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June 5th, 2011

Three area baseball players could be selected in MLB draft

June 6, 2011

Three of the area's best baseball players are looking forward to the coming week, as the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft commences Monday.

Bunker Hill's Jeremy Null, Hickory's Tyler Poole and Lenoir-Rhyne's Brian Dice are all potential picks in this year's draft, which is televised on the MLB Network starting Monday.

Null, a 6-foot-7-inch pitcher, stiffled offenses with a strong early 90s fastball. He used his senior season to further develop his pitching by adding breaking pitches to his repertoire.

June 3rd

GHC ready despite shorter time to prepare

June 3, 2011

Despite having seven months to prepare for another tournament, Rock Barn Golf & Spa is ready to host the 2011 Greater Hickory Classic presented by Kia Motors next week.

Pete Fisch, tournament manager for the Greater Hickory Classic, said the moving of the tournament date put the course in a time disadvantage.

Poole, Hoyle, Jordan guide Post 48 in win

June 3, 2011

The Hickory American Legion baseball team opened up the home portion of its 2011 season in fashion.

Post 48 (2-0) scored early, adding one run in the first and four runs in the second, on its way to a 11-2 win over Rutherford County Post 423 Wednesday.

Leading the way offensively was Stephan Jordan, who had three RBIs. Jacob Hoyle added two RBIs.

Pitcher Tyler Poole also played a great game, allowing seven hits, two runs, three walks and struck out six batters.

Bears sweep doubleheader with N-C

June 3, 2011

In a back-and-forth battle in doubleheader Junior Legion baseball, Bunker Hill got the best of Newton-Conover.

The Bears scored six runs in the final two innings of game one to earn a 9-5 victory.

They swept the doubleheader with two clutch RBIs in the bottom of the fifth inning by Nathan Gantt to win game two.

Bunker Hill 9, Newton-Conover 5

The Red Devils and Bears tied after the first inning with both squads scoring two runs each in the first frame.

May 30th

Foard’s Kaylee Dowell soaring in gymnastics

May 30, 2011

At 15 years old, Kaylee Dowell has completed the triple crown of junior gymnastics.

Dowell, a freshman at Fred T. Foard, scored 37.5 points out of a possible 40 during the Level 9 Junior Olympic Eastern National Championships earlier this month in Worcester, Mass.

The competition included four events — floor exercise, balance beam, vault and uneven bars.

She adds the J.O. Eastern National title to the two championship victories in April — a North Carolina state title in Greenville and a regional title in New Orleans.

Hornets opened season Saturday in Morganton

May 30, 2011

For the 32nd season, the Catawba County Hornets prepare to compete on the gridiron.

The former club team of Lenoir-Rhyne will trying to improve upon its 9-6 record and fifth-place finish in the Central Carolinas Football League from a season ago.

Doug Fry, owner and coach for the Hornets, has been a part of the team for every season of its existence.

“We are a club football team,” Fry said. “We aren’t semi-pro because they don’t get paid to play. So it doesn’t hurt their eligibility. They're still eligible to go to college.”

May 27th

NASCAR’s longest race is Sunday in Concord

May 27, 2011

A lot of questions loom entering Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Can Kyle Busch overcome a speeding incident in nearby Iredell County to win the event?

Can Kyle’s brother, Kurt, join the names of Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Neil Bonnett and Buddy Baker as a repeat winner of the spring race at Charlotte?

Can Carl Edwards overcome a damaged race car from a post-race victory celebration in last week’s All-Star Race?

May 25th

Crawdads return to Frans, top River Dogs

May 25, 2011

The Crawdads returned from a four-game road trip to Georgia in style Wednesday.

Hickory's Matt Thompson (2-2) had a solid performance from the mound, picking up his second win of the season by allowing six hits, no runs and struck out seven Charleston batters in 5.1 innings pitched.

Offensively, right fielder Joshua Richmond led Hickory in the victory with two doubles and two RBIs on a 2-for-4 day.

Striking first in the bottom of the third inning, the Crawdads (25-20) scored three runs off of Charleston pitcher Shane Greene (2-4).

May 24th

Tigers knock off unbeaten Franklin

May 24, 2011

For the second time in over two weeks, Fred T. Foard knocked off an undefeated team.

The Lady Tigers (22-4), who defeated unbeaten Alexander Central to win the NWC tournament crown a few weeks ago, toppled previously unbeaten Franklin (23-1) in clutch fashion.

Foard got three of its seven hits in the game with two outs in the top of the 11th inning to advance to the 3A state semis over Franklin, 3-0, on the road Tuesday.

May 23rd

Red Devils repeat as 2A tennis champs

May 23, 2011

After 24 wins and a fifth straight state 2A title match appearance, the Red Devils would not be denied.

Newton-Conover (25-2) stormed to its second straight 2A dual team state championship in Burlington on Saturday, marking the first time a team repeated as a state champion in school history.

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