The Sporting Times
Watauga High School
The Watauga High School track and field team competed in the state championships on Saturday in Greensboro.
The Watauga's girls team finished 14th overall, while the boys garnered a 27th-place finish. The girls accumulated 12.5 points, well back of Wakefield, who won with 49. Southeast Raleigh was second with 42. Butler was third with 39, and T.C. Roberson fourth with 37.
The Watauga girls got off to a good start by finishing sixth in the 3,200-meter relay after taking third in the Western Regional. The team of Hailey Middlebrook, Hannah Barbour, Julia Roberts and Kayla Schneider, the lone senior on a relay team loaded with three sophomores, finished with a time of 9:33.52.
The Watauga quartet was not that far off from the winning Cary team, which had four juniors on its squad and won with a time of 9:18.35.
Watauga's Sydney Cook was fourth in the pole vault event, with a vault of 10-6. Laura Gulliver also had a 10-6 vault, but settled for eighth place. Cook also finished in fifth place in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet, 2-inches. Tara Trivette finished ninth in the event with a leap of 5-0. In the 3,200-meter run, Barbour finished 12th with a personal best time of 11:28.62.
It set a personal record for the sophomore, who chased a pack led by Laura Hoer of T.C. Roberson, who won with a time of 10:52.06. Watauga's Kasey Jones finished seventh in her preliminary heat in the 100-meter hurdles and did not reach the finals. She clocked a time of 15.61 seconds.
The Watauga boys finished 27th overall with nine points. Jordan Pineda, a junior, finished the highest of any of the Pioneers by taking fourth in the discus with a throw of 147-2.
Pineda finished sixth in the shot put with a toss of 49-10. Gab Romano was eighth with a throw of 137-3. Pineda did not reach his personal best of 153-feet, which he set at the West Regional in Charlotte the previous weekend, but had enough to get into the top four.
Both Pineda and Romano had their best throws during the qualifying period of the competition. In the 3,200-meter run, Daniel Osborne finished 15th with a time of 10:08.03. Wakefield's Mitch Mallory ran away from the field early in the race to post a winning time of 9:14.58. Mallory chased Mohamed Abushouk of Cary, who finished second with a time of 9:32.81. Watauga's Reid Harris also finished 12th in the pole vault with an effort of 12-6.
Watauga's baseball team placed seven players on the All-Northwestern Conference team.
Pitcher/shortstop Cal Hardee, center fielder/shortstop Max Linnville, catcher David Martin, second baseman Josh Wyant, pitcher Dylan Norris, left fielder Josh Roberts and first baseman/outfielder Matt Proffitt were all named to the team.
Norris was also named the Pitcher of the Year, and Pioneers' coach Pete Hardee was named the Coach of the Year. Alexander Central's Lukas LaSalle was named the league's Player of the Year.
Also named all-conference, but in softball, was Shelby Drummonds. She hit .338 in all of Watauga's games with 18 runs, 14 RBIs, six doubles, three triples and two home runs. Drummonds also went 5-11 with a save and a 2.88 ERA while pitching.
She struck out 64 batters and walked just 28 in 90 innings of work. In NWC play, Drummonds finished with a .371 bating average and had an on-base percentage of .450. She struck out just four times in 40 trips to the plate.
Appalachian State University
Led by first-team all-conference second baseman Wes Hobson and relief pitcher Chris Patterson, five Appalachian State players received postseason recognition from the Southern Conference's baseball coaches, the league announced on Monday.
In addition to the two first-team all-SoCon selections, Jerod Faggart was tabbed as the second-team all-conference designated hitter and Hector Crespo and Ryan Stetson were named to the league's 10-member all-freshman team.
A second-team all-SoCon selection a season ago, Hobson earned first-team plaudits as a senior thanks to ranking among the conference leaders with a .386 batting average (good for third in the SoCon), .637 slugging percentage (ninth), 451 on-base percentage (13th), 65 runs (third), 83 hits (t-fourth), 53 RBI (t-12th), 19 doubles (t-fourth), 11 home runs (t-15th) and 137 total bases (fourth).
For the second-straight year, ASU boasts the SoCon's first-team relief pitcher in Patterson. After setting up for all-American and first-team all-conference closer Zach Quate a year ago,
Patterson established himself as the league's most dominant arm out of the bullpen in 2010. The right-handed senior leads the SoCon with a school-record 13 saves while going 3-2 with a 0.96 ERA and .182 opponents' batting average in 26 appearances. He has surrendered just 25 hits and four earned runs over 37.1 innings of work while striking out 55 and walking just nine.
Faggart earned second-team all-conference recognition after establishing himself as one of the SoCon's most powerful and patient hitters as a senior. He ranks among the conference leaders with 13 home runs (t-10th), 42 walks (fourth), five sacrifice flies (t-sixth), a .479 on-base percentage (third) and .640 slugging percentage (eighth).
Crespo and Stetson both rank among the SoCon's top hitting freshman with respective .326 and .339 batting averages. Crespo, who started 49 of ASU's 52 games at third base, is tied for second in the conference with 28 stolen bases (the third-highest single-season total in school history), while Stetson, who made 43 starts in right field, hit safely in 34-of-36 games from March 13-May 15, including a team-best 16-game hitting streak from March 26-April 17.
David Towarnicky became the first Appalachian State University student-athlete in 18 years to receive first-team Academic All-America recognition when he was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America 2010 baseball first team on Tuesday.
A senior first baseman, Towarnicky is only the fourth student-athlete and second baseball player in Appalachian history to earn Academic All-America honors. Football player D.J. Campbell was ASU's most recent first-team Academic All-American in 1992.
Baseball's Jamie Harris and football's Gil Beck received the recognition in 1984 and 1977, respectively. Beck was inducted into CoSIDA's Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2004. On the field, ASU played the College of Charleston in the first round of the SoCon tournament on Wednesday, but results were not available at press time.