The Sporting Times
Watauga High School
Watauga defensive lineman Jordan Pineda has been chosen to participate in the elite combine for the Shrine Bowl. Pineda, a defensive end, will participate in the event at Monroe High School on June 5. The North Carolina team is coached by Forest Hills coach John Lowery. There are 12 defensive linemen competing for six slots on the team. The workout begins at 4:45 p.m.
Pineda participated in a preliminary Shrine Bowl combine held at Jack Groce Stadium earlier this month. Pineda, who also competed in the state 4-A track and field championships at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro last week, had 11 sacks and 14 quarterback hurries last season for the Pioneers. He also had 64 tackles, 21 for a loss, and made two fumble recoveries.
Offensively, Pineda caught eight passes for 74 yards and a touchdown for the Pioneers. He was also named all Northwestern Conference. Should be make the Shrine Bowl team, he would be just the second Pioneer to make the squad this decade and the second to make the team since the 1980s.
Eric Breitenstein made the North Carolina team in 2007. The roster will be announced in October. The Shrine Bowl is played every year at Gibbs Stadium at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.
Josh Wyant won the Trail Blazer Award for being the male athlete of the year at Watauga High School. The Hall of Fame Award, given to the top female athlete, went to Kayla Schneider. Wyant, a transfer from Maiden High, made his biggest impact on the Watauga baseball team, but he also ran cross country and was on Watauga's swimming team. Schneider ran cross country and also ran on the Watauga track and field team.
Wyant hit .374, which was third on the team. He added six doubles, had an on-base percentage of .426 and provided solid defense at second base. Wyant also pitched three innings of scoreless ball, giving up four hits and striking out two.
Schneider reached the state 4-A track and field finals on the Watauga 3,200-meter relay team, which finished sixth overall. Schneider was the lone senior on that relay team. She also made it to the state finals in cross country after finishing sixth in the Western Regional and will be running at Appalachian State next fall.
Also given away for the first time was the Tommy Wright Physical Education Award, which was given to Travis Oliver. Oliver, a receiver on the Pioneers' football team, led the team with 30 receptions for 692 yards and eight touchdowns. He was a two-year starter on the varsity.
Appalachian State University
Appalachian State's Armanti Edwards was named the Bob Waters Male Athlete of the Year, while Chattanooga's Shanara Hollinquest has been named the 2010 Southern Conference Female Athlete of the Year.
Edwards and Hollinquest will be honored as part of the league's annual Honors Dinner Tuesday night at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Hilton Head Island. Edwards, who was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft, becomes the seventh different Mountaineer to win the Bob Waters Male Athlete of the Year Award. He became the first player to win the Walter Payton Award (nation's top NCAA Division I FCS player) in back-to-back seasons.
A consensus first-team All-American, Edwards was unanimously named the league's Player of the Year in 2009 after guiding the Mountaineers to the FCS semifinals and No. 3 final ranking last season as ASU finished 11-3 (8-0 SoCon).
In 2009, Edwards set eight school records and ranked among the nation's top 15 in seven different statistical categories. The only player in NCAA Division I history to record 10,000 passing yards and 4,000 rushing yards in a career, he finished with 14,753 yards of total offense, second only to Alcorn State's Steve McNair.
Edwards is the only player to quarterback his team to four Southern Conference Championships and helped the Mountaineers win back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. He finished his career with 64 school records and 14 different Southern Conference records.
A member of the SoCon academic honor roll and the Dean's List at ASU, Edwards graduated with a bachelor's degree in graphic arts and imaging technology in three and a half years. During his time in Boone, Edwards volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and regularly spoke to young children at a number of local schools and day-care centers.
Appalachian State won its 30th Southern Conference Commissioner's Cup, the conference office announced on Tuesday at the league's spring meetings in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The award will be presented at the SoCon's annual Honors Dinner on Tuesday evening at the Hilton Head Crowne Plaza resort.
On the strength of four conference championships (football, cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field) and a division title (basketball), in the SoCon's 10 men's sports in 2009-10, Appalachian cruised to its 30th Commissioner's Cup, which annually recognizes the league's best overall men's athletics program.
Appalachian State brings the Commissioner's Cup back to Boone for the fifth-consecutive year, 17th time in the last 18 years and 30th time in 33 years since winning the award for the first time in 1977-78.
The Mountaineers' 30 Commissioner's Cups are by far the most in SoCon history - William & Mary boasts the second-most with five, followed by East Carolina (four) and Chattanooga, East Tennessee State and Furman (one each). Appalachian racked up a total of 94 points in the year-long all-sports competition, easily out-distancing second-place UNC Greensboro (75.5 points). Furman (65.5), Davidson (60), Elon (58.5), The Citadel (58), Wofford (57.5), Chattanooga (57), Western Carolina (56), College of Charleston (55), Samford (47) and Georgia Southern (39) rounded out the Cup standings.