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Gabriel inducted into wrestling hall of fame

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For years, Steve Gabriel served not only as a beloved teacher and coach in Watauga County, but as a father figure to many of his students and athletes. Sammy Critcher remembers, as one of Gabriel’s championship wrestlers, how the coach let the older boys use his vehicle to take the…

Recreational softball action

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Chris Wilson hurls a pitch recently at Betty G. Ross Park in the recreational softball playoffs. Wilson, pitching for the Loggerheads, picked up several victories in route to helping his team win the recreational softball championship. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo…

Former Bandys` star Harper shining for the Hokies

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Bandys’ star Justin Harper’s course was already charted out. The 6’4” two-sport standout had already committed to the Winthrop University Eagles to play basketball. At the time, Harper was a non-motivated student toting a 2.5 GPA and hadn’t yet reached an 820 on his SAT. Then Hargrave Military Academy came…

Dockery wins again

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Stanley— Ray Dockery started from the pole to lead the entire 20 laps for his third consecutive Late Model win at East Lincoln Speedway, Saturday night. According to track rules any driver that wins three features in a row must start at the rear of the field the next scheduled…

Lackey relishes new role as Athletic Director

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Throughout the 14 years that he has coached, Mark Lackey has had a challenge in the back of his mind. Last Thursday, Lackey decided it was time to tackle that challenge. “I think it was a concept of why not me. I sat down and thought about it and had…

Hooping it up

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Eddie Holmes takes a jumper during the ‘Doc Watson’ YMCA Basketball Camp last Friday. Holmes’ practicing his stroke paid off as he won the camp’s Free Throw contest. Darren Turner was also a winner in the free throw competition. Holly Guida was Most Improved. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo…

Unique weekend for Herbert

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MORRISON, Colo— Call it an interesting weekend for Doug Herbert and his Snap-on Racing/DougZilla Goes to Denver Top Fuel dragster at the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. He was the No. 1 qualifier for several hours and started fourth overall (4.757 seconds) in the 16-car field, and then he lost…

Clark signs with Lees-McRae

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BANNER ELK, NC – Maiden High School Graduate Katie Clark has signed to play softball at Lees-McRae College. A pitcher and recent recipient of both the Unifour Softball Player of the Year Award and the Gatorade Player of the Year Award, Clark is an exciting addition to the 2005 Bobcats…

Hopkins records first hole in one

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Routine golf outing turns into lasting memory for father and son One swing with a five iron was all it took for 15-year old Trent Hopkins to do the improbable — record a hole in one. “I started jumping up and down. Everybody that was with me did too—nobody had…

Loggerheads win the championship

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Matt Kolb of the Loggerheads slides into third base as Zack Dellinger, of the Shooters, awaits the throw in Tuesday’s Recreational Softball Playoffs. The Loggerheads defeated the Shooters 19-11, then defeated the Benchwarmers to capture the Recreational Softball Championship. Shannon Hebb went 6-for-6 with a homerun in the clinching victory.…