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Gnats top 'Dads, 8-4

The Savannah Sand Gnats topped the Hickory Crawdads, 8-4, before 3,146 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium on Saturday evening. A five-run third inning gave Savannah a commanding 5-0 lead. Charley Thurber and Albert Cordero started the inning by hitting back-to-back home runs. Then with the bases loaded and one out, Travis Taijeron and Brian Harrison had

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D-Backs Victimize Bumgarner AGAIN!!

Good thing Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants doesn't face the Arizona Diamondbacks on a regular basis. For some reason, the D-Backs have been the only team to solve the left hander this season. Arizona snapped Bumgarner's personal five-game winning streak Friday night by knocking off the Giants 5-1 at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. Bumgarner

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Crawdads squish Sand Gnats with 3-1 win

The Hickory Crawdads evened the series with a 3-1 victory against the Savannah Sand Gnats, before 1,845 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium on Friday night.  After splitting the first two games of the current set, the 'Dads are now 5-1 against Savannah this season. Trailing 1-0, the Crawdads (19-13) jumped on top with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Kevin Torres led off

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LMC Women's Hoops Inks Three For 2012-13 season

Three student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Lees-McRae College and play women's basketball this fall, announced head coach Sebastian Wild Friday. Emily Brown (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Alyssa Munson (Summerfield, N.C.), and Tayler Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) will don the Green and Gold this fall as the Bobcats look to build on their

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Mountaineers Inks Eight Wrestling Recruits

Appalachian State University wrestling head coach JohnMark Bentley announced the signing of eight new recruits on Friday. These newcomers have signed National Letters of Intent and join three early-signing commitments as members of the 2012-13 squad. Cody Boswell - Burlington, N.C. - Southern Alamance - 165: Boswell won the 2012 North Carolina Class

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Lenoir-Rhyne Lands Three On NFCA All-Region Team

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team placed three players on the NFCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Softball Teams. NFCA is the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. L-R sophomore third baseman Haily Jarman (Wadesboro, N.C.) earned first-team all-region accolades while senior catcher Sarah Atkins (Newport News, Va.) and junior first baseman

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Smith Falls In State Quarterfinals

Watauga High senior Michael Smith closed out his prep career on Friday at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 4A Men's Tennis Championships at the Millbrook Exchange Park in Raleigh. Smith (19-3 in singles play), who has signed with Appalachian State University, was elminiated Friday night by Graham Duncan of Apex in the quarterfinal round.

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Pioneers Lose In Heart-Breaking Fashion

It just wasn't meant to be. The Watauga High softball team was just three outs away from nailing down its first win in the state playoffs in four years (2008) Friday night. The Pioneers (9-12), who trailed 3-2, rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh for a 6-3 lead. But East Gaston (15-4) came charging back with a four-run rally of its own in the bottom of

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Pioneers Blast East Gaston In Playoff Opener

The Watauga High baseball team was back to its old self Friday night. The Pioneers, who closed out the regular season on a six-game winning streak, rediscovered their magic touch in the opening round of the Class 4A state playoffs as they clobbered East Gaston 12-1 in six innings. The game was called after six innings by the ten-run mercy rule.  The Pioneers

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Mountaineers Eliminated at SoCon Tournament

The Appalachian State University softball team dropped a 4-0 decision to Elon in an elimination game Friday afternoon at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. Winning pitcher Erin O'Shea fired a two-hit shutout. Elon advances on to

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Pall Taken By Calgary In CFL Draft

Wofford defensive lineman Ameet Pall was selected fifth overall in the 2012 Canadian Football League Draft by the Calgary Stampeders. Pall was the second defensive lineman selected in the draft held on Thursday, May 3. Pall, a

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Capel Adds Two More Signees

Appalachian State University head men’s basketball coach Jason Capel announced the signing of Tevin Baskin (Stamford, Conn./Chipola College) and  Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page High School) for the 2012-13 season on Friday.

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Crawdads' Bats Dormant In Series-Opening Loss

The Savannah Sand Gnats topped the Hickory Crawdads, 7-2, before 2,844 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium on Thursday night. The Sand Gnats (21-12) jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the sixth inning. The Savannah scored a run in the first,

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Eagles Soar Over ASU

Appalachian State University softball dropped its second-round game of the Southern Conference tournament to top-seeded Georgia Southern, 6-0, Thursday night at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. The SoCon Pitcher of the Year,

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Jankowski Raises His Stock for Olympic Trials

David Jankowski of Zap Fitness in Blowing Rock is ranked eighth going into the Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR., Junie 21-July 1. Jankowski finished fifth in the men's 10,000-meter run last Saturday at the Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, CA., hosted by Stanford University. Jankowski completed the race in 28 minutes, 14 seconds. Jesse Cherry of Zap Fitness and a graduate

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Mountaineers Whip UNGC In soCon Tournament Opener

Behind two runs a piece from juniors Allie Cashion and Meghan Smith, the Appalachian State Mountaineers downed UNCG, 6-2 to advance in the winner's bracket of the 2012 Softball Championship at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium Thursday. Junior Heather Robb blasted a home run in the bottom of the second to left field, giving UNCG a 1-0 lead. The Mountaineers

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Mountaineers-Spartans Moved To Thursday

The Appalachian State University softball team had its first-round game with UNC-Greensboro in the Southern Conference Tournament moved to Thursday morning at 10 a.m. The winner of this game will play Georgia Southern in

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Pioneers Power Past McDowell

The Watuaga High women's soccer team didn't waste any time putting McDowell out of its misery Wednesday night in the opening round of the Class 4A state playoffs at Jack Groce Stadium. The Pioneers (12-6-1), thanks to Kendyl Baird, who had two goals and two assists, knocked off McDowell, 4-1. It was a far cry from their first meeting on May 3. The Pioneers

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Chambers On His Way To Ferrum

Watauga High senior Kyle Chambers finally made thing official on a rainy Wednesday afternoon in the  WHS Media Center. Chambers, who became WHS' first 1,000-yard rusher in four years last fall, will play college football this season at Ferrum College, a Division III school in Ferrum, Va., and a member of the USA South Conference. And Chambers will be joining

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