Archive - Sports Article
July 23rd, 2011
As Hickory Motor Speedway celebrates its 60th Anniversary on Saturday, one driver is continuing his familyâ€™s tradition.
Brandon Setzer, a rising senior at Newton-Conover High School, is competing in the Super Trucks division at Hickory Motor Speedway. Setzer is the son of former HMS Late Model champion and current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Dennis Setzer.
Dennis is a three-time runner-up in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (2003-05) and a nine-time winner on the circuit.
Hickory native and current University of Texas menâ€™s basketball coach Rick Barnes was at his alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne, on Thursday and Friday for his annual basketball camp.
Barnes is a three-time Big 12 coach of the year (1999, 2003, 2008) and has guided the Longhorns to three Big 12 championships (1999, 2006, 2008) and 13 NCAA tournament appearances, including one Final Four appearance in 2003.
Barnes owns a career head coaching record of 524-257 as the coach for Texas (1999-present), Clemson (1995-1998), Providence (1989-1994) and George Mason (1988). He graduated from L-R in 1977.
Greensboroâ€™s win over Hickory on the diamond Wednesday was as easy as 1-2-3.
The Grasshoppers (13-13, 53-43) scored one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth on their way to a 9-4 win over the Crawdads (17-9, 57-37).
Hickory first basemen Andrew Clark, the reigning South Atlantic League player of the week, continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-5 in the game to raise his batting average to .307.
For the second straight year, a Newton boy will represent his city and state in the All-American Soap Box Derby.
Nine-year-old Caleb Atkinson will race as the only rally champion from
North Carolina in the Super Stock division at the 74th edition of the Derby this Saturday, which is held in Akron, Ohio.
The Derby features around 500 of the greatest soap box champions from around the World.
â€śIâ€™m more relaxed than the first time I went,â€ť Atkinson said. â€śI know what to do. Last time, I had someone guiding me that I knew from Huntersville. Iâ€™m way more relaxed than nervous.â€ť
Cherryville Post 100 won a third and deciding game against Hickory Post 48 in the Area IV title series on Monday.
Hickory (20-11) is the Area IV runner-up. They will be the Area IV No. 2 seed at the North Carolina Legion State Tournament, which starts on Friday in Morehead City at 4:30 p.m.
By virtue of their title win, Cherryville (26-7) will be the No. 1 seed in Area IV at the state tournament.
Leading Post 48 in the loss was Skyler Hollar, who had a home run and one RBI.
Cameron Beard, Cole McGraw, Jacob Hoyle and Jeremy Null also had one RBI each.
South Caldwell and Cary earned hard-fought wins on Monday to advance to the final day of the Junior Legion State Tournament on Tuesday at Henkel-Alley Field.
South Caldwell (3-1) and Cary (3-1) play Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the loser being eliminated.
Cary defeated South Caldwell, 8-5, in the second round of the Junior Legion tournament on Saturday.
The winner of the South Caldwell-Cary game will await West Johnston (3-1) in the second game of a Tuesday doubleheader 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
Cary 5, Leland 4
Most college students spend their summer free from books. Some take on summer jobs. One local product, though, is using this free time to get better on the baseball diamond.
Former Maiden and current Liberty University baseball player Justin Sizemore is playing for the Martinsville Mustangs from Martinsville, Va.
The Mustangs are a member of the Coastal Plain League (CPL), one of the best summer collegiate wood bat baseball leagues in the country.
Down 2-1 in the fourth inning, Hickory scored six runs in three innings on Thursday to defeat Caldwell County, 7-2, in game four of a best-of-five series.Post 48 (19-9) advances to the Area IV championship series.
Leading the way were a trio of Hickory hitters, including Jeremy Null, Jacob Hoyle and Cameron Beard. The three combined for all seven RBIs in the game.
Post 48 (19-9) struck first in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, Hoyle and Null doubled on back-to-back innings to put Post 48 ahead 1-0 after one inning.
The final four spots were filled for Fridayâ€™s Junior Legion state tournament at Henkel-Alley Field at the American Legion Fairgrounds.
Qualifying for the tournament are Rowan County, Kernersville, Leland and Newport.
Rowan County will be the No. 1 team from Area III. Newport is the No. 2 team in Area III.
Leland and Kernersville are representing Area II. Leland will be the No. 1 seed in Area II and Kernersville is the No. 2 seed in Area II.
The Carolina Glove Flames, the host team for the tournament, will play Leland at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The fourth game between Hickory Post 48 and Caldwell County Post 29 was postponed on Wednesday due to field conditions.
The two teams will play game four on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Roy Waters, commissioner for the Legion State, said that if rain caused the final two games to be delayed any further, rules state that the series would go back to a best two-out-of-three format.
Because they have won two-out-of-three games, Hickory (18-9) would advance to championship round against either Queen City (22-7) or Cherryville (23-6). Cherryville currently leads that series, 2-1.