NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A: Indians’ McLauchlin leading rusher in conference

Published Friday, April 16th, 2021

NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A LEADERS (Unofficial, through end of regular season games) Note: The leaders are developed from game-by-game statistics provided by schools in the conference and by other media who cover the seven-team conference, as part of a cooperative effort that allows HobbsDailyReport.com to compile them. The leaders are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com for use in either print and broadcast media without …

BREAKING NEWS: Hicks resigns after 8 years as head football coach at St. Stephens

Published Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Former Lenoir-Rhyne University boss ends 34-year career of coaching football   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Wayne Hicks has resigned as head football coach at St. Stephens High after eight seasons, school officials announced on Thursday. A press release from athletic director Billy Baker said Hicks is ending a 34-year career of coaching football. Hicks came to St. Stephens …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Towson State promotes ex-Bandys star Harper

Published Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

He’ll lead passing game at Towson State, continue to coach team’s wide receivers   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com TOWSON, Md. — Justin Harper is moving up in college football and in responsibility as an assistant coach at Towson State. The school has announced Harper — a former wide receiver at Bandys High who starred at Virginia Tech and played in …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Wednesday through Friday events

Published Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE   A schedule of events from  Wednesday through Friday involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A as compiled from master schedules provided by conference officials. Game times are listed, if available, and changes to schedules – including postponed events or schools trading home dates or moving events up – may …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Monday, Tuesday results

Published Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com TUESDAY’S RESULTS SOFTBALL South Fork 2A Bandys at W. Lincoln E. Lincoln 7, Maiden 2 Lincolnton at Lake Norman Charter Newton-Conover at N. Lincoln Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill 4, E. Burke 3 Fred T. Foard 5, W. Caldwell 0 Hibriten 11, Draughn 1 Patton 7, W. Iredell 3 GIRLS SOCCER Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill at E. Burke …

NCHSAA: State legislature votes to open an investigation

Published Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Subcommittee with subpoena power will lead inquiry   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH — A subcommittee of the N.C. Legislature decided on Tuesday it will investigate the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). A subcommittee will de appointed and the probe includes reviewing the NCHSAA’s finances. Several recent media reports indicate the NCHSAA, primarily through its endowment fund, has …

PRO FISHING: Queen finishes 10th in Elite Series tourney in Texas

Published Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Professional fisherman K.J. Queen, a Bandys High graduate in his rookie season on the BASSMASTER Elite Series, had a very good weekend. Queen had catches of 35 pounds, 15 ounces on the Sabine River in Texas to finish 10th and pocket $16,000. He has now played in 12 tournaments with two Top 10 finishes and finished …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Maiden in for 25th consecutive year

Published Sunday, April 11th, 2021

Blue Devils face Salisbury; Hibriten, S. Caldwell, Watauga also open postseason with home games   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Seven high school football teams from the Greater Hickory area conferences are headed to the state playoffs next Friday, led by the 25th straight bid by Maiden. Maiden and West Lincoln advance from the South Fork 2A while Hibriten and Bunker …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Pair of varsity games now on Thursday

Published Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Two varsity football games scheduled on Friday have been moved up a day. On Wednesday, school officials e-mailed these changes: — In the South Fork 2A, Lincolnton will visit Maiden on Thursday at 7 p.m., and there will be no advance sale of tickets. — In the Northwestern Foothills 2A, Hibriten will play on the road …

HOBBSDAILYREPORT.COM: We’re celebrating a birthday!

Published Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com We want to thank the loyal readers of HobbsDailyReport.com, as we are celebrating our fourth birthday this month. We’re proud to report that we have generated more than 6,250 posts about local sports since the first day we launched our website and, at last report, we had generated more than 2 million page views since that opening day. We …

NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A: Indians’ McLauchlin, Watauga’s Best battling for rushing lead

Published Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A FOOTBALL LEADERS (Unofficial through games of Friday, April 2) Note: The leaders are developed from game-by-game statistics provided by schools in the conference and by other media who cover the seven-team conference, as part of a cooperative effort that allows HobbsDailyReport.com to compile them. The leaders are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com — for use in …

NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A: Bears’ receiving duo just shy of 120 yards per game

Published Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A FOOTBALL LEADERS (Unofficial through games of Friday, April 2) Note: The leaders are developed from game-by-game statistics provided by schools in the conference and by other media who cover the eight-team conference, as part of a cooperative effort that allows HobbsDailyReport.com to compile them. The leaders are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com — for use …

SOUTH FORK 2A: Maiden’s Rhodes leads league at nearly 240 passing yards per game

Published Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com SOUTH FORK 2A FOOTBAL LEADERS (Unofficial through games of Friday, April 2) Note: The leaders are developed from game-by-game statistics provided by schools in the conference and by other media who cover the eight-team conference, as part of a cooperative effort that allows HobbsDailyReport.com to compile them. The leaders are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com — for use …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Wednesday’s events

Published Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE   A schedule of events on Wednesday involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A as compiled from master schedules provided by conference officials. Game times are listed, if available, and changes to schedules – including postponed events or schools trading home dates or moving events up – may not be …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Tuesday’s results

Published Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com TUESDAY’S RESULTS SOFTBALL South Fork 2A Bandys 16, Lincolnton 0 Bandys 20, Lincolnton 2 E. Lincoln 7, N Lincoln 2 Maiden 12, Lake Norman Charter 2 Newton-Conover 6, W. Lincoln 5 Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill 9, Draughn 4 E. Burke 9, Patton 6 Hibriten 3, Fred T. Foard 1 W. Iredell 10, W. Caldwell 2 Northwestern 3A-4A Alexander …

NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A LEADERS: Indians’ McLauchlin averaging 187 yards on offense

Published Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A LEADERS (Unofficial through games of Friday, March 27) Note: The leaders are developed from game-by-game statistics provided by schools in the conference and by other media who cover the seven-team conference, as part of a cooperative effort that allows HobbsDailyReport.com to compile them. The leaders are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com — for use in either print and broadcast …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Tuesday through Friday events

Published Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE   A schedule of events from Tuesday through Friday involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A as compiled from master schedules provided by conference officials. Game times are listed, if available, and changes to schedules – including postponed events or schools trading home dates or moving events up – may …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Monday’s results

Published Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com MONDAY’S RESULTS SOFTBALL South Fork 2A Maiden 4, W. Lincoln 3 Northwestern Foothills 2A Draughn 6, E. Burke 5, 8 inn. Northwestern 3A-4A McDowell 6, Freedom 5 St. Stephens 3, Hickory 0 S. Caldwell 8, Alexander Central 1 GIRLS SOCCER South Fork 2A Bandys 11, W. Lincoln 3 E. Lincoln 3, Maiden 2 Lake Norman Charter 9, Lincolnton 0 …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER: Lincolnton’s Bagan top coach in South Fork 2A

