West Stokes host lineman challenge


By Robert Money Jr. - rmoney@s24513.p831.sites.pressdns.com



West Stokes Jordan Smith placed first in the medicine ball event with a throw of almost 42 feet.


Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

Tristan Carter competes in the tire flip at the annual linedman challenge.


Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

West Stokes Michael Voller is pitted against North Surry’s winner Ryan Eldridge.


Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

West Stokes ‘A’ team beat North Surry’s ‘B’ team in the finals for the tug-of-war championship.


Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

Jimmy Upchurch and the West Stokes coaching staff hosted the 6th Annual Lineman Challenge last week and schools participating this year included East Surry, North Surry, McMichael, Elkin, Starmount and West Stokes.

“It was a very successful evening,” Upchurch said. “The offensive and defensive lines are where we win ballgames and we like to do something for them every year. We’ve been taking our skill players to a lot of 7 on 7’s, but this gives our big boys a chance to shine. As far as I know, this is the only event for lineman in the state, other than a camp setting that some of our local high schools offer.”

Ninth grade tire tug event winners: WS Logan Kirkman (under 200 lbs.), WS Ayden Shrewsbury (over 200 lbs.), grand champion WS Logan Kirkman

Tenth grade tire tug event winners: WS Tanner Tindall (under 200 lbs.), NS Kae Smith (over 200 lbs.), grand champion WS Tanner Tinall

Eleventh grade tire tug event winners: ES Mitchell Edwards (under 200 lbs.), WS Julius Smith (over 200 lbs.), grand champion WS Julius Smith

Twelfth grade tire tug event winners: NS Carson Mauldin (under 200 lbs.), NS Ryan Eldridge (over 200 lbs.), grand champion Ryan Eldridge

Ninth grade farmer’s walk event winners: ES Mackenzie Barker, ELK CJ Henderson, ES Jeremy Gibson

Tenth grade farmer’s walk event winners: WS Tanner Tindall, ELK Jose Navarro, ES Austin Evans

Eleventh grade farmer’s walk event winners: ES Mitchell Edwards, ES Dillon Sawyers, WS Brenden Beavers

Twelfth grade farmer’s walk event winners: WS Jordan Smith, WS Parker Pratt, ELK Chris Davis

Ninth grade tire flip event winners: WS Ayden Shrewsbury, WS Mark Plymale, WS Cameron Pack

Tenth grade tire flip event winners: WS Tanner Tindall, WS Luke Mickey, NS Pedro Ramirez

Eleventh grade tire flip event winners: ES Mitchell Edwards, WS Brenden Beavers, and ES Sam Collins

Twelfth grade tire flip event winners: ST Antonio Lopez, WS Parker Pratt, WS Tristan Carter, NS Carson Mauldin

Ninth grade sled pull event winners: NS Elijah Moore, ELK CJ Henderson, ES Jeremy Gibson

Tenth grade sled pull event winners: MC Steven Striplins, NS Pedro Ramirez, WS Tanner Tindall

Eleventh grade sled pull event winners: ELK Matthew Altmueller, WS Aiden Ellias, WS Julius Smith

Twelfth grade sled pull event winners: ELK Chris Davis, WS Tristan Carter, ES Timmy Tilley

Ninth grade oversized tire flip event winners: ES Jeremy Gibson, WS Ayden Shrewsbury, NS Bob Callo

Tenth grade oversized tire flip event winners: NS Trevor Marsh, ES Casey Torez, WS Tanner Tindall

Eleventh grade oversized tire flip event winners: ES Mitchell Edwards, NS Matthew Cox, ES Dillon Sawyers

Twelfth grade oversized tire flip event winners: ST Brock Mullill, ELK Chris Davis, NS Carson Todd

Ninth grade medicine ball event winners: ES Mackenzie Barker, NS Elijah Moore, WS Mark Plymale

Tenth grade medicine ball event winners: NS Selver Huff, WS Luke Mickey, WS Dalton Tucker

Eleventh grade medicine ball event winners: WS Lukas Martin, ELK Matthew Altmueller, ES Mitchell Edwards

Twelfth grade medicine ball event winners: WS Jordan Smith, NS Carson Mauldin, ES Stephen Creech

Rounding out the night, in a vie for bragging rights, each team lined up for the anticipated tug-of-war.

In the JV bracket, North Surry beat West Stokes ‘A’ and East Surry beat West Stokes ‘B’ to put both Surry County teams in the championship match. The Greyhounds overtook the Cardinals in the finals.

The varsity event had nine teams in the bracket with some of the schools having two teams.

North Surry ‘A’, West Stokes ‘A’, Elkin and North Surry ‘B’ all placed in the varsity semi-finals. The Wildcats beat North Surry ‘A’ in the semi-finals and then beat the Greyhounds ‘B’ team for the ultimate tug-of-war championship title.

“I was really impressed with our strength tonight,” said Upchurch. “Each team had some really good kids out here. The season is just around the corner and we can’t wait.”

Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.

West Stokes Jordan Smith placed first in the medicine ball event with a throw of almost 42 feet.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_WS-Football-Jordan-Smith-Medicine-Ball-Michael-Mullins.jpgWest Stokes Jordan Smith placed first in the medicine ball event with a throw of almost 42 feet. Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

Tristan Carter competes in the tire flip at the annual linedman challenge.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_WS-Football-Tristen-Carter-Tire-Flip-Michael-Mullins.jpgTristan Carter competes in the tire flip at the annual linedman challenge. Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

West Stokes Michael Voller is pitted against North Surry’s winner Ryan Eldridge.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_WS-Football-Michael-Voller-Tire-Tug-Michael-Mullins.jpgWest Stokes Michael Voller is pitted against North Surry’s winner Ryan Eldridge. Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

West Stokes ‘A’ team beat North Surry’s ‘B’ team in the finals for the tug-of-war championship.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_WS-Football-Tug-a-war-champion-Michael-Mullins.jpgWest Stokes ‘A’ team beat North Surry’s ‘B’ team in the finals for the tug-of-war championship. Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

By Robert Money Jr.

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