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Lilly medalist in county match, Hickory wins team title

March 29, 2012

Some things change, while others just stay the same.

That was the case Thursday at the Catawba County golf championships at Catawba Country Club.

Hickory claimed the 20th annual team title, while Maiden junior Thomas Lilly claimed medalist honors.

For more information on this story, pick up a copy of Friday's Observer News Enterprise newspaper.

Bandys' Madi Story selected to AP All-State team

March 29, 2012

Bandys sophomore guard Madi Story added another accolade to her résumé on Wednesday as she was selected to the Associated Press All-State girls basketball team.

For more information on this story, check out a copy of Friday's edition of the Observer News Enterprise newspaper.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Lady Tigers suffer first loss

March 29, 2012

The Fred T. Foard softball team suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a 2-0 contest to North Iredell on Thursday.

North Iredell pitcher Karley Harkey gave up four Foard hits, striking out three batters.

Ashley Oliver had two hits for the Lady Tigers (12-1), while Olivia Purvis and Rebecca Rowe had one hit each.

Trio propels Red Devil golf back to top

March 28, 2012

Hayden Bandy, Alex Hefner and Lee Mitchell weren’t at the same school until this season.

Now, the trio of golfers are leading Newton-Conover to new heights, as the Red Devils head into today’s Catawba County golf championships at Catawba Country Club.

For more on this story, check out Thursday's edition of the Observer News Enterprise newspaper.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Lady Trojans win sixth straight

March 28, 2012

Bandys (6-3, 5-1) won their sixth softball game in a row with a 6-0 shutout victory against East Burke on Wednesday.

Sara Boyd and Rachel Cox each drove in two RBIs, while Breanna Jones and Kathleen Reardon each drove in an RBI.

Taylor Sigmon earned the victory on the mound, striking out three batters, walking two and allowing nine hits.2

Fred T. Foard 3, Watauga 0

Postseason OT adopted for NFL regular season

March 28, 2012

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Even though the NFL's new rule for postseason overtime has never come into play, it's being expanded for the regular season, too.

NFL owners passed the playoff overtime rule for the regular schedule Wednesday. All games that go into overtime now cannot end on a field goal on the first possession.

Lomboy's two goals lift Hickory past Foard

March 27, 2012

Scoring off the set piece was a problem this season for the Hickory girls soccer team — until Tuesday.

Senior Jackie Lomboy pocketed two set piece goals to push the Lady Red Tornadoes to a 2-1 road victory against Fred T. Foard.

For the complete game story, check out Wednesday's edition of the Observer News Enterprise newspaper.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Indians drop second NWC game

March 27, 2012

The St. Stephens baseball team dropped its second conference game of the season on the diamond in a six-inning 13-3 loss to the Pioneers.

Watauga (7-4, 4-2) scored seven runs on six hits in the second inning, which propelled them to the victory.

Max Linnville led the Pioneers with a 3-for-4 performance from athe palte, including a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.

NASCAR all-star race to be run in 5 segments

March 27, 2012

CONCORD (AP) — NASCAR's annual all-star race will be split into five segments this year, with a mandatory pit stop before the final 10-lap sprint for the $1 million prize.

Gantt, Ortiz guide Blue Devils in win

March 26, 2012

With the bases loaded in the fourth inning, no outs and his team up 9-0, Maiden pitcher Jason Gantt put faith in himself, and trust his head coach.

“I had to trust my pitches,” Gantt said. “Coach was calling my pitches. He came out to the mound and talked to me. He told me to trust my stuff and to trust him.”

The senior listened to his coaches’ advice, earning a strikeout on his next pitch.

Gantt eventually got out of the inning unscathed, leading Maiden (7-4, 4-1) to a 10-0 mercy rule victory at home against East Burke (3-6, 1-3).

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