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June 7th, 2011
Celebrities, golf professionals and some of the areaâ€™s best high school golfers stole the show Tuesday as part of the Dale Jarrett Shootout at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors.
Among those in attendance were NASCAR owner Joe Gibbs, NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, former Virginia Tech and Charlotte Hornets star Dell Curry and Olympic gold medalist Dan Jansen.
Each of the celebrities that played in Tuesdayâ€™s event were paired with a golf professional and one of the top-five finishers in Mondayâ€™s Greater Hickory High School Classic.
Some of college baseballâ€™s finest players assembled in Catawba County for another season of the Catawba Valley Stars baseball team.
The Stars, which consist of college baseball players from different schools around the country, play in the Carolina Virginia Collegiate Summer Baseball League. The team has been in existence for more than 20 years.
The league consists of eight teams, and the Stars play a grueling schedule of 65 games in 75 days.
Also on the Starsâ€™ schedule are non-league teams from the Coastal Plains League, Independent League and MLB Rookie League.
Hickory golfer J.T. Poston shot a 32 to win Mondayâ€™s nine-hole Greater Hickory High School Classic at Rock Barn.
Bunker Hillâ€™s Tyler Lail finished third with a 35. Fred T. Foardâ€™s Sterling Cline and Maidenâ€™s Thomas Lilly finished with 37s, which were tied for the fourth best score.
Three of the area's best baseball players are looking forward to the coming week, as the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft commences Monday.
Bunker Hill's Jeremy Null, Hickory's Tyler Poole and Lenoir-Rhyne's Brian Dice are all potential picks in this year's draft, which is televised on the MLB Network starting Monday.
Null, a 6-foot-7-inch pitcher, stiffled offenses with a strong early 90s fastball. He used his senior season to further develop his pitching by adding breaking pitches to his repertoire.
Despite having seven months to prepare for another tournament, Rock Barn Golf & Spa is ready to host the 2011 Greater Hickory Classic presented by Kia Motors next week.
Pete Fisch, tournament manager for the Greater Hickory Classic, said the moving of the tournament date put the course in a time disadvantage.
The Hickory American Legion baseball team opened up the home portion of its 2011 season in fashion.
Post 48 (2-0) scored early, adding one run in the first and four runs in the second, on its way to a 11-2 win over Rutherford County Post 423 Wednesday.
Leading the way offensively was Stephan Jordan, who had three RBIs. Jacob Hoyle added two RBIs.
Pitcher Tyler Poole also played a great game, allowing seven hits, two runs, three walks and struck out six batters.
In a back-and-forth battle in doubleheader Junior Legion baseball, Bunker Hill got the best of Newton-Conover.
The Bears scored six runs in the final two innings of game one to earn a 9-5 victory.
They swept the doubleheader with two clutch RBIs in the bottom of the fifth inning by Nathan Gantt to win game two.
Bunker Hill 9, Newton-Conover 5
The Red Devils and Bears tied after the first inning with both squads scoring two runs each in the first frame.
At 15 years old, Kaylee Dowell has completed the triple crown of junior gymnastics.
Dowell, a freshman at Fred T. Foard, scored 37.5 points out of a possible 40 during the Level 9 Junior Olympic Eastern National Championships earlier this month in Worcester, Mass.
The competition included four events â€” floor exercise, balance beam, vault and uneven bars.
She adds the J.O. Eastern National title to the two championship victories in April â€” a North Carolina state title in Greenville and a regional title in New Orleans.
For the 32nd season, the Catawba County Hornets prepare to compete on the gridiron.
The former club team of Lenoir-Rhyne will trying to improve upon its 9-6 record and fifth-place finish in the Central Carolinas Football League from a season ago.
Doug Fry, owner and coach for the Hornets, has been a part of the team for every season of its existence.
â€śWe are a club football team,â€ť Fry said. â€śWe arenâ€™t semi-pro because they donâ€™t get paid to play. So it doesnâ€™t hurt their eligibility. They're still eligible to go to college.â€ť
A lot of questions loom entering Sundayâ€™s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Can Kyle Busch overcome a speeding incident in nearby Iredell County to win the event?
Can Kyleâ€™s brother, Kurt, join the names of Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Neil Bonnett and Buddy Baker as a repeat winner of the spring race at Charlotte?
Can Carl Edwards overcome a damaged race car from a post-race victory celebration in last weekâ€™s All-Star Race?