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Jr. Legion tournament starts Friday at Henkel-Alley

July 13, 2011

An eight-team American Legion Junior state tournament starts Friday at Henkel-Alley Field on the American Legion Fairgrounds.

The tournament will feature some of the best Junior Legion teams in the state. A total of 15 games between teams could be played through Tuesday.
Four teams qualified for spots in the tournament.

These include No. 1 Johnston County and No. 2 Cary from Area I, and No. 1 South Caldwell and the No. 2 Carolina Flames from Area IV. The Flames will be the host team for the tournament.

Walkoff hit gives Post 48 win in ninth

July 12, 2011

For the second time in as many days, Post 48 won in dramatic fashion on the baseball diamond.

A walkoff hit by Hickory center fielder Phillip Carroll lifted his team to a ninth inning win over Caldwell County. Hickory (18-8) leads its series over Caldwell County (19-11), 2-0.

“Phillip is a great player,” Rembert said. “From day one, he wanted that center field spot and earned it. He competes so hard every night and gives us everything he’s got. He’s a 48er.”

Harper, others give back what's been given

July 9, 2011

For the third straight year, college and NFL players gathered at Bandys High School to work with area high school football players on Friday.

Newton-Conover, Maiden, Bandys, St. Stephens and four other schools’ athletes participated in drills and took advice during the third annual Justin Harper Oddie Cares Foundation football camp.

This year’s camp had even more of special meaning to Harper after the passing last night of 9-year-old “Robbie” Caskey, a close friend of Harper’s in the Bandys community.

Harper said the young man had a special place in his life.

‘Dads shortstop Profar takes big stage Sunday

July 7, 2011

At 18 years old, Jurickson Profar is taking center stage Sunday.

The Hickory Crawdads’ shortstop is participating in the Major League Baseball Futures Game in Arizona, which is part of the league’s annual All-Star festivities.

The game pits the United States team against the World team. Teams are comprised of top minor league prospects.

Players on both of the 25-man rosters are selected by MLB, the MLB Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America, USA Baseball and the 30 MLB teams.

'Dads Thompson allows five runs in Delmarva loss

July 7, 2011

After trailing 5-0 in the second inning, a Hickory Crawdads' rally fell just short.

Delmarva (6-8) held on to a 5-4 lead heading into the eighth inning of Wednesday's South Atlantic League contest against Hickory (8-6), when rain began to pour.

Officials called the game after seven complete innings, allowing the Shorebirds to survive the rally and a sweep on the road against the Crawdads.

Hickory starting pitcher Matt Thompson (3-5, 4.42) struggled in his short outing on Wednesday. Thompson pitched 1.1 innings.

McGraw has 7 RBIs in Post 48 win

July 6, 2011

Following a 14-0 win on Monday against the East’s No. 1 seed, Huntersville, Hickory continued its dominance over Post 321 in the second round of the American Legion Playoffs.

Post 48 (15-8) scored 10 runs in three innings on its way to a 14-3 home route over Huntersville in game two at the American Legion Fairgrounds.

“We are just real focused right now on winning this series,” said coach Fore Rembert. “They want to advance to the next round. That is the big thing.”

5,225 fans watch ‘Dads top Shorebirds

July 5, 2011

The Hickory Crawdads celebrated Independence Day with an explosion of offense.

In front of a sellout crowd of 5,225 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium, the Crawdads had 11 hits and scored nine runs on their way to a 9-2 Fourth of July win over the Delmarva Shorebirds on Monday.

The Shorebirds (5-7, 40-42) struck first in the game in the top half off the second inning. With runners on second and third, Michael Planeta singled to score Joe Oliveira. Hickory’s Jurickson Profar mishandled a throw to first base on the play.

West Virginia sweeps Stars at L.P. Frans

July 2, 2011

West Virginia finished strong in its first game against the Catawba Valley Stars on Friday and started off just as strong in game two.

The Wild (14-10) scored six runs in the final inning of the first game to earn a 6-3 comeback victory against the Stars (11-7).

West Virginia added to that win by scoring five runs in the top of the first inning of game two on its way to a 7-0 victory and a sweep of the Friday doubleheader.

Wild 6, Stars 3

Rundio powers Gaston to force game four

July 1, 2011

Needing a win to stay alive against Hickory, Gaston came through in the clutch.

Braves’ starting pitcher Henry Rundio allowed three runs on the mound and drove in three runs from the plate to keep the Braves in the Region IV playoffs, 6-3.

Hickory leadoff hitter Cole McGraw gave Post 48 (12-8) an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.

After falling behind in the count 0-1, McGraw took the second pitch he saw deep over left-center field to give Hickory a 1-0 lead.

Slaughter talks sports, wrestling, video games

June 30, 2011

Wrestling superstar and WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter visited Hickory on Saturday as part of the Hickory Crawdads game against West Virginia.

During his time at the game, O-N-E Sports Editor Cody Dalton spoke to Slaughter and interviewed him on a variety of topics.

Q: Were sports something you played growing up?

SS: I played a lot of baseball growing up. I did the pony league, little league and the Babe Ruth league, Legion ball in high school. I played football, too.

Q: How did you transition that into a professional wrestling career?

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