University High takes South down to the wire
September 29th, 2014 10:53 pm by Trey Williams
University High takes South down to the wire
After blowing out University High on Sept. 2, Sullivan South had to wait 80 minutes to exhale in the rematch.
The Lady Rebels' Kaitlin Barrett hooked a shot inside the left post from perhaps 20 yards out with some 10 minutes remaining in the first half and South made it stand up for a 1-0 victory.
University High lost 8-1 at South in the previous meeting, and Rebels coach Keith Parker said he warned his players about complacency prior to Monday's matchup.
"We're not pleased leaving this game," Parker said. "We left way too many opportunities on the field. We just did not pass the ball well.
"UH, they've improved vastly since we played those guys last game, but we didn't help ourselves at all in our decision making. We kept the ball too long, didn't keep knocking it around like we can."
Maya Houston, University High's talented, tireless sophomore, nearly tied the score with roughly 10 minutes remaining. She hit the crossbar from approximately 35-38 yards out on the right side of the field.
"It was a great shot," University High coach Caitlyn Epps said. "Maya Houston's a good player. I ask a lot of her."
All of UH's players seemed to answer the challenge of making a better showing against the Lady Rebels.
"I told my players at the end of the game that I couldn't have really asked for more," Epps said. "I thought we possessed the ball better. I thought we had good combinations in the offense and I thought our defense was playing pretty solid.
"But that's soccer. It happens sometimes. They get that one open chance and they get it, whereas we had plenty of chances but didn't get it."
South had several other quality opportunities. Marissa Byerley's left-footed shot from the left edge of the box was wide right late in the first half, and Briana Watlington and Barrett had decent chances in the final 17 minutes.
The skilled Barrett made an impressive run to create her shot.
Houston's skills and energy were entertaining, too.
"She's an excellent player," Parker said. "You've got to keep your eyes on her or she'll beat you. I thought (her shot) was in; I really did.
"They had us on our heels the last 15 minutes. I think, as a whole, UH — I think they outplayed us more than we outplayed them. We were just lucky enough to get a goal."
South (4-0-1, 9-2-3) visits Elizabethton on Thursday.
UH (3-6) will try to bounce back when it hosts Happy Valley today.
"We have a young team, and they've been working a lot harder as the season's gone on," Epps said. "They've been giving much better efforts during the game."
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Golf team updates from the A/AA Region and State tournaments
Region tournament was at Link Hills Golf course on September 15th. Haley Bradshaw qualified for region as an individual and shot a 101. The Boys Team also qualified and they came in 3rd place as a team. Nick Sewell won the region tournament after tying with Tanner Hall from Sullivan South for first place with 72's. They had an exciting 2-hole play-off and Nick won! This qualified him to go to the State Tournament!
The State tournament was held at Willowbrook Golf Course in Manchester, TN where Nick played the 2-day tournament on September 23rd and 24th. He shot a 72 on day 1 and a 77 on day 2 which put him tied for 8th place overall out of 72 players from across the state.
September 15th, 2014 10:49 pm by Trey Williams
GREENEVILLE — If Tanner Hall was going to lose a regional golf title on the second hole of a playoff after burning the edge on a couple of putts while his opponent got up and down from the sand to extend sudden death – well, it might as well have been to Nick Sewell.
University High's Sewell won the Region A/AA tournament Monday at Link Hills by finishing a 30-foot two-putt with a tap-in par. It was a storybook moment of sorts for Sewell, who played through eighth grade with Hall and his Sullivan South teammates at Colonial Heights.
"I played in middle school with those guys," Sewell said. "We've been pretty good friends since probably about sixth grade. Tanner's a great guy. He's a class act and I wouldn't have wanted to go into a playoff with anyone else."
Sewell shot 72 to punch his ticket to the state tournament, which begins next Tuesday at WillowBrook in Manchester. Hall and his Sullivan South teammates also qualified for the state tournament, as they won the team title by nine shots (298-307) over L&N Academy of Knoxville.
L&N Academy's Nick Bernard (76) and Chris Kleinshmidt (77) advanced to the state with Sewell, as did Chuckey-Doak's Ananias Bonin (75).
Sullivan South's Taylor White shot a 76 to win the girls' title. Other girls qualifying for the state tournament were Grainger's Kristen Ankrom (78), Elizabethton's Jamie Hinkle (81) and Northview Academy's Heidi Lawson (86).