Published Monday, March 29th, 2021

North Lincoln, N-C stars earn league defensive, offensive awards   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Conference champion East Lincoln leads the postseason South Fork 2A boys’ soccer all-conference with five picks, but the Mustangs didn’t garner any of the individual awards. The All-South Fork 2A team — selected by the head coaches — picked a defensive star from North Lincoln as …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER: All-Northwestern Foothills 2A led by West champ Hibriten

Published Monday, March 29th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Hibriten High, the West 2A champion in boys’ soccer this season, won three key awards in voting by head coaches in the Northwestern Foothills 2A. The Panthers went 14-0-0 in the conference under head coach Jim Blanton was the West No. 1 seed for the state playoffs. Hibriten beat No. 16 Smoky Mountain, No. 8 Hendersonville, …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER: Sevensky, Pioneers lead All-Northwestern 3A-4A

Published Monday, March 29th, 2021

  By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com After sharing the Northwestern 3A-4A boys’ soccer championship, Watauga High has won three of the league’s four major awards in the postseason. Hickory and Watauga finished 11-1-0 each in the conference to tie for the league title. The conference released All-Northwestern 3A-4A, led by 10 picks from Watauga and nine from Hickory. Hickory’s Carter Holt …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Thursday’s results

Published Friday, March 26th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com THURSDAY’S RESULTS SOFTBALL South Fork 2A Bandys at Newton-Conover, ppd., Friday E. Lincoln 10, Lincolnton 0 N. Lincoln 12, Lake Norman Charter 0 W. Lincoln at Maiden, ppd., Monday, 6 p.m. Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill at W. Iredell, ppd., Monday Fred T. Foard at Draughn, ppd., April 12 Hibriten at E. Burke, ppd., Monday, 5 p.m. Patton at …

HIGH SCHOOLS: Cooper’s newest order allows more fans at events

Published Thursday, March 25th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH — A new executive order issued by Gov. Roy Cooper will allow more fans to attend outdoor events, including high school sports. The order increases capacity at outdoor events to 50 percent, up from 30 percent, and there is no cap. The order is effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, meaning more fans can attend …

HIGH SCHOOLS: New league will be Catawba Valley 2A Athletic Conference

Published Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Butch Parker, South Fork 2A’s leader, will be conference administrator  for new league   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The new eight-team 2A conference that begins in August will be named the Catawba Valley 2A Athletic Conference. In an e-mail from Butch Parker — currently conference administrator for the South Fork 2A — he said he has accepted the same role …

NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A: First-place Watauga pounds St. Stephens

Published Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Alexander Central’s defense dominates McDowell   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com First-place Watauga High gained nearly 500 yards on offense on Friday night to steamroll visiting St. Stephens 49-13 and stay atop the Northwestern 3A-4A football standings. Sebastian Best ran 10 times for 168 yards and two scores and Carter Everett ran 17 times for 77 yards and two TDs as …

NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A: Bears bruise Cavs, now tied with them for second place

Published Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Hibriten runs league win streak to 30; Rutherford sets receiving record for Patton   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Bunker Hill High’s Bears were hungry on Saturday afternoon and it showed. Getting three rushing scores from Kaden Robinson and two touchdowns each by Jay Abrams and Kaliq Ramseur, the Bears mauled visiting East Burke 47-6 in a key Northwestern Foothills 2A …

SOUTH FORK 2A: Rhodes passes Maiden to victory over North Lincoln

Published Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Win sets up showdown with East Lincoln for first place on Friday on the road   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Maiden High — playing on the turf where a large portion of its football history was created — rolled to another key varsity victory on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils rolled past visiting North Lincoln 40-21 at the Maiden Middle …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Tuesday through Friday events

Published Monday, March 22nd, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE   A schedule of events on Tuesday through Friday involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A as compiled from master schedules provided by conference officials. Game times are listed, if available, and changes to schedules – including postponed events or schools trading home dates or moving events up – may …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Lincolnton boys’ head coach resigns

Published Saturday, March 20th, 2021

Cloninger leaving after 3 seasons guiding the Wolves   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com LINCOLNTON — Lincolnton High varsity boys’ basketball coach John Cloninger won’t return next season. In a story first reported by The Lincoln Times-News, Cloninger said he’s exiting basketball after three seasons as head coach of the Wolves. He will return his focus to his local dentist practice. …

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Lutz leaving Huskers to pursue other coaching opportunities

Published Saturday, March 20th, 2021

Bandys High grad said he’s ready to get back to recruiting, 1-on-1 coaching   Editor’s note: Full disclosure … Lutz and Chris Hobbs — editor and content coordinator of this website — are high school classmates, graduating from Bandys High in 1976, and have continued that relationship over the past 45 years in our careers. By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com LINCOLN, …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Thursday, Friday results

Published Saturday, March 20th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S RESULTS VARSITY FOOTBALL South Fork 2A E. Lincoln 24, Bandys 20 N. Lincoln at Maiden, ppd., Sat., 3 p.m. (at Maiden Middle) W. Lincoln at Lincolnton, ppd., Sat, 1 p.m. Northwestern Foothills 2A E. Burke at Bunker Hill, ppd., Sat. 5 p.m. Hibriten 56, Draughn 6 W. Caldwell 13, Fred T. Foard 0 W. Iredell at Patton, ppd., …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Tuesday’s results

Published Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com TUESDAY’S RESULTS SOFTBALL South Fork 2A Bandys at N. Lincoln, ppd., Weds E. Lincoln at Newton-Conover, ppd., no date W. Lincoln 12, Lake Norman Charter 0 (Monday) Northwestern Foothills 2A E. Burke at Draughn, ppd., Fri. W. Caldwell at Bunker Hill, ppd., Weds. W. Iredell at Fred T. Foard, ppd., Weds. BOYS SOCCER (State playoff first round) 2A E. …

OBIT: Service for sports advocate Lee Shook is Thursday at noon (updated)

Published Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

Church will livestream funeral of long-time coach, reporter   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CONNELLY SPRINGS — The life of Lee Shook, who spent more than 50 of his 73 years contributing to the sports landscape in the Greater Hickory area, will be celebrated on Wednesday and Thursday. Shook, 73, died on Sunday. His family will receive friends on Wednesday from …

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Orioles place Harvey on 60-day disabled list

