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Originally published: 2014-04-17 18:02:47
Last modified: 2014-04-17 18:03:32

WHS tennis players qualify for regionals

by Staff Reports

Three Watauga boys' tennis players qualified for the Western 4-A Regional tournament by winning the Northwestern Conference Tournament Wednesday.

Watauga's Dristen Trate won the singles competition, while Will Spinetto and Josh Lampkins combined to win the doubles.

All of the matches were against South Caldwell, since the two programs are the only NWC programs that are in the 4-A classification.

Trate beat Andrew Reeves of South Caldwell 6-2, 6-3, while Will Benfield beat Zach Archer 6-2, 6-4.
Trate beat Benfield 4-6, 6-3, 2-0 in the finals. Benfield retired after falling behind 2-0 in the third set.
Spinetto and Lampkins beat teammates Caleb Gould and Brody O'Neal 6-4, 6-4 in the doubles finals. Spinetto and Lampkins beat Adam Lund and Tanner Dellinger of South Caldwell 6-0, 6-4, while Gould and O'Neal beat South Caldwell's Kevin Lane and Blaine Massey 6-1, 6-3.

LENOIR -- Western Carolina saw enough in Hibriten's Drew Bolick to sign the Panthers' ace to a letter of intent.

Bolick made his case to Watauga in a 4-1 victory over the visiting Pioneers Wednesday night. Bolick took a no-hitter into the sixth inning when Watauga's Jesse Illich hit a single into centerfield with one out to put a stop to the bid.

Watauga eventually got an infield single from Carson Isaacs in the seventh inning, and a run in the seventh when Matt Lambert scored on a Utah Jones fielder's choice. The Pioneers had loaded the bases in the seventh with two Bolick walks and Isaacs' infield single, but Bolick was able to avoid any further damage by not allowing any more runs.

Bolick struck out nine Pioneers and walked three. He improved his personal record to 3-4, and Hibriten improved to 10-8 overall, 6-5 in the Northwestern Conference.

Watauga (7-10, 4-7) did not help itself by hitting into two double plays and by having a runner picked off second base.

The Pioneers also did not help starter Matt Lambert by making five errors defensively. Lambert allowed just two hits, but walked five. The Panthers took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on three walks, two singles and two Watauga errors.

Watauga pitchers overall gave up four hits to the Panthers. Watauga hosts Patton tonight.

LENOIR -- Watauga's girls' soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to four games with a 2-0 victory over host Hibriten Wednesday.

Watauga took a 1-0 halftime lead when Tristin Derrick scored on an assist from Sierra Hill. The Pioneers scored their second goal 10 minutes into the second half when Hill took a corner kick from Abby Carson and scored, giving the Pioneers a 2-0 lead.

The game was the first of three straight the Pioneers play on the road. Watauga plays at Patton today, and then play at Hickory on April 29 after taking a week off.