The Sporting Times
Watauga High School
The Watauga girls' soccer team saw its season come to an end in heartbreaking fashion on Tuesday night, falling to Mooresville 2-1 on penalty kicks.
The Blue Devils won the game when Ashley Richardson blasted a shot past Pioneer goalie Emily Haas to win the state-playoff contest. Senior Sydney Atkinson scored Watauga's only goal in regulation and also notched the Pioneers (9-8-1) only score during the penalty-kick session.
Mooresville got on the board first, scoring when Haas' attempt to clear bounced off a Blue Devils' player and into the goal. Atkinson evened the score early in the second half, scoring off of an assist from Skylar Hicks. After four overtime sessions, Mooresville earned the win on penalty kicks.
The Watauga's boys' tennis team fell to Providence 5-3 in the second round of the state 4-A playoffs Tuesday afternoon at Yonahlosse Racquet Club. Watauga got singles victories from Michael Smith, Brian Geldmeier and Davis Roberts. However, three singles losses combined with two losses in doubles finished off the Pioneers. Watauga's No. 1 seeded player, Steve Lake, is still alive in the state 4-A individual singles tournament, which concludes Friday and Saturday in Raleigh. Lake, the No. 1 seed from the West Region, takes on Sam Weissler of East Chapel Hill on Friday.
Watauga's baseball team will play at East Gaston Friday night in the first round of the state 4-A playoffs. Watauga (16-9) had to wait until Monday afternoon to find out who it would play since East Gaston played a league playoff game against Charlotte Olympic to determine who would host the Pioneers. East Gaston beat Olympic 15-3. East Gaston and Olympic went into the game with identical 7-5 records in the MEGA 7 Conference. They split the regular-season series with East Gaston winning the first meeting 7-0 and Olympic winning the rematch 7-4.
Appalachian State University
The Appalachian State baseball team (31-12-1) is recovering from a series sweep at the hands of Elon over the weekend.
Elon began the three-game set with a 5-4 win and then added a 6-1 victory and a 13-3 rout of the Mountaineers. The losses most likely knocked the Mountaineers out of any hope of earning an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Appalachian State must win the SoCon tournament following the regular season to get into an NCAA regional.
The Mountaineers returned to the diamond on Wednesday, playing at UNC Asheville on Wednesday afternoon, but results were not available at press time.
Appalachian State softball player Megan Rembielak has been named the Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for May 12. The sophomore shortstop from Advance is majoring in marketing and has a 3.29 GPA. Rembielak hit .417 with three multi-hit games as Appalachian State went 4-3 to end the season. She scored eight times and stole four bases on the week.
In the Mountaineers' 6-5 win against Western Carolina Sunday, Rembielak went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and also notched the game-winning RBI. Against Radford, Rembielak was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. ASU split the doubleheader with the Highlanders.
The Mountaineers (27-25) finished the season with a winning record for the first time in school history. Four Appalachian State softball players, Michelle Lighton, Katie Boyd, Megan Rembielak and Sarah Rappe, earned second-team all-Southern Conference honors while Allie Cashion and Frannie Seader earned all-freshman honors in balloting conducted by the league's coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday.
The four all-conference honorees are the most in school history, breaking the previous mark of three in 2007 and '09.