Archive - Mar 2011 - Sports Article
Tied with Shelby and heading into doubles play, the Newton-Conover tennis team needed to win two matches to clinch the victory Thursday.
Not only did the Red Devils (14-2, 9-0) win two doubles matches, but they swept the second-ranked Golden Lions (9-2, 7-0) in decisive fashion.
Coming into the match, Newton-Conover was ranked No. 1 in the state in 2A tennis, while Shelby was No. 2.
With the last name Carpenter, working with pine was a natural fit.
However, these three Carpenters donâ€™t craft furniture or build gazebos.Â They build team chemistry, hammer home runs and saw down runners at the plate.Â
Carlee, Katie and Mike Carpenter share a close bond. The love of softball and family devotion. The Carpenter softball legacy started with Mike and his father.
â€śI always used to help my dad,â€ť Mike said. â€śI used to help him coach teams when I was not much out of high school. I always enjoyed coaching kids.â€ť
Just under 1,000 fans showed up at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory to witness Wake Forest and Appalachian State square off in college baseball.
The Demon Deacons scored six runs in the first four innings of the game to distance themselves and hold off a late rally by the Mountaineers to seal the victory.
Both coaches enjoyed their time in Hickory and Frans Stadium.
â€śWe love the ballpark here,â€ť said Wake Forest coach Tom Walter. â€śThis is old school and old-fashion baseball. We hopefully want to do this every year and continue to grow it.â€ť
Same school. New team.
Jonathan Tharpe is trading one basketball team for another at Newton-Conover.
He stepped down as the girls basketball coach to lead the boys basketball team.
Tharpe replaces Mark Carter, who is retiring from coaching and teaching at the school.
Hibriten knocked off previously unbeaten Fred T. Foard on Friday in one of the most unusual softball games.
The game featured a no-hitter through four innings, two key injuries to the Lady Tigers (8-1, 3-1) and a nine-run seventh inning for Hibriten (6-4, 2-2).
Bandys defeated Maiden on the softball diamond Thursday in a showdown of two of the top teams in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference.
Taylor Sigmon was 4-for-4, and Katie Carpenter had two doubles and three RBIs in the Lady Trojans' win.
"It was a very competitive game," said Trojans coach Mike Carpenter. "I was very impressed with Maiden and how they hit the ball. They were sound defensively. Their pitcher moved the ball around well. I was proud of our girls for using the opposite field. We persevered today."
Newton-Conover and Maiden battled in menâ€™s tennis Wednesday, but they also fought the elements.
Wind played havoc for many tennis players, as painful looks of frustration layered the courts at Newton-Conover.
Fred T. Foard won four singles matches and swept the doubles matches on its way to a Northwestern Conference victory on the court Tuesday.
The Tigers (2-4, 2-4) were led by No. 2 player Tyler Costner, who battled back in his match against Jake Wright. Costner went down early in the match and fell behind a set, 3-6.
Costner battled back though, winning a second set 6-3. He found trouble again in the third set tiebreaker, as he fell behind 5-1. After switching sides, Costner channeled his frustration and rallied back to win the third set and match, 10-7.
The St. Stephens softball team fought back from a 5-1 deficit late in its game against Lake Norman, but fell just short of a comeback.
The Lady Indians (4-3) scored three runs in the seventh inning, but it wasnâ€™t enough. The Lady Wildcats picked up the 5-4 victory to maintain their 8-0 record.
Trailing 5-1 and heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Indians coach Jan Davis gave her team an impassioned speech as players came off the field.
The temperature heated up Friday and so did the pitching at St. Stephens.
Lady Indiansâ€™ pitcher Katie Baker and Alexander Centralâ€™s pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson combined to allow one hit in six innings in Fridayâ€™s Northwestern Conference battle.Â
The Lady Cougars (5-0, 4-0) got the best of Baker and the Indians (4-2, 0-2) in the sixth inning, as she allowed two crucial hits. The Indians made two critical errors in a heartbreaking 3-0 loss at home.