Josh Hall was looking forward to closing out his collegiate running career in style this spring after a banner indoor track and field season.

CHAPEL HILL — A total of 35 student-athletes from North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools, including five from the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference, will be honored for their outstanding sportsmanship as winners of the “Heart of a Champion” award recognition.

A week after a late-race bump-and-run pass ended William Byron’s hope of a win in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, the Hendrick Motorsports driver who cut his teeth in the virtual racing world dominated a crash-filled Food City Showdown at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway.

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CHAPEL HILL — A total of 35 student-athletes from North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools, including five athletes from the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference, will be honored for their outstanding sportsmanship as winners of the “Heart of a Champion” Award recognition.

As the eNASCAR Pro Invitational series continues to be seen live on cable television as part of the iRacing series, North Wilkesboro Speedway is preparing to make its revival in the virtual world.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: As of Tuesday afternoon, the bike trails at Cub Creek Park and the Yadkin River Greenway remained open to the public. The trail system of the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir is temporarily closed.

Swimmers from three of the four Wilkes County high schools were selected to the all-Mountain Valley Athletic Conference teams for the 2019-20 season.

Timmy Hill gave the afternoon’s dominant car, driven by William Byron, the virtual "bump-and-run" with three laps remaining to take the race lead and then ultimately held off fellow NASCAR Cup Series drivers Ryan Preece and Garrett Smithley for the victory in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 125…

When the announcement of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association suspending all high school athletic activities broke more than a week ago, it sent shockwaves throughout the more than 400-member high schools.

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CHAPEL HILL — In response to Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order closing all North Carolina public schools through May 15th, North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Commissioner Que Tucker released the following statement:

West Wilkes’ Jacob Brown and Wilkes Central’s Daylon Banks were named to the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association All-District team for District 11 late last week. They were only Wilkes County players selected to either the boys or girls team

The Sun Belt Conference announced on Monday that the league is canceling all organized athletics-related activities, including regular-season competitions, conference championships and practices, through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

As East Wilkes Head Softball Coach Derrick Hill addressed his team following Thursday’s night game with South Caldwell, the look on his players’ faces said it all.

On the day that the North Carolina High School Athletic Association suspended all high school sporting events after until April 6, it seems almost fitting that one of the last area sporting contests should have an unusual ending.

For possibly the final time of the 2020 softball season, the West Wilkes Blackhawks took the field Thursday night in a nonconference rematch against 4A East Forsyth.

With the prospect looming of its first 0-4 start in 13 years, East Wilkes found a way.

A week later, and a much different outcome occurred for the Wilkes Central softball team in its 2-1 win over Hibriten on Monday evening at Lowe’s Park at Rivers Edge.

CHAPEL HILL — Due to the threat from COVID-19 (otherwise known as the coronavirus), the North Carolina High School Athletic Association made the decision on Thursday afternoon to postpone the 2020 boy’s and girl’s basketball State championships indefinitely.

The Wilkes Central girls soccer team is still by and large a young squad, but they are also more experienced than the collection of mostly freshmen who took to the pitch last season.

The Wilkes Central softball team played host to the 10-time North Carolina High School Athletic Assocation state champion Alexander Central Cougars on Thursday evening at Rivers Edge Park.

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Behind a complete game from Landon Perry, the Wilkes Central baseball team moved to .500 in the early season with a 4-2 win over Alexander Central on Thursday night in Moravian Falls.

North Wilkes swept the season series with Millennium Charter Academy by dispatching the Lions 17-0 Thursday night in Hays.

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The Vikings did the bulk of their damage in the fourth inning, scoring six times, with five of the runs unearned, in a nonconference win Thursday night at Mastin Field in Ronda.

Wilkes County’s own Johnny Watkins turned in a memorable 2019 karate season on both the local and national circuit.

SALISBURY — Riding an 18-game winning streak, Salisbury had a lot at stake in Thursday night’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association girls basketball playoff game.