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June 21st, 2011
CONCORD (AP) â€” Gov. Beverly Perdue is waving the green flag to make stock car racing North Carolina's official sport.
Perdue planned to visit Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday and sign a bill that makes official the state's close and longstanding connection with the popular pastime.
Elementary school students urged legislators to place stock car racing on the list of state superlatives â€” the state bird is already the cardinal, the turtle is the state reptile and the sweet potato the official vegetable.
During last weekâ€™s Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, a local celebrity returned to his roots to participate in a charity golf event.
Ryan Succop, a former kicker for the Hickory Red Tornadoes and South Carolina Gamecocks, was one of a few celebrities to play in the Dale Jarrett Shootout.
Before the event got under way, O-N-E Sports Editor Cody Dalton sat down with Succop and interviewed him on a variety of topics.
Q: What has the journey been like going from Hickory High School a few years ago to the University of South Carolina and now to the NFL?
After four years at the University of North Carolina, a former St. Stephens grad is preparing for the national stage.
Patrick Johnson, a former standout on the Indiansâ€™ baseball team, will take the mound at 2 p.m. Saturday, as he guides the Tarheels (50-14) against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first game of the 2011 College World Series.
Johnson said moving from a senior at St. Stephens to a freshman at UNC was a difficult transition.
After months of speculation as to who would guide the future of the Fred T. Foard football program, the Tigers finally have their man.
Jason Phelps, who spent the past three seasons at Bartlett Yancey High School, was hired as the head football coach at Foard.
Phelps was introduced Wednesday evening in the Fred T. Foard High School cafeteria with parents and students watching in attendance.
Phelps said there were a few main reasons the Foard coaching job interested him.
After three rounds, 54 holes and two 19-under-par scores, it took three playoff holes to decide this yearâ€™s Greater Hickory Classic champion.
Mark Wiebe, a resident of Denver, Colo., defeated James Mason in the third playoff hole Sunday to claim the 2011 Greater Hickory Classic championship and the $262,500 winnerâ€™s prize.
The victory by Wiebe breaks a 77-tournament losing streak.
â€śI didnâ€™t know it had been 77 tournaments since Iâ€™ve won,â€ť Wiebe said. â€śThat was kind of a bummer to know. Iâ€™m tickled to have busted that drought.â€ť
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â€” The wait is over for Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. The championship-winning drivers with a bumpy personal connection are headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Yarborough and Waltrip got in on their third try, headlining the third five-member class announced Tuesday. They're joined by eight-time series champion crew chief Dale Inman, nine-time Modified champion Richie Evans and pioneering driver and owner Glen Wood.
While some things change, some remain the same.
Bob Tway, who held the lead after the first day of the Greater Hickory Classic with a 9-under-par round, continues to lead the tournament by one stroke. He fired a 5-under-par second round to put him in the lead at 14-under-par.
Despite a large tie for second place yesterday, Tommy Armour III is in sole possession of second. He is one stroke behind Tway at 13-under-par.
Itâ€™s a tightly-contested field after one day of play at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.
Bob Tway birdied the 18th hole of Fridayâ€™s first round to take a one stroke lead over five other players. Among those in second place are Mike Goodes, Tommy Armour III, Joe Ozaki and Mike Wiebe. Each holed a round of 8-under-par.
Twayâ€™s first round included six birdies on holes 7-13, which put him in a tie for the lead. A birdie on No. 13 gave him the outright lead for the first time, but he surrendered the lead when he bogeyed on No. 14.
NASCAR owner and Super Bowl winning coach Joe Gibbs and one of his three drivers, Denny Hamlin, visited Catawba County on Tuesday.
Both men played in the Dale Jarrett Shootout, which is part of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.
Gibbs owns three Super Bowl titles with the Washington Redskins (Super Bowls 17, 22, 26). His three Sprint Cup Series championships came with drivers Bobby LaBonte (2000) and Tony Stewart (2002, 2005).
Hamlin owns four of his 16 Sprint Cup Series victories at Pocono Raceway, where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is racing this weekend.
A former Fred T. Foard athlete is aiming to win an NCAA championship in the hammer throw today.
Malcolm Styers, a former member of the Tigersâ€™ track and field program and current senior at Appalachian State, qualified for the NCAA National track and field championships with a career-best performance May 27 at the NCAA East Regionals.