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Monday, 04 August 2014 13:13

Hickory Motor Speedway Results

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Hickory Motor Speedway Results: Saturday August 02 2014

In the 4-cylinders, Matthew Elledge, Dennis Trivette, Eddie Gilbert, and Curtis Pardue finished in the top 4 spots in that race.

In Classic Sportsman Racing, Robert Hapeman finished in 1st place, with Bob park, Dennis Hinkle, and Larry Benz taking 2nd 3rd and 4th place in that order.

In the Late Model, Shane Lee took first place and William Byron finished 2nd. Payton Ryan finished 3rd and Austin McDaniel took 4th.

In the Limited late model;Mark Johnson, Taylor Stricklin, Casey Pierce, and Dylon Wilson finished in the top four spots in that order,

In the Renegades category, Kenneth Roberts, Gregory Austin, Blake Walker, and Darren Dickinson finished in the top four spots in that order as well.

In the Street Stocks category, Kevin Eby came in 1st place, followed by Kevin Townsend and Chase Pollard in 2nd and 3rd place.

Finally in the Super Trucks category, Spencer Boyd took 1st place, Sheflon Clay got 2nd, and Lee Queen came away in 3rd place.

The Crawdads had a four game series against the Savannah SandGnats over the weekend. The second game was scheduled for Friday night but it got rained out so it got moved to Saturday, of course making Saturday evening a double header for the Dads!

Hickory jumped out to an initial lead in the first game when Ronald Guzman drove in Kellin Deglan on a RBI single in the 2nd for a 1-0 advantage. The lead held all the way until the bottom of the 4th, when Savannah broke out for five runs on four hits, two walks, and an error off of Crawdads starter David Ledbetter to overtake the 'Dads 5-2.

In game two the 'Gnats took an early lead and never looked back, as Savannah got to Crawdads starting pitcher in the 2nd for four runs on three hits, two walks, and an error for a 4-0 score. The Sand Gnats scored three runs on four hits and a free pass off of reliever Cole Wiper in the 4th for a 7-0 advantage. Savannah capped the scoring with the help off three more walks and a RBI groundout off of a third Crawdads reliever in Scott Williams in the 5th for the final 8-0 score.

On Sunday the Crawdads and the SandGnats were at it again. The Hickory Crawdads received the best outing of the season from starting pitcher Collin Wiles and a nearly as dominant relief appearance from hurler Patrick Kaminska Sunday afternoon, but the pitching duo's outings came up just short as the 'Dads fell 1-0 to the Savannah Sand Gnats at Historic Grayson Stadium. The Crawdads who are now 24-19 will continue their road trip with a 3-game series in Kannapolis against the Intimidators today.

Friday, 01 August 2014 08:29

Hickory Crawdads Win Again

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The Hickory Crawdads offense made sure the team's road trip got off on the right foot last night, as the 'Dads kick started their 7-game road stretch with a 10-1 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats at Historic Grayson Stadium.

Hickory jumped out to an early lead off of 'Gnats starting pitcher Logan Taylor, scoring two runs in the 1st and another in the 2nd for a 3-0 advantage. Savannah got on the board in the home half of the third when Champ Stuart lined a RBI single off of Smith to cut the score to 3-1. The 'Dads quickly answered the run with another of their own in the top of the 5th to push their lead back up to three runs at 4-1.

The score remained the same until the 8th inning, when the Crawdads sent all nine batters to the plate while scoring three runs on three hits and three Sand Gnats errors for a 7-1 advantage. The 'Dads wrapped up the scoring with three more runs in the 9th for the final 10-1 score.

The Crawdads who are now (24-16) and the Sand Gnats (23-16) will match up again tonight for game two of the four game series.

August 1st marks opening day for high school football!

The first varsity football practices of the year have begun, and the week by week schedules of all of the teams in our area are complete!

A schedule of the 2014 Varsity Scrimmages is below:

Friday, August 8th

West Caldwell, 6:30 pm

Monday, August 11

Maiden at Watauga, 6 pm

S. Iredell, South Point at Bandys, TBA

W. Caldwell at Mitchell County, 6 pm

Tuesday, August 12

Tiger Jamboree: Alexander Central, Fred T. Foard, Hibriten, Newton-Conover, 6 pm

Wednesday, August 13

Freedom at Asheville Roberson, 7pm

Maiden at E. Burke, 7 pm

McDowell at Draughn, 9 am

Friday, August 15

Burke Co Jamboree: Patton, Freedom, East Burke, West Caldwell, Draugh, Fred T. Foard, Harding, 6 pm

The Bunker Hill high school head coach of the girls basketball team has been selected to coach the “West girls” basketball team in next year’s East-West all star game in Greensboro.

