Sports

The Asheville Tourists played long ball Friday night, they jumped out to an early lead, and they blasted Hickory 9-2 at L.P. Fran Stadium. Asheville's offense, powered by a pair of two-run homers by David Dahl in the first inning and Ryan McMahon in the third, staked the Tourists (5-4) to an early 5-0 lead. Starting pitcher David

Gabe Logan of the Freedom High boys' basketball team was the only Burke County basketball player to be named to the all-state team by NCPreps.com.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (14-28, 8-18) won its third straight game for the first time this season in a 13-3 victory over Mars Hill (16-24, 9-13) Friday night in a South Atlantic Conference contest at Bears Field.

And it wasn't what Watauga High girls' soccer coach Brittany Bolick expected.

A busy week for Appalachian State University men’s basketball included not only the hiring of Jim Fox as the school’s 16th head coach, but also marked the next stage in Michael Obacha’s (Edo State, Nigeria/High Point Christian) journey to bring shoes to impoverished children in Nigeria.