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AMOREM Patient Receives Phone Call from Peyton Manning

April 27, 2023 MORGANTON — Peyton Manning made a special phone call on March 3 to one of his biggest fans, Tammy Haga. Haga was admitted to AMOREM services in early February with a diagnosis of metastatic bone cancer. Not long after meeting Haga, her AMOREM care team learned of her admiration for NFL legend, Peyton Manning.

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Watauga WSOC powers past Alexander Central, 5-0

April 19, 2023 BOONE, N.C. — With goals by five different players on April 18, Watauga women’s soccer took full advantage of Alexander Central, defeating the Cougars, 5-0. The Pioneers got goals from Georgia Parker, Kate Sears, Katie Durham, Savannah Duvall, and Maya Nelson, all with assists recorded by Nelson, Morgan Flynt, Charlotte Cuthbert, and Parker. For Duvall, it was a major milestone evening: her first career goal on the Pioneer varsity. By David Rogers

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North Carolina High School Athletic Association Member Schools Approve Moving from Four to Seven Classifications Although State Senate Bill Could Void the Change

April 19, 2023 Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) commissioner Que Tucker notified its more than 400 member schools Tuesday (April 18) that the organization will expand from four classifications to seven beginning in the 2025-26 school year. 
According to the NCHSAA, which is headquartered in Chapel Hill, votes were submitted by principals of member schools with input with their local superintendents and Boards of Education as well as other school officials. Deadline for votes on the proposal was April 14.  Three-fourths of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) member schools had to vote “yes” on the proposal in order for it to pass. By Tim Gardner

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From Pioneer to Falcon, Colin Phelps commits to play golf at Pfeiffer University

April 17, 2023 BOONE, N.C. — In roughly a month, Colin Phelps will have completed his time as a Pioneer. In less than six months, he will become a Falcon. There was undoubtedly a point in the Watauga High School senior’s young life that he dreamed of going to college on a baseball or football scholarship. A football injury sidelined those ambitions but it turns out that he is still going to be “playing at the next level” — as a college golfer. He signed a commitment letter to Pfeiffer University on April 6, in an after-school ceremony with friends, teammates, coaches and family members looking on. By David Rogers

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Blowing Rock’s Colley, Tuxbury lower their legal PRs in Rotterdam Marathon

April 17, 2023 Rotterdam, Netherlands — Even in elite distance running where the competing athletes are highly trained, different race patterns evolve. In the NN Rotterdam Marathon on April 16, two Blowing Rock-based ZAP Endurance team members used different approaches to recording new (legal) personal bests for the 26.2 miles distance. By David Rogers

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North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Proposed Realignment Change Vote Deadline April 14th

April 14, 2023 The North Carolina High School Athletic Association–the governing body of prep sports in the state–has proposed expanding from four to seven classifications beginning with the 2025-2026 school year. If the measure passes from its school membership, the number of classifications would be based solely on the number of schools in the association, with no class exceeding 64 schools.

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Watauga stays unbeaten, sweeps Draughn, 3-0

April 4, 2023 VALDESE, N.C. — After sweeping Draughn on April 3, 25-23, 25-18, 25-18, a few trends are obvious in the Watauga men’s volleyball team’s first season. First, the young Pioneers are quick learners and know how to win. After less than a month in existence and after the first three matches they are undefeated, 3-0. By David Rogers

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Movin’ on: Appalachian FC advances in Open Cup after win over Fusion in OT

March 23, 2023 BOONE, N.C. —Another chapter in Appalachian FC’s storied beginning was written on March 22. Call them the Sasquatch Armada, if you will, or even call them a motley crew, but the Boone-based, semi-pro soccer team is for real after a stirring, double overtime win decided with penalty kicks against North Carolina Fusion at Ted Mackorell Soccer Stadium.  By David Rogers

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Strong showing by Watauga high school and middle school cycling teams in ‘Crankin’ at the Creek’

March 22, 2023 Special Report. ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. — The Watauga Pioneers High School and Middle School mountain bike team had a strong team and individual results at the first 2023 NC Interscholastic Cycling League series race, “Crankin at the Creek” at Browns Creek Trail in Elizabethtown, NC. The Pioneers high school team placed 11th out of 47 teams and the middle school team placed 19th out of 44 teams competing. By David Rogers

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Riddle me this: Watauga holds on to early lead in 11-9 win over South Caldwell

