The early colleges of Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin met on three occasions during the 2016-2017 school year to compete in academic and athletic events, resulting in an overall win by Yadkin Early College.
The first day of the interscholastic competition was on Oct. 15, 2016, and included quiz bowl, as well as men’s and women’s indoor soccer. On Jan. 28, the schools competed in men’s and women’s basketball and math counts, and the last round of events was held April 1, with the schools competing in co-ed volleyball, ultimate Frisbee and chess.
Fall events favored Yadkin Early College. The quiz bowl team took first place. Team members Samantha Pardue, Morgan Bellanger, J.P. Holleman, Jonathan Plunkett, Madison Triplett, Brett Boles and America Diaz won each round in a double-elimination tournament.
In a heated contest between the men’s indoor soccer finalists, Yadkin Early College against Surry Early College, it was the Yadkin Early College Wolves who emerged victorious by a score of 1-0. Team members Luis Santos, David Carbajal, Ramiro Rosales, Brayan Ramirez, Alejandro Gonzalez and Nahu Aguilera swept their opponents to earn the overall championship. Also, the Yadkin Early College women’s team placed third. The team members were Kenia Aguilera, Priscila Aguilera, Sara Vieyra, Stevi Wiles, Blanca Abad and Leslie Hernandez. All fall events were held at Surry Community College.
During the winter events, the Yadkin Early College math counts team took first place at Wilkes Community College. Math counts team members include Alexis Plunkett, Jordan Shore, George White, Madison Triplett and Amanda Hauser. Amanda Hauser and Jordan Shore earned the highest overall scores, respectively.
Yadkin Early College men’s and women’s basketball teams both earned second place in a double-elimination tournament. The women’s team members were Kari Davis, Morgan Bellanger, Samantha Anderson, Tara Couch, Destiny DiClemente, Karly Lambert, Destiny Walsh and Addilee Ashley. The men’s teams included J.P. Holleman, Jacob Hardison, Todd Rhodes, Matthew Younger, Cameron Cockerham, Luis Santos, Adam Gunnell, Cole Bunnell and Tyler Kimmer.
Going into the spring events at Wilkes Community College, the Yadkin Early College had a lead that was solidified with a first-place finish in co-ed volleyball and ultimate Frisbee. Team members for volleyball were Morgan Bellanger, Amanda Hauser, Amia Walker, Viviana Espinoza, Jennifer Castillo Duran, Tyler Kimmer, Cole Bunnell, Jacob Hardison, Adam Gunnell, Ramiro Rosales, Todd Rhodes, Dalton Messick, Alejandro Gonzalez, Aldo Sarabia and Cameron Cockerham.
A last second catch by Jacob Hardison sealed the ultimate Frisbee championship game win. Ultimate Frisbee team members included Tyler Kimmer, Cole Bunnell, Jacob Hardison, Kyle Killingsworth, Cameron Cockerham, Alejandro Gonzalez, Dalton Messick, Aldo Sarabia, Ramiro Rosales and Adam Gunnell. Kyle Killingsworth, J.P. Holleman and Brett Boles also competed in chess. Kyle Killingsworth finished in second place.
The overall victory gave Yadkin Early College the chance to showcase and hold the trophy for the 2017-18 school year. With 31 total points, bragging rights are included. Students, teachers and administrators from all four schools look forward to continuing and competing in this annual event.