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The Watauga High boy's and girl's swimming teams officially opened their respective seasons Wednesday night in Valdese.

The Panthers play a must-win game against the Saints; the SBC title is on the line when Arkansas State travels to No. 25 Troy; a wide receivers leaves Oregon to turn pro in something else....

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama named former North Carolina guard Michael Jordan as among 21 people he plans to recognize with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Jordan will join his mentor, former Tar Heel head coach Dean Smith, as recipients of the award. Smith won the award in 2013.

A top 25 recruit is ineligible for the upcoming high school season, and Johnny Manziel reaches an agreement over his domestic violence case....

BOONE - It's been a while since the Watauga High football team last won a state playoff game.