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FCS Playoff Expansion Takes Next Step

The Football Championship Subdivision playoffs could expand to 24 teams by 2013. The FCS group, comprise mainly with school presidents, athletic directors and conference commissioners, took a serious step in that direction by making a recommendation to the NCAA. The proposal is being reviewed by the NCAA finance committee, and once it goes

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Parochial Schools Maintain Membership With NCHSAA

An propsal that would have barred parochial schools from continuing its member with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association didn't get the necessary votes needed to pass Thursday afternoon. The meeting and voting session took place at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The amendment needed 293 (three-fourths of the association's membership) to

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Pioneers Dominate NW3A/4A Championships


The Watauga High men's and women's track teams litterly blew the field away at the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Championships at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory on Wednesday afternoon. The WHS women won eight events and

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'Dads Rally Falls Shorts Against Greensboro

The Hickory Crawdads plated four runs through the final five innings, but fell to the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 8-4, before 6,418 fans at NewBridge Bank Park on Wednesday afternoon. Greensboro (17-8) jumped out to an 8-0 lead by

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NCHSAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMPLETES SPRING MEETING

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors completed its spring Board meeting on Wednesday at the NCHSAA offices. The Board had a very productive meeting over the past two days," said Davis Whitfield, commissioner. "We had a very challenging and comprehensive agenda, but

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L-R Softball Ranked 12th In National Poll

Ahead of its opening round playoff game on Friday, the Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team rose three spots to No. 12 in this week's NFCA NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. NFCA is the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Lenoir-Rhyne (46-11) will face South Atlantic Conference-foe Catawba (33-17) in the opening

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Three Run Seventh Dooms ASU

East Tennessee's three-run seventh inning proved to be the difference in Appalachian State University baseball's 7-4 loss to the Bucs on Wednesday evening at Thomas Stadium. Appalachian (32-10) trailed 3-2 going into

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Five Bears Earn All-Independent Honors In Women's Lacrosse

Five members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Lacrosse Team have earned NCAA Division II All-Independent honors including four on the first team. The first-team selections for the Bears were junior Sarah Minick (Marietta, Ga.) and freshmen Lauren Donovan (Hollywood, Md.), Madelyn Teel (Milton, Ga.) and Allison Senft (Marietta, Ga.). Meanwhile,

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Arrowood Named SoCon’s April Pitcher of Month

Appalachian State University baseball maintained its stranglehold on the Southern Conference’s 2012 Pitcher of the Month awards when Ryan Arrowood (Rutherfordton, N.C./R-S Central) was tabbed as April’s recipient on Wednesday. Arrowood won all four of his starts in April, posting a 1.61 earned run average and .212 opponents’ batting average in the process.

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Poulos Is Officially A Catamount

Watauga High senior Ethan Poulos signed the necessary paper work on Wednesday afternoon that makes him officially a preferred walk on at Western Carolina University. Poulos, a wide receiver, who caught 34 passes last season for the Pioneers, will join an old family friend and a new regime in Cullowee. Poulos is among the walk ons that will join first-year

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Payne Looks To Bounce Back

Ashe County High Athletics Director and men's basketball coach Marc Payne suffered a heart attack Wednesday afternoon. But the long time coach is resting and in good spirits. He also hopes to make a full recovery. Payne, who was taken by ambulance to Baptist Hosptial, Full Story

 
Football Returning To 12 Week Season

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has announced that the high school football season will return to an 11-game, 12-week season in the fall of 2013. Schools, who elected to do so, played an 11-game schedule in an

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NCHSAA BOARD HEARS REALIGNMENT APPEALS

The North Carolina High School Board of Directors heard a series of procedural appeals relating to realignment on Tuesday morning and then took action after lengthy deliberation. There were a total of eight appeals involving

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ASU Women’s Golf Signs Davis For 2012-13

Appalachian State University women’s golf inked Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) for the 2012-13 campaign, head coach Heather Brown announced on Wednesday. Davis graduates from Marion, N.C.’s McDowell High School

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Realignment Finalized By NCHSAA

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has finalized its realignment plans for 2013-17. The NCHSAA put the issue to rest at its Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday. Watauga High will move into an eight-team

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WHS Men's Lacrosse Misses Playoffs

The Watauga High men's lacrosse team was not selected for a state playoff berth by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. The Pioneers, who were 5-6 this past season, lost the District 9 championship to Patton on

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Payne Hospitalized

Ashe County High Athletics Director and men's basketball coach Marc Payne has been hospitalized for chest pains. He has been admitted to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. Payne, who has been in coaching for 37 years,

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WHS Soccer Settles For Tie

They say a tie is as good as kissing your sister. But after blowing a 2-0 lead at home Tuesday night, WHS coach Brittany Bolick is just happy that her team survived a furious charge by Fred T. Foard at Jack Groce Stadium. The Tigers got a late goal from Caroline Borham at the 75-minute mark of the second half as the team

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Spartans Eliminate Pioneers

The Watauga High softball team suffered a disappointing loss Tuesday at the Sports Complex in the opening-round of the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Tournament. The Pioneers, the No.4 seed, were victimized by South Caldwell, the No.5 seed, 7-4. Rebecca Kale's two-run homer in the

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