HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING: Indians’ Baker reaches 600 career coaching wins

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – St. Stephens High reached 20 wins — staying undefeated– and head coach Billy Baker collected his 600th career wrestling victory on Thursday night. The Indians, wrestling at home, downed North Lincoln 61-6 for Baker’s 600th career win and also defeated Bunker Hill 66-12. Baker, a former star athlete at West Lincoln, is in his 24th season as …

FRIDAY’S SUMMARIES: E. Burke girls open league play with win at Bunker Hill

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES GIRLS SOUTH FORK 2A EAST LINCOLN 39, LAKE NORMAN CHARTER 32 E. Lincoln             6     10      10     13—39 LN Charter           7       3      15       7—32 EAST LINCOLN 39—Brianna Tadlock 13, Kelsey Campo 10, Cox 7, A. Robinette 4, Ross 3, T. Robinette 2. LAKE NORMAN CHARTER 32—Kristy Seifert 10, Villanti 9, Sorvillo 5, …

HS FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Wake Forest wins on safety, takes 4AA title

HobbsDailyReport.com DURHAM – Wake Forest, the East No. 1 seed, completed an unbeaten season on Friday night by nipping West No. 5 seed Vance 9-7 in the state 4AA high school football title game at Duke. Wake Forest scored on a safety for the game’s deciding points, capping a 14-0 finish. Vance finished the season 14-2. For the most complete …

HS FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Weddington claims 3AA title

HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – West No. 5 seed Weddington won the state 3AA high school football title on Friday night, defeating East No. 2 seed Southeast Guilford 27-14 at North Carolina’s Kenan Stadium. Weddington finished the season 15-1 while Southeast Guilford closed at 14-2. For the most complete statistical package and game review, click on the link below provided by …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Friday’s results

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S WINTER SPORTS RESULTS Friday’s results in varsity basketball, wrestling and swimming events scheduled for  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 FOOTBALL: Friday’s results, Saturday schedule for state title games

Ex-Bandys head coach guides E. Surry into state 1AA title game   HobbsDailyReport.com STATE TITLE GAMES FRIDAY’S RESULTS 3AA at North Carolina No. 5 Weddington 27, No. 2 SE Guilford 14 … Weddington finishes 15-1, SE Guilford finishes 14-2 4AA at Duke No. 1 Wake Forest 9, No. 5 Vance 7… Wake Forest finishes 14-0, Vance finishes 14-2. SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: East Burke now playing Bunker Hill on road

HobbsDailyReport.com CLAREMONT – The Northwestern Foothills 2A basketball games between Bunker Hill High and East Burke — scheduled tonight (Friday) at East Burke – will instead be played at Bunker Hill. The games open the league schedule for both teams, and the return games on Jan. 25 will now be played at East Burke. Bunker Hill’s girls are off to …

THURSDAY’S HS BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: Bandys girls, boys sweep Foard to reach 4-0

HobbsDailyReport.com THURSDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES BOYS BANDYS 84, FRED T. FOARD 69 Foard                     25    23    13       8—69 Bandys                  21    20    25     18—84 FRED T. FOARD 69—Hemphill 8, Frye 8, Daniel Lackey 17, Pena 5, Sollid 2, Colosimo 9, Nash Whitener 10, Bishop 5, Abernathy 5, Patterson. BANDYS 84—C. Clanton 5, H. Clanton 1, Charlie Styborski 22, Ledford 7, Wright …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Friday’s schedule

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULE Varsity basketball, wrestling and swimming events scheduled on Friday 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. range …

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: CVCC women’s next opponent is undefeated

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – With Wednesday night’s road game against Walters State called off, the Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) women’s next basketball game will be against an unbeaten team. The Red Hawks – 6-1 overall and 2-1 in Region X after beating Fayetteville Tech 84-44 last Saturday in Hickory — meet Bryant & Stratton (Va.) College (9-0, 6-0) on Sunday …

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Off to best-ever start (8-1), CVCC home for Friday, Saturday games

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC), off to its best start in school history at 8-1, has back-to-back home games just ahead. On Friday, the Red Hawks battle Central Carolina Community College at 6 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex. The next day, they tip at 3 p.m. against Johnston Community College. CVCC has won five straight since its …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: This week’s schedule (updated)