Randy Joines has been a coach for over 20 years, previously coming from North Wilkes, and he’s been the head coach at Bunker Hill for the past four seasons.

Coach Joines is the winningest active girls basketball coach in the Southern District 7 2-A conference.

The North Carolina Coaches Association announced that news Thursday morning, and that all star game takes place next July.

Seven current Mountaineers have been named summer league all-stars in their collegiate summer leagues over the past month.Rising juniors Jaylin Davis and Dillon Dobson both started for the South Division in the California Collegiate League All-Star Game on July 16 at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif.  Davis went 1-for-2 with a run scored while Dobson went 0-for-2 in the all-star contest, which ended in a 4-4 tie.Davis is hitting .327 with eight doubles, three triples, six home runs, 29 RBI and nine stolen bases while Dobson is hitting .322 with 10 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 29 RBI for the Santa Barbara Foresters this summer.

Rising sophomore pitchers Dallas DeVrieze and Sean Mason both were elected to represent the American League in the Alaska Baseball League All-Star Game on July 20 in Anchorage, Alaska. DeVrieze did not appear in the game since he was slated to start the Peninsula Oilers in the first game following the all-star break but Mason worked an inning in the A.L.’s 10-5 win. Both pitchers have produced sterling numbers in seven starts apiece for the Oilers this summer. DeVrieze is 1-1 with a 1.76 ERA, 34 strikeouts and 38 hits allowed in 46 innings while Mason is 3-2 with a 3.43 ERA, 37 strikeouts and 37 hits allowed in 36.2 innings of work.  

Rising senior Michael Pierson played for the West Division in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game on July 24 in Brockton, Mass. He came off the bench to play shortstop and went 1-for-2 with an RBI in the West’s 4-1 victory.For the summer, Pierson is hitting .314 with 13 doubles, two triples, a home run, 23 RBI and seven steals for the FCBL’s Nashua Silver Knights.

Rising sophomore catcher Zach Hummel represented the South Division in the Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League All-Star Game on July 16 in Ohio. Hummel was hitless in two at-bats off the bench but helped lead the South to a 6-1 victory.Hummel is hitting .240 with three doubles, a home run and 16 RBI in 30 games for the Great Lakes League’s Hamilton Joes this summer.

Rising junior Grayson Atwood was named to the West Division team for the Prospect Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game on July 8. In just 18 game, Atwood had four doubles, a home run and 15 RBI.

Appalachian State University Men’s basketball and the Sun Belt Conference revealed their schedules for the upcoming season this morning.

Appalachian’s 2014-15 slate includes 12 home games and, for the first time in school history, is comprised entirely of NCAA Division I opponents.This year’s line up includes 29 games, nine of which will come against non-conference foes from eight different leagues including two from the Atlantic Coast Conference and one from the Southeastern Conference. In addition, three of Appalachian’s opponents finished with 20 or more wins last year while four advanced to postseason tournaments.

The season tips off with a 2 p.m. tilt at Ohio on Nov. 15. The Bobcats finished 25-12 last year including an 11-7 record and third-place finish in the Mid-American Conference’s East Division, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

The first home game of the season comes on Nov. 24 against Hampton. The Pirates, who will take on App State for the first time, finished 18-13 last year and earned a spot in the College Basketball Invitational tournament. Appalachian is also slated to take on Hofstra at home on Dec. 7 in its first-ever meeting against the Pride.

Other highlights in the non-conference include trips to Virginia Tech on Nov. 22, Georgia Tech on Dec. 15, Charlotte on Dec. 18 and Alabama on Dec. 22.  In addition, the Mountaineers will hit the road to face former Southern Conference rival Furman on Nov. 19 before heading to Jacksonville for the first time in school history on Dec. 3.

Appalachian opens its inaugural Sun Belt campaign at Arkansas State on Jan. 3 before returning home to take on defending Sun Belt Tournament champion UL Lafayette on Jan. 5.  The Ragin’ Cajuns went 23-12 last year and upset Georgia State in the league championship game before falling to Creighton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Georgia State also visits Boone in the first month of the season (Jan. 17). The Panthers went 25-9 a year ago, including an incredible 17-1 mark in league play and earned a bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost to Clemson in the first round.

