• Texas squad blanks 3rd Degree in national tourney opener

    The Texas Bombers handed 3rd Degree Fastpitch a 5-0 setback Tuesday in the opening game of the 14U Class A ASA/USA National Championship in San Diego. 3rd Degree, which includes Polk County’s Ashley Scruggs and Autumn Owen, will continue pool play on Wednesday, facing San Jose Sting at 5:15 p.m. PDT. San Jose dropped a 5-0

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  • Scruggs, Owen, teammates begin play Tuesday at national tournament

    3rd Degree Fastpitch, the South Carolina-based travel softball team that includes Polk County’s Ashley Scruggs and Autumn Owen, will begin play Tuesday in the 14U Class A ASA/USA National Championship in San Diego. 3rd Degree will begin pool competition on Tuesday against the Texas Bombers. That game is slated for 11 a.m., PST. The winner of that

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  • Shelby’s Norman among seven inductees into NCHSAA Hall of Fame

    CHAPEL HILL—Seven more outstanding individuals in the annals of state prep athletics have been selected for induction into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. The late Jack Holley of Teachey, Ralph Holloway of Morehead City, the late Joe Miller of Wilmington, Chris Norman of Shelby, Moyer Smith of Chapel Hill, Rick

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  • 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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