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Nathan Ham

Position: Sports Writer
E-Mail Address: nham@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 336-489-3062


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

NEW ORLEANS — Appalachian State University alumnus Alvin Gentry was named the head coach of the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans this week.
Gentry, 60, played basketball for the Mountaineers from 1973-77 and played under two terrific head coaches in Press Maravich and Bobby Cremins.
Gentry, a native of Shelby, North Carolina, averaged six points

App State alumnus named Pelicans' head coach

NEW ORLEANS — Appalachian State University alumnus Alvin Gentry was named the head coach of the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans this week. Gentry, 60, played basketball for the Mountaineers from 1973-77 and played under two terrific head coaches in Press Maravich and Bobby Cremins. Gentry, a native of Shelby, North Carolina, averaged six points

SCC announces honors lists for spring

Dobson — Surry Community College announced the spring semester 2015 president's list and dean's list. The president's list recognizes full-time students who achieve academic excellence and maintain a 3.8 grade-point average with no final grade lower than a “C.” Students on the president's list also qualify for the dean's list. T

WEST JEFFERSON — The top spring athletes of 2015 were honored for their tremendous seasons last week at Ashe County High School.
Along with those awards, the top athletes and coach of the year were also announced.
Senior Connor Bowers was named ACHS Male Athlete of the Year. Bowers, a three-sport standout, had his most success on the gridir

Spring's top athletes honored

WEST JEFFERSON — The top spring athletes of 2015 were honored for their tremendous seasons last week at Ashe County High School. Along with those awards, the top athletes and coach of the year were also announced. Senior Connor Bowers was named ACHS Male Athlete of the Year. Bowers, a three-sport standout, had his most success on the gridir

SCC announces honors lists for spring

Dobson — Surry Community College announced the spring semester 2015 president's list and dean's list. The president's list recognizes full-time students who achieve academic excellence and maintain a 3.8 grade-point average with no final grade lower than a “C.” Students on the president's list also qualify for the dean's list. T

BOONE — The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) at Appalachian State University announces the High Country Triple Crown, a series of three challenging and fun races covering beautiful mountain terrain. All proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run of the High Country, an after-school progra

High Country Triple Crown registration starts

BOONE — The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) at Appalachian State University announces the High Country Triple Crown, a series of three challenging and fun races covering beautiful mountain terrain. All proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run of the High Country, an after-school progra

WEST JEFFERSON — Sarah Houck was the lone Lady Husky softball player to make the Mountain Valley All-Conference team released last Friday.
Houck was joined by a pair of Ashe players who received honorable mention recognition this season, Lora Jones and Chloe Sullivan.
All three players should return next season for the Lady Huskies.
East W

Softball all-conference team named

WEST JEFFERSON — Sarah Houck was the lone Lady Husky softball player to make the Mountain Valley All-Conference team released last Friday. Houck was joined by a pair of Ashe players who received honorable mention recognition this season, Lora Jones and Chloe Sullivan. All three players should return next season for the Lady Huskies. East W

Mount Jefferson Challenge set for June 12

WEST JEFFERSON — A demanding 6.6-mile trek up and down Mount Jefferson awaits to test the most seasoned of runners on June 12 for the Mount Jefferson Challenge. Runners will start at 6:30 p.m. and run up the 1,342-foot ascent and then back down, a grueling task that will certainly test a runner's endurance even with the short amount of milea

MORGANTON — Another local travel sports team is off and running to a great start.
The HC Carolina Diamonds hit the road to Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton for the team's first tournament of the season last Saturday, the KFC Memorial Weekend Championship.
The team, made up mostly of players from Ashe and Watauga Counties, made the trip wel

Carolina Diamonds win tournament

MORGANTON — Another local travel sports team is off and running to a great start. The HC Carolina Diamonds hit the road to Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton for the team's first tournament of the season last Saturday, the KFC Memorial Weekend Championship. The team, made up mostly of players from Ashe and Watauga Counties, made the trip wel

