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Almirola takes first pole at Coca-Cola 600

May 24, 2012

CONCORD — It's been awhile, but Richard Petty has bragging rights once again in Charlotte.

Aric Almirola took the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 with a lap of 192.940 mph Thursday night and teammate Marcus Ambrose finished second at 191.598, giving Petty a front-row sweep at Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCAR's longest race.

Bucs start quest for first NJCAA title on Saturday

May 23, 2012

The third time was the charm for the CVCC baseball team.

In just their third season, the Buccaneers will compete Saturday at the National Junior College Athletic Association Div. II World Series in Enid, Okla.

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

Foard to host North Iredell on Thursday in title series

May 23, 2012

The Fred T. Foard softball team hosts North Iredell in the first game of a best-of-three West Regional championship series today.

The Lady Tigers (23-4), who won in the 10th inning against Franklin on Tuesday to advance to the title series, would also host a third game, if necessary, on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Rusty Wallace heads NASCAR Hall of Fame group

May 23, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace hated running second to anyone and doesn't plan to start now that he's part of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Wallace, the 1989 series champion who won 55 races, headed the group of five picked Wednesday as NASCAR's newest Hall of Famers. The others selected were Leonard Wood, Herb Thomas, Cotton Owens and Buck Baker.

Taylor Brown's blooper in 10th lifts Tigers

May 22, 2012

In a game between Tigers and Panthers, you knew it was going to be a wild contest.

A bloop single by junior Taylor Brown in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Fred T. Foard Tigers a 1-0 victory Tuesday against Franklin, advancing them to the 3A softball Final Four.

Indians' season ends in 1-0 loss to Cougars

May 22, 2012

What had been a dream season for St. Stephens ended on Tuesday with a 1-0 loss to Charlotte Catholic in the 3A Western Regional championship game at Keffer Stadium in Charlotte.

An own goal kicked in by Indians defender Amanda Hall in the 39th minute ended up being the difference maker.

Hickory, Kannapolis once again split twin-bill

May 22, 2012

For the second-straight day, the Hickory Crawdads and Kannapolis Intimidators split a doubleheader at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Kannapolis won the early game, 7-6, scoring in each of the first four innings.

The biggest of those innings was the top of the second, where the Intimidators scored three runs, including RBIs by Keenyn Walker, Garis Pena and Ross Wilson.

Senior 3B Oliver powering Lady Tigers in playoffs

May 21, 2012

Ashley Oliver is making the most of her fourth opportunity.

After Fred T. Foard softball teams failed to get past the sectional round of the playoffs in each of Oliver’s first three seasons, she’s helping to power the Lady Tigers’ offense in a deep playoff run this year.

CVCC to open NJCAA tournament in Oklahoma

May 21, 2012

Catawba Valley Community College will open play at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Div. II World Series on Saturday in Enid, Okla.

The Bucs, who are 36-15 on the season, face the Midwest/Region 24 champions, Heartland Community College (51-6), in the first game of the Series on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Crawdads, Intimidators split Monday doubleheader

May 21, 2012

The Hickory Crawdads and Kannapolis Intimidators split a doubleheader Monday at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Crawdads (20-22) took the first game, 5-1, behind a three-run first inning and a two-run second inning.

Zach Cone led the 'Dads in the game with a double and two RBIs. Trever Adams and Luis Sardinas also drove in an RBI each.

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