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HICKORY — Watauga forward Jair Alvarez was named the Northwestern Conference’s Player of the Year in boys’ soccer by the league’s coaches.

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BOONE — Hardin Park’s middle school basketball teams swept past Mabel in both boys’ and girls’ games.

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GAMEWELL — Watauga’s football team left no doubt for anybody watching the Pioneers play at West Caldwell on Nov. 2 which team is the undefeated Northwestern Conference champion and which team hasn’t won a football game all season.

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BOONE — The fourth overtime period of the Watauga boys’ soccer team’s second-round state 3-A playoff match against visiting Concord Nov. 6 was winding down to its final seconds.

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GAMEWELL — Watauga’s football team left no doubt for anybody watching the Pioneers play at West Caldwell on Nov. 2 which team is the undefeated Northwestern Conference champion and which team hasn’t won a football game all season.

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BOONE — The fourth overtime period of the Watauga boys’ soccer team’s second-round state 3-A playoff match against visiting Concord Nov. 6 was winding down to its final seconds.

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BOONE — The Watauga boys’ soccer team didn’t do anything different to visiting Gastonia Hunter Huss than what it’s done to most teams it has played toward the end of this season.

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BOONE — Appalachian State’s cycling team won the Atlantic Coast Cycling Conference championship in mountain bike cycling in Boone on Oct. 13-14, and finished ninth in the national mountain bike race in Missoula, Mont. a week later on Oct. 19-21.

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BOONE — The Watauga boys’ soccer team and the Hickory boys’ soccer teams have tied for the Northwestern Conference regular-season championship. A tie-breaker played at South Caldwell’s field on Oct. 29 was necessary to determine the Northwestern Conference’s No. 1 seed in the 3-A playoffs.

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MORGANTON — Watauga’s junior varsity football team claimed a 46-16 victory over Freedom Oct. 25 at Freedom’s stadium. The win gives the Pioneers a 5-3 record.

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BOONE — Watauga’s junior varsity football team pulled away from visiting McDowell in the second quarter and continued to build to a 34-6 victory on a chilly Oct. 18 night.

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BOONE — Watauga’s boys’ soccer team crushed visiting McDowell 10-1 at Jack Groce Stadium Oct. 10, yet Watauga coach Josh Honeycutt felt his Pioneers could have played better.

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BOONE — Watauga cross-country runner Sophia Ritter did more than just win the Northwestern Conference girls’ championship race at Watauga’s 5k home course.

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BOONE — Watauga’s girls’ tennis team returns to the state 3-A playoffs with a tough task of playing at T.C. Roberson in the first round, which begins Oct. 17.

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BOONE — Blowing Rock’s volleyball team, seeded third in the Watauga County Middle School Volleyball Tournament, swept past sixth-seeded Bethel 25-10, 25-21 in the first round on Oct. 15.

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BOONE — Parkway’s volleyball team opened the 2018 Watauga County Middle School Volleyball Tournament with a 25-13, 25-6 win over No. 8-seeded Valle Crucis at Watauga High School’s Lentz-Eggers Gym Oct. 15.

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BOONE — Watauga Middle School’s football team closed out its season with a 43-0 win over Gamewell at Watauga High School’s Jack Groce Stadium on Oct. 9.

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BOONE — Watauga’s football team would like to win each game it plays. But there is something extra involved when St. Stephens makes the trip to face the Pioneers at Jack Groce Stadium on Oct. 12.

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HICKORY — Watauga’s chances for winning a Northwestern Conference championship improved significantly with its 43-23 victory over Hickory on the Red Tornadoes’ homecoming night Oct. 12.

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