Seniors fueled the offense as the Patton softball team started its season with a nonconference win over rival Freedom at home late Wednesday, 7-3.
ICARD — Another Burke County prep golfer has signed to join the Lenoir-Rhyne University program, this one on the men’s side and from even closer nearby at East Burke High School.
Patton senior wrestlers Sawyer James and Dilan Patton are The News Herald’s Farm Bureau county co-athletes of the week for games played Nov. 15-20.
The Patton wrestling team opened the 2021-22 season Tuesday by hosting a quint match, defeating one of four opponents on the evening.
The Freedom boys soccer team stayed in the state playoff hunt Wednesday thanks to a 2-1 home victory over Alexander Central at the Catawba River Soccer Complex. Laurits Nor Langager scored a goal and supplied the assist on the other, which Drew Costello finished off, as the Patriots (8-8-4, …
Many Burke County high school county cross country runners will be competing in NCHSAA West Regional championship meets Saturday, both at Morganton’s Freedom Park (2A, 3A) as well as at Kituawha Mound (1A) in the mountains of Swain County.
Former Patton football head coach and Freedom assistant coach Chris Deal is battling ALS after being diagnosed with the deadly disease in January.
ICARD — The East Burke varsity football team has rescheduled its Catawba Valley 2A Conference home contest versus Maiden, which was originally set for today but postponed due to COVID-19 cases and quarantines in the Cavaliers program.
SOUTHERN PINES — Freedom’s Alex Bock says he didn’t hit the ball great on Monday at the NCHSAA 3A state championships hosted by Longleaf Golf & Family Club.
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A first-ever North Carolina basketball home loss to Clemson to start, and the Tar Heels accepting a New Year’s Six bowl bid — their first major bowl in 70 years — to finish things off?
BOONE — The Freedom cross country teams became the first from Burke County to participate in high school sports since the COVID-19 shutdown more than eight months ago as they ventured to Watauga late Monday for their season-opening dual meet.
With high school football now off the table in Burke County in 2020, The News Herald sports staff takes a look back at the best games they’ve covered in the month of October over the years (in no particular order) …
STATESVILLE — Josh Moore and the Hickory Hawks spoiled Statesville Christian’s home opener Friday night and showed little mercy in doing so.
GREENSBORO — East Burke junior Kenneth Byrd is a three-peat state champion in the boys outdoor pole vault.
ASHEBORO — The Draughn baseball team’s run through the NCHSAA 1A state playoffs came to an end with a narrow loss in an extra inning.
VALDESE — Tywan Nemorin always seemed to be there in the clutch for the Draughn football team, and now he’s hoping he can provide the same service for Guilford College.
VALDESE — The Draughn baseball team’s history-making season continues with a chance for revenge Friday after delayed completion of its third-round game in the NCHSAA 1A state playoffs.
Jordy Bahl threw a two-hitter and struck out 10, and Oklahoma defeated Florida State 5-0 on Wednesday night to inch closer to a third consecutive national title. The top-seeded Sooners took the lead in the Women’s College World Series best-of-three championship series and can clinch their seventh national title on Thursday. Bahl is 4-0 at the World Series and hasn’t allowed a run in 21 2/3 innings. She helped Oklahoma push its Division I record win streak to 52 games.
Jeffrey Alan Caglianone is better known as Jac and playfully nicknamed "Jactani" as an ode to two-way MLB sensation Shohei Ohtani. Florida's star pitcher/first baseman has captivated teammates, coaches and fans while putting the second-ranked Gators in position to return to the College World Series for the first time since 2018. He is the program's best two-way player since Brad Wilkerson, one of the county's most intriguing pro prospects for 2024 and could be the face of amateur baseball by the time his record-setting season ends.
Three-point threat Cam Spencer is transferring to UConn from Rutgers, multiple outlets reported.
The 2022-23 University of Kentucky sports year began last fall with a silly spat between the school’s two most high-profile coaches over whether UK was a “basketball school” or a “football school” before each embarked on disappointing seasons. Then the year ended, or could have ended, with you wondering if maybe, just maybe the University of Kentucky is actually becoming — are you ready for this ...
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Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray became the first teammates in NBA Finals history to both record triple-doubles, and Denver’s two stars made sure the Nuggets reclaimed the lead in the series by beating the Miami Heat 109-94 in Game 3 on Wednesday night. Murray had 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, getting the rebound he needed with 9 seconds remaining. Jokic finished with 32 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists.
Major League Baseball was once so concerned about gambling it banned Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays just for working as casino greeters. Now MLB itself and almost all its teams have official casino sponsors. The NCAA railed for decades that paying players would destroy college sports, all while raking in billions off of their unpaid labor. Now schools boast of booster collectives that help recruit top talent to their teams. So when the PGA Tour overcame its indignation and agreed to merge with LIV Golf the flip-flop followed a long-established tradition in sports of flexible attitudes.
Every player at the Women's World Cup will be paid at least $30,000 by FIFA and all 23 in the title-winning team will each get $270,000. The details confirmed Wednesday fulfils FIFA's promise to directly reward all 732 players taking part in the tournament that starts in July in Australia and New Zealand. More than half of FIFA's total prize fund of $110 million will be paid out to players. Players from the 16 teams exiting at the group stage will get $30,000 each.
The Iron Sheik, a former pro wrestler who played a burly, bombastic villain in 1980s battles with some of the sport's biggest stars, has died at age 81. The WWE posted an article confirming the death of the ex-wrestler and Twitter personality Wednesday.