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Patton High School recently selected Katie Riebel as the school’s 2023-24 female athlete of the year, while fellow senior Austin McGuire was announced as the Panthers’ male athlete of the year. …

A pair of NCSSM-Morganton seniors were recently recognized as the school’s top high school athletes for the 2023-24 school year. The Dragons’ female athlete of the year was Avery Otts, who played …

Jay Andrews (left) and Aaron Gage (right) won Mimosa Hills Golf Club’s annual Member-Guest tournament, which was held June 6-8.

For as long as he can remember, sports have been a part of Chris Powell’s life. A 2003 Freedom High School graduate who played for Oak Hill in the Burke County Parks and Recreation Department’s …

Each spring, senior athletes at East Burke High School are presented with trophies honoring them as the school’s female and male athletes of the year. The award winners for the 2023-24 school year …

Blake McElyea is looking for a new place to play college baseball. The recent Draughn High School graduate, who was an ace pitcher for the Wildcats during his junior and senior years after beginning …

Damion Patton thought his racing days were behind him. But after four years out of the sport, the Morganton native and 2009 Freedom High School graduate returned to the racetrack last month. And in …

Whether he’s playing, coaching, or watching the game, Morganton native Dax Bostian loves basketball, particularly as it pertains to Patton High School. The school’s all-time leading scorer was …

While the Burke County Post 21 American Legion baseball team enjoyed some time off this week following high school graduations last week, Burke’s junior legion squad played three more games against …

When discussing the best duos in NBA history, such pairs as Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, …

The all-region and all-state girls soccer teams were announced by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association this week, with Burke County earning representation on both. Valdese native Piper …

After many years without an adult golf league, the Morganton Recreation Department decided to bring the program back this spring, and the league championship is scheduled to take place next …

East Burke Middle School has recognized seventh grader Sarabeth Bradley and eighth grader Landon Minor as the school's standout athletes for the 2023-24 school year. Both students excelled in …

A few weeks ago, in the soft and gentle days of late April, Brother Johnny and I journeyed south to take in a three-game series between his beloved Cleveland Guardians and my Atlanta Braves at Truist …

The Burke County Parks and Recreation Department's inaugural youth track and field program came to a close recently, with the fourth- and fifth-grade athletes (pictured above) taking part in their …

Team Prevail, a Morganton-based travel basketball organization, brought home five championships during the 2024 Great Smokies Shootout, which was presented by the Hickory Metro Sports Commission. …

East Burke Middle School recently recognized a pair of the school’s standout athletes from the 2023-24 school year, with seventh grader Sarabeth Bradley receiving female athlete of the year honors …

Heritage Middle School recently announced Makenzie Powell as the school’s 2023-24 female athlete of the year, while fellow eighth grader Henry Cooper was named male athlete of the year. Powell …

SATURDAY, June 8 AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL Queen City Mustangs at Burke County Post 21 (3 p.m., doubleheader) MORGANTON REC DEPT Petanque (1 p.m., at Catawba River Soccer Complex courts) Pickleball (9 …

The Burke County Parks and Recreation Department's inaugural youth track and field program came to a close recently, with the second- and third-grade athletes (pictured above) taking part in their …

Wes Smith, a Morganton native and Freedom High School 2021 graduate, recently finished his collegiate bass fishing career at nearby Catawba Valley Community College in style. Smith and his boat …

Today (Saturday, June 1) is my 34th birthday, and while birthdays aren’t as exciting as they used to be due to the fact that each year I get closer to 40, I am blessed to have made another trip …

Following losses in its first two games of the 2024 season, the Burke County Post 21 American Legion baseball team collected its first victory of the summer on May 25 at the Hickory Legion …

Landon S. Huffman grew up around racing and decided early on that he wanted to be involved in the sport. The son of Shane Huffman, who won track championships at Hickory Motor Speedway (HMS) in 1996 …

Howard Rich grew up in Morganton, attending Pilot Mountain School as a child before graduating from Salem High School in 1957. In sixth or seventh grade, Rich began to get interested in sports, but …

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