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. These teams will be added once their schedules are received – wrestling: Hibriten, West Lincoln and West Iredell. Game …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Final standings for 2018 season

HobbsDailyReport.com VARSITY FOOTBALL STANDINGS (final 2018 season) SOUTH FORK 2A                                                                                Conf.                       All                              PF               PA Bandys                                                             7-0                            12-2                         519                 245 N. Lincoln                                                        6-1                             10-4                          393                 276 W. Lincoln                                                      5-2                               9-3                            400                   140 Maiden                                                          4-3     …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Standings through Saturday’s games

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (through games of Saturday, Dec. 8) SOUTH FORK 2A                                                                               Conf.                           All Bandys                                                                0-0                                3-0 E. Lincoln                                                          0-0                                4-0 LN Charter                                                         0-0                               2-3 Lincolnton                                                         0-0                               0-4 Maiden                                                               0-0                               4-0 Newton-Conover                                            0-0                               3-2 N. Lincoln                                                          0-0                              0-2 W. Lincoln                     …

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL: Standings through Saturday’s games

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (through games of Saturday, Dec. 8) SOUTH FORK 2A                                                                  Conf.                         All Bandys                                                   0-0                            3-0 E. Lincoln                                             0-0                             1-3 LN Charter                                           0-0                            2-3 x-Lincolnton                                       0-0                            0-2 Maiden                                                0-0                            0-4 …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Ex-Bandys head coach guides team to state 1AA title game

East Surry wins West 1AA crown in Trent Lowman’s first season there   HobbsDailyReport.com STARMOUNT – The 73rd football game of Trent Lowman’s head-coaching career will be for all the marbles. Lowman, in his first season at East Surry High after five years as head coach at Bandys, his alma mater, collected a West 1AA championship on Friday night with …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Shelby passes way past Hibriten, snaps Panthers’ win streak of 30 games

HobbsDailyReport.com LENOIR – Hibriten High’s 30-game football win streak is over. Fourth-seeded Shelby stopped the defending state 2AA champion Panthers from taking a stab at back-to-back crowns with a 28-21 victory on Friday night in the West 2AA title game at Hibriten’s Jeff Storie Memorial Stadium. Hibriten finished 14-1 a year after beating Shelby in a West 2AA final – …

HS GIRLS BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: Bunker Hill off to 6-2 start after beating Maiden

Bandys, Freedom girls pick up wins to remain undefeated HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES GIRLS BUNKER HILL 61, MAIDEN 46 Bunker Hill                22     10      18    11—61 Maiden                           3     15     17      11–46 BUNKER HILL 61—Addie Wray 22, Maddie Stotts 17, Crystany White 11, Bryant 6, Hamlett 3, Lineberger 2, Martins, Stoker, Elli, Miller. MAIDEN 46—Zoe Huffman 17, Gracie Arrowood 13, …

HS FOOTBALL STATE PLAYOFF RESULTS: Shelby snaps Hibriten’s 30-game win streak, makes 2AA final (updated)

Ex-Bandys head coach guides E. Surry into state 1AA title game   HobbsDailyReport.com NEXT WEEK’S STATE TITLE GAMES 1A at Duke, 3 p.m., Saturday: No. 3 Murphy (12-1) vs No. 2 Pamlico County (13-1) 1AA at N.C. State, 6 p.m., Saturday: No. 4 E. Surry (11-3) vs. No. 1 Tarboro (14-0) 2A at N.C. State, 11 a.m., Saturday: No. 2 …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Friday’s results

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS RESULTS Friday’s results from varsity basketball, wrestling and swimming events for 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 …

COLLEGE SPORTS: LRU’s Neibergall selected as conference Scholar-Athlete of Year in women’s soccer

CVCC freshman Clark earns first-team All-American honors in volleyball HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Claire Neibergall of Lenoir-Rhyne University has been named the 2018 South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Scholar-Athlete of the year in women’s soccer. The award is presented annually to one student-athlete in each of the league’s championship sports and is voted on by the SAC’s Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee. Neibergall, …

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Red Hawks’ Wimberley selected for assistant coaching award

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Mark Wimberley of Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) has been named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Assistant Coach of the Year for Two-Year Colleges. Wimberley just completed his eighth season as a Red Hawks assistant. He joined the CVCC coaching staff in 2010 after retiring from the North Carolina Forest Service after 28 years. He has …

