Sporting Times

Article Published: Mar. 11, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Sporting Times

Appalachian State's Ryann Abraham, left, celebrates with teammate Josh Hunter in the final moments of ASU's victory over the College of Charleston in the SoCon tournament in Charlotte. The Mountaineers advanced to the title game, but lost to Wofford 56-51 in the finals.

Photo by Mark Mitchell

Watauga High School
The Watauga baseball team downed Graham 5-0 on Saturday behind the pitching of Cal Hardee to move to 2-1 on the season. Hardee has not allowed a run in 14 innings on the mound. The 5-0 victory came on the heels of a 4-3 loss to North Davidson on Friday night.

The WHS softball team suffered a disappointing 7-6 loss to Freedom on Friday night in Morganton. Watauga trailed 6-1 entering the top of the seventh, but tied the game on a Evalyn Pierce single which scored Kayla Kincaid.

The Pioneer girls' soccer team downed Freedom 1-0 on Monday. WHS grabbed the win by outscoring Freedom 5-3 on penalty kicks. In boys' golf, Watauga finished eighth in the Northwestern Conference tournament on Monday. Ben Beason led the Pioneers, shooting a 41. Robert Warren fired a 46, while Spencer Hodges carded a 48.

The WHS girls' lacrosse team downed West Forsyth 13-6 in its season opener on Saturday night. The game was the first for new coach Leigh Wallace. The Watauga boys' tennis team blanked St. Stephens 9-0 on Friday. The Pioneers dominated the match, with no players losing a set. No. 1-seed Brian Geldmeier posted a 6-0, 7-5 victory, while No. 2-seed Michael Smith and No. 6-seed Chris Ludwig pitched shutouts in winning 6-0, 6-0.

Tuesday and Wednesday night results were not available at press time.

Appalachian State University
The ASU (19-12) women advanced to the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament before seeing its season come to an end with a 66-53 loss to Samford on Sunday in Charlotte.
Chakeitha Weldon led the ASU effort against the Bulldogs, scoring a team-high 21 points. Despite the loss, ASU enjoyed a historic 2009-2010 season, which among milestones, included a Mountaineers' victory in the SoCon quarterfinals for the first time since 1999.

ASU grabbed that victory on Saturday, downing Furman 71-53. Weldon and Anna Freeman earned second-team, all-tournament honors for their play over the weekend. Weldon grabbed 10 rebounds, scored seven and dished out seven assists against Furman, followed up by the 21 points against Samford. Freeman scored 14 and hauled in 10 boards against the Paladins and then posted 12 points and six rebounds against the Bulldogs.

The Appalachian State men mounted a furious rally against Wofford in the finals of the SoCon tourney but came up short in the end, falling to the Terriers 56-51. A Mountaineer victory would have earned the black-and-gold their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2000. Poor shooting doomed ASU (22-12) as the squad shot just 28 percent from the field in the loss.

Andre Williamson and Ryann Abraham paced the Mountaineers with Williamson scoring 12 and pulling in 12 boards, while Abraham scored 11. The cold shooting in the finals was in sharp contrast to Sunday's 77-54 semifinal victory over the College of Charleston, which saw ASU shoot 57 percent from the field. The victory over the Cougars earned the Mountaineers a spot in the tournament finals for the first time since 2000. Kellen Brand led the ASU cause on Sunday, scoring a career-high 37 points on 14-19 shooting from the field.

The Appalachian State baseball team continued its stellar start to the 2010 season, downing Presbyterian 8-6 on Tuesday to move to a perfect 10-0 on the season. The 10-0 start to the season is the best for ASU in school history, and also leaves the Mountaineers as one of only eight NCAA Division I teams unbeaten on the year. ASU swept three games from Rider earlier in the week before Tuesday's win. The Mountaineers played at Auburn on Wednesday, but results were not available at press time.

For more in-depth coverage of area sports, pick up your copy of The Watauga Democrat.

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