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High Peaks Leads Roan High Knob Hikes April 1

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association Saturday, April 1 for one of two hikes on the Appalachian Trail that will summit Roan High Knob, one of the region’s signature peaks.
The more challenging hike will start at Carver’s Gap, proceed over the Roan High Knob and then descend steeply to Hughes Gap. The overall distance is 6.6 miles and the hike is rated as very (more)

Birding Stroll to Green Knob Fire Tower

Join the NC High Peaks Birders for a special opportunity Birding Stroll to the Green Knob Fire Tower Saturday April 15th. North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association has made arrangements with the Forest Service to open the fire tower for the NC High Peaks Birders. This is a rare opportunity for birders to have access to the tower, located along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We will take the short, 1/4 mile trail up to the tower, birding along the way and end up on the tower platform a little above tree top level. This is a moderate hike with an elevation gain of about 300 feet. We will leave from the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 am. Transportation will be provided on Yancey County vans for a donation of $5. Reservations are required. We will arrive back on the square around 12:30 pm. If you wish to drive your own vehicle, meet us at the Green Knob Fire Tower overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway at 9:15 am. To reserve a spot on the van email with your name and phone number.
High School Sports This Week in the Western Highlands Conference
Saturday 3/25 Track & Field Times News Invitational at Polk  
(Hendersonville and Polk compete)

Cane River To Forfeit Championship Title

The Toe River Conference has notified Cane River Middle School that they have to forfeit  their Middle School Football championship title due to ineligibility of a player.  The ineligible student was over age 15 during the 2016 season. Cane River Principal Miranda Elkins says it was an oversight in their office when they did not double check for eligibility.  The special needs student  went in for only one play at the end of the regular season, not during the championship game. Cane River brought the error to the attention of the Toe River Conference. The Cane River Rebels had an undefeated season and won the Tri-County Bowl 30 to 6.  

Boys Basketball - All Western Highland Conference Selections

All-conference selections for Western Highlands Conference boys basketball as voted on by the coaches (Details)

Girls Basketball - All Western Highland Conference Selections

All-conference selections for Western Highlands Conference girls basketball as voted on by the coaches (Details)


Motorcycle Dirt Bike Club Starting Up in the Area!

Interest is being gathered on starting a motorcycle dirt bike club in the Mitchell, Avery, and Yancey area to connect with other dirt bike riders for friendship, fellowship, and riding fun on local trails and area ATV parks- not for racing. It's for all ages. For details on how to get involved or to show your interest contact Ed Sillman at 828-766-5858 or email

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.

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.