October 24th, 2013 8:41 pm by
University High captured the Region 1-A/AA boys' cross country championship on Thursday at Daniel Boone High School for its first regional title since 2009.
Noah Jones (17:25) and Levi Carter (17:44) had individual finishes of sixth and seventh as the Junior Bucs finished ahead of runner-up Sullivan East 56-69 in the team standings.
"We were really struggling early in the season, but the boys worked hard to turn it around," UH coach Dee Perry said. "I've got to thank Landon Milhorn, the former ETSU runner who has been helping coach the boys. They responded well to Landon, but they worked hard and wanted to win this. They wanted us to bring that championship plaque back home again.
"A mixture of youth and experience was needed to haul in the prize. Freshman Zach Branham finished 10th (18:09), while seniors Hayden Simmons and Tanner Smith placed 15th and 18th in the individual standings.
"My fifth boy, I'm really proud of him," Perry said. "Tanner had a stress fracture and he's not even run since Sept. 15. He was tough. Without Tanner, he wouldn't have made it today.
"Wesley Pectol of Greeneville easily captured the individual title with his time of 15:44, nearly 23 seconds ahead of runner-up Zach Long of Grainger. Pectol enjoyed being out front at the Daniel Boone course where he hasn't always had the best times.
"It was a good race and it felt good," Pectol said. "I like this course, but the funny thing is I never ran very well on it the past three years. I don't know what it was, but I just felt so much better on this course today.
"Addie Leonard made it a Greeneville sweep of the individual titles with her run of 20:32, placing her 31 seconds ahead of teammate Hannah Rhodes.
As a result, Greeneville won the girls' team competition 34-61 over Sullivan East with University High third with 82 points.
Elizabethton's Maci Shell finished third individually at 21:30, and Whitley True of Unicoi County finished 10th (22:38) to make her the final individual to qualify for the state meet.
University High's Cora Allison finished one spot behind Shell in fourth. Others who scored for the Lady Bucs were: Olivia Augsburger (eighth), Rebekah Owen (12th), Ashley Daniel (20th) and Makenzie Taylor (44th).
"I'm really proud of my girls," Perry said. "We came into today with only two (runners) from varsity. The other three were eighth-graders we moved up after their eighth-grade race. That's all we had."
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October 22nd, 2013 9:24 pm by Douglas Fritz
When two teams can't score in soccer, they stop playing the full-field game and reduce the action to penalty kicks.
For University High, it was a season-ending miniaturization.
Chuckey-Doak defeated the Lady Junior Bucs by an official final score of 1-0, outscoring them 4-3 on penalty kicks in the Region 1-A/AA semifinals Tuesday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
UH finished its year at 8-5 while Doak improved to 9-6-2 and advanced to Thursday's title game against Greeneville, which defeated Sullivan South, 4-1
What set up the PK drama was two 40-minute periods of scoreless soccer, followed by two 10-minute periods of the same. Then after a pair of 5-minute sudden death periods, the teams lined up and took their shots on goal.
Savannah Wexler connected for UH first, but Doak answered.
After each team missed — with UH getting a nice save from goalkeeper Taylor Treadway — Belle Bright's shot sizzled inside the left post for a 2-1 advantage.
Doak fought back for the tie, but Aubrey Campbell pushed the Junior Bucs back in front.
Again, Doak answered to make it 3-3.
When Lady Black Knights' goalkeeper Beth Ann Burns denied UH's fifth attempt, the game was in the hands of Doak's Alicia Phillips.
"You know it's do or die, and you know it's all on the line," said Phillips.
"I had given 100 percent on the field, and I knew no matter what happened we could hold our heads high. I was thinking all glory to God because we gave 100 percent.
"In practice, Phillips said her PK attempts always go to the same spot: left corner. Phillips took a rip and planted it inside the left post, leaving UH stunned and touching off a Chuckey-Doak celebration.
"I have a superstition you can feel the ball is going in when you kick it," said Phillips. "So I had confidence it was going in."
Treadway couldn't pull off her second PK stop, but it was her play in goal that got the Junior Bucs that deep into the game. She made a pair of terrific saves in the second half to keep the Black Knights scoreless.
"She has tremendous heart," said UH assistant coach Caitlyn Epps. "She's had back trouble, and she has been on crutches and laying in bed. But there was no question she was going to play tonight.
"UH had its chances in regulation play, but couldn't get its best shots on frame. Three times the shots were high, and two of them just barely went over the crossbar.
"We were pretty unlucky the whole game," said Epps. "And it was a sloppy game for us. We didn't put more than a couple of passes together. We weren't creative with the ball.