Greeneville's girls won the team title to advance, defeating South on the first hole of a playoff.
It looked like Sewell might lose on the first hole of his playoff with Hall. Sewell's approach found a sand trap beyond the green and Hall's stopped some 10 feet from the cup. But Sewell made a relatively difficult shot look routine.
"I've been working on my wedges, just making sure I keep my head down through the swing so I don't skull it or whatever," Sewell said. "I made sure I did that and hit it out like I wanted – to about six feet, I guess."
Sewell made the putt after Hall missed by a fraction of an inch, forcing another hole.
"That was a great up-and-down," Hall said. "He had about a five-footer and he made that and I missed my – about a 10-foot birdie putt. I couldn't really get the putter rolling today, but I still played pretty well. My par putt on two in the playoff lipped out. ...
"I didn't mind losing to Nick. I wouldn't want it to be anyone else, really. Nick played great and he got it."
Sewell birdied Nos. 8 and 14.
"I hit No. 8 in two – hit a really good hybrid to knock it on and two-putted for birdie," Sewell said. "And I lipped out an ace on No. 14 for birdie. I'd say those are two pretty defining moments. ...
"It's a great feeling. I'm really excited. I've put out a lot of really hard work since, probably, the sixth grade to get here."
All of the middle school discussion reminded Hall of what a positive influence Colonial Heights coach Bob York had on Sewell and the South golfers. And it seems like South will essentially have an extra teammate at the state in Sewell.
The Lady Rebels' White edged Ankrom by two strokes for the title, though she said they were "neck and neck" down the stretch.
"Normally I get really nervous, and I was actually really calm," said White, who smiled at mention of regional champ and state qualifier. "I'm overjoyed about that. I'm disappointed that my team didn't get to go, because we both worked really hard all year. But I'm really happy that I get to go as an individual. ...
"I really struggled with my approach shots and putting today, but my long game was really good. So that's what kind of held me together."
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Congratulations to University School Golf team, who came in second as a team with a score of 324, and Nick Sewell came in second overall individually with a score of 72. Nick, a senior here at UH was named Co-MVP for District 1 A/AA Golf and qualified to play in the Regional Tournament next Monday, September 15th, at Links Hills in Greeneville. Haley Bradshaw, also a senior at UH, qualified for the Regional as an individual with a score of 94. So proud of our Swinging Bucs!!!
September 8th, 2014 10:54 pm by Joe Avento
ELIZABETHTON — It was all Sullivan South at the District 1-A/AA golf tournament Monday at Elizabethton Golf Course.
The South boys, spurred by individual champion Seth Crawford's 71, captured the title by 23 strokes over runner-up University High. Meanwhile, South's girls won by 25 over Elizabethton as Taylor White took medalist honors with a 69.
With South dominating as expected — three Rebels finish in the top six — everybody else was playing for second place. The University High boys captured second, thanks to Nick Sewell's runner-up finish. Sewell shot 72 to finish one stroke behind Crawford.
South finished at 301. University High (324) edged Johnson County (325) for second. The top three teams all qualified for the Region 1-A/AA tournament, next Monday at Links Hills Country Club in Greeneville.
"That's our goal coming in, to keep our season alive," UH coach Justin Penley said. "We knew coming in that South was the team to beat for first. We're just fortunate they take more than one team to regionals and we get to play another week."
Sewell began on the back nine and made the turn at one under par, but ran into trouble to start the front. He made a double-bogey at No. 1 followed by a bogey on the next hole. He righted the ship and played the final seven holes in two under par, with birdies at the fifth and eighth holes.
"He's been playing well all season for us," Penley said. "He's a really good player. He works hard at it. He deserves the success he has."
The individual competition wouldn't have been so close if Crawford hadn't bogeyed the final two holes. Still, the South sophomore was happy to be the district champion.
"It feels good," Crawford said. "I wish I would have finished a little better, but everybody can always find a few extra strokes they could have saved. Other than that, I'm pretty proud of the way I played."
South's Seth Worley shot 73 to finish third, while his teammate Tanner Hall tied with Johnson County's Brandon Vannoy for fourth at 78.
Sullivan East's team didn't qualify for the regional, but three of the Patriots' players made it as individuals. John Luster (81), Ethan Mays (83) and Austin Sadler (84) will all be playing at Link Hills on Monday.
They will be joined by Unicoi County's Dalton Spears (84) and Elizabethton's Christopher Schaff (85). The top five finishers not on qualifying teams earned spots in the regional.
