Sports

The Freedom High boys' basketball team closed out its season by winning the NCHSAA Class 3A state championship Saturday night at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Appalachian State University baseball team recorded its first shutout of the season on Saturday, blanking Kent State 8-0 at Patriots Point Park in Mount Pleasant, N.C.

Lees-McRae sophomore Brady Markle notched a team-high 11 kills, but LMC fell to No. 13 Ball State, 19-25, 19-25, 29-27, 3-25, in its final non-conference match of the year at Worthen Arena in Muncie, Ind.

The Appalachian State University softball team earned a split with Chattanooga in the Southern Conference opener for both teams on Saturday. The Mountaineers also saw their lengthy home-field

The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (20-5, 2-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday by sweeping Anderson (20-6, 0-2), 6-5 and 12-1, at Smethers Field. With the sweep, the Bears increased