The Watauga High men's tennis team continued in domination in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference by waltzing its way to a pair of championships and producing four regional qualifiers in the process Thursday afternoon at conference qualifier at
South Caldwell High School. Mike Smith (16-0), who recently signed his National Letter of Intent with Appalachian State University, won the singles championship by knocking off teammate Harrison Battle in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5, in the finals. Despite finishing second, Battle will join Smith at regionals next weekend.
Landon Taylor and Chris Ludwig won the doubles championship and qualified for regionals by knocking off Hayden Frank and Travis Watts of South Caldwell in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0, in the championship match. Aaron Evans and Jackson Yates finished third and did not qualify for regionals. They lost to Watts and Frank 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, in the semifinals; they defeated Phillip Ferguson and Trevor Fry of Alexander Central 8-2 in their third-place match.
The Class 4A Western Regional will be played at Hough High School in Charlotte, Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. The Pioneers (16-1 in duals this season) will open the Class 4A Dual-Team State Playoffs at home against Ardrey Kell Tuesday, May 1. Match time is set for 4 p.m. at the Sports Complex.
MORETZ REACHES A MILESTONE
Congratulations to Watauga High JV basketball coach Jerry Moretz, who has won 204 basketball games in his career. Moretz picked up his 200th win against South Caldwell on February 3 in Sawmills. He has coached both boys and girls JV basketball; Moretz has also coached women's varsity basketball, women's varsity golf; and softball at WHS. He is currently the pitching coach with the WHS softball team. And he was named Coach of the Year in women's golf and led that program to a conference championship. His boys JV team last season was 22-0.