Runners compete in qualifier


Mount Airy’s Daniel Ballard earns a silver medal in soccer at the Powerade Games over the weekend.

Mount Airy soccer coach Will Hurley, third from left, stands between his assistant coach Holden Hurley, right, and player Reid Hamilton, West Forsyth.

RALEIGH — A soccer team coached by Mount Airy’s Will Hurley finished second in the Powerade State Games that concluded over the weekend.

Hurley and his son Holden coached the Midwest squad to two wins before coming up a goal shy of earning the gold medal in Sunday’s finale.

The Midwest team included one of Hurley’s own players, Daniel Ballard, as well as Joshua Sisk and Schuyler Eldridge, Forbush, Jonathan Oldham, Walkertown and West Stokes’ Trent Washer.

Weather affected play as teams had to play twice on Saturday afternoon, with a shortened halftime to get all the games in.

Hurley said his team stuck together and battled through the fatigue. With boys’ soccer season in the fall, some of the players weren’t in top conditioning for the tournament.

The Midwest beat South 3-1 in the opener. Then a little later that day, the team beat Northeast 2-0 to advance to the final against Central.

Central won their two matches by the exact same scores, said Hurley. It was 3-1 over Southeast and 2-0 over West.

In the gold medal game Sunday, Central scored first, but the Midwest team came back to tie it up.

Hurley said his team had chances to go ahead, but couldn’t connect on the kicks. Eventually the Central team scored late for a 2-1 win, but Hurley said the two teams looked very evenly matched on the field.

The group didn’t have much time together to get comfortable with one another, Hurley said. But off the field the boys all seemed like a good bunch of kids and got along very well.

Hurley said he has taken part in the Powerade Games before, but this is the first time he has brought home a medal.

On the girls’ side, the South team featured West Stokes’ Anyssa Van Meter, Liz Nail and Jordan Grubbs, Forbush’s Madison York and Bishop McGuinness’ Mary Kate Walsh.

The South team beat West 5-1 in the first round on Friday (the boys didn’t get any games in on Friday).

Then the girls shut out North 7-0 on Saturday to advance to the gold medal round with East.

Just like with the area boys, the area girls came out a goal short in a 2-1 loss on Sunday.

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