The Sporting Times
Watauga High School
The Watauga baseball team opened Northwestern Conference play with a dominating 10-0 victory over Hibriten on Tuesday in Lenoir. Dylan Norris tossed a six-inning shutout in garnering the win, while the Pioneer offense cranked out 12 hits. Watauga (4-2, 1-0) was paced by Josh Wyant, who knocked in three with three singles. Watauga plays South Caldwell on Thursday night.
The Watauga (1-3) softball squad dropped a 10-1 contest to Hibriten on Tuesday night in Lenoir.
The Panthers held only a 1-0 advantage entering the fourth inning, but exploded for seven runs to turn the game into a blowout. Shelby Drummonds pitched the first 3 1/3 innings, while Tori Wright finished the game on the mound. The Pioneers host West Forsyth on Thursday night.
The Pioneer soccer team suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday, falling to Hibriten 2-0.
Watauga (3-1) was outshot by the Panthers 18-3 in the game. Katherine Mayhew made five saves for the Pioneers in the first half, while Emily Haas denied six Hibriten shots in the second half. Watauga plays at Fred T. Foard on Friday night.
The WHS boys' track and field squad won its first meet of the season this past week, rolling up 145.5 points to cruise past second-place finisher South Caldwell. The Watauga girls' team tied for second place with South Caldwell.
Of note, former WHS quarterback Devan Corum signed to play football with Division II Wingate. Corum led the Pioneers to a 7-5 record and a berth in the state 4-A playoffs.
Finally, WHS soccer players Michael Rosenberg and Rucker Wilson were named All-Region in prep soccer by the N.C. Coaches Association.
Appalachian State University
The Appalachian State men's basketball team was selected to play in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, and began its quest for a title with a first-round game against Harvard on Wednesday. Results of the game were not available at press time.
The ASU women also received a bid for postseason play, and will participate in the Women's Basketball Invitational. Appalachian State was seed No. 1 in the East bracket, and will play at Charleston Southern on Thursday night in Charleston. Should ASU advance, the Mountaineers will play the winner of Towson and Fairfield.
The Appalachian State baseball team improved to 12-2 on the year with a 10-9 home victory over Columbia on Tuesday. The win extended ASU's home winning streak to 17 consecutive games.
The Mountaineers last home loss came last March 21 against Georgia Southern. ASU continued its series with Columbia on Wednesday, but results were not available at press time.
The Appalachian State women's softball team's home opener on Tuesday with Presbyterian was postponed. The Mountaineers took two of three at Samford this past weekend to improve to 11-7 and 2-1 on the year. ASU next takes the diamond on Saturday when they visit Elon.