Published Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Former Bandys High pitching star Hunter Harvey will start the major league baseball season with the Baltimore Orioles on the 60-day disabled list. Harvey, expected to be Baltimore’s closer, has an oblique strain (read more via the link below on MORE ON THE INJURY II). His injury opened a roster spot now filled by Maikel Franco, …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Monday’s results

Published Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com MONDAY’S RESULTS SOFTBALL South Fork 2A Maiden 14, Lincolnton 1 Northwestern Foothills 2A Hibriten 8, Patton 0 Northwestern 3A-4A Alexander Central 21, St. Stephens 0 S. Caldwell 11, Hickory 0 Watauga at McDowell GIRLS SOCCER South Fork 2A Lake Norman Charter 4, E. Lincoln 1 Lincolnton 4, Newton-Conover 1 Maiden 2, Bandys 1 N. Lincoln 9, W. Lincoln 1 …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Freedom under quarantine, game with S. Caldwell off (updated)

Published Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

Hickory moves non-league road game to Saturday   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com South Caldwell High announced Tuesday morning it has an open date on Friday in varsity football after Freedom informed it the football program there is under quarantine. The Spartans (1-1, 1-0 Northwestern 3A-4A) were scheduled to play the Patriots (2-1, 2-1) in Morganton on Friday night. The junior …

NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A: Fulbright runs for 291 yards as E. Burke takes league lead

Published Sunday, March 14th, 2021

Elder throws for 230 yards, leading Bunker Hill’s romp past Draughn   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com East Burke High, which last won a conference varsity football title in in 2007, is off to a 3-0 start and atop the Northwestern Foothills 2A standings. The Cavs got a 291-yard night from running back Blane Fulbright, who carried 35 times, and powered …

HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE: Both Hickory teams reach playoffs

Published Saturday, March 13th, 2021

Red Tornadoes’ girls a No. 2 seed, open postseason at home   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – Three boys’ teams and two girls’ teams from the Greater Hickory area have a chance to become a state high school lacrosse champion. In pairings posted to its website on Saturday, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) said: — …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER: Hibriten earns top West 2A seed for playoffs

Published Saturday, March 13th, 2021

E. Lincoln, S. Caldwell, Watauga also have home matches in first round   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – The state boys’ high school soccer championship tournaments begin on Tuesday with seven teams from Greater Hickory area conferences in the mix. The pairings were posted to the website of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSA) after they …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Friday’s results

Published Friday, March 12th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S RESULTS VARSITY FOOTBALL South Fork 2A Bandys 52, Lincolnton 8 E. Lincoln 40, N. Lincoln 30 W. Lincoln 27, Newton-Conover 19 Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill 44, Draughn 6 E. Burke 37, Patton 6 Hibriten 43, N. Rowan 0 (non-conference) Hibriten at Fred T. Foard, cancelled (Foard under quarantine) W. Caldwell 47, W. Iredell 14 Northwestern 3A-4A Alexander …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Barry steps down as Watauga’s varsity head coach

Published Friday, March 12th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com BOONE — After two seasons of being head coach of both varsity basketball teams at Watauga High, Laura Barry will coach only the varsity girls’ team next season. Mike Kelly of WATA in Boone broke the story on Friday (listen to this report via clicking the link below). Barry has coached the Watauga girls for five …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER: Current standings; playoffs begin on Tuesday

Published Friday, March 12th, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BOYS SOCCER STANDINGS (through Thursday, March 11) SOUTH FORK 2A x-E. Lincoln 10-1-1 Newton-Con. 9-1-2 Lincolnton 7-3-2 LN Charter 5-7-0 N. Lincoln 4-6-2 Bandys 3-8-1 Maiden 0-12-0 –clinched conference championship NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A x–Hibriten 14-0-0 Fred T. Foard 11-2-0 Bunker Hill 6-6-1 Patton 6-7-1 W. Caldwell 5-6-1 E. Burke 5-7-2 W. Iredell 1-9-1 Draughn 0-12-0 Note: Only …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Thursday’s results

Published Friday, March 12th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com THURSDAY’S RESULTS BOYS SOCCER Northwestern 3A-4A Freedom 2, St. Stephens 2, tie JUNIOR VARSITY FOOTBALL South Fork 2A Lake Norman Charter 18, Maiden 7 Lincolnton 25, Bandys 0 Newton-Conover 12, W. Lincoln 6 N. Lincoln 27, E. Lincoln 8 Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill 36, W. Caldwell 24 Asheville Erwin 42, E. Burke 36 (non-conference) Northwestern 3A-4A Alexander Central …

NCHSAA BOARD: Ends Endowment games, adopts RPI use for playoff seeding

Published Friday, March 12th, 2021

Teams will play 10-game schedule in football in fall   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – The concept of endowment games – where part of the gate receipts in return for adding a regular-season contest goes to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) — is off the table moving forward. In moves voted upon by the NCHSAA …

REALIGNMENT: NCHSAA board approves final draft, makes no changes locally

Published Friday, March 12th, 2021

Bandys, Bunker Hill will go back into the same league in August   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The final draft of statewide realignment for high schools was approved intact by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) board of directors on Wednesday at its annual meeting. The NCHSAA released the complete statewide realignment on Thursday. It is effective with …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Wednesday’s varsity results

Published Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS BOYS SOCCER South Fork 2A Community School of Davidson 2, Lake Norman Charter 0 (non-conference) Lincolnton 7, Maiden 1 Newton-Conover 3, E. Lincoln 2 N. Lincoln 2, Bandys 1 Northwestern Foothills 2A E. Burke 1, Bunker Hill 1, tie Fred T. Foard 5, W. Caldwell 1 Hibriten 11, Draughn 2 Patton 3, W. Iredell 2 Northwestern 3A-4A …

HIGH SCHOOLS: Ban of Anson County from 2009 playoffs sparked legislature’s interest in NCHSAA

Published Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH — Additional first-reporting by HighSchoolOT.com managing editor Nick Stevens, who writes a North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) decision to ban Anson County from the 2019 football playoffs triggered the N.C. Legislature’s interest in the NCHSAA. The NCHSAA on Wednesday contacted state prep media, indicating it has coordinated a ZOOM press conference about this development for 9:30 …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Wednesday through Friday

Published Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL  SPORTS SCHEDULE   High school schedule for events Wednesday through Friday involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. Outdoor sports, by state regulations, are limited to 30 percent of stadium capacity with visiting and home fans now able to purchase tickets. All COVID-19 restrictions will be enforced, including social distancing. Fans …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Foard under quarantine, games with Hibriten are off

