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Youth basketball regular season wraps up


The Burke County Recreation Department youth basketball league’s regular season came to a close Feb. 4 with action in four age groups at 13 different sites across the county. 

At Liberty Middle, the Salem age 11-12 boys topped Christ Classical, 26-20, in the only game pitting undefeated teams on the day as the Tigers won the Division II title. Pictured are Salem players Avery Lipscomb, Brycen Lineberger, Kason Kids, Carter Crotts, Hayden Snipes, Kelby Clark, Jace Crawley, Azzy Beaver, and Riylen Laws, as well as coaches Brandon Crotts and Eric Snipes.

At Oak Hill, the Bulldogs’ No. 1 age 9-10 girls squad completed a perfect 12-0 season - the most wins of any county team this season - as they defeated East Burke. Pictured are Oak Hill players Dmiya Beam, Alayla Beam, Ava Beam, Jenna Kanipe, Ava Howard, and Hayden Buchanan, and coaches Brandon Beam and Pettis Mills.


At Mountain View, Glen Alpine’s 7-8 girls won the Division II title as they topped the host Bobcats to cap a 7-0 season. Pictured, the Green Wave’s Vanessa Saijas tries to secure the ball between Mountain View defenders. Also at Mountain View, Oak Hill’s No. 1 boys age 7-8 squad defeated the hosts as the Bulldogs finished a 9-0 championship run in Division I. Pictured, Oak Hill’s Lane Lambert goes up strong to the basket.


Other county teams to post undefeated regular seasons included the Valdese 7-8 boys (Div. II); Mountain View girls (Div. I); Oak Hill (Divs. I, III), Mull (Div. II) and Salem (Div. IV) all in 9-10 boys; the Oak Hill 11-12 boys (Div. I); the Oak Hill No. 1 13-15 boys; and the Ray Childers 11-12 girls.


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