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June 5th, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 â€” floor exercise, balance beam, vault and uneven bars.
She adds the J.O. Eastern National title to the two championship victories in April â€” a North Carolina state title in Greenville and a regional title in New Orleans.
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.
â€śWe are a club football team,â€ť Fry said. â€śWe arenâ€™t semi-pro because they donâ€™t get paid to play. So it doesnâ€™t hurt their eligibility. They're still eligible to go to college.â€ť
A lot of questions loom entering Sundayâ€™s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Can Kyle Busch overcome a speeding incident in nearby Iredell County to win the event?
Can Kyleâ€™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 weekâ€™s All-Star Race?
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).
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.
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.