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Darner, McClure Rally Pioneers Past Hibriten....LENIOR, NC - Tuesday night's Northwestern 3A-4A Conference game between the Watauga High girl's basketball team and Hibriten was a tale of two different halves.

NEW ORLEANS – UL Lafayette was pegged as the Sun Belt Conference favorite to win this year’s baseball crown, the league office announced on Tuesday after a vote of the conference's 11 head coaches while South Alabama’s duo of Cole Billingsley and Kevin Hill were tabbed by the coaches as the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Preseason Student-Athlete and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

GREENSBORO - LaQuanda Barksdale Quick, a 2001 All-America selection, will represent North Carolina in the 12th annual class of Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Legends, announced Tuesday by the league.

BOONE - Mark Smith, who led the Watauga Middle School football team to a pair of Northwestern Conference championships the last two years, resigned on Monday.

ESPN.com Insider John Gasaway recently ranked Appalachian State University’s Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) as the No. 6 mid-major college basketball performer in the nation this season.