Archive - Jul 2011 - Sports Article
A former multi-sport athlete at Maiden High School is focusing on baseball and playing in Canada this summer.
John Markley, a former Blue Devil and current Winston-Salem State baseball player, is playing for the Melville Millionaires in the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL).
Markley has been successful in college playing for Winston-Salem State University in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic League. Markley had a 4-2 record on the mound with a 2.74 ERA in his sophomore season.
He had 42 strikeouts in 46 innings with batters having a .225 average against him.
North Carolina fired football coach Butch Davis on Wednesday, saying the past year of turmoil amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct was doing too much damage to the school's reputation.
The school issued a statement announcing Davis' dismissal nine days before the start of preseason practice. Chancellor Holden Thorp said the decision was not prompted by any changes in the ongoing NCAA investigation but said he "lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution."
Youngsters from throughout the area gathered this week at Maiden High School for the sixth annual Blue Devils football camp.
The camp, which started Monday and concluded Wednesday, features third- through seventh-graders working with members of the Maiden football program, including coaches and players.
Each camper takes a turn playing every position, including quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive and defensive line, linebacker and defensive back.
The temperature wasnât the only thing heating up on Tuesday at L.P. Frans Stadium. So did the Hickory Crawdadsâ pitching and hitting.
The Crawdads got solo home runs from Christian Villanueva, Tomas Telis and Andrew Clark, while Hickory pitching combined for a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory against Delmarva.
As Hickory Motor Speedway celebrates its 60th Anniversary on Saturday, one driver is continuing his familyâs tradition.
Brandon Setzer, a rising senior at Newton-Conover High School, is competing in the Super Trucks division at Hickory Motor Speedway. Setzer is the son of former HMS Late Model champion and current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Dennis Setzer.
Dennis is a three-time runner-up in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (2003-05) and a nine-time winner on the circuit.
Hickory native and current University of Texas menâs basketball coach Rick Barnes was at his alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne, on Thursday and Friday for his annual basketball camp.
Barnes is a three-time Big 12 coach of the year (1999, 2003, 2008) and has guided the Longhorns to three Big 12 championships (1999, 2006, 2008) and 13 NCAA tournament appearances, including one Final Four appearance in 2003.
Barnes owns a career head coaching record of 524-257 as the coach for Texas (1999-present), Clemson (1995-1998), Providence (1989-1994) and George Mason (1988). He graduated from L-R in 1977.
Greensboroâs win over Hickory on the diamond Wednesday was as easy as 1-2-3.
The Grasshoppers (13-13, 53-43) scored one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth on their way to a 9-4 win over the Crawdads (17-9, 57-37).
Hickory first basemen Andrew Clark, the reigning South Atlantic League player of the week, continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-5 in the game to raise his batting average to .307.
For the second straight year, a Newton boy will represent his city and state in the All-American Soap Box Derby.
Nine-year-old Caleb Atkinson will race as the only rally champion from
North Carolina in the Super Stock division at the 74th edition of the Derby this Saturday, which is held in Akron, Ohio.
The Derby features around 500 of the greatest soap box champions from around the World.
âIâm more relaxed than the first time I went,â Atkinson said. âI know what to do. Last time, I had someone guiding me that I knew from Huntersville. Iâm way more relaxed than nervous.â
Cherryville Post 100 won a third and deciding game against Hickory Post 48 in the Area IV title series on Monday.
Hickory (20-11) is the Area IV runner-up. They will be the Area IV No. 2 seed at the North Carolina Legion State Tournament, which starts on Friday in Morehead City at 4:30 p.m.
By virtue of their title win, Cherryville (26-7) will be the No. 1 seed in Area IV at the state tournament.
Leading Post 48 in the loss was Skyler Hollar, who had a home run and one RBI.
Cameron Beard, Cole McGraw, Jacob Hoyle and Jeremy Null also had one RBI each.
South Caldwell and Cary earned hard-fought wins on Monday to advance to the final day of the Junior Legion State Tournament on Tuesday at Henkel-Alley Field.
South Caldwell (3-1) and Cary (3-1) play Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the loser being eliminated.
Cary defeated South Caldwell, 8-5, in the second round of the Junior Legion tournament on Saturday.
The winner of the South Caldwell-Cary game will await West Johnston (3-1) in the second game of a Tuesday doubleheader 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
Cary 5, Leland 4