GREENVILLE, N.C. — Last weekend, Oct. 24-25, the Ashe Panthers from Ashe County competed in the North Carolina Senior Games on the campus of East Carolina University.
On Saturday, the team finished the day with two wins and two losses, good enough to advance them to the Medal Round.
On Sunday, the Panthers lost their opening game, missing out on an opportunity to play for the gold. However, they won their second and final game of the day which earned them the Bronze Medal for the 55-59 age group.
This is the third year for the Ashe Panthers to compete in the North Carolina Senior Games and this is the first time they have made it to the Medal Round and the first time they have won a medal.
The Team qualified for the state finals by advancing in the High Country Games held during the summer of 2015. The Panthers then played a total of six games in two days in Greenville, finishing 3-3. The Ashe Panthers’ posted one of the strongest defensive efforts of all the teams at the Games, holding opponents to a combined average of under 25 points per contest.
Team members included Ronnie Bare, Richard Hamby, Darrell Poe, Kim Koontz, Michael Kurtz, Larry Sheets, Dan Weaver, and Rick Zachary.
The Ashe Panthers wish to thank family and friends for all their support and they would like to dedicate the N.C. Senior Games Bronze Medal to the wonderful citizens of Ashe County.