By Rick Sheek
North Greene broke through last season as the kingpin of the Watauga Valley Conference, reaching the Class A state baseball tournament.
Now Unaka intends to climb back to the top of the heap in the league it once owned.
“We’ve got the whole team back,” said Tee Blevins, Unaka’s first-year coach. “We’ve got a lot of experience coming back. We’ve got a lot of pitching experience coming back, too.
“We’ve got a lot of young sophomores coming back from last year who are starting to challenge other players for their positions.”
The thumping years are possibly over for the Bulldogs.
“This year we’re not bad,” Hampton coach Matthew Hardin said. “We’re competitive. I’m not saying we’re going to set the world on fire or anything like that, but we can compete.”
This program has been rock bottom for a long spell, but the outlook on Roan Mountain seems to be promising.
“We’ve got quite a few good athletes playing this year,” Cloudland coach Kevin Kendall said. “We were down last year. I only had 10 players, and most of them graduated.
“We just weren’t very good last year. We have the potential to be a lot better.”