MA, Central spikers back on the floor


Lady Bears host five-team scrimmage Tuesday, another tonight

By John Cate - [email protected]



The Lady Eagles’ Mia McMillen had to angle this shot to get it past two North Stokes defenders during Tuesday’s scrimmage match with the Lady Vikings at Mount Airy High School.


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North Stokes accidentally over-set a ball during its scrimmage with Surry Central on Tuesday night, and Lady Eagle senior Tara Blevins was on the spot to slam it back over the net for an easy kill.


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Leann Sessoms of North Stokes follows through on setting the ball during an attack for her team against Surry Central in a scrimmage on Tuesday night at Mount Airy High School.


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Surry Central’s Chelsea Adkins sets the ball for a teammate during her team’s scrimmage with Davie County on Tuesday night at the Howard Finch Gym.


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The Lady Bears congratulate each other on strong teamwork to win a point against 4A power Davie County on Tuesday night.


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Mount Airy’s Avery Cox had to get this ball well over the net to avoid the blocks of two Davie County players during Tuesday’s scrimmage matches.


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Lady Bear senior Hanne Cooke gets the ball past a Davie County defender during Tuesday’s scrimmage with the War Eagles at Howard Finch Gym.


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With the NCHSAA-imposed “dead period” last week finally passed, local high school sports teams resumed their preparations for the start of the fall sport season next month.

The volleyball teams from Mount Airy and Surry Central were in action Tuesday night at the Howard Finch Gym, where the Lady Bears’ conference rivals from Bishop McGuinness and 4A power Davie County were also guests of Mount Airy. And they ended up with one unwitting gate crasher, as a miscommunication led to North Stokes also coming to town for what had been planned as a four-team scrimmage.

Lady Bear head coach Chuck Morris, who was running the scrimmage with help from his assistant coaches and former Mount Airy volleyball standout Sarah Lankford, reworked the schedule to accommodate five teams rather than four, and the show went on. Four of the five teams were scrimmaging at any one time, with the fifth team on break. The event began with Central playing Bishop on one side of the court and the Lady Bears taking on Davie at the other end.

Each session last 45 minutes, with the varsity players for each team playing each other for 25 minutes, and then the JV teams taking the floor for the final 20. The schedule allowed for each team to have a 45-minute break, and for Davie, which was the farthest from home, to leave early while the other four teams played the final round of scrimmages.

Tuesday night’s opening scrimmage with Davie was a rematch from a July 12 scrimmage, where Central and West Forsyth had also been present. When Mount Airy faced the War Eagles then, it was a decidedly one-sided affair. Last year, Davie went 23-5, with four losses at the hands of conference rival Reagan. The War Eagles lost standout outside hitter Tyra Galloway, but still return four starters, including senior setter Lauren Grooms, who recently committed to Coker College. They got the better of the Lady Bears in the rematch, but Mount Airy was more competitive this time around.

The Lady Bears faced Bishop next, and then had a break before playing North Stokes and finishing up with Central. Central, after opening with the Villains, played North Stokes and then Davie, then were off for a turn before ending against the Lady Bears.

It was the first of three consecutive days of scrimmaging for Morris’ team, which traveled to Alleghany on Wednesday night and will be back in action at home tonight, with Wilkes Central, North Stokes and West Stokes as their guests.

The Lady Eagles’ Mia McMillen had to angle this shot to get it past two North Stokes defenders during Tuesday’s scrimmage match with the Lady Vikings at Mount Airy High School.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_DSC_0015.jpgThe Lady Eagles’ Mia McMillen had to angle this shot to get it past two North Stokes defenders during Tuesday’s scrimmage match with the Lady Vikings at Mount Airy High School. John Cate | The News

North Stokes accidentally over-set a ball during its scrimmage with Surry Central on Tuesday night, and Lady Eagle senior Tara Blevins was on the spot to slam it back over the net for an easy kill.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_DSC_0023.jpgNorth Stokes accidentally over-set a ball during its scrimmage with Surry Central on Tuesday night, and Lady Eagle senior Tara Blevins was on the spot to slam it back over the net for an easy kill. John Cate | The News

Leann Sessoms of North Stokes follows through on setting the ball during an attack for her team against Surry Central in a scrimmage on Tuesday night at Mount Airy High School.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_DSC_0026.jpgLeann Sessoms of North Stokes follows through on setting the ball during an attack for her team against Surry Central in a scrimmage on Tuesday night at Mount Airy High School. John Cate | The News

Surry Central’s Chelsea Adkins sets the ball for a teammate during her team’s scrimmage with Davie County on Tuesday night at the Howard Finch Gym.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_DSC_0029.jpgSurry Central’s Chelsea Adkins sets the ball for a teammate during her team’s scrimmage with Davie County on Tuesday night at the Howard Finch Gym. John Cate | The News

The Lady Bears congratulate each other on strong teamwork to win a point against 4A power Davie County on Tuesday night.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_DSC_0948.jpgThe Lady Bears congratulate each other on strong teamwork to win a point against 4A power Davie County on Tuesday night. John Cate | The News

Mount Airy’s Avery Cox had to get this ball well over the net to avoid the blocks of two Davie County players during Tuesday’s scrimmage matches.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_DSC_0962.jpgMount Airy’s Avery Cox had to get this ball well over the net to avoid the blocks of two Davie County players during Tuesday’s scrimmage matches. John Cate | The News

Lady Bear senior Hanne Cooke gets the ball past a Davie County defender during Tuesday’s scrimmage with the War Eagles at Howard Finch Gym.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_DSC_0987.jpgLady Bear senior Hanne Cooke gets the ball past a Davie County defender during Tuesday’s scrimmage with the War Eagles at Howard Finch Gym. John Cate | The News
Lady Bears host five-team scrimmage Tuesday, another tonight

By John Cate

[email protected]

Reach John via Twitter at @johncate73.

Reach John via Twitter at @johncate73.

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