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MMA event returns to Hickory in February

January 26, 2012

For the second time in two months, the sport of mixed martial arts will visit Hickory.

Elite Championship Cage Fighting (ECCF) is hosting a second event at the Freedom Center, following a successful first event in December.
The first fight drew 374 people to the center.

“We did not expect that many people,” said CWK Promotions President and CEO Casey Jenkins. “(ECCF) expected a few people to come, but we weren’t sure because MMA had never been in Hickory before.”

Middle school tournament set for Tuesday

January 26, 2012

The dates for the 2012 annual Catawba County middle school basketball tournament were released this week.

The tournament will be at Mill Creek Middle School starting Tuesday and continuing through Friday, Feb. 3.

Game times for the first three days are at 4, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m.
The final day includes the championship contests, which are set for 6 and 7:30 p.m.

All games will start approximately 10 minutes after the prior game is completed.

Host Mill Creek, the defending girls champion, knocked off River Bend last year, 47-37, at Jacobs Fork Middle School.

Lady Bears favored, Carpenter on All-SAC first team

January 26, 2012

Defending SAC softball champion Lenoir-Rhyne is a nearly unanimous pick to win the 2012 title, according to a coaches’ poll released Thursday.

Lenoir-Rhyne went 45-10 overall and 16-2 in league play in 2011, winning both the SAC regular season and Food Lion Tournament championships.  L-R received all but one of the preseason poll’s first-place votes.

The Bears also lead the way with five selections to the preseason All-SAC team — four on the first team and one player on the second team. 

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