The Sporting Times
Watauga High School
The Watauga baseball team downed Alexander Central 6-2 on Tuesday night to improve to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in NWC play. Ryan Turner belted a three-run triple and Matt Profitt smacked a two-run double to pace the Pioneers' offense. David Martin also added a solo home run in the win. The victory was the third of the week for Watauga, who downed Fred T. Foard 5-4 on Friday and North Davidson 5-3 on Saturday. The Pioneers next play on Thursday night at Hickory.
The Pioneer softball squad suffered a 17-0 pounding at the hands of Alexander Central on Tuesday afternoon. Alexander Central, ranked No.4 in the nation, outhit Watauga 13-1 in garnering the win.
The Pioneers (2-5, 0-3) also managed just one hit in a 2-0 loss to Fred T. Foard on Friday night.
Watauga's soccer squad captured a 3-1 victory over Alexander Central on Tuesday night in Taylorsville. The Pioneers, who outshot Alexander Central 34-6 during the game, received goals from Kendyl Baird, Lillie Brady and Hannah Younger in improving to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
The Watauga boys' tennis team fell to Newton-Conover 5-4 on Tuesday afternoon in Newton. The Pioneers earned wins in three of the six singles' matches, but dropped two of three in doubles' action.
Singles' winners were Steve Lake at No. 1, Michael Smith at No. 2 and Brian Geldmeier at No. 3. The loss dropped Watauga to 6-2 on the season. The Pioneers swept South Caldwell 9-0 earlier in the week during the team's first home match. In addition to Lake, Smith and Brian Geldmeier, Watauga also received singles' victories from Nathan Geldmeier, Davis Roberts and Harrison Battle in the shutout of the Spartans.
Appalachian State University
The Appalachian State men's basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament by virtue of a 80-72 road win against Marshall on Monday night. Donald Sims paced the Mountaineers with 30 points, while Isaac Butts scored nine and hauled in a season-high 16 rebounds in the victory. ASU looks to advance to the tournament final with a win against Pacific on Thursday night at the Holmes Center. Game time is 8 p.m.
The ASU women also continued their march through postseason play, downing Fairfield 59-36 on Sunday at the Holmes Center in the quarterfinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational. Junior guard Sam Ramirez connected on 8-14 from the floor in pacing the Mountaineer offense with 19 points. Catherine Williams led the black-and-gold on the boards with a team-high 10 rebounds. The Mountaineers face off against the College of Charleston on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. with a berth in the tournament finals up for grabs. If ASU wins, the Mountaineers will host the tourney finals at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Holmes Center.
The ASU baseball team settled for a split of their three-game series with Western Carolina over the weekend. The Mountaineers won the opener 11-7 on Friday, lost the middle game 10-7 on Saturday, and then tied the Catamounts 4-4 on Sunday in a game shortened to five innings due to weather. Appalachian State (14-3-1, 2-3-1) next takes the diamond on Friday when they open a three-game series with The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
In football news, former quarterback Armanti Edwards was one of 14 semifinalists nominated for the 80th Amateur Athletic Union Sullivan Award. The award is presented annually to the nation's top amateur athlete. The winner will be announced in New York City on April 14.
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