The South girls, the defending Class A/AA state champions, were even more dominant. White's 69 and Kaitlyn Grills' 78 were the top two scores in the entire field.
With the women's tees on the par-four ninth and 18th holes playing short, White was able to hit 5-irons onto both greens on her tee shots.
"I've been really working on my iron game, so that's been a lot stronger lately," White said. "Knowing this course is pretty easy to shoot under par on, it gave me a big heads-up on everything."
South finished with a two-player total of 147. Elizabethton, led by Madison Campbell's 83, finished at 172. Sullivan East, with Holly Hamilton's 83 leading the way, shot 178 and claimed the final regional berth.
Qualifying for the regional as individuals were Unicoi County's Heavenly Shelton (91), Hampton's Hannah Brummitt (91) and Savana Weddle (96), Happy Valley's Kalee Johnson (94) and University High's Hayley Bradshaw (94).
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Congratulations to the Boys Middle School Cross Country team for their win at the 8th annual Run-Fer-Da-Hills meet in Bristol. Jeb Jones - Boys 1st finisher, Chloe Cradic - Girls 1st finisher, and Nick Daniel - 1st finisher in Elementary. Way to go, Bucs!!!
Congratulations to the men's and women's High School Cross Country team who had a strong showing in South Carolina. The women's team was led by Cora Allison followed by Bekah Owen, Ashley Daniels, Chloe Graves and Grace Owen. The men's team was lead by Pablo Rivas, followed by Cannon Pack, Cooper Pack, David Fragerberg, Lewis Wessner, Nick Pohlgeers, Caleb Turner, Ramiro Rodriguez, James Briest, and Kalin Sokell. The Junior Bucs will be back in action this Saturday in Roanoke, VA. Way to go team!
September 2nd, 2014 7:57 pm by Ned Jilton
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Cross Country State Meet:
who ran in the 2014 Cross Country State Meet in Nashville, TN, on Saturday, November 1st. Both Cora and Pablo had solid performances in their races. Thank you to the team for coming together and cheering their teammates on to the finish line at Starbucks in the snow!
Cross Country : Somewhere along the line from the long bus rides and the countless hours of practice, our success and our failures, our inside jokes and our stories we became more than a team; we became a family. We look forward to Track. Congratulations to all on a successful Cross Country Season. Coach Whitson
Cross Country Victory! Congratulations to Jeb Jones, Blake Ryan, Caleb Strickler, Collin Daniel, Will Owen, Ele Drona-Migareas, Josiah Turner, and Drew Oligny! The Middle School Boys Cross Country team placed 2nd in State Championship in Knoxville. Jeb Jones placed 3rd. He was All-State! Also, congratulations to Nick Daniels, who placed 18th in Elementary Race! Way to go, Bucs!!!!
We have several new coaches for UH sports this season!
Ms. Bethany Byrd – Middle School Girls Head Basketball Coach. University School is excited to announce Bethany Byrd as the Middle School Girls Head Basketball Coach. Bethany played 4 years of college basketball at the University of Montevallo where she is the all-time leading shot blocker and 2nd all-time leading scorer. She led her team to the Elite Eight and was inducted into the University of Montevallo Hall of Fame in 2003. Bethany has coached both high school and middle school girls’ basketball as well as softball.
Mr. Dan Almond – High School Boys Head Soccer Coach
University School is excited to announce Dan Almond as the Boy’s Head Soccer Coach. Dan played college soccer at Emory & Henry where he still holds the record for assists and points for a career and single season. Dan has also coached high school soccer, leading the Science Hill JV team to a 37-1 record from 2008 to 2010. Dan’s most recent coaching experience was head coach of the 2014 FC – Dallas U13 program which was nationally ranked. Welcome to University School, Coach Almond!
Mr. Randy Winstead – High School Girls Head Basketball Coach
University School is excited to announce Randy Winstead has the High School Girl’s Head Basketball Coach. Randy played college level basketball for 2 years and has coached both high school and middle school basketball. Randy most recently led Gray’s middle school girls basketball program to 3 straight Big 3A conference championships and 2 state sectional championships from 2011 to 2014.
Buc Booster memberships are on sale for $25.00. Buc Booster family passes for members are on sale now for $150.00. This provides entrance for members and all family (i.e., cousins, uncles, grandma, etc.) to all home games of all sports. Free UH Buc hat will be provided for all family passes while supplies last! Membership Form
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