A familiar foe awaits the Mountaineers at the end of January when Appalachian travels to Statesboro, Ga. to face longtime rival Georgia Southern on Jan. 29. The Eagles make the return trip to Boone on Feb. 26 in the first of four-straight home games to end the regular season for the Mountaineers.

The 2014 Piedmont Educational Foundation’s Board of Trustee’s Dinner is next Tuesday August 5th at the Lake Hickory Country Club. The annual dinner and auction highlights the Bears’ accomplishments of the past school year and helps usher in a new season for all 22 of Lenoir Rhyne’s athletic teams.

This year’s keynote speaker will be the long time North Carolina Tar Heel’s Hall of Fame Broadcaster, Woody Durham! Durham served as the voice of the Tarheels for 40 years, and he has called over 1800 football and basketball games for the Tar Heels, and he is also a 13-year recipient of the NC Sportscaster of the Year.

Durham is among 4 notable speakers at the event including Rick Barnes, Billy Packer, Jay Bilas, and Jim Beatty.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 12:27

Crawdads Sweep Delmarva Shorebirds

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The Hickory Crawdads completed their four game sweep with a 10-4 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds.  The Dads’ received a pair of bases, loaded hits by Travis Demeritte and Luis Marte Tuesday night to jump out to an early lead!

Demeritte got the game started with a bang, as the second baseman clubbed a grand slam over the center field fence for his South Atlantic League leading 21st home run of the year in the 1st.  Two innings later, Marte came through with a bases-loaded, 3-RBI double.  By the end of the night, the 'Dads scored 10 runs on 10 hits en route to winning their seventh game in their last eight contests. 

With the win, the Crawdads (22-16) remain perfect against the Shorebirds (17-22) on the year with a 7-0 record. 

The 'Dads have an off-day today before starting a four-game series in Savannah against the SandGnats on Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

One night after the Hickory Crawdads and Delmarva Shorebirds matched up in a slugfest featuring 23 runs on 29 hits, the 'Dads and 'Birds faced off in a pitcher's duel Monday night with Hickory utilizing a solo home run by Nomar Mazara in the 8th for a 3-2 win at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The go-ahead blast by Mazara was his fourth homer in the last five games and gave him 19 total long balls on the year, just one behind teammate Travis Demeritte for the South Atlantic League lead. Mazara has been on a tear over the last two months, with the 19-year-old posting a slash line of .304/.404/.588 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 14 homers and 51 RBI in 51 games played since June 1st.

For the seventh consecutive game the 'Dads initially fell behind, as the Shorebirds scored two runs on three hits in the 2nd inning for a 2-0 score. The first four 'Birds of the frame reached safely against Hickory starting pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez, with right fielder Conor Bierfeldt driving in the first run on a RBI double before DH Chance Sisco came in to score on a wild pitch.

The score would remain the same all the way until the bottom of the 6th, when Kellin Deglan roped a RBI double off of Delmarva starter Steven Brault to cut the deficit to 2-1. The 'Dads plated another single run in the 7th, this time with Travis Demeritte leading off the frame with a double before scoring two batters later on a RBI single by Marte off of Shorebirds reliever Dylan Rheault to tie the game at 2-2.

That set the stage for Mazara, who crushed a 1-0 pitch off the scoreboard in right-center field in the 8th to give Hickory their first lead of the night at 3-2. Crawdads closer Jose Valdespina shut the door from there, tossing a perfect 9th to complete the win and record his third save of the season.

'Dads pitcher Cole Wiper (7-8) earned the win in his first relief outing of the year, as the right-hander tossed two shutout innings on two hits and a strikeout. Rheault (8-3) took the loss for the 'Birds with two runs allowed on three hits and two strikeouts over his 2.1 frames on the mound.

Two other 'Dads joined Mazara with a multi-hit game, with Deglan finishing 2-4 with a double and a RBI while Demeritte went 2-3 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base.

The Crawdads (22-16) have now won six of their last seven games and remain perfect against the Shorebirds (17-21) this season with a 6-0 record. The 'Dads will go for the four game sweep over the 'Birds in the final game of the home stand Tuesday night at 7:00 pm.