Clark steps down as Thomasville boys basketball coach
After four seasons as boys basketball coach at Thomasville High School, Tony Clark is stepping away from his post.
A teacher for 11 years at Thomasville Middle School, Clark has decided to put down his whistle in order to spend time with family and pursue administrative certification. His record as coach of the Bulldogs was 29-62.
“I decided it was time to do some other things,” said Clark. “I wanted to change my focus a little bit and do something different. I do not really know what the future brings, but as for right now I will remain at Thomasville Middle School through the end of the year.”
Clark took over the program when veteran coach Woody Huneycutt stepped aside to focus on his athletic director duties. His time at the helm has been difficult since the Bulldogs moved up to 2-A. THS did visit the playoffs in each of Clark’s first three seasons, but were eliminated each time in the first round. This past year, the Bulldogs failed to make the postseason with a 6-16 record. While participating in the Central Carolina Conference, Thomasville had one winning season when they went 6-4 in the 2010-11 campaign, finishing up with an overall record of 10-16.
Though times were tough and the scoreboard did not always favor the Bulldogs, Clark enjoyed his time on the sideline getting to know the young men he coached.
“It was a wonderful experience. Every year brought different challenges, but I can sincerely say that each of my teams played very hard for me. I feel really good about my time here in Thomasville.
“Stepping away was a tough decision. It is my passion and what I love to do. A lot of times when you are passionate about something it makes it that much harder.”
Along with his pursuit of certification, Clark’s daughter will be a senior next year and he would like to spend more time with her.
“I have already missed out on a lot with my family,” said Clark. “A lot of times you do not have time to make that up and get that time back. So I thought it would be good now for me to do it.”
The school is expected to begin its search for a new coach soon.
— ZACH KEPLEY
THE THOMASVILLE TIMES
HPCA 6, SOUTH LAKE CHRSITIAN 4
HIGH POINT — Sloane McPeak was strong at the plate and in the circle in carrying High Point Christian Academy to a 6-4 victory over South Lake Christian on Tuesday.
McPeak racked up two RBIs on two hits for High Point Christian Academy. She singled in the fourth inning and homered in the fifth inning.
McPeak looked sharp on the mound. South Lake Christian managed just four hits off of McPeak, who allowed one earned run, walked one and struck out two during her 4 2/3 innings of work.
HPCA plays Wesleyan Christian at home on Thursday.
LEDFORD 15, N. FORSYTH 0 (3)
HIGH POINT – Winning pitcher Megan Hayworh smacked a two-run home run as Ledford topped North Forsyth in a Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference game stopped after three innings because of the mercy rule Tuesday.
Hayworth and Mary davis combined on a one-hitter.
Mckenzie Cranford also hit a two-run homer for the Panthers and went 2-for-3. Destiny Deberry went 2-for-2, tripled and had 2 RBIs. Jessie Hayworth was 2-for-2 with two RBIs while Reagan Bray was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Ledford improves to 5-5 and 3-1 in the MPC.
WHEATMORE 16, TRINTIY 1 (5)
TRINITY – Morgan Halo tossed a two-hitter, struck out 10 and walked one as Wheatmore stopped Trinity 16-1 in a PAC6 game stopped after five innings because of the mercy rule Tuesday.
Leading hitters for the Warriors were Stephanie Fortner (2-for-3, double, two RBIs), Katie Bailiff (2-for-3, one RBI), Sydney Peel (2-for-3, two RBIs), Katie Kennedy (1-for-2, double, two RBIs) and Nicole Hunter (1-for-3, three RBIs).
Wheatmore (13-0, 3-0 PAC6) plays host to Randleman on Thursday.
E. FORSYTH 5, GLENN 4
WINSTON-SALEM – East Forsyth held on for a 5-4 victory over Glenn, handing the Bobcats their first Piedmont Triad 4A Conference loss of the season on Tuesday.
Glenn led 3-2 after three innings but the Eagles took the lead with two in the fifth, followed by what proved to be the winning run in the sixth. Glenn then scored one in the bottom of the seventh.
Leading hitters for the Bobcats included Heather Burton (3-for-4, one RBI), Karen foley (2-for-3 with two runs scored) and Breanna Murphy (1-for-2 with a run).
Glenn drops to 8-3, 5-1 PTC. East is 8-1, 5-1.
EAST DAVIDSON 23, THOMASVILLE 0 (3 INNINGS)
THOMASVILLE — Avery Bowles and Nathan Campbell collected seven RBIs apiece as East Davidson blanked Thomasville 23-0 in three innings on Tuesday.
Bowles finished 3-for-3 with a homer and a double for the Golden Eagles (10-2, 3-0 Central Carolina 2A Conference). Campbell was 2-for-2 with a homer and double. Nick Williams was 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Braxton Shetley pitched two no-hit innings for East, striking out four.
East plays host to Thomasville on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
LEDFORD 7, N. FORSTYH 2
WINSTON-SALEM – Ledford touched North Forsyth’s pitching for nine hits and posted a 7-2 Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference victory on Tuesday.
Down 1-0, the Panthers added two in the fourth and three in the sixth. After the Vikings added their second run in the bottom of the sixth, Ledford added two insurance runs in the seventh.
