Pete Zamplas

Shrine Bowlers Manuel, Guest, Adams Shine

The 87th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas last Saturday had five participants from western North Carolina, as the mountains continued its part in the prestigious all-star classic at the new (2019) Spartanburg High School.

Pat’s Dancers Electrify FRP Christmas Show

Pat’s School of Dance is in full gear in coming months by performing in a local Christmas show, at a college football bowl game, in regional competitions, then in a summer cruise.

A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas Sparkles for Another Week

The official state playhouse’s 17th annual holiday variety show helps close 2023 in grand style.

Tennis Lady Cats Five-peat, Pacing Fall Squads

Two state titles and a few deep playoff drives highlight local high school teams, while WNC’s football rushing leader has an impressive individual feat.

West Reigns as WNC’s All-Around Athletic Best in 3A

West Henderson rates as the most prolific 3A school in the mountains and third statewide in 2022-23 in terms of its various teams advancing far in state playoffs, while Owen was seventh best among all 2A schools.

ACR Alum Rico Dowdle Scores TD on Thanksgiving

Former A.C. Reynolds rushing superstar Rico Dowdle is emerging on “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys, while Asheville’s Eku Leota now plays for the home state Charlotte Panthers.

Blues Repeat as State Champs; Falcons Bow Out

West Henderson’s best-ever football season ended with a loss at Hickory in round four on Friday, but there is a local state gridiron champion in the Asheville School Blues.

Enka, Owen Soccer Seasons End in State Semifinals

Both Enka in 3A and reigning 2A state champion Owen won four playoff matches before falling in regional finals last week.

Best Ever: Unbeaten Falcons Win 13th, Three Rounds

West Henderson won last Friday to set varsity football program records with its 13th victory, 13th in a row, and by winning three playoff rounds.

Soccer Warhorses, Jets on Warpath

Owen Warhorses strive to repeat as state 2A soccer champions this week, while Erwin Warriors try to upset the 3A top seed.