April 5th, 2012
The Lenoir-Rhyne softball team moved back into the national rankings this week. The Lady Bears are ranked No. 23 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NCAA Div. II top 25 Poll.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 37-10 on the season, and has won 15 of its last 16 games including eight straight contests.
The kickoff to the 20th season of Hickory Crawdads baseball was delayed on Thursday due to weather.
The 'Dads were scheduled to play at Kannapolis, but the game was postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday with back-to-back seven-inning games starting at 6:05 p.m.
Longtime Newton-Conover High School head football coach Nick Bazzle accepted a job this week as Alexander Central's football coach.
Bazzle's successor at Newton-Conover will be the fourth head football coach in a new position when the prep season kicks off this fall.
James "Buddy" King will coach his first season at Maiden as he succeeds Brian Brown.
Joe T. Whitener, 91, of Conover, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
A graveside service with military rites will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Conover City Cemetery, with the Rev. Lester O. Roof officiating.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Drum Funeral Home in Conover.
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Ray Ball is motivated â€” driven â€” by something unknown to most men.
Frankly, itâ€™s hard to tack down just â€śwhatâ€ť keeps him going.
Whatever it is, though, the city of Claremont is sure happy it exists.
Newton-Conoverâ€™s head coach for 13 seasons is leaving the Red Devils for the Cougarsâ€™ Lair.
Nick Bazzle was announced as the new head football coach for Alexander Central High on Wednesday.
â€śOur community will miss him,â€ť said NCHS principal Kevin Campbell.
The Bunker Hill and Newton-Conover track teams competed for the first time since this past weekend's Catawba County championships.
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Fred T. Foard bounced back from a defeat Tuesday to Alexander Central, knocking off South Caldwell 4-0.
Lexi Shubert drove in two RBIs on two singles. She also pitched seven innings, striking out 10 and walking four.
Mackenzie Dziendiel also drove in a run in the Foard (13-2) victory.
St. Stephens 5, Hibriten 0
ATLANTA â€” Josh Smith scored 24 points, Jeff Teague added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the woeful Charlotte Bobcats 120-93 on Wednesday night.
Joe Johnson finished with 16 points for Atlanta, which had lost three of four. Hawks coach Larry Drew rested all of his starters in the fourth quarter.