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Swim team teaches youth self-esteem

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Many area kids have been hitting the pool this summer for fun and relaxation, but a group of about 60 area youth have been spending their summer swim time competing as part of the Yadkin Stingrays swim team. Twin brothers Hunter and Jacob Kepley, 14, have been on the team for five years now and said swimming is a great sport because it fosters friendship and personal achievement.Hunter Kepley said that competing against other swimmers “makes you want to strive to get better.”“I also like the people that I get to be with on the team because they are all nice and I make a lot of friends,” Jacob Kepley added.

 

Rams finish high in Wachovia Cup Standings

Elkin and Starmount have finished as the top two public schools in the Wachovia Cup Standings for 1A high schools in North Carolina.The Elks took fourth, while the Rams took sixth. Bishop McGuinness, a private school with three spring sport state championships, finished first among 1A schools.Starmount, with just more than 600 students, was buoyed by a state championship in volleyball and a runner-up finish in women’s track and field.With a student popul...

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Ross Bailes wins again (and again) at Friendship

ELKIN — Ross Bailes won for the third and fourth times this season at Friendship Motor Speedway, claiming both $1,000 Southeastern Crate Association Late Model features early Sunday morning.North Wilkesboro’s Chad Call claimed the $500 Super Stock 4 feature; Troutman’s Chad Paxton took the Open Wheel Modified feature; West Jefferson’s Shaun Robinson won the Renegades feature; Randy Powell won wire-to-wire in Xtreme Stock feature; and Clifton Richardson took ...

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48 years and still running strong

GERMANTON — Bill Tesh started racing in June of 1966 — just more than 48 years ago.He drove in $99 claiming races at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem. “Anybody could buy any of the cars for $99,” Tesh said.Tesh was in the Navy in 1966 — serving with an anti-submarine warfare squadron in Norfolk, Virginia. He’s been upside down in a vehicle eight times in his life, but he said the “scaredest I’ve ever been in my life is ...

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Starmount grad wants to play as long as he can

SANTA BARBARA, California — Dillon Dobson, the former Starmount standout and current Appalachian State University standout, is soaking in the sun a bit more as a member of the Santa Barbara Foresters in the California Collegiate League this summer.Dobson, who made All-Southern Conference at shortstop as a sophomore this past season for the Mountaineers, is being coached by the well-respected Bill Pintard.“He’s a special player,” Pintard said in a ...

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2014 already a success for Cheek

RONDA — Sitting in the meeting room of the Ronda Volunteer Fire Department, Chris Cheek exudes a calm exterior.But there’s a fire on the inside - one that’s not likely to be extinguished any time soon.“I’m a very, very competitive person,” Cheek said. “I like the speed; the work; the adrenaline rush.”Born and raised in Hamptonville, Cheek is now 34. He’s been racing for 13 years. “As a kid I grew up g...

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Anen finds groove at Friendship

George Anen Jr.’s win in the Open Wheel Modified feature his last time out was just another chapter in a career that is become more and more storied.“My dad (George Anen Sr.) took me to my first race when I was 4 years old,” Anen said last week. “In Wall Stadium in Bellmar, New Jersey.“I don’t think I’ve missed a Saturday of racing since. After that first race, I begged everybody to take me to the races until they agreed to take ...

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7-on-7 season winding down at Forbush

EAST BEND —Forty fans watched and about as many football players participated in last Thursday’s seven-on-seven scrimmage between Wilkes Central and host Forbush.On a warm and humid evening, the teams went through plays designed to focus on skill-position play and not the scoreboard.“We want to see kids compete,” Forbush Coach Chris Johnson said. “We want to see them get after it. You find out who’s competing.“They cou...

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AAU basketball off the ground in Yadkin County

BOONVILLE — Sitting on the sideline at Starmount High School, Stephanie Nichols looks on as Paul Hoover conducts his ProShot Basketball Camp for about 20 boys and for exactly two girls.One of those two girls is her daughter, Emily — a rising fifth-grader.There’s a gleam in her eye — the passion for basketball unmistakable. She coached recreational-league basketball for seven years in Wilkes County; and coached the North Wilkes Middle School and Mo...

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Yadkin All-Stars play on!

EAST BEND — The 7-and-under Yadkin County All-Stars will play in the Western North Carolina State Tournament beginning July 12 at Fall Creek Elementary School after winning the Western North Carolina Area 3 Tournament in Churchland.The team has been on a roll recently, claiming the Will Dicus Tournament in Boone June 21 and 22 before winning the Area 3 tourney.At the Area 3 tourney held June 25-28, Yadkin County defeated North Piedmont, Lake Norman, Davidson to rea...

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2014 already a success for Cheek

RONDA — Sitting in the meeting room of the Ronda Volunteer Fire Department, Chris Cheek exudes a calm exterior.But there’s a fire on the inside - one that’s not likely to be extinguished any time soon.“I’m a very, very competitive person,” Cheek said. “I like the speed; the work; the adrenaline rush.”Born and raised in Hamptonville, Cheek is now 34. He’s been racing for 13 years. “As a kid I grew up g...

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Forbush wrestler headed to North Dakota

Forbush wrestler Isaac McMillan has earned a spot on the North Carolina USA Wrestling Junior National Dual Team.The team is being coached by Erik Wince, Davidson College assistant wrestling coach; and Trip Rogers, head coach at Hough High School. The team competed in Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling at the Freede Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 24-28.These Olympic styles are different from the Folkstyle that is wrestled in high school.McMillan, a ri...

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Forbush powers past North Surry in WPC finals

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