Feb. 7 Swannanoa Valley Sports Report

Tom Flynn
Special to Black Mountain News

High Schools

The Owen Warlassies girls’ basketball team fell to 3-18 on the season following a 45-32 loss to Madison last Friday. Senior Chesney Gardner posted 22 points in the game. The team has three games remaining on its schedule. All three will be hosted by Owen.

Owen’s Noah Moore has been a bright spot for the Warhorses all season long on the hardwood heading into their game against Madison last Friday. The squad was 5-14 through 19 games and will look to continue to improve on last season’s mark in their final four games.

Warhorses’ guard Audun Meyers, who played quarterback for the Warhorses this past fall, has committed to attend Guilford College, where he will continue his football playing career. Guilford competes at the Division III level in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and went 3-6 in 2018. As a senior, Meyers completed 108 of 192 attempts, throwing for 1,227 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also ran for three scores. Defensively, Meyers had 38 solo tackles and assisted on 10 more.

For his career, he threw for 2,302 yards and 25 touchdowns and helped return the Warhorses to the NCHSAA playoffs this past fall.

ACA’s boys’ basketball team is winners of two straight after defeating Christ School, 50-49, at home last Friday. The Lions are 15-10 on the season and a perfect 7-0 in conference play. Their final regular season game was scheduled for Feb. 5 against Carolina Day (10-11) in Asheville.

The ACA’s girls’ team was 9-11 and 3-1 in conference after a 33-30 overtime loss to Rabun Gap-Nacoochee on January 29. They were set to close out their regular season with a Feb. 4 game against Greenville Home School (1-6).


A packed house at McAlister Gym saw the Montreat Cavaliers men’s basketball team defeat arch-rival Milligan 94-77 last Thursday. The win moved the Cavs to 17-4 on the season and featured 33 points from three-point specialist Austin Butler. Alonzo Mobley added 21 for Montreat and Jeron Hemphill tacked on 17. The Cavs are now 14-3 in conference play and in first place in the AAC. They remain 1.5 games up on #11 Union (17-6, 12-4). Montreat has won five straight and had six games remaining on its 2018-19 regular-season schedule as of last Friday.

The Cavs’ women’s basketball team dropped a 60-59 decision to Milligan prior to the men’s game. The Buffs are 19-4 on the season and Montreat narrowly missed the upset as it received 22 from Jala Daniels and 18 from fellow senior Arianna Williams.

The Warren Wilson Owls’ women’s team is featured in this issue and was 11-11 overall as of last Friday. The men’s squad dropped to 7-15 after a loss to Campbellsville University Harrodsburg on Jan. 31.   

Montreat’s softball team opened their season on Friday by splitting a doubleheader against Georgia’s Brewton-Parker. The Cavs took the front-end of the twinbill behind the pitching of Cailin Warner who struck out four and scattered five hits. At the plate, second baseman Victoria Hill went 4-4 and drove in a run for Montreat. Marion’s Aly Woody drove in two runs, while Old Fort’s Mikki Shelton batted leadoff for the Cavs and had two hits, scored a run, and had four putouts and an assist at shortstop.  

The Cavs turned around to play USC Beaufort in a doubleheader the following day.