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Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Freedom: 0

Hickory: 3
Patton: 0

South Caldwell: 3
Hibriten: 0

Watauga: 3
St. Stephens: 1

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Shelby: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 1
Shelby: 1

Kings Mountain: 4
Draughn: 2

Bunker Hill: 6
Cherryville: 0

Freedom: 9
McDowell: 3

Hickory: 2
Bandys: 0

Lincoln Charter: 3
Maiden: 2

Patton: 3
Avery County: 0

St. Stephens: 4
West Forsyth: 0

Watauga: 4
Alexander Central: 0

West Caldwell: 3
Hibriten: 1

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 23:35

Inside the Park Home Run Gives Crawdads Win

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The Hickory Crawdads benefitted from one of baseball's rarest plays for the second time in a week Wednesday night, as Evan Van Hoosier lined a go-ahead, inside the park, 2-run home run in the 8th inning to lift the 'Dads to a 3-2 win over the Lakewood BlueClaws at FirstEnergy Park.

Van Hoosier, who also went deep on a ball that didn't leave the park in the Crawdads 3-1 win in Augusta on August 20th, turned a one-run deficit for Hickory into a one-run lead with his 2-run shot in the 8th. Van Hoosier's homer started as a line drive to deep center field off of Lakewood reliever Nick Rodesky. BlueClaws center fielder Aaron Brown reached the ball on a full sprint just before slamming into the wall, a collision that dislodged the ball from his glove and allowed Van Hoosier and Luis Marte to both round the bases for the two-run big fly.

The homer was the second big extra base hit by Van Hoosier on the night, as the All-Star outfielder tripled to left field and came in to score on a wild pitch in the 1st inning to give the 'Dads an early 1-0 lead. The advantage held until the bottom of the 3rd, when 'Claws third baseman Mitch Walding clubbed the first pitch of the inning from Crawdads starting pitcher Yohander Mendez over the right field wall for a game-tying solo home run.

Lakewood broke up the deadlocked score in the 6th on a 2-out, RBI double from Andrew Knapp to give the BlueClaws a 2-1 lead prior to Van Hoosier's go-ahead blast in the 8th.

Van Hoosier finished the game 2-4 with his 8th triple of the year, 11th homer, 2 RBI, and two runs scored. Marte ended the night 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.

The late offense made a winner out of Hickory reliever Anyelo Lecerlc (3-4) who threw 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen with four strikeouts. Rodesky (0-1) took the loss for Lakewood with two runs allowed on two hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. Jose Valdespina (8) picked up the save for the 'Dads with a perfect 9th inning including two strikeouts.

The Crawdads (36-29) will go for the 3-game sweep over the BlueClaws (23-40) on Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 23:32

CVCC Volleyball Picks Up Second Win of Season

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The Lady Red Hawks won the 6:00 match on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 against the JWU Wildcats in 3 sets 25-11, 25-10, 25-17. Leading the offensive game was Aimee Cloninger with 13 kills. Anna Henderson and Rachel Anderson had 10 and seven respectively and Madison Pogue added five kills for the match. The serving game was strong for the Red Hawks with Cloninger acing three, followed by Pogue and Hannah Griffin both acing two. Anderson led the defensive game with 12 digs. Cloninger had 10, Montana Moore added nine and Pogue had six digs for the match. Pogue put up 25 assists for the match.

The Hawks travel to Toledo, Ohio this weekend for an Invitation Tournament at Owens Community College where they will be matched against 2 top ten teams in the NJCAA Division II Poll rankings. Catawba Valley returns home on Tuesday, September 2 for a 6:00 match against Rockingham.

The Red Hawks overall record is 2-0 and their conference record is 0-0.

Hickory Motor Speedway has just released the preliminary entry list for the prestigious 38th Annual Bobby Isaac Memorial Race presented by the Paramount Auto Group this Saturday Night August 30.

On tap for the 38th Annual Bobby Isaac Memorial Race presented by the Paramount Auto Group will be 150 laps for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles' Late Models, 50 laps for the Gold King Limited Late Models, along with the Street Stocks and the Sportsman Racing Classics.

Hickory Motor Speedway General Manager Kevin Piercy commented, "We have already received entries for 28 Late Models at this point and 22 Gold King Limited Late Models for this event. With the competition we have entered this year it is shaping up to be a great race."

