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Cole McGraw's walk gives Hickory 1-0 series lead

July 4, 2012

A bases-loaded walk by Cole McGraw in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Hickory Post 48 to a 12-11 victory over Kings Mountain Post 155 on Tuesday at Henkel-Alley Field at the American Legion Fairgrounds.

With the win, Hickory (16-4) takes 1-0 series lead over Kings Mountain (3-12).

'Dads beat 'Hoppers, 7-6, for second-straight day

July 4, 2012

For the second-straight day, the Hickory Crawdads picked up a 7-6 road victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Tuesday.

The Crawdads remain undefeated in the month of July, improving to 10-3 in the second half and 46-36 overall.

'Dads pitcher Jerad Eickhoff picked up his 10th in of the season — the first Crawdad to accomplish the feat this season.

AP Source: Bobcats interview UNLV's Augmon

July 3, 2012

CHARLOTTE — A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Bobcats have interviewed former UNLV star and current Running Rebels assistant coach Stacey Augmon for a spot on Mike Dunlap's coaching staff.

Hickory Post 48 healthy, ready to make a title run

July 3, 2012

As the American Legion Area IV baseball playoffs start on Tuesday, the expectations for Hickory Post 48 remain the same — to win a championship.

For a complete preview of the Area IV playoffs, pick up the Holiday edition (July 3-4) of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

'Dads pick up series win over 'Hoppers, 7-6

July 3, 2012

Powered by a four-run fifth inning, the Hickory Crawdads picked up a series-clinching road victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Monday, 7-6.

The Crawdads improve to 9-3 in the second half and 45-36 overall. Greensboro falls to 5-7 in the second half and 51-31 overall.

Charlotte's Lambert adds 4 coaches, staff complete

July 2, 2012

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte 49ers head football coach Brad Lambert has filled out his 10-person staff by hiring four additional assistant coaches.

Damien Gary will coach the running backs, Drew Dayton the inside linebackers, Johnson Richardson the tight ends and John Russell will be the assistant secondary coach.

Area IV pairings released, Hickory faces Kings Mt.

July 1, 2012

The pairings for the American Legion baseball Area IV playoffs were officially released on Sunday at a meeting at the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds.

For the first time ever, all 16 Area IV teams qualify for the postseason with teams from the East Division playing teams from the West Division.

Hickory ends season with 7-4 win, ties for first

June 30, 2012

One day after a grueling slugfest with Cherryville that ended in a heartbreaking loss, Hickory Post 48 closed out its regular season strong.

Led by solid pitching from Colton Allison, Post 48 picked up its 15th win of the season.

With the victory, Hickory ends its season at 11-3 in the Area IV West Division — tied three ways for first with Cherryville and Caldwell County.

Hickory falls to Cherryville in 13 innings, 17-14

June 30, 2012

After 13 innings of a seesaw slugfest in American Legion Area IV baseball between Hickory Post 48 and Cherryville Post 100, it was the road team that stood tall.

Post 100 scored three runs in the top of the 13th inning to come away with the 17-14 victory over Post 48.

Hickory rallied down 11-3 after three innings to tie the contest and send the game into extra innings.

Harper solid in Roughriders debut, team wins 43-16

June 30, 2012

Justin Harper made a successful debut Friday in the Canadian Football League regular season, helping to lead Saskatchewan to a 43-16 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Harper caught two passes for 32 yards from Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant. His longest catches was an 18-yard grab.

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