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BlueClaws slip by Crawdads on late single, 3-2

July 14, 2012

Tied 2-2 late in Friday's South Atlantic League contest, the Lakewood BlueClaws got a timely hit from Brock Stassi to pick up a 3-2 victory over the Hickory Crawdads.

Stassi's single in the bottom of the ninth plated catcher Gabriel Lino, who reached base earlier in the inning on a walk.

Hardy, Wilson join Bazzle's coaching staff at A-C

July 13, 2012

Two Newton-Conover assistant coaches have left the school to take positions under former Red Devils coach Nick Bazzle at Alexander Central.

Matt Wilson and Greg Hardy have left their posts with the Red Devils to join Bazzle's staff with the Cougars.

Newton-Conover coach Brint Russell said Wilson's decision to leave was a difficult one.

Walker, Moss ready for final high school game

July 12, 2012

Before they head off to play college football at Carson-Newman, Jake Walker and Jervasse Moss have unfinished business on the prep football field.

The Newton-Conover duo play in this Wednesday's East-West All-Star Game at Jamieson Stadium in Greensboro.

Maiden boys basketball hire could come next week

July 12, 2012

Maiden High School Principal Dwayne Finger has set the timetable to hire a new boys basketball coach.

He said he hopes that task will be accomplished by as early as next week.

To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

Bobcats withdraw qualifying offer to Augustin

July 12, 2012

CHARLOTTE — The Bobcats have announced they've rescinded their qualifying offer to point guard D.J. Augustin.

That means Augustin, Charlotte's starting point guard last year when not injured, immediately becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Hornets prepare to kick of 33rd season Saturday

July 11, 2012

Back for a 33rd consecutive season, the Catawba County Hornets semi-pro football team kicks off its season on Saturday.

The Hornets, who finished 8-9 overall and 6-5 in the Central Carolinas Football League in 2011, face the Winston-Salem Red Wolves at Westside/Jaycee Park at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Hickory Post 48's season ended on walkoff double

July 11, 2012

With one swing of the bat late in Wednesday's game, Hickory Post 48's season and opportunity to make it back to the Area IV championship series ended.

Gaston's Justin Williams doubled with one out in the bottom of the ninth to pull out the 11-10 walkoff victory over Hickory Post 48.

Williams ready to take over Blue Devils baseball team

July 11, 2012

Maiden High School Principal Dwayne Finger has announced the hiring of David Williams as the school's next baseball coach.

Williams spent last season as a head JV and an assistant coach under Caine Houser, who stepped down from his head coaching post to take the school's athletic director job last week.

Post 48's McGraw making the most of last season

July 10, 2012

In his third and final year with Hickory Post 48, Cole McGraw is making the most of his last chance.

The left-handed veteran, who plays infield, outfield and serves as the team's closing pitcher, is having a standout postseason.

To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

Hickory's playoff game postponed on Tuesday

July 10, 2012

The third playoff game between Hickory Post 48 and the Gaston Braves was postponed on Tuesday.

The game, which was scheduled to take place at South Point High School, was called due to rain.

The contest has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. today at South Point H.S.
Gaston leads the series, 2-0, winning the first two games of the series, 11-7 and 16-6.

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