Josh Berry is presently leading in the NWAAS Bojangles' Late Models points and the Paramount Kia "Big 10" Chase for the Championship, Taylor Stricklin continues to lead in the Gold King Limited Late Models, Whitney Lail in the Super Trucks, Kevin Eby in the Street Stocks, Matt Elledge in the 4-Cylinders, Kenneth Roberts in the WrenchRags Renegades and Bob Park in the Sportsman Racing Classics.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing action beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $16.00 for adults, $14.00 for Seniors and Teens and 12 and under are free.

There will be an open practice on Friday August 29 from 5pm-9pm. Fans are invited to attend.

More information can be found on our website at www.hickorymotorspeedway.com.

NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Model Stock
Preliminary Entry List
00 Shane Lee Newton, NC
3 Roddey Sterling Jr. Charlotte, NC
7 Greg Marlowe Troutman, NC
1 Dylan Wilson Taylorsville, NC
2 Paige Decker Eagle River, WI
5 Bret Holmes Talladega, AL
6 Devon Amos Rio Rancho, NM
7 Justin Crider Statesville, NC
7 Ashley Huffman Knob, NC
8 Chandler LeVan Statesville, NC
9 William Byron Charlotte, NC
12 Austin McDaniel Harrisburg, NC
12 Annabeth Barnes Hiddenite, NC
15 Justin Bolton Greensburg, PA
21 Travis Swaim High Point, NC
23 Spencer Gallaher Las Vegas, NV
25 Matt Piercy Conover, NC
36 Anthony Anders Easley, SC
40 Brodie Kostecki Australia
41 Brayton Haws Des Moines, IA
44 Dillon Bassett Winston-Salem, NC
45 Ronnie Bassett Winston-Salem, NC
59 Coleman Pressley Ashville, NC
77 CJ Hulsey El Paso, TX
80 Blake Jones Sevierville, TN
88 Doug Barnes Whiteford, MD
88 Josh Berry Hendersonville, TN
98 Todd Gilliland Sherrills Ford, NC

NASCAR Whelen All American Series Gold King Limited Late Model
Preliminary Entry List
O9 Ryan Morris Honeybrook, PN
1 Trent Barnes Whiteford, MD
5 Dexter Canipe Jr.Claremont, NC
5 Marcus Lambert Woodbridge, VA
7 Taylor Stricklin Mt. Ulla, NC
7 Jason Smith Claremont, NC
11 Dillon Houser Hildebran, NC
12 Evan Duggins Tobaccoville, NC
13 Mark Johnson Newton, NC
14 Brandon Cox Taylorsville, NC
15 Sheflon Clay Asheville, NC
15 Skylar Felkner Union Bridge, MD
17 Kyle Mansch Lenoir, NC
18 Casey Pierce Lenoir, NC
21 Monty Cox Granite Falls, NC
22 Dan Moore Conover, NC
25 Allen Huffman Hickory, NC
29 Mitch Walker Newton, NC
43 Greg Wise Asheville, NC
51 Jeremy Pelfrey Lenoir, NC
77 Travis Byrd Sherrills Ford, NC
92 Kyle Southern King, NC

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 21:11

Lenoir-Rhyne Football to Host Meet the Bears Day

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In a tune-up for the start of the 2014 season, the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team will host Meet The Bears Day on Saturday, August 30, at Moretz Stadium, at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The first 150 fans will receive a 2014 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Poster. Drinks and apparel will be available for sale.

Select Lenoir-Rhyne players will be available at the conclusion of the event as well to sign autographs near the main entrance to the stadium.

Appalachian State University women’s cross country was picked to finish fourth in the Sun Belt Conference as voted on by the league's coaches, the conference announced on Wednesday.

Leading the poll was both Arkansas State with 112 points and six of the 11 first-place votes and UT Arlington with 112 points and four first-place votes. The remaining first-place vote went to Georgia State who was picked third with 96 points. Appalachian State finished fourth with 86 points with South Alabama close behind in fifth with 82 points. Rounding out the poll was Texas State (61), Louisiana-Lafayette (59), Troy (36), Georgia Southern (29), UALR (27) and ULM (26)

The Mountaineers will open the season hosting the Covered Bridge Open in Boone. The Sun Belt Championships will take place in Mobile, Ala. on Saturday, Nov. 8.

