Fall sports in Haywood have been spectacular

Hold on for the winter season
Nov 13, 2012

As we get ready for all the winter sports, all of us here at The

Mountaineer extends a well-deserved pat on the back to each team, each

athlete and each coach for their effort, dedication and hard work for

making the fall  a very special sports season.

While the leaves changed color, our county witnessed the Bethel

Termite football team winning the WNC Youth Football League Super Bowl

and the Lake Junaluska pups gridiron “Warriors” finishing the youth

organization’s first-ever undefeated regular season.

But let’s not forget other incredible success stories on the fields of


The Canton Middle School boys soccer team finished with its first-ever

undefeated season and Blue Ridge Conference championship. The

Waynesville Middle School boys cross country team won every meet en

route to its BRC title, as did the undefeated CMS football team, which

won the West Division and beat East Division champ Brevard, 18-6, for

the conference crown.

At the high school level there were many spectacular

performances. Tuscola freshman Brooke Turner (34th individually at the

state meet) captured the NCHSAA Class 3-A Regional in girls cross

country. Pisgah senior Ashley Thompson was sensational on the links,

shooting a record 66 for 18-holes during the WNCAC Golf Championship and finishing fifth overall in the state tournament. She lead the girls golf

team to 10th overall in Class 2-A.

Pisgah senior Mackenzie Galyean (19:45.34) finished 13th individually,

which helped the Pisgah girls cross country team to a fifth overall in

the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state cross

country championships at Beeson Park.

There was more success from local athletes on the tennis court as

Tuscola’s Foster Kirkpatrick (singles) and its doubles team of Hannah

Culbertson and Erin Peterson  qualified for the 3-A regionals.

And we can’t discuss the fall sports season without highlighting the

most exciting and first-ever overtime thriller in the storied history

of the 49th County Clash.

A field goal true and a field goal that sailed wide left in the first

OT gave Tuscola a 24-21 victory over Pisgah.

If the 2012-13 winter sports season is anything like the fall was, we

can’t wait to bring you all the fans of Haywood County the success

stories in The Mountaineer.