Published Monday, March 8th, 2021

Hibriten picks up game on Friday at North Rowan   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON – The high school football games scheduled this week between Hibriten and Fred T. Foard won’t be played. In an e-mail on Monday, Foard athletic director Samy Shreitah said the Tigers’ junior varsity game on Thursday in Lenoir and their varsity game on Friday at …

HIGH SCHOOLS: State legislature looking at NCHSAA, report says

Published Monday, March 8th, 2021

HighSchoolOT.com: Legislature’s concerns include NCHSAA, as non-profit, having multi-millions   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH – The North Carolina Legislature has questions and some concerns about the role of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA), a breaking report by HighSchoolOT.com says. HighSchoolOT.com managing editor Nick Stevens provides a comprehensive report – a story, a video interview with Sen. …

HIGH SCHOOL JV FOOTBALL: Hickory rips Freedom, improves to 2-0

Published Sunday, March 7th, 2021

Alex Central has 2 rushers clear 100 yards in win over Watauga   HobbsDailyReport.com Hickory High scored all the points after halftime on Thursday night, rolling past visiting Freedom 34-2 in a Northwestern 3A-4A junior varsity football game. Freedom (0-1) gained its early lead when Hickory’s punter fielded a snap in the end zone and his knee touched. After that, …

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL: State championship scores, boxes

Published Saturday, March 6th, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL SATURDAY’S STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BOXES 1A No. 13 Murphy 76, No. 3 Princeton 34 Box: 2021 NCHSAA 1A Womens Basketball State Championship Final Box Score 2A No. 6 Shelby 77, No. 9 Farmville Central 62 Box: 2021 2A Womens Basketball Championship Final Box Score 3A No. 3 Carson 51, No. 7 Asheboro 40 Box: 2021 NCHSAA 3A …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: State championship scores, boxes

Published Saturday, March 6th, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SATURDAY’S STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BOXES 1A No. 4 Wilson Prep 65, No. 5 Lincoln Charter 58 Box: 2021 NCHSAA 1A Mens Basketball State Championship Game Final Box Score 2A No. 9 Farmville Central 113, No. 1 Hendersonville 98 Box: 2021 NCHSAA 2A Mens Basketball State Championship Final Box Score (1) 3A No. 2 Weddington 56, No. 13 …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Shade sizzles as Red Devils topple Bandys

Published Saturday, March 6th, 2021

Maiden scores in final minute, nips West Lincoln by one point   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Newton-Conover High rode its defense and four rushing scores by running back Allan Shade to victory on Friday night, downing visiting Bandys 32-14 in a South Fork 2A football game at Gurley Stadium. Shade, a 6-foot, 220-pound senior, unofficially ran for 201 yards and …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Thursday’s results

Published Friday, March 5th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com THURSDAY’S RESULTS BOYS SOCCER South Fork 2A Maiden at N. Lincoln (Highland Park) Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill 2, Patton 0 Fred T. Foard at W. Caldwell Northwestern 3A-4A Watauga 9, McDowell 0 GIRLS LACROSSE Lake Norman Charter 7, Community School of Davidson 6, 2 OTs BOYS LACROSSE Lake Norman Charter 16, Community School of Davidson 6 JUNIOR VARSITY …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: All-Northwestern Foothills 2A led by Bears’ Wray, Panthers’ Castle

Published Thursday, March 4th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The conference championship basketball teams in the Northwestern Foothills 2A also produced the league’s top players. In voting by conference head coaches, Addison Wray of Bunker Hill was selected girls’ player of the year and Caleb Castle of Patton won boys’ player of the year. Wray, a high-scoring senior who has signed to play softball at …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Spartans’ Ramsey, Red Tornadoes’ Lefevers top All-Northwestern 3A-4A

Published Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Hickory boys’ Daniel Willis win Coach of Year in first season at alma mater   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com A 6-foot-7 post player from South Caldwell High and 6-foot guard from Hickory won Northwestern 3A-4A Player of the Year honors in basketball on Wednesday. In voting by conference head coaches and released by league officials, the top boys’ player selected …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: N. Lincoln boys, N-C girls lead All-South Fork 2A

Published Thursday, March 4th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The South Fork 2A’s championship basketball teams swept top honors in voting for all-conference. The league released All-South Fork 2A teams on Wednesday, led by players of the year Cole Seagle of boys’ champ North Lincoln and Cassidy Geddes of girls’ champ Newton-Conover. Seagle, a 5-foot-8 senior guard who sparked North Lincoln to 12-2 league record, …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: This week’s events

Published Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL  SPORTS SCHEDULE   High school schedule for events this week involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. Outdoor sports, by state regulations, are limited to 30 percent of stadium capacity with visiting and home fans now able to purchase tickets. All COVID-19 restrictions will be enforced, including social distancing. Fans are …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Tuesday’s regional finals, pairings for Saturday’s state championships

Published Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Lincoln Charter to play Wilson Prep for 1A title   SATURDAY’S STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Note: Visit www.nchsaa.org to review the complete round-by-round scores for East and West 1A at Wheatmore High, Trinity: No. 4 Wilson Prep (6-2) vs. No. 5 Lincoln Charter (16-2), 3:30 p.m. 2A at Providence Grove High, Climax: No. 9 Farmville Central (14-0) vs. No. 1 Hendersonville (17-0), …

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL: Tuesday’s regional finals, pairings for Saturday’s state championships

Published Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Carson eliminates Hickory in West 3A Regional title game   SATURDAY’S STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Note: Visit www.nchsaa.org to review the complete round-by-round scores for East and West. 1A at Wheatmore High, Trinity: No. 9 Princeton (15-0) vs. No. 13 Murphy (16-0). 1 p.m. 2A at Providence Grove High, Climax: No. 9 Farmville Central (14-0) vs. No. 6 Shelby (8-0), 1 p.m. …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Cavs nip West Caldwell for Minor’s 50th career victory

Published Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Maiden beats Bandys; former Maiden player wins debut as Freedom coach   HobbsDailyReport.com Blane Fulbright ran for 125 yards and for two scores on 28 carries on Saturday afternoon, leading East Burke High’s 18-13 home win over West Caldwell that gave Cavs head coach Derrick Minor his 50th career victory. Minor — whose previous head-coaching jobs include at Princeton, Rockingham …

COMMENTARY: Football was a small part of Coach Brown’s contributions

Published Monday, March 1st, 2021

We shared a special relationship over the past 45 years   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Tom Brown has been gone, almost to the hour, for three days as I sit down to write on a quiet Sunday night about a man whose impact and life story can’t really be put into words. Last Thursday — the day the Lord called …