JEFFERSON — The Ashe Aces 8U baseball team grabbed another championship, this one at Family Central in the NCBPA Memorial Day Bash.
The Aces made it look easy on the diamond, scoring three double-digit wins on the way to the tourney championship.
In game one, Ashe beat the Bessemer City Yellow Jackets by a 14-4 score.
Game two saw the Aces

8U Aces win Memorial Day Bash

JEFFERSON — The Ashe Aces 8U baseball team grabbed another championship, this one at Family Central in the NCBPA Memorial Day Bash. The Aces made it look easy on the diamond, scoring three double-digit wins on the way to the tourney championship. In game one, Ashe beat the Bessemer City Yellow Jackets by a 14-4 score. Game two saw the Aces

ASHE COUNTY – The following accidents that occurred between May 10 and May 16 were reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record.
May 10
 Highway 16
An animal collision happened at 8:44 p.m. on Highway 16 about nine miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Rosetta Lee Blackburn of Galax, Virginia w

Ashe County wreck report

ASHE COUNTY – The following accidents that occurred between May 10 and May 16 were reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record. May 10 Highway 16 An animal collision happened at 8:44 p.m. on Highway 16 about nine miles from Jefferson. According to the narrative, Rosetta Lee Blackburn of Galax, Virginia w

Twilight League: Week 2
W.J. Chevrolet (-1) defeated Badger Funeral Home (-2)
Peak Farms (1) def. AEV (-3)
Mt. Jefferson Motors (-7) defeated Bureaucrats (-10)
Ashe County Builders (1) defeated Scott Brothers (-8)
Furches Evergreens (5) defeated Cardinal Lanes (-5)
Day's Body Shop (-1) defeated GE Aviation (-5)
Mountain Aire had a bye this w

Local sports briefs

Twilight League: Week 2 W.J. Chevrolet (-1) defeated Badger Funeral Home (-2) Peak Farms (1) def. AEV (-3) Mt. Jefferson Motors (-7) defeated Bureaucrats (-10) Ashe County Builders (1) defeated Scott Brothers (-8) Furches Evergreens (5) defeated Cardinal Lanes (-5) Day's Body Shop (-1) defeated GE Aviation (-5) Mountain Aire had a bye this w

WEST JEFFERSON — The wins and downed targets keep piling up for Ashe County shooter Noah Gouge.
Gouge, 16, recently competed in three shooting events across three different stats.
The first event was the Dogwood Open in Bostic, North Carolina on April 23-26, a tune-up for the next two big events that Gouge was a part of.
The Georgia State

Ashe shooter adds to trophy case

WEST JEFFERSON — The wins and downed targets keep piling up for Ashe County shooter Noah Gouge. Gouge, 16, recently competed in three shooting events across three different stats. The first event was the Dogwood Open in Bostic, North Carolina on April 23-26, a tune-up for the next two big events that Gouge was a part of. The Georgia State

WEST JEFFERSON — The annual Twilight League at Mountain Aire Golf Course got started this past week with 13 teams competing this year.
Week one results:
W.J Chevrolet (-7) defeated Peak Farms (-8)
Badger Funeral Home (3) defeated Mt. Jefferson Motors (-1)
Scott Brothers (8) defeated AEV (-10)
Bureaucrats (2) defeated Cardinal Lanes (-6)

Twilight League: Week 1

WEST JEFFERSON — The annual Twilight League at Mountain Aire Golf Course got started this past week with 13 teams competing this year. Week one results: W.J Chevrolet (-7) defeated Peak Farms (-8) Badger Funeral Home (3) defeated Mt. Jefferson Motors (-1) Scott Brothers (8) defeated AEV (-10) Bureaucrats (2) defeated Cardinal Lanes (-6)

WEST JEFFERSON — The 2015 Ashe County Tennis Clinic will start off a month full of summer camps in June, with this camp allowing both kids and adults the chance to improve their tennis skills while having fun.
The 17th annual camp will be held from June 8-11 at the ACHS tennis courts with two different sessions.
Elementary school and middle