Bubba White was the winning pitcher for the Panthers (6-5, 3-1 Mid-Piedmont Conference). Leading hitters for Ledford were Tebo White (2-for-3, two runs scored), Austin Stilley (2-for-2, a double and three runs scored) and Chaz Shields (2-for-3 with two RBIs).
WESTCHESTER 1, ELON SCHOOL 1
HIGH POINT — Westchester Country Day School battled to a 1-1 with Elon School in a TAC 2A match on Tuesday.
Sarah Kate Christiansen put Westchester on the board first with 15 minutes to go in the first half, after taking a feed from Avery Keefe on a corner kick. Elon drew even with 10 minutes left in the game.
Maddie Dyson snared eight saves for the Wildcats in goal. Westchester (1-5-1, 1-2-1 TAC) travels to Burlington Christian on Thursday.
GLENN 3, HIGH POINT CENTRAL 0
HIGH POINT — Glenn topped High Point Central 3-0 in Piedmont Triad 4A Conference action on Tuesday at High Point Athletic Complex.
Mary Bryan Smith served in goal for the Bison (3-5, 1-3), who play host to Southwest Guilford on Thursday at 6 p.m. at High Point Athletic Complex.
PAGE 2, RAGSDALE 1
GREENSBORO – Lindsay Kubrick scored the only goal for Ragsdale in a 2-1 loss to Page on tuesday.
Keller Dixon grabbed eight saves in goal for the tigers.
LEDFORD 8, NORTH DAVIDSON 1
WELCOME — Rick Ydrovo led a string of singles winners as Ledford cruised past North Davidson 8-1 on a frigid, windy Tuesday afternoon.
Thomas Freeman, Jackson Somers, Landon McGinn, Erik McSwain and Will Harrington also won in singles for the Panthers (9-2).
Ydrovo-Freeman and Andy Buchanan-McSwain prevailed in doubles.
Ledford plays at Southern Guilford today at 4:30 p.m.
HP CENTRAL 5, ASHEBORO 4
HIGH POINT – Robert Tutton and Matt Amos teamed for a doubles victory that proved to be the difference as High Point Central edged Asheboro 5-4 in a nonconference match Tuesday.
Carter Gay, Tripp Smith, Alex Hill and Robert Tutton won singles matches for the Bison (11-1). Central plays host to Northwest Guilford in a key Piedmont triad 4A match today at 4:30.
TRINITY 9, SW RANDOLPH 0
FARMER — Trinity rolled past Southwestern Randolph for a 9-0 victory on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs got singles wins from David Ryu, Chase Pruitt, Hunter Dean, Josh Flenniken, Reid Butler and David Gonzales. Pruitt-Dean, Ryu-Butler and Gonzales-Flenniken prevailed in doubles.
HPCA 9, WESTCHESTER 0
HIGH POINT — High Point Christian Academy stopped Westchester Country Day School 9-0 on Tuesday.
In singles, Sam Parlier defeated Adam Chinnasami 6-3, 6-1; David Leonard downed Hunter Heinbach 6-1, 6-4; Corbin Carroll topped Baxter Braggerworth 7-5, 6-4; Zach Hamilton beat Max Johns 6-4, 6-1; Zach Davis defeated George Heath 6-1, 6-1; and Austin Cobb beat Govind Harish 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles, Parlier-Leonard defeated Chinnasami-Johns 8-2; Carroll-Hamilton topped Heinbach-Braggeworth 9-8 (7-3) and Chandler Starr-Davis stopped Heath-Harish 8-1.
RANDLEMAN 9, T.W. ANDREWS 0
RANDLEMAN — Randleman downed T.W. Andrews 9-0 in PAC-6 2A action on Tuesday.
The Red Raiders (1-9, 1-2) play host to Atkins today at 4:30 p.m.
AT MAPLE LEAF
KERNERSVILLE - High Point Central stayed unbeaten by winning the first Piedmont Triad 4A Conference match of the season on Tuesday.
The Bison carded a 151 total to edge Northwest Guilford by a stroke. East Forsyth was third at 159, followed by Southwest Guilford (161), Glenn (163), Ragsdale (170) and Parkland 225.
Trevor Blevins of Glenn took medalist honors with an even-par 35, one better than Central’s Justin Franklin. Matthew Kraczyk added a 37 with Lee Sanderson contributing a 38. Ryan Eskew and Harrison Frye shot 40.
Devin Lanier (39), Drew Adams (40), Ryan Hardy (40) and Gary Mayberry (42) were counting scorers for Southwest.
Stephen Brown (41), Peyton Kimball (42) and Tom Coleman (45) made up the rest of the top four for Glenn.
David Song (40), Jared Milliken (41), Brett Barko (42) and Mike Hukill (47) were counting scorers for Ragsdale.
Central (25-0, 6-0) faces Southwestern Randolph today at Blair Park.
BISHOP GIRLS 15, MT. TABOR 2
WINSTON-SALEM - Megan Shortt scored nine goals as Bishop McGuinness crushed Mount Tabor 15-2 on tuesday.
Adaire Hudson and Annie Lanuraglia each added two goals. Grace DeMers and Jill Lindquist had a goal each.
Adora Nsonwu snared four saves in goal for the Villains.