The Sporting News
Appalachian State University
The ASU women kept rolling this past week, picking up their sixth and seventh-straight victories against Southern Conference foes.
The victories moved the Mountaineers to within one game in the loss column of conference leader Chattanooga.
The week began with a 73-54 road win over Elon on Saturday. Chakeitha Weldon and Kelsey Sharkey paved the path to victory, with Weldon scoring a game-high 16 points, while Sharkey earned her first career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
ASU (14-9, 10-4) returned to the friendly confines of the Holmes Convocation Center on Monday and came away with a 73-59 victory over rival Western Carolina.
Ashlen Dewart led all scorers with 25 points, while junior guard Sam Ramirez tied a career high with 23 points, while dishing out five assists and swiping five steals.
The Mountaineers look to further tighten the conference standings when they travel to Chattanooga for a showdown with the Mocs on Saturday.
The ASU men seized first place in the Southern Conference North Division this past week after posting a pair of conference road victories.
The first win came on Saturday when the Mountaineers topped Western Carolina 89-77 in Cullowhee. Once again, Donald Sims led the charge, scoring a game-high 29 points in the win.
Isaac Butts also came up big for ASU, posting 14 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Appalachian State continued the road trip on Monday night in Greensboro, downing UNC Greensboro 75-69.
Sims and Kellen Brand paced the Mountaineers with 16 points each. The victory propelled ASU (14-10, 8-4) past Western Carolina and into first place.
ASU returns home Thursday when the Mountaineers host Davidson at the Holmes Convocation Center at 7 p.m.
Watauga High School
The Watauga High School girls' team returned to action on Monday night after a 10-day break and responded with a 62-45 victory over Alexander Central.
The win was Watauga's third straight and was paced by 19 points from Nicole Tesh, while Katherine Mayhew chipped in with 11.
Watauga (9-11, 6-4) hit the road the next night as well but fell to Hickory 82-43. Watauga's next regularly-scheduled game comes on Friday when the Pioneers host St. Stephens.
The Watauga High School boys' squad endured the same layoff as the girls and earned the same result upon returning to action ... a key victory.
On Monday night, the Pioneers fought from behind to capture a 66-62 victory over Alexander Central. Jake Pifer scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the second half to lead Watauga to the win. Damian Edwards added 13, while Josh Coffey tallied 12 in the victory.
The road trip to Hickory on Tuesday was tough on the Watauga (13-7, 6-4) boys as well, as the Pioneers lost 74-58. Watauga faces St. Stephens on Friday night at Lentz-Eggers Gymnasium.