Thursday, May 8, 2008

Watauga High wins sports award

Watauga wins Exemplary School Award
Two new major awards were presented to schools at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Annual Meeting at the Smith Center on the University of North Carolina campus last

Watauga High School was named the second annual winner of
the Exemplary School Award while Asheboro High School earned the 2008
Sportsmanship Award.

The awards are given as a cooperative venture among the
NCHSAA, the N.C. Coaches Association and the N.C. Athletic Directors Association.

In addition to a trophy and a banner for display at the respective schools, each school received a $1,000 cash award.

The Exemplary School Award recognizes the top overall school in the state in terms of the "total program," including but not limited to athletic success, scope of athletic opportunities offered, facilities, community interest and involvement, academics and the like.

Watauga is recognized as a North Carolina School of Distinction and is consistently ranked among the top in state Scholastic Aptitude Testing scores.

The Pioneers have won the Northwestern 4A Wachovia Conference Cup nine of the past 11 years and fields 33 different teams in 22 different sports. Already the school has won league titles in football, volleyball, men's and women's tennis, men's cross country and men's soccer
this year. Veteran track and cross country coach Randy McDonough, has
produced 68 conference championship teams and 10 NCHSAA state championship teams.

The girls' soccer program has won 16 conference championships since 1993 but has also won an NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete team award for nine consecutive years. More than that, though, many of the Watauga
athletic programs are involved in community service, including several that
conduct free clinics for youngsters.

The sportsmanship honor is designed to recognize a school that has been ejection free, has a plan to promote and implement good sportsmanship, is welcoming to visiting fans, makes appropriate accommodations for officials and their own fans demonstrate good sportsmanship.

Asheboro has made treating the visiting fans and teams a major priority. The booster club assists with the hospitality that is provided to visitors, and the school is continuing a streak of ejection free years.


Anonymous said...

I saw Ear McLaurin from CCDS playing for Pony Xpress (Team Pony) Showcase Team out of Atlanta in the Peach Jam Showcase in Augusta, GA last week. It is my understanding that they were looking for a true point guard and found him in Clt. He looked good and they won the 16U Championship. Will he be coming back to the area?