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April 6th, 2011
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 Sportsmanâ€™s Clubâ€™s 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.
With the last name Carpenter, working with pine was a natural fit.
However, these three Carpenters donâ€™t craft furniture or build gazebos.Â They build team chemistry, hammer home runs and saw down runners at the plate.Â
Carlee, Katie and Mike Carpenter share a close bond. The love of softball and family devotion. The Carpenter softball legacy started with Mike and his father.
â€śI always used to help my dad,â€ť Mike said. â€śI used to help him coach teams when I was not much out of high school. I always enjoyed coaching kids.â€ť
Just under 1,000 fans showed up at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory to witness Wake Forest and Appalachian State square off in college baseball.
The Demon Deacons scored six runs in the first four innings of the game to distance themselves and hold off a late rally by the Mountaineers to seal the victory.
Both coaches enjoyed their time in Hickory and Frans Stadium.
â€śWe love the ballpark here,â€ť said Wake Forest coach Tom Walter. â€śThis is old school and old-fashion baseball. We hopefully want to do this every year and continue to grow it.â€ť
Same school. New team.
Jonathan Tharpe is trading one basketball team for another at Newton-Conover.
He stepped down as the girls basketball coach to lead the boys basketball team.
Tharpe replaces Mark Carter, who is retiring from coaching and teaching at the school.
Hibriten knocked off previously unbeaten Fred T. Foard on Friday in one of the most unusual softball games.
The game featured a no-hitter through four innings, two key injuries to the Lady Tigers (8-1, 3-1) and a nine-run seventh inning for Hibriten (6-4, 2-2).