"The end of the game was spotlighted, but Epps said UH didn't really lose the contest at that point."We told the players at the end of the game it wasn't their fault," said Epps. "It was up to us to score earlier. Every person on the team was to blame."And the coaches were to blame. We didn't have the team as ready as we should have. (Penalty kicks) was a hard position to be in."
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October 15th, 2013 9:46 pm by Douglas Fritz
ELIZABETHTON — After a career total of 101 goals, none was sweeter for Savannah Wexler than this one.
With just 62 seconds left in regulation, the University High senior delivered a 20-yard sizzler just under the crossbar to give the Lady Junior Bucs a 1-0 victory over Elizabethton in the District 1-A/AA soccer semifinals at Rider Field on Tuesday night. It was a season-ender for the Lady Cyclones (8-10) while UH (7-4) advanced to Thursday's championship game against Sullivan South at 4:30 p.m. in Kingsport.
"This was the best goal I've scored," said Wexler. "It was the most meaningful." In a contest that seemed destined for overtime, Wexler caught a nice pass from Maya Houston in the middle of the field. Immediately it was clear the Lady Cyclones were in trouble. Wexler struck the ball solidly and kept it high enough to prevent a play from Elizabethton's goalkeeper.
"Because I've played soccer so long, I can tell when the ball is going in," said Wexler. "On that shot, the minute I struck it I knew it was going in the goal.
"God gave me the ability to score. I was happy to put it in."
After a scoreless first half where Elizabethton couldn't finish a couple of really nice chances, the Lady Junior Bucs controlled possession most of the second half. But UH couldn't get ball into the net.
University High head coach Victor Chirica said his team won because of effort. "I think we really tried hard to win this game," said Chirica. "We fought the whole game, beginning to end. We knew if we lost, the season was over for us. The girls gave 100 percent." UH won many of the 50-50 balls, and that was one of the differences, said Cyclones' head coach Bill McClay.
"They were quicker to most of the 50-50 balls," said McClay. "Hats off to them. They physically won the match. We played Tennessee High a couple of days ago, and we won most of the 50-50 balls. It's hard to understand why we didn't tonight. We just didn't have that extra gear." McClay said the game's lone goal was just one of those things.
"It's the way the ball bounces," he said. "But we didn't do a great job of thinking, 'Hey, I've got to clear the ball now.'
" Wexler said she believes her team still has some postseason noise to make. "If we play like we did tonight, I think we have a chance to go a long way," said Wexler. "We came close the last time against Sullivan South, but lost in the last two minutes."
Link to pictures
Lady Cyclones vs University Dave Boyd/Johnson City Press
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Cross Country Victory! A big congratulations to both our Boys and Girls Middle School Cross Country teams who competed in the regional meet on Saturday October 12th. The boys team walked away with a fourth place finish with Jeb Jones placing 2nd overall and Pablo Rivas finishing 13th. The remaining boys demonstrated pack running at its finest to help the Junior Bucs advance to state. The girls team was lead by Cora Allison who placed 7th overall and Bekah Owen followed by Breanna Fee, Ashley Daniels, Camilla Rivas, and Calli Newberry. All the Junior Buc Ladies had a strong day to get the team to a fifth place finish which allowed the team to advance to state. Both teams will compete in Knoxville for the State Meet on Saturday, October 19th. Congrats to both teams on a job well done!
Congratulations to our Cross Country teams who competed in the Hagan Stone Cross Country Meet in North Carolina. Middle School Boys Team came in 3rd, Jeb Jones came in 7th, Pablo Rivas came in 13th overall, and Cora Allison came in 7th overall for Girls. Way to go, Bucs!!!
UNIVERSITY HIGH WINS September 3rd, 2013
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September 3rd, 2013 11:42 pm by Lee Talbert
University High Lady Bucs played Elizabethton Lady Cyclones at the Civitan Park Soccer Complex in Johnson City Tuesday evening. (Lee Talbert/Johnson City Press)
University High beat Elizabethton 2-0 in girls' soccer on Tuesday.
Lady Bucs top Elizabethton
Savannah Wexler scored a goal and assisted on another as the University High girls soccer team defeated Elizabethton 2-0 in a conference match Tuesday night at Civitan Park.
Wexler, who scored on an assist from Sarah Robinson, helped out on Maya Houston's goal. Taylor Treadway got the shut out in goal. Centerback Gracie Gregg helped out on defense.
University High improved to 4-1 and 1-0 in the league, and plays again Thursday night against Tennessee High at Civitan Park.
Above, University High's Alayna Smith controls the ball.
