• Photo courtesy Erin Thompson

    Thompson wins downhill cycling competition at Snowshoe

    Polk County’s Ethan Thompson took first place in the USA Cycling Downhill Cat 2 18 & under class at The Snowshoe Wild Hare cycling competition held July 13 in Snowshoe, W.Va. Thompson won the downhill race with a time of 4:33.77, topping David Kahn of Putnam Valley, N.Y., who finished in 4:34.19. Thompson also competed

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  • Photo: Miller addresses athletic directors at morning meeting

    Polk County Schools superintendent Dr. Bill Miller, who also serves as the president of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association board of directors, welcomed state athletic directors to a morning meeting on Tuesday in Greensboro. Miller addressed the meeting of the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association that is being held as part of the

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    Local student-athletes attend FCA leadership camp

    A group of eight student-athletes from Polk County High School and Polk County Middle School recently traveled to St. Simons Island, Ga. along with a group from Chapman High in Inman for Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership camp. The camp took place June 30-July 4 on the beautiful campus of the Epworth by the Sea

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  • Polk County's D.J. Twitty (71) made NCPreps.com's preseason all-state team (Jane Ollis photo).

    Twitty earns preseason all-state selection from NCPreps.com

    Polk County senior D.J. Twitty has been named a preseason 2A all-state pick by NCPreps.com. Twitty was named to the Web site’s 2A squad as an offensive lineman. Polk County will see four selections to the team during the upcoming season. Defending state champion Shelby, with whom the Wolverines open the season on Aug. 22,

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  • Team USA, as seen after the swimming portion of The Pony Club International Tetrathlon Exchange, with Polk County's Sammie Firby (second from left). Photo courtesy USPC Tetrathlon Exchange team.

    Firby, Team USA earn bronze medal in international tetrathlon event

    Polk County rising senior Sammie Firby will head home from Australia with a bronze medal after representing the United States in international competition. Firby and Team USA finished third in The Pony Club International Tetrathlon Exchange, a six-team competition in Perth, Australia. There are four events in the tetrathlon – horseback riding, swimming, running and

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    Photos: Firby touring Australia as part of U.S. Tetrathlon team

    Polk County rising senior Sammie Firby is currently in Australia, representing the United States as part of The Pony Club International Tetrathlon Exchange in Perth. Team USA is competing in the event against teams from Great Britain, Ireland and Australia. Tetrathlon is a four-day competition that involves horseback riding, running, swimming and pistol shooting. Firby

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