Tennis camp begins June 8

WEST JEFFERSON — The 2015 Ashe County Tennis Clinic will start off a month full of summer camps in June, with this camp allowing both kids and adults the chance to improve their tennis skills while having fun. The 17th annual camp will be held from June 8-11 at the ACHS tennis courts with two different sessions. Elementary school and middle

Safety reminder for summer boaters

WEST JEFFERSON — Whether you are kayaking the New River, heading to the beach or hitting one of your favorite lake spots, always keep in mind the importance of being a safe boater. According to the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, 27 boating fatalities happened last year and there have already been seven boating deaths this year. “

ASHE COUNTY — The following accidents that occurred between May 3 and May 9 were reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record.
May 3
Phillips Gap Road
A single-vehicle accident happened at 2:57 a.m. on Phillips Gap Road near the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to the narrative, Brandon Wilson Fernandez of Ra

Ashe County wreck report

ASHE COUNTY — The following accidents that occurred between May 3 and May 9 were reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are considered public record. May 3 Phillips Gap Road A single-vehicle accident happened at 2:57 a.m. on Phillips Gap Road near the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to the narrative, Brandon Wilson Fernandez of Ra

GREENSBORO – Ashe County sent four individual performers and three relay teams to the 2015 2A State Championship Meet at North Carolina A&T University.
The women's team had one athlete qualify for the state meet. Senior Paige Spell placed 12th overall in the high jump as she cleared four feet, eight inches.
The remaining qualifiers came

Track team runs at state meet

GREENSBORO – Ashe County sent four individual performers and three relay teams to the 2015 2A State Championship Meet at North Carolina A&T University. The women's team had one athlete qualify for the state meet. Senior Paige Spell placed 12th overall in the high jump as she cleared four feet, eight inches. The remaining qualifiers came

WEST JEFFERSON — Fifth-seeded Franklin scored four times in the first half and advanced to the 2A Western Semifinals with a 4-2 victory over fourth-seeded Ashe County on Wednesday night.
The Lady Huskies had the first lead of the game just five minutes in. Valerie Keys drew a penalty after being taken down inside the scoring box on a breakaw

Franklin advances with 4-2 win over Ashe

WEST JEFFERSON — Fifth-seeded Franklin scored four times in the first half and advanced to the 2A Western Semifinals with a 4-2 victory over fourth-seeded Ashe County on Wednesday night. The Lady Huskies had the first lead of the game just five minutes in. Valerie Keys drew a penalty after being taken down inside the scoring box on a breakaw

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Ashe County Aces 8U and 9U baseball teams took part in the East Tennessee BPA Diamond Classic Tournament last weekend.
The 8U team won the championship in the silver bracket after a 3-1 tournament record. The Aces knocked off the Northfork Riverdogs (Chilhowie-Marion, Virginia) by a final of 17-6.
In game two, the Kno

Ashe Aces travel to Tennessee

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Ashe County Aces 8U and 9U baseball teams took part in the East Tennessee BPA Diamond Classic Tournament last weekend. The 8U team won the championship in the silver bracket after a 3-1 tournament record. The Aces knocked off the Northfork Riverdogs (Chilhowie-Marion, Virginia) by a final of 17-6. In game two, the Kno

WEST JEFFERSON — The Lady Huskies advanced to the 2A West Quarterfinals with a 3-2 overtime win over Hendersonville on Friday.
Ashe avenged last season's playoff loss to the Bearcats where Hendersonville overpowered Ashe for a 5-0 win.
The Bearcats scored first with a goal in the 10th minute from Camryn Blackwell.
Ashe answered back nine m

Ashe wins wild match over Hendersonville

WEST JEFFERSON — The Lady Huskies advanced to the 2A West Quarterfinals with a 3-2 overtime win over Hendersonville on Friday. Ashe avenged last season's playoff loss to the Bearcats where Hendersonville overpowered Ashe for a 5-0 win. The Bearcats scored first with a goal in the 10th minute from Camryn Blackwell. Ashe answered back nine m





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