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Nathan Ham

Position: Sports Writer
E-Mail Address: nham@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 336-846-7164


About Nathan Ham

Nathan Ham was born in Boone and has lived in Ashe County his entire life. He graduated from Ashe County High School in 2005 and from Appalachian State University in May of 2009 with a B.S. degree in Communications with a concentration in Electronic Media/Broadcasting. He has been the sports editor at the Jefferson Post since October of 2009.

Latest Stories by Nathan Ham

WEST JEFFERSON - A disastrous start for Ashe County on Friday night doomed the team from the opening snap.
Monroe scored three touchdowns in the first three minutes of the game to cruise to a 67-14 win over the Huskies.
Both of the Huskies' first two possessions ended in interceptions returned for touchdowns. Nicholas Ashcraft and Desmen Robinson

Redhawks dismantle Huskies, 67-14

WEST JEFFERSON - A disastrous start for Ashe County on Friday night doomed the team from the opening snap. Monroe scored three touchdowns in the first three minutes of the game to cruise to a 67-14 win over the Huskies. Both of the Huskies' first two possessions ended in interceptions returned for touchdowns. Nicholas Ashcraft and Desmen Robinson

WEST JEFFERSON - The Ashe County Mat Monsters competed at Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville last week and will host its first High Country Youth League wrestling tournament this Saturday at the middle school.
Ashe had three young grapplers finish first in their weight class and age group. Kye Pennington, Colin Estes and Jaron Greer grabb

Mat Monsters hosting tournament Saturday

WEST JEFFERSON - The Ashe County Mat Monsters competed at Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville last week and will host its first High Country Youth League wrestling tournament this Saturday at the middle school. Ashe had three young grapplers finish first in their weight class and age group. Kye Pennington, Colin Estes and Jaron Greer grabb

WEST JEFFERSON – Ashe County swept the top postseason honors after the team's third straight conference champion, and had the most players chosen to the Mountain Valley All-Conference Team.
Senior Miguel Ramos was named the 2014 MVAC Player of the Year. Ramos became the all-time leading scorer for the Huskies this season.
Head coach Wes Rou

MVAC All-Conference soccer players named

WEST JEFFERSON – Ashe County swept the top postseason honors after the team's third straight conference champion, and had the most players chosen to the Mountain Valley All-Conference Team. Senior Miguel Ramos was named the 2014 MVAC Player of the Year. Ramos became the all-time leading scorer for the Huskies this season. Head coach Wes Rou

MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. - Four members of the Oak Hill Academy senior class signed on the dotted line last week to officially declare which college they will be attending next year.
Daniel Giddens, Andrew Fleming, Dwayne Bacon and Josh Reaves all made their college choices at a signing ceremony in the gym at Oak Hill.
Giddens signed with Ohio State

Signing day

MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. - Four members of the Oak Hill Academy senior class signed on the dotted line last week to officially declare which college they will be attending next year. Daniel Giddens, Andrew Fleming, Dwayne Bacon and Josh Reaves all made their college choices at a signing ceremony in the gym at Oak Hill. Giddens signed with Ohio State

WEST JEFFERSON - Ashe County will try to get into the 2AA Western semifinals for the first time in school history when they host Monroe on Friday.
The last time the Huskies won a playoff game was in 2007 when they beat South Iredell at home, 13-8. In the next round, Ashe had to travel to Pisgah and came up on the short end, 35-14.
This time aroun

Ashe battles Monroe in second round

WEST JEFFERSON - Ashe County will try to get into the 2AA Western semifinals for the first time in school history when they host Monroe on Friday. The last time the Huskies won a playoff game was in 2007 when they beat South Iredell at home, 13-8. In the next round, Ashe had to travel to Pisgah and came up on the short end, 35-14. This time aroun

MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. - The Oak Hill Warriors remained unbeaten on the season, scoring four victories last week.
Oak Hill 101, 22 Ft. Academy 51
The Warriors took on the visiting 22 Ft. Academy from Greenville, South Carolina on Tuesday.
Oak Hill had six double-figure scorers and were just too much for the opponents.
Dwayne Bacon had 21 points o

Oak Hill goes to 9-0

MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. - The Oak Hill Warriors remained unbeaten on the season, scoring four victories last week. Oak Hill 101, 22 Ft. Academy 51 The Warriors took on the visiting 22 Ft. Academy from Greenville, South Carolina on Tuesday. Oak Hill had six double-figure scorers and were just too much for the opponents. Dwayne Bacon had 21 points o

