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January 12th, 2012

Two-day auto show starts today in Hickory

January 13, 2012

The first-ever Carolina Auto Racing Show (CARS) starts today at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.

The show, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., continues through Saturday. Admission is $10.

Former NASCAR owner and current engine builder Robert Yates will be in attendance today from 11 a.m. to noon signing autographs at the Roush Yates Performance products display.

With Horford out, Hawks rout Bobcats 111-81

January 13, 2012

ATLANTA — Before the Atlanta Hawks took the court, Joe Johnson whispered a message to teammates Josh Smith and Jeff Teague.

"We have to take ownership," Johnson said, "at both ends of the court."

Clearly, they were listening.

Smith scored 30 points, Johnson added 23 and Teague chipped in with 16, leading the Hawks to a 111-81 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night in Atlanta's first game without All-Star center Al Horford.

January 11th

Lenoir-Rhyne Bears survive, beat Bulldogs

January 11, 2012

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s basketball team held off Wingate at home Wednesday for a 75-71 win in Hickory.

Sophomore Allan Jones led the Bears (6-8, 2-3) with 20 points, and forward D.J. Blackmon added 18 points.

Jamie Vaughn netted 16 points for Wingate (7-8, 3-2), while Quan Alexander scored 16 points of his own off of the Bulldog bench.

Despite leading by 13 with 15:07 left, the Bulldogs whittled down the lead to one with 3:28 remaining in the ball game.

Rangers announce Crawdads' 2012 field staff

January 11, 2012

The Texas Rangers, Major League parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have announced the 2012 field staff for the ‘Dads.

Third-year field manager Bill Richardson, accompanied by pitching coach Storm Davis, will return.

Hitting coach Josue Perez and coach Humberto Miranda will be new to the staff this season.

Last year’s training and conditioning tandem will return in athletic trainer Jacob Newburn and strength and conditioning coach Anthony Miller.

New Bobcat C Mullens makes most of his opportunity

January 11, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Byron Mullens knew it wouldn't be easy to win over Charlotte Bobcats fans.

Mullens had only scored 39 points in 26 games during his two seasons with the Thunder, so he understood the disgruntlement when the Bobcats traded away a second-round pick in 2013 to the Thunder to get him.

"When I got traded here a lot of people were kind of upset and saying, 'Why did we trade for this guy?'" Mullens said.

But three weeks into his tenure with the Bobcats, Mullens has quickly developed into a fan favorite because of the instant offense he's provided off the bench.

January 10th

Vincent's pin helps Tigers top rival Indians

January 10, 2012

Kicking off action in the Northwestern 3A/4A, rivals Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens squared off on the wrestling mat Tuesday.

They didn’t disappoint.

After 13-of-14 matches wrestled, a mere point separated the teams — 36-35.

Foard’s Michael Vincent and St. Stephens’ Chris Hunt tangled at 126 pounds with the winner helping his team claim the match.

Knowing what was at stake, Vincent pinned Hunt, lifting the Tigers to their 21st victory of the season.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Lady Tigers top Indians

January 10, 2012

Brooke Robinson scored 18 and Chelsea Turner added 15 points, leading Fred T. Foard to its second conference win of the season against St. Stephens on Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers (9-7, 2-3) led 22-11 at the half and outscored St. Stephens 32-20 in the second half.

Keyona Hicks led the Lady Indians (3-12, 0-4) with 12 points.

Bandys 63, South Iredell 36

The Lady Trojans continued their impressive roll this season with their 15th win of the season against the Lady Vikings.

Parsons' 20 points lead Rockets past Bobcats 82-70

January 10, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Rookie Chandler Parsons scored 20 points and Kevin Martin added 17 points and the Houston Rockets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 82-70 Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Jordan Hill had a double-double for the Rockets off the bench with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The Rockets (3-6) broke open a tight game in the third quarter and the poor-shooting Bobcats could never put together a big run.

January 9th

Blue Devils earn sweep, await Cavaliers

January 10, 2012

Trailing 22-19 at the half, the Maiden boys basketball team found its second half wind.

The Blue Devils (6-6) outscored the Eagles (2-8) 30-8 in the second half, including 23-6 in the fourth quarter, rising to the non-conference victory.

“We just stepped up,” said Maiden coach Doug Miller. “Our intensity just got a whole lot better. We didn’t give them second chances. We cut those out. I was proud of them. Hopefully, we can carry that defensive effort to tomorrow.”

Blue Devils post player Jalen Gibbs scored 15 points, the only competitor in Monday’s game to reach double figures.

Regional sports legend Harvey dies at 69

January 10, 2012

An area softball legend died last week at the age of 69.

David “Stan” Harvey, a member of the famous Howard’s Furniture softball teams in the 1970s and 1980s, died at his home in Gaston County.

Harvey started playing softball at the age of 14 in his native Tennessee.

At the age of 21, Harvey joined Richard Howard’s Furniture softball team.
Playing a mixture of outfield and first base, Harvey became a part of teams that won five national softball crowns, including 1973, 1974, 1981, 1983 and 1984.

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