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Apr. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Jump, vault and roll

Calling all daredevils: there’s a gravity-defying pastime sweeping the country, and although you don’t have to be an extraordinary athlete to master it, “Parkour” practitioners are learning to perform near-superhuman feats.

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 09:52 PM

Gryphons walk off on Senior Night

The Thomas Jefferson Gryphons showed a flair for the dramatic in their final home game of the season. Nine-hole hitter Tyler Mitchell singled home Coleman Putnam with one out in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Gryphons to the 2-1 walk-off win at McNair Field Tuesday.

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 06:30 AM

When will I play baseball?

Wally Scoggins is 11 years old and loves to play Little League baseball. He’d much rather hit the ball than stand in the outfield to play defense and when asked how fast he runs the bases, he responds “a lot fast.”

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 04:53 AM

Vikings clash with Pirates on the field

East Rutherford Middle School played host to Chase Middle for an afternoon of baseball action on the field Thursday.

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 04:12 AM

Vikings vs Knights

R-S Middle School and East Rutherford Middle Schools competed against each other in both baseball and soccer Thursday at R-S Middle.

Feb. 14, 2014 @ 06:55 AM

Trinity building a legacy

The Trinity Christian School (TCS) girls middle school basketball team recently completed a dream season. The team finished undefeated overall winning its second-straight Blue Ridge Mountain Conference regular season title. They went on to win the tournament title as well.

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 04:55 PM

Bridges set to compete for state titles

State title swims for local high school swimmers wrapped up last week, but for younger swimmers the season lives on.

Jenna Bridges, a 10-year old swimmer from Forest City and a member of the Rutherford County Swim Team, is set to compete in the North Carolina 14-and-under State Championships this weekend in Greensboro.

Jan. 07, 2014 @ 05:07 AM

Learning from the best

On Saturday, Jan. 4 Rutherford County’s own Randy Ingle teamed up with an array of local baseball minds to put together a six-hour baseball camp at R-S Middle.

Jan. 01, 2014 @ 03:54 PM

Top sports stories of 2013

As we move on into a new year, let's take a look back on the year that was...

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 11:40 AM

Fielder’s choice

Last Monday, Dec. 2, Forest City Town Council voted to allow the Forest City Little League to use the baseball/softabll fields at Forest City-Dunbar for the summer season as opposed to the upstart Babe Ruth League that used the fields during the fall after the Little League decided not to have a fall season.

The 3-2 decision by the council represents the fact that, like a play at the plate, it wasn’t an easy call.

Nov. 27, 2013 @ 06:16 PM

Forest City Cavs end season in Rocky Top

As new members of the Mid-Atlantic Carolina Youth Football Conference, the Forest City Cavaliers were expected to struggle. After all, the teams in the MAC conference came from larger cities or covered more area and thus had more kids. More kids should mean more talent but someone forgot to tell the Cavaliers.

Nov. 27, 2013 @ 06:14 AM

Raiders end dream season with National Championship

The 5/6 Rutherfordton Raiders had a season to remember in 2013.

These "Tiny Mites" not only won every game they played en route to a league championship and an 11-0 record, they left no doubt of their dominance outscoring opponents a combined 348-6.

Nov. 17, 2013 @ 06:07 AM

Not-so-secret weapon

For anyone who’s stumbled upon a Thomas Jefferson youth football game, you probably noticed No. 21 scoring touchdowns like Walter Payton and racking up tackles like Brian Urlacher. You may have also noticed the long, blonde ponytail flowing out of the back of the player’s helmet.

Oct. 31, 2013 @ 06:28 AM

Knights lose Tri-County crown to Shelby, 26-12

RS Middle football needed one more win to cap a dream season and earn the title of Tri-County Champion, but the Blue Devils of Shelby Middle stood in its way and downed the Knights, 26-12, Wednesday night at Shelby High School. The Knights failed to find an answer for the Shelby rushing attack that controlled the clock while putting points on the board.


Oct. 13, 2013 @ 07:31 AM

Forest City Cavaliers sweep Chase

Forest City and its handful of youth football teams hosted county rival Chase Saturday afternoon at East Rutherford High School. 

Sep. 29, 2013 @ 06:07 AM

Rutherfordton Raiders football photos

The 7/8 Rutherfordton Raiders took on the Cherryville Ironmen Saturday afternoon at R-S Central High School in youth football action.

Aug. 20, 2013 @ 09:03 PM

Babe Ruth League continuing sign-ups

Rutherford County's new Babe Ruth League is holding sign-ups Wednesday and Friday night from 6-9 p.m. at the MVP baseball complex at 410 Oak Street extension.

The League is offering teeball, softball and baseball. Sign-up cost for one child is $35 while a family of two or more children is $45 per family.

Aug. 09, 2013 @ 04:40 AM

Returning the favor

Aug. 07, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

Rutherfordton set to welcome home 50/70 All-Stars

For over a week the citizens of Rutherford County supported the Rutherfordton-Chase 50/70 All-Stars from over 2,600 miles away as they played in the Intermediate World Series in Livermore, Calif. Tonight they’ll get a chance to show their support in person.

Aug. 07, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

Where do we go from here?

It was fun, but the World Series trip is over for the Rutherfordton-Chase 50/70 All-Stars. They loaded a charter bus and headed for the airport early Tuesday morning en route back to Rutherford County.


Aug. 04, 2013 @ 06:08 AM

What I learned in California

When I learned that I was traveling to California to cover the local 50/70 All-Stars as they played in the Intermediate World Series, I could have never predicted what I experienced and learned this week. It would take me hours to talk about my entire trip, so I’ll just walk through some highlights.

Aug. 03, 2013 @ 02:03 PM

50/70 All-Stars close tournament with win over Canada

All week as the Rutherfordton-Chase 50/70 All-Stars prepared for game action, regardless of whether it be on the field, the batting cages or team huddles, head coach Curtis Snethen preached the importance of finishing strong.

Aug. 02, 2013 @ 03:35 AM


The Rutherfordton-Chase 50/70 All-Stars lost a heartbreaker to the Central representatives, 5-4, Thursday night in the Intermediate World Series in Livermore, Calif.

Aug. 01, 2013 @ 05:50 PM

Meet the Southeast team

Meet the Southeast team

Aug. 01, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Southeast stunned by Southwest

After watching the Southwest team narrowly defeat the East representatives on Monday afternoon, the Rutherfordton-Chase 50/70 All-Stars (representing the Southeast) got their crack at the boys from Houston, Texas.  And the normally offensive-minded Southeast squad got just two hits and fell to the Southwest, 12-1, in five innings.