Beyond the Scoreboard: Finalists for HomeTrust Bank Division I Team in a major sport

Abby Krueger helped direct the Roberson High volleyball team to a 27-2 mark. (Photo courtesy of Krueger).

In advance of the 57th WNC Sports Awards Banquet sponsored by Ingles, News 13 will honor each of the 123 WNC high-school athletes and teams chosen as finalists.

Today’s honorees are finalists for the HomeTrust Bank Division I Female Team in a Major Sport Award.

The finalists include Heandersonville soccer; Reynolds soccer; Roberson volleyball; Smoky Mountain basketball and Tuscola basketball.

** The Hendersonville soccer team fashioned a 21-2 record under coach Amber McCullough last spring.

The Bearcats won 21 straight games, claimed the Western Highlands Conference title for a second straight season and reached the Western Regional title game.

The girls posted a 4.0 team grade-point average and had 18 academic all-conference selections.

** The Reynolds soccer team won its fourth straight conference championship last spring en route to a 21-2-2 record.

Coach Patrick Gladys’ squad is 89-11-2 over four seasons and has advanced to the third round of the playoffs or further each year.

The team, paced by conference Offensive Player of the Year Pali Smith, also had a 4.2 grade-point average.

** The Roberson volleyball team had a dominating season, finishing 27-2 under coach Michelle Wagaman.

The Rams won the Western Mountain Athletic Conference’s regular-season and tournament titles and reached the fourth round of the state 3A playoffs.

The team also got the job done off the court, posting a grade-point average 4.55.

** Coach Heather Klipa has led the Smoky Mountain girls basketball team to a 51-5 record the past two year, including a 24-2 mark this season.

The Mustangs were 10-0 in Mountain Six Conference play, paced by the all-around talents of Aleshia Tisho.

The program has posted a 101-12 record over the past four seasons.

** Coach Ann Gardner’s Tuscola basketball team won the Western Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season title.

Led by junior Shelby Glance, the Mountaineers finished 21-6, including a 15-1 mark in league play.

The team also advanced to the second round of the state 3A playoffs.

The 57th WNC Sports Awards Banquet is set for May 6 at Omni Grove Park Inn. Tickets are available at

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