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Oliver's HR lifts Foard to 3A West Regional title

May 26, 2012

For the first time since 1998, Fred T. Foard will play for a softball state championship.

A two-run home run by Foard third baseman Ashley Oliver in the top of the sixth over right field helped the Lady Tigers (25-4) advance to next weekend's state championship series in Raleigh.

Drew Robinson's walk-off RBI lifts Hickory, 8-7

May 26, 2012

A single by Drew Robinson in the bottom of the ninth gave the Hickory Crawdads a walkoff win against the Lexington Legends on Friday before a packed house of 4,853 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Legends (25-22) led 4-3 before the bottom of the seventh inning when the 'Dads struck for four runs, including a two-RBI single by Hanser Alberto.

Beason comes to teammate Newton's defense

May 26, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jon Beason may not play offensive tackle, but he's certainly not afraid to protect his quarterback.

Beason, the Panthers' three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, fired back Friday at San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith via Twitter after comments he perceived were a slam on Carolina teammate Cam Newton.

Foard headed to state softball title series

May 25, 2012

Fred T. Foard defeated North Iredell 2-0 Friday night to clinch the 3A West Regional softball title.

The Lady Tigers plated two runs on a sixth-inning homer by Ashley Oliver in the victory, Foard's second over North Iredell in as many nights.

Foard now faces C.B. Aycock or Western Alamance in a best-of-three state championship series June 1-2.

Four-run fourth helps give Tigers 1-0 series lead

May 24, 2012

After giving up its first runs this postseason, the Fred T. Foard softball team trailed 2-0 in the middle of the fourth inning of its playoff game against North Iredell on Thursday.

Not willing to crumble under the pressure, the Lady Tigers scored four runs on four hits and a walk in the fourth inning, lifting them to a 4-2 victory against the Lady Raiders.

Legends best Crawdads on Thursday, 7-3

May 24, 2012

Trailing 3-2 after five innings, the Lexington Legends scored five runs in the final four innings to pull away with the 7-3 victory against the Hickory Crawdads on Thursday at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Four of those runs came in two innings, including two each in the top of the sixth and top of the ninth.

Almirola takes first pole at Coca-Cola 600

May 24, 2012

CONCORD — It's been awhile, but Richard Petty has bragging rights once again in Charlotte.

Aric Almirola took the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 with a lap of 192.940 mph Thursday night and teammate Marcus Ambrose finished second at 191.598, giving Petty a front-row sweep at Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCAR's longest race.

Bucs start quest for first NJCAA title on Saturday

May 23, 2012

The third time was the charm for the CVCC baseball team.

In just their third season, the Buccaneers will compete Saturday at the National Junior College Athletic Association Div. II World Series in Enid, Okla.

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

Foard to host North Iredell on Thursday in title series

May 23, 2012

The Fred T. Foard softball team hosts North Iredell in the first game of a best-of-three West Regional championship series today.

The Lady Tigers (23-4), who won in the 10th inning against Franklin on Tuesday to advance to the title series, would also host a third game, if necessary, on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Rusty Wallace heads NASCAR Hall of Fame group

May 23, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace hated running second to anyone and doesn't plan to start now that he's part of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Wallace, the 1989 series champion who won 55 races, headed the group of five picked Wednesday as NASCAR's newest Hall of Famers. The others selected were Leonard Wood, Herb Thomas, Cotton Owens and Buck Baker.

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