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'Dads drop series finale to 'Hoppers, 9-3

April 27, 2012

The Greensboro Grasshoppers picked up a 9-3 victory in the series finale against the Hickory Crawdads on Friday before 1,540 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.

'Hoppers catcher Austin Barnes led his team by going 3-for-3 from the plate with a double and three RBIs.

Center fielder Grayson perseveres to lead ‘Dads

April 26, 2012

The tattoo on the right forearm of Hickory Crawdads center fielder Chris Grayson serves as a daily reminder of where he’s come from, but also where he’s headed.

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.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Trojans, Spartans play to tie

April 26, 2012

Bandys and South Caldwell played to a 0-0 tie in non-conference girls soccer Thursday in Catawba.

South Caldwell keeper Hannah Young saved 12 Trojan shots, while Bandys keeper Maria Carinci saved two shots on goal.

Bandys is 12-3-3 overall and 7-3-1 in the CVAC, while South Caldwel is 2-11-3 and 1-8-1 overall.

Lampe, Tate win doubles title

Panthers select LB Luke Kuechly in NFL Draft

April 26, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers wasted no time selecting Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly with the ninth pick in the NFL draft.

The only question now is where to play him.

Newton-Conover football coach search continues

April 25, 2012

Newton-Conover athletic director Billy Leeson gave an update Wednesday on the status of the next Red Devils varsity football coach.

To read this update on the NCHS head football coaching search, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, the Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Indians edge Red Devils

April 25, 2012

St. Stephens earned a 4-3 victory against Newton-Conover on Wednesday's "Senior Night" in Hickory.

The Indians trailed 3-1 late until they scored one run in the fourth and a pair of runs in the fifth to pull ahead.

Redick, Magic shoot way past Bobcats 102-95

April 25, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. — J.J. Redick had six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points as the Orlando Magic held off Charlotte 102-95 on Wednesday night, the Bobcats' 22nd consecutive loss.

Red Devils finish in top 3 of CVAC championships

April 24, 2012

East Burke’s girls and Draughn’s boys track teams were crowned CVAC champions at Bunker Hill on Tuesday, but Newton-Conover had a lot to be proud of.

The Red Devils who were fifth (girls) and eighth (boys) a year ago at the same meet, finished inside the top-three spots on both sides.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Tuesday scores, soccer bracket

April 24, 2012

The Maiden baseball team picked up a 4-2 road victory in CVAC play Tuesday against East Burke.

Jake Aaron, Dillon Foster and Daniel Williams each drove in an RBI for the Blue Devils, while Dustin Hipps scored a pair of runs.

Aaron Rudisill was the winning pitching for Maiden, while Hipps pitched up the save.

Hickory 6, St. Stephens 0

'Hoppers combine to no-hit Crawdads, win 6-0

April 24, 2012

The Greensboro Grasshoppers combined to throw a no-hitter, shutting out Hickory in the first of a seven-game homestand for the Crawdads.

Greensboro starter Jose Fernandez and relievers Gregory Nappo and Kevin Cravey combined to strike out 11 Hickory batters, allow three walks, no hits and no runs in the impressive pitching performance.

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