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How will the 3A mountains teams do?

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Ok can anyone tell us how the mountain 3A  teams will look for this season. I know there is Asheville Reynolds, Asheville High, Tuscola, Erwin or the ones I may have missed. Usually Reynolds are the top dogs but how well will these other teams look. 

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I forgot to mention Watauga. Last year they did well,  does anyone know if they could be in the top of conference once again. 

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West and TCR are far from mountain powers. Asheville can be pretty good this season and Erwin will be a contender for the WMAC title with ACR. Tuscola will be a little better than .500.

3A in the mountains is really about ACR. Watauga is not a mountain team.

 

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1 hour ago, Paul Graham said:

Watauga is not a mountain team.

 

With all due respect, sir. What exactly classifies a team as a "Mountain Team" in your opinion? If we were discussing "Kings Mountain", I would agree with you. I'm just a little confused.  🤔

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2 hours ago, SPRaiders78 said:
3 hours ago, Paul Graham said:

West and TCR are far from mountain powers. Asheville can be pretty good this season and Erwin will be a contender for the WMAC title with ACR. Tuscola will be a little better than .500.

3A in the mountains is really about ACR. Watauga is not a mountain team.

 

Last time I looked Watauga high school is in Boone and Boone is in the mountains.

 

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1. AC Reynolds

2. Watauga

3. Erwin

4. Asheville

5. Tuscola

6. TC Roberson

7. West Henderson

8. North Buncombe

9. Enka 

10. North Henderson

This would be my best guess, and I know Watauga isn’t in the WMAC but they are in the Mountains.

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4 hours ago, SPRaiders78 said:

With all due respect, sir. What exactly classifies a team as a "Mountain Team" in your opinion? If we were discussing "Kings Mountain", I would agree with you. I'm just a little confused.  🤔

Traditionally Mountain Teams have been from Murphy to about Columbus, east to west and Avery to Transylvania Co. to north to south. Is Watauga in the mountains? Yes but they have been a foothills or western Piedmont team in the past. Does it make sense? Not really but???

 

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3 hours ago, El Campion said:

Watauga is the best Mountain team in the state. Would love to see them ACR and Hibriten battle for best Mountain team 

I seriously doubt that. Look a little south toward ACR.

 

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Seen both last year. Watauga would best ACR.  Would be a great game though. Surprised Watauga dont play more Mountain teams

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I agree Watauga and AC Reynolds would be a good non conference matchup. Would love to see these two teams hook up on their schedule. That would be good money at the gate. 

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Its actually a pretty tough drive from Boone to the Asheville area.  Especially on a bus.  Boone is much more accessible from the Hickory/Morganton/Charlotte area.

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18 hours ago, Vik-Val 86 said:

I agree Watauga and AC Reynolds would be a good non conference matchup. Would love to see these two teams hook up on their schedule. That would be good money at the gate. 

I would expect two hour plus drive on an activity bus and a miserable ride.  

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True and I do see your point with the long drive. I do see how much better for the drive down to Hickory and Morganton area. It would be interested to see these two teams match up. I guess it would have to be the playoffs before these two would matchup if that was to ever happen. 

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"Mountain" teams, I believe, are historically considered to be in the Asheville Citizen-Times or WLOS coverage areas.  Given both outlets' struggles to remain relevant in HS sports coverage, this can now be open to interpretation.   

Watauga has always been an outlier for one reason or another.   Back in the late 90's and early 2000's, they were isolated as the only 4A school in an area that contained  mostly 1A and 2A schools.   Avery was their big rivalry game and Avery could win on occasion.   They are at the outer edge of both Asheville and Winston-Salem media coverage.  They were pretty bad in the 90's and tended to get a new coach every four years or so.   The job that has been done there over the past decade or so is phenominal.   They had some pretty epic battles with Reynolds and won a great playoff game in Fairview I believe during the Breitenstein era.

I was in HS in the late 70's.  Watauga had a run and won state in 1978.  The AC-T had never really covered them before then or after but that season they did and we noticed.

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Here is ACR vs. Watauga all time courtesy of gobiggreen.net

 

2016       AC Reynolds      45           43          

2015       AC Reynolds      43           15          

2014       No Game                                            

2013       No Game                                            

2012       AC Reynolds      51           20          

2011       AC Reynolds      21           14          

2010       AC Reynolds      14           6             

2009       AC Reynolds      19           12          

2008       AC Reynolds      49           0             

2007       Watauga             25           13          

2006       Watauga (4A Playoffs)  24           23          

2006       AC Reynolds      31           6             

2005       AC Reynolds      42           15          

2004       AC Reynolds      46           0             

2003       AC Reynolds      24           2             

2002       AC Reynolds      42           0             

2001       AC Reynolds      55           0

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2 hours ago, El Campion said:

Question. Why don't MAC schools schedule games against Alcoa, Maryville, or Freedom?

No team in the mountains can play with Maryville or Alcoa. As for Freedom, I don't know? It would be a good match up for Asheville, TCR or ACR.

  

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On 6/4/2019 at 5:00 PM, Paul Graham said:

No team in the mountains can play with Maryville or Alcoa. As for Freedom, I don't know? It would be a good match up for Asheville, TCR or ACR.

  

I think they played a series with Roberson a few years back, but Freedom usually schedules the other 3 Burke county teams in their non conference schedule, Shelby and Crest will be two tough games for Freedom to win this year but if I were Freedom I would replace East Burke or Draughn with Asheville or Erwin, I don’t really see the point of having two games that are over at halftime on their schedule.

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East Burke is Freedom's rival from when there were only two high school's in the county.   Now Burke is no different than all the schools in Henderson Co. playing each other, gate $$ for minimal travel. 

As for the (W)MAC, one of the results of a nine team conference is having less non-con games to schedule.

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