BREAKING NEWS: N-C girls’ head coach retires from administrative position

Published Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Whether she will coach basketball again yet to be clarified   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON – Sylvia White — whose third tenure as head girls’ basketball coach at Newton-Conover High ended on Thursday night — retired from her administrative position with the Newton-Conover City Schools on Friday. White exits her position as Executive Director of Operations, and the school …

SOUTH FORK 2A FOOTBALL: Schools announce seating capacity during COVID (corrected)

Published Friday, February 26th, 2021

Editor’s note: An earlier list posted incorrectly calculated 30 percent of the numbers listed but those numbers were the actual 30 percent that can get in and not stadium capacity. HobbsDailyReport.com apologizes for the error, now corrected. By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The South Fork 2A on Friday released the number of fans each of the seven schools playing varsity football …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Thursday’s second round results, Saturday’s pairings

Published Thursday, February 25th, 2021

North Lincoln only team for area league still alive   SATURDAY’S THIRD ROUND PAIRINGS WEST 2A Area No. 10 Shelby (15-1) at No. 3 N. Lincoln (14-2) Others No. 5 Mountain Heritage (13-0) at No. 1 Hendersonville (15-0) WEST 3A No. 4 Crest (15-1) at No. 1 W. Rowan (15-1) No. 6 Mount Tabor (13-2) at No. 2 Weddington (15-0) …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Thursday’s varsity results (other than football)

Published Thursday, February 25th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com THURSDAY’S RESULTS VARSITY BOYS SOCCER South Fork 2A E. Lincoln 2, Lincolnton 0 Lincolnton at Maiden Northwestern Foothills 2A Fred T. Foard 9, E. Burke 0 BASKETBALL (Second round state playoffs) GIRLS 2A Bunker Hill 80, R-S Central 52 W. Stokes 59, Newton-Conover 41 3A Freedom 70, Asheville 66 Hickory 53, Ashbrook 33 4A S. Caldwell 47, Lake Norman …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Thursday’s results

Published Thursday, February 25th, 2021

 HIGH  SCHOOL FOOTBALL THURSDAY’S VARSITY RESULTS South Fork 2A Lincolnton 27, Newton-Conover 13 Maiden 21, Bandys 7 N. Lincoln 10, W. Lincoln 6 Northwestern Foothills 2A Draughn 14, W. Iredell 3 Fred T. Foard 28, Patton 6 Hibriten 50, Bunker Hill 13 Northwestern 3A-4A Freedom 18, St. Stephens 14 Others S. Iredell 7, Alexander Central 2 FRIDAY’S VARSITY GAMES Northwestern …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Legendary coach Tom Brown dies

Published Thursday, February 25th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com MAIDEN — Legendary football coach Tom Brown, who came to the Greater Hickory area to play college football at then-Lenoir-Rhyne College and was later a high school head football coach at Maiden, Bunker Hill and East Burke, has died. Brown — who battled COVID-19 and other health concerns for several months — died at about 2:30 …

HIGH SCHOOLS: Cooper lifts some restrictions, more fans will be allowed at events

Published Thursday, February 25th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH — With numbers improving in the battle with COVID-19, Gov. Roy Cooper relaxed some of the requirements of how many fans can attend indoor and outdoor events, including high school football. The new executive order begins at 5 p.m. on Friday. Until then, the current limits — 25 fans in prep basketball and 100 in …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Thursday’s events

Published Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE   Thursday’s high school schedule for events involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. Until Friday at 5 p.m., when a revised order from Gov. Cooper kicks in, outdoor sports are limited to 100 fans — all of those will be from the home team (no visiting fans allowed) …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Wednesday’s results

Published Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS VARSITY BOYS SOCCER South Fork 2A Bandys at Lincolnton, ppd., March 5 E. Lincoln at N. Lincoln, ppd., Thurs. Lake Norman Charter 7, Maiden 0 Newton-Conover at Bandys Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill 3, W. Caldwell 1 E. Burke at Draughn Fred T. Foard 9, W. Iredell 0 Hibriten at Patton Northwestern 3A-4A Alexander Central at Freedom Hickory …

BREAKING NEWS: Wilkinson resigns as varsity boys’ coach at N-C

Published Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

He also coached Bunker Hill varsity boys for 11 seasons   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON – More than 20 years ago, Matt Wilkinson set the criteria for when he would give up coaching. He said Wednesday that time has come. Wilkinson — head boys’ varsity basketball coach at Newton-Conover High the last six seasons after holding the same position …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Wednesday’s events

Published Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE   High school schedule for Wednesday’s events involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. Outdoor sports, by state regulations, are limited to 100 fans — all of those will be from the home team (no visiting fans allowed), and all COVID-19 restrictions will be enforced, including social distancing. Indoor …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Tuesday’s varsity results

Published Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com TUESDAY’S VARSITY RESULTS BASKETBALL (State playoffs, first round) GIRLS 2A Bunker Hill 58, N. Davidson 50 Newton-Conover 57, Canton Pisgah 46 Salisbury 53, Patton 37 Shelby 56, E. Lincoln 24 3A Ashbrook 55, Alexander Central 48 Freedom 48, N. Buncombe 35 Hickory 53, NW Cabarrus 38 4A S. Caldwell 45, W. Forsyth 38 BOYS 2A N. Davidson 62, E. …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: This week’s varsity events (other than football)

Published Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS SCHEDULE   High school varsity schedule for events this week involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. Outdoor sports, by state regulations, are limited to 100 fans — all of those will be from the home team (no visiting fans allowed), and all COVID-19 restrictions will be enforced, including …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: This week’s junior varsity games

Published Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Note: Because of COVID-19 restrictions, schools are currently limited to allowing 100 fans into a game (does not include support personnel, etc.) and fans from only the HOME school. For more specifics about how each school is handling admission, parking or other related aspects of going to a game, contact the home school’s athletic …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: This week’s varsity games (updated)

Published Monday, February 22nd, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Note: Because of COVID-19 restrictions, schools are currently limited to allowing 100 fans into a game (does not include support personnel, etc.) and fans from only the HOME school. For more specifics about how each school is handling admission, parking or other related aspects of going to a game, contact the home school’s athletic department …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Freedom girls West 3A top seed in final brackets

Published Sunday, February 21st, 2021

Alex Central girls, not in preliminary, earn wild card bid in 3A   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has released finalized brackets for the basketball playoffs, with Freedom’s girls seeded as No. 1 in the West 3A bracket. After a review until 3 p.m. on Sunday of preliminary brackets released …

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL: Varsity standings through Saturday, Feb. 20

