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June 21st, 2011

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.

Perdue gives green light to NC stock car label

June 21, 2011

CONCORD (AP) — 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 — the state bird is already the cardinal, the turtle is the state reptile and the sweet potato the official vegetable.

June 17th

Q&A with Chiefs' kicker Ryan Succop

June 17, 2011

During last week’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?

Former Indian prepares for CWS stage

June 17, 2011

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 Indians’ 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.

June 15th

Jason Phelps hired as Foard football coach

June 16, 2011

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.

June 14th

Wiebe defeats Mason in playoff to win GHC

June 14, 2011

After three rounds, 54 holes and two 19-under-par scores, it took three playoff holes to decide this year’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 winner’s prize.

The victory by Wiebe breaks a 77-tournament losing streak.

“I didn’t know it had been 77 tournaments since I’ve won,” Wiebe said. “That was kind of a bummer to know. I’m tickled to have busted that drought.”

Waltrip, Yarborough join NASCAR Hall of Fame

June 14, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — 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.

June 11th

Tway continues to lead after second round of GHC

June 11, 2011

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.

June 10th

Bob Tway leads tight GHC field by one shot

June 10, 2011

It’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 Friday’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.

Tway’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.

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