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Western Alamance sets lacrosse win record, then falls


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Western Alamance’s winningest season of boys’ lacrosse involved extreme mood swings in the postseason.

The Warriors were ultimately eliminated with an 18-5 loss to host Orange, the top seed in the East Region, on Tuesday night in the Class 1-A/2-A/3-A state playoffs.

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Yet Western’s season involved a school-best win total with a 14-6  record.

Friday night at Pittsboro, ninth-seeded Western avenged two regular-season losses to eighth-seeded Seaforth, winning 9-8 on Evan Kuehnel’s overtime score.

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 14th victory.

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

Western, which won its first playoff game in a decade, received one goal apiece from Ethan Morris, Eli Harper and Corben Bowen. The second-round game came after both teams had first-round byes.

  • Williams, the No. 12 seed, lost 14-5 at fifth-seeded Carrboro in the second round after both teams received byes. The Bulldogs finished with an 11-9 record to match the most wins in program history.
  • No. 16 seed Southern Alamance (7-16) was also ousted by Orange, losing 20-4 on Friday just two nights after edging No. 17 seed Northside 14-10 in the first round. In the victory, Talan Cook, Trey Dehart, and Tustin Johnson all scored three goals, while Kayden Simmons and Brody Shoffner both had two goals.


Boys’ tennis

Western Alamance’s Luke Durham and Adam Boylston are in the singles draw for the Class 3-A individual state tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Burlington Tennis Center.

Durham begins play vs. Piedmont’s William Herman. Boylston faces Ledford’s Logan Thoma in the first round.

The Williams doubles tandem of Alex Brown and Michael Zang also qualified. They’ll meet Lake Norman Charter’s Charlie Schild and Tejas Sridhar in their opener.

  • In dual team state playoffs, fourth-seeded and undefeated Western Alamance advanced to this week’s second round in Class 3-A by defeating No. 29 seed Northside 6-0. The Warriors were set to meet No. 13 seed Pikeville Aycock on Wednesday.

No. 21 seed Williams fell 6-0 to 13th-seeded Greenville Rose, while No. 30 seed Southern Alamance was bounced 9-0 by third-seeded Wilson Fike.

In Class 1-A, ninth-seeded Clover Garden lost to eighth-seeded Voyager Academy in the second round after both teams had first-round byes.

  • In the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association, Burlington Christian Academy topped Hickory’s University Christian 5-1 in Tuesday’s Division III first round at Old Forest Racquet Club in Elon. Next is Thursday’s match at Faith Christian of Rocky Mount.

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