The Sporting Times
Watauga High School
The Watauga girls' soccer team won its fourth straight game on Tuesday night, downing Fred T. Foard 3-1 at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex. Played in a steady rain, the Pioneers grabbed control of the conference game early, scoring twice in the contest's opening minutes. Kendall Conner and Skylar Hicks supplied the offense as Watauga garnered the first-half lead. While Foard trimmed the margin to 2-1 by halftime, another goal from Hicks gave the Pioneers a lead they would not relinquish.
The Watauga softball team, plagued by injuries to multiple starters, dropped an 8-4 decision to Fred T. Foard on Tuesday. Timely hits from Hannah Yates and Kimmy Robinson staked the Pioneers to a 4-3, third-inning advantage, but Foard scored three times in the seventh to grab the lead. The Pioneers' injury-depleted squad is playing without starters Tori Wright, Evalyn Pierce, Danielle Pierce and Kayla Kincaid.
Both Watauga lacrosse squads posted victories on Tuesday, with the boys winning 7-6 over Freedom, while the girls blasted Mount Tabor 16-5. Trailing 5-4 in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers' boys scored three straight goals to claim the win. Will Bridges led Watauga with four goals, while Barrett Williams, Anderson Proffitt and Taylor Walker all added goals in the victory.
The Pioneer girls' controlled the action from the outset in their win over the Spartans, with Emily Bushman leading the offensive effort with four goals.
The Watauga baseball team notched a pair of victories over the weekend, crushing Hibriten 10-2 on Friday, before rallying for a 5-4 win over Providence on Saturday. The Pioneer baseball family held a special ceremony before their game with Hibriten on Friday, retiring the number of former player Will Dicus, who died of Ewing's Sarcoma last year. Once play began, Watauga's Cal Hardee and Josh Wyant each drove in a pair of runs during a six-run, fourth inning which secured the victory. On Saturday, Max Linville's RBI single drove in Tyler Jones with the winning run as Watauga scored twice in the eighth inning to down Providence.
The Watauga golf team finished seventh in a Northwestern Conference tournament on Monday at Boone Golf Club. Robert Warren led the Pioneers with a score of 78, while Spencer Hodges fired a 83. Cameron Taylor shot a 84, and Ben Beason carded a 87.
Appalachian State University
The ASU basketball team found itself without a head coach this week as former Mountaineer head coach Buzz Peterson accepted the head coaching job at UNC Wilmington on Friday afternoon. Peterson, who coached the Mountaineers for four seasons between 1996-2000, had just finished his first season back as ASU head coach. UNC Wilmington will reportedly pay Peterson $435,000 a year, plus incentives, for his services. Peterson made base salary of $177,500 a year at ASU, with incentives bringing the total to more than $210,000 a year.
Athletics Director Charlie Cobb said the announcement caught him off guard, and while he was disappointed, wished the best for Peterson.
Unofficial reports have linked Jason Capel, an assistant under Peterson this past season, as the likely successor to Peterson as Mountaineer head coach.
The Appalachian State baseball team had its nine-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, falling to UNC Greensboro 9-3 at Smith Stadium. ASU grabbed an early 3-2 lead behind the offense of Jeremy Dowdy and David Towernicky, but could not hold in the end. ASU (26-8-1, 9-8-1) now heads off on a four-game road trip, which begins at East Tennessee State.