Archive - Sports Article
July 11th, 2012
Back for a 33rd consecutive season, the Catawba County Hornets semi-pro football team kicks off its season on Saturday.
The Hornets, who finished 8-9 overall and 6-5 in the Central Carolinas Football League in 2011, face the Winston-Salem Red Wolves at Westside/Jaycee Park at 7 p.m. Saturday.
With one swing of the bat late in Wednesday's game, Hickory Post 48's season and opportunity to make it back to the Area IV championship series ended.
Gaston's Justin Williams doubled with one out in the bottom of the ninth to pull out the 11-10 walkoff victory over Hickory Post 48.
Maiden High School Principal Dwayne Finger has announced the hiring of David Williams as the school's next baseball coach.
Williams spent last season as a head JV and an assistant coach under Caine Houser, who stepped down from his head coaching post to take the school's athletic director job last week.
In his third and final year with Hickory Post 48, Cole McGraw is making the most of his last chance.
The left-handed veteran, who plays infield, outfield and serves as the team's closing pitcher, is having a standout postseason.
To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
The third playoff game between Hickory Post 48 and the Gaston Braves was postponed on Tuesday.
The game, which was scheduled to take place at South Point High School, was called due to rain.
The contest has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. today at South Point H.S.
Gaston leads the series, 2-0, winning the first two games of the series, 11-7 and 16-6.
CHARLOTTE â€” The Charlotte Bobcats have signed their first round draft pick.
The team announced that forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of Kentucky signed a deal worth about $4 million for his first season, according to the union negotiated rookie pay scale. Kidd-Gilchrist averaged nearly 12 points and more than seven rebounds in his only season with the Wildcats.
Hickory Post 48 had lost four American Legion baseball games by a combined eight runs this season.
That all changed on Monday.
The Gaston Braves scored 16 runs on 16 hits on their way to taking a 2-0 series lead over Post 48 at Henkel-Alley Field at the American Legion Fairgrounds, 16-6.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. â€” AJ Allmendinger was silent Sunday, a day after NASCAR suspended him for failing a random drug test.
Penske Racing, which gave Allmendinger the biggest break of his career this season, is withholding judgment until NASCAR's system has been completed.
Where that leaves the 30-year-old driver remains to be seen.
CHARLOTTE â€” The Charlotte Bobcats NBA Summer League team will include four current players and two rookie draft choices, the team announced Monday night.
The Gaston Braves scored eight unanswered runs on their way to an 11-7 game one victory over Hickory Post 48 at South Point High School on Sunday.
Hickory (18-5) took an early 3-0 first-inning lead in the ball game behind an RBI single from Cole McGraw and two-RBI double from Jordan Eckard.