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Robinson, Crawdads top Sand Gnats in 13 innings

April 21, 2012

The Hickory Crawdads pulled out a 13-inning victory Friday against Savannah in South Atlantic League play.

Third baseman Drew Robinson led the 'Dads (10-5) with three RBIs, including a two-RBI double that plated Jeremy Williams and Kellin Deglan.

Outfielder Chris Grayson drove in the other run in the 13th frame for the 'Dads. His double scored Robinson.

ACC committee issues public reprimand to UNC

April 20, 2012

GREENSBORO — The Atlantic Coast Conference's infractions and penalties committee has issued a public reprimand to North Carolina.

The reprimand was announced Friday and came roughly a month after the NCAA's infractions committee imposed sanctions on the Tar Heels' football program.

N-C girls and boys track squads excelling

April 19, 2012

Heading into Tuesday’s Catawba Valley 2A track and field championships, Newton-Conover is poised to finish at the top of the boys and girls standings.

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 pull comeback over N-C

April 19, 2012

Leading 5-4 entering the final frame, Newton-Conover surrendered four runs in the seventh inning to drop a heart-breaking CVAC baseball game to the Bandys.

Seth Hubbard and Hunter Harvey each drove in RBIs during the comeback seventh for Trojans. Harvey finished the game 2-for-3 from the plate.

Holden Pender picked up the win on the mound, while Griffin Shepard suffered the loss.

'Dads limit Sand Gnats to two hits in 7-1 win

April 19, 2012

The Hickory Crawdads scattered 13 hits offensively and allowed only two by the Savannah Sand Gnats to earn the 7-1 victory Thursday on the road in South Atlantic League play.

Hickory's Jerad Eickhoff went five innings to earn the win, striking out three batters, walking two and allowing one run on two hits.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Update on N-C coaching hire

April 18, 2012

For an exclusive update into the Newton-Conover varsity head coaching job, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

Wednesday's postponements
Bandys at Newton-Conover soccer, rescheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday
Maiden at West Caldwell softball, rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday

Bears host 100-inning game on Saturday

April 18, 2012

A nearly two-decade tradition continues Saturday at Bunker Hill High School.

The Bears baseball team will host another edition of the 100-inning game, the program’s largest annual financial fundraiser.

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

Wednesday's Crawdads game postponed due to rain

April 18, 2012

Wednesday's scheduled game between the Hickory Crawdads and Kannapolis Intimidators at L.P. Frans Stadium was postponed due to rain.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Hickory on Monday, May 21, with the first of two seven-inning games starting at 4 p.m.

C.J. Leslie returning for junior season at N.C. State

April 18, 2012

RALEIGH — Basketball standout C.J. Leslie is returning to North Carolina State for his junior season.

The school issued a statement saying Leslie would discuss his decision Wednesday afternoon during a scheduled press conference.

The 6-foot-8 forward averaged a team-best 14.7 points and added 7.3 rebounds per game.

Diamond 'Dads: A closer look at LHP Will Lamb

April 18, 2012

After breaking two legs and a right arm when he was 2 years old, Will Lamb's future in sports was uncertain.

“I couldn’t do anything mobile for six months,” Lamb said. “I was in a body cast. I didn’t know what was going on. I never knew that I couldn’t play sports. My parents let me do what I wanted. I wanted to play baseball. It just stuck.”

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