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Hickory Crawdads wins home opener, 5-2

April 12, 2012

The Hickory Crawdads opened play at home for the 20th season in fashion on Thursday.

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and tied 2-2 with Asheville, Crawdads left fielder Jordan Akins singled between first and second base, scoring Rougned Odor to break the tie.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Tigers beat Bears for Easter title

April 12, 2012

For the second time in as many days, the Fred T. Foard softball earned a shutout victory against Bunker Hill at the Cherryville Easter softball tournament.

The Lady Tigers (16-2) scored two runs in the first, four runs in the third, two in the fourth and nine in the fifth to earn the impressive victory.

Pistons trounce Bobcats 109-85 to snap 3-game skid

April 12, 2012

CHARLOTTE — For the first time this week the Detroit Pistons had some fun.

But then, most teams do these days against the NBA-worst Charlotte Bobcats.

Greg Monroe had 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Pistons salvaged a four-game road trip with a 109-85 rout of the woeful Bobcats on Thursday night.

Abernathy, Bass among five county Hall inductees

April 11, 2012

Five men will join the 53-person Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame in May.

Jim Correll, the late Bill Bass, David Abernathy, Tom Swatzel and Marion Kirby make up the 2012 Hall of Fame class, which was announced Wednesday at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.

Hickory tops Maiden for Easter title, Warriors third

April 11, 2012

Hickory claimed its first Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic title since 1999 with a 12-1 mercy rule victory against Maiden on Wednesday at Henkel-Alley Field.

Nick Guarino went 3-for-4 from the plate, including two runs and two RBIs. He also pitched seven innings, striking out four, walking two and allowing two hits and one earned run.

Painter, Raymond to transfer from NC State

April 11, 2012

RALEIGH — North Carolina State's DeShawn Painter and Jaqawn Raymond plan to transfer.

Team spokesman Dwayne Harrison said Wednesday night that the school has granted requested releases for both players.

Tuesday's Easter Classic scores, Wednesday games

April 10, 2012

Trailing by a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Newton-Conover (3-11) scored seven runs, including two off the bat of shortstop Spencer Travis, to pull off a comeback win against Fred T. Foard in consolation action in the Catawba County Easter Baseball Classic.

Greenville holds on for 4-3 win against 'Dads

April 10, 2012

The Hickory Crawdads attempted a late comeback with runs in the seventh and eighth, but came up just short against the Greenville Drive, dropping a 4-3 contest Tuesday.

Panthers WR Smith agrees to 3-year extension

April 10, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Wide receiver Steve Smith is now expected to finish his career where it began.

The Panthers have announced Smith has agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2015 season. There is also a team option for the 2016 season.

Monday's Easter Classic results, Tuesday schedule

April 9, 2012

The two-time defending tournament champion Bears had their title defense and six-game win streak ended on Monday with a 11-5 defeat against the Warriors.

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

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