Watauga High School
The 2009-2010 season came to an end for the Watauga High School girls' basketball team with a 63-42 loss to McDowell in the second round of the state 4-A playoffs. Watauga, which ended its year with a 11-14 record, had advanced to the second round by virtue of winning its first state playoff game since 1996. Nicole Tesh paced the Pioneers in their final game of the season with 12 points.
The Watauga High School boys' team also saw their season come to an end this past week, but not before the Pioneers advanced to the sectional finals round of the state playoffs for the first time in 38 years. The 2009-2010 season also included a trip to the sectional finals for Watauga for the first time since the school moved to 4-A play. The Pioneers (16-9) lost to West Charlotte in the sectional finals despite 24 points from Will Koppenhaver. Teammate Josh Coffey also turned in a strong effort, scoring 18 on the night. Watauga advanced to the West Charlotte battle by downing Garinger 81-60 behind the efforts of Brandon Calhoun and Damian Edwards. Calhoun scored a game-high 26 points, while Edwards chipped in with 17.
Appalachian State University
While the Appalachian State women dropped their final regular season game of the year to Georgia Southern 77-73, the Mountaineers also topped Wofford 76-62 to claim its 18th victory of the season, its most wins in a season since 1995-1996. The week also included numerous honors for the ASU women as head coach Darcie Vincent was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year and guard Sam Ramirez was voted to the all-conference team. In addition, Anna Freeman and Ashlen Dewart were named to the all-freshman team. The Mountaineers now turn their attention to the upcoming SoCon Tournament, which begins Friday in Charlotte. ASU will face the winner of Davidson and Furman on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
The Appalachian State men continued their winning ways this past week, downing a pair of SoCon foes to finish the regular season 20-11 overall and 13-5 in the conference. The 20 regular season victories marks just the second time that the Mountaineers have accomplished that feat in 10 years. The week began with a 80-74 win over Chattanooga at the Holmes Center, while the week ended with a 82-68 home victory over Samford. Donald Sims, the Southern Conference's leading scorer, led ASU in scoring in both games, scoring 22 against the Mocs and 25 against the Bulldogs. Like the women, the ASU men are also focused upon this weekend's SoCon tourney. The Mountaineers begin their quest for a conference title on Saturday at 7 p.m., when they face off against the winner of The Citadel and Samford.
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