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CHARLOTTE — UNC Charlotte has supported a volleyball program since 1974, a 48-year history that has transcended four different conferences and featured multiple all-conference standouts.

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PETERSBURG, Va. — Carlos Fields spent his playing days as a linebacker, directing defenses on the field and reading opposing offenses. Now the 31-year-old will be leading defenses and attacking offenses in a different capacity, as the new defensive coordinator at Virginia State University.

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J.F. Webb quarterback Braden Cooper (16) sets off on a touchdown run during the Warriors’ 2021 game with Carrboro. Cooper figures to be a key to the team’s fortunes in new head coach Elijah Sessoms’ first season at Webb.

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OXFORD — First impressions shape the way you are viewed and treated, especially as the leader of high school athletes.

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WARRENTON — Warren County Parks and Recreation is offering a new “Smart Soccer” program for ages 3-5. The program is a parent/child instructional program led by an instructor once a week for six weeks at the Warren County Recreation Complex.

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HENDERSON — Javonte Waverly is a household name in Vance County, having led Henderson Collegiate to a share of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A men’s basketball championship in 2020, the school’s first state title on the hardwood.

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HENDERSON — Earlier this year, the National Federation of State High School Associations updated and implemented rule changes for high school football, focusing on player safety and sportsmanship.

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HENDERSON — Eddie Hicks didn’t get a piece of Fox Pond Park named after him Friday just because he was a great football player. He’s been an active member of the community for decades now, perhaps best known for his tireless efforts as a Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department professional.

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HENDERSON — The new Vance County football regime made sure to mix in a little fun during its team camp, held on campus Monday through Wednesday.

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CHAPEL HILL — The Vance County High School varsity cheerleaders attended the Universal Cheerleaders Association Spirit Xpress Camp on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill July 22-24, winning a pair of team honors as three student-athletes earned the right to travel to Hawaii as All-Americans.

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HENDERSON — Friday’s inaugural Vance County High School Youth Football Camp offered a glimpse of the type of program first-year Vipers head coach Aaron Elliott is building: an inclusive one involving all levels of county football players.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Crossroads Christian volleyball team returned from Liberty University’s four-day team camp and skills clinic Thursday with good reason to be excited about the upcoming fall season.

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DURHAM — The dynamic of Tri-County sports has changed greatly over the last decade or so, but the Vance Aquatics Barracudas’ annual participation in the Durham Summer Swim League Championships has remained a constant for much longer than 10 years.

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The Vance Aquatics Club is set to compete in the Durham Summer Swim League Championship Meet Saturday at Cary's Triangle Aquatic Center. The big postseason meet follows a 4-1 regular season for the VAC Barracudas, who will have three age groups represented in Cary from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find …

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HENDERSON — Twenty-one young people from our community have a chance to participate in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.

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HENDERSON — Only four players across three classifications in the Eastern region of the state were named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American for the 2022 N.C. High School Athletic Association season.

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HENDERSON — With a nickname like “Cotton,” Lawrence Clayton wasn’t likely to be easily forgotten. But his elite prowess as both a high school and collegiate athlete have cemented his name in not only Vance County sports lore but on a statewide level and beyond.

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Crossroads Christian held its Second Annual Give it All/Leave it All Alumni Basketball Game Friday night. The current Colts' men's basketball squad played head coach Scottie Richardson's alumni squad comprised of both former Crossroads and Neuse Christian players. The alumni team featured cu…

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Henderson Point hosted the 65th N.C. Governor’s Cup Regatta last weekend at Kerr Lake, as the Carolina Sailing Club welcomed 96 boats from around the country including the winning Weta sailboat skipper John Harrop, a San Diego, California native and current Murfreesboro, Tennessee resident. …

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HENDERSON — Seven-on-seven scrimmages won’t reveal terribly much about a football team as it relates to meaningful prognostication. But there’s something far more important Vance County’s new head football coach Aaron Elliott has already gained from the summer workouts that started two weeks ago.

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HENDERSON — The popularity of sailing clubs isn’t what it used to be when the sport experienced its heyday in the 1980s, but the N.C. Governor’s Cup Regatta is going as strong as ever, set to celebrate its 65th edition June 17-19 at Kerr Lake.

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HENDERSON — When the North Carolina and East Carolina baseball teams met earlier this season, a play at second base involving Tar Heels sophomore Colby Wilkerson drew an animated response from his brother Daniel Wilkerson.

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HENDERSON — On paper, it appears Vance County found exactly the type of leader it was looking for in Aaron Elliott, who was announced as the school’s head football coach last week.

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HENDERSON — Raymond Noel has a unique job in front of him as Vance County High’s new athletic director.

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OXFORD — The high school spring sports season is just barely in the rearview mirror but the Crossroads Christian and Oxford Prep men’s basketball teams took their first steps toward winter Thursday in a controlled scrimmage on the Griffins’ home floor.

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HENDERSON — Vance County High School announced Raymond Noel Thursday as its new athletic director, in the same week that Vance County Schools revealed Jacob “Aaron” Elliott as the Vipers’ new head football coach.

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HENDERSON — A pair of Vance Charter student-athletes earned conference Player of the Year distinctions for the spring, the school announced Wednesday, and another earned top honors for their position.

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HENDERSON — Vance County Schools announced on Wednesday the hiring of Jacob “Aaron” Elliott as Vance County High School’s new head football coach.

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OXFORD — If ever there was a moment that typifies the Vance Charter softball senior class, and especially Allie Bliss, it was a home run by Bliss on Saturday to tie the score against Bear Grass Charter in the bottom of the sixth inning.

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OXFORD — Junior pitcher Macy Bowen retired eight of the nine Vance Charter batters she faced Saturday in relief, leading the Bear Grass Charter softball team to a 5-4, series-clinching win in extra innings to secure the Lady Bears’ first-ever trip to a state championship.

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WILLIAMSTON — Vance Charter was defeated Wednesday 3-1 on the road at Bear Grass Charter in the first game of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A East Region softball final, which had originally been scheduled for Tuesday but moved because of inclement weather.

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HENDERSON — Vance Charter’s 2022 women’s soccer season came to an end Wednesday in the third round of the state 1A playoffs, with the Knights falling 2-0 to seventh-seeded Hobbton.

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HENDERSON — If you spot a Johnny’s Barbecue van in the Crossroads Christian parking lot, don’t get too excited if you’re looking for pork. There might not be BBQ available.

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HENDERSON — Inclement weather rearranged this week’s N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A playoff schedule for both the Vance Charter women’s soccer and softball teams.

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Henderson Collegiate senior Gregory Shoulders (center) gets a bit of reassurance from his sister and from basketball coach George Marshall (right) after choking up as he prepared to announce that he'll be attending N.C. A&T State University after graduating from the charter school next m…

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WARRENTON — Three athletes will represent Warren County Saturday in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A track and field championships at N.C. A&T.