2016 East Wilkes Athletics Roundup


By Kristian Russell - [email protected]



Bryce Vestal takes a swing earlier this season for the Cards.


Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Melia Higgins makes her move towards goal against Elkin this season.


Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Hailey Patton gets set in the box earlier this season for the Cards.


Kristian Russell | The Tribune

East Wilkes’ Landon Osbourne and Joah Logan won the 1A conference championship for doubles.


Photo courtesy of Jim Logan

As the spring season has come to a close, it’s time to take a look back at East Wilkes’s spring athletics and everything they accomplished.

Baseball:

The Cardinals went through a rebuilding season this year. With a new coach and new players, it was a learning experience for everyone involved.

Although they ended their season with a 5-20 overall record, they still had some highlights any team would be proud of. The Cards beat North Wilkes in a tight game before coming away with a 7-4 win. They also gave the MVAC champs, Starmount, a run for their money late in the season with a 6-4 loss in a close game.

The Cardinals had six seniors on their team this season — Zach Dunn, Andrew Nance, Jacob Chipman, Camon Bryan, Alec Anderson and Brett Campbell.

Softball:

The East Wilkes softball team ended its season with a run in the state playoffs. The Lady Cards made it to the second round before falling to Chatham Central.

East Wilkes came away with a 9-5 conference record, and placed fourth in the MVAC. They scored 88 runs and only allowed 44. The Cards had six seniors on their team this season — Taylor Tharpe, Ana Macemore, Caitlyn Macemore, Olivia Bullard, Grace Johnson and Brianna Wilmoth.

Soccer:

The East Wilkes soccer team came away with fifth place in the MVAC with a conference record of 6-7-1. They allowed 39 goals, and scored 59. They had an overall record of 9-11-2, and made it to the first round of the 1A playoffs before falling 6-1 to Pine Lake Prep.

The Cards had four seniors on their team this year — Amber Parks, Abby Reeves, Brooke Schubart and Melia Higgins.

Golf:

Jais Norman made it to states for the Cardinals golf team where he tied for 43rd. Two players made All-Conference, Micah Caudill and Jais Norman.

Tennis:

The East Wilkes tennis team came away with a 14-7 overall record and a conference record of 12-2.

Landon Osbourne and Joah Logan won the 1A conference championship for doubles, while Kyle Rhodes came in second in the 1A singles conference championship. The tennis team won’t be losing any starters this season.

Track:

East Wilkes athletes Kyle Rhodes placed third in the 3200 Meter Run and Alexis Pardue placed 11th in Shot Put at States this season.

Olivia Bullard was named one of the 2016 Players of the Year for her outstanding accomplishments. Gracie Brown, Autumn Garcia, Tess Jolly and Alexis Pardue also were named to the 2016 All Conference Team for the girls. Spencer Kranz, Louis Aquino, Hunter Cleary, Austin Gregory, Nilly Mullis, Damien Reed and Alex Royal made All Conference for the boys.

Bryce Vestal takes a swing earlier this season for the Cards.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_EW8Bat.jpgBryce Vestal takes a swing earlier this season for the Cards. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Melia Higgins makes her move towards goal against Elkin this season.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_18EW-2-.jpgMelia Higgins makes her move towards goal against Elkin this season. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Hailey Patton gets set in the box earlier this season for the Cards.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_DSC_0820.jpgHailey Patton gets set in the box earlier this season for the Cards. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

East Wilkes’ Landon Osbourne and Joah Logan won the 1A conference championship for doubles.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_EWtennis2.jpgEast Wilkes’ Landon Osbourne and Joah Logan won the 1A conference championship for doubles. Photo courtesy of Jim Logan

By Kristian Russell

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