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Motivation is the key to success for Montreat cross country

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October 26, 2017

Jason Lewkowicz is a top-notch builder.  But he doesn’t use bricks and mortar in his trade.  Instead he builds people and in turn successful cross country programs.  Now in his third season as the head cross country coach at Montreat College, Lewkowicz is beginning to see the fruits of…


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Leading and Coaching with Purpose

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October 19, 2017

Several years ago, Joe Johnson moved his family from the plains of Kansas to the mountains of North Carolina to take over the reins of the athletic department at a small but growing school in the Swannanoa Valley.  Now in his 14th year as athletic director at Asheville Christian…


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Back to Back Titles for ACA

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November 9, 2016

Winning a state title isn’t easy but winning back to back titles is one of the hardest things to do in sports.  Just ask ACA head soccer coach, Terry Hughes, whose team accomplished the back to back championship journey over the weekend in a 3-2 overtime thriller against Coastal…


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Must watch sports documentaries on Netflix

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August 12, 2016

I love the story of sport and documentaries are a great way to dig deeper and learn more about how sport impacts the world around us.  Here are a few I would recommend checking out.  Just plug these into your search window on Netflix and enjoy.
Hitler’s Olympics – …


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Saying Good-bye to Turner Field

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August 3, 2016

Growing up as a baseball fan here in North Carolina there really was only one choice when it came to choosing a favorite team.  For the longest time the Atlanta Braves were were the only show in town.  You could tune into TBS and watch each Braves game from…


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NCAA Champ Reflects on winning and running

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July 26, 2016

Not many people can say that they have won a NCAA Division I national championships.  That’s not the case for former Asheville Christian Academy graduate, Whitney Thornburg. 
Back in the fall her University of New Mexico cross country team ran away with the NCAA title in dominating fashion.  In…


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Four things I did to finally start living healthy

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July 22, 2016

Several months ago I peered into the mirror and was frustrated with the reflection.  I saw a man in his early forties who was 20 pounds overweight, lived on trips to McDonalds and other sordid restaurants, and who couldn’t run a 5k if his life depended on it. 
After…


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Five sports books to add to your summer reading list

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July 11, 2016

One of my morning rituals is to grab a cup of hot tea and head out on my deck.  I’ll prop my feet up on the railing, place my tea beside me and start turning the pages of one of the books on my reading list.  Here are a…


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8 stats you need to know about youth sports

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June 27, 2016

Last week I wrote about a little league all star softball team (they won their district tournament by the way) and that got me thinking more about youth sports and the impact they have on kids and families.
I did a little research and ran across a 2015 report…


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All Star Action Hits the Swannanoa Valley

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June 22, 2016

The Major League Baseball All Star game is still three weeks away but here in the Swannanoa Valley the All Star game action is happening now.  The bats at these local games are a little shorter.  The players wear more hair bows and ribbons too but the love of…

Jonathan Bennett
Black Mountain, NC

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