The future looks pretty bright for the Watauga High track programs. The freshmen and sophomores got a chance to put their best foot forward Wednesday afternoon in a Northwestern 3A/4A Conference meet at St. Stephens. The
girls won five events and bested the field with 145 points; Hickory finished 18 points behind with 127 points. The WHS boys finished second with 107 points. South Caldwell won the meet with 140 points.
Grace Pylyler and Belle Lehman led the way for the WHS girls. Plyler won the long jump with an effort of 14-feet, 4.75 inches; and she finished second in the triple jump with an effort of 29 feet. Lehman won the 300-meter hurdles in 52.9 seconds; she finished second in the 100 low hurdles in 16.1 seconds.
Alison Seramur won the pole vault with a jump of 8-6; Clair Harris finished second (7 feet). Harris also finished tied for fourth in the 100 hurdles (14.0). Lynde Wangler won the 1,600 in 5:52.9 and Kathleen Mansure won the 800 in 2:40.6. Lily Weeks finished second in the 800 (2:41.9). Shelby Hickernell finished second in the 3,200 (14:01.9).
The Pioneers also captured two relay events, the 4x800 (11:01.7) and the 4x400 (4:33.8). WHS finished second in the 4x100 (53.5) and third in the 4x200 (1:57).
The WHS boys won one event, the 4x100 relay. They crossed the finish line in 47.9 seconds. WHS also had eight second-place finishes. Keenan Fox finished second in the spot put (37-8) and the discus (105-0); Justin Hall finished second in the long jump (17-10.50); Zack Styron finished second in the 110 hurdles (18.0) and the 300 hurdles (45.6); Michael Holland was second in the 1,600 (5:01.1); Jacob Soule was second in the 800 (2:14.1); Will Vandenberg finished second in the 3,200 (11:37.0).
Hall finished third in the triple jump (35-7) and WHS turned in a third-place finish in the 4x400 relay (4:30.8). Landry Morgan finished fourth in the triple jump (34-5). WHS will host the High Country Invitational Saturday.
VANDENBERG, SMITH SIGN NATIONAL LETTERS
Watauga High seniors Andrew Vandenberg and Michael Smith have made it official. Both men have signed National Letters of Intent with their respective schools. Vandenberg, a distance runner, will attend Milligan College, an NAIA school in Johnson City, TN.; Smith has signed with Appalachian State University. Smith is a USTA ranked player who earned all-conference and all-region honors after playing No. 1 singles and doubles for the Pioneers. He was 15-0 in his senior year in singles play.
INDIANS RALLY LATE AGAINST NEWTON-CONOVER
The St. Stephens High baseball team finally cracked the win column Wednesday night. The Indians (10-9 overall; 5-6 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference) rallied with two runs in the fifth to beat Newton-Conover 4-3 in a non-conference game. It's only the second time the Indians have won in their last nine games.
Zach Bumgarner (1-0) got the win in relief with 3 2/3 innings of work. He gave up no runs on no hits with three strikeouts. Dylan Beiland led the Indians offensively by going 2-3 with a pair of doubles, a run scored, and he drove in a run; Bumgarner had a base hit and drove in a run.
The Indians travel to Boone to play Watauga High Friday night. Our coverage begins at 6 p.m. on Oldies 100.7 FM.
Fred T. Foard snapped a nine-game losing streak by knocking off Shelby 7-6 in a non-conference game in Newton Wednesday night. The Tigers (5-16; 1-10) will play WHS in the opening-round of the NW3A/4A Conference Tournament in Boone next Tuesday night, May 1.