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March 1st, 2012

Hickory's sinkhole could affect county teams

March 1, 2012

A sinkhole near the baseball field at Hickory High School is causing the Red Tornadoes to move their home baseball games.

Hickory baseball coach David Craft said he was recently notified of the issue at the field.

“There was a problem with an area outside of the playing surface at our field,” Craft said. “We’ve been notified that we are not to use our field.”

Beverly Snowden, public information officer with Hickory Public Schools, said the issue was caused by an existing pipe.

February 29th

Tigers outlast Bears on diamond in 11 innings

March 1, 2012

There was no shortage of runs Wednesday between Fred T. Foard and Bunker Hill on the baseball diamond.

In spite of that offense, a wild pitch by the Bears’ Justin Aiken allowed Foard’s Jordan Fulbright to score, giving the Tigers an 11-10 win in Claremont.

“It was all heart,” said Foard coach Channon Vogel. “These guys just fight and never give up. In our first game this year against Shelby, we were down three runs with two outs in the seventh inning. We came back and won that game. I knew if we stayed in this game, we’d find a way to win.”

PREP NOTEBOOK: Maiden's Callahan no-hits Wolves

March 1, 2012

Behind a no-hitter thrown by pitcher Hannah Callahan, the Maiden girls softball team earned a 11-0 victory on the diamond against Lincolnton on Wednesday.

Emily Crouse led the Lady Blue Devils (1-0) offensively, going 2-3 from the plate with a pair of doubles.

Callahan struck out 10 Lincolnton batters and walked two in her no-hit performance.

Maiden plays again today at 6 p.m. when it travels to Ashbrook.

Boys tennis

Lincolnton 7, Bunker Hill 2

Singles

Bucs beat Guilford in regular-season finale

February 29, 2012

The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team ended its regular season Wednesday night with a 78-68 win over Guilford Technical Community College at the Tarlton Complex.

Guilford (10-19, 4-11) pressured CVCC (14-16, 8-8) into a number of early turnovers. The Titans took an 11-10 lead within the first 10 minutes on a lay-up by sophomore guard DeAndre Gandy.

That marked the Titan's only lead of the game.

Freshman guard Preston Earle helped to grow CVCC's lead to 30-16 on a three-pointer with 3:52 left in the first half. The Bucs carried a 37-29 lead into the locker room.

February 28th

Todd Church fans 10 batters in Red Devil's win

February 28, 2012

After winning three baseball games a season ago, Newton-Conover started its season on the diamond with a victory Wednesday.

Behind a 10-strikeout performance from pitcher Todd Church and two RBIs each from Parker Sigmon, Tyler Sawyer and Caleb Jones, the Red Devils came away with an 8-1 win at home against Freedom.

“We hit the ball, caught the ball and pitched well. Good things happened,” said N-C baseball coach Corey Nunley. “We made one error. I don’t know how many hits we had, but when you put runners on and get them around the bases like we did, good things are going to happen.”

PREP NOTEBOOK: Foard's Shubert throws two-hitter

February 28, 2012

Fred T. Foard's Lexi Shubert threw a two-hitter against West Wilkes on Tuesday, striking out eight batters in the Lady Tiger's 11-1 victory.

Shubert and teammate Olivia Purvis led Foard (1-0) with two hits each. Purvis had a pair of doubles and three RBIs.

Foard's Addison Bolick and Ashley Oliver each had home runs in the game, including a two-run homer by Bolick in the fifth inning and a solo bomb by Oliver in the first inning.

Girls soccer

Bandys 2, North Iredell 1

NASCAR says Keselowski can keep phone in car

February 28, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR said Tuesday Brad Keselowski can keep his cellphone in his race car during events, and all drivers are encouraged to use social media.

Keselowski drew worldwide attention for posting on Twitter during a red-flag period in Monday night's season-opening Daytona 500. He posted pictures, answered questions and kept fans informed of what was happening during the stoppage that lasted just over two hours.

The tweeting gained Keselowski roughly 140,000 followers during the race.

Matt Kenseth wins a bizarre Daytona 500

February 28, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Well, NASCAR certainly knows how to make a prime-time impression.

Rain, fire and Tide laundry detergent all factored into a Daytona 500 that will go down as the most bizarre in NASCAR history.

And Brad Keselowski tweeted most of it live. From his race car. Then he provided another update minutes after crashing at 190 mph.

And oh, yeah, Matt Kenseth picked up his second Daytona 500 title.

February 27th

Newton-Conover's Klutz, Wepner are state champions

February 27, 2012

Senior Addison Klutz and sophomore Franklin Wepner joined an elite list of state wrestling champions at Newton-Conover High School on Saturday.

The duo won their respective weight classes to become the 10th and 11th Red Devils, respectively, to win individual state wrestling championships.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Blue Devils win tennis opener

February 27, 2012

The Maiden boys tennis team kicked off its season on the right foot Monday, defeating Lincolnton 6-2 on the hard court.

“I thought we played pretty well today,” said Maiden coach Jon Huffman. “Lincolnton was missing its No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 players. I wish they were at full strength so we could see how we matched up against them. I thought they played us well.”

The Blue Devils host Wilkes Central on Wednesday, a team Huffman said will present a tough test.

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