COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Taylor returning to Lenoir-Rhyne as defensive coordinator

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Lenoir-Rhyne University announced this week the hiring of two defensive coaches and title changes for other coaches in its football program. Drew Cronic, heading toward his second season as Bears head coach, announced these changes in a press release: Joel Taylor is the Bears’ defensive coordinator/linebacker coach, coming in from The Citadel. He was coordinator of Citadel’s …

CVCC BASEBALL: Bryan Harvey special guest for first ‘First Pitch Banquet’

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) will help kick-start its 10th baseball season with a ‘First Pitch Banquet’ with a special guest giving a sit-down interview. The event, scheduled Feb. 6 in CVCC’s West Wing Auditorium, features a chat with former major league relief pitcher Bryan Harvey, a Bandys High product. Bryan Harvey’s son, Kris, is pitching coach …

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Lenoir-Rhyne on 5-game win streak heading into Saturday battle at Lincoln Memorial

HobbsDailyReport.com Lenoir-Rhyne University’s men ride a five-game win streak into their next game, a South Atlantic Conference battle on Saturday (4 p.m.) at Lincoln Memorial. The Bears (13-3, 6-2) ran their win streak to four games on Wednesday in Hartsville, S.C., by beating Coker College 75-64. LRU had four players reach double figures at Coker – Cory Thomas (20 points), …

CRAWDADS: Name new assistant GM, set game times for 2019 season

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – The Hickory Crawdads have promoted Douglas Locascio to assistant general manager. He has previously served the Texas Rangers’ Class A baseball affiliate as Executive Director of Sales and Merchandising, the Crawdads said in a press release. Hickory opens the 2019 homew season on April 11 in a South Atlantic League (SAL) game against Kannapolis at L.P. Frans …

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: CVCC rolls, reaches 10-win mark

HobbsDailyReport.com MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) sophomore center Zharia Brown scored 25 points, her season high, and added six rebounds on Thursday as the Red Hawks cruised to a 96-31 basketball victory over Patrick Henry Community College. CVCC improved to 10-4 overall and 5-2 in Region X by winning. Sophomore Sherry Johnson added 21 points, 11 rebounds …

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Red Hawks go for fourth straight win on Saturday

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) will go for its fourth straight win in men’s basketball on Saturday, facing Lenoir Community College on the road at 3 p.m. The Red Hawks rolled past Vance Granville 97-77 at CVCC on Wednesday to reach three consecutive victories. Sal-Bey Young (12 points, 13 rebounds), Victor Tshiona (11 points, 11 rebounds) and …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Thursday’s results

HobbsDailyReport.com THURSDAY’S WINTER SPORTS RESULTS Results from events scheduled by South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A teams, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com from schedules provided by the schools that responded to a request. Events that are postponed and rescheduled – or playing dates changed by the participating schools after the schedules were released – may not be included: …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Wednesday’s schedule

HobbsDailyReport.com WEDNESDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULE   Varsity basketball, wrestling and swimming events scheduled on Wednesday by South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A teams, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com from schedules provided by the schools that responded to a request. Game times are listed, if available, and varsity girls’ games generally start in the 6:15 p.m. to …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Tuesday’s results

HobbsDailyReport.com TUESDAY’S WINTER SPORTS RESULTS Tuesday’s varsity basketball, wrestling and swimming results from events scheduled by South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A teams, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com from schedules provided by the schools that responded to a request. Events that are postponed and rescheduled – or playing dates changed by the participating schools after the schedules were …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: This week’s schedule

HobbsDailyReport.com THIS WEEK’S HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULE Varsity basketball, wrestling and swimming events scheduled by South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A teams, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com from schedules provided by the schools that responded to a request. Game times are listed, if available, and varsity girls’ games generally start in the 6:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Monday’s results

HobbsDailyReport.com MONDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS RESULTS Monday’s results from varsity basketball, wrestling and swimming events scheduled by South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A teams, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com from schedules provided by the schools that responded to a request. Events that are postponed and rescheduled – or playing dates changed by the participating schools after the …

BREAKING NEWS: Basketball’s West Regionals will return to Hickory this season

Title games will be played at CVCC, Lenoir-Rhyne University   HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – In a Tuesday press release, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) announced it has reached an agreement to return its Western Regional basketball tournament title games to Catawba County. The press release: The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and the Hickory Metro …

