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May 17th, 2012

Jimmie Johnson's team wins pit crew challenge

May 17, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 pit crew got its revenge.

Johnson's team won the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge on Thursday night, avenging last year's loss in the finals to Denny Hamlin's No. 11 team.

Hamlin's team was the two-time defending champions coming into the event and cruised into the finals again this year, but lost to Johnson's team by three-tenths of a second.

May 16th

Saint blanks Asheville, awaits Hickory next

May 16, 2012

St. Stephens avenged a 1-1 tie earlier this season against Asheville, topping the Lady Cougars 3-0 in the third round of the playoffs in Hickory on Wednesday.

The Lady Indians victory sets up a third game with conference rival Hickory (20-4-1) on Saturday at 6 p.m. at St. Stephens High School.

Hickory Post 48 releases game schedule

May 16, 2012

Hickory Post 48 released its baseball schedule on Wednesday.

Post 48, which finished with a 20-13 record last summer, opens its season at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds on May 28 against Rutherford County Post 423 at 7 p.m.

Crawdads drop third-straight game to Suns

May 16, 2012

The Hickory Crawdads lost their third and final game against the Hagerstown Suns on Wednesday afternoon, falling 8-6 at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Suns (21-15) pulled out to a 6-2 lead after three innings of play, powered by a four-run second inning that included a Steven Souza RBI single to left field.

Red Devils finish in third

May 16, 2012

The NCHSAA 2A state golf championships concluded Tuesday at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines.

Newton-Conover, the 2012 CVAC golf champions, took third place at the event, trailing only North Lincoln and state champion Salisbury.

The Red Devils carded a team score of 620, which was 16 strokes behind the Knights and 47 behind the Wasps.

Boys soccer team continues undefeated play

May 16, 2012

The CVYSA boys soccer team continues a stellar season on the field.

The U11 team, which mostly includes students who attend Shuford Elementary and Newton-Conover Middle School, is undefeated in play since August.

Along the undefeated path, the Blast won the Piedmont Division in the fall, including an Autumn Blast postseason tournament title.

May 15th

Costly error lifts Tigers past Chargers

May 15, 2012

In a defensive softball game where one play could have decided the outcome in favor of either team, Fred T. Foard got a huge break in the sixth inning against Crest.

With two outs in the sixth and runners on second and third, Lady Chargers pitcher Emily Kale mishandled a ball hit at her by Foard’s Cierra Shull. Kale threw the ball over first baseman Kaylee Wacaster’s head.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Tuesday's second-round results

May 15, 2012

All four remaining Catawba County baseball teams were eliminated on Tuesday after the second round of play in the 2A and 3A playoffs.

Hickory and Bunker Hill both lost tough one-run games, 4-3.

The Red Tornadoes (19-8) dropped a road tilt to Asheville (9-15-1), while the Bears fell to East Rutherford in 10 innings.

Skole's 5 RBIs, 2 HRs lift Suns past Crawdads

May 15, 2012

Hagerstown picked up its second win in a row against the Hickory Crawdads on Tuesday, earning a 12-4 victory at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Matthew Skole led the Suns (20-15) with a five-RBI performance, including two home runs, a double and a single on a 4-for-4 hitting night.

Suns right fielder Steven Souza added three RBIs on a pair of doubles and a home run.

May 14th

Indians outfield trio keeps team in games

May 15, 2012

Whatever they've had throw their way, the St. Stephens outfield trio of Briana Thornburg, Alana Starnes and Taylor Lail continues to make big catches.

To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

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