The North Wilkes varsity football team, a squad unaccustomed to the lead, built it in the first half and then held it in the second stanza on Monday night.

After three lead changes in the final five minutes—and a dash of heated controversy—the West Wilkes varsity football team notched its first victory of the season Friday.

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Elizabeth Dimmette of North Wilkes High School signed a letter of intent on Monday to swim at Salem College in Winston-Salem. She is seated with Tonya Beaman, at left. Standing, left to right, are Athletic Director Logan Call and Principal David Johnson.

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McKenzie Johnson-Lackey and Zack Carlton of North Wilkes High School signed letters of intent on Monday to play basketball at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa. Seated are, left to right, Amber Grose, Heather Lackey, McKenzie Johnson-Lackey, Zack Carlton, Kris Lackey and Nikki Carlton. Stan…

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Garrett Patrick hauled in a five-yard touchdown pass from Logan Wayne with just under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter as the West Wilkes Blackhawks slipped past North Wilkes 31-27 Friday night in a thriller in Hays.

The strangest high school football season in recent memory started for two Wilkes County teams Thursday night in Ronda, both six months late and one day early.

The East Wilkes varsity boys, playing in endurance mode, had something left in the tank for North Wilkes on Wednesday, in the season finale for both clubs.

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A positive case of COVID-19 has led the North Wilkes High School volleyball team to postpone its next four matches over two weeks, the school announced on Dec. 9.

Sparked by a milestone assist from Karlie Anderson, the Wilkes Central varsity volleyball team swept North Wilkes on Thursday to even its record in the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Athletic Conference.

North Wilkes athletes signed letters of intent to play their respective sports at the college level over the course of the summer. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, athletes were unable to have their signing ceremonies at North Wilkes High School.

The North Carolina Athletic Association Board of Directors approved on Aug. 11 an amended schedule for the 2020-21 school year. NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker made the announcement to the public the following day.

Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 concerns canceling the high school sports spring seasons, the Wilkes Journal-Patriot reached out to coaches and athletic directors to have their senior spring sports athletes to fill out this form. We’ll be recognizing spring sports seniors throughout the summer.

Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 concerns canceling the high school sports spring seasons, the Wilkes Journal-Patriot reached out to coaches and athletic directors to have their senior spring sports athletes to fill out this form. We’ll be recognizing spring sports seniors throughout the summer.

Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 concerns canceling the remainder of the high school sports spring seasons, the Wilkes Journal-Patriot reached out to coaches and athletic directors to have their senior spring sports athletes to fill out this form. We’ll be recognizing spring sports seniors…

On the heels of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s announcement to reopen schools, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and its board of directors announced on July 15 that the start of the Fall 2020 sports season would be delayed.

Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 concerns canceling the remainder of the high school sports spring seasons, the Wilkes Journal-Patriot reached out to coaches and athletic directors to have their senior spring sports athletes to fill out this form. We’ll be recognizing spring sports seniors…

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On the heels of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s announcement to reopen schools, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and its board of directors announced early Wednesday afternoon that the start of the Fall 2020 sports season has been delayed.

The wait was over in more ways than one for Wilkes County high school athletics on Monday morning.

Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 concerns canceling the remainder of the high school sports spring seasons, the Wilkes Journal-Patriot reached out to coaches and athletic directors to have their senior spring sports athletes to fill out this form. We’ll be recognizing spring sports seniors…

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association recently announced that this past Monday would be the end of the COVID-19 dead period and schools would be allowed to start summer workouts.

North Wilkes has had an effective scheme over the better part of the past eight football seasons — lean heavily on its line to pave the way for the offense.

Ashe County swept the team championships at the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference indoor track and field meet, but Wilkes County swept the top individual honors this winter.

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On the heels of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement to close all North Carolina public schools for the remainder of the school year, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association made the announcement Friday afternoon to cancel all sporting events for the remainder of the 201…

Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 concerns postponing the majority of the high school sports spring seasons, the Wilkes Journal-Patriot reached out to coaches and athletic directors to have their senior spring sports athletes to fill out this form. We’ll be recognizing spring sports seniors…

A tie for second-place in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference standings reaped awards for the Wilkes Central and West Wilkes boys basketball teams this winter.

Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 concerns postponing the majority of the high school sports spring seasons, the Wilkes Journal-Patriot reached out to coaches and athletic directors to have their senior spring sports athletes to fill out this form. We’ll be recognizing spring sports seniors…

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David Wojtecki has been hired as the new head football coach at North Wilkes High School. Logan Call, the school’s athletic director, confirmed the announcement on Monday night.

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.

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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.

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:

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.

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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.