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Pre-Season Football Polls Released

The first official high school football polls have been released by NCPreps.com. Swain County is No.1 in the Class 1A top 20 poll. Mount Airy, which was 8-4 last season and finished second in the Northwest 1A/2A Conference is 12th in the Class 1A poll; Mitchell (12-2), coming off its best season in school history, is 17th; West Wilkes (8-4) is coming off its first winning season since 2007 (when former Watauga High coach Tim Pruitt was the coach) is 20th.  In Class 2A, Tarboro

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Mountaineers Settle Into Summer Baseball

Twelve Appalachian State University baseball players are in the heart of their seasons with various collegiate summer-league teams across North Carolina and the East Coast. Highlighting the list is shortstop Will Callaway (Greenville, S.C./Eastside), who is a member of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. The rising senior has seen action in nine of Hyannis’ 10 games and ranks third on the squad with a .292 batting average. On Sunday night, Callaway’s

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Pall Signed By Alouettes

It looks like a Southern Conference reunion in Montreal, Quebec, Canada these days. One day after he was cut by the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, the Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that they have signed defensive end Ameet Pall to a two-year contract. Pall, who was born in Montreal, joins two former Appalachian State players, Marques Murrell and Ed Gainey. Pall (6’0’’, 245 lbs.) was the Calgary Stampeders' first pick (fifth overall) in this year's

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Jackson Named Top QB In SoCon

The Bleacher Report has named Jamal Jackson of Appalachian State University as the top signal caller in the Southern Conference this season. Jackson, who replaced an injuried DeAndre Presley before the fifth game of the season last fall, returns for his second season with for the Mountaineers. And he’s a player that will most certainly benefit from having Scott Satterfield, a former ASU quarterback himself, back leading the Mountaineer offense this fall. Jackson, who completed

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Crawdads Move Into First Place

The Hickory Crawdads took over first place in the Northern Division in the second half of the South Atlantic League season. The Crawdads (4-1; 40-34) knocked off the Kannapolis Intimidators 6-2 Monday night at CMC-Northeast Stadium to move into first place. The 'Dads jumped on top with a two-out rally in the top of the first inning. With two away and the bases empty, Rougned Odor belted a solo home run on the first pitch for a 1-0 lead.  Jeremy Williams followed with a single

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Wolverine Cheerleading Tryouts

The Watauga Wolverine Cheeleading team, which cheers for the Watauga County Middle School football team, will be starting practice for the upcoming season. Any rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls in the 2012-2013 school year are  welcome to join the team. I do not have tryouts at this level.

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Doug Owen named Director Of Cycling At LMC

Doug Owen has been named Director of Cycling at Lees-McRae College.  In this position, Owen will manage the cycling team and will continue the growth of the cycling studies program. 
“Doug understands the larger vision for cycling at Lees-McRae, and he embraces our vision of the bicycle as a vehicle for social change,” said

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Watauga Wins Third Straight

The Watauga Junior American Legion team is on a roll right now. Watauga (11-8-1) won its third game in a row by sweeping Bunker Hill in a non-Area 4 double header Sunday night. Watauga won the opener 3-1 in seven innings; and the Junior Legion rallied to win the nightcap, 4-3.  Watauga won

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Greensboro Snaps Hickory's Winning Streak

The Greensboro Grasshoppers avoided the series sweep by hanging on for the 4-3 win against the Hickory Crawdads at L.P. Frans Stadium on Sunday night.  The teams also endured a one hour, 48 minutes in the bottom of the

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Pall Cut By Stamps

First round draft choice Ameet Pall of Wofford College has been cut by the Calgary Stampeders after he sufferd a foot injury in Friday's preseason game against the Toronto Argonmauts. Pall, the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year in the Southern Conference, was taken by the Stampeders with the fifth pick in the Canadian Football League Draft on May 3. He was an All-America for the Terriers last season. Pall will remain in Calgary to rehab his injury, and until a final decision

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Bumgarner Wins His Ninth, Giants Hang On

Madison Bumgarner survived a shakey start late Saturday night as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Oakland A's 9-8 at The Coliseum in Oakland, Leading 9-4 in the bottom of the ninth, the Giants (40-32) staved off a four-run rally by the A's (34-38) in the bottom of the ninth. Bumgarner (9-4) was long gone by then, but the left hander, despite giving up two home-run balls----a two-run shot by Josh Reddick in the first and a solo shot to Jonny Gomes in the third---went six

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Junior Legion Splits Saturday DH

The Watauga Junior American Legion team split its double header with Patton in Morganton on Saturday. Watauga (9-8-1 overall; 7-7 in Area 4) lost the first game, 5-1, but came back to win the second game, 4-2. Carson Isaacs backboned Watauga's win in game two with three hits, including a triple, with two runs scored and two runs-batted-in. Isaacs' snapped a 2-2 tie with a run-scoring triple in the fourth inning. Brandon Warren scored the go-ahead run on the play. 

"Carson really gave us a lift offensively in the second game," said Watauga coach Bradley Rudisill. "We're still not producing a lot hits, but we're finding ways to

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Crawdads Blast Grasshoppers, 11-5

For the second night in a row, the Hickory Crawdads scored 11 runs against Greensboro and roughed up the Grasshoppers 11-5 Saturday night at LP Fran Stadium. Hickory (3-0; 39-33), which has won three in a row to begin second half play, jumped in front with five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jorge Alfaro and Alejandro Selen did most of the damage as those two combined for nine runs-batted-in (Alfaro drove in five runs; Selen drove in four). A two-out throwing error

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Dowdy Has Big Night In Loss


Jeremy Dowdy, who was hitless in his professional debut Thursday night with the Briston White Sox, came through going 2-4 with a double and a run scored in an 8-4 loss against the Danville Braves in a Rookie-Appalachian League game Saturday. Dowdy is 2-7 in his professional career (.286 batting average). Tyler Tewell and Nathan Hyatt, members of the Braves, did not play Saturday night. Hyatt picked up his first professional win agiainst the White Sox Friday night. Tewell is

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