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March 2nd, 2012
DURHAM â€” Austin Rivers punctuated his first North Carolina-Duke game with one of the biggest shots in the rivalry's history.
For an encore, the freshman wants to bring his fourth-ranked Blue Devils another ACC regular-season title.
The No. 1 seed in the conference tournament â€” and maybe one in the NCAA tournament, too â€” once again is on the line Saturday night when Duke (26-4, 13-2) faces the sixth-ranked Tar Heels (26-4, 13-2) in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference co-leaders.
Fred T. Foard won a match-up of powerhouses in 2A and 3A softball on Thursday, knocking off defending CVAC champion Bandys, 2-1.
The Lady Tigers (2-0) were guided on the mound by a two-hit, 15-strikeout performance from Lexi Shubert.
Addison Bolick led Foard offensively. She drove in two runs on a double in the top of the fourth inning, scoring Mackenzie Dziendziel and Ashley Oliver, who had reached base on a walk and double, respectively.
â€śWhen we picked up those two runs, that was really big,â€ť said Foard coach David Shubert. â€śAddison had a couple of big hits.â€ť
Third-ranked Newton-Conover won a match-up on the tennis court of top-five teams, winning three singles and two doubles on its way to defeating No. 4 Salisbury, 5-3.
Micheal Ogden (S) def. Ryan Lampe 6-4, 6-3; John Tate (N-C) def. Alan Lebowitz 6-2, 6-4; Abraham Post (S) def. Tyler Barrymore 4-6, 6-3, 10-6; Hunter Nestor (N-C) def. Brock Overcash 6-4, 7-5; Jesse Gill (N-C) def. Clint Comadoll 6-3, 6-1; Shivam Desai (N-C) def. Chris Derrick 3-6, 6-1, 11-9.
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.
â€śThere was a problem with an area outside of the playing surface at our field,â€ť Craft said. â€śWeâ€™ve been notified that we are not to use our field.â€ť
Beverly Snowden, public information officer with Hickory Public Schools, said the issue was caused by an existing pipe.
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 Bearsâ€™ Justin Aiken allowed Foardâ€™s Jordan Fulbright to score, giving the Tigers an 11-10 win in Claremont.
â€śIt was all heart,â€ť said Foard coach Channon Vogel. â€śThese 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, weâ€™d find a way to win.â€ť
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.
Lincolnton 7, Bunker Hill 2
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.
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.
â€śWe hit the ball, caught the ball and pitched well. Good things happened,â€ť said N-C baseball coach Corey Nunley. â€śWe made one error. I donâ€™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.â€ť
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.
Bandys 2, North Iredell 1
CHARLOTTE, N.C. â€” 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.