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February 29th

Tigers outlast Bears on diamond in 11 innings

February 29, 2012

There was no shortage of runs Wednesday between Fred T. Foard and Bunker Hill on the baseball diamond.

In spite of that offense, a wild pitch by the Bears’ Justin Aiken allowed Foard’s Jordan Fulbright to score, giving the Tigers an 11-10 win in Claremont.

“It was all heart,” said Foard coach Channon Vogel. “These guys just fight and never give up. In our first game this year against Shelby, we were down three runs with two outs in the seventh inning. We came back and won that game. I knew if we stayed in this game, we’d find a way to win.”

PREP NOTEBOOK: Maiden's Callahan no-hits Wolves

February 29, 2012

Behind a no-hitter thrown by pitcher Hannah Callahan, the Maiden girls softball team earned a 11-0 victory on the diamond against Lincolnton on Wednesday.

Emily Crouse led the Lady Blue Devils (1-0) offensively, going 2-3 from the plate with a pair of doubles.

Callahan struck out 10 Lincolnton batters and walked two in her no-hit performance.

Maiden plays again today at 6 p.m. when it travels to Ashbrook.

Boys tennis

Lincolnton 7, Bunker Hill 2

Singles

Bucs beat Guilford in regular-season finale

February 29, 2012

The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team ended its regular season Wednesday night with a 78-68 win over Guilford Technical Community College at the Tarlton Complex.

Guilford (10-19, 4-11) pressured CVCC (14-16, 8-8) into a number of early turnovers. The Titans took an 11-10 lead within the first 10 minutes on a lay-up by sophomore guard DeAndre Gandy.

That marked the Titan's only lead of the game.

Freshman guard Preston Earle helped to grow CVCC's lead to 30-16 on a three-pointer with 3:52 left in the first half. The Bucs carried a 37-29 lead into the locker room.

Catawba residents file for state posts

February 29, 2012

Several local officials are running for state office.

Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright filed for the office of N.C. state auditor on Wednesday, the last day of filing for state and local offices.

Wright has served as Hickory’s mayor since 2001 and was even voted America’s best mayor recently in a U.S. contest. Before taking office as mayor, Wright was a CPA for 24 years.

“I think that I’ve got a skill set that would serve you well in the state auditor position. That’s why I decided to run for state auditor,” Wright said.

Five commissioner candidates file

February 29, 2012

The race for two seats on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners looks to be interesting this fall, as five candidates have filed for office.

Republican incumbents Barbara Beatty and Dan Hunsucker will face three new challengers this election season from both the Republican and Democratic parties.

SIR focuses on aging population

February 29, 2012

For Catawba County's population, going gray isn't a gradual transition — it's becoming a booming shift.

In the past 10 years, the county's population of "Baby Boomers" and those in older generations is growing wildly. Census 2010 data revealed the population of residents ages 55-59 increased almost 36 percent in 10 years.

For those in the 60-64 age bracket the population growth during the past decade has been 62 percent. In the population between ages 65 and 74, the growth has been 28 percent.

February 28th

Todd Church fans 10 batters in Red Devil's win

February 28, 2012

After winning three baseball games a season ago, Newton-Conover started its season on the diamond with a victory Wednesday.

Behind a 10-strikeout performance from pitcher Todd Church and two RBIs each from Parker Sigmon, Tyler Sawyer and Caleb Jones, the Red Devils came away with an 8-1 win at home against Freedom.

“We hit the ball, caught the ball and pitched well. Good things happened,” said N-C baseball coach Corey Nunley. “We made one error. I don’t know how many hits we had, but when you put runners on and get them around the bases like we did, good things are going to happen.”

PREP NOTEBOOK: Foard's Shubert throws two-hitter

February 28, 2012

Fred T. Foard's Lexi Shubert threw a two-hitter against West Wilkes on Tuesday, striking out eight batters in the Lady Tiger's 11-1 victory.

Shubert and teammate Olivia Purvis led Foard (1-0) with two hits each. Purvis had a pair of doubles and three RBIs.

Foard's Addison Bolick and Ashley Oliver each had home runs in the game, including a two-run homer by Bolick in the fifth inning and a solo bomb by Oliver in the first inning.

Girls soccer

Bandys 2, North Iredell 1

NASCAR says Keselowski can keep phone in car

February 28, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR said Tuesday Brad Keselowski can keep his cellphone in his race car during events, and all drivers are encouraged to use social media.

Keselowski drew worldwide attention for posting on Twitter during a red-flag period in Monday night's season-opening Daytona 500. He posted pictures, answered questions and kept fans informed of what was happening during the stoppage that lasted just over two hours.

The tweeting gained Keselowski roughly 140,000 followers during the race.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

February 28, 2012

This photo of Kaiden, Barry and Xavier McMurtry is The O-N-E photo of the week.

Barry, a U.S. Army soldier, returned from Afghanistan and surprised his sons at Mountain View Elementary, where Kaiden is in kindergarten and Xavier is in second grade.

Visit observernewsonline.com every Wednesday for a new photo of the week. Email photo suggestions and news tips to onenews@observernewsonline.com

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