Published Saturday, February 20th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (through Saturday, Feb. 20) Note: Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, South Fork 2A and Northwestern Foothills 2A teams were limited to 14-game schedules with no non-league games, while Northwestern 3A-4A teams had two available playing dates for non-league opponents. SOUTH FORK 2A (Final regular season) a-Newton-Conover             14-0 b-E. …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Varsity standings through Saturday, Feb. 20

Published Saturday, February 20th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (through  Saturday, Feb. 20) Note: Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, South Fork 2A and Northwestern Foothills 2A teams were allowed a 14-game, with no available dates for non-league games. The  Northwestern 3A-4A teams had two available playing dates for non-league opponents. SOUTH FORK 2A (Final regular season) a-N. Lincoln          …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Wednesday’s varsity results

Published Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com WEDNESDAY’S VARSITY RESULTS BASKETBALL GIRLS Northwestern Foothills 2A Alexander Central 60, Hibriten 42 (non-conference) Draughn 67, Fred T. Foard 58 Northwestern 3A-4A Alexander Central 60, Hibriten 42 (non-conference) Freedom 69, St. Stephens 38 Hickory 56, Watauga 48 BOYS Northwestern Foothills 2A Draughn 53, W. Iredell 48 Fred T. Foard at Bunker Hill, ppd., Fri. Hibriten 53, Fred T. Foard …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Wednesday’s varsity events

Published Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS SCHEDULE   Wednesday’s high school varsity schedule involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. With COVID already causing quarantines and sidelining teams for up to 14 days, it is very important for fans considering attending games or purchasing the ability to livestream a game(s) to call the home schools …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Bandys community raises 25K in support of former girls player

Published Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA –Read and watch a nice story/video by WCNC about how the Bandys High community — and more specifically the Trojans’ basketball program — is rallying behind a former player as she battles an illness: WCNC’S STORY: https://www.wcnc.com/article/features/catawba-high-school-athlete-chemotherapy-treatment-fundraiser-hoops/275-35236c85-0a0e-4231-b7ba-e7d3b8b75613?fbclid=IwAR2Pjt6OJ6xkEoq4eZjIfs9a44a7yaKUo8PmOFGFBa_BlsvOXQLhDCF9qa4

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Varsity standings through Monday, Feb. 15

Published Monday, February 15th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (through  Monday, Feb. 15) Note: South Fork 2A and Northwestern Foothills 2A teams can play only 14-game schedules, which allowed no non-league games, while Northwestern 3A-4A teams have two available playing dates for non-league opponents. Playing dates are listed but fans should call the home school for specifics of scheduling from now to …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Monday’s varsity results

Published Monday, February 15th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com MONDAY’S VARSITY RESULTS BASKETBALL GIRLS Northwestern Foothills 2A Hibriten 42, E. Burke 30 Patton 35, Draughn 32 BOYS Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill 60, W. Iredell 56 Draughn 59, Fred T. Foard 55 BOYS SOCCER South Fork 2A Bandys at N. Lincoln Lincolnton at Maiden, ppd., Tues., 5 p.m. Newton-Conover at E. Lincoln Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill at …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Alex Central boys cancel games with Hickory, S. Caldwell

Published Monday, February 15th, 2021

McDowell boys end their season after having to quarantine   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com TAYLORSVILLE – Alexander Central High’s boys won’t play two games scheduled this week after notification of a possible close contact with COVID-19 over the weekend. Jonathan Watts, the Cougars’ sports information director, said in a Monday night e-mail the varsity boys’ team: — Won’t play Tuesday …

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Harvey excited about Orioles, his next season

Published Monday, February 15th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com Listen in on his thoughts as Catawba County native Hunter Harvey prepares for his next major league baseball season with the Baltimore Orioles. He’s a former star pitcher at Bandys High, where his older brother, Kris, and his father, Bryan, also pitched. Kris Harvey is now the pitching coach at Catawba Valley Community College, and Hunter talks about what …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: N-C girls wrap up South Fork 2A title

Published Saturday, February 13th, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASKETBALL SUMMARIES (Week of Feb. 8 through Friday, Feb. 12 games)   Editor’s note: HobbsDailyReport.com posts all complete box scores provided by varsity basketball teams in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A and has e-mailed requests for reports to the 23 athletic departments of the schools in those leagues. If you’re interested in …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Varsity standings through Friday, Feb. 12

Published Saturday, February 13th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (through  Friday, Feb. 12) Note: South Fork 2A and Northwestern Foothills 2A teams can play only 14-game schedules, which allowed no non-league games, while Northwestern 3A-4A teams have two available playing dates for non-league opponents. Playing dates are listed but fans should call the home school for specifics of scheduling from now to …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Friday’s varsity results

Published Saturday, February 13th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S VARSITY RESULTS BASKETBALL GIRLS South Fork 2A Bandys 50, W. Lincoln 38 E. Lincoln 69, Maiden 53 Lake Norman Charter 44, Lincolnton 34 Newton-Conover 62, N. Lincoln 30 Northwestern Foothills 2A Draughn 66, W. Iredell 54 Northwestern 3A-4A Freedom 68, Alexander Central 51 S. Caldwell 41, McDowell 24 Others N. Rowan at St. Stephens, cancelled BOYS South Fork …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Varsity standings through Thursday, Feb. 11

Published Thursday, February 11th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (through  Thursday, Feb. 11) Note: South Fork 2A and Northwestern Foothills 2A teams can play only 14-game schedules, which allowed no non-league games, while Northwestern 3A-4A teams have two available playing dates for non-league opponents. Playing dates are listed but fans should call the home school for specifics of scheduling from now to …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Friday’s varsity events

Published Thursday, February 11th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS SCHEDULE   Friday’s high school varsity schedule for events involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. With COVID already causing quarantines and sidelining teams for up to 14 days, it is very important for fans considering attending games or purchasing the ability to livestream a game(s) to call the …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Thursday’s varsity results

Published Thursday, February 11th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com THURSDAY’S VARSITY RESULTS BASKETBALL GIRLS Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill 62, Draughn 49 Fred T. Foard 58, Hibriten 46 Patton 51, E. Burke 38 Northwestern 3A-4A Hickory 63, St. Stephens 37 BOYS Northwestern Foothills 2A Draughn 79, Bunker Hill 75 Patton 85, Fred T. Foard 45 W. Caldwell 71, W. Iredell 45 GIRLS LACROSSE Lake Norman Charter 13, Pine …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Varsity standings through Wednesday, Feb. 10

Published Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (through  Wednesday, Feb. 10) Note: South Fork 2A and Northwestern Foothills 2A teams can play only 14-game schedules, which allowed no non-league games, while Northwestern 3A-4A teams have two available playing dates for non-league opponents. Playing dates are listed but fans should call the home school for specifics of scheduling from now to …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Wednesday’s varsity results

