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Watauga capitalizes after South Caldwell turnovers, 56-7

September 30, 2022 HUDSON, N.C. — Turnovers can define momentum in football. Watauga took advantage of five miscues by South Caldwell — in just the first half — on Sept. 29, the Pioneers storming to a decisive, 56-7 win in the opening game of Northwestern Conference play By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net

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Blowing Rock volleyball topples Bethel, 2-0

September 28, 2022 BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — It was 8th Grader Night at Blowing Rock School for the Rockets’ volleyball duel against Bethel. The home team celebrated with a 2-0 sweep over the team from western Watauga County, 25-9, 25-18. By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net

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Watauga volleyball sweeps Freedom, 3-0

September 27, 2022 BOONE, N.C. — Caroline Farthing’s 16 kills and fellow senior Brooke Scheffler’s 12 kills and 18 assists helped host Watauga to a dominant, 3-0 women’s volleyball sweep over visiting Morganton-Freedom on Sept. 26, 25-7, 25-11, 25-4, at Lentz Eggers Gym. By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net

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Attacking Watauga “takes” 1-0 OT win in conference opener vs. South Caldwell

September 27, 2022 BOONE, N.C. — A barrage of second half shots on goal by Watauga were rewarded by the most unlikely of outcomes: an “own goal” scored when the South Caldwell goalkeeper whiffed on a clearing kick. It was the only score in the Pioneers’ 1-0 overtime win over the visiting South Caldwell Spartans. By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net

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Watauga MS golfers capture Oakwoods CC event

September 27, 2022 WILKESBORO, N.C. — Competing against four Wilkes County middle schools and one from Ashe County at Oakwoods Country Club, Watauga’s middle school golf team captured another tournament on Sept. 26. By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net

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West Henderson, Lexington women harriers capture top honors in High Country Classic

September 25, 2022 BOONE, N.C. — West Henderson sophomore Noelle Houlihan crossed the finish line first (19:51) in the women’s varsity division of the High Country Cross Country Classic on Sept. 24, but Lexington (S.C.), led by 8th grader Kendra Miles’ second place finish (20:02), captured team honors with all five of its scoring athletes finishing in the top 15 of the 84 athletes competing. By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net

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Watauga middle schoolers sweep High Country Classic

September 25, 2022 BOONE, N.C. — On a perfect day (cool and dry) for long distance running in the North Carolina mountains, Watauga’s Cali Townsend and Grady Gates took top honors in the girls’ and boys’ middle school divisions, respectively, in the High Country Cross Country Classic. By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net

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Pioneer VB holds back Hibriten, 3-0

September 22, 2022 BOONE, N.C. — Visiting Hibriten was a vastly more competitive team than in previous years, but Watauga still had their volleyball number on Sept. 21, winning 3-0, at Lentz Eggers Gym, 25-16, 25-11, 25-10. By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net

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Lipham earns second career Sun Belt XC “Runner of the Week” nod

September 22, 2022 NEW ORLEANS, La. — Freshman Ethan Lipham earned his second career Sun Belt Cross Country Men’s Runner of the Week honor on Wednesday. Lipham clocked a personal best 8K time of 25:19.13 to garner gold at the Firetower Project Run (Sept. 16), leading the Mountaineer men’s squad to a first-place team finish with a score of 20. His time was a 30-second improvement from his season debut on Sept. 2.

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Hardin Park stays unbeaten, Blowing Rock sweeps at home

September 22, 2022 BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — Several split decisions marked the Watauga County middle school volleyball action on Sept. 20. Hardin Park and Parkway continued to roll through opponents, while the standings in the bottom two-thirds of the league got more muddled as teams that lost in the first two weeks seem to have gotten stronger and more confident with experience.  By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net

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Avery Vikings Romp Past Rosman 51-13 In Homecoming for First Win of Season

September 21, 2022 On September 16th, MacDonald Stadium in Newland was filled with former, present, and future Vikings all gathered excitedly for football homecoming, anticipating the Western Highlands 2-A, 1-A Conference battle of Avery and the Rosman Tigers. The game did not disappoint for Viking enthusiasts as Avery rolled to 51-13 win—its first of the 2022 season and the inaugural one for rookie head coach Ethan Farmer.  By Leah Potter

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Ardrey Kell outpaces Watauga, 4-0

September 20, 2022 BOONE, N.C. — Across the Watauga men’s soccer roster, there are some really fast, exceptionally skilled student-athletes. Against Ardrey Kell at Jack Groce Stadium on Sept. 19, the Pioneers met their match — and then some. By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net

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Watauga women’s tennis in near sweep of Ashe County, 8-1

September 20, 2022 WEST JEFFERSON, N.C. — Now halfway through the regular season slate in the women’s tennis fall season, Watauga took down another Northwestern Conference opponent on Sept. 19, 8-1, over host Ashe County. The Pioneer women are now 8-1 overall, 5-0 against NWC adversaries. The lone loss came on Aug. 24 at T.C. Roberson, 2-7, although Watauga exacted a measure of revenge on Sept. 13 when the Pioneers defeated the Rams in Boone, 8-1. By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net

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Watauga gallops past Ashe County, 55-21

September 17, 2022 BOONE, N.C. — Watauga High School Principal Chris Blanton speculated after the Sept. 16 “Homecoming” football game that it was probably the largest crowd at least in the Pioneer grandstands in quite some time. And, by the way, they had a lot to cheer about with Boone’s favorite sons running away with a 55-21 win over regional rival, Ashe County. By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net

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PREVIEW: App State vs. Troy

September 17, 2022 Missteps, figurative or literal, can serve as a painful reminder within App State’s football program. The hallway floors in Kidd Brewer Stadium’s north end zone facility have contained small, wooden mousetraps this week. The Mountaineers have been riding high after a win at No. 6 Texas A&M, with that result triggering a trip to the High Country from ESPN’s College GameDay show, but App State’s pursuit of a Sun Belt Conference title hinges on quickly turning its attention to the upcoming league opener against Troy.

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Vega wins ‘Mayview Madness’ 5K in Blowing Rock

September 17, 2022 BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — A 22-year-old Vilas resident Christopher Vega finished a full minute ahead of the nearest finisher on Sept. 17, in the 22nd annual running of the Stick Boy Bread “Mayview Madness” 5k, staged in benefit of the Blue Ridge Conservancy. By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net

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App State men, women harriers take 1st, 2nd team titles in Firetower Project event

September 16, 2022 BOONE, N.C. – Freshman Ethan Lipham clinched first in the men’s 8K and led the App State men’s cross country team to a first place finish with 20 points at the Firetower Project Run on Friday. Five Mountaineer men landed in the top-10. The women’s squad secured second in the team standings with a score of 71 and four runners finished in the top-20.

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Blowing Rock rallies for first win; Hardin Park dominates tri-matches

September 16, 2022 BOONE, N.C. — Few, if any, middle school volleyball matches on Sept. 15 could have featured as much tension and excitement on both sides as the Bethel vs. Blowing Rock match at Hardin Park School. It was the second game of the tri-match format, played after Bethel had lost, 2-0 (25-3, 25-12) to the host Golden Eagles. In the first set between Bethel and the Rockets, the west siders had Blowing Rock on the ropes with a 24-18 lead and just needing one point to win the set. But behind masterful serving by young Elouise Cascio, the Rockets went on a 7-0 run that put them ahead 25-24. By David Rogers for HighCountrySports.net

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