On Jan. 25, I celebrated another birthday the way I like best – with another hike. My hiking buddies and I decided to go to Raven Rock State Park, my first time hiking there and the first time for most of them as well. We met at the park at 10 a.m. and decided to hike the Raven Rock Loop tra…

A little too late – that was the downfall of the Montgomery Central Timberwolves’ men’s basketball team when they hosted the Anson Bearcats Jan. 28 at The Nest. The Timberwolves entered the fourth quarter down by almost 20 points. Senior Keyshon Ingram took over the game for the Timberwolves…

Friday night before the final Miss Aquila in East Montgomery High School history would be named, the Montgomery Central Timberwolves’ ladies’ basketball team hoped to find a road map back to the ways of winning. After a rough January and having lost eight in a row, they hosted the CATA Cardi…

Old rivalries might become a thing of the past for the 3A Montgomery Central Timberwolves wrestling team. Currently, some of the 1A schools that East and West Montgomery battled annually still hold a sense of rivalry. When wrestling coach Michael Maness and his Timberwolves traveled to South…

The final Miss Aquila took place Friday night at East Montgomery High School when the Montgomery Central Timberwolves hosted the CATA Cardinals in basketball. On the court, the Timberwolves’ men were looking to get their second Rocky River Conference victory. In their most dominating perform…

Although this past week has been cold, before you know it spring will be upon us. I’d like to share some of my favorite hikes for springtime in promise of the soon-to-be warmer weather. There are lots of great places in the Uwharries to hike any time of year, but these five trails are partic…

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On Jan. 25, I celebrated another birthday the way I like best – with another hike. My hiking buddies and I decided to go to Raven Rock State Park, my first time hiking there and the first time for most of them as well. We met at the park at 10 a.m. and decided to hike the Raven Rock Loop tra…

Mama has a knack for finding four-leaf clovers.  We’ll be strolling along, chatting, and suddenly she’ll stoop down and pluck one.  She doesn’t even break stride to stop and search – they just jump out at her.  She doesn’t focus on finding the oddity.  Instead, she casts her gaze across the …

The Montgomery Central Timberwolves’ swim team had a great first year, particularly the men’s team. Head coach, Jason Hensley, who was the 2019 – 2020 Rocky River Conference Coach of the Year, coached the West Montgomery Warriors last year and had two relay teams make the regional. This year…

A little too late – that was the downfall of the Montgomery Central Timberwolves’ men’s basketball team when they hosted the Anson Bearcats Jan. 28 at The Nest. The Timberwolves entered the fourth quarter down by almost 20 points. Senior Keyshon Ingram took over the game for the Timberwolves…

Friday night before the final Miss Aquila in East Montgomery High School history would be named, the Montgomery Central Timberwolves’ ladies’ basketball team hoped to find a road map back to the ways of winning. After a rough January and having lost eight in a row, they hosted the CATA Cardi…

Old rivalries might become a thing of the past for the 3A Montgomery Central Timberwolves wrestling team. Currently, some of the 1A schools that East and West Montgomery battled annually still hold a sense of rivalry. When wrestling coach Michael Maness and his Timberwolves traveled to South…

The final Miss Aquila took place Friday night at East Montgomery High School when the Montgomery Central Timberwolves hosted the CATA Cardinals in basketball. On the court, the Timberwolves’ men were looking to get their second Rocky River Conference victory. In their most dominating perform…

Although this past week has been cold, before you know it spring will be upon us. I’d like to share some of my favorite hikes for springtime in promise of the soon-to-be warmer weather. There are lots of great places in the Uwharries to hike any time of year, but these five trails are partic…

Weekends have become trophy day for the Montgomery Central Timberwolves wrestling team in 2020. The grapplers made the long road trip to Tarboro Jan. 18 to compete in the Tarboro Invitational where 13 teams gathered for a day of wrestling. When the team totals were tallied, the Timberwolves …

UNDEFEATED FOR THE DAY - Senior Nic King of the Timberwolves has not lost a match since November, his only Loss. He has his opponent from Albemarle in position for another pin. 

