NEWTON — In a game pitting two of the projected top three teams in the conference, the Patton football team never led in Friday’s Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference opener at Foard as the Tigers used a 68-yard touchdown run on a one-play drive just before halftime to seize control for good…
VALDESE — For the third week in a row, a chance at Draughn's first win of the season slipped out of its grasp after West Iredell erased a double-digit, third-quarter deficit for a 45-20 comeback victory to open Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference play.
HICKORY — The Freedom football team started Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play looking the same way it did to finish out non-league play: dominant.
East Burke sophomore forward Anthony Salgado Rodriguez took advantage of a Freedom misplay which left him an open look for the game’s lone goal from about 30 yards out in the 18th minute as the Cavalier boys soccer team again gained a statement win Friday, 1-0, in nonconference play at the C…
HICKORY — The Freedom football team started Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play in high fashion, scoring three first-quarter touchdowns on host St. Stephens en route to a 49-0 win.
The Freedom girls basketball team is challenged annually in the preseason at its host Super Saturday mega scrimmage event.
ICARD — The host East Burke girls tennis team was determined to make coach Gilbert Guittard’s last Burke County championship event one to remember, and they did so Thursday night.
West Iredell (2-3) at Draughn (0-5)
CULLOWHEE — East Burke High 2016 graduate Alexis Lankford figured her softball playing days were over two and a half years ago.
The host Freedom boys soccer team responded from a pair of one-goal setbacks to start Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play with a 2-1 win over co-league leader South Caldwell on Wednesday. It was the Spartans’ first league loss of the year and just their second overall in 11 games.
For the third consecutive match to start the Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference girls golf season, Patton placed second behind Hibriten (133) on Tuesday afternoon on the front nine at Mimosa Hills Golf Club.
Mark Buffamoyer had never seen anything like it.
GLEN ALPINE — Frank Kincaid, Gary Meise, Paul Noles, Richard Smith, Bill Reep and James Wilson comprise this year’s Glen Alpine Sports Hall of Fame class, the GA Ruritan Club recently announced after its nomination and voting process was completed.
VALDESE — Any time squads from Draughn and East Burke get together, a tense conference clash is sure to follow.
After plenty of rain from Hurricane Florence was dumped on Burke County and the surrounding region over the weekend, several local high school games have been rescheduled.
Draughn senior football player Colton Singleton and junior tennis player Hailey Kincaid are The News Herald’s Farm Bureau high school county co-athletes of the week for games played Sept. 10-15.
After a month on the road, the Patton football team finally hosted its home opener Thursday night versus an undefeated East Rutherford squad ranked inside the top 10 in a pair of 2A state polls this week.
LINCOLNTON — In less than 5 minutes Thursday night, the East Burke football team went from giving an undefeated West Lincoln squad a ballgame to just trying to survive a nightmare.
Led by both first-place finishers, the Draughn boys (29 points) and Freedom girls (35 points) won team titles in the Burke County cross country championship meet held Thursday at Freedom Park.
The Patton football team hosted its home opener to complete the nonconference portion of the season, falling to East Rutherford 34-7 late Thursday.
The Patton boys soccer team had ended the nonconference portion of its schedule in strong fashion six days earlier and opened Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference play on Wednesday with a 5-1 home win over Bunker Hill.
NEWLAND — Wildcat Country headed up the mountain for a final nonconference game Wednesday, and a game in which it collectively witnessed the highest of highs ended with the lowest of lows.
HICKORY — Patton senior Molly Messenheimer shot a nine-hole score of 40 on Tuesday at Hampton Heights Golf Course to claim the individual title in the second Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference girls golf match of the season.
ICARD — The host East Burke girls tennis team won its fourth consecutive match on Monday, defeating county rival Freedom 5-2 in a nonconference match in which doubles play was shortened due to inclement weather.
Patton’s 2018 football home opener versus East Rutherford has been rescheduled and will take place Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The schools’ JV game was moved up to today at 7 p.m.
Draughn (0-4) at Avery County (0-4); Wednesday
A pair of local nonconference high school varsity football games has been rescheduled due to impending weather.
Freedom football junior quarterback Jayden Birchfield is The News Herald’s Farm Bureau high school county athlete of the week for games played Sept. 3-8.
After Freedom’s tour through Burke County competition over the last 15 days, including two games in five days last week, there’s no doubt about who the best team in the county is.
NEWTON — A 21-0 third quarter by the host Red Devils and some missed early chances kept the East Burke football team from breaking a two-game losing skid Friday night at Newton-Conover’s Gurley Stadium in a 41-14 setback.
VALDESE — Coming into Friday night’s home nonconference game with Cherryville, everything seemed to be going wrong for the Draughn football team’s offense.
Junior quarterback Jayden Birchfield accounted for five touchdowns for the third consecutive game, all versus Burke County competition, as Freedom defeated Patton 49-6 on Friday in Motown Throwdown X to claim its second straight unofficial county title.
Sophomore quarterback Mekhi Spates accounted for five touchdowns across all three phases and the Freedom JV football team beat host Patton in the Thursday night version of Motown Throwdown X, 48-32.
Tied 3-3 through the singles portion of play on Thursday afternoon, the visiting Freedom girls tennis team took two of three doubles matches to clip rival Patton by a 5-4 margin in its season opener.
Cherryville (2-1) at Draughn (0-3)
VALDESE — The Draughn volleyball team moved up the Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference standings after Wednesday's straight-set home win over Hibriten, 25-17, 25-15, 25-13.
The host Patton girls tennis team edged nonconference West Lincoln on Tuesday, 5-4, thanks in large part to claiming four of the six singles matches.
ICARD — A weather-delayed Fat Friday became Monster Monday for the Freedom football team.
They call him “Mudbone.”
Patton junior football player Bryson Ratliff is The News Herald’s Farm Bureau high school county athlete of the week for games played Aug. 27-Sept. 1.
ICARD — Junior quarterback Jayden Birchfield accounted for five touchdowns and the Freedom football team beat host East Burke late Monday, 55-13.
MARION — A game that looked close on paper coming in and ended close in total yardage ended up not being close at all on the scoreboard.
VALDESE — Friday’s home game with Brevard was just another step in the progression of a young, thin Draughn football team still adjusting to a new style.
MARION — A week ago, Patton “B” back Bryson Ratliff put in the heavy lifting and set up scores for his teammates. Friday night, he got the glory with three touchdown runs in a 35-13 nonconference win at McDowell.
The Patton volleyball team was determined to gain its first win over a county rival in the last three seasons, and they got it Thursday in a straight-set victory over host Freedom, 25-23, 25-18, 25-22.
VALDESE — County rivals Draughn and Patton were each seeking to gain their first win in Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference volleyball play Wednesday.