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June 14th, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â€” 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.
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.
Itâ€™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 Fridayâ€™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.
Twayâ€™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.
NASCAR owner and Super Bowl winning coach Joe Gibbs and one of his three drivers, Denny Hamlin, visited Catawba County on Tuesday.
Both men played in the Dale Jarrett Shootout, which is part of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.
Gibbs owns three Super Bowl titles with the Washington Redskins (Super Bowls 17, 22, 26). His three Sprint Cup Series championships came with drivers Bobby LaBonte (2000) and Tony Stewart (2002, 2005).
Hamlin owns four of his 16 Sprint Cup Series victories at Pocono Raceway, where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is racing this weekend.
A former Fred T. Foard athlete is aiming to win an NCAA championship in the hammer throw today.
Malcolm Styers, a former member of the Tigersâ€™ track and field program and current senior at Appalachian State, qualified for the NCAA National track and field championships with a career-best performance May 27 at the NCAA East Regionals.
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.