WHAT NEXT COACH - Right, Ivan Jaimes looks to his coaches for guidance while the referee keeps a close eye on the action. 

BEST LIGHTWEIGHT WRESTLER - Above, Freshman Aldo Hernandez shows the skills that allowed him to go undefeated for the day and take home some hardware.

LOOKS CAN FOOL YOU - Evelyn Reyes cuddles her daughter Alynah. Alynah, who doesn't look like the wrestling type, wanted to get on the wrestling mats, but mom said not yet, but one day for sure. 

LADIES CAN WRESTLE - Jamira Jackson of Montgomery Central shows she’s got what it takes, getting the upper hand on one of her opponents. 

CRITICAL MATCH - Michael Perry of the Timberwolves won the final match for his team, giving them the win and third place. 

WORKING HARD - Zac Lucas of the Timberwolves has little wrestling experience, but has the heart of a champion. 

FACE OF DETERMINATION - Robert Moody of the Timberwolves shows his intensity against his opponent. 

Swimming has never been the go-to sport at the local high schools. That is changing. 

Traditions are important in high school athletics. Montgomery Central Timberwolves’ wrestling coach, Michael Maness, is keeping the tradition of having a duals wrestling tournament intact in the county.

On Saturday, two friends and I decided to do the loop trail in the Birkheads. This hike is about seven miles in length and consists of the Robbins Branch Trail, the Birkhead Trail (also part of the historic Uwharrie Trail), and the Hannah’s Creek Trail. 

The Montgomery Central Lady Timberwolves were looking to keep their Rocky River Conference record unblemished when they hosted the Forest Hills Yellow Jackets Jan 7. The Lady Timberwolves found the Yellow Jackets to be a formidable opponent, losing 65 – 46. 

On the Saturday before Christmas, two friends and I,  plus their two dogs, hiked at Morrow Mountain State Park. We parked at the Bridle Trail parking area just to the right after the entrance gate, and hiked the Sugarloaf Trail to the Morrow Mountain Trail. This trail has some ups and downs,…

thletes, coaches and fans alike got a different kind of gift a couple of days after Christmas. Randy Jordan, the Montgomery Central Timberwolves’ men’s basketball coach, invited a team from Australia to play in the 2019 Timberwolves Holiday Classic, which was played at West Montgomery Dec. 2…

The ladies’ tournament was a round robin with no trophies being presented at the end. Montgomery Central, Australia, Anson County and Christ the King participated with each team playing twice. Montgomery Central and Anson did not play each other because they are both in the Rocky River Confe…

TIMBERWOLVES AND STORM MEN - Sitting from left, Bradie Ryan, Demonte Reza, Saxon Copeland, Jaynel Lilly, Josh Miles, Wesley Myrick and Dillion Freeman. Kneeling, Bailey Prato, Max MacieJewski, Max Lacy, Ethan Ottosen-I, T.J. Parter, Billy Griffin, Preston Little and Rory Hamilton. Standing, …

LADY TIMBERWOLVES AND STORM - Front row from left, Carmen Calloway, Piper Copeland, Olivia Ryan, Eliza Haugh, Molly Seller, D’Zyre Collins and Brooke Chappell. Back row, Kamya Stevenson, Stephany Jimenez, Summer Field, Kaliyah Ratliff-Wall, Isla Fogg, Pheope Calverly, Olivia Osborne, Leah Jo…

Join the Uwharrie Trailblazers for a walk to the historic Russell mine, a presentation by Gary Freeze, noted historian of the Uwharries, and the annual meeting and chili lunch. You can also just come for lunch if that suits your schedule.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct a public hearing in Albemarle on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. to accept comments on proposed changes to agency regulations related to wildlife management, inland fisheries and game lands for the 2020-2021 seasons. The public hearing will be held at the…

Most people who hike trails don’t typically take time to think about how they came about or how they are maintained, but at least in the Uwharries, most of this is done by the efforts of dedicated volunteers. The Uwharrie Trailblazers trail club hits the trails every second Saturday of the m…

On Dec. 14, Montgomery Central Timberwolves’ wrestling team traveled to Bishop McGuinness High School to compete in the Nick Sgroi Memorial Invitational. Nine teams were in attendance.  Facing some of the toughest competition of the season, the Timberwolves had a solid showing, finishing in …

The Lady Timberwolves of Montgomery Central lost their second overtime game of the season on Dec 13. Having traveled to Eden Morehead, the Lady Timberwolves were down by seven points with just over 30 seconds to play. Three consecutive steals led to a trey by Abby Jean Hurley and two more ba…

The 2019 Fall Rocky River All-Conference selectees have been released and the Montgomery Central Timberwolves had 16 student athletes named to the various All-Conference teams and 14 made honorable mention. 

