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April 12th, 2011
Taylor Sigmon was in a bit of a slump at the plate entering Tuesdayâs 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.
Itâs one simple word that is changing the complexion of the Maiden womenâs soccer program.
Last season, Maiden held a 5-12-2 overall record, were 2-12-1 in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference and scored 18 goals for the entire season.
So far this season, the team nearly doubled its total victories from a year ago with a 9-5-1 record. They hold a 5-2-1 conference mark and have scored 26 goals.
Third-year coach Dennis Ly said the change is due to a couple of reasons.
Rivals St. Stephens and Fred T. Foard met for the second time on the soccer field this season Friday. They didnât disappoint.
The Lady Indians scored five minutes into the game, and held off an aggressive second half by the Lady Tigers to remain undefeated in Northwestern Conference play.
âIt is the same old Foard-St. Stephens game,â said Lady Indians coach Chuck Davis. âIt is always a one-goal game. I donât care if it is raining, dry, cold or hot. They just get so pumped up to play against us.â
Newton-Conover scored six minutes into Thursdayâs game and never looked back.
The Lady Red Devils earned their third victory of the season, knocking off a tough Maiden team at home.
The win comes after Newton-Conover (3-13-0, 3-5-0) started the season with a 1-10 record.
âComing into this game, our mindset was that every game counts,â said N-C coach Robert Froyd. âEven if we donât go into the postseason, every game for us counts. It is a matter of pride, making sure we have respect for ourselves and showing each other what could have been.â
The Hickory Crawdads kick off the 2011 campaign tonight against the Asheville Tourists.
After the Texas Rangers made the World Series last season, the expectations are high for their minor league affiliate in Hickory.
George Bodenheimer, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of ESPN Inc. and ABC Sports, visited Catawba County on Tuesday. He was the guest at the Hickory Sportsmanâs Clubâs second meeting of 2011 at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.
During his time in Hickory, Bodenheimer was interviewed by the press about a variety of topics, from sports to broadcasting to his career at ESPN.
Q: Who is your favorite broadcaster?
A: Probably Keith Jackson. He spent many years at ABC and hosted college football for a number of years. He did a wonderful job.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) â Former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried will be the next men's basketball coach at North Carolina State, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school has yet to make a formal announcement. Gottfried is expected to attend a news conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
Gottfried was in his 11th season as head coach at Alabama when he resigned in January 2009. He also spent three seasons as head coach at Murray State.
Bandys softball went shopping at the gap.
It wasn't a team field trip to the mall, but rather an dominant offensive performance on the diamond for the Lady Trojans, who drove in seven extra base hits against East Burke (7-5, 5-2).
The victory puts Bandys (9-2, 5-0) in firm control of first place in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference.
"It was a big win for us today," said Trojans coach Mike Carpenter. "We hit the ball well. We hit the right pitches in the right places. It gives us momentum going into the second half of the season."
Four years strong and growing.
The Newton-Conover wrestling club celebrated its fourth season this week with a special presentation honoring those who participated in the club.
N-C wrestling coach Eddy Clark, who organizes the youth club, came up with the idea from a meeting with a college coach.
"We met with Kevin Dresser, the head coach at Virginia Tech," Clark said. "He had been a real successful high school coach. He gave us ideas, and we got great coaches in place. This is what we came up with."
Tied with Shelby and heading into doubles play, the Newton-Conover tennis team needed to win two matches to clinch the victory Thursday.
Not only did the Red Devils (14-2, 9-0) win two doubles matches, but they swept the second-ranked Golden Lions (9-2, 7-0) in decisive fashion.
Coming into the match, Newton-Conover was ranked No. 1 in the state in 2A tennis, while Shelby was No. 2.