The Sporting Times
Watauga High School
The Watauga baseball team captured a share of first place in the NWC on Friday, downing Alexander Central 6-3. With the win, the Pioneers improved to 14-8 overall, and 8-2 in conference action. Hurler Dylan Norris improved to 6-2 on the year with the win, while Jake Watts earned his first save of the season. At the plate, David Martin went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI single.
Watauga dominated the 4-A version of the Northwestern Conference tennis tournament Monday at South Caldwell. Watauga's No. 1 singles player, Steve Lake, beat teammate Michael Smith, normally the Pioneers' No. 2 seed, 7-6, 6-0 in the tournament's singles finals. Both went through two South Caldwell players to get there. Lake beat Adam Smith 6-0, 6-0, while Michael Smith beat Nick Heavener 6-0, 6-0. In the doubles final, Brian Geldmeier and Nathan Geldmeier beat Harrison Battle and Ryan Schweitzer, who are all from Watauga, 6-2, 6-4. The Geldmeiers beat Patrick Mangan and Evan Gibson 6-0, 6-0 in one semifinal match, while Battle and Schweitzer beat Jeff Annas and Caleb Edwards 6-4, 7-5. Watauga plays in the first round of the dual team state playoffs on May 4, and begins individual regionals on May 7.
The Watauga girls' lacrosse team received a first-round bye in the state playoffs, which were released Monday afternoon. Watauga won its conference and has an 8-5 record. All of the first-round games must be played by April 30. The Pioneers play the winner of the Greensboro Page (10-4) Northern Guilford (7-6) first-round game. Watauga would host the game and it would have to be played by May 4.
The Watauga girls' soccer team continued flexing its collective muscles on Friday night at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex, easily disposing over Alexander Central 4-1 in a game that was not nearly as close as the final score. After quickly jumping out to a 3-0 first-half lead, the Pioneers were never threatened as Watauga earned its fifth straight win in improving to 8-5-1 overall and 5-4 in conference play. With the victory, the Pioneers clinched the 4-A Conference Championship.
The Watauga girls' softball team dropped a 10-0 contest to powerhouse Alexander Central on Friday. Caroline Yates supplied the only hit of the game for the Pioneers (8-10, 2-7), while Kelsey Rominger reached base on a walk.
Appalachian State University
Former Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the NFL draft. Edwards, who was selected as a wide receiver, was taken with the 89th selection.
Appalachian State held its end-of-the-year awards' ceremony this past week at Farthing Auditorium on the ASU campus. Women's tennis player Caroline Mauch earned the Brakefield Award, given to the graduating student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA average. Wrestling's Austin Annas was awarded the Rick Edmundson scholarship, and Yosef Club director Gerald Adams garnered the Jackson A. Branch Award. Finally, track and field standout Josh Houser received the fourth annual Athletic Director's Award.
The Mountaineer men's track and field team won its 17th Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field championship on Sunday. The title gives ASU the triple crown, having already won the men's cross country and men's indoor track and field championships in 2009-2010. This season's triple crown marks the fourth in school history. Appalachian State accumulated 263.5 points to win the SoCon title over second place Western Carolina, who finished with 242 points.
The ASU women's track and field team claimed second place in the championships, with Western Carolina earning top honors. The Catamounts totaled 221.5 points, while Appalachian State earned 144.
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