Above, UH's Michaela Lane moves in for a tackle on Elizabethton's Olivia Bell.
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November 2nd, 2013 11:30 pm by From staff reports
NASHVILLE — Daniel Boone finished state runner-up in the Class AAA boys cross country meet for a second straight year on Saturday at Percy Warner Park.
Other local squads also had plenty of success. Science Hill posted fifth-place finishes in both the Class AAA boys' and girls' races, while the University High boys were fourth in the Class A-AA competition .
In the Class A-AA boys, Noah Jones finished 12th individually (17:08) to lead the Junior Bucs to a fourth-place team finish.
Levi Carter and Zac Branham added finishes of 17:55 and 18:08, respectively.
Seniors Tanner Smith (18:16) and Hayden Simmons (18:46) also added to the University High points total.
"We wanted to be top-five and fourth-place was great," University High head coach Dee Perry said.
"It was a lot better than we did last year. Our top three come back so next year, we want to finish even higher.
Our girls finished 12th and we have the top-five girls back for the next two years. I'm really looking for them to win it in the next two years."
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University School Golf,
Nick Sewell, who fired a 2-under-par 70 at the District 1 A/AA Golf Tournament at Elizabethon Golf Course on September 16th. Nick finished third overall, qualifying for the Regional Tournament. In the Regional Tournament Nick shot a 73 on September 23rd, qualifying for the state tournament at Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester. At the State Tournament, Nick carded a two-round total of 162 (84-78). We are proud of you, Nick! Swing, Bucs, Swing!
Congratulations to the Middle School Cross Country Boys and Girls teams who had a STRONG showing at the Overmountain Run which was run at Sycamore Shoals. The boys walked away with a second place finish and were lead by Jeb Jones who placed first in the meet, Pablo Rivas who placed 9th, and Cooper Pack who came in 12th. The top 6 were rounded out by Caleb Strickler, Alex Lemery and Nick Pohlgeers. Congratulations to all the boys who ran hard to lead the Junior Bucs to a strong showing!
The girls had a strong meet finishing in 6th place overall and were lead by Cora Allison who placed 6th overall in the meet as well as Bekah Owen and Bekah Rice who came in the top three for the bucs. Ashley Daniel, Courtney Henley and Calli Newberry also had strong finishes rounding out the top 6 for the bucs. Congratulations to all the ladies for a job well done!
HS Boys Basketball
Attention all High School Boys interested in trying-out for
this season: Conditioning will begin October 1st, from 10:00-11:30am; meet in the weightroom (room 105) of Brooks Gym. We will also meet October 3rd, from 3:30-5:00, and each day after school from 3:30-5:00 beginning October 7th. Attendance at conditioning is expected of all players who want to try-out. Please contact Coach Penley (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions
Middle School Girls Basketball
All 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Girls interested in trying out for the
Middle School Girls Basketball Team
are encouraged to attend open gym in the school gym on Sunday, September 8th, from 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Please contact Coach Matt Wood if you have any questions
Cross Country Victory!
Congratulations to the University Middle School Cross Country runners who had a strong showing on Thursday during the Redskin Rally Invitational. A record number of runners participated with 699 among the field. The JV boys were lead by Lewis and Collin with Nelson, Kalin and Tuck rounding out the team. The varsity middle school girls were lead by Cora Allison who finished 10th with Bekah Owen and the rest of the team close in tow. The middle school boys finished 1st as a team with Jeb Jones placing 2nd and Pablo Cooper, Will Owen, Caleb Strickler and Nick executing pack running to bring home the win for the Junior Bucs. Congratulations to all the runners for an amazing race!
Link to Tennessee Runner - Run Fer Da Hills Meet Results (photo gallery!)
Congratulations to both
Cross Country teams. The High School boys finished 1st in the Run fer da Hills meet last Saturday. Levi Carter was our first finisher in 5th place. Noah Jones and Zach Branham were in the top 15. Olivia Augsburger was the top finisher for the girls in 24th place.
Middle School boys also took 1st place at the same meet. Jeb Jones finished 2nd overall with Pablo Rivas and Cooper Pack finishing in the top 10. Cora Allison was our top girl in 9th place overall. The girls finished 7th. Good job!
Don't forget University School Spirit Night at Chik Fil A on Monday, September 9th! There will be prizes!
Cross Country Runners Needed! : The High School Girls Cross Country team needs 2 more runners. We have 2 varsity positions left on our team. Our girls are planning to go to the state championship again this year and we are looking for a couple of motivated athletes to go with us. Any girl interested in cross country please contact Coach Dee Perry
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