Sports

The Watauga High junior varsity basketball teams opened their respective seasons on Thursday night, and

The Hickory Crawdads have announced the game times for their 2015 schedule, with the team keeping the same starting times as the previous two seasons.

The Appalachian State University volleyball team defeated Texas State in its home finale Thursday night. The Mountaineers (20-9, 10-9 Sun Belt) beat the fourth-place Bobcats (19-12, 14-5) in three close sets, taking the third set into extended time, 32-30.

North Carolina took things from No. 25 Duke all night: The ball. The momentum. And, finally, the Victory Bell. The Tar Heels routed Duke 45-20 on Thursday night with Marquise Williams throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more.

The Watauga High boys' basketball team opened the season on a positive note by knocking off Alexander Central 62-43 in a non-conference game Thursday night at Lentz-Eggers Gym.