mountain Valley Conference tournament semifinals Thursday night.
But Ben Temple and second-seeded Forbush jumped all over No. 6 Elkin, striking for nine quick runs before holding off the Buckin’ Elks and fatigue in the final innings for the 11-6 victory.
“It was ugly, but I expe...
Lady Elks blanked in playoff opener ELKIN - The bright lights of the playoffs can shine brighter for some teams.
For the inexperienced and youthful Lady Elks, the pressure of the postseason got the best of them Wednesday night in the Mountain Valley Conference tournament opener.
Elkin fell behind early as Wilkes Central cruised to the 10-0 victory in the 4-5 matchup at Crater Park.
“Going from 1-15 to 8-8, these girls have come a long ways from last year,” coach Steve Sha...
Rams fall to West Wilkes in tourney opener MILLERS CREEK - The Rams were unable to conjurer up the same magic they rode to an improbable Mountain Valley Conference Tournament title last season in their postseason opener Wednesday night.
Looking to defend its tournament championship, Starmount’s bats went silent against West Wilkes, falling 7-2 in the first round in the 4-5 matchup.
It was a tale of two games for the Rams against the Blackhawks.
Coming off April’s matchup, when S...
Elks stun 1A champ Alleghany in first round SPARTA - Jamey Cranford loves pitching against Alleghany.
In the teams’ last showdown on April 22, Cranford turned in his finest performance of the season, firing six shutdown innings to power the Buckin’ Elks to a critical 13-5 victory heading down the stretch.
The senior was even better Wednesday night in the opening round of the Mountain Valley Conference tournament in Sparta.
Cranford dazzled in a complete-game gem to lead sixth-see...