The Montgomery Central Timberwolves split their two games last week. On Dec. 11, the Union Pines Vikings struggled against the Timberwolves. Senior Keyshon Ingram had a season-high 30 points as he led the Timberwolves to an 80 – 69 victory. 

Injuries can often be the difference between winning and losing. On Nov. 26, the Montgomery Central Lady Timberwolves hosted their first game of the season when the Concord Spiders visited the War Zone at West Montgomery. Sophomore point guard Kaliyah Wall of the Lady Timberwolves fell victi…

The Montgomery Central Timberwolves men’s swim team set the standard at their first meet Nov. 22 at the Stanly County YMCA. The Timberwolves took the starting block and swam their way to a first-place finish against two Stanly County squads. The North Stanly Comets were the host team, and th…

Montgomery Central wrestling opened up its season at North Stanly on Nov. 20. Three teams met at North Stanly High School and the Timberwolves split the matches. Against the host Comets, the Timberwolves dominated the mats with a 63 – 12 win.

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This past week, I was able to go on two hikes and went deer hunting for the first time in a couple years. On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, it was forecasted to rain, and most of my hiking buddies did not want to brave the weather. However one of my friends and myself were still game, so …

It took about one quarter for the Montgomery Central Lady Timberwolves to “get comfortable” in their season-opening basketball game against the Albemarle Bulldogs on Nov. 19. Once the Lady Wolves found that comfort zone, they came back from a five-point deficit in the first quarter to take a…

This past Saturday, two friends and I went for a hike in the Birkhead Wilderness Area. We met at Tot Hill Trailhead and hiked in to where it intersects the Robbins Branch Trailhead, then turned around and retraced our steps – all in all about a 5-mile trip. It was a blustery day, but thankfu…

 Basketball fans can stay ahead of the game. Listen to John and Johnathan Inman as they talk to Montgomery Central Timberwolves men’s head basketball coach, Randy Jordan, on the John and John with Coach J basketball feature. 

On Nov. 2, a couple of friends and I took a hike at the Highway 24/27 trailhead. It was a cold morning and the opening day of muzzleloader season, so there were a lot of vehicles parked on the side of the road on public land where hunters were eager to find a deer. We wore our orange so as t…

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) are excited to announce the recent purchase of 2,463 acres including 45 miles of shoreline along the Yadkin and South Yadkin Rivers in Davie, Davidson and Rowan counties.

The 2019-2020 Montgomery Central Lady Timberwolves’ basketball team should be interesting. A new head coach, William Hunter, takes over the first-year program and so far, he likes what he sees. “We’ve made final cuts and have nine varsity players and 10 JV players,” Hunter noted. Although th…

Hearing or seeing more coyotes these days? You’re not alone, say biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. According to them, it is common for North Carolinians to report seeing and hearing coyotes more often in October and November.

The 2019 fall sport season is over. I must say that the administrators, coaches, parents, but most of all the student/athletes, did an amazing job. The logistics were a concern for me when they decided to combine the two high schools a year early for athletics. Getting students from one of t…

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Danasia Dumas graduated from West Montgomery in 2015. She grew up in Mt. Gilead. Her basketball career began at a young age. According to Dumas, she was playing AAU basketball in Fayetteville while in the fifth-grade. She continued playing AAU at various levels throughout her life, playing i…

It was a long, tough season for the Montgomery Central Timberwolves. A tough schedule combined with many other factors prevented the Timberwolves from making the 3A playoffs in their inaugural season. Friday night they played their final game of the 2019 season when they traveled to Albemarl…