Women’s golf wins at Oakwoods
WILKESBORO — The close matches between Ashe County and East Wilkes continued on Monday with Ashe pulling out a four-shot victory over East at Oakwoods Country Club. Ashe finished with a team score of 142 to East Wilkes’ score of 146
Alleghany placed third with a score of 172, Wilkes Central was fourth with 177 and North Wilkes was fifth with a score of 179.
Sarah Hardin finished in first place yet again, shooting a 39 for the top round of the day.
Teammates Alexis Howell and Madison Osborne finished one shot apart with Howell firing a 51 and Osborne shooting a 52.
Melena Howell shot a 62 and Bethany Bare finished with a 63 to round out the scoring for the Lady Huskies.
On Wednesday, Ashe traveled to Stone Mountain Golf Club and this time it was East Wilkes that just edged out the Lady Huskies for a two stroke win. East finished with a score of 146 just ahead of Ashe’s total of 148. Alleghany was much improved in this match, shooting a 151 to finish five shots back of the lead. North Wilkes took fourth with a score of 166 and Wilkes Central was fifth with a score of 175.
Hardin had the best score for Ashe with a 46. Osborne shot a 49 while Alexis Howell shot a 53.
Melena Howell finished with a 61 and Bare finished with 63 to complete Ashe’s scoring totals.
Tennis team finishes regular season
JONESVILLE — Ashe earned three Mountain Valley Athletic Conference victories with a win at Alleghany on Monday, a win at Starmount on Tuesday and a win at Wilkes Central on Thursday.
Against Alleghany, Ashe won eight of the nine matches with the only loss coming in the first doubles match where Ashe’s Morgan Church and Caroline Current had to forfeit after Current turned an ankle. The team was leading 4-1 at the time of the injury.
Current, Church, Anna Corley, Kaylie Fernandez, MacKenzie Woods and Amber Miller all won their respective singles matches.
At Starmount, things were a little tougher on Ashe. It took over four hours of playing and four tiebreak sets before Ashe was able to escape with a 6-3 victory to keep their winning streak going. The Lady Huskies had to play without their top seed after her ankle injury in the Alleghany match.
“I commend the players for stepping up and playing hard,” said Ashe County head coach Larry Dix.
Church stepped into the top seeded spot and the team did not miss a beat. Church scored a 6-0, 6-1 win over Emily Mendenhall.
Corley knocked off Alyssa Hicks in the second seeded match, 6-4, 6-4 and Fernandez was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Cherith McCullaugh.
In the fourth seeded match, the Rams got a victory from Mick Mobley as she defeated Woods in a third set tiebreaker. Mobley won the first set, 6-4, but Woods battled back to take the second set, 7-6. In the tiebreaker, Mobley was able to win the match with a 10-6 victory.
The fifth seeded match went much of the same for the Rams. Sarryn Meyer beat Miller in the first set by a 6-3 score while Miller took the second set, 7-5. The tiebreaker went Starmount’s way once again with a 10-5 win for Meyer.
The final singles match went Ashe’s way with a 7-6, 6-4 win for Brooke Rutherford over JoJo Welborn.
In double action, McCullaugh and Meyer beat Church and Rutherford, 8-6. However, Ashe was able to clinch the team victory with an 8-3 win by Corley and Woods. Starmount forfeited the final doubles match due to darkness and Ashe having already clinched a win.
In the season finale, Ashe defeated Wilkes Central by a 6-3 score.
#1 Church (Ashe) def. Emaleth Myers (Central) 6-3, 6-1
#2 Corley (Ashe) def. Rebecca Baker (Central) 6-2, 6-0
#3 Trinity Vickers (Central) def. Woods (Ashe) 6-0, 7-6
#4 Savannah Rush (Central) def. Miller (Ashe) 6-4, 6-4
#5 Rutherford (Ashe) def. Morgan Blackburn (Central) 6-4, 6-2
#6 Karoline Keith (Ashe) def. Destiny Vickers (Central) 6-4, 6-2
#1 Corley/Woods (Ashe) def. Myers/Baker (Central) 8-1
#2 Church/Miller (Ashe) def. Vickers/Vickers (Central) 8-1
#3 Blackburn/Rush (Central) def. Keith/Rutherford (Ashe) 8-5
The Lady Huskies finished the regular season with a 13-5 overall record and an 11-3 record in the MVAC. Ashe has now won seven matches in a row and 10 of the last 11.
Ashe will now turn its attention to the MVAC Tournament this week at Elkin.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.