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Avery Basketball Court Honors Tommy Burleson

On February 3rd the Avery High basketball court was christened in honor of basketball legend Tommy Burleson.  The 7 ft 2" Burleson was recognized for his contributions  to Avery Athletics and to the county as a whole. In a tribute that will last for years to come,  along the sidelines  the hardwood  in the Avery Viking Gym now reads “Tommy Burleson Court.” Burleson received a variety of gifts including a shelf crafted from the original gym floor on which he played at the high school. After graduation from Avery High, Burleson went on to play for the N.C. State Wolfpack. Playing alongside other NC State legends such as David Thompson, Monte Towe, Moe Rivers, Phil Spence and Tim Stoddard, Burleson and his teammates were able to win both the ACC and NCAA Tournaments in 1974. His collegiate career saw Burleson amass a total of 1,598 points, averaging 19 points per game. From 1974 to 1981, Burleson played with three teams in the NBA, including the Seattle Supersonics, the Kansas City Kings and the Atlanta Hawks, before an injury cut his career short.
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Adam Shuford Signs with Mars Hill - 2/10/17

Adam Shuford has signed to play football at Mars Hill College. Shuford was the 2016 Western Highlands Conference Defensive Player of the Year from Mountain Heritage. He will join teammates Cole Burleson and Devan Woody and seven other players from around Western North Carolina on the 2017 Mars Hill Team. Last year, in the middle linebacker position, Shuford made 189 tackles (21 for a loss), four sacks and three forced fumbles.

Mitchell Places in State Wrestling Championship

Twenty one young Mitchell Wrestlers competed Saturday in the NCUSA Elementary and Jr High State Championships in Winston-Salem.  Six Mitchell wrestlers placed in the event, led by Jason Smith's 2nd place finish and 3rd place finishes for Logan Hudgins and Joey Rogers. Mitchell finished 13th as a team overall out of over 150 teams participating. (more)

Cole Burleson and Devan Woody Sign to play at Mars Hill (more)

Mountain Heritage seniors Devan Woody and Cole Burleson have signed to play college football for Mars Hill.

Gray McCurry Named To Top Newcomers List

Mountain Heritage High School alum, Gray McCurry has been named to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s NCAA Division II, Top Newcomers To Watch list. Collegiate Baseball Newspaper is known as the ‘’voice of  amateur baseball.’’ McCurry transferred this fall, after spending a year at Catawba Valley, a junior college in Hickory, North Carolina. He will play his final (more)

8th Grade Boys Champions

2017 Modern Nissan of Hickory Invitational 8th grade boys tournament Champions.
Yancey Cougars went 3-0 to win their division. Players left to right front row Joe Webb, Jalen Branton, Avery Crane, Grady Brooks. Back row Kamron Woody, Dalton Hoilman, Kason Hall, Logan Higgins, Payton Allen and Jayden Moore.

6th Grade Girls Champions

2017 Modern Nissan of Hickory Invitational 6th grade girls tournament Champions. Yancey Hurricanes went 3-0 to win their division. Players left to right front row Kilee Morrow, Ava Webb, Cloey Morrow, Vega Deyton. Back row Keira Wilson, Kaydence Kooles, Avee Silver, Lilly Neill, Samantha Laws.

Mountaineers Win Highlander Duals

The Mitchell Mountaineers went 5-0 as a team Saturday to capture the Highlander Duals, hosted by Heathwood Hall in Columbia, SC. Mitchell started the day with swift victories over host Heathwood Hall 70-12 and Bishop England 55-15. Mitchell then defeated Blythewood 54-20 in the quarterfinals and Berkley 54-13 in the semi-finals. The Mountaineers then topped White Knoll 41-31 to earn the Tournament Championship for the first time in three years. The Mountaineers were paced by Seniors Dylan Fishcl, Malachi Staton, and Sam Deyton, who were a combined 14-1 on the day. Coltin Marlowe also finsihed the tournament 5-0 to help lead the Mountaineers. Mitchell will host Avery and Madison at home Tuesday night in a key Western Highland Conference Matchup, as well as Owen and #2 ranked Chase HS on Friday

Yancey Youth League Baseball/Softball Sign-Ups

Yancey County Youth League will be having 2017 baseball/softball sign-ups at East Yancey and Cane River Middle Schools during youth league basketball games. The signups will be held at the following dates, times, and places. The cost will be $60 per child and will begin in Mid-March after basketball tournaments are over. The ages will be 3 years old (must be three by April 1, 2017) thru 12 (more)

Two Heritage Football Players are All-State

Mountain Heritage seniors Adam Shuford and Devan Woody have made the 2-A All-state football team. Shuford played linebacker and Woody played offensive lineman for the Cougar Football Team. Hendersonville junior Tykel Landrum (defensive back) was also selected to the 2-A all-state football team. Shuford was crowned the WHC Defensive Player of the Year while Landrum was the overall WHC Player of the Year. Landrum was also the All-WNC Defensive Player of the Year.