When Maiden needed points the most, Hannah Martin came through in the clutch.
Tied in the third game of the Blue Devilsâ€™ volleyball match against South Iredell on Wednesday, she was able to serve successfully against the Vikings.
Martinâ€™s serving enabled her team build a two-point cushion, giving them enough distance to win the game and match, 25-19, 25-14, 25-21.
â€śWe battled back when we needed toâ€ť said Maiden coach Marsha Davis. â€śEven though we got down in the third game, we still came back. They worked hard and put balls down when they needed to.â€ť
It is four hours before the 98th Hickory American Legion Fair opens, and the Midway is rather quiet.
Maroon flags flutter and flap atop an intimidating 50-foot high â€śride,â€ť and a worker pounds a hammer against metal underneath a menacing â€śHimalayaâ€ť tilt-a-whirl.
The fair is back.
However before boys and girls, moms and dads, line the fairâ€™s many entertainment avenues off U.S. 70, a normally unseen group of workers set up the rides, food stands and carnival games that make the fair what it is year in and year out.