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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.

Cherryville Legion team disqualified after brawl

August 8, 2011

SUMTER, S.C.— A brawl after a play at the plate has put American Legion baseball teams from North Carolina and Georgia out of a regional baseball tournament in Sumter.

The decision to remove both teams from the Southeast Regional Tournament came after organizers consulted with national American Legion officials.

The fight erupted after Cherryville Post 100 scored two runs in the fourth inning to increase its lead to 4-0 over Douglasville, Ga., Post 145 on Sunday morning.

Maiden's Johnson uses camps to improve, help stock

August 5, 2011

Eager for his senior season and the opportunity to play football in college, Maiden quarterback Matt Johnson went to work this summer.

The 6-foot-3-inch signal caller took part in 10 camps all around the state of North Carolina in hopes that a school would notice him.

Crawdads throwback to basics in win

August 5, 2011

After struggling the past two games against Hagerstown, the Hickory Crawdads went back to basics Thursday.

The Crawdads, who sported replica jerseys from the 1939-60 Hickory Rebels, had a throwback night, going back to the tools that led them to a first half championship — hitting, pitching and defense.

Hickory pounded out eight runs on 15 hits on its way to an 8-1 win over Hagerstown in the series finale between the two teams.

Hickory held to five hits, no runs in loss

August 4, 2011

The rubber match between Hickory and Hagerstown on the baseball diamond Wednesday was undoubtedly a no contest.

The Suns (60-48, 20-18) had 11 hits on offense, include a pair of two-run homers and a bases clearing triple.

The Crawdads offense, on the other hand, was anything, but hot. Hickory (63-44, 23-16) had five hits from the plate with three of those happening in the second inning.

Hagerstown took a 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning behind the two home runs by shortstop Jason Martinson and catcher Adrian Nieto. The homers brought in a total of four runs.

Bullpen helps Suns escape with victory

August 4, 2011

After a game between the Hickory Crawdads and Hagerstown Suns on Monday that featured a combined 33 hits and 27 runs, things cooled down just a bit Tuesday.

Both teams had five hits each through five innings, but their two strong bullpens allowed a combined three hits and no runs, allowing Hagerstown to take a 3-2 road win.

Hagerstown (59-48, 19-18) took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. With runners on first and second, third basemen Sean Nicol singled over the head of second basemen Odubel Herrera to plate catcher David Freitas.

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.

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