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WHS Volleyball Wins 24th Straight PDF Print
Written by Mike Kelly   
Friday, 16 September 2011 07:44

The Watauga High volleyball team claimed another victim on its way to a possible Northwestern 3A/4A Conference championship.

The Pioneers (8-4 overall; 3-0 NW3A/4A), who won the conference title last season, defeated Alexander Central 3-0 (25-14, 25-8, 25-11) at Lentz-Eggers Gym in Boone Thursday night. It was also WHS's 24th consecutive win in league play dating back to 2009.
Ironically, the last team to beat the Pioneers was Alexander Central. The Cougars shared the league title with WHS that season, but they won the coin toss and earned the No.1 seed in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 4A state playoffs. But Thursday, the Pioneers dominated the match from start to finish.
"We did a good job tonight," said WHS coach Kris Hagaman. "It was nice to see us come back after the disappointing weekend we had (in losses against Starmount and Reagan in a tri-match last Saturday). It was a strong effort on our part."
Kristen Carter paced WHS once again with 20 assists and nine digs. Colby Combs had seven kills and three blocks; Hannah Stewart had seven kills; Channing Hagaman had six kills; Anna Church had seven digs and three aces; Skylar Hicks had 14 digs.
"We're very proud of the streak," Hagaman said. "But we need to play with more feeling. I'm really not happy with the way we're playing right now. We need to have to play with more emotion; we need to be more aggressive."
The Pioneers travel to South Caldwell Tuesday night, September 20. The JV team defeated Alexander Central 2-1 (14-25, 25-16, 25-20). The Pioneers were led by Whitney Dunningan with 13 assists and 17 digs. Kierstan McClannon had seven kills and eight digs; and Meredith Farthinghad nine kills and 18 digs.




The Watauga High women's tennis team won its second straight match by knocking off Alexander Central 7-2 in a Northwestern 3A/4A Conference at the Sports Complex.
Meredith Smith, Hannah Petersen, Sarah Petersen, Liz Clark and Nicole Fox were singles winners; Smith and Margaret Anagnos picked up a win at No.1 doubles; Sarah Petersen and Clark were winners at No.2 doubles. Lexi Evans won her exhibition singles match.
The Pioneers (6-3; 3-1 NW3A/4A) travel to South Caldwell next Tuesday night, September 20.


Watauga 7 Alexander Central 2




Meredith Smith W def Audrey Pennell AC 6-0 6-0
Hannah Petersen W def Amanda Bryan AC 6-0 6-0
Sarah Petersen W def Regan Spencer AC 7-5 6-1
Megan Rader AC def Margaret Anagnos AC 6-4 6-4
Liz Clark W def Shyann Belanger AC 7-6 6-3
Nicole Fox W def Molly Gant AC 6-2 6-4




Smith/Anagnos W def Bryan/Spencer AC 8-2
S. Petersen/Clark W def Pennell/Gant AC 8-0
Rader/Belanger AC def Fox/Emily Burwell W 9-7




The Watauga High JV football lost its second consecutive game Thursday night.
Fred T. Foard defeated WHS 20-8 in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference opener for both teams in Newton. Quarterback Zeb Speir scored WHS's (2-3 overall; 0-1 NW3A/4A) on a three-yard run; he also scored the two-point conversion.
The Pioneers return home to play Hickory next Thursday, September 22.





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