2014 Sun Belt Conference Women's Cross Country Coaches Poll

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Points
1. Arkansas State (6) 112
2. UT Arlington (4) 112
3. Georgia State (1) 96
4. Appalachian State 86
5. South Alabama 82
6. Texas State 61
7. Louisiana-Lafayette 59
8. Troy 36
9. Georgia Southern 29
10. UALR 27
11. ULM 26

Men's Cross Country Picked to Finish Fourth

Appalachian State University men’s cross country was picked to finish fourth in the Sun Belt Conference, as selected by the league's coaches and announced by the conference office on Wednesday.

UT Arlington topped the poll finishing with 81 points and all nine first place votes. UALR was picked second with 67 points followed closely by South Alabama with 65 points. Appalachian State finished with 47 points in what will be its first season in the conference. UL Monroe sits fifth with 41 points and Arkansas State is sixth finishing with 37 points. Rounding out the poll is UL Lafayette with 30 points, Texas State with 27 points and Troy finishing with 10 points.

The Mountaineers will begin their season on Friday, Aug. 29 when they host the Covered Bridge Open in Boone. The Sun Belt Championships will be held in Mobile, Ala. on Saturday, Nov. 8.

2014 Sun Belt Conference Men's Cross Country Coaches Poll

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Points
1. UT Arlington (9) 81
2. UALR 67
3. South Alabama 65
4. Appalachian State 47
5. ULM 41
6. Arkansas State 37
7. Louisiana-Lafayette 30
8. Texas State 27
9. Troy 10

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 10:00

High School Volleyball Results from Tuesday, 8/26/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
North Lincoln: 3
Alexander Central: 0

Southern District 7:
Maiden: 3
East Lincoln: 0

Newton-Conover: 3
Bunker Hill: 0

Bandys: 3
South Caldwell: 0

Patton: 1
Lincolnton: 1

West Caldwell: 3
South Caldwell: 2

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 23:35

Crawdads Keep Slim Playoff Hopes Alive

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The Hickory Crawdads got their season-ending road trip started on the right foot Tuesday night, as the 'Dads rode the pitching of Frank Lopez and Jose Monegro to a 6-2 win over the Lakewood BlueClaws at FirstEnergy Park.

The Crawdads pitching combination of Lopez and Monegro combined to hold the BlueClaws to two runs on five hits, with the duo also striking out 10 total batters. The 'Dads offense meanwhile used a three-run 3rd inning and two-run 4th to pull away from the 'Claws, with Luis Marte (3-4, 2B, 2 R, SB) and Ronald Guzman (2-4, 2 RBI) leading the way at the plate.

It was Lakewood who struck first in the game, with BlueClaws slugger Dylan Cozens mashing his team-leading 16th home run of the year in the 2nd for a 2-run blast and a 2-0 'Claws lead. The Crawdads quickly responded in the top of the 3rd, scoring three runs on three hits and two errors to take a 3-2 advantage. Evan Van Hoosier drove in the first tally of the inning with an infield RBI hit before Guzman plated the first of his two runs on the night on a RBI single to left. Van Hoosier would then come in to score the frame's third run on back-to-back errors, as Lakewood pitcher Tyler Viza's pickoff throw to second base sailed into the outfield before center fielder Carlos Tocci overran the ball allowing Van Hoosier to score all the way from second.

The 'Dads pushed their lead to 5-2 the next inning, with Nick Urbanus driving home Marcus Greene with a RBI single while Marte singled and eventually stole home on a double steal. Hickory plated their final tally in the 7th, with Van Hoosier reaching on a fielding error by 'Claws third baseman Mitch Walding before coming around to score on a RBI base knock by Guzman to give the Crawdads the final 6-2 lead.

Lopez (3-2) earned the win with two runs allowed on four hits, two walks, and six strikeouts over five innings pitched. Viza (3-17) picked up his South Atlantic League-leading 17th loss after giving up five runs, four earned, on five hits, two walks, and six Ks over 3.2 frames. Monegro earned his first save of the year with four scoreless innings out of the bullpen on one hit and four strikeouts.

The Crawdads (35-29) will take on the BlueClaws (23-39) again on Wednesday in game two of the three game series at 7:05 pm.

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