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: CVCC moves starting times of Saturday doubleheader up by an hour

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Because of anticipated winter weather, Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) will start its home basketball games earlier than planned on Saturday. The Red Hawks’ women face Region X foe Fayetteville at noon – an hour earlier than originally planned – and the CVCC men’s game against Lenoir Community College will also begin an hour earlier (2 p.m.) …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL UPDATE: Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic pairings finalized

Bunker Hill girls, Maiden boys now own top seeds for Dec. 27-29 event at CVCC By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – The pairings for the Dick’s Sports Goods Classic high school basketball tournaments – girls and boys — have been finalized after they were each revamped and the boys’ bracket corrected after it was redone. The tournament is scheduled on …

THURSDAY’S HS BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: Patton sweeps Alexander Central

HobbsDailyReport.com THURSDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES GIRLS PATTON 37, ALEXANDER CENTRAL 31 Patton                         7     9     4      17—37 Alex Central            8    10     7       6—31 PATTON 37—King 4, Lail 2, Reece Fisher 14, Claire Hawkins 11, Hemphill 4, Nelson 2, Brown, James, Duckworth. ALEXANDER CENTRAL 31—Sharpe 7, Glenn 2, Hagy 2, Lanie Hammer 13, Fairchild 5, Harrington 2, Black, Meade, …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Friday’s schedule

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULE Varsity basketball, wrestling and swimming events scheduled on Friday 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. These teams will be added once their schedules are received – wrestling: Hibriten, West Lincoln and West Iredell. …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL UPDATE: Pairings for Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic changed

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Pairings for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic high school basketball tournaments have been redone. The tournaments (girls and boys) — scheduled Dec. 27-29 at Catawba Valley Community College’s Tarlton Complex — had some seeds revised on Thursday afternoon. Those came after the original pairings were released in the morning. Tournament officials announced changes and said the brackets …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Bunker Hill girls, Foard boys top seeds for Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic

Bears’ girls currently 5-2; Tigers (1-3) No. 1 although 2 unbeatens in boys’ bracket HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – The Bunker Hill High girls and Fred T. Foard boys are the top seeds for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic scheduled Dec. 27-29 at Catawba Valley Community College’s Tarlton Complex. This will be the 32nd year for a holiday girls’ and boys’ basketball …

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 …

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING: St. Stephens wins battle of unbeatens against Newton-Conover

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY –In a battle of unbeatens, St. Stephens High edged visiting Newton-Conover 33-26 on Wednesday night in a non-conference wrestling match. The Indians won seven of 13 matches – including two by pins – to improve to 15-0 and drop the Red Devils to 15-1. St. Stephens’ Dakota Metcalf pinned Dakota Wagoner in 23 seconds at 195 pounds, and …

TUESDAY’S HS BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: Bandys, Draughn, Freedom girls still unbeaten

HobbsDailyReport.com TUESDAY’S BASKETBALL SUMMARIES GIRLS BUNKER HILL 55, NEWTON-CONOVER 46 N-C                            9    22     9     6—46 Bunker Hill          13   10    13     19—55 NEWTON-CONOVER 46 (incomplete)—Chyna Cornwell 27, Peters 6, Wilson 6, Loftin 2, Fox 2. BUNKER HILL 55—Addie Wray 17, DeLesha Linberger 12, Stotts 9, Bryant 6, White 5, Hamlett 3, Ellis 3, Stoker, Miller. Records: Bunker Hill 4-2; Newton-Conover 1-4. …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Tuesday’s results

HobbsDailyReport.com TUESDAY’S WINTER SPORTS RESULTS Tuesday’s varsity basketball, wrestling and swimming events results from the 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 …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Trojans’ Howard, Knights’ Price lead All-South Fork 2A

HobbsDailyReport.com A 44-player All-South Fork 2A team for football this season is led by a record-setting senior running back from Bandys High and a sophomore defensive end from North Lincoln. In voting by league head coaches released by Butch Parker, the conference’s executive secretary, the Offensive Player of the Year award went to Bandys’ Ethan Howard. The Defensive Player of …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TIDBITS: Spartans’ head coach Parham sidelined by surgery

