Lee County made an 85-mile road trip on Saturday morning and played for the second time in less than 24 hours.

Barton College’s 2021 women’s soccer season came to the sort of end no one likes last Nov. 6. The Lady Bulldogs were locked in a tight Conference Carolinas Tournament showdown with North Greenville in which they had come from behind to tie the match at 3. However, they ended up coming up sho…

The first several days of any new year always find sports teams easing back into things, mainly due to exams, although COVID-19 remains a problem that has disrupted schedules as well.

Lee County wrestling returned to action on Wednesday night with a meet in Sandhills Athletic Conference play. It marked some of the toughest competition seen by the Yellow Jackets all season, as Lee took on Hoke County and then the top-ranked wrestling team in the East, Pinecrest.

Schedule changes for local sports teams due to COVID-19 seemed to be a thing of the past following several such changes at the start of the fall football season. However, a new variant of the virus has caused an increase in positive tests and a return to special protocols and schedule changes.

After an eventful winter break that saw a number of local teams competing both before and after Christmas, regular-season schedules resume this week, with a number of teams hitting the hardwood or the mats starting today.

Both Lee County basketball teams got a much-needed win on opening night of the Yellow Jacket Christmas Classic on Monday, but each finished the three-day tournament with a 1-2 record and a fourth-place finish after Wednesday’s games.

This wasn’t the semifinal everyone expected in the Yellow Jacket Christmas Classic, and for a while, Lee County had everyone thinking another surprise was possible. Then the roof caved in.

Lee County and Western Harnett aren’t conference rivals anymore, but they remain less than 17 miles apart, and fans of the two schools can still expect to see the Yellow Jackets and Eagles clash often.

Western Harnett isn’t a conference rival for Lee County and Southern Lee anymore, but it’s still a very short road trip for both. So it made perfect sense that the Eagles invited them both for a visit on Saturday as part of the school’s wrestling duals.

Through six games this season, Lee County’s women’s basketball team had not claimed a win, but the Lady Jackets had played hard. Typically, when a team keeps working at it, good outcomes eventually follow.

Lee County’s wrestling team was on the road and wrestling 4A teams Wednesday evening, but the Yellow Jackets earned a split in their visit to Raleigh’s Millbrook High School for a tri-meet.

There’s still more than three weeks left in the year, but Sandhills Athletic Conference play is already under way for several schools. Lee County hosted Union Pines on Tuesday night as both schools played their first-ever games as members of the SAC 3A/4A.

Basketball in the Sandhills Athletic Conference is in full swing and even spilled over into Saturday for a few teams in the league.

Wrestling season is only a week or two old for every team in the state, and some got a late start due to extended football seasons. But most teams are near full strength now, and Saturday’s Pinecrest Duals offered a test for many local teams.

Lee County opened the 2021-22 basketball season at Montgomery Central last week, and it didn’t go over well. After the Lady Jackets were basically run out of the gym, the men struggled to get the ball in the basket and fell by eight.

The football season in the Sandhills Athletic Conference ended last Friday with the elimination of Scotland County from the 3A state playoffs. The Fighting Scots were the last team standing in the postseason, falling to Rose in the fourth round. The conference’s coaches had agreed not to rel…

Lee County began its 2021-22 basketball seasons on Tuesday night, but came up short in two road contests at Montgomery Central High School.