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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Lees-McRae College men's and women's swimming programs were honored on June 30 by being named Scholar All-American Teams by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for the Spring 2020 semester. This marks the second-consecutive sem…

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HIGH COUNTRY — Are you interested in joining a travel soccer team? High Country Soccer Association will be hosting tryouts on July 22 and 24 for the 2020/2021 year for U10-U18 middle school/high school aged players (birth years 2010-2002).

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NEWLAND — With the announcement last week by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association that high school athletics may resume closely monitored workouts and activities beginning this week, Avery High School student-athletes returned to their respective courts and fields on Monday, J…

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CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met via the ZOOM platform on Friday morning, June 5, to discuss the latest updates from Governor Roy Cooper and the Department of Health and Human Services, to guide member schools regarding summer activities.

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Linville Land Harbor 18-hole Ladies Golf Association

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ASHEVILLE — Accolades continue to roll in for the historic 2019-2020 Avery High School wrestling team, as the team was recognized at the regional level for its championship-winning season and one of its standout performers garnered a solo honor.

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NEWLAND — A number of Avery High School senior student-athletes have been honored by the school and/or Western Highlands Conference for excellence in the athletic arena and in the classroom as announced by the school this past week. The following are students whose exploits earned special re…

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HIGH COUNTRY — The Will Dicus Memorial Baseball Tournament has turned into a High Country tradition that promotes baseball locally and helps raise funds for baseball causes.

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Carter Peterson and Cole Singleton (pictured) were named the 2019-2020 Robin Austin Scholar-Athlete Award recipients from Cranberry Middle School. The award is in honor of Robin Austin, a teacher and coach in Avery County lost her life in an auto accident. The award is given to a male and fe…

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Haley Tipton and Alex Hernandez of the Cranberry track and field team during a previous meet. The 2020 Cranberry Middle School track and field team included members Kaleil Yawn, Silas Garceau, Jude Thompson, Alec Williams, Hernandez, Tipton, Chole Ollis, Dayla Young, Noah Holtsclaw, Lillie W…

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With the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, spring sports teams across the nation were prohibited from completing their seasons at various levels, including local middle schools.

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MIAMI — Don Shula, who won the most games of any NFL coach and led the Miami Dolphins to the only perfect season in league history, died Monday, May 4, at his home, the team said. He was 90.

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CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors has concluded its work for the Spring 2020 Board of Directors meeting, held on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28 and 29, 2020, via virtual platform, according to an April 29 media release from the NCHSAA.

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NEWLAND — The Coronavirus pandemic continues to force people in all walks of life to adjust daily schedules, including staying home and keeping proper social distances. COVID-19 has also spurred state leaders to shut down in-school learning for students in North Carolina for the remainder of…

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NEWLAND — As the ramifications of COVID-19 impact sports of all varieties and levels across the globe, locally Avery County Little League is holding out hope of hosting a season this year, making initial preparations for registration of its players in anticipation of a potential late spring …

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AVERY COUNTY — For decades, one method by which individuals and families have taken their minds off national crisis or tragedy has been through sports. Whether it was the return of baseball after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, the resumption of pro football in 1963 following the assass…

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AVERY COUNTY — Athletes from Special Olympics Avery County gathered for pizza and information about Spring sports on Sunday, March 15, at Riverwalk Pizza in Newland. It was also a time to recognize longtime coaches for their continued volunteering and support throughout many years.

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Conference Carolinas cancels remaining athletics competition for remainder of academic year

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It was opening week of spring sports for the Cloudland programs.

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NEWLAND — The Avery Lady Vikings soccer team was ready to take on Ashe at home on Friday, March 6, but the game was called for snow to be rescheduled for a later date.

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CHERRYVILLE — The annual 1A West vs. Midwest All-Star Basketball Games, which features senior high school players from across the region that participate in 1A classification high school basketball, have been postponed until further notice, according to an email release from event organizer …

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NEWLAND — Avery’s winter sports garnered a number of accolades for the 2019-20 season, including numerous Western Highlands Conference awards to go with a pair of state championships during the season.

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HAYS — The Lady Vikings Soccer season begins as most do, with limited outdoor practice. In the first full week of practice, school was only in season three days, and one of those days, practice was called due to icy cold rain. In spite of this, the Lady Vikings boarded the bus for North Wilk…

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MORGANTON — The Avery baseball team ventured off the mountain to Patton High School on Monday, March 2, to open its 2020 campaign in a non-conference matchup with the Panthers. The teams played a nip-and-tuck affair through the game’s first three innings, but a 13-run fourth inning by the ho…

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HIGH COUNTRY — Are you interested in playing soccer but not quite ready to commit to travel soccer? High Country Soccer Association is accepting registrations for youth players ages U6 to U15 for the spring season. The U6, U8, and U10 Academy programs are designed to teach kids the fundament…

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Kimble, Saintizaire earn All-Conference Carolinas honors

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The Avery Edge sixth grade travel basketball team traveled to Daniel Boone High School in Gray, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 29, to compete in the Tennessee Premier Hoops Tournament. The team took on Nothing But Net in the championship game, winning by a 35-21 final score. Pictured from left are…

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MISENHEIMER — In its 1A state playoff opening round contest at No. 5-seeded Gray Stone Day, the 28th-seeded Avery Lady Vikings had a familiar malady of an offensive outage rear its ugly head. Gray Stone Day held the Big Red scoreless for more than a quarter and a half in their Tuesday, Feb. …

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HIGH COUNTRY – High Country Soccer Association, in partnership with Appalachian Mountain Brewery, is excited to offer the 10th annual AMB Premier Adult League this spring, with three levels of league play: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The skill levels of the players in the AMB Premier Adult Leag…

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Softball weekend marked by two wins over top-ranked Young-Harris

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The Avery Edge 6th grade girls basketball team won first place at the Avery Edge Invitational Tournament held at the Williams YMCA in Linville on Saturday, Feb. 15. Pictured from left are team members Chole Ollis, Hallie Johnson, Kesleigh Krege, Jadyn Whitley, Addison Herbert, Kylie Holtscla…