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Steele Creek not on GNCC schedule

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Burke County native Trevor Bollinger talks with a fellow driver after the 2019 GNCC races at Steele Creek. GNCC recently finalized its 2020 schedule, with no stop at Steele Creek for the first time since 1999.

The 21st annual AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Steele Creek off-road dirt bike and ATV races will have to wait until 2021.

GNCC in June released a revised schedule of events through late October. It featured an open slot on Nov. 7-8 to end the revised 2020 schedule, the only open date it listed. Then recently, GNCC updated its schedule indicating CJ Raceway in Newburg, W. Va., would host the final of 13 events this year on Nov. 7-8.

The Burke County race was originally scheduled for April 4-5. GNCC took two months off from mid-March until mid-May in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Valdese man wins bocce event

Tom Rice of Valdese recently won the gold medal in bocce in his age division at the Virtual Senior Games state finals. Rice, 77, won the 75-79 division.

A total of 66 participants qualified through local events to compete for the state title in the sport as the games moved virtual this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Rice qualified through the Unifour Senior Games.

Rice is a Le Phare De Alpes member and says the local bocce group competes each Tuesday at 10 a.m., with new players always welcome.

CCCTI scrimmages this week

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will host scrimmages this Saturday in the sports of men's and women's basketball and softball. The scrimmages are permissible under the NJCAA's Plan of Action and will be closed to the public.

In softball, the Cobras will host Carolina University and Patrick Henry Community College for a round-robin scrimmage. At 11 a.m., Caldwell will face Patrick Henry. Caldwell will then take on Carolina at 3 p.m. to finish the day.

Men's basketball will host Davidson County Community College at 2 p.m. The women's basketball scrimmage versus Louisburg Community College is set to begin after the men's scrimmage is complete, at approximately 4 p.m.

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