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BlueClaws Bounce Back

August 27, 2010

The Lakewood BlueClaws got back to their winning ways Thursday at L.P. Frans Stadium. Lakewood defeated the Hickory Crawdads 7-3 in the second game of the Crawdads’ final homestand of the 2010 season.

The win gives Lakewood a 3-1/2 game lead over Hickory in the race for the second-half pennant. The loss also drops Hickory to third place in the standings, a game behind Greensboro.

Lakewood started hot Thursday with three runs in the top of the first inning. Hickory responded with two runs in the bottom of the first, including a leadoff solo home run by Travis Adair.

Cavaliers Top Bears

August 27, 2010

From O-N-E Reports
The East Burke Cavaliers picked up their first conference win Thursday at Bunker Hill. The Cavaliers defeated the Bears 3-0 and are now 1-0 against the Catawba Valley 2-A.
East Burke defeated Bunker Hill 3-0 by scores of 25-11, 29-27 and 26-24. The Bears dropped to 0-2 in conference play.
For Bunker Hill, Cheyenne Pump and Margaret Conner both had 10 kills.

Men's Soccer
WATAUGA 4, NEWTON-CONOVER 2
John Reid and Eli Cordes scored the Red Devils' goals Thursday in a non-conference loss to Watauga. The Pioneers led 2-1 at halftime.

Hickory Gains Ground

August 26, 2010

The Hickory Crawdads scored two runs in the first inning, and that made all the difference. Hickory held off Lakewood on Wednesday to defeat the first-place BlueClaws 5-3.
The win moves Hickory within 2-1/2 games of first place with three games remaining in the team’s final homestand of the 2010 season. Hickory and Lakewood play Game 2 at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Hickory starting pitcher Neil Ramirez worked six innings and gave up only one run. He struck out six batters, surrendered three hits, and earned the win.

Blue Devils Survive Close Match At Saint

August 26, 2010

Maiden needed five games Wednesday at St. Stephens for its second win of the season. The Blue Devils, just as they did last week against Fred T. Foard, needed all five games and won 3-2.
The Blue Devils defeated the Indians 18-25, 25-15, 25-18, 15-25 and 15-11.
Maiden improved to 2-0, and St. Stephens dropped to 2-3.
Mackenzie Garrison led Maiden with 18 kills and 12 blocks in the non-conference win. Melanie Annas had 10 kills and 12 digs, and Go Lo finished with 21 digs.

Maiden Wins Devils' Duel

August 25, 2010

The Maiden Blue Devils tennis team won a conference match Tuesday at home against the Newton-Conover Red Devils. Maiden won 7-2, and the match results are listed below.

MAIDEN 7, NEWTON-CONOVER 2
SINGLES
Kaylyn Key(M) def Ellie Choppa 6-0, 6-2; Cinderella Yang(M) def Hannah Sigmon 7-5, 6-2; Alex Barone(NC) def Molly Black 6-2, 6-1; Michelle Lor(M) def Brittany Wuokko 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); Nhoell Inthavong(M) def Deanna Desert 6-4, 6-4; Taylor Johnson(M) def Jessica Abernathy 6-0, 6-2
 
DOUBLES

Shorebirds Rally Against Crawdads

August 25, 2010

The Hickory Crawdads scored five runs through the first five innings to rally from an early 2-0 deficit. But Delmarva rallied from the 5-2 deficit Tuesday and defeated the Crawdads 11-6 in the series finale at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Shorebirds scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth to earn the come-from-behind win.

The loss Tuesday keeps Hickory three games behind Lakewood, which split a doubleheader Tuesday with Hagerstown. Lakewood and Hickory play a four-game series starting Wednesday at Frans Stadium.

Trojans Roll On East Rutherford

August 24, 2010

Bandys soundly defeated East Rutherford on Monday in a non-conference soccer match. The Trojans won 9-0 at East Rutherford.

Thomas Lunsford led Bandys with a hat trick, Mario Ramirez scored two goals, and four other players scored one each.

Bandys' first home game is Wednesday at 6:30 p.m against Lincolnton.

LAKE NORMAN 5, ST. STEPHENS 0
St. Stephens lost by five on Monday to Lake Norman. The Indians play on the road Wednesday at Asheville.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Bunker Hill 5, Challenger 4
SINGLES

Foard Keeps On Rolling

August 24, 2010

The Fred T. Foard Tigers are off to a good start. Foard won last week’s Freedom Soccer Invitational, and it stayed unbeaten Monday with a 3-2 overtime win at home over Shelby Crest.

“It’s matches like these that remind the players not to let their guards down,” Foard coach Scottie Goforth said.

Foard’s Kenan Ruffner scored the game-winning goal on a header with less than 1 minute left in the second overtime period.

Local Legend Passes Away

August 23, 2010

The Catawba Valley lost a sports broadcasting legend Sunday. Bill Bass, a longtime public address announcer in Catawba County, died Sunday at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem after a short-term battle with an illness. He was 79. 

“He was a Southern gentleman at heart,” Dr. Carl Starnes said. “He never had a bad thing to say about anybody. There was nobody that didn’t like Bill. It was always a pleasure, interesting, and kind of like being with an older brother or uncle...It’s going to be tough, but it’s something we’ve got to live with.”

Taking Advantage Of Turnovers

August 22, 2010

The Carolina Panthers and the word “turnover” were supposed to only be synonymous with one another in the off-season.

On Saturday night, the two were connected early and often on the field. The New York Jets capitalized on five Carolina giveaways on their way to a rugged 9-3 preseason win at Bank of America Stadium.

“We‘re capable of making plays, we just need to keep working,” said Panthers starting quarterback Matt Moore, who completed 6 of 17 passes for 57 yards and one interception in one half of play.

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