Sports & Recreation

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Halftime Heros

Whether their team is winning or losing, marching bands at historically black colleges keep the fans on their feet.
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A Guide to North Carolina’s College Mascots

The only way we could get this motley crew of birds, beasts, and men to pose together was to illustrate them. But the rivalries between these Division I good luck charms are good-natured — we think.
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Saturday Spirit

Food and football give us a reason to gather. But the essence of tailgating is something deeper.
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Q&A with Taylor Mathis

Taylor Mathis, food photographer and the blogger behind Taylor Takes a Taste, attended 35 football tailgates in 16 states between 2010 and 2012, including nine games in North Carolina. With his newfound knowledge, he wrote the (cook)book on tailgating in the South.
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An Illuminating Personality: Pyrotechnician Jeff Hale

With a playful love of fireworks and a meticulous process, pyrotechnician Jeff Hale creates magic in the sky with his dazzling displays.
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Beach Ball: The Morehead City Marlins

College baseball players from across the country come to small Southern towns like Morehead City for a taste of the big leagues.
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Walking Through the Hall with a Legend

The achievements chronicled at the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame elicit “Where were you?” queries from older generations, and “Who’s that?” exclamations from young fans. Coach Bill Guthridge has an answer to both questions: That’s him on the sidelines.
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Oceanside Divide

A small strip of land near Wilmington entertained thousands of visitors — some famous — during the Jim Crow era in North Carolina.
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Friday Frame of Mind

Bowlers say they’re after perfection: the elusive 300 game. But what brings them back to the alley week after week isn’t bragging rights; it’s friends, family, and the satisfaction that comes from watching that 10th pin fall.
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Vintage Bicycles in Reidsville

In Reidsville, a beloved mode of transportation is restored and polished to a shine.
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