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Ruth leads cross country team by example, sets course record at Fender’s Farm

Senior Preston Ruth has experienced a great deal of success this season both as a runner and as a leader. “Preston is a key leader,” Coach Ashley Powell said. “He is a good motivator in practice and meets, he gets everyone else pumped up.” Ruth made a big splash at the Fender’s Farm Festival this

Cross country veterans providing leadership for Powell’s first year as head coach

The Bearden Cross Country team has high hopes for this season. The Bulldogs plan look to their upperclassmen for leadership and improve on the previous season’s success. “We’ve got a group of six or seven guys that are pretty strong, and then the ones behind them are working hard too,” said Coach Ashley Powell, who

Bearden cross country important dates and information

Summer is approaching and with that comes the cross country preseason. Students interested in running cross country should see below for important dates and information for the preseason. Students looking to run cross country for Bearden next season should be running over the summer to develop a base prior to team practices. June 24 through July 8 is

Bearden track to celebrate life of former teammate with the David Shankles Mile

Bearden will host a mile run Thursday in honor of former student and track and cross country standout David Shankles. Shankles passed away after having a heart attack in October of 2017. While at Bearden, Shankles ran the mile for Bearden’s track team, so Coach Patty Thewes believed the best way to honor his legacy

Bearden cross country looking to start off season strong

Bearden’s cross country teams will kick off their seasons Aug. 26 at Oak Ridge High School. “If both boys and girls teams work hard and individually improve, it is a successful season,” head coach Patty Thewes said. The boys bring back their top runner from a year ago in senior Nathaniel Blalock. Last season, the boys placed fifth in

MAGAZINE: Road to recovery

As high school sports intensify, athletes get bigger, stronger, and faster. That makes for a more exciting experience for the fans, but it also makes those athletes more prone to injury. How are Bearden athletes coping with those risks and working to get back on the field?  Every high school athlete’s dream is to represent his

Cross country team sets important preseason dates

The Bearden cross country team has set important dates for its 2017 season. Optional summer practices for the cross country team start on July 11, and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays until July 24, when official practices start and will take place on every weekday. The third annual Bearden cross country mountain retreat will

Bearden Sports Performance of the Month Voting: September 2016

The nominees for Bearden High School’s sports performance of the month for September 2016 are below. Nathaniel Blalock Blalock was named captain of the cross country team and led the boys team to their first win of the season at the Oakes Farms Invite. Alex Dixon Dixon advanced to the state tournament in golf, shooting an average of

Powell places sixth in ITU World Triathlon Final

Bearden cross country and track coach Ashley Powell finished sixth in the 25-29 female age group at the ITU World Triathlon Finals on Thursday in Cozumel, Mexico. She posted a time of 2:17.51. Coach Powell was first in her age group among competitors from the United States.

Junior Blalock leads cross country on course, in recovery from injury

Nathaniel Blalock has found his happiness in leadership – both when he is competing and when he was unable to. “I do my best to set a standard of working hard,” the junior cross country runner said. Added cross country coach Patty Thewes: “He is the real deal when it comes to being a leader.” Blalock, the