By: Bradley Cole
See how North Henderson’s 2016 fall extracurricular activities did in a Fall Review and take a peek at pictures NHHS Daily took throughout the season.
The North Henderson soccer team’s season was filled with twist and turns.
The Knights started things off by facing tough non-conference opponents such as T.C. Roberson (19-3-3), Hendersonville (17-2), A.C. Reynolds (20-3-2), and other top-tier teams and finished their out of conference season with a 3-7 record.
Although, the Knights got things back on track by picking four wins in their first six conference games of the season, and in a county-rival match with West Henderson, the team had a chance to compete for a conference title in the home stretch of the season, but the Falcons grabbed a 6-2 win on October 5th.
Overall, the Knights ended their season with a 10-15 overall record and a 7-7 record in conference after they lost to another top-tier team in Cox Mill (22-1-1) in the first round of the 3A State Playoffs.
Going into the 2016 season, the North Henderson volleyball team had nothing but high expectations with their small but talented senior class of Teegan Bullock, Caroline Marsh, and Camryn Nicholson.
The Lady Knights fulfilled those expectations under the leadership of those seniors as Nicholson (213 digs), Marsh (570 kills), and Bullock (234 digs) all produced superior seasons as well as junior Aly White (252 digs) ,and sophomore Anna Baldwin (116 kills).
North only lost to nationally ranked West Henderson in the regular season to tally a 19-2 record and earn a first round 3A State Playoff game in which they hosted Jay M. Robinson and beat the Lady Bulldogs by a score of 3-0.
The Lady Knights’ season ended in a 3-0 loss at North Iredell in the second round of playoffs.
The 2016 North Henderson Marching Band had another successful year under the direction of drum majors Katy Martin and Jared Ellis.
The Marching Knights started their season off with a second-place overall finish at Enka High School and then topped that with a first-place overall finish at A.C. Reynolds High School in their next competition.
The Band then traveled to Bands of America and placed 22nd, respectively.
However, they got right back to their winning ways as they placed first in Class A at Western Carolina University and placed eighth overall to end their season the following week.
North Henderson’s football team started their new era with new head coach, Justin Clark this season.
It was a up-and-down year for the team as some weeks were better than others.
To start their year off, the Knights faced off against former coach Jason Dinwiddie and T.C. Roberson had shown what they could do in a tough 19-15 home loss.
The team would go on to beat Swain County and Polk County the following weeks, but they would hit some turbulence when they faced some of the toughest teams in Western Carolina in Tuscola, Pisgah, and a collection of teams.
Overall, the Knights had a record of 3-8 overall and 1-7 in the WNCAC.
The Cross Country team’s key to success was being consistent this year.
They placed second in a number of meets behind all-conference runners Hunter White and Dylan Christopher.
All season, West Henderson held North back as they overpowered the Knights on a number of occasions to stop them from earning first-place finishes.
However, in the 3A Regional after placing second in conference, North only came behind Asheville to earn a spot in the 3A State Meet and the team placed 11th out of 16 teams there behind a strong 8th-place finish from sophomore Hunter White.
A young North Henderson tennis team used the 2016 season learning for future years.
The Lady Knights compiled a record of 1-14 overall, and a 1-12 record in conference play.
Their signature win of the year came when they beat county-rival East Henderson by a score of 5-4 on August 30th.