Another fall high school sports season is quickly approaching its end and soon, the sound of sneakers squeaking off hardwood floors will replace the sounds of crashing pads, soccer balls coming off feet and volleyballs colliding with balled hands or fists.
It’s hard to believe three months have passed, but as the old adage goes, ‘Time moves fast when you’re having fun,’ and the speed of the season has shown Bartlett Yancey boys soccer, football, volleyball and tennis players have had a blast in both wins and losses.
For 16 BY seniors, between all four teams, this season will mark the final time they don the BY blue and orange. In honor of their careers, let’s take a quick look at how each of them have performed this season.
BY boys soccer
Jacob Lunsford, captain Joshua Smith, captain Tommy Rios, Trace Carter, Christian Mojica, David Gonzalez and captain Nick Campos will all hang up their cleats, jerseys and shin guards at the end of this season.
Rios has been a bright spot for the Bucs on both ends of the field this year as he scored nine goals (second on the team) and added a team-high 15 assists. The midfielder has also been solid on the defensive end, showing his ability to serve the dual roles demanded by the position, in being able to get back quickly on defensive after leading an offensive attack. In his four years on the team, Rios has scored 17 goals and added 21 assists for a total of 72 career points.
Campos has been solid between the sticks this year for the Bucs as he’s recorded 140 saves and four blank sheets on the season. He’ll finish his regular-season high school career with 151 saves despite only starting in goal this season.
Smith has also been a solid spot for BY this season, scoring four goals for a tie with Mojica for the fourth-most on the team. More importantly, Smith has earned his role as captain, showing incredible leadership skills both on and off the field. He’s also recorded six assists on the season, placing him in a tie for third with Kiko Olivarria.
Mojica has been a bright spot for the Bucs this year, scoring four goals in 19 caps, placing him fourth on the team.
Lunsford has earned caps in 19 of BY’s 23 games this season while Carter has started in 21 of the Bucs’ contests. Lastly, Gonzalez has started in 18 games this year for the Bucs.
Chase Johnson, Malik Brogdon, Triston Winn, Jacob Scales and Jalik McNair comprise the Bucs’ senior class which will be honored Friday during BY’s home matchup against Carrboro at 7:30 p.m.
Johnson was on his way to an award-winning season before suffering a season-ending injury in the Buccaneers’ matchup against East Chapel Hill Sept. 13. Through four games, Johnson completed 47.5 percent of his passes for 397 yards and four touchdowns while adding another 106 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
Brogdon has also put up some big numbers this year for BY, recording 59 tackles (40 solo). In addition, he has also picked off three passes for a total of 55 return yards and has also chipped in with a pair of fumble recoveries.
Winn has followed closed behind Brogdon on the defensive end, recording 49 tackles (27 solo) and has also recovered a pair of fumbles.
Scales has perhaps had the biggest year for BY as he’s been a solid contributor on both sides of the ball. He’s recorded 475 rushing yards (second on the team) and has recorded a team-high nine rushing scores. In addition, he has hauled in four passes for 83 yards and a pair of receiving scores. Furthering his case for Mid-State 2A player of the year, Scales has recorded 62 tackles with 38 of them being solo, good enough for third on the team.
Seniors Lanie Ouzts and Mattie Wrenn made their last seasons in a BY uniform memorable.
Ouzts recorded a team-high 256 kills in 68 sets along with 47 service aces (second on the team). She’s also been a solid contributor on the defensive end, recording 77 digs for third on the team.
Wrenn played in 70 sets this season, placing her in a tie for third with junior Emma Jones and sophomore Elizabeth Proctor. She also recorded 33 service aces, good enough for a tie with Jones for third and 66 digs as well.
BY girls tennis
Twins Cameron and Carrie Brown were the only two seniors on BY’s squad this season and they didn’t let their team down.
Cameron finished with a 7-5 record, rotating between the No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots this season.
Cameron and Carrie were deadly for the Bucs in doubles action as they combined for an 8-3 record out of the No. 1 doubles spot, facing some of the toughest competition in the state.
The two leave BY as two of the most successful players in program history. The duo set a school record their freshmen years, becoming the first doubles team in school history to make the state finals and the first set of twins as well. They also both finished their careers as ranked United States Tennis Association players.