WEST JEFFERSON - Ashe County earned its first playoff victory in seven seasons with a thrilling 34-27 win over the visiting Maiden Blue Devils.
Defenses set the tone in the first quarter. Ashe had a turnover on downs on its first drive and a punt on its second drive while Maiden had to punt it away on both of its first quarter possessions.
In the

Huskies reach second round

WEST JEFFERSON - Ashe County earned its first playoff victory in seven seasons with a thrilling 34-27 win over the visiting Maiden Blue Devils. Defenses set the tone in the first quarter. Ashe had a turnover on downs on its first drive and a punt on its second drive while Maiden had to punt it away on both of its first quarter possessions. In the

NEWLAND - The Ashe County Mat Monsters traveled to Avery County last weekend for a High Country Youth League wrestling tournament.
Ashe had six wrestlers win their respective weight classes in their age group, five guys finish second, four third place finishers and one fourth place finisher.
Gavin Brown, Luke Sheets, Dante Wellington, Kabel Dilla

Youth wrestlers finish strong at Avery

NEWLAND - The Ashe County Mat Monsters traveled to Avery County last weekend for a High Country Youth League wrestling tournament. Ashe had six wrestlers win their respective weight classes in their age group, five guys finish second, four third place finishers and one fourth place finisher. Gavin Brown, Luke Sheets, Dante Wellington, Kabel Dilla

WEST JEFFERSON - Points may not be hard to come by this Friday night with a pair of strong offenses set to battle in the first round of the NCHSAA 2AA Playoffs.
Ashe County will enter the contest averaging just under 38 points per game while Maiden has averaged 32 PPG.
Once again, fans will be treated to a battle of contrasting styles. Ashe will

Ashe hosts Maiden in first round

WEST JEFFERSON - Points may not be hard to come by this Friday night with a pair of strong offenses set to battle in the first round of the NCHSAA 2AA Playoffs. Ashe County will enter the contest averaging just under 38 points per game while Maiden has averaged 32 PPG. Once again, fans will be treated to a battle of contrasting styles. Ashe will

Volleyball all-conference team named

WEST JEFFERSON - Sophomore Lynsey Aldridge was named to the Mountain Valley All-Conference Volleyball Team representing Ashe County High School. Aldridge had 28 kills and led Ashe with 304 digs, 37 serving aces and 324 serves received. The Lady Huskies also had a pair of honorable mention selections. Senior Abby Lopp led Ashe with 91 kills. She

CHAPEL HILL - Ashe County senior quarterback Connor Bowers helped deliver back-to-back conference championships for the Huskies after last Friday's victory over Elkin.
On Tuesday, the senior was named as one of two NCHSAA Performance of the Week winners, an award sponsored by Time Warner Cable Sports and Subway.
Bowers completed 22-33 passes for

Bowers wins NCHSAA Performance of the Week Award

CHAPEL HILL - Ashe County senior quarterback Connor Bowers helped deliver back-to-back conference championships for the Huskies after last Friday's victory over Elkin. On Tuesday, the senior was named as one of two NCHSAA Performance of the Week winners, an award sponsored by Time Warner Cable Sports and Subway. Bowers completed 22-33 passes for

BOONE - Basketball season is officially underway for a pair of local colleges that just happen to have a former Ashe County Husky on each squad, one as a player and the other as a coach.
Senior Tommy Spagnolo and his Appalachian State Mountaineers faced Lees-McRae College in an exhibition game last Thursday where former ACHS player and coach Danie

Two former Huskies hit the hardwood

BOONE - Basketball season is officially underway for a pair of local colleges that just happen to have a former Ashe County Husky on each squad, one as a player and the other as a coach. Senior Tommy Spagnolo and his Appalachian State Mountaineers faced Lees-McRae College in an exhibition game last Thursday where former ACHS player and coach Danie

WEST JEFFERSON - The third round of the playoffs has been the enemy of the Huskies for the last few seasons, and once again, Ashe County fell short against a tough opponent last Wednesday.
Lake Norman Charter made the trip to West Jefferson and came away with 1-0 victory as the seventh-seeded Knights advanced to the western regional semifinals.
A

