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BOONE — If Watauga head football coach Ryan Habich wanted his Pioneers to get a stern test of what the upcoming season has the potential to be, East Surry provided it at the jamboree played at Kidd Brewer Stadium Aug. 15.

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MAIDEN — Watauga head football coach Ryan Habich has built the Pioneers’ football program on the cornerstones of hard work and discipline. When the Pioneers lack either or both, the results can be disappointing.

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JENSEN BEACH, Fla. — The Watauga Equip 11-under baseball team made its mark on the first two teams it has played in the Cal Ripken World Series.

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TAYLORSVILLE — Watauga’s football team was the top choice in a preseason poll by media who cover the Northwestern Conference to win its second straight league championship.

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MAIDEN — Watauga head football coach Ryan Habich has built the Pioneers’ football program on the cornerstones of hard work and discipline. When the Pioneers lack either or both, the results can be disappointing.

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JENSEN BEACH, Fla. — The Watauga Equip 11-under baseball team made its mark on the first two teams it has played in the Cal Ripken World Series.

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TAYLORSVILLE — Watauga’s football team was the top choice in a preseason poll by media who cover the Northwestern Conference to win its second straight league championship.

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BOONE — As with any prep football coach, Ryan Habich has had several positions to fill for the 2019 Pioneers because of seniors graduating or because of players not returning to the program.

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BOONE — The Watauga boys’ soccer team officially began the defense of its Northwestern Conference championship with tryouts on Aug. 1 at Jack Groce Stadium.

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BOONE — The High Country Soccer Association is accepting registrations for youth players ages under-6 to under-15 for the fall 2019 season.

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BOONE — The Appalachian Roller Derby teams will host the teams from Classic City Roller Derby team Aug. 17 at the Youth Outreach Skating Rink in West Jefferson.

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BOONE — Watauga’s football team has worked its way through a spring and a summer filled with conditioning, weight lifting and learning the Pioneers’ defensive and offensive schemes.

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BOONE — When Watauga graduate Sam Sappington made a visit to Lenoir-Rhyne looking for a chance to run track for the Bears, he did not have any plans for playing football at the university.

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BOONE — The skies of Western Watauga County will have plenty of flying objects in them from July 28-Aug. 3.

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BOONE — Watauga boys’ track and field standout Luke Drummonds simply was following a family tradition when he signed a letter of intent to run track at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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CURRITUCK — The Watauga 10-under girls’ softball team reached the semifinals of the state tournament before falling to rival Wilkes County 12-0 in the leaving Watauga with a third-place finish.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Former Watauga standout infielder and pitcher Ryder Jones was released by the San Francisco Giants July 21.

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BOONE — The Watauga football team has seen its share of volunteer workouts this summer. Watauga coach Ryan Habich said the Pioneers are about to take a big leap toward building for the 2019 season when those sessions end.

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BOONE — Be it baseball or football, when Ethan Greene was a student-athlete at Watauga, he was a gritty competitor who didn’t give an inch to an opponent in the batter’s box or a defender on the football field.

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LINVILLE — Those who ran in the Grandfather Mountain Marathon July 13 were greeted with an early start at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Those who got to MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain were greeted with an enthusiastic crowd welcoming them to the finish.

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BOONE — The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games features two running road races: The Bear on Thursday of the games and the Grandfather Marathon on Saturday.

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If the West’s All-Star men’s soccer team — which faces the East’s All-Stars at MacPherson Stadium in the Bryan Park Soccer Complex in Greensboro on July 16 — needs offense, Watauga’s Jair Alvarez is a good place to start.

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BOONE — Tasha Wilson was already serving as an assistant coach with the Watauga softball team. On July 8, Wilson will get a chance to run a program of her own.

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BOONE — Ethan Greene was one of the leaders of the Watauga baseball team as a player, most notably as the team’s top pitcher during his season.

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BOONE — On July 9, the first annual Ted Mackorell Soccer Classic features The Tri-Cities Otters, who will play the Tobacco Road FC, which plays out of Durham, at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex. The teams compete in the South Atlantic Division of the pre-professional USL League Two.

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STATESVILLE — The Equip 11-under baseball team won the 11-under Western N.C. Cal Ripken State Championship June 30 with a 4-3 victory over East Rowan in the finals.

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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper signed House Bill 389 into law on June 26, which will allow state universities to sell beer and wine at athletic venues on game day.

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BOONE — Wilkes beat Watauga 17-6 in the finals of the 8-under Tar Heel League 2019 District Softball Tournament played June 27 at Industrial Park Fields.

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BOONE — Watauga’s varsity instructional level baseball team cruised to a 10-5 victory over visiting Burke County, a team comprised of players from four Burke County prep programs.

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BOONE — The Watauga Blue All-Star 12-under baseball team closed out the Will Dicus Memorial Baseball Tournament, at least at the Watauga Parks and Recreation Complex fields, with a 9-4 victory over Crosstrain, a team based in Wilkesboro, on June 23.

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BOONE — The Equip 9-under baseball team took a 5-1 victory over the Lenoir Ravens June 23 at Watauga High School in the final round of the Will Dicus Memorial Baseball Tournament.

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LENOIR — Watauga’s Legion Post 130 softball team struggled at the plate against Caldwell County Post 392’s pitching staff in a doubleheader played at Hibriten High School.

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BOONE — Jerry Pearson of Blowing Rock traded the lead with Greg Brown of Mountain City, Tenn., several times to win the 25-lap Street Stock Feature at Mountain View Speedway June 15 before pulling off a last-lap pass for the win.

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