UNION COUNTY — There was lots of middle schools sports action this past week with two local volleyball teams and two football teams taking to the field.
The Sims Middle School Volleyball Team and the Jonesville Middle School Volleyball Team both saw action this week.
In a statement released Friday, Sims Middle School Volleyball Coach Tracy Duncan announced that the Lady Tigers “lost to Gable 3-0. The scores were 25-18;25-5; and 25-15.”
Duncan said that “the girls played really well to begin with, but could not pull off the win. A change in the line up was made to start, and the skills were there, just still some simple mistakes. The second game, the subs came in and fought hard with some nice digs from Rebecca Shugart, and Cortney Hicks hustled. Zoe Hunt and Kendaria Jeter made some nice digs after balls. In game three, the team didn’t play as well, and let Gable lead the way.
For the future, Duncan said “we want to get out of the slump we are in and get another win.”
Duncan added that during Thursday’s game Chelsea Dunlap had seven points, with assists made by Kayla Sinclair and hits by Carley Sumner.”
In a statement released Friday, Coach John Voiselle said that the Lady Wildcats had improved “to 4-5 on the season” with wins this week over High Point and EP Todd.
Voiselle said that the Lady Wildcats will travel to Landrum on Monday for a 4:30 p.m. match.
Volleyball wasn’t the only game played this week as the Jonesville Middle School Football Team and the Sims Middle School Football Team also took to the field.
In the section of the press release dealing with the school’s football team, Voiselle said that the Wildcats had improved to 3-1 with a 46-24 win over Campobello. Voiselle said that “Jabryson Hunter led a relentless rushing attack for Jonesville, accounting for 4 rushing TDs and 2 two pt conversions. Evan Threadgill also had a great night rushing, scoring 2 TDs and adding 2 two pt conversions. “
Voiselle said that “after trailing 18-16 at the half, the Jonesville offense would score and convert out of the gate, making it 24-18. Campobello would answer again, failing on the conversion, making it 24-24. Jonesville’s Hunter then broke lose for another big run, this time of 70, putting Jonesville ahead 32 to 24. The defense for Jonesville, led by Hunter, Threadgill, Caleb Bright, Branson Cook, and Jace Anderson then shut the Campobello offense down, allowing Threadgill and Hunter to take over with the running game, resulting in the 46-24 win. Jayden Peterson and CJ Brannon would get late interceptions for the Jonesville defense. “
The determination of the Wildcats and their refusal to give up that lead to them turning victory into defeat was praised by Voiselle.
“Our defense faced adversity, kind of like the Ewing game,” Voiselle said. “We were hit with big plays in the beginning. It was hot. Our guys were going both ways. Lots of reasons to quit and make excuses but we didn’t. We made some small adjustments at the half defensively, and eventually stopped the big plays. Offensively, they took away our passing game and made us run, and we were successful.”
Voiselle said that the Wildcats will play EP Todd next Wednesday at Spartanburg High School at 5 p.m.
In a statement released Friday, Sims Middle Football Coach Mitchell Moss that in Wednesday’s game the Sims Tigers faced off against the Carver Wildcats, defeating them 52-8.
Moss said that “JJ Thompson took the opening kick off 77 yards for a touchdown. Gabriel Glass ran in the two point conversion. The Purple People Eaters defense shut Carver down all night. In four plays they forced the Wildcats to punt. On the next play Gabriel Glass took a hand off 84 yards for a touchdown. Steven Means scored the 2 point conversion.”
Moss said the “defense rose up and gave the Tigers the ball again, but this time Prescott Lindsey caught the punt and took it 54 yards to set up the next touchdown. Steven Means hit Jay Jay Thompson on a 22-yard touchdown pass. Means then connected with Shy Smith who went vertical to catch a 17-yard for another touchdown pass. Means connected with Peyton Cannon for the 2 point conversion. Ty Beatty scored the next two touchdowns, one from four yards and the other from 20 yards. Bryce Barnett scored the 2 point conversion.”
Moss said the Tigers’ defense “continued to play lights out. They only allowed 80 yards the entire game and forced two turnovers. Terrence Dunn and Cedric Jeter recovered two fumbles.
Moss praised the team for its performance in Wednesday’s game.
“I was really proud of how our guys handled themselves,” Moss said. “The offensive line of Ty Jeter, Cash Fontenieu, Kaden O’shiedls, TJ Garner, and Kelvins Eison opened up holes for our running back to run through. They controlled the line of scrimmage. The same can be said about the defensive line.”
The Tigers improved to 4-0 and will host McCracken next Wednesday
Julia Whitney serves the ball for Union County in a recent match against Blue Ridge. Union County lost in straight sets.
Taylor Austin hits the volleyball in Sims’ recent volleyball match with Granard. Sims lost in straight sets.
Union County’s Gracie Crocker watches as the ball goes into the air in the recent volleyball match with Blue Ridge.
Sims Volleyball player Kayla Sinclair serves the ball in their recent match with Granard. Sims lost in straight sets.