Lake Norman Charter upsets Ashe, 1-0

WEST JEFFERSON - The third round of the playoffs has been the enemy of the Huskies for the last few seasons, and once again, Ashe County fell short against a tough opponent last Wednesday. Lake Norman Charter made the trip to West Jefferson and came away with 1-0 victory as the seventh-seeded Knights advanced to the western regional semifinals. A

MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. - Oak Hill Academy improved to 5-0 with three big victories, including the first road win of the season.
The Warriors traveled to Winston-Salem to take on Quality Education Academy last Tuesday. Last season, QEA handed Oak Hill its first loss of the year.
QEA once again got off to a good start and took an eight-point lead at

Warriors add three wins

MOUTH OF WILSON, Va. - Oak Hill Academy improved to 5-0 with three big victories, including the first road win of the season. The Warriors traveled to Winston-Salem to take on Quality Education Academy last Tuesday. Last season, QEA handed Oak Hill its first loss of the year. QEA once again got off to a good start and took an eight-point lead at

BOONE - A former Ashe County High School student and current graduate student at Appalachian State University received a scholarship worth $5,000.
Courtney Hartzog of West Jefferson was chosen for the 2014 National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) scholarship.
Hartzog completed her Bach

WJ resident receives grad school scholarship

BOONE - A former Ashe County High School student and current graduate student at Appalachian State University received a scholarship worth $5,000. Courtney Hartzog of West Jefferson was chosen for the 2014 National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) scholarship. Hartzog completed her Bach

Tennis all-conference team released

WEST JEFFERSON - Six Ashe County players received all-conference recognition for their outstanding season that culminated with sweeping the 2A conference championship in singles and doubles action and earning a spot in the dual team playoffs. Hallie Brown, Keely Caddell, Abby Manley, Grace Miller, Maggie Witherspoon and Rae Zeller are all part of

CHARLOTTE - What's in a name? Everything if you're a Hornets fan.
In 2002 when the Charlotte Hornet ownership clown car duo of George Shinn and Ray Wooldridge got approval to relocate to a new city, right in the middle of a playoff series, it seemed like the ultimate low blow to basketball fans in North Carolina.
However, basketball would not be

Great to have the Hornets name back

CHARLOTTE - What's in a name? Everything if you're a Hornets fan. In 2002 when the Charlotte Hornet ownership clown car duo of George Shinn and Ray Wooldridge got approval to relocate to a new city, right in the middle of a playoff series, it seemed like the ultimate low blow to basketball fans in North Carolina. However, basketball would not be

WEST JEFFERSON - Ashe County claimed its spot in the third round of the NCHSAA 2A State Playoffs with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Surry Central Eagles on Monday.
The Huskies started with the offensive pressure at a high level early on. Cesar Ruiz had a pair of shots stopped in the opening five minutes.
Victor Melo made the Eagles pay for not

Ashe edges Surry Central, 3-2

WEST JEFFERSON - Ashe County claimed its spot in the third round of the NCHSAA 2A State Playoffs with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Surry Central Eagles on Monday. The Huskies started with the offensive pressure at a high level early on. Cesar Ruiz had a pair of shots stopped in the opening five minutes. Victor Melo made the Eagles pay for not

KERNERSVILLE – Cross Country season came to a close last Saturday with the NCHSAA State Championship Meet taking place at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex.
Ashe County had two runners competing in the men's meet. Gareth Berry placed 21st overall in a finishing time of 17:39. Teammate Andrew Tedder finished in 42nd place in a time of 18:20.
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Huskies run in championship meet

KERNERSVILLE – Cross Country season came to a close last Saturday with the NCHSAA State Championship Meet taking place at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex. Ashe County had two runners competing in the men's meet. Gareth Berry placed 21st overall in a finishing time of 17:39. Teammate Andrew Tedder finished in 42nd place in a time of 18:20. Ni

BOONVILLE - Ashe County's bid for an undefeated regular season hit a snag on Friday night against a powerful Starmount rushing attack.
The Rams put up 40 points and ran for 315 yards to hand Ashe its first defeat of the season, 40-19.
Starmount jumped out to a 21-7 lead at halftime and kept piling on in the second half.
The Rams had eight differ

Rams blast Huskies, 40-19

BOONVILLE - Ashe County's bid for an undefeated regular season hit a snag on Friday night against a powerful Starmount rushing attack. The Rams put up 40 points and ran for 315 yards to hand Ashe its first defeat of the season, 40-19. Starmount jumped out to a 21-7 lead at halftime and kept piling on in the second half. The Rams had eight differ





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