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April 22nd, 2011
The three bears.
No, this isnâ€™t a childrenâ€™s story, but it was a storybook ending for a trio of Bunker Hill baseball players.
First basemen/pitcher Jacob Shepherd, third basemen/pitcher Cody Plemmons and outfielder Cody Ervin officially signed to continue their baseball careers in college Friday.
Shepherd signed with Catawba College, Plemmons with Lenoir-Rhyne and Ervin with Mars Hill.
After losing senior leader Katie Johnson to a knee injury in the second period, St. Stephens was determined not to let her down.
Freshman Alex Roarke and sophomore Macy Franklin each pocketed goals in the second period, as St. Stephens picked up its eighth conference victory against Watauga on Thursday.
â€śKatie gets hurt and all of a sudden, we picked up our play,â€ť said Indians coach Chuck Davis. â€śYou have to hand it to the girls for having their teammates back. They wanted to do it for Katie. It was nice for them to step up in her absence.â€ť
The Bunker Hill girlsâ€™ soccer team got off on the wrong foot Wednesday â€” literally.
The Lady Bears (2-13-2) struggled against a strong West Iredell team. They had no shots on goal and allowed six goals to drop a non-conference game at home.
The Lady Warriors (12-6-0) scored four goals in the first period and added two early goals in the second period to come away with a 6-0 victory.
Bandysâ€™ unbeaten conference softball record â€” gone.
Maidenâ€™s chances of winning the conference title â€” still alive.
The Blue Devils (10-2) avenged a 6-4 home loss to the Trojans on March 24 and overcame an early 1-0 deficit to win 3-1 on the road Tuesday.
The loss for Bandys (9-1) is the first in conference play and keeps Maidenâ€™s hopes alive for the chance of a CVAC title.
Maiden pitcher Hannah Callahan had trouble early in the first inning of Tuesdayâ€™s game, as she loaded the bases on two hits and a hit batter.
Three singles and six doubles players from county teams are guaranteed a spot at Regionals after Mondayâ€™s opening round of the CVAC tournament.
Among the county teams to have players advancing to Regionals were Maiden and Newton-Conover.
The Red Devils, who are beginning their quest for a second straight state championship in 2A, had John Reid qualify individually for the second year in a row.
Hang Lak Choi and Ryan Lampe, as well as Austin Adams and John Tate, qualified for regions in doubles.
CHAPEL HILL â€” North Carolina's Harrison Barnes will return for his sophomore season instead of declaring for the NBA draft.
Barnes was the Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year, averaging nearly 16 points. The 6-foot-8 forward was widely regarded as the nation's top freshman entering the season and helped the Tar Heels win 29 games and the ACC regular-season championship and get within a game of the Final Four.
The Tar Heels will return all five starters and their top seven scorers from last season, making them a favorite to enter the year ranked No. 1.
It was a â€śDavid versus Goliathâ€ť match-up when Bunker Hill faced Newton-Conover in baseball Friday.
The Bears entered the game a staggering 16-0 and 10-0 in CVAC games.
The Red Devils sported a 1-15 record. However, that didnâ€™t stop Newton-Conover from playing their hearts out.
Red Devil pitcher Todd Church had his finest game of the season, striking out nine batters, but the Bears were just too much.
Bunker Hill scored six runs off of Church and pitcher Jacob Shepard struck out 11 batters, allowed one walk and three hits to give the Bears their 17th consecutive victory.
Former Maiden and Bunker Hill football coach Tom Brown will enter his fourth hall of fame on Saturday, when he is inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Associaton (NCHSAA) Hall of Fame.
Brown, who is considered by many as one of the greatest high school coaches in North Carolinaâ€™s history, adds the NCHSAA Hall of Fame honor to his inductions into the Lenoir-Rhyne, Catawba County Sports and North Carolina Athletic Directorâ€™s Association Halls of Fame.
Five former coaches and athletes were announced as members of the 2011 Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Among the names in this yearâ€™s class are NASCAR champion Dale Jarrett, youth sports coach William â€śSkipâ€ť Beatty, slow-pitch softball sponsor Richard Howard and Hickory High School stand outs Cathy Burgess Hitchcock and Charles Allen â€śAlâ€ť Young.
The quintet will be a part of the 10th class of the hall of fame.
Taylor Sigmon was in a bit of a slump at the plate entering Tuesdayâ€™s softball game against Newton-Conover.
When the game was over, she left little doubt that she had found her swing.
The junior drove in four RBIs and blasted four hits, including three doubles and a home run, lifting the Lady Trojans to their eighth conference victory.