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UPDATED: Hagaman honored by MaxPreps

Senior Bailey Hagaman of the Watauga High volleyball team has been named the MaxPreps/AVCA Player of the Week.

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Vikings Ranked Seventh in AP Poll

The Avery Vikings, off to their best start since 2005, are ranked seventh in the state in this week's Associated Press Class 1A Poll.

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Seven SoCon Teams Regionally Ranked

 Seven Southern Conference cross country teams are ranked in this week's 2010 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association region rankings, the association office announced Monday.

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ASU remains No.1 in Coaches Poll

The Appalachian State University football team maintained its No.1 ranking in the FCS Coaches Poll that was released on Monday. The Mountaineers (3-0), off to their best start since 2007, received 17 first-place votes. Villanova, which is No.1 in The Sports Network Poll, is No.2. The Wildcats (2-1) received six first-place votes. James Madison, Jacksonville State and Richmond round out the top five. Full Story

Vitaris Named SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week

Appalachian State University place kicker Jason Vitaris, who matched a career high with three field goals in the Mountaineers’ 44-16 victory over North Carolina Central, has been named the Southern Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

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Villanova #1; ASU #2 TSN Poll

Villanova remains No.1 for the second week in a row in The Sports Network Poll. ASU remains No.2. The Wildcats received 87 of 139 first-place votes; the Mountaineers, who are 3-0 for the first time since 2007, received 22 first places votes. James  Madison (25 votes), Jacksonville State (five votes) and Richmond, which defeated Elon in overtime on Saturday, round out the top five. Elon, which is 1-2, falls to 10th in the poll; Montana is 14th and Furman is 23rd. Full Story

Bolick named new WHS women's soccer coach

Brittany Bolick, a stellar athlete during her playing days at Watauga High, has been named the new women's soccer coach of the Pioneers. Bolick, a two-sport star (she played basketball for Todd Dixon and soccer for the legendary Doug Kidd), replaces Uwe Erhlech, who resigned last spring. Bolick played at the varsity level for four years. She was an all-conference selection three times. Full Story

Breitenstein scores twice, Terriers win big


Eric Breitenstein turned in his best performance of the season Saturday night for the Wofford College Terriers.
Breitenstein ran for a season-high 134 yards on just six carries and scored twice as the Terriers (2-1) defeated Union College (KY), an NAIA school, 48-10 in their home opener. Full Story
Mountaineers ground Eagles, 44-16

The Appalachian State University football team scored early and often on Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
The Mountaineers (3-0) jumped out to a 24-0 lead and cruised by North Carolina Central 44-16 in front of the fifth largest crowd in school history (29,218). Travaris Cadet led a strong ground game with 149 yards on just eight carries and a touchdown.

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WHS volleyball earns split at Newton-Conover
The Watauga High volleyball team split a pair of matches at the Newton-Conover tri-match on Saturday afternoon.
WHS (13-2) defeated Statesville in a three-game sweep (25-21, 25-16, 25-8) before losing a five-set match (25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 19-25, 14-16) to the host school, Newton-Conover. Full Story
Pioneers fall short in upset bid, 14-6
The Watauga High football team nearly pulled off a huge upset Friday night.
Unfortunately, the Pioneers came up short as No.4 A.C. Reynolds survived a 14-6 scare at Dalton Stadium. The Watauga offense was its best defense in Friday's matchup.
The Pioneers (2-3) held the ball for more than 29 minutes and shut down an explosive team that was averaging 35-points a game. Full Story
Regional Scoreboard
Here are scores from Friday night's games:
A.C. Reynolds 14, Watauga 6
South Caldwell 35, East Burke 0
Matthews Butler 35, Hibriten 28
Hickory 42, North Lincoln 25
Maiden 54, St. Stephens 42 Full Story
Vannoy resigns as softball coach

Watauga High Athletics Director Tom Wright has announced that softball coach Brian Vannoy has resigned for personal reasons.

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Patricia Smtih to be inducted in HOF

Patricia L. Smith, who is arguably the greatest women’s basketball coach in Lenoir-Rhyne history will be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 9.

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The New England Patriots have released LB Marques Murrell.  The move was made on Monday to make room for OL Quinn Ojinnaka, who was serving a suspension to start the season. Murrell got off to a fast start before things went sour. He had one tackle in Sunday's season-opening win against Cincinnati. Full Story

UPDATED: Pioneers-Rockets game still on for Friday


The Watauga High football game in Asheville against defending Class 4A state champion A.C. Reynolds is still on as scheduled. The game will still be played Friday night, despite some tragic news on Monday. Gary Laws, the father of ACR coach Shane Laws (Newton-Conover and Appalachian State University) passed away unexpectedly. A memorial service will be held Wednesday morning at the First United Methodist Chruch in Conover. 

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Tanyi Undergoes Season-Ending Surgery

Appalachian State University defensive end Lanston Tanyi (Shelby, N.C./Shelby) underwent surgery on Monday in Charlotte, N.C. for a toe injury sustained during fall camp.Tanyi's recovery time from the surgery on his left foot is expected to be 16 weeks.
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ASU Climbs to No. 1; Quick, Presley Honored

Thanks to a 45-14 win over visiting Jacksonville, coupled with losses by No. 1 Montana and No. 2 Southern Illinois, Appalachian State University is the nation’s top-ranked team in this week’s American Football Coaches Association NCAA Division I FCS poll, which was released on Monday afternoon

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Coming into his own

His eyes tell the story. If you look hard into the eyes of Appalachian State quarterback DeAndre Presley, you'll see a determination, a drive and a strong will to succeed. But you will also find a humble man that can turn a negative into a positive.
A quarterback by trade, Presley, who came to ASU three years ago from Middleton High School in Tampa, FL, had aspirations to be a starting quarterback. Full Story

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