Gray Stone Dominates in Fall Conference Play

Gray Stone Dominates in Fall Conference Play
Conference Champs Fall 2017

Gray Stone Dominates in Fall Conference Play

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association reorganizes schools every four years based on size and geography of schools.  Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, Gray Stone has been aligned with some traditional rivalries and some past familiar faces.  The new Yadkin Valley 1A conference includes Albemarle, South Stanly, North Stanly, North Rowan, West Montgomery, South Davidson, North Moore, and Uwharrie Charter Academy.  Chatham Central plays in the conference for football only.

This fall, Gray Stone fielded teams in men’s soccer, women’s tennis, volleyball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, and women’s golf.  All sports participated in the conference with the exception of women’s golf which does not have enough conference participants to be declared a conference sport.

Women’s tennis finished the regular season undefeated earning the conference championship.  The team advanced in the playoffs where the eventually fell to Bishop McGuinness 5-4, ending the season with a record of 14-1.  Individually, freshman Emma Bost was the runner-up to the state champion in singles.  The duo of Miriam Roy and Abbey Styers finished the season as state semi-finalists.

Men’s soccer lost a regular season contest to North Moore and then redeemed themselves with a 2-0 win at home against North Moore to secure a share of the conference title.  The Knights also banked a tie against West Stanly.  Every other game in the regular season ended in victory.  The Knights advanced to the third round of the state playoffs where they faced the Mt. Airy Bears.  The Bears scored the lone goal of the game in overtime to advance.  The Knights finished the season 19-2-1.

Men’s and women’s cross country battled the field throughout the season as they took on course after course.  Sprinkling the regular season with invitational meets against bigger schools, the teams entered the conference meet prepared to take home another conference title.  Both teams finished the day as champions and advanced to the NCHSAA Regionals where their hard work against stout competition paid off.  The women’s team finished as Regional Runner Up and the men’s team finished fourth.  Both teams advanced to the state meet where the men finished 12th and women finished 9th.

The volleyball team swept through the conference as well.  The Lady Knights, under a dearth of senior leadership, finished the regular season undefeated with a conference title in hand before advancing to the state playoffs as the YVC #1 seed.  The team battled passed Hayesville in the second round before falling to Murphy in the 3rd round by 3-1 margin.  The Lady Knights finished 23-1.

Women’s golf worked hard all season to get players qualified for regionals based on their average individual scores.  Five players advanced to the regional play where they took on some of the best players in the state.  Annika Kuleba and Lauren Denhard advanced to States where they both posted respectable scores against the best of the best.

If you are counting, we had five sports participating in conference play and five conference championships.  All-conference honors and players of the year will be announced soon.  We are proud of our teams and the start to the school year.  Congratulations to all the teams and their coaches.  Don’t miss out on winter excitement.

On the middle grades front, our young teams started play off strong in their inaugural seasons.  The middle grades boys’ soccer finished the regular season undefeated but got knocked out in the tournament.  Boys’ cross country finished 3rd in their conference and the girls’ team finished 2nd.  The middle grades teams participate in the Carolina Beltway Conference composed of Union Academy, Queen’s Grant, ACE Academy, Bradford Prep, Carolina International, Covenant Classical, and Cabarrus Charter.