Maiden’s Anderson starts year 15 wins shy of 700 for his coaching career By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Some basketball tidbits as we enjoy a Sunday morning working on getting ready to shift to winter sports coverage: SOUTH FORK 2A GIRLS Defending champion: Lincolnton (12-2, 18-8). Defending tournament champion: Newton-Conover. Three new head coaches: Chet Korcynski is the only real “new” …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Valdosta State hammers Lenoir-Rhyne in NCAA Division II battle

HobbsDailyReport.com VALDOSTA, Ga. – The Bears are done. Valdosta (Ga.) State hammered Lenoir-Rhyne University 61-21 on Saturday in a Super Two Regional football playoff game, leaving LRU 12-2 in its first season under head coach Drew Cronic. The Bears had won 12 straight since falling to West Alabama in Cronic’s debut game. Valdosta State (12-0) scored the game’s first 27 …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: East Lincoln boys coach picks up career win No. 350

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES BOYS EAST LINCOLN 71, NORTH GASTON 43 E. Lincoln           25    23    16       7—71 N. Gaston             9    10      9     15—43 EAST LINCOLN 71—Barnett, Staples 3, Sidney Dollar 17, Adams 5, John Bean 15, Horne 6, Justin Kuthan 19, Zirkle 4, Nichols 2. NORTH GASTON 43—L.T. Thomas 14, Finger 6, McNeal 7, Summerville, Bolynn, Shaw 8, …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SUMMARY: No. 2 Hibriten 34, No. 3 Bandys 15

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S STATE 2AA THIRD ROUND SUMMARY No. 2 HIBRITEN 34, No. 3 BANDYS 15 Bandys                0      0      7      8—15 Hibriten             0      14   13      7—34 SCORING SUMMARY Second quarter H—Gee Witherspoon 20 run (kick failed), 10:56 H—Marcus Jones 60 pass from Jaylen Scott (Witherspoon run), 42.8 Third quarter H—Scott 4 run (Griffin Bryson kick), 9:17 H—Witherspoon 85 run (kick failed), …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Hibriten beats Bandys to advance; N. Lincoln, Watauga eliminated

HobbsDailyReport.com STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS (South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A, Northwestern 3A-4A teams only) NEXT FRIDAY’S WEST FINALS West 2AA No. 4 Shelby (11-3) at No. 2 HIBRITEN (14-0), 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY’S THIRD ROUND RESULTS West 2AA No. 2 HIBRITEN 34, No. 3  BANDYS 15 No. 4 Shelby 35, No. 8 N. LINCOLN 7 West 3AA No. 3 Weddington …

UPDATE: Hickory Metro Sports, NCHSAA discussing bringing West Regionals back to Hickory

HMSC chairman: There’s ‘no guarantee’ agreement can be reached   HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) on Thursday announced it hopes to return the West Regional basketball tournaments to Hickory, but that remains up in the air a key local official says. In an email late Thursday, Hickory Metro Sports Commission (HMSC) chairman Mark …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Thursday’s schedule

HobbsDailyReport.com THURSDAY’S  WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULE Varsity basketball, wrestling and swimming events scheduled on Thursday 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. These teams will be added once their schedules are received – wrestling: Hibriten, West Lincoln and West Iredell. Game times …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Wednesday’s results

HobbsDailyReport.com WEDNESDAY’S WINTER SPORTS RESULTS Varsity basketball results from Wednesday for South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A teams, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com. Events that are postponed and rescheduled – or playing dates changed by the participating schools after the schedules were released – may not be included: BASKETBALL GIRLS Bunker Hill 64, Maiden 53 Draughn 45, W. …

UPDATE: West Caldwell, headed back to 2A, will play in Northwestern Foothills 2A

Executive secretary of  conference confirms Warriors will join the league next year By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com LENOIR – West Caldwell High will return to 2A sports next season and join the Northwestern Foothills 2A, the league’s executive secretary confirmed Wednesday. In a tweet earlier on Wednesday, West Caldwell officials said their request to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Wednesday’s schedule

HobbsDailyReport.com WEDNESDAY’S WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULE Varsity basketball, wrestling and swimming events scheduled for 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. These teams will be added once their schedules are received – wrestling: Hibriten, West Lincoln and West Iredell. Game times …

WINTER SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS: Bandys boys win at West Caldwell for first time in school history

Highlights from Tuesday’s winter sports…. Editor’s note: For game summaries on items in this story from Tuesday and additional game summaries, see additional post on HobbsDailyReport.com. HobbsDailyReport.com LENOIR — Bandys High’s boys spoiled the return of Billy Anderson to West Caldwell as head basketball coach on Tuesday night, nipping the Warriors 72-69 to win at West Caldwell for the first …

TUESDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL SUMMARIES: Bandys girls win in final seconds over West Caldwell

HobbsDailyReport.com TUESDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES GIRLS BANDYS 51, WEST CALDWELL 50 Bandys                  5    9     13     24—51 W. Caldwell      11     9     20     10—50 BANDYS 51—Logan Dutka 10, E. Dutka 8, Paul 8, McIntosh 7, McLean 6, Rummages 4, De La Canal 4, Wilson 4. WEST CALDWELL 50—Jaleah Battle 26, Eboni Johnson 10, Crisp 7, Mathes 3, Ariel McMasters 3, …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Trojans’ Howard adds 224 more yards, has 4,444 for his career

HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – The official rushing yardage for Bandys High senior running back Ethan Howard in last Friday night’s 51-14 home state 2AA football playoff victory over West Stokes is 22 carries for 224 yards. Howard’s official rushing totals are compiled by Bandys coaches as they review weekly game film. Third-seeded Bandys (12-1) plays at second-seeded Hibriten (13-0) on Friday …

HIGH SCHOOLS: This week’s Winter sports 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. These teams will be added once their schedules are received – wrestling: Hibriten, West Lincoln and West Iredell. Game …

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Bears win on last-second shot, remain undefeated

Lenoir-Rhyne (7-0) prepares to face Queens on Wednesday night in Hickory HobbsDailyReport.com GAFFNEY, S.C. – Lenoir-Rhyne University’s men head into their next game on Wednesday still undefeated. The Bears nipped Limestone 76-75 on Saturday on the road on a last-second jumper by Djibril Diallo, improving to 7-0 and dropping Limestone to 5-1. Jon Jean led LRU with 17 points, Diallo …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Lenoir-Rhyne wins on late flea flicker, makes regional final

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Using a trick play at the end, Lenoir-Rhyne University beat visiting Wingate 21-17 on Saturday in the NCAA Division II football playoffs to earn a trip to Georgia. LRU scored the game-winning points with less than one minute to play on a double reverse flea flicker. On that play, quarterback Grayson Willingham handed the ball off initially, …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Lowman, Laws have teams in third round games

Coaches with ties to Bandys, Newton-Conover have teams contending for state titles Editor’s note: If you know of other head football coaches whose teams are still playing and they’re a native of the Greater Hickory area, please let us know at hobbsdailyreport@gmail.com. HobbsDailyReport.com Two of the out-of-town teams still in contention for state high school football titles are coached by …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Satterfield scores 6 TDs as Watauga rolls into Round 3

Unbeaten Pioneers (13-0) home vs. Weddington in next postseason game HobbsDailyReport.com BOONE – Running back Bryce Satterfield exploded for 322 rushing yards on 26 carries and scored six times as Watauga High rolled into the third round of the state 3AA football playoffs on Friday night. The top-seeded Pioneers raced away from No. 8 Winston-Salem Parkland, winning 49-26 to move …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Knights knock off Mustangs, face Shelby in third round

North Lincoln reaches 10 wins in a season for second time in school history HobbsDailyReport.com LINCOLNTON – North Lincoln wiped out an early deficit, scoring 19 unanswered points, en route to a 38-13 victory over visiting East Lincoln on Friday night in the second round of the state 2AA football playoffs. The eighth-seeded Knights (10-3) advance to face No. 4 …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Hibriten holds off South Point, runs win streak to 29

Panthers win after leading 28-0, will battle Bandys on Friday in third round HobbsDailyReport.com LENOIR – After opening a 20-point lead, powerful Hibriten High held off South Point on Friday night to advance to the third round of the state 2AA playoffs against a familiar foe. The second-seeded Panthers won 28-20 — running their win streak to 29 straight games …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SUMMARY: Bandys 51, W. Stokes 14

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S SECOND ROUND STATE 2AA SUMMARY No. 3 BANDYS 51  No. 6 WEST STOKES 14 W. Stokes      7        7        0          0—14 Bandys            7     17      14        13—51 Scoring summary First quarter B—Ethan Howard 6 run (Ben Joseph kick), 4:25 WS—Chris Brown 31 pass from Tyler Smith (Caleb Peters kick), 45.5 Second …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Bandys, Hibriten, Watauga advance to third round

