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May 4th, 2011

Trojans clinch second straight CVAC title

May 4, 2011

The Bandys softball team honored three seniors on Wednesday in the best possible way — winning.

The Lady Trojans (13-1) shutout Bunker Hill on Wednesday, and in the process, clinched their second straight CVAC title.

Before the game, the team honored its seniors — Katie Carpenter, Kailee Punch and Kelsey Clark.

“Before we started this game, I showed them a picture of when they were 9 years old on a travel team,” said Trojans coach Mike Carpenter. “It was right after we won our first tournament. It brought back memories because all three of them were on that team.”

May 3rd

Red Devils sweep Pisgah in opening round

May 3, 2011

Opening its state title defense, the Newton-Conover tennis team made a statement Tuesday.

The Red Devils (21-2) swept visiting Pisgah and only dropped seven of a combined 109 points in those matches. Newton-Conover won 72 of 78 points in its singles matches and 30 of 31 points in doubles matches.

“Pisgah was a wild card team,” said Red Devils’ coach Brian Tate. “We know what is coming up next. That is Salisbury, a team we play in the western finals last year. I’m just trying to get these guys a little more focused. Matches like this don’t feel like a playoff match sometimes.”

May 2nd

Harvey, Trojans end Bears’ perfect season

May 3, 2011

The Hunter found his prey on Monday.

The Bandys baseball team, led by pitcher Hunter Harvey, denied Bunker Hill a second consecutive undefeated regular season.

Harvey pitched a complete seven innings, striking out 10 batters, allowing five hits and two walks in the victory.

“Hunter threw great tonight,” said Bandys coach Frank Porter. “He is a young kid, only a sophomore. He was the difference.”

Bears coach Marty Curtis gave credit to Harvey after the game was over.

April 29th

CVCC baseball thriving after two seasons

April 29, 2011

Two years young, but strong nonetheless.

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team, only in its sophomore season, is having success beyond the wildest of imaginations.

When former Lenoir-Rhyne coach Frank Pait heard about the beginning of a baseball program at CVCC, he saw it as an opportunity to get back into coaching the sport he loves.

April 28th

Shubert, Tigers retire eight of final nine batters

April 28, 2011

With two runners on base against them, one out and leading 4-2 in the top of the fifth inning, the Fred T. Foard softball team huddled.

“We just wanted to get re-composed,” said Foard coach Jennifer Cook. “We had let Draughn make a run in the same spot of the order earlier in the game. We helped them into scoring position with uncharacteristic errors. I just kind of reminded of what we needed to do. We needed to take care of the girl at the plate without allowing a score and take care of the next two batters.”

The Lady Tigers (14-3) did just that and more.

April 27th

Bunker Hill tops Hickory to win Classic title

April 28, 2011

Despite falling behind 1-0 against Hickory, the Bunker Hill baseball team “Shook” it off, literally.

The Bears (23-0) came back with an offensive onslaught, led by catcher Tyler Shook, to capture their second straight Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic on Wednesday.

Shook had a four-RBI performance, including a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jacob Shepherd added two RBIs in the victory.

Panthers' brass knows stress of holding No. 1 pick

April 27, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — No pressure, Carolina Panthers. All you're about to do is make a decision that could immediately turn around a troubled franchise or lead it further into the abyss.

Add in never-before-seen uncertainty involving the bizarre labor dispute and you don't have to remind the team's brass of the pressure in holding the No. 1 pick in Thursday's NFL draft.

"It does kind of put a face on the beginning of my career," new coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday.

April 26th

Indians hit two HRs, overcome 6-0 hole

April 26, 2011

St. Stephens couldn’t have scripted a better ending.

Trailing 6-0 to Newton-Conover, the Indians’ baseball team rallied to score 12 runs, including a dramatic two-run homer by center fielder Phillip Carroll in the sixth inning. The Indians (6-13) bounced back from a 7-2 loss Monday to Hickory.

“We came out flat in the first side out,” said Indians’ coach Chip Watts. “Our kids responded well. We knew we had to chip at it a little bit at a time, and we wouldn’t get it all back in one inning. Our kids stayed with the course and with the game plan.”

April 25th

Bears open title defense with a victory

April 26, 2011

21 for 21.

The Bunker Hill baseball team won its 21st game of the season in the opening round of the 21st annual Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic by defeating Newton-Conover for the third time this season.

The Bears (21-0), who are the defending champions of the tournament and have won 50 of their last 51 games, will face Fred T. Foard today at 5 p.m.

April 22nd

Bears add to list of signees over the last two years

April 22, 2011

The three bears.

No, this isn’t a children’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.

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