Top performers of the week in Davidson County high school sports

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Haley Long set an Oak Grove girls' soccer program record with her 35th career goal on Friday, March 11, 2022.
Haley Long set an Oak Grove girls' soccer program record with her 35th career goal on Friday, March 11, 2022.

Spring sports are just getting cranked up as the state basketball championships wrapped this past weekend.

From a career-record goal scored to a one-hitter to a seven-RBI week and more, here are the top performances in Davidson County high school sports for the week beginning March. 7.

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DC's top performances

Walker Bethune, Ledford baseball — The senior righty gave up just one hit, seven strikeouts and three walks during five innings of work in a 10-0 six-inning win over East Davidson on Friday. Bethune also went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.

Bree Blankenship, West Davidson soccer — The Dragons’ junior goalkeeper hasn’t allowed a goal all season for 4-0 West Davidson. She had three saves Friday in a 5-0 win over Central.

Sophie Conger, Ledford softball — The senior had seven RBIs in a pair of wins for Ledford last week, going a combined 4-for-8 at the plate with a pair of stolen bases. She’s batting .462 on the season for the 4-0 Panthers.

Collin Kirk, Central Davidson track — The junior distance runner from Central ran a 2:14.2 800 to win that race, and a 5:09.0 in the 1600 for another win in a tri-meet at East Davidson on Tuesday, won by the Spartans.

Sarah Ledbetter, Ledford soccer — The Panthers’ junior scored two goals in a furious rally during a three-goal second-half that gave Ledford a 3-2 comeback win over Gray Stone Day.

Haley Long, Oak Grove soccer — The Grizzlies junior found the net in a loss to Southwest Guilford on Friday to become Oak Grove’s all-time leading scorer with her 35th goal. The Grizzlies are 1-2 with two more weeks of nonconference games coming up.

Jake Smith, Oak Grove baseball — Only a sophomore, Oak Grove’s Jake Smith kickstarted a late-inning rally for the Grizzlies with an RBI double in the sixth that would end with three runs and lead to a 3-2 win at Pinecrest last Monday. Smith also scored the winning run.

Brea White, Ledford track — The Panthers’ speedy sophomore won the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.9 and the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.6 as Ledford’s girls finished second to Asheboro in team standings in a Mid-Piedmont Conference tri-meet at Central on Thursday.

This article originally appeared on The Dispatch: Top performers for the week beginning March 7, 2022, in Davidson County high school sports