The Sporting Times
The Watauga boys' lacrosse team captured its first two varsity wins in program history this past week, downing Freedom 8-5 on Friday in Morganton, before crushing Patton 11-3 on Monday in Boone. Greg Hardy paced the first Pioneer (2-3) win, scoring three goals against the Patriots, while Will Bridges scored four goals in Watauga's thumping of Patton.
The girls' lacrosse team fell to Hopewell 19-6 on Tuesday night. Emily Bushman scored three goals to lead the Pioneers' effort, while Sarah Duke tallied two goals and Darrow Cameron added one.
The Watauga baseball team suffered a 6-5 loss to St. Stephens on Tuesday in Hickory, the victim of another late-inning comeback. The Pioneers held a 5-3 advantage heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but a bases-loaded walk and a two-run single from Parker Kersey denied a Watauga win. The Pioneers also took a loss on Saturday, falling to Ardrey Kell 5-3 in Charlotte.
The Pioneer softball squad captured an impressive victory on Tuesday in Hickory, blasting St. Stephens 8-3. Watauga (3-6, 1-4) scored seven runs in the fifth inning to down the Indians (7-3). Kayla Kincaid supplied a big hit in the offensive outburst, knocking in two with a triple.
The Watauga girls' track and field team won the Viking Invitational on Saturday at North Stokes, tallying 168 points to easily best Mount Tabor, who finished second with 96 points. Hannah Barbour claimed first place in the 1,600-meter, while teammate Kayla Schneider finished second.
Darby Middlebrook captured first in the 3,200-meter run, while Molly Ruble took the third spot. In addition, Tara Trivette captured first place in the high jump, while Laura Gulliver claimed first in the pole vault.
The Pioneer boys brought home a second-place finish at the same meet, finishing one spot behind Mount Tabor. Daniel Osborne won the 1,600-meter run, while Mo Gore captured first place in the 200-meter dash. Gab Romano won the discus with a toss of 153-9.
Appalachian State University
The Appalachian State women's basketball team captured hardware this past week, downing Memphis 79-71 to win the inaugural Women's Basketball Invitational championship on Sunday at the Holmes Center. Ashlen Dewart, who led the Mountaineers with a team-high 21 points, was selected the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. Chakeitha Weldon also played a huge role in the win, scoring 15 points in the title game. ASU ended the year with an overall record of 23-12, the most wins for the program since 1995-1996.
The Mountaineer men saw their season come to an end this past Thursday, losing to Pacific 64-56 at the Holmes Center in the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Junior guard Donald Sims paced the ASU effort, scoring a team-high 22 points in the defeat. Appalachian State finished the year with an overall record of 24-13.
The ASU baseball team got back on the winning track, belting East Tennessee State 14-4 on Tuesday at Smith Stadium to improve to 15-6-1 on the year. Jeremy Dowdy paced the Mountaineers' offense, knocking in a career-high four RBI on a pair of hits.
ASU suffered a 6-3 loss to The Citadel on Sunday in Charleston, S.C., ending a disappointing three-game sweep at the hands of the Bulldogs. Appalachian State outhit the Bulldogs 9-8, but stranded 11 runners in the loss.
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