HIGH SCHOOLS: NCHSAA says it can’t yet put fall plan in place

Published Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

Commissioner gives updates, but COVID-19 still impacting all high school sports   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) can’t yet say when high school athletes will be able to play games this fall. In a Zoom session with the media that began at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: West Iredell names Ashley interim head coach

Published Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

Assistant with previous head coaching experience at North Iredell promoted   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com STATESVILLE – West Iredell High moved quickly after losing its head football coach of the last five seasons, naming Shannon Ashley its interim head coach. Ashley was an assistant coach under Monte Simmons — who resigned Monday to become head coach at West Caldwell – …

BREAKING NEWS: West Caldwell makes change in head football coaches

Published Monday, July 6th, 2020

Mike Biggerstaff steps down after one season, replaced by W. Iredell head coach MONTE SIMMONSBy CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com LENOIR – West Caldwell High announced a change of head football coaches on Monday afternoon. The Warriors’ Mike Biggerstaff, head coach last season, has resigned and the school announced it has hired Monte Simmons – head coach the last five seasons at …

BREAKING NEWS: Longtime Bandys assistant Goodwin back on football coaching staff

Published Monday, July 6th, 2020

After 2 seasons away, ‘Goody’ answers call of Trojans’ new head coach   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – As it begins football workouts with restrictions on Monday morning, Bandys High is reaching a bit into its past with its 2020 coaching staff. Jason Barnes — an assistant coach on the staff and