March 22, 2023 By David Rogers. HUDSON, N.C. — If Watauga third baseman had only hit a triple, he would have accomplished one of baseball’s most prized feats for a single game: “hitting for the cycle. He still had a big night at the plate on March 21 at South Caldwell, slugging a double, hammering a home run and lacing a single into the outfield. His stat line included three RBIs and three runs scored By David Rogers

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Mountaineer bats cool off in 8-0 loss to Marshall in Sun Belt opener

March 20, 2023 BOONE, N.C. — Centerfielder Mary Pierce Barnes went 3-for-3 and App State teammates Taylor Thorp and Ambry Lucas clubbed a pair of doubles on March 18, but it wasn’t near enough firepower to overcome a late innings hitting barrage by Marshall at Sywassink/Lloyd Field. The Thundering Herd won the Sun Belt Conference season opener, 8-0. By David Rogers

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Kamp, Yoos lead Lees-McRae to Nationals No. 1; LMC Men finish No. 2

March 20, 2023 MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA. — By sweeping the top two places in the Snowboard-Cross event, Lilly Kamp (No. 1) and Nicole Yoos (No. 2) propelled Lees-McRae College to first place in the Alpine Combined women’s team competition on March 9 at the 2023 U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboarding Championships hosted by Mammoth Mountain. By David Rogers

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Honoring Gaylord Perry: Major League Baseball Hall of Famer

March 20, 2023 Gaylord Perry, a professional baseball Hall of Famer, who is considered to be one of the greatest pitchers ever and who for years lived in the Town of Spruce Pine, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2022 of natural causes. He was 84 years old. By Tim Gardner

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App State Dance Team: Promoting School Spirit with Every Performance

March 15, 2023 Whether it be at men’s & women’s basketball games, football games, wrestling matches, or other university events, there is a team of around 18 women who are always present with one goal in mind – to promote spirit and pride, while generating crowd involvement at Appalachian State University. By Harley Nefe

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Bombs away! Greene, Salinas, Ray lead Pioneers in 17-0 win over Allegheny

March 10, 2023 WILKESBORO, N.C. — Asked to choose the most impactful play in Watauga baseball’s 17-0 win over Allegheny in the third round of the non-conference tournament at West Wilkes, the answer might be one of several. And, truth be told, the Pioneers’ Maddox Greene likely was involved, directly or indirectly. Was it Greene’s fielding a sharply hit ground ball and throw to first to get a third out in the first inning, with Allegheny having the bases loaded? Instead, they left three men stranded on base. By David Rogers

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Another slugfest, but Mountaineers bitten by Bulldogs, 19-6

March 6, 2023 BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State only needed to score two late touchdowns to defeat Gardner-Webb on March 5. If only they were playing football instead of baseball. The visiting Bulldogs scored runs in every inning except the 3rd and the 8th but they saved the best for last, scoring six runs in the top of the 9th for a runaway, 19-6 win over the Mountaineers to split the weekend series. By David Rogers

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Step 1 in a soccer ‘path’: Appalachian FC holds tryouts

March 2, 2023 With temperatures hovering in the high 30s, it was almost cold enough for the persistent rain to be called a “wintry mix.” The three dozen athletes aspiring to gain a roster spot in the 2023 edition of Appalachian FC weren’t concerned about the weather on Feb. 25. By David Rogers

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Dodgeball for Hope Returns to Watauga High School on Saturday, March 11

March 2, 2023 What began nearly a decade ago as a successful annual fundraiser for the Hope Center in Boone was, like many events, put on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic. But, the good news is, the fast-paced, exciting tournament known as Dodgeball for Hope is returning next week — and it promises to pick up where it left off. After a two-year hiatus, the staff, volunteers and clients of Hope Center are happy to announce that Dodgeball for Hope will take place on Saturday, March 11, at Watauga High School. By Sherrie Norris

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Watauga’s thrilling second-half rally falls short in 60-49 loss to Charlotte Catholic

March 2, 2023 BOONE, N.C. — Watauga women’s basketball was defeated by Charlotte Catholic, 60-49, on Feb. 28, in the quarterfinals of the 2023 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A Women’s Basketball Championship tournament. If there is any consolation, they “won” the second half, 39-29. “In the fourth round of the state playoffs, you have to play all four quarters,” said Watauga head coach Laura Barry after the game. “Tonight, we didn’t do that. Credit Charlotte Catholic.” By David Rogers

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