Sears leads Blowing Rock girls over Parkway, 36-30

Sears leads Blowing Rock girls over Parkway, 36-30
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Katie Durham (5) gets fouled on the finishing end of a fast break.

By David Rogers. January 9, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC – Led by an 18-point performance from 6th grade phenom Kate Sears, Blowing Rock (9-1) cruised past visiting Parkway, 36-30, Wednesday night at Blowing Rock School.

COVER IMAGE: Kate Sears (3) drives down the lane after a fast break. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock School

The win pushed the Rockets into first place in the Watauga middle school standings past Hardin Park and Parkway, tied for second with 8-2 records.

Caroline Farthing led Parkway with a team-high 11 points, while Brooke Scheffler added nine.

A big crowd was on hand to watch this battle for first place in the middle school league.

Parkway had a height advantage over the Rockets, but the Martha Trimble-coached Blowing Rock girls forced numerous turnovers, including steals from Sears, Katie Durham, and Laurel Kiker.

For the entire first quarter, the two rivals traded baskets and the lead, with Parkway holding a tenuous, 7-6 advantage by the start of the second period.  Sears exploded for 10 of her game-high 18 points in the second period alone and Durham’s four points in the second stanza added to the Rockets’ momentum.

Blowing Rock has four games remaining in the regular Watauga middle school season, including a visit to Cove Creek (6-4) on Thursday (January 10), a home game vs. Valle Crucis (2-8) on January 14th and then road contests to close out the schedule at Bethel (1-8) on January 16th and at Green Valley on January 17th.





  • 11 –
    Let’s get physical.

    Caroline Farthing

  • 9 – Brooke Scheffler
  • 4 – Marley Coffey
  • 4 – Faith Watson
  • 2 – Charlotte Torgerson

Blowing Rock

  • 18 – Kate Sears
  • 7 – Katie Durham
  • 6 – Sadie Sharpe
  • 4 – Brianna Anderson
  • 1 – Laurel Kiker

SLIDESHOW by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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