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Leah Ricker digs a ball in Cranberry's volleyball victory against Bowman last week. Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2012-09-13 12:16:51
Last modified: 2012-09-13 12:16:51

Middle school sports roundup

County football teams searching for opening win
Both Avery and Cranberry middle school football teams are hungry for a victory in 2012. The teams, unfortunately, were forced to wait another week, as both clubs met formidable foes in Toe River Conference football action.
Avery Middle School traveled to Burnsville to square off against East Yancey. AMS battled from starting gun to final whistle, but the Panthers from East Yancey proved too much in a 38-6 defeat.
AMS scored its lone touchdown of the contest when quarterback Christian Hicks scored on a 60-yard quarterback draw in the third period.
"East wasn't 32 points better than us tonight," said AMS head coach Donnie Johnson. "We struggled with effort quite a bit and it seemed that we never really started playing."
Cranberry Middle School played its best defensive contest of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 4, when it hosted the Harris Blue Devils at Avery High School's MacDonald Stadium. The contest was close throughout the game, but the Wildcats was unable to sustain productive drives as it fell by the final score of 22-0.
Harris put the first points on the board with 5:13 to play in the first period as quarterback Ben Young scored on a 19-yard run. CMS foiled the two-point conversion attempt to keep the contest 6-0.
CMS defensive back Allen Phillips squelched a Harris drive early in the second quarter with an interception to keep the Wildcats within striking distance. In the final minute of the second quarter, however, the Blue Devils found paydirt again when reserve quarterback Ben Robinson, playing for an ejected Young, scampered 47 yards for a touchdown. Robinson executed a two-point conversion run for a 14-0 HMS halftime advantage.
Cranberry opened the third quarter with a successful drive that marched more than 40 yards downfield, as running back Kyle Taylor bullied his way through the Harris defense on multiple carries.
The drive was quelled as CMS fumbled the football to the Blue Devils.
Defense ruled much of the second half, as the CMS defense rose again to the occasion when Porter Cook intercepted a Robinson pass, giving a breath of life to the Wildcats. CMS was unable to capitalize, however, and remained scoreless. Harris added a token score in the final minute of play to provide for the final margin.
Avery Middle School hosted Cane River this week, while Cranberry traveled to take on Bowman.
Middle school volleyball teams pick up victories
Cranberry Middle School volleyball split a pair of games this week.
On Wednesday, Sept. 5, the team traveled to East Yancey, where the young team lost in two sets by scores of 25-9 and 25-12. The girls bounced back the next day and took on Bowman at home.
Cranberry was able to sweep the match with scores of 25-17 and 25-15.
“It was a big deal,” said coach Hannah Trivett after the game. “I think they are ready to go now.”
The team returned to the court earlier this week when it traveled to Cane River. This Wednesday, Sept. 12, they will take on Avery Middle School at home.
Avery Middle School pulled ahead in a three-game battle against East Yancey on Thursday, Sept. 6. Avery dominated most of the first set, winning 25-18.
The girls lost some of their momentum and fell to East Yancey in the second set, but pulled ahead in the third set and ultimately won the match.
The Lady Panthers returned to action earlier this week when it traveled to Bowman. The team will take on county rival Cranberry this Wednesday, Sept. 12. The team’s final game for the week will be played this Thursday, Sept. 13, at North Wilkes Middle School.