High School

Parker, Johnson, Hudson earns SMAC individual awards

The South Mountain 2A/3A Conference recently announced its all-conference teams in softball, girls soccer, track and field, boys tennis and boys golf, as voted on by league coaches.

Freedom’s Regino signs with Ancilla for soccer

Freedom senior Yaret Regino was always challenged by older brothers Giovanni, Alexis and Arael, each of whom enjoyed stellar soccer careers at Freedom before him but none of whom pursued the sport at the collegiate level.

Alabama makes offer to Freedom RB Emmons

Make that nine NCAA Division I football scholarship offers for rising Freedom senior running back B.J. Emmons.

COLUMN: Top high school games of the year

With another high school sports season in the books, my fifth complete one in Burke County, I thought I’d take a look back at 2014-15 and present a top-five list of the games of the year.

Freedom’s Barrier chooses Cape Fear CC for soccer

Freedom senior two-sport standout McCartney Barrier has now chosen one sport and also recently decided where he’ll continue playing it at the next level.

LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Freedom’s Scott earns NWC track superlative

HICKORY — The Northwestern 3A/4A Conference recently announced its all-conference list for boys and girls track, and Freedom senior Marisa Scott was named the NWC girls track athlete of the year.

Freedom softball loses at No. 1 Enka by run rule to end 18-win campaign

CANDLER — Call it a case of bad luck.

Draughn’s Johnson wins 2A girls state pole vault event

GREENSBORO — Draughn senior Jo Johnson ended her high school track and field career with a day she'll never forget.

Patton baseball falls in round two of playoffs, 4-3

MOUNT ULLA — One bad half-inning spoiled Patton’s NCHSAA second-round 3A baseball state playoff road game.

Early Patton baseball hit parade leads to opening-round victory

CONCORD — The Patton baseball team continued a hot stretch to end the regular season with perhaps its best all-around performance Wednesday in the first round of the 3A state playoffs.

Freedom softball ekes out narrow first-round win

After suffering an 11-2 second-round state playoff defeat last year, the Freedom softball team had a chance for revenge as it hosted the same North Lincoln squad in the first round of the 3A postseason Wednesday.

LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Surratt named NC male athlete of year

CHAPEL HILL — East Lincoln High junior Chazz Surratt was named the 30th annual NCHSAA male athlete of the year and accepted the award at the Dean E. Smith Center at last Thursday’s banquet.

Two county teams learn playoff seeds, foes

CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released its state playoff brackets for baseball, softball and girls soccer on Monday, and only two of the total 12 Burke County teams advanced to the postseason.

One-two punch: Draughn’s Parker siblings claim individual crowns in same week

VALDESE — With only six varsity-level high school sports in the state that crown individual regional champions, winning a title is never easy.

Freedom’s Smith named final county player of week

Freedom softball player Morgan Smith is The News Herald’s Farm Bureau high school county player of the week for games played from May 4-9, the final week of the award for the 2014-15 school year.

Draughn’s Poteat, Parker, Johnson each claim 2A West regional track titles

CLAREMONT — The Draughn girls track and field team qualified four individuals for the 2A state championships as the Lady Wildcats finished third overall at Saturday’s 2A West Regional held at Bunker Hill a year after winning the event.

Freedom’s Boston earns silver in long jump at 3A state meet

GREENSBORO — Freedom’s T.C. Boston had finished his junior track season in basically ideal fashion. And Friday’s NCHSAA 3A state championships didn’t go too poorly either.

H.S. ROUNDUP: Freedom reaches NWC softball finals but falls

HICKORY — Freedom’s softball squad scored six unanswered runs in cruising to a 6-1 triumph versus Fred T. Foard in Friday’s Northwestern 3A/4A Conference tournament semifinals on Field No. 3 at Stanford Park. The Lady Patriots (17-7) then fell versus South Caldwell, 5-2, in the finals.

2A regional, 3A state track meets on tap this weekend

CLAREMONT — One way or the other, the Draughn girls track and field team will be part of Burke County history at Saturday’s 2A West Regional meet hosted by Bunker Hill High School.

Blue Ridge offering free EKGs with physicals

For young athletes, undetected heart defects can be a deadly part of the game. With the help of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, student-athletes can reduce their risk of heart-related problems due to these abnormalities.