HobbsDailyReport.com STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS Note: To review scores and pairings statewide in all eight classification championships, visit  and review updated bracket at www.nchsaa.org (Sports, click football under drop down menu): NEXT FRIDAY’S THIRD ROUND GAMES West 2AA No. 3 BANDYS (12-1) at No. 1 HIBRITEN (13-0), 7:30 p.m. No. 8 N. LINCOLN (10-3) at No. 4 Shelby (10-3), 7:30 …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Bandys, Hibriten, N. Lincoln, Watauga all at home in second round

HobbsDailyReport.com STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS Note: To review scores and pairings statewide in all eight classification championships, visit  and review updated bracket at www.nchsaa.org (Sports, click football under drop down menu): FRIDAY’S SECOND ROUND GAMES (7:30 p.m. kickoffs) West 2AA No. 6 W. Stokes (11-1) at No. 3 BANDYS (11-1) No. 10 South Point (9-3) at No. 1 HIBRITEN (12-0) …

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM HOBBSDAILYREPORT.COM

Happy Thanksgiving from HobbsDailyReport.com My wife, Myra, and I send hopes for a wonderful day with family and friends and lots of good food and our thanks to those who read our FREE website on a daily basis. We took a leap of faith in April 2017 with website-based sports pages providing coverage of the Greater Hickory area and are …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Joseph makes his mark as prolific Trojans kicker

Editor’s note: This story and the accompanying compiled statistics included from files and extensive research by HobbsDailyReport.com are copyrighted and can’t be republished or broadcast without permission. To inquire about that permission, contact Chris Hobbs at chobbs001@att.net. Joseph has set single-season mark for most extra points, cleared 100 career kicking points HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – Bandys High’s football record book — …

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING: Unbeaten St. Stephens goes 5-0 at Lake Norman Duals

HobbsDailyReport.com WEDNESDAY’S WRESTLING SUMMARIES LAKE NORMAN DUALS (at Lake Norman High) ST. STEPHENS 78,  CHARLOTTE CATHOLIC 6 160: Ivan Vergel (SS) p. Austin Wright 2:30 170: Jordan Bolling (SS) p. Tucker Brown 1:08 182: Kurt Hayes (CC) p. Justin Beltran 2:25 195: Salvador Gilvaja (SS) won by forfeit 220: Daniel Tellez (SS) won by forfeit 285: Ryan Campbell (SS) won …

HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING: Discovery’s Dant signs with N.C. State

HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON — Ross Dant, who last season set two state swimming records for Discovery High, signed Tuesday to swim in college at N.C. State. Dant — who plans to swim this year for Newton-Conover High – set state records last season in the boys’ 500-yard freeystyle and 100-yard backstroke. He was state champion in those events. He also earned …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Trojans’ Howard wins Golden Helmet Player of Year Award

HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON – In a season of milestones, Bandys High senior running back Ethan Howard added another one on Tuesday – the 2018 Oldies 101.3 FM WNNC Coca-Cola Golden Helmet Player of the Year. Howard has rushed 245 times for 1,985 yards to move 109 yards away from setting a school single-season record for rushing yardage. Bandys (11-1) plays at …

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bunker Hill 52, South Iredell 41

HobbsDailyReport.com TUESDAY’S BASKETBALL SUMMARIES GIRLS BUNKER HILL 52, SOUTH IREDELL 41 Bunker Hill     16    9     17     10—52 S. Iredell         11     14      7       9—41 BUNKER HILL 52—Crystany White 18, Wray 9, Hamlett 9, Bryant 7, Stotts 6, Ellis 2, Linebarger 1, Stoker, Miller, Martins. SOUTH IREDELL 41—Sarah Nelson 20, Mercer 9, Labelle 4, Wightman 2, Kimmel 2, Houser 2, Heiligenthaler 2. …

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Bears down Newberry, continue red-hot start (6-0)

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – With five players in double-figure scoring, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s men continued their red-hot start with an 88-82 home basketball victory over Newberry (S.C.) on Tuesday night. The Bears are off to a 6-0 start after winning their first South Atlantic Conference (SAC) game. Corey Thomas’ 24 points led LRU, Djibril Diallo added 20 points and R.J. Gunn had …

