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June 29th, 2011

Poole, Null combine to strike out 12 in win

June 29, 2011

Post 48 opened the first round of the Region IV playoffs Tuesday with a bang.

Hickory scored four runs in the first two innings and got strong pitching performances from Tyler Poole and Jeremy Null. The duo combined to strike out 12 Gaston batters and allowed one run, as Post 48 won the opening game of a best-of-five series against the Braves, 4-1.

June 27th

Ex-NC State QB Wilson commits to Wisconsin

June 27, 2011

Former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson is headed to Wisconsin, potentially solving one of the biggest trouble spots standing between the Badgers and a Big Ten title.

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said Monday that Wilson will compete for the Badgers’ starting job in the fall. The two-sport star most recently played in the Colorado Rockies’ minor league system but apparently is ready to hang up his baseball spikes.

As preseason ends, Hornets await opener

June 27, 2011

The Catawba County Hornets football team completed the 2011 preseason Saturday against the Georgia Xtreme.

“We want to do as well as we can in these games, but we also want to evaluate the talent we have out here,” said Hornets’ coach Doug Frye. “We want to give everyone out here playing time, so we can see what they can do to help us in the regular season.”

The Xtreme went up 24-0 at halftime due to the performance of quarterback Anthony Wynn, who had two touchdown passes.

June 24th

Harper camp set for July 8-9 at Bandys

June 24, 2011

For the third straight year, Bandys High School hosts the Justin Harper Oddie Cares Foundation football camp.

The camp, which is operated by former Bandys, former Virginia Tech and current Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Justin Harper, takes place July 8-9.

The first day of the camp will focus on high schools players, while day two features a free camp for kindergarten through 12th graders.
Harper said this year’s camp will differ from year’s past.

June 23rd

Crawdads return from break, fall to West Virginia

June 24, 2011

It took eight innings in Thursday’s minor league baseball game, but West Virginia managed to score one run to get past Hickory.

After a pitching duel between Hickory’s Nick Tepesch and West Virginia’s Colton Cain, a double by Power first basemen Justin Howard in the top of the eighth gave his team a 1-0 lead they did not relinquish.

Tepesch (2-3, 3.43 ERA) had a strong outing, striking out nine batters in six innings, allowing six hits and no earned runs for Hickory (0-1, 40-29).

Bobcats open to trade offers ahead of draft

June 23, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — With a revamped front office and a roster in need of upgrades, Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats have a message for the rest of the NBA.

Anyone want to deal?

Holding the ninth and 19 picks in Thursday's NBA draft, the Bobcats are considering a variety of options to jump-start their rebuilding process. They've discussed packaging both picks to move up in the draft. They'll consider trading one of the picks for a veteran. And nearly every player on the roster is available in a larger deal for the right price.

Hickory Post 48 earns sweep of Asheville

June 23, 2011

For the third straight day, Hickory Post 48 was in action at Hinkel-Alley Field.

After dropping its last couple of games, Hickory managed to break through that slump with a sweep of Asheville in a Wednesday doubleheader.

Hickory 3, Asheville 2

Post 48 (6-7) was led in the game one victory by pitcher Jacob Hoyle. He had three of Hickory's five hits in the game, including two doubles and a single.

Hoyle was also dominate from the mound, pitching all seven innings. He allowed four hits, two runs (one earned) and struck out seven Asheville batters.

June 21st

Post succeeds Bowne as Saint coach

June 22, 2011

To replace any area coaching legend, St. Stephens High School decided to hire from within its basketball family.

Murphy Post, a four-year member of the teaching faculty and coaching staff at the school, was named the new boys’ basketball coach. He replaces Gary Bowne, who retired last week from coaching and teaching.

Post has served as the junior varsity head coach for the program and an assistant under Bowne for the varsity program.

Johnson homers twice for Post 29

June 22, 2011

Hickory Post 48 and Caldwell County Post 29 battled two things Tuesday — the weather and each other.

Caldwell’s Blake Johnson homered twice — a two-run bomb in the top of the first inning and a solo shot in the fifth inning — to give Post 29 the 8-1 lead after seven innings.

The final two innings and score were not available due to press time.
Post 29 (11-5, 9-3) took the early 3-0 lead behind Johnson’s first home run and an RBI-single from Max Linville.

A fourth run scored for Caldwell County in the top of the third inning, when Jon Gray plated Bowman on a single.

HIckory Post 48 splits Monday twin-bill

June 22, 2011

Two games, two opponents and two different results.

Hickory Post 48 earned a thrilling 4-3 victory over Moundsville (W.Va.) in the first game on Monday and closed the night out with a difficult 11-8 defeat to Shelby.

In the first game of a doubleheader, Hickory (6-6, 5-6) made a tremendous comeback against Moundsville by scoring three runs in the final two innings to pick up the 4-3 victory.

The rally started in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Kyle Johnson delivered a leadoff home run to cut Hickory's deficit to 3-2.

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