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

HobbsDailyReport.com DENVER, N.C. — The daily work on HobbsDailyReport.com for the year 2019 — by owner-editor Chris Hobbs and Myra Hobbs, co-owner and video coordinator for the website — 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 …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Friday’s results

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S WINTER HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS RESULTS Friday’s results from varsity basketball, wrestling and swimming events scheduled by South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A teams, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com from schedules provided by the schools that responded to a request. Events that are postponed and rescheduled – or playing dates changed by the participating schools after the …

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: LRU returns to action Saturday, facing Tusculum in Hickory

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – The Lenoir-Rhyne University women return to action on Saturday with a home conference basketball game against Tusculum. The Bears (7-5) face the Pioneers at 2 p.m. at Shuford Gym in a South Atlantic Conference (SAC) game. LRU fell 77-73 in its most recent game, falling to Limestone in Hickory last Saturday. The Bears had four double-figure scorers …

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Local NASCAR driver will be honored Saturday at CVCC game

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Matt DiBenedetto, a Fred T. Foard High graduate and NASCAR driver, will sign autographs and be honored in a halftime ceremony Saturday at a Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) women’s basketball game. CVCC plays Cape Fear Community College in the Tarlton Complex at 1 p.m. on Saturday and admission is free. DiBenedetto, 27, is entering his fifth …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Lenoir-Rhyne signs 6, including former Newton-Conover player

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Lenoir-Rhyne University has six mid-year signees for its 2019 football recruiting class, which includes tight end Josh Ramseur of Newton-Conover High transferring in from Elon University. Bears head coach Drew Cronic announced four new players from Georgia and another from Florida. The class includes two defensive backs, a true freshman, two red-shirt freshmen, two juniors and Ramseur. …

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Walters State deals CVCC third loss of season

HobbsDailyReport.com MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – Walters State defeated visiting Catawba Valley Community College 65-40 on Wednesday night in women’s basketball, handing the Red Hawks their third loss of the season. Sherry Johnson and Zharia Brown each scored 10 points for CVCC, which dropped to 6-3. The game was originally scheduled on Dec. 10 but postponed by bad weather. The Senators (11-2) …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Schedule for Thursday, Friday, Saturday

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULE Varsity basketball, wrestling and swimming events scheduled Thursday through Saturday by South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A teams, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com from schedules provided by the schools that responded to a request. Game times are listed, if available, and varsity girls’ games generally start in the 6:15 p.m. to 6:30 …

WEDNESDAY’S HS BOYS BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: Mustangs win as Bean sets new mark with 9 3-pointers

HobbsDailyReport.com WEDNESDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES   BOYS   SOUTH FORK 2A EAST LINCOLN 89, LINCOLNTON 57 Lincolnton                        10    22      14      11–57 E. Lincoln                         20    22     25      22—89 LINCOLNTON 57—Grooms 6, Kris Robinson 30, Derr 9, Gash 2, Davis 4, Motz 2, Queen 4. EAST LINCOLN 89—Sidney Dollar 24, Myles Adams 10, John Bean 27, Justin Kuthan 14, …

WEDNESDAY’S HS GIRLS’ BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: N-C runs win streak over Bandys to 7 in a row

HobbsDailyReport.com WEDNESDAY’S HIGH  SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES   GIRLS   SOUTH FORK 2A NEWTON-CONOVER 68, BANDYS 33 Bandys                 8      9     11      5—33 N-C                       15    18    19    16—68 BANDYS 33—Macy Rummage 12, Little 6, E. Dutka 5, McLean 4, Mirman 2, Culliver 2, Wilson 2, L. Dutka, Paul. NEWTON-CONOVER 68— Chyna Cornwell 24, Aaliah Walton 15, Jahlea Peters 11, Loftin 7, Artis …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Minor, out as head coach at Foard, says he will coach again

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON – Derrick Minor won’t return for a fourth season as head football coach at Fred T. Foard High but says he will coach again. “I don’t have an opportunity (currently) … but I hope so,” Minor said late Thursday afternoon, a day after he said he and Fred T. Foard administrators reached a “mutual decision” …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Bandys’ Howard finishes with 4,633 career rushing yards

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – With final official rushing totals of 39 carries for 189 yards in his 48th and final varsity football game for Bandys High, running back Ethan Howard closed his career with school records for single-season rushing and career rushing. Howard, a 5-foot-11, 245 pound senior, posted his 24th career game of 100 or more yards …