North Moore Swings Into Spring Season This Week
Six spring varsity sports are on tap at North Moore High School according to schedules released by athletic director Cheryl Brewer.
Boys' golf, varsity baseball and girls' softball have already participated in preseason scrimmages.
Matches that count begin Monday for the varsity and junior varsity baseball teams and the boys' golf team. The women's soccer season gets under way Friday.
The following week track, girls' softball and boys' tennis begin regular season schedules.
North Moore head baseball coach Bob Collins and assistant coaches Tony Martin and Josh Wood take a veteran squad on the road for an opening day game at Southwestern Randolph.
The Mustangs lost only two seniors off the 2007 team that won the Yadkin Valley Conference tournament and made it to the second round of the state 1-A playoffs.
UNC Wilmington signee, YVC Player of the Year and all-state pitcher Stephen Davis is back to lead the search for a return to the playoffs.
The Mustangs' host South Stanly on Friday in the home opener.
The first Yadkin Valley Conference game will also be at home on Tuesday, March 4.
An ambitious and tough schedule also features a March 5 game at county rival Union Pines in addition to non-conference road games at West Davidson, Asheboro and a doubleheader with East Surry and South Stokes at South Stokes.
The Mustangs will also see action in the South Stanly Easter Tournament and the Randleman in the Copperheads Classic.
The junior varsity baseball team opens at home against Southwestern Randolph on Monday.
Wednesday and Friday, the jayvees will be on the road facing Randleman and South Stanly.
The conference opener will be at Jordan-Matthews on Tuesday, March 4.
The boys' golf team, under the leadership of head coach Mark Burgher, has already had scrimmages with West Montgomery and Chatham Central.
The regular season begins with a conference match hosted by West Montgomery at Lake Tillery on Monday. All seven YVC teams will participate.
A non-conference highlight of the schedule is a county match at Pinehurst No. 4 on Wednesday, April 23.
The Mustangs and county rivals Pinecrest, Union Pines and O'Neal will participate.
Expectations are high for the girls' soccer team under the directorship of head coach James Horwath and assistant coach Charles Purvis.
Last season the Mustangs were a conference power while completing the first winning season in North Moore girls' soccer history.
The Mustangs made it to the second round of the state 1-A playoffs.
Horwath hopes to build on that this season starting with the season opener at Overhills on Friday.
Eastern Randolph will visit for the first home game on March 3 and a home game with South Davidson will be the conference opener on March 12. North Moore will also play at county rivals Union Pines (March 7) and O'Neal (March 28).
Track gets under way with a meet at Southwestern Randolph on Tuesday, March 4.
New head coach Mike West's squad will also participate in a county meet at Pinecrest on March 18. The first YVC meet will be at Chatham Central on March 20. The Mustangs are scheduled to host conference track meets on April 3rd and 10th.
Expectations are mixed for head coach Sammy McNeill's 2008 edition of North Moore softball.
Six all-conference caliber seniors graduated from the 2007 team that finished undefeated in the YVC and finished as state 1-A runner-up.
Technically it should be a rebuilding year for McNeill and assistant coaches Heidi McNeill, Korrie Towery and Donnie Brown.
But Heidi McNeill coached the 2007 junior varsity team to a YVC championship. There won't be as many veteran varsity players as in past season, but there will be plenty of talent on the field for another run to the playoffs.
The varsity softball team participated in a scrimmage at Southern Alamance yesterday. The season opener is at Eastern Randolph on March 4. The first home game will be the following day with Pinecrest as the opponent.
Then the Mustangs will play at Union Pines on March 6. The first conference game on the schedule is at East Montgomery on March 10.
Mustang boys' tennis gets underway with a home conference match on Wednesday, March 5.
North Moore did not field a men's tennis team in 2007, so head coach Angie Shepard will be starting from scratch. All 12 scheduled matches will be against Yadkin Valley Conference opponents.
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