The year in sports: Spring


The Mount Airy Bears’ 4×400 relay team broke the school record and nearly broke the state record, but finished second to Community School of Davidson at the state championship.

The 2014 spring season saw East Surry make a great try at a state baseball title. In 2015, it was North Surry who nearly brought home a title, making its deepest run in school history.

The Greyhounds featured a team full of seniors, but it was junior Brady Watts and sophomore Chase Chandler who led the way on the mound.

Of course, the Cardinals were no slouches either.

The team started off with a few wins and a couple of losses to 4A Reagan, so things looked like they were going well. After a 10-run whipping by North Surry, the Cardinals buckled down and ran off 16 straight wins before losing 2-1 to South Stanly in the sectional final.

The Hounds went all the way to the West Regional for the first time before losing in three games. Catcher Nick Wilson, a contender for player of the year, was one of four Hounds to make the WPAC all-conference team.

In softball, East Surry once again had a great season, racking up 19 wins. Emily Cummings and Laken Bowman led the way for the Lady Cards.

Mount Airy won six games, including five in the Northwest Conference, in one of its best showings in years for the developing program.

North Surry won 11 games including a first-round playoff game.

In tennis, Surry Central had five of its players make all-conference. Kirk Needham and Weston Mosley won the conference doubles championship.

North’s Corbin Willard won the player of the year award and was joined on the all-conference team by Alex Jones.

On the 1A side, Mount Airy had five players make all-conference, and East Surry had two.

In soccer, East Surry’s Bill Hart got coach of the year, and six of his players made all-conference. Mount Airy had five players make the list, including Jessica Miranda, who was named to the East-West All-Star Game.

In 2A, Kelsey Taylor and Emilee Stanley made all-conference for Central, and Marlen Castillo for North.

In track and field, the Northwest male track athlete of the year award went to Mount Airy’s Cordell France, who won first place in the 100 and 200, then took second place as part of the 4×200 relay.

Christian Cabrera earned two more honors as he won the long jump and triple jump.

East Surry’s Demedrick Hargrave earned all-conference status twice after winning the 400 and finishing second in the 200.

Mount Airy’s Jo Snow won three conference events: 800, 1600 and 4×400 relay.

At the state 1A track meet, Snow placed third in the 800 and fourth in the 1600.

Snow, Madeline Mayfield, Micaela Tumbarello and Shalin Revels took second in the 4×400 team.

The Bears posted a time that was just two seconds off the state 1A record. Unfortunately, Community School of Davidson broke the record and won the race by three seconds.

Mayfield just missed placing in the top four, getting fifth in the 400.

France was one of the favorites to medal in the 200 until he hurt his back at the regional.

He ran the state event, but didn’t have his usual burst and finished sixth in 23.24, at least a quarter of a second slower than he might have run without the sore back.

In 2A, Surry Central’s two pole vaulters finished second and third in the state track championship at N.C. A&T University Saturday.

Brady Johnson and Tyler Fitzgerald each cleared 13 feet, along with West Stokes’ Cody McBride. Johnathan Shingleton won gold with 13-06.

Johnson made the height in the fewest tries and was second. Fitzgerald was given bronze, and McBride placed fourth.

The trio was a full foot better than the next closest competitors.

Central discus thrower Daisha Bunn reached 105-02 to finish sixth.

North Surry’s Alma Rodriguez was sixth in the 3200.

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