The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 2021-22 Academic Honor Roll on Friday, recognizing more than 5,500 student-athletes for classroom excellence during the most recent academic year.

Walker McDuffie and Kale Scruggs helped rally their team from an opening-day loss at the BODYARMOR State Games of North Carolina, but with the gold medal within Region 4’s grasp on Friday night, Mother Nature took their chance away.

The BODYARMOR State Games of North Carolina didn’t start out well for the Region 4 team, which features two players each from Lee County and Southern Lee high schools, along with Lee head coach Jevon Wade as an assistant coach.

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The respect that other teams have for Lee County standout Dylan Kelly was clear when the junior catcher was named Offensive Player of the Year for the Sandhills Athletic Conference, even though the Yellow Jackets were a 3A team in a split 3A/4A conference and two other schools won all of the…

A banner inaugural season for the Sandhills Athletic Conference in baseball ended when SAC regular-season co-champion and tournament champion Pinecrest went all the way to the 4A state championship series before settling for state runner-up honors.

The North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association has named its All-Region and All-State teams for the 2022 women’s soccer season, and more accolades have come down for local players.

Gillian Garrison was only a sophomore on Lee County’s women’s soccer team this spring, but no one in the Sandhills Athletic Conference was more dangerous to opposing defenses if she got the ball with room to operate. Or, as many teams found out, even if you double-marked her.

Talk about a comeback season. It would be hard to top the one that the Central Carolina Community College women’s cross country program put on during the 2021-22 academic year.

The 2022 women’s soccer season came to an end for Lee County with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of West Carteret in the first round of the NCHSAA 3A state playoffs Tuesday night.

Bragging rights for women’s soccer in the first year of the Sandhills Athletic Conference will belong to Union Pines.

Ridgecroft School knew very quickly that it wasn’t a match for top-ranked Grace Christian School in Thursday’s NCISAA 1A women’s soccer quarterfinals.

Toward the end of the season, the Lee County soccer team was able to zero in on the competition, in more ways than one. The Lady Jackets scored shutouts in their final two contests, and three of their last four.

For three innings, it looked like business as usual for Lee County’s baseball team. Then the Yellow Jackets lost the script at the worst possible time.

Threatening skies were the order of the day on Friday morning and afternoon, and before the day was out, every scheduled event had been either cancelled or postponed by local school administrators.

Lee County’s charge up the Sandhills Athletic Conference standings in the last month of the regular season ended up one game short of the conference title.