November 11th, 2014
Experience paid off in a huge way on Tuesday for the Fred T. Foard boys soccer team in its second-straight 3A West Region championship game.
Led by a two-goal performance from Wyatt Shely, the Tigers advanced to their first-ever 3A state title game with a 2-0 win at Weddington.
Norma Jean Sigmon, age 80, of Hickory, went home to be with her Heavenly Father and family Friday, November 7, 2014 at Trinity Village in Hickory, NC. Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Hickory, NC is honored to serve the Sigmon family.
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, a pedestrian walking down Kool Park Road in Hickory was struck by two vehicles, according to NC Highway Patrol.
To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
The Town of Catawba celebrated Veterans Day early on Saturday with a parade through downtown and other activities.
When Lawrence Evans, of Newton, was only 17, he fibbed his age to enlist in the Army National Guard. After spending three years with the Guard, Evans enlisted with the Navy alongside his three brothers â€” Earl, Louis and Kenny.
Evansâ€™ job quickly moved from the sea to the air as he worked with a team of pilots to keep an eye out for enemy submarines.
Coach Jim Caudill predicted the amazing runs made by both the Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard boys soccer teams this postseason.
Caudill, who has coached the Catawba Valley Youth Soccer Associationâ€™s 96 Blast Blue Premier team for the past six seasons, led a group of young men to the North Carolina Youth Soccer Associationâ€™s Kepner Presidentâ€™s State Cup two seasons ago.
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Hickory Sportsmanâ€™s Club on Thursday, ESPNâ€™s Jay Bilas visited Rock Barn Golf & Spa.
Bilas, who played basketball at Duke University and is now an college hoops analyst, spoke during the clubâ€™s bi-annual meeting.
Before the meeting, O-N-E Sports Editor Cody Dalton was able to interview Bilas on a number of topics.
The game times for the 2A and 3A West Region boys soccer championship games have been released.
Below is a look at both contests:
2A West Region championship
Franklin (21-1) at Newton-Conover (24-1), 6 p.m.
3A West Region championship
Fred T. Foard (21-5-2) at Weddington (22-1-1), 6 p.m.
The Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard boys soccer teams are both a game away from playing for a state title.
The Red Devils edged Forbush, and the Tigers slid past Statesville â€” both by 2-1 scores â€” to advance to the 2A West Region and 3A West Region championship games.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has released its preliminary playoff brackets.
Below is an early look at the schedule involving Catawba County teams, which will be finalized later today:
No. 16 Smoky Mountain (2-9) at No. 1 East Lincoln (11-0)
No. 9 Rutherfordton Spindale (7-4) at No. 8 Bandys (8-3)