EHS becoming all-purpose powerhouse

It's not just a football school anymore. Elizabethton High School still packs plenty of punch on the gridiron, evident by their advancement to the second round of the 2001 TSSAA 4-A playoffs, but they are now enjoying a ton of success in other sports.
   Currently, the Cyclone basketball team is making mincemeat of the rest of the Watauga Conference, running out to a 5-0 league record and 10-6 overall mark.
   Center Vince Reed has been an imposing force in the middle, B.J. Miller is a dangerous bombardier from the outside, while Walter Brown and Lester Bailey push the ball effectively up the court.
   In the last win over Sullivan Central, Miller had 25 points, Jordan Lambert had 16 and Redd 11 in a balanced attack. With other key contributors like Eric Stout and Michael Porter also helping out, the Cyclones have a great chance to make some noise in the postseason.
   On the girls' side of the ledger, the Lady Cyclones have shown remarkable improvement over the past couple of seasons. The reasons are many topped by assistant coach Harry Farthing joining Mike Wilson's staff and an influx of good young talent.
   Farthing had a great run of success at T.A. Dugger and has brought his knowledge to the high school to compliment the skills of Wilson and assistant Wendy Wilson.
   The play of Lady Cyclone sophomore Tanya Dykes and freshman Rikki Baughman has done a lot to take the pressure off center Beth Holtsclaw. The two young guards force teams to take an alternate route inside of packing everything on the inside against Holtsclaw.
   The court isn't the only place where the Cyclones are shining with the boys' swimming team shattering records and posting wins. Seniors Jeremy Lindauer and Charlie Crowe are threatening to put every school record in jeopardy before the season ends.
   On Saturday, the team pulled off its biggest win to date. Traveling to Bristol, the EHS squad beat all three of the best teams in Southwest Virginia and league rival Sullivan Central to place first in the Virginia High Invitational.
   The wrestling mat is another place of Cyclone success. The team has had its share of great grapplers over the past 15 years from Jeff LaFleur to Justin Fair. Current head coach Bill Potter, a former Cyclone wrestler himself, has worked to have a solid team this season.
   Justin's younger brother Josh headlines the team, but there have been plenty of other talented competitors who helped the 'Clones achieve early season success including brothers Andy and John Ross and Daniel Sochalski.
   The baseball program also should be on the rise with the recent success of the Elizabethton Babe Ruth program. While some of those kids will be playing at other schools, it's a safe bet that a few will be donning the black and orange over the next few seasons.
   For those of you, who feel football season lasts 365 days a year don't worry. Redd, who won the STAR's 2001 defensive player of the year award, will lead a team hungry to regain their dominance in Region 1-4A.
   In addition, they will be getting Aaron Bray and other stalwarts like David Lyons and Curtis McKeehan from T.A. Dugger's championship winning team suiting up for EHS in a couple of seasons.
   Several former Carter County girls high school basketball players are now enjoying success on the college level.
   At Milligan Tuesday night, ex-Hampton Bulldog Miranda Greene scored 11 points for the Lady Buffaloes in a big conference win over Tennessee Wesleyan. Other Lady Bulldog alum also got in on the scoring act with Amanda Greene having 7 points and Ginny White netting four. Happy Valley graduate Lacy York also scored 4 points in the win for the Lady Buffs.
   King College also features a quartet of players from Carter County. Larissa Holtsclaw and Bobbie Blevins represent the Lady Rangers of Unaka, Ashley Stocton has taken her skills at Cloudland to the next level and Amber Farmer now wears a Lady Tornado uniform instead of Hampton blue.
   Another Hampton alum, who has been making noise, is Cyndie Troutman playing well in her sophomore season at Walters State. She was integral recently in helping head coach Dave Kragel secure a 500th career victory. Alice Peters, the star center on last season's Lady Bulldogs team, is over at Lees-McRae, but is focusing on her academic studies first.
   The biggest impact of any former Carter County player has been felt over at Montreat, where ex-HV Lady Warrior Amanda Duncan has been enjoying a great senior season.
   Duncan has had several games with double figures and even has posted a couple of double-double efforts of 10-plus points and 10-plus rebounds. Her 7.60 rebounding average leads the Lady Cavalier team.
   It's nice to see all these young ladies representing the county so well and having success at the collegiate level.