Published Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com WEDNESDAY’S VARSITY RESULTS BASKETBALL GIRLS Northwestern 3A-4A Freedom 53, Watauga 32 Hickory 60, Alexander Central 53 BOYS South Fork 2A N. Lincoln 77, Lincolnton 52 Northwestern 3A-4A Hickory 68, Alexander Central 58 BOYS SOCCER South Fork 2A Bandys 3, Lake Norman Charter 2 Lincolnton 0, N. Lincoln 0, tie Newton-Conover 8, Maiden 0 Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill 9, …

NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A: Basketball schedule revamped for remaining regular season games

Published Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDaily Report.com The Northwestern Foothhills 2A schools met on Wednesday and developed a schedule for  the basketball games it feels it can get played by Feb. 19, the final night of the regular season. The hardest hit by COVID-19 of the three local conferences, the Northwestern Foothills opened the season on Jan. 6 with all eight schools …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Haywood County officials consider defying 100-fan limit for games

Published Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

School system has sent NCHSAA a letter, will then decide next move By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The Haywood County Board of Education is looking at its options regarding a limit of 100 fans at high school football games this season. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has ruled only 100 fans — from the home school — can …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: Andrews hits 15 shots in win over N. Lincoln

Published Monday, February 8th, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASKETBALL SUMMARIES   Editor’s note: HobbsDailyReport.com posts all complete box scores provided by varsity basketball teams in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A and has e-mailed requests for reports to the 23 athletic departments of the schools in those leagues. If you’re interested in seeing boxes from games in those conferences, please encourage …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: This week’s varsity events

Published Sunday, February 7th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS SCHEDULE   High school varsity schedule for events this week involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. With COVID already causing quarantines and sidelining teams for up to 14 days, it is very important for fans considering attending games or purchasing the ability to livestream a game(s) to call …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Friday, Saturday varsity results

Published Saturday, February 6th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com VARSITY RESULTS SATURDAY BASKETBALL GIRLS Northwestern Foothills 2A Draughn 60, Hibriten 50 BOYS Northwestern Foothills 2A Draughn 64, Fred T. Foard 61 Northwestern 3A-4A McDowell 71, Freedom 68 S. Caldwell 47, Alexander Central 31 FRIDAY BASKETBALL GIRLS South Fork 2A Bandys 61, Lincolnton 30 E. Lincoln 51, N. Lincoln 27 Maiden 59, Lake Norman Charter 44 Newton-Conover 64, W. …

REALIGNMENT: For local schools, third draft same as second

Published Thursday, February 4th, 2021

Bandys, Bunker Hill will go back into the same league in August   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The third draft of statewide realignment for high schools, released Thursday, did not change anything from the second draft for schools now playing in Greater Hickory area conferences. Final appeals are due to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) by Feb. …

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Foard’s Thao, Lombardi win top 2A state awards

Published Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The top two awards in 2A volleyball, as chosen by the North Carolina Volleyball Coaches Association (NCVBCA), are headed to Fred T. Foard High. The coaching association has announced its 2A player of the year in the state is Foard senior Michelle Thao, MVP for the second straight season as the Tigers repeated as state 2A …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: Seagle scores 39 as North Lincoln boys win

Published Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASKETBALL SUMMARIES   Editor’s note: HobbsDailyReport.com posts all complete box scores provided by varsity basketball teams in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A and has e-mailed requests for reports to the 23 athletic departments of the schools in those leagues. If you’re interested in seeing boxes from games in those conferences, please encourage …

LENOIR-RHYNE FOOTBALL: Bears sign 26 but none from local conferences

Published Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY — Lenoir-Rhyne University announced its class of 2021 football recruits on Wednesday. The Bears signed 26 players but none of the players are from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A or Northwestern 3A-4A, the three conferences in the Greater Hickory area. LRU currently has a four-game schedule for this season, starting with a March 12 afternoon game …

HOBBSDAILYREPORT: A thank you to those who make what we do possible

Published Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

  They help us provide you with website devoted to local high school coverage   HobbsDailyReport.com As we near the home stretch for high school basketball in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A, we want to publicly thank the coaches and support personnel at the 23 schools in those three conferences for their time, effort and commitment …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: Varsity girls and boys, Jan. 26-Jan. 30

Published Monday, February 1st, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASKETBALL SUMMARIES Editor’s note: HobbsDailyReport.com posts all complete box scores provided by varsity basketball teams in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A and has e-mailed requests for reports to the 23 athletic departments of the schools in those leagues. If you’re interested in seeing boxes from games in those conferences, please encourage the …

BREAKING NEWS: Lake Norman Charter won’t field varsity football team

Published Saturday, January 30th, 2021

South Fork 2A will have 6-game schedule;  state mandates only 100 fans at games, all from home community   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The South Fork 2A will be a seven-school conference for varsity football after Lake Norman Charter decided it will field only a junior varsity team. In a press release, conference officials said schools scheduled to play Lake …

STATE 2A VOLLEYBALL: Foard rolls over McMichael, repeats with 8th state title in school history

Published Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com Fred T. Foard High won its second straight state 2A volleyball championship on Saturday morning, defeating McMichael 25-14, 25-11, 25-12 at Green Level High in Cary. The Tigers (19-0) lost only one set all season, repeating also as Northwestern Foothills 2A champions under head coach Meredith Lombardi, and Foard is 8-for-8, winning a state title every time it has …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Lowman selected as South’s top head coach

Published Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Trent Lowman (center) celebrates an East Surry High victory with his brother Kyle (left), and his dad, Randy (right). A former star quarterback at Bandys for his dad, Lowman on Tuesday was notified he has been named the Southern Section Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). He begins his third season as …

REALIGNMENT: Patton, W. Caldwell go to new leagues in second draft

Published Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Panthers into 2A conference with Brevard, Chase; Warriors would renew rivalries with Bandys, Maiden, N-C   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – Patton and West Caldwell were the only area high schools moved in the second draft of the next statewide realignment, released Thursday by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). Patton was shifted from a 1A/2A …

LINCOLN COUNTY HALL OF FAME: This year’s class includes N. Lincoln’s Bazzle

Published Thursday, January 14th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com LINCOLNTON – The next class of the Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame will include Nick Bazzle, head football coach at North Lincoln and a former head coach at Newton-Conover and Alexander Central. The class, announced on Thursday, also includes Jimmy Cherry, Jay Heafner, Nancy Little and Joanne Potts. Cherry has been public address announcer in …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Thursday’s varsity events (our 6,000th post)

