Saturday's High Country Sports Roundup.... (2016-12-10 16:19:49)

Stanford Advances Past UNC Into NCAA Final On PKs....HOUSTON — Stanford advanced past North Carolina on penalty kicks, 10-9, in a classic NCAA Men’s Soccer College Cup national semifinal match at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday night.

After each team converted its first nine attempts in the tiebreaker, Stanford's Amir Bashti made it 10-for-10 for the Cardinal, and Tar Heels defender Alex Comsia sent his try over the crossbar to end it.

North Carolina (14-3-4) had the two best chances of the game. Late in the second half, Alan Winnwas denied by goalkeeper Andrew Epstein, who made a nice save with his legs.

Epstein made the best save of the match in the final seconds of the second overtime on a shot from Tucker Hume. After gaining possession in the right side of the 18-yard box, Hume unleashed a shot that Epstein again saved with his legs.

After a flurry of corner kicks and a free kick in an attacking area, Stanford had the best chance in the first overtime through a header from Drew Skundrich, which went above James Pyle's goal. Foster Langsdorf, the Stanford goal leader who scored in the team's first three tournament games and has 15 on the season, had three shots and two on goal, but was unable to break the deadlock.

North Carolina ends the season recording 14 shutouts, and only allowing 10 goals all season, the lowest figure in NCAA Division I soccer.

Carolina appeared in the College Cup for the fifth time in the last nine seasons, the most occurrences going back to the 2018 campaign.

Stanford (15-3-4) will face Wake Forest in the College Cup final on Sunday. The defending national champion Cardinal also won in a shootout in the semifinals last year, beating Akron.



LENIOR, NC - A great season came to an end on Friday night for the Hibriten High football team.

The Panthers (14-0), who had won a school-record 14 straight games, were eliminated by South Point 26-0 in the NCHSAA 3A Western Championship game at Storie Stadium. The Red Raiders (11-4) advance to the 3A state championship game next week at Wake Forest's BB&T Stadium in Winston-Salem.

South Point takes on Rocky Mount in a rematch of last year's title game, won by the Gryphons 24-21 last season. Rocky Mount (13-2) advanced to the finals with a 34-33 triple-overtime win against Havelock Friday night.

The South Point defense dominated the game. The Red Raiders held the Panthers, who came in averaging 50 points a game, to minus-7 yards of offense and no first downs in the first half.

Hibriten recorded its first first down with 7:41 left in the third quarter. That first down ignited a 16-play drive that put the ball inside South Point’s 20-yard-line for the first and only time.

But a 9-yard penalty, a 4-yard rushing loss and a pass incompletion on fourth down ended the drive and Hibriten’s best scoring chance of the night.

South Point put the game out of reach by marching 88 yards in 14 plays. Jake Alexander closed out the drive with a three-yard run, making it 26-0,with 7:04 left to play.

Hibriten finished with 126 yards of offense. Quarterback Jamar Ferguson led the Panthers, finishing with 57 yards rushing and 43 yards passing.

South Point (11-4) concluded with 392 yards of total offense. Alexander bruised his way for 131 yards and one TD on 26 carries. Lee added a TD and 101 yards on 12 rushing attempts. Lee also completed seven of 15 passes for 135 yards.

South Point ran 65 offensive plays to 39 for Hibriten, which had two 1,000-yard rushers and a quarterback with more than 800 yards passing this season.


Maiden 38, Patton 30
Newton-Conover 60, Fred T. Foard 52
St. Stephens 64, Bunker Hill 19
Ashe County 63, West Wilkes 56
Elkin 61, Wilkes Central 55
McDowell 60, Mitchell 54
Avery 75, Black Mountain-Owen 55
Alexander Central 47, South Iredell 46

Fred T. Foard 66, Newton-Conover 44
Maiden 55, Patton 53 (OT)
St. Stephens 73, Bunker Hill 42
South Iredell 45, Alexander Central 43
Avery 74, Black Mountain-Owen 67
West Wilkes 47, Ashe County 33
Wilkes Central 79, Elkin 31
McDowell 79, Mitchell 50