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Hornets rush for 410 yards, win third game

August 1, 2011

For the Catawba County Hornets, the strongest storm came after their game on Saturday.

The Hornets (3-1) scored 28 straight points against the Virginia Storm on their way to a 44-14 victory in the Central Carolinas Football League — the team’s third league win of the season.

The win comes one week after a frustrating 38-14 home loss to the Iredell Warriors, in which the Hornets’ turnovers and lack of scoring doomed them. Neither of those happened Saturday.

Hornets preparing for camp, game

August 1, 2011

It’s a busy weekend for the Catawba County Hornets, who are preparing to host their fifth annual camp and play a game on the same day.

The Hornets, along with the Newton Parks and Recreation Department, are hosting a Football Skills Clinic for boys and girls age 4-12 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Westside/Jaycee Park.

At the camp, children learn different football fundamentals and coordination skills.

Doug Frye, coach and owner of the Hornets, said he wants children to take away a few things from this camp.

Markley playing baseball in the Great White North

July 28, 2011

A former multi-sport athlete at Maiden High School is focusing on baseball and playing in Canada this summer.

John Markley, a former Blue Devil and current Winston-Salem State baseball player, is playing for the Melville Millionaires in the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL).

Markley has been successful in college playing for Winston-Salem State University in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic League. Markley had a 4-2 record on the mound with a 2.74 ERA in his sophomore season.

He had 42 strikeouts in 46 innings with batters having a .225 average against him.

North Carolina fires football coach Butch Davis

July 27, 2011

North Carolina fired football coach Butch Davis on Wednesday, saying the past year of turmoil amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct was doing too much damage to the school's reputation.

The school issued a statement announcing Davis' dismissal nine days before the start of preseason practice. Chancellor Holden Thorp said the decision was not prompted by any changes in the ongoing NCAA investigation but said he "lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution."

Blue Devils teaching football, values at camp

July 27, 2011

Youngsters from throughout the area gathered this week at Maiden High School for the sixth annual Blue Devils football camp.

The camp, which started Monday and concluded Wednesday, features third- through seventh-graders working with members of the Maiden football program, including coaches and players.

Each camper takes a turn playing every position, including quarterback, running back, wide receiver, offensive and defensive line, linebacker and defensive back.

‘Dads pitchers, homers ground Shorebirds

July 27, 2011

The temperature wasn’t the only thing heating up on Tuesday at L.P. Frans Stadium. So did the Hickory Crawdads’ pitching and hitting.

The Crawdads got solo home runs from Christian Villanueva, Tomas Telis and Andrew Clark, while Hickory pitching combined for a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory against Delmarva.

Setzer carrying family tradition at HMS

July 23, 2011

As Hickory Motor Speedway celebrates its 60th Anniversary on Saturday, one driver is continuing his family’s tradition.

Brandon Setzer, a rising senior at Newton-Conover High School, is competing in the Super Trucks division at Hickory Motor Speedway. Setzer is the son of former HMS Late Model champion and current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Dennis Setzer.

Dennis is a three-time runner-up in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (2003-05) and a nine-time winner on the circuit.

Rick Barnes talks basketball, community

July 22, 2011

Hickory native and current University of Texas men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes was at his alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne, on Thursday and Friday for his annual basketball camp.

Barnes is a three-time Big 12 coach of the year (1999, 2003, 2008) and has guided the Longhorns to three Big 12 championships (1999, 2006, 2008) and 13 NCAA tournament appearances, including one Final Four appearance in 2003.

Barnes owns a career head coaching record of 524-257 as the coach for Texas (1999-present), Clemson (1995-1998), Providence (1989-1994) and George Mason (1988). He graduated from L-R in 1977.

Crawdads allow nine runs on 14 hits in loss

July 21, 2011

Greensboro’s win over Hickory on the diamond Wednesday was as easy as 1-2-3.

The Grasshoppers (13-13, 53-43) scored one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth on their way to a 9-4 win over the Crawdads (17-9, 57-37).

Hickory first basemen Andrew Clark, the reigning South Atlantic League player of the week, continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-5 in the game to raise his batting average to .307.

Newton boy Atkinson takes national stage Saturday

July 20, 2011

For the second straight year, a Newton boy will represent his city and state in the All-American Soap Box Derby.

Nine-year-old Caleb Atkinson will race as the only rally champion from
North Carolina in the Super Stock division at the 74th edition of the Derby this Saturday, which is held in Akron, Ohio.

The Derby features around 500 of the greatest soap box champions from around the World.

“I’m more relaxed than the first time I went,” Atkinson said. “I know what to do. Last time, I had someone guiding me that I knew from Huntersville. I’m way more relaxed than nervous.”

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