Archive - Sports Article
July 2nd, 2012
As the American Legion Area IV baseball playoffs start on Tuesday, the expectations for Hickory Post 48 remain the same â€” to win a championship.
For a complete preview of the Area IV playoffs, pick up the Holiday edition (July 3-4) of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
Powered by a four-run fifth inning, the Hickory Crawdads picked up a series-clinching road victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Monday, 7-6.
The Crawdads improve to 9-3 in the second half and 45-36 overall. Greensboro falls to 5-7 in the second half and 51-31 overall.
CHARLOTTE â€” The Charlotte 49ers head football coach Brad Lambert has filled out his 10-person staff by hiring four additional assistant coaches.
Damien Gary will coach the running backs, Drew Dayton the inside linebackers, Johnson Richardson the tight ends and John Russell will be the assistant secondary coach.
The pairings for the American Legion baseball Area IV playoffs were officially released on Sunday at a meeting at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds.
For the first time ever, all 16 Area IV teams qualify for the postseason with teams from the East Division playing teams from the West Division.
One day after a grueling slugfest with Cherryville that ended in a heartbreaking loss, Hickory Post 48 closed out its regular season strong.
Led by solid pitching from Colton Allison, Post 48 picked up its 15th win of the season.
With the victory, Hickory ends its season at 11-3 in the Area IV West Division â€” tied three ways for first with Cherryville and Caldwell County.
After 13 innings of a seesaw slugfest in American Legion Area IV baseball between Hickory Post 48 and Cherryville Post 100, it was the road team that stood tall.
Post 100 scored three runs in the top of the 13th inning to come away with the 17-14 victory over Post 48.
Hickory rallied down 11-3 after three innings to tie the contest and send the game into extra innings.
Justin Harper made a successful debut Friday in the Canadian Football League regular season, helping to lead Saskatchewan to a 43-16 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Harper caught two passes for 32 yards from Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant. His longest catches was an 18-yard grab.
Six Hickory Crawdads doubled Friday, helping the team to an 11-4 road victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
It was the second-straight game that Hickory (7-2 in the second half, 43-35 overall) plated double-digits runs against a road opponent.
PHOENIX â€” Not long after his freshman season at North Carolina, Kendall Marshall was asked if he was coming back to Chapel Hill.
The question caught him off-guard.
"Where would I go?" Marshall recalled. "It didn't dawn on me that I could play in the NBA."
When his dream of playing professional football nearly ended, Justin Harper remained positive.
Now, the former Bandys and Virginia Tech standout wide receiver is playing football in Canada for the Saskatechwan Roughriders, who kick off their season tonight against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.