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NASCAR not interested in mandatory cautions

July 5, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bruton Smith has an idea how to create more excitement in NASCAR.

NASCAR President Mike Helton didn't sound very interested in the billionaire track promoter's suggestion to throw bogus cautions to bunch up the field. Smith argued last weekend at Kentucky that long green-flag runs are damaging NASCAR and floated his theory on creating mandatory cautions.

Post 48 wins 11-4 to take a 2-0 series advantage

July 5, 2012

Hickory Post 48 picked up an 11-4 road victory over Kings Mountain Post 155 on Wednesday, moving within one game of advancing to the second round of the Area IV playoffs.

Hickory (17-4) was led in victory by pitcher Ben Watson, who tossed a complete game and allowed eight hits, four runs (all earned), 10 walks and struck out 10 Kings Mountain batters.

Crawdads one-hit Shorebirds, earn 3-1 victory

July 5, 2012

The Hickory Crawdads returned home in style on Wednesday before 5,468 fans — the most people to attend a single 'Dads game at L.P. Frans Stadium in the past five years.

Left-handed starting pitcher Will Lamb and right-handed reliever Nick McBride combined to toss a one-hitter, helping the Crawdads to a 3-1 Independence Day victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds.

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.

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