Will Ballard earned medalist honors as Polk County placed second in Western Highlands Conference golf competition at Meadowbrook Golf Club.

Ballard fired an 80 to finish a shot ahead of Hendersonville’s Alex Yarborough.

Polk County finished 12 shots behind Hendersonville in team competition, compiling a score of 354. Avery followed at 355.

The Wolverines are scheduled to return to action on Thursday, facing Chapman in a nine-hole match at Village Greens.

Polk County suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday, falling 9-3 at 2A power Brevard.

Returning the heart of its roster from last season’s 21-4 squad, the Blue Devils improved to 2-0 behind pitcher Casey Gilbert, who struck out seven in the win.

Polk County (3-1) grabbed an early 3-0 lead, but Brevard answered with a run in the bottom of the first, added another in the fourth and then took the lead with four runs in the fifth.

Ashley Kropp finished 2-for-3 to lead the Wolverines, who begin Western Highlands Conference play on Friday at Madison.

Brevard earned a 16-6 win in junior varsity play, the season opener for the Polk JV squad.

Erwin built a 5-2 lead after three innings Tuesday and went on to defeat Polk County 8-4 in action at Polk.

The Wolverines (1-4) matched Erwin’s first-inning run with one in the second on a Dequan Gary base hit, then added another run in the third on a Mark Mazilli RBI.

But the Warriors scored three times in the top of the sixth to build an 8-2 lead and largely put the game out of reach.

Wes Brady went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Polk County, which travels to Madison on Friday to begin its Western Highlands Conference schedule.

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Polk County’s junior varsity took a 9-3 win for its second consecutive win.

Hickory improved to 4-0, getting a goal from Kaylah Ruff to defeat Polk County 1-0 in girls soccer action in Hickory.

Kara Overholt had nine saves for Polk County, which dropped to 1-2 on the season.

The Wolverines are scheduled to open Western Highlands Conference play on Wednesday at Madison in a 5:30 p.m. game.

The Polk County junior varsity squad scored a 2-1 win.

West Henderson scored an 8-1 win over Polk County in boys tennis action in Mills River.

The Wolverines doubles team of Nick Morse and Tyler Oxtoby scored the lone win for Polk, an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles.

The Wolverines are scheduled to return home on Thursday to face R-S Central in a 4 p.m. match.