Dugger all-state TSWA selection

from staff reports

   He finally got the recognition he deserved.
   After an outstanding senior season of play, in which he led his team to the state tournament, Unaka's Aaron Dugger was selected as a member of the TSWA single A all-state team.
   Along with 10 of the top single A players in the state, Dugger was the fifth highest vote-getter in his section of the team.
   Dugger joins Nathan Aaron of Pickett County, Boomer Herndon of Donelson Christian, Jo Jo Northington of Jo Byrns, Trey Pearson of South Fulton, Donald Sexton of Oneida, Jake Skogen of Chattanooga Temple, Julian Terrell of Ezell-Harding, Jeron Williams of Chattanooga Temple, and Rocky Nichols of Hancock County.
   It tops off a magnificent year for the Ranger senior, who was named STAR Player of the Year, as well as Watauga Valley Conference Player of the Year and Region 1-A MVP.
   Dugger's Unaka Rangers were defeated by Ezell-Harding in the state basketball tournament after winning district, regional, and sub-state rounds of play.
   Another area player of notability being honored is Science Hill's Rob Love, who was selected as a member of the Class AAA team.
   Lady Warriors stifle Hampton
   The Happy Valley Lady Warriors went to Bulldog Country and put on a stellar performance as they toppled Hampton 24-4 in seven innings.
   "We needed this game," said Lady Warrior coach Karri Killian. "Hopefully this will get us back on track."
   Alicia Dick pitched a no-hitter through her three innings, pulling seven strikeouts and recording the win. Christy Shell delivered seven strikeouts and two hits through her 21 batters.
   Brandy Dugger and Leanna Howell both had triples for Happy Valley, with Dugger going 3-for-5, and Howell going 2-for-2. Jessica Barry went 2-for-3 for the Lady Warriors.
   Heather Chambers and Cindy Hyatt led Hampton with hits on the afternoon.
   Happy Valley travels to Sullivan South for a game on Friday. Gametime is 4 p.m.
   Lady Cyclones turn
   back Sullivan North
   KINGSPORT -- Keyed by the offensive surgence of Sarah Smith, Elizabethton came from behind to post a 4-2 victory over Sullivan North in Watauga Conference softball play.
   Batting 4-for-4, scoring a pair of runs and stealing two bases, Smith was an offensive bright spot in a defensive struggle of a game.
   The Lady Golden Raiders had a 2-0 lead, but Elizabethton pulled even on the strength of a two-run fifth.
   The score remained tied until the seventh, when Smith singled before stealing second and third base. From there, she came home on a wild pitch for the game-winning run. 'Betsy added an insurance run as Fairman also singled, stole her way to third, then scored on a Rachel Pierce base hit.
   Elizabethton's win rewarded Fairman for a strong outing on the mound. She shut out North in six of her seven innings, allowing just four hits along the way.
   Stephanie Cline and Jamie Kyte added 2-for-3 performances for EHS, which got an RBI from Michelle Collins. 'Betsy totaled 10 hits on the day.
   Rangers, Warriors split
   in middle school action
   The Happy Valley Jr. Warriors and the Unaka Jr. Rangers split baseball action Tuesday afternoon, with the Jr. Tribe taking the first game at 2-0, and the Rangers taking game two at 5-2.
   Todd Caldwell was the big story of the first game, as he threw a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts. He was also the run provider of the game, accounting for a single and two RBIs.
   Charles Peters won the second game, pitching a three-hitter with seven strikeouts. Tee Blevins led the hitting for Unaka, going 3-for-3 with a run and two RBIs
   Drew Davis and David Jesse hit well for the Jr. Warriors, as did Chris Buckles, Michael Carpenter and Peters for Unaka.
   ETSU tennis team
   hammers Appy State
   The East Tennessee State men's tennis team dominated Southern Conference rival Appalachia State, 7-0, taking their third straight match at the ETSU Tennis Center on Tuesday afternoon.
   "We turned in a great team effort today," said ETSU head coach Dave Mullins. "We got great play from our doubles teams and our singles players. It is good to have some momentum heading into Friday's match against Wofford."
   The Bucs won the doubles point after sweeping all three matches. The ETSU team of junior Marcos Pavlovich and senior Roberto Fernandez defeated the Appalachian State team of Erez Cohen and Doug Ormsby at No. 1 singles, 8-5.
   Junior Pablo Sahagun and sophomore Alejandro Salazar of ETSU were victorious over Mountaineers Ben Shuster and Alon Cohen at No. 2 doubles, 8-3. ETSU sophomores Diego Iglesias and Moises Serrano defeated Jason Nius and Robbie Ormsby of Appalachian State at No. 3 doubles, 8-5.
   The win runs ETSU's record to 10-6, 5-0 in Southern Conference play. Appalachian State falls to 7-9 on the season, 2-4 in SoCon matches.