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SPORTS ROUNDUP: What a Friday night: Western girls stay unbeaten in soccer; Southern pulls off softball comeback; Western claims OT win in lacrosse states


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

It was an eventful Friday night for several Alamance County teams in multiple sports. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:


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Girls’ soccer

At Elon, Western Alamance scored the final three goals in a 3-1 victory against visiting Eastern Alamance to clinch the Central 3-A Conference title.

Eastern’s Maddy Loranger opened the scoring before Western’s Emma Gryniewski tied the game before halftime.

“What I’ve been stressing is if we make mistakes, we have to get heads up,” Western coach Camden Brooks said. “The way they responded was awesome.”

Abigail Lush and Callie Athas had the second-half goals for the Warriors (16-0-2 overall, 9-0-1 Central 3-A Conference), who have two regular-season games remaining.

It was a rematch from last month’s 0-0 tie. This time, the defending champion Eagles (8-6-1, 6-3-1) were without leading scorer Abby Brinker, who was required to sit out a game after accumulating five yellow cards during the season.



At Elon, Southern Alamance never led until the seventh inning, when a six-run rally produced an 11-7 victory against host Western Alamance, giving the Patriots a share of the Central 3-A Conference championship with Eastern Alamance.

Before an out was recorded in the final inning, winning pitcher Rylee Humble drilled a two-run, bases-loaded double to tie the game. The Patriots (18-4, 10-2) kept going, with No. 8 and Ava Duggins capping the outburst with run-scoring singles.

Rylee Humble

With Southern trailing 6-3 in the sixth, Duggins had a huge at-bat by fouling off several two-strike pitches before smashing a two-out, two-run home run to center field on a full-count pitch.

Ava Duggins

Western pitcher Addison Beal snapped a 3-3 tie in the fifth with a two-out, two-run single and teammate No. 16 made it 6-3 with a single. Ryan Justice, Lela Kate Baker and Grayson Saul all scored two runs for the Warriors (6-14, 5-7).

Eastern Alamance (14-8, 10-2) did its part by defeating visiting Orange 4-3 with Delanie Straughan tossing a four-hitter and Taylor Byrd driving in three runs. Orange (15-6, 9-3) would have shared the crowd instead of the Eagles if it had won.


Boys’ lacrosse

At Pittsboro, Western Alamance avenged two regular-season losses to Seaforth, winning 9-8 on Evan Kuehnel’s overtime goal in the Class 1-A/2-A/3-A state playoffs.

Western goalie Will Foster made a tie-preserving save late in regulation before teammate Zeke May won the faceoff to begin overtime. The Warriors called time-out before Kuehnel’s sixth goal of the game 26 seconds into the extra session sent the Warriors to their school-record 14th victory.

“I can breathe now,” Western coach Trey Andrews said, referring to the wild finish.

Western (14-5) won its first playoff game in a decade. The second-round game came after both teams had first-round byes.

Next for the Warriors is Tuesday night’s third-round game at top-seeded Orange.



A seven-game winning streak for Williams ended with a 13-4 home loss to Roxboro Person. Still, the Bulldogs (17-5, 6-4) finished in third place in the Central 3-A Conference behind co-champions Orange and Southern Alamance.

Orange and Southern Alamance are slated for a tiebreaker game to determine the league’s automatic bid to the state playoffs at 5:00 p.m. Saturday at Southeast Alamance.


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