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James, Allen, Wade out vs. 'Cats; Chalmers uncertain

April 5, 2013

CHARLOTTE — The Miami Heat say LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen won't play Friday night against the NBA-worst Charlotte Bobcats, but that Mario Chalmers has been upgraded to a game-time decision.

Chalmers participated in the team's Friday morning shoot-around practice.

The Heat can afford to rest their stars after locking up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Hickory's Zach Jarrett focused on his baseball future

April 4, 2013

Born into a family of race car drivers, Zach Jarrett is using another sports pedigree to try to drive his own destiny.

The 6-foot-5 third baseman for Hickory High School is focused on finishing his senior season and gearing up for college.

Carolina Panthers preseason schedule released

April 4, 2013

CHARLOTTE — The Panthers will visit the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens for a nationally televised preseason game Aug. 22, the NFL announced.

The Panthers open the preseason against at home against the Chicago Bears on Aug. 9.

The next two games are on the road — Aug. 15 at the Philadelphia Eagles followed by the game at Baltimore which will be televised by ESPN.

LOCAL SPORTS: Rainy weather causes changes

April 4, 2013

Below is a look at Thursday's sports cancellations due to weather in the area:

Prep softball

Cherryville Easter Softball tournament
Maiden vs. North Lincoln, cancelled (no make-up)

Minor league baseball
Greensboro at Hickory, postponed to Saturday
(doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.)

Ragsdale takes over 'Dads heading into 21st season

April 4, 2013

The Hickory Crawdads enter the 2013 season tonight under brand new management.

Corey Ragsdale takes over the reigns from former skipper Bill Richardson —the all-time winningest manager in team history.

Ragsdale, a former player for the New York Mets (2001-07) and Texas Rangers (2008-09) organizations, returns to the Hickory — the last ball club he ever suited up for.

Indians blank Warriors, win their third Classic title

April 4, 2013

With a shutout performance on the mound from Greg Lucas, the St. Stephens baseball team captured its third Easter Baseball Classic title on Wednesday.

The Indians (9-4) blanked West Caldwell, 4-0, to win their first Classic title since 2009 and third in the past 11 years (2002). 

Bobcats overcome early deficit, 76ers in 88-83 victory

April 4, 2013

Trailing by as many as 16 points, the Charlotte Bobcats exploded in the second half to come away with an 88-83 victory at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

Gerald Henderson continued his torrid play of late with 24 points, while Kemba Walker (17 points, 10 assists) and Josh McRoberts (12 points, 16 rebounds) each record double doubles in the win.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Wednesday's tourney scores

April 3, 2013

Below is a look at Wednesday's prep tournament scores from across Catawba County:

23rd Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic

Third place game: No. 3 Hickory 13, No. 8 Newton-Conover 5

Championship game:
No. 2 St. Stephens 4, No. 4 West Caldwell 0

Cherryville Easter Softball tournament
Maiden 6, Cherryville 2

Brown's late single pushes Indians past Tornadoes

April 3, 2013

Winning 4-3 in close games is becoming a tradition this week for the St. Stephens baseball team.

A single by Dylan Brown in the bottom of the eighth inning plated Konner Klingenberg from third base, allowing St. Stephens to knock off the defending Easter Classic champion Hickory, 4-3.

The Saint victory comes one day after defeating Fred T. Foard, 4-3, in the bottom of the seventh inning.

EASTER CLASSIC: Bears, Tigers win in consolation

April 3, 2013

Bunker Hill bounced back from a difficult loss in the opening round of the Easter Baseball Classic with an 8-2 win against Maiden on Tuesday.

In other Classic consolation action, Fred T. Foard took down South Iredell.

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