The fall sports season is a big deal for Elkin High School students, teachers and fans.Many people wait all year for the iconic high school, Friday night lights to see the Buckin’ Elks football team hopefully defeat its opponent.
Those who want an intense, fast-paced game can be found in the EHS gym watching the Lady Elks Volleyball team play. The soccer team displays a competitive game that anyone can enjoy watching. The cross country team is impressive with its endurance and strength to finish its races. Anyone can find a sport to enjoy cheering on this fall season.
The Elkin High School men’s soccer team is a young team, but it’s improving and becoming better as a team unit this season. So far, it’s won two games, and it has one conference win. It won against Millennium Charter Academy and West Wilkes. Since EHS is a small school, all soccer players play varsity. This can be challenging as it is a young team, but also makes it better because it plays high level games that will help it in its future.
As assistant coach, Marcus Wilmoth explained, “Keep in mind I’m coaching high school kids, I can’t expect them to play professionally and always do it exactly right. They’re still learning and we need to figure out what needs the most improvement and work on it to improve their overall play.” Wilmoth’s goal for the team is to finish in the top half of the conference.
The Elkin High School football team has started off its season well with three conference wins and only one conference loss at press time. The players started out their season with an impressive win against Surry Central, 30-0. Following that game, they found a win against the North Surry Greyhounds, 21-17. The Elks were feeling good as they defeated South Stokes 30-7. Sadly Elkin’s archrival, Starmount, was victorious in a very close game, where they only won by one touchdown at the end. Coach Cory Rycroft stated, “Our goal is to improve every week.” Things are looking up for the second half of the Buckin’ Elks season.
Elkin Lady Elks varsity volleyball has four conference wins so far this season. The team has defeated Ashe County, Wilkes Central, North Wilkes and East Wilkes. EHS Volleyball team is very talented this year. Coach Jerry Ann Brown stated, “If they win all the games they’re expected to win, and then beat a few games by surprise, we should end at least third in the conference.”
They are led by their four seniors — Kathryn Jennings (outside hitter and back row player), Catie Beth Brown (setter), Caroline Cason (middle hitter), and Chloe Osborne (libero). Brown described them as “strong, competitive, and athletic.”
Elkin athletics are impressive for a small 1A school, and they play with compassion and strength. They are supported by the selfless individuals who give their time to coach high school kids, and parents and fans who come out to support them. During home games, the athletes love the unending encouragement of the school and community.
Selena Islas, Lindsey Edwards, Margaret Freeman, and Thomas McComb are members of the Honors English I class at Elkin High School.