Archive - May 2011 - Sports Article
At 15 years old, Kaylee Dowell has completed the triple crown of junior gymnastics.
Dowell, a freshman at Fred T. Foard, scored 37.5 points out of a possible 40 during the Level 9 Junior Olympic Eastern National Championships earlier this month in Worcester, Mass.
The competition included four events â€” floor exercise, balance beam, vault and uneven bars.
She adds the J.O. Eastern National title to the two championship victories in April â€” a North Carolina state title in Greenville and a regional title in New Orleans.
For the 32nd season, the Catawba County Hornets prepare to compete on the gridiron.
The former club team of Lenoir-Rhyne will trying to improve upon its 9-6 record and fifth-place finish in the Central Carolinas Football League from a season ago.
Doug Fry, owner and coach for the Hornets, has been a part of the team for every season of its existence.
â€śWe are a club football team,â€ť Fry said. â€śWe arenâ€™t semi-pro because they donâ€™t get paid to play. So it doesnâ€™t hurt their eligibility. They're still eligible to go to college.â€ť
A lot of questions loom entering Sundayâ€™s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Can Kyle Busch overcome a speeding incident in nearby Iredell County to win the event?
Can Kyleâ€™s brother, Kurt, join the names of Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Neil Bonnett and Buddy Baker as a repeat winner of the spring race at Charlotte?
Can Carl Edwards overcome a damaged race car from a post-race victory celebration in last weekâ€™s All-Star Race?
The Crawdads returned from a four-game road trip to Georgia in style Wednesday.
Hickory's Matt Thompson (2-2) had a solid performance from the mound, picking up his second win of the season by allowing six hits, no runs and struck out seven Charleston batters in 5.1 innings pitched.
Offensively, right fielder Joshua Richmond led Hickory in the victory with two doubles and two RBIs on a 2-for-4 day.
Striking first in the bottom of the third inning, the Crawdads (25-20) scored three runs off of Charleston pitcher Shane Greene (2-4).
For the second time in over two weeks, Fred T. Foard knocked off an undefeated team.
The Lady Tigers (22-4), who defeated unbeaten Alexander Central to win the NWC tournament crown a few weeks ago, toppled previously unbeaten Franklin (23-1) in clutch fashion.
Foard got three of its seven hits in the game with two outs in the top of the 11th inning to advance to the 3A state semis over Franklin, 3-0, on the road Tuesday.
After 24 wins and a fifth straight state 2A title match appearance, the Red Devils would not be denied.
Newton-Conover (25-2) stormed to its second straight 2A dual team state championship in Burlington on Saturday, marking the first time a team repeated as a state champion in school history.
The first stop on Codyâ€™s Camp Tour 2011 is the Newton-Conover volleyball camp.
The camp, which is operated by the coaching staff of the Newton-Conover volleyball program, focuses on fourth through ninth graders.
More than 20 girls participated in the two-week camp and its eight sessions.
Newton-Conover volleyball coach Linda Richards, who owns more than 700 victories in her coaching career at Fred T. Foard and Newton-Conover, has operated the camp for more than 20 years.
Richards said she focuses primary on one aspect with each of the campers.
Tyler Barrymore hasnâ€™t played in a 2A state championship match. After Thursday, that all changed.
His play was critical in the Red Devilsâ€™ 7-2 victory over Shelby, which earned the team a fifth straight berth in state championship match.
Barrymore picked the perfect time to have the match of his young career at Newton-Conover.
The freshman rallied for one set down against Will Lutz to win the match on a third-set tiebreaker 3-6, 6-4 (10-6).
Bandys and Wilkes Central shared two things on Wednesday â€” team colors and a softball field.
The Lady Trojans, however, owned the lead.
Scarlett Harris hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, and the Lady Trojans (20-5) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, to advance to the second round playoffs.
Harrisâ€™ two-run shot came from the third position in the line-up, which is a significant difference from her typical fifth spot in the batting order.
Tuesday was Media Day for the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors.
In attendance was last yearâ€™s tournament champion, Gary Hallberg, who spoke to those in attendance.
â€śIt is very humbling to be here,â€ť Hallberg said. â€śIt is so significant when I sit here. I donâ€™t win a lot of tournaments. This is all new to me.â€ť
Hallberg overcame a five-stroke lead and shot an 11-under-par 61 to capture last yearâ€™s GHC title.
His final-round of 61 is record for a lowest final-round score in Champions Tour history.