Published Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Editor’s note: We are proud to note this is the 6,000th post to HobbsDailyReport.com since we launched the website on April 1, 2017. Based on our numbers we’ve averaged 5.74 posts for 1,044 consecutive days. Thank you for visiting with us. HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS SCHEDULE   High school varsity events scheduled Thursday for games involving teams from the South …

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Jarrett enjoys workouts back at home

Published Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com Nice video with Zach Jarrett — from Shot By Hype and posted on YouTube — that will help you get to know the former Hickory High and Charlotte baseball star, who is playing in the Baltimore Orioles organization. He has been assigned to the Norfolk Tides, the O’s Triple A team in Norfolk, Va. One of the best things …

NCHSAA: Realignment data says 8 area schools will change classification

Published Friday, December 4th, 2020

Draughn headed to 1A, Foard back up to 3A, Alex Central will be 4A   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – Eight high schools currently in Greater Hickory area conferences will change classifications in the next statewide realignment. East Lincoln, Lake Norman Charter and North Lincoln from the South Fork 2A will go 3A. Draughn will drop to 1A …

NCHSAA: Video details process, info on next statewide realignment

Published Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Average daily membership (ADMs) still a key, but State Cup points enter equation   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) released an 11-minute video (https://www.nchsaa.org/schools/schools-main-page/conferences/realignment-information) on Tuesday that details work being done on the next statewide realignment. The next realignment will be for the school years of 2021-2025 and starts on …

HOBBSDAILYREPORT.COM: We welcome your thoughts, comments as we prep for another year

Published Saturday, October 24th, 2020

An open letter to the thousands of you who follow sports at HobbsDailyReport.com: Thank you for your interest in local sports coverage and specifically in HobbsDailyReport.com, our website launched in April 2017 that is still going strong (more than 1 million page views). We’ve been fortunate – no one in my small family has experienced COVID-19 – but we have …

NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A: Football schedule; opening games on Feb. 26

Published Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com The Northwestern 3A-4A has released its 2020 varsity football schedule. There are seven schools in the conference, same as last season, and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) is limiting teams to seven games due to COVID-19. The first games are Feb. 26, and the regular season continues through April 9. Here are non-conference games scheduled so …

NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A: Football schedules; first varsity games on Feb. 26

Published Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com The Northwestern Foothills 2A has released its 2020 varsity and junior varsity football schedules. There are eight schools in the conference, same as last season, and none will play non-league games this season because the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) is limiting teams to seven games due to COVID-19. The first games are Feb. 26, and the …

ATHLETES LAB: Adds advanced technology to track each athlete’s progress

Published Friday, June 5th, 2020

Baseball, softball strength and conditioning camps scheduled for July HobbsDailyReport.com MAIDEN – Athletes Lab LLC is adding more technology and broadening its focus on tangible ways pitchers and hitters can track their development. Grant Rembert, CEO of Athletes Lab, announced the company has added Rapsodo Technology, which provides numerical and other feedback to pitchers and hitters. It’s a unique technology …

BREAKING NEWS: Bliss will return to coaching, guide Bandys varsity boys

Published Monday, May 11th, 2020

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – Rob Bliss’ return to coaching prep basketball is official after his teaching contract was approved on Monday night by the Catawba County Board of Education. As first reported by HobbsDailyReport.com on May 6 (https://hobbsdailyreport.com/bandys-high/breaking-news-bliss-will-be-next-varsity-boys-basketball-coach-at-bandys/), Bliss will teach history and be head boys’ varsity basketball coach at Bandys High. He took over as principal at …

SOUTH FORK 2A: North Lincoln’s Lackey nears end of career

Published Saturday, May 9th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com A good read about Mark Lackey, a unique guy whose athletic career — as an athlete, coach and athletic director — saw him play a role at all four current Lincoln County high schools. HobbsDailyReport.com editor and content coordinator Chris Hobbs first met Lackey when Lackey was a student-athlete at West Lincoln, and has worked with him for more …

BREAKING NEWS: Bliss will be next varsity boys’ basketball coach at Bandys

Published Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – Multiple sources are telling HobbsDailyReport.com to expect a return to classroom teaching and coaching varsity boys’ basketball for Rob Bliss, currently principal at South Caldwell High. The sources say Bliss, who came to South Caldwell in October after retiring after five years as principal at Maiden, will teach and coach at Bandys. That will …

HOBBSDAILYREPORT.COM WELCOMES ATHLETES LAB

Published Saturday, March 7th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com welcomes Athletes Lab — whose focus is on helping area student-athletes improve and become the best they can be – to our list of advertisers. Editor/content coordinator Chris Hobbs is looking forward to working with Grant Rembert and Aaron Rembert and their staff in Maiden. We’re especially excited to reconnect with former athletes now working with Athletes Lab, as …

JOIN OUR TEAM!

Published Friday, March 6th, 2020

JOIN OUR TEAM! While continuing to follow the end of great seasons in basketball and other winter sports,  HobbsDailyReport.com’s coverage of varsity spring sports in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A has started. If you are interested in advertising on our site, please contact Chris Hobbs at chobbs001@att.net for details and pricing. We have spots available …

WE’RE GROWING, SO JOIN US TO BRING MORE ATTENTION TO YOUR BUSINESS

Published Monday, February 3rd, 2020

JOIN OUR TEAM! While continuing to follow winter varsity sports among local high schools, HobbsDailyReport.com is preparing for varsity spring sports in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. If you are interested in advertising on our site, please contact Chris Hobbs at chobbs001@att.net for details and pricing. We have spots available on our front page and/or …

OUR PREMIUM CONTENT: An example of the difference in free and premium content moving forward

Published Monday, August 12th, 2019

Here’s how our free area content and new premium service content will differ   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Editor/Content Coordinator HobbsDailyReport.com has opened a premium service area for our coverage of local sports in the Greater Hickory area, with the link to paying for that monthly or full school year membership available at the top right corner above the ad …

We’ll deliver the local sports news you want (video)

Published Friday, June 28th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com As our website enters its third year of following high school athletics in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A and other local sports, we’ll continue to deliver the best coverage in the Greater Hickory area. We’re focused on continuing to provide prep coverage of the area — it’s season No. 44 for content coordinator Chris …

HOBBSDAILYREPORT.COM: We dedicate our work for 2019 to a brother who set a great example

Published Monday, January 7th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com DENVER, N.C. — The daily work on HobbsDailyReport.com for the year 2019  is dedicated to the memory of Chris’ oldest brother, Randy. Randy (Grub) Hobbs, whose joys included playing mandolin for the Cozmic Cowboys band, attending Blue Grass and other festivals and being a master at the grill for many family meals, died on Sunday, Jan. 6 after a …