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Lady Tigers top Lady Bears for first win

August 18, 2011

Coming off of a tough home loss to Forbush on Tuesday, the Fred T. Foard volleyball team bounced back impressively.

The Lady Tigers (1-1) held off Bunker Hill (0-2) in a tight first game and followed that with two dominant game victories to win the match 25-20, 25-10, 25-9.

Tigers fall to Falcons in first game

August 17, 2011

After a solid scrimmage against Forbush last week, the Fred T. Foard volleyball team went in the opposite direction against the Lady Eagles on Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers (0-1) dropped three straight sets to Forbush in a tough home loss, 25-19, 25-21, 25-14, at Jerry Copas Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Lady Tigers coach Alison Yount said the loss was due to a lack of focus.

Hornets shut out in second half in loss

August 16, 2011

After an opening score by the Catawba County Hornets, it all went downhill from there.

The visiting High Point Ravens scored 20 unanswered points and yielded no points in the second half on their way to a victory over the Hornets.

Catawba County (3-2) took the opening drive of the game 48 yards, leading to a score. Former Maiden product Tommy Henry scored on a six-yard run to make it a 6-0 game after a missed two-point conversion.

Before the end of the first quarter, the Ravens tied up the game on a 30-yard pass from Mike Johnston to Eric Gibbs.

Red Devils, Indians learn in scrimmages

August 13, 2011

The lights of high school football glistening at Newton-Conover’s Gurley Stadium for the FCA Jamboree on Friday.

The Jamboree featured two games, including two Catawba County teams in action. St. Stephens took on North Lincoln in the opening game, followed by Newton-Conover taking on Hibriten.

Featured at the event were two 15-minute periods, two 10-minute periods and one 40-minute continuous scrimmage period between each of the two teams.

Jimmy Clausen to start vs. Giants, Newton on bench

August 12, 2011

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen said he has been told by coach Ron Rivera that he'll start Saturday night's preseason home opener against the New York Giants.

Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, will likely be the first quarterback off the bench.

That's not a big surprise considering Clausen has been getting all of the reps with the first-team offense.

Hickory bats struggle in loss

August 12, 2011

One day after shutting out Kannapolis on the diamond, the Hickory Crawdads were blanked by the visiting Intimidators on Wednesday.

Kannapolis pitchers allowed three Hickory hits, and the Intimidators (63-49, 26-18) scored three runs — one in the second, seventh and eighth — on their way to the victory on the baseball diamond.

A home run by first basemen Dan Black to left field off of Hickory Crawdads’ starter Ben Henry (4-2, 2.66) gave the Intimidators a lead they held for a majority of the baseball game.

Mangum, Mullins named head coaches

August 12, 2011

Two coaching vacancies in the area have been filled.

Brad Mangum has been hired to coach the Fred T. Foard girls basketball team, while Denise Mullins takes over the St. Stephens’ volleyball program. Both hirings were officially approved Thursday.

Mangum, a 2001 graduate of South Caldwell High School, is a teacher assistant at Fred T. Foard.

He brings coaching experience from girls and boys basketball, including assisting the girls basketball program at South Caldwell from 2002-08 under coach Jeff Parham.

Indians brush paths with Crest in scrimmage

August 12, 2011

As high school football scrimmages continue in the area, St. Stephens welcomed Crest High School on the football field Wednesday.

The Indians and Trojans participated in a few drills, including 7-on-7 offensive and defensive drills, inside drills, 1-on-1 drills with wide receivers and defensive backs, a team session and a 20-minute varsity game situation.

First-ever O-N-E Classic is Saturday

August 12, 2011

For the first time, The Observer News Enterprise is hitting the links, but you don’t have to own expensive golf equipment or be an experienced duffer to join in the fun.

With the inaugural edition of The O-N-E Classic on Saturday, Catawba County’s community newspaper is inviting area residents to join in a fun afternoon of mini-golf at Pin Station, and in the process, they can help a good cause — education.

Justin Walker holds first job, awaits N-C football

August 9, 2011

It was nearly two years ago that Justin Walker, formerly Justin Weisner, had his life’s defining moment.

The now 20-year-old, who has Down syndrome, scored a touchdown in his senior year for the Newton-Conover football team against West Caldwell.

Today, Walker is trying to conquer another hurdle in life — his first job. He’s spent the entire summer working as a bat boy for the Hickory Crawdads.

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