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May 2nd, 2012
The heat beat down on Northwestern 3A/4A track and field athletes Wednesday, and Watauga beat down the field.
The Pioneers swept the boys and girls team titles at the conferenceâ€™s track and field meet at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
The Catawba Valley 2A baseball and softball tournaments start today. The top four seeds are hosting games in both tournaments. All games take place at 6:30 p.m.
After falling behind 8-0, the Hickory Crawdads attempted to come back in their game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
Hickory scored four runs in the fifth, seventh and eight innings, but weren't able to make up the deficit, dropping the first road game of the series to Greensboro on Wednesday, 8-4.
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season by the NFL, one of four players punished Wednesday for participating in the team's cash-for-hits bounty system.
A No. 6 seed at last year's Catawba Valley 2A baseball tournament, the Maiden Blue Devils enter Thursday's first round as the No. 2 overall seed.
It's been a turnaround season for the Blue Devils, who are 15-8 overall and 10-4 in the CVAC after finishing one game below .500 in 2011.
After hearing eight appeals from 10 schools Tuesday, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association approved a final conference realignment draft.
Of the appeals of the NCHSAA Realignment Committeeâ€™s draft released March 15, only three were from the region, including Lake Norman Charter, Draughn and East Burke.
The Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens softball squads advanced to Thursday's semifinals in the Northwestern 3A/4A tournament.
Foard (19-3) topped Hickory, 14-2, behind a grand slam from Michaela Wilson. Ashley Oliver also had an RBI triple and an RBI single in the contest.
Lexi Shubert pitched 4.2 innings, allowing no hits and stuck out eight Lady Red Tornado batters.
Knowing each other since they were 4 years old, Red Devils Ryan Lampe and John Tate are a natural fit as teammates on the tennis court.
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.
Powered by 15 hits on offense, the Lady Trojans picked up their 13th conference victory and wrapped up the CVAC title with a 11-3 victory over Bunker Hill.
Bre Jones led the Bandys hitting attack with three of the Lady Trojans' 15 base knocks.
Montana Lineberger and Kadi O'Shell led the Bears offensively with two hits each.
Behind a two-RBI performance from shortstop Hanser Alberto, the Hickory Crawdads picked up a 6-4 series-clinching win Monday at home against the Charleston RiverDogs (16-7).
Alberto drove in both of his RBIs in the bottom of the sixth inning â€” part of a six-run inning for Hickory (16-8).
With the bases loaded, Alberto doubled to left field, scoring Luis Sardinas and Chris Grayson.