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July 30th

‘It’s a New Day’ for Tigers under new coach Harper

July 30, 2013

The Fred T. Foard football program waited nearly all summer to gets it first action in 2013, but it finally did on Tuesday.

The Tigers participated in its first 7-on-7 drills at Rudisill Stadium on the campus of Cherryville High School.

Among the teams involved in the 7-on-7 drills were the Tigers, the Ironmen, Bessemer City and Lincolnton.

Prep football teams open practice on Thursday

July 30, 2013

All seven of Catawba County's prep football teams officially open practice on Thursday.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association designates Thursday as the first official tryouts and/or practice for all fall sports teams, including football, cross-country, volleyball, girl's golf and boy's soccer.

Below are the football practice times for each high school:

July 29th

‘Dads first-rounder Brinson living up to expectations

July 30, 2013

Living under the shadow of being a first round pick, Hickory Crawdads center fielder Lewis Brinson is shining bright.

The 19-year-old is in his first full season of minor league baseball in 2013. The biggest hurdle Brinson has had to overcome is the team’s more than 100-game schedule.

July 25th

Covington leading Catawba County Hornets defense

July 25, 2013

When an unlucky break happened in his life, Greg Covington made the most of the situation.

Now, the former Hickory High product has emerged as a leader for the Catawba County Hornets semi-pro football team.

Texas-born Williams playing well despite early injury

July 25, 2013

After suffering an injury earlier this season, Nick Williams is making up for lost time.

The Galveston, Texas native has bounced back from a debilitating ailment to have a breakthrough season on the diamond in 2013.

Williams and his brother both grew up Texas Ranger fans.

Hornets open their home schedule on Saturday

July 25, 2013

The Catawba County Hornets kick off the home portion of their season on Saturday against their toughest test yet.

The Hornets face the Carolina Colts in a battle of unbeaten and ranked semi-pro football teams at 8 p.m. at Westside/Jaycee Park.

COMMENTARY: A baseball season of memories

July 25, 2013

In my nearly nine years of journalism, I’ve never had a more enjoyable time than I did covering American Legion baseball this summer.

You never learn as much about a team as you do by traveling with them.

That’s what happened this summer on various road trips with Hickory Post 48.

From Hendersonville to Shelby to Kings Mountain to Gastonia — each road trip had something new to offer.

Crawdads are prepared near MLB's trade deadline

July 25, 2013

The Hickory Crawdads are making the best of the situation before the July 31 MLB trade deadline.

On Monday, the Chicago Cubs traded starting right-handed pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers for minor leaguers Mike Olt (Triple-A), Justin Grimm (Double-A) and Hickory Crawdads pitcher C.J. Edwards.

July 23rd

Hickory dealt its sixth-straight loss by the RiverDogs

July 23, 2013

On the heels of potentially setting the franchise’s home run record, Hickory was denied its historic moment on Tuesday.

Charleston scored one run in the third, fourth and sixth innings and two in the seventh to come away with a 5-1 victory against the Crawdads at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Hickory's C.J. Edwards part of trade to Chicago Cubs

July 23, 2013

Hickory Crawdads right-handed pitcher C.J. Edwards, above, was traded by the Texas Rangers along with fellow minor leaguers Mike Olt (Triple-A) and Justin Grimm (Class A) to the Chicago Cubs for right-handed pitcher Matt Garza on Monday night.

Edwards, who was scheduled to start for Hickory on Monday night against Charleston, was assigned to the Cubs High-A affiliate in Daytona, Fla.

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