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Members of Avery County’s Special Olympics ski team took advantage of a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Dec. 1, to get in some practice at Appalachian Ski Mtn. in Blowing Rock for upcoming competition. Pictured left are Neal Graham, Katie Holdcroft, Barb Holdcroft and Kirk Holdcroft after an aft…

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RONDA — With a pair of wins under its belt to open the 2019-20 season, the Avery Vikings looked to keep its unbeaten streak alive when it made the two-hour trip east on Tuesday, Nov. 26, to take on the East Wilkes Cardinals.

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RONDA — Coming off a pair of tough non-conference defeats, the Avery Lady Vikings made the trip to East Wilkes looking to break through into the win column and give head coach Allison Phillips her first victory since being named as head coach during the offseason.

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Bobcats basketball runs win streak to four in a row

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HENDERSONVILLE — The Avery Vikings wrestling team continued its early-season success last week, as the team ventured to North Henderson High School for the Knight Invitational. Squaring off as part of a 26-school field from multiple states and across several classifications, the Vikings show…

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LEDGER — With an opening-week playoff bye in the rearview mirror, the second-seeded Mitchell Mountaineers football team went back to work in its quest for a 1-AA state championship, facing a familiar foe in Polk County in a second-round matchup.

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SAWMILLS — Avery High School Wrestling picked up the momentum that it built at the close of the 2018-19 season that boasted a trio of state champions and 10 state placers, turning in a dominating performance on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Dekota Smith Invitational Tournament at South Caldwell …

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Basketball season has begun, and the Avery varsity boys basketball team has already experienced its first win steak of the season, improving to 2-0 with a pair of non-conference victories last week.

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‘Rumble at the Rock,’ a program of All Pro Wrestling, made a return to the Rock Gym in Newland on Nov. 16 to entertain the masses. Pictured is the wrestling promotion preparing for the event before bell time.

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ATLANTA — Appalachian State took control of the East Division of the Sun Belt Conference with its 56-27 win over East rival Georgia State on Nov. 16 at Georgia State Stadium, formerly known as Turner Field.

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Bobcats men’s basketball downs Tusculum

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LEDGER — Avery entered its regular-season finale on Nov. 8 at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Mitchell High School looking to pull off an upset over the 9-1 Mitchell Mountaineers, as well as gain back The Avery Journal-Times Border Battle Trophy for the first time since 2013.

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Avery High School sophomore Josie Naumowich competed on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the NCHSAA 1A Girls Cross Country Championships, held in Kernersville at Ivey Redmon Sports Complex. Naumowich completed the course with an overall 45th-place finish out of a total field of 135 runners, crossing the…

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The SONC Fall Tournament was held Nov. 1 to 3 in Charlotte, and Avery County sent an unprecedented 18 athletes to the competition in four sports events! There were 10 coaches and numerous family members who enjoyed a beautiful weekend as they cheered our athletes to the medal podiums.

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Bobcats men’s basketball moves to 2-0 with win over UVA-Wise

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The Avery Vikings (5-5, 1-3 WHC) will look to snap its two-game conference losing streak this Friday, Nov. 8, when it makes the short road trip to Ledger to take on the neighboring Mitchell Mountaineers (9-1, 3-1 WHC) to close the 2019 football regular season. ACHS felt the loss of several k…

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Girls golf competes at 1A/2A NCHSAA Championships

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NEWLAND — Avery Football came into its regular-season home finale on Nov. 1 against Owen with high hopes, despite coming up one score short in its Homecoming game last week. The club celebrated its nine seniors who had contributed to the program’s turning a corner in 2019 during pregame cere…

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The Avery upperclassmen powder puff football team competed against the underclassmen prior to Homecoming on October 25. Pictured on the back row, are senior coach Steven Deyton, mascot Austin Duncan, senior coach Jonas Bowman, junior coach Troy Hoilman and senior coach Jesse Jones. Pictured …

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Cross Country turns in strong showing at the Conference Carolinas Championships

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COLUMBUS — Entering its Nov. 1 contest at Polk County, it was widely believed that the Polk Wolverines would prove to be the toughest test all season for Mitchell outside of its annual border war with Mountain Heritage.

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NEWLAND — Entering its Homecoming matchup last week, the Avery Vikings looked to snap a 13-year losing skid to the Polk County Wolverines. The teams battled through a rain-soaked contest at MacDonald Stadium, still managing to combine for 63 points on the scoreboard despite the elements. In …

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Looking to improve its playoff positioning as the postseason looms only a couple of weeks away, the Avery Vikings (5-4, 1-2 WHC) welcomes the Owen Warhorses (4-4, 1-2 WHC) to MacDonald Stadium for its regular season home finale this Friday, Nov. 1.

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LEDGER — Labeling last week’s win by the Mitchell Mountaineers over the winless Madison Patriots a blowout may not be an adequate enough word, as Mitchell was utterly dominant in all phases of the its conference matchup with Madison, rolling over the hapless Patriots by a 69-0 final score at…

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Avery County Special Olympics athletes are prepared to compete at the Fall Tournament approaching from Nov. 1 to 3 in Charlotte. Pictured left are bocce participants Richard Parker and Josh Oaks (standing) and Laken Benfield, Brenda Justice and Audrey Rose (seated). Pictured center is the go…

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Coming off an impressive 42-0 shutout win last week at Madison, the Avery Vikings (5-3, 1-1 WHC) will look to put together a winning streak this week as it welcomes the Polk Wolverines (7-1, 1-1 WHC) to MacDonald Stadium for a pivotal 1A clash on Homecoming.

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Bobcats sweep Southern Wesleyan to remain unbeaten at home

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BURNSVILLE — In what has been perennially touted as a Game of the Year candidate in the Western Highlands Conference, the Mitchell Mountaineers ventured the short distance to neighboring Yancey County to tangle with the Cougars of Mountain Heritage. Both teams entered the game ranked in the …