Part one of a three-part series that reviews the Surry County sports year one season at a time. These pictures captured the excitement and electricity of athletics at North Surry, East Surry, Surry Central, and Mount Airy High Schools.
Fall sports signified new beginnings. Fresh faces made their high-school debuts, while other established programs made a run at the state title. The fall of 2017 showed the state just how talented schools in Surry County are. Multiple teams made it deep into the state playoffs in soccer, volleyball, tennis, and football. Here are some of the best moments, athletes, and teams from the fall.
North Surry’s Camille Cartwright hits the ball with banners of volleyball greatness looming in the background. The Lady Hounds finished the season 29-2, reaching the 2A Western Regional Final.
The East Surry girls tennis team left no doubt that it belonged in the state championship by defeating county foe Bishop McGuinness in the Western Regional Final.
Surry Central’s top seed Hannah Porter led the Lady Eagles to another perfect conference record, even taking part in the school’s 50th consecutive conference win.
Fly Eagles fly. Surry Central’s Riley Templeton soars for a header.
East Surry’s Stephen Gosnell celebrates a touchdown against the rival Granite Bears.
Surry Central’s Tanner Boone nearly forces an interception.
Mount Airy soccer made history this season with a final record of 23-2-1. Both losses came at the hands of the eventual state champion, Bishop McGuinness.
Mount Airy made headlines by returning to the 1AA State Championship Game.
Mount Airy’s Ian Holder prevents a touchdown pass at the last possible second
Martin Palacios did it all for Surry Central this year. Palacios was used in all three phases of the game.
Two North Surry soccer players play a friendly game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who will take a free kick.
Simon Cawley ignores the cold to cheer on the Granite Bears.
East Surry made history by hosting their first ever Cross Country meet in October. Nicholas Montgomery is seen here about to cross the finish line.
East Surry’s volleyball team finished 26-3 with another conference championship in 2017.
Bryan Valadez shows his karate skills during a soccer match for Mount Airy.
Mount Airy QB Ian Holder brushes off a defender for a rushing touchdown.
The storybook season for Mount Airy soccer ended in crushing fashion, as illustrated here by Jackson Tumbarello.
East Surry’s Gonzalo Chavez takes a free kick against Mount Airy.
North Surry sported its best football team in nearly two decades in 2017, largely in part to coach Danny Lyons, seen here with his family
Bethany Clayton nearly flies out of the gym for a kill in the conference championship game.
Surry Central’s Axel Rangel and East Surry’s Seth Lowe fight for an aerial 50-50 ball.
Mount Airy’s Madeline Mayfield earned co-player of the year honors in volleyball with East Surry’s Bethany Clayton.
Madison Goins of Surry Central rises for a kill.
Dixie Fulk hits an acrobatic serve in an absolute barnburner of a match against East Surry.
Brooke Hege helped East Surry defeat Mount Airy in the first match of the season.
North Surry’s Ryan Smith speeds past East Surry defenders for a rushing touchdown against the Cardinals.
Alyssa Cox led the Lady Bears to a perfect conference record in 2017.
Austin Pardue throws a stiff arm against North Surry.
Nick Badgett escapes coverage and catches the ball in the open field.
Cole Richardson of North Surry heads the ball out of danger. Richardson was a stone wall for the Greyhounds defense.
North Surry’s number one seed Katherine Parsons hits a wicked backhand.
Surry Central’s Sarah Marion puts her mean face on for a forehand.
Mount Airy’s Elizabeth Marion played the top-seed for the Lady Bears and helped them to a 7-4 conference record in one of the state’s best tennis conferences.
North Surry’s Alma Rodriguez led the Lady Hounds to many a victory in cross country.