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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.

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.

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