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Harvey tries to push Trojans to deep playoff run

May 11, 2012

Bandys pitcher Hunter Harvey, the 2012 Catawba Valley 2A baseball player of the year, continues his growth during a stellar junior season.

Harvey is hoping to lead the Trojans (16-7) past the opening round of the 2A playoffs for the first time in three seasons when Bandys travels to West Stokes (20-3) on Friday.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Lady Tigers advance, Indians fall

May 11, 2012

The St. Stephens baseball team lost its third-straight 3A first-round playoff game, falling to Crest on Thursday, 13-8.

Tied 7-7 in the fifth inning, Crest score four runs, including a two-RBI single by Brock Melton, to pull away for good. Melton led the Chargers with four RBIs on a 4-for-4 hitting performance on the day.

Crawdads fall to Sand Gnats in home return, 7-2

May 11, 2012

The Hickory Crawdads fell 7-2 to the Savannah Sand Gnats in their home return game from a lengthy seven-game road tilt.

First baseman Brian Harris led the Sand Gnats (21-12) with three RBIs on a 2-for-3 hitting performance from the plate.

Trever Adams drove in the lone RBI for Hickory (18-13).

Lady Bears try to turn around playoff luck

May 9, 2012

After missing the playoffs three-straight seasons from 2008-10, the Bunker Hill softball team begins its second-straight 2A postseason trip Friday.

The Lady Bears, who had a remarkable 2012 campaign, will try to break its recent unlucky past in postseason play.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Trojans beat Mustangs, advance

May 9, 2012

A goal by Ceana Aguirre in the 60th minute on an assist by Cassidy Winchester was the difference maker, giving the Bandys soccer team a one-goal victory in the first round of the 2A soccer playoffs.

The Lady Trojans' Chandler Griffith pocketed the first goal in the game in the 32nd minute on an assist from Katie Spaulding.

Connecticut Sun waives former UNC star Breland

May 9, 2012

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — The Connecticut Sun has trimmed its pre-season roster to 13 players by cutting two players, including former North Carolina star Jessica Breland.

The 6-foot-3 Breland was picked up by the Sun last July after being waived by New York, but saw action in just one game.

Crawdads' Deglan growing in second season

May 9, 2012

From the Great White North to the Greater Hickory Metro, Crawdads catcher Kellin Deglan has experienced an interesting journey.

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.

PREP NOTEBOOK: N-C ousted from dual playoffs

May 9, 2012

Newton-Conover's attempt to three-peat as 2A dual team state champions ended Tuesday with a 6-0 loss to Shelby, the top-ranked tennis team in the state.

The Red Devils, who finish the season with a 16-5 record, battled a number of injuries to players, which didn't make trying to knock off the Golden Lions an easy task.

Crawdads final game with Kannapolis rained out

May 9, 2012

Tuesday's minor league baseball game between the Hickory Crawdads and Kannapolis Intimidators was postponed due to inclement weather.

A make-up date has not been announced, but will be made for a later date.

The Crawdads return home Thursday for the first game of a four-game tilt against the Savannah Sand Gnats. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Maiden’s Zack Huffman tries to shoulder the load

May 8, 2012

In a Feb. 29 scrimmage against Wilkes Central’s Garrett Lakey, Maiden’s Zack Huffman was leading 6-1, 4-0.

Suddenly, he felt a weird sensation in his arm that changed the outlook of not only the match, but his whole senior season.

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

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