Fall sports in Haywood have been spectacularHold on for the winter season
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.