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Wilkes Central head football coach Ron Turner was one of eight coaches honored Wednesday with a Homer Thompson Memorial “Eight Who Make a Difference” Award by the N.C. High School Athletic Association. Turner was the Region 7 recipient of the annual award, which is presented by N.C. Farm Bureau.

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The Wilkes Central soccer team controlled every aspect of its 2A state playoffs opener on Monday, rolling to a 9-0 win over Pisgah on Kulynych Field at Lowe’s Park at River’s Edge in Wilkesboro.

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Wilkes Central’s JoRaye Morrison capped a record-breaking football career by being named the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Athletic Conference’s 2021 offensive player of the year for the second straight season on Tuesday.

It was only 10 minutes on the pitch, but it must have seemed like an eternity to the West Wilkes soccer team.

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Matt Hagaman resigned Friday as the head boys varsity basketball coach at Wilkes Central High School, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

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Zoe Susi connected on her 100th career soccer goal during Wilkes Central’s 11-0 whitewashing of Elkin in Moravian Falls on April 6.

Brian Hartley couldn’t fight back the tears during Friday night’s postgame interview after Wilkes Central’s 32-19 win over East Wilkes at Wes Steele Stadium in Moravian Falls.

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Wilkes Central delivered when it mattered the most in its 32-19 win over East Wilkes on Friday night in Moravian Falls in the regular season finale for both teams.

The battle for soccer supremacy in the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Athletic Conference on Thursday was decided early for Wilkes Central.

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The Wilkes Central soccer team scored quickly and often in a 9-0 victory over West Wilkes in Moravian Falls on March 23.

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The West Wilkes varsity softball team, a squad in search of a fifth-straight Mountain Valley 1A/2A Athletic Conference championship, posted a 2-1 win at Wilkes Central on March 23.

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Wilkes Central junior point guard Zoe Susi was named to the All-District 12 second team by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association on Wednesday.

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The Wilkes Central varsity football team continued its recent mastery of West Wilkes in Millers Creek on Thursday night.

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The West Wilkes varsity girls advanced to the second round of the 2A state playoffs for the third straight year by turning away North Surry in Millers Creek on Tuesday, 59-34.

The West Wilkes girls took a giant step Friday toward the school’s first solo conference championship in varsity basketball.

The West Wilkes varsity boys gained a season split with Wilkes Central by downing the Eagles in Millers Creek on Friday, 66-56.

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Wilkes Central High School officials have canceled the 2021 boys soccer season due to a low turnout of players, according to the school’s athletic director, Chuck Cannon.

Even missing its head coach and one of its floor leaders, the Wilkes Central varsity boys had little trouble dispatching West Wilkes in Moravian Falls on Jan. 13, 71-52.

The normally raucous Nest was nearly empty on Thursday, but the result was the same: another win for the Wilkes Central varsity boys inside the warm, friendly confines of home.

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With three chinks in its armor missing, the West Wilkes varsity volleyball team got reinforcements from its bench on Thursday to stay unbeaten in the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Athletic Conference.

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Wilkes Central High School announced Monday that its next three volleyball games have been postponed for undisclosed reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

This is the 13th article in a weekly series highlighting big local sports’ anniversaries, given the current down time for local sports (with plans to run it every week through the middle of November). Readers are encouraged to share any of their memories from local sports this time of year b…

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.

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.

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.

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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…

Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 concerns cancelling 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…

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.

This is the fourth article in a weekly series highlighting big local sports’ anniversaries, given the current down time for local sports. Readers are encouraged to share any of their memories from local sports this time of year — namely May, June and July — by emailing wjpsports@wilkes.net. …

Wilkes Central's Aiken Minton, Nick Hartley and Colby Lakey recently signed to play baseball at a pair of Region X junior colleges. Minton signed with Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory while Hartley and Lakey signed to play Cleveland County Community College in Shelby. The Yetis wi…

Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 concerns postponing 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 senior…

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.

ASHEVILLE — Former University of North Carolina at Asheville women’s basketball player Paige Love has joined the staff as an assistant coach, Bulldogs Head Coach Honey Brown announced, May 1. Love, a 2012 Wilkes Central graduate, played for the Bulldogs from 2012-2016.

Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 concerns cancelling 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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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…

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.