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Newberry trips Lenoir-Rhyne to stay undefeated

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Unbeaten Newberry (S.C.) spoiled the first home game of the season for the Lenoir-Rhyne University women on Tuesday night, winning 75-68 in a South Atlantic Conference (SAC) basketball opener. The Wolves (4-0, 1-0) overcame an early 11-0 deficit and won behind Meg Essex’s 31 points and 15 rebounds and with Regan McCarty adding 15 points and 10 …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Lenoir-Rhyne reduces ticket prices for second round playoff game

Reserved seating available through Wednesday at 5 p.m. for battle against Wingate HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Lenoir-Rhyne University has reduced ticket costs for its second round NCAA Division II home football playoff game against Wingate. With approval by the NCAA, the Bears have set these prices for a 2 p.m. kickoff at Moretz Stadium: Reserved seating (Bears Club area): $10 General …

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS: Wednesday’s schedule

HobbsDailyReport.com WEDNESDAY’S 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. These teams will be added once their schedules are received – wrestling: Hibriten, West Lincoln and West Iredell. Game times …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Hibriten rolls in first round, will face South Point again

No. 16 seed East Lincoln upsets Canton Pisgah, earns rematch with league foe North Lincoln HobbsDailyReport.com LENOIR — Hibriten High won its 28th straight game handily on Friday night, opening defense of its state 2AA football title with a 63-0 home romp over East Henderson. The second-seeded Panthers (12-0) will face No. 10 South Point (9-3) in the second round …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Trojans’ Howard makes good on boast to his mom

On trips home from youth practice, he always said he would be Bandys’ all-time rushing leader By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – Ethan Howard can relate to what a young boy – or boys – watching him make football history on Friday night at Bandys High’s Butler Stadium might be thinking. Howard, a 5-foot-10, 240-pound senior running back, ran for …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Trojans’ Howard gained 220 yards on record-setting night

He’s 109 yards away from also setting single-season rushing school record   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – Ethan Howard’s rushing total on a record-setting night against Franklin has been confirmed as 24 carries for 220 yards, Bandys High head football coach Tom Eanes said Sunday. Howard broke Bandys’ career rushing record previously held by Chris Spade (4,064 in 2003-2004) …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER: Red Devils lead All-South Fork 2A selections

Joplin tabbed as Defensive Player of Year, Palozzi wins Coach of the Year HobbsDailyReport.com Newton-Conover High’s West 2A championship boys’ soccer team leads the All-South Fork 2A selections with five selections, including the league’s top player and coach. Jon Joplin of the Red Devils was voted the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year by league coaches and Angelo Palozzi was …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Lenoir-Rhyne wins 11th straight, faces Wingate next in NCAA playoffs

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Forcing six turnovers and keeping the ball for nearly 40 minutes, Lenoir-Rhyne University rolled past visiting Florida Tech 43-21 on Saturday to advance in the NCAA Division II football playoffs. The third-seeded Bears (11-1) will take an 11-game win streak into the second round and play at home next Saturday (time to be announced) against South Atlantic …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER: Clinton nips Newton-Conover for state 2A championship

HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH – Clinton High’s Dark Horses denied Newton-Conover a second straight state 2A boys’ soccer championship on Saturday, nipping the Red Devils 2-1 at N.C. State. The Dark Horses finished 26-1-0 by winning in their first appearance in the state finals. Newton-Conover, the South Fork 2A regular season champion, finished 22-4-1. The Red Devils played for a state title …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2AA PLAYOFFS: Bandys 28, Franklin 14

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S GAME SUMMARY (State 2AA playoffs, first round, at Bandys) No. 3 BANDYS 28, No. 14 FRANKLIN 14 Franklin     0      7      7     0—14 Bandys        0     7   14      7—28 Scoring summary Second quarter F—Tyler Harrison 6 run (Sam Conway kick), 7:53 B—Lake Hojnacki 63 run (Ben Joseph kick), 7:30 Third quarter B—Ethan Howard 41 run (Joseph kick), 10:34 …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Hojnacki becomes good fit in Bandys’ powerful running game

Senior has shot at 1,000 rushing yards, a rare feat for Trojans QBs By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – When Lake Hojnacki jumped head-first into a changing role in a new offense as the starting quarterback at Bandys High this season, new head coach Tom Eanes wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Hojnacki, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound senior, had modest stats …