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Hornets opened season Saturday in Morganton

May 30, 2011

For the 32nd season, the Catawba County Hornets prepare to compete on the gridiron.

The former club team of Lenoir-Rhyne will trying to improve upon its 9-6 record and fifth-place finish in the Central Carolinas Football League from a season ago.

Doug Fry, owner and coach for the Hornets, has been a part of the team for every season of its existence.

“We are a club football team,” Fry said. “We aren’t semi-pro because they don’t get paid to play. So it doesn’t hurt their eligibility. They're still eligible to go to college.”

NASCAR’s longest race is Sunday in Concord

May 27, 2011

A lot of questions loom entering Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Can Kyle Busch overcome a speeding incident in nearby Iredell County to win the event?

Can Kyle’s brother, Kurt, join the names of Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip, Neil Bonnett and Buddy Baker as a repeat winner of the spring race at Charlotte?

Can Carl Edwards overcome a damaged race car from a post-race victory celebration in last week’s All-Star Race?

Crawdads return to Frans, top River Dogs

May 25, 2011

The Crawdads returned from a four-game road trip to Georgia in style Wednesday.

Hickory's Matt Thompson (2-2) had a solid performance from the mound, picking up his second win of the season by allowing six hits, no runs and struck out seven Charleston batters in 5.1 innings pitched.

Offensively, right fielder Joshua Richmond led Hickory in the victory with two doubles and two RBIs on a 2-for-4 day.

Striking first in the bottom of the third inning, the Crawdads (25-20) scored three runs off of Charleston pitcher Shane Greene (2-4).

Tigers knock off unbeaten Franklin

May 24, 2011

For the second time in over two weeks, Fred T. Foard knocked off an undefeated team.

The Lady Tigers (22-4), who defeated unbeaten Alexander Central to win the NWC tournament crown a few weeks ago, toppled previously unbeaten Franklin (23-1) in clutch fashion.

Foard got three of its seven hits in the game with two outs in the top of the 11th inning to advance to the 3A state semis over Franklin, 3-0, on the road Tuesday.

Red Devils repeat as 2A tennis champs

May 23, 2011

After 24 wins and a fifth straight state 2A title match appearance, the Red Devils would not be denied.

Newton-Conover (25-2) stormed to its second straight 2A dual team state championship in Burlington on Saturday, marking the first time a team repeated as a state champion in school history.

Richards continues camp for over 20 years

May 20, 2011

The first stop on Cody’s Camp Tour 2011 is the Newton-Conover volleyball camp.

The camp, which is operated by the coaching staff of the Newton-Conover volleyball program, focuses on fourth through ninth graders.
More than 20 girls participated in the two-week camp and its eight sessions.

Newton-Conover volleyball coach Linda Richards, who owns more than 700 victories in her coaching career at Fred T. Foard and Newton-Conover, has operated the camp for more than 20 years.

Richards said she focuses primary on one aspect with each of the campers.

Barrymore’s match win crucial in N-C victory

May 19, 2011

Tyler Barrymore hasn’t played in a 2A state championship match. After Thursday, that all changed.

His play was critical in the Red Devils’ 7-2 victory over Shelby, which earned the team a fifth straight berth in state championship match.

Barrymore picked the perfect time to have the match of his young career at Newton-Conover.

The freshman rallied for one set down against Will Lutz to win the match on a third-set tiebreaker 3-6, 6-4 (10-6).

Harris homers Bandys into second round

May 18, 2011

Bandys and Wilkes Central shared two things on Wednesday — team colors and a softball field.

The Lady Trojans, however, owned the lead.

Scarlett Harris hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, and the Lady Trojans (20-5) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, to advance to the second round playoffs.

Harris’ two-run shot came from the third position in the line-up, which is a significant difference from her typical fifth spot in the batting order.

Hallberg speaks on GHC title defense

May 17, 2011

Tuesday was Media Day for the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors.

In attendance was last year’s tournament champion, Gary Hallberg, who spoke to those in attendance.

“It is very humbling to be here,” Hallberg said. “It is so significant when I sit here. I don’t win a lot of tournaments. This is all new to me.”

Hallberg overcame a five-stroke lead and shot an 11-under-par 61 to capture last year’s GHC title.

His final-round of 61 is record for a lowest final-round score in Champions Tour history.

Choi, Lampe win 2A doubles titles

May 16, 2011

Back-to-back state championships.

Hang Lak Choi and Ryan Lampe closed out a second straight doubles title on Saturday, defeating Shelby’s Ray Webb Parker and Ben Cheaney 6-3, 7-5.
The title is the second straight for Choi, who won last year with Will Huggins last season.

Lampe was also in last year’s final, but fell with partner Dillon Cervantez to the team of Choi-Huggins.

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