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Deacons top Mountaineers in Hickory

March 29, 2011

Just under 1,000 fans showed up at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory to witness Wake Forest and Appalachian State square off in college baseball.

The Demon Deacons scored six runs in the first four innings of the game to distance themselves and hold off a late rally by the Mountaineers to seal the victory.

Both coaches enjoyed their time in Hickory and Frans Stadium.

“We love the ballpark here,” said Wake Forest coach Tom Walter. “This is old school and old-fashion baseball. We hopefully want to do this every year and continue to grow it.”

Tharpe hired as N-C boys hoops coach

March 28, 2011

Same school. New team.

Jonathan Tharpe is trading one basketball team for another at Newton-Conover.

He stepped down as the girls basketball coach to lead the boys basketball team.

Tharpe replaces Mark Carter, who is retiring from coaching and teaching at the school.

Panthers beat Tigers under weird circumstances

March 25, 2011

Hibriten knocked off previously unbeaten Fred T. Foard on Friday in one of the most unusual softball games.

The game featured a no-hitter through four innings, two key injuries to the Lady Tigers (8-1, 3-1) and a nine-run seventh inning for Hibriten (6-4, 2-2).

Trojans down Devils to take first-place

March 24, 2011

Bandys defeated Maiden on the softball diamond Thursday in a showdown of two of the top teams in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference.

Taylor Sigmon was 4-for-4, and Katie Carpenter had two doubles and three RBIs in the Lady Trojans' win.

"It was a very competitive game," said Trojans coach Mike Carpenter. "I was very impressed with Maiden and how they hit the ball. They were sound defensively. Their pitcher moved the ball around well. I was proud of our girls for using the opposite field. We persevered today."

Red Devils battle weather, top Blue Devils

March 23, 2011

Newton-Conover and Maiden battled in men’s tennis Wednesday, but they also fought the elements.

Wind played havoc for many tennis players, as painful looks of frustration layered the courts at Newton-Conover.

Tigers fight off Indians for NWC victory

March 22, 2011

Fred T. Foard won four singles matches and swept the doubles matches on its way to a Northwestern Conference victory on the court Tuesday.

The Tigers (2-4, 2-4) were led by No. 2 player Tyler Costner, who battled back in his match against Jake Wright. Costner went down early in the match and fell behind a set, 3-6.

Costner battled back though, winning a second set 6-3. He found trouble again in the third set tiebreaker, as he fell behind 5-1. After switching sides, Costner channeled his frustration and rallied back to win the third set and match, 10-7.

Indians fall despite a three-run seventh

March 21, 2011

The St. Stephens softball team fought back from a 5-1 deficit late in its game against Lake Norman, but fell just short of a comeback.

The Lady Indians (4-3) scored three runs in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough. The Lady Wildcats picked up the 5-4 victory to maintain their 8-0 record.

Trailing 5-1 and heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Indians coach Jan Davis gave her team an impassioned speech as players came off the field.

Baker, Wilkinson combine for 18 strikeouts in pitching duel

March 18, 2011

The temperature heated up Friday and so did the pitching at St. Stephens.
Lady Indians’ pitcher Katie Baker and Alexander Central’s pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson combined to allow one hit in six innings in Friday’s Northwestern Conference battle. 

The Lady Cougars (5-0, 4-0) got the best of Baker and the Indians (4-2, 0-2) in the sixth inning, as she allowed two crucial hits. The Indians made two critical errors in a heartbreaking 3-0 loss at home.

Hickory takes top honors at county match

March 17, 2011

The Hickory men’s golf team won the Catawba County golf tournament for the 11th time in 12 attempts Thursday.

Leading the Red Tornadoes was the sensational play of senior J.T. Poston, who shot a 4-under-par-68 to win the tournament. That performance comes three days after he shot a 1-under-par-71 Monday in a Northwestern Conference match.

Maiden survives N-C rally to earn victory

March 16, 2011

Maiden survived a furious rally from Newton-Conover to win a hard-fought Catawba Valley Athletic Conference softball contest Wednesday. 

The Blue Devils' win came despite a monster six RBI game from N-C shortstop Breanna Jones. She was 3-for-4 on the day, including a double.

Maiden got off to a great start in the game by scoring six runs in the first two innings. Christian Childers drove in Lauren Sizemore on a single for the first run of the game.

Lindsay Schronce scored on an error on N-C third basemen Sarah Van Horn to make it 2-0 after the first inning.

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