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Western begins new soccer journey; Southern, Williams click in volleyball; Runners set early marks

By Bob Sutton
Special to The Alamance News

Three weeks into the season, the Western Alamance High School boys’ soccer team holds a 3-2-1 record.

The Warriors are the reigning Class 3-A state champions.

Their latest result came with Thursday night’s 1-1 non-conference tie at Southern Alamance.

The Warriors own home victories against Eastern Guilford and Greensboro Grimsley and a road triumph at Bartlett Yancey.

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Western’s losses came at Concord and at Asheboro. The Warriors also lost early in the season last year to Asheboro.

After two non-league games next week, Western begins Central 3-A Conference play Sept. 12 at Eastern Alamance.

Meanwhile, Williams is off to a 6-0-1 start, with the winning streak halted with Wednesday night’s 0-0 tie with Grimsley. The Bulldogs were unscored upon in their first five games.


Strong volleyball starts: Southern Alamance put together a solid start to the volleyball season before falling to Chapel Hill in its DAC-VII 4-A Conference opener Thursday night at home.

That left the Patriots with an 8-3 record going into next week.

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Southern had won five consecutive matches since a loss to 2021 Class 2-A state champion Southwestern Randolph in a tournament at East Chapel Hill.

Williams lost to visiting Orange on Thursday night in its second Central 3-A Conference match. Still, the Bulldogs hold a 6-2 record.

That’s notable because Williams won a total of seven matches last season.


Off and running: The Williams boys and Eastern Alamance girls set the tone for the season in cross country by winning the team portions of the Alamance County Championships.

Southern Alamance’s Walker East was the individual winner in the boys’ race August 24 at Guilford-Mackintosh Park & Marina. East won in 19 minutes, 28.7 seconds.

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Williams had 26 points to runner-up Southern’s 30.

On the girls’ side, Catherine Parker of Eastern claimed first place in 22:37.5, while River Mill’s Saona Wilcox was second in 23:17.8.

Eastern’s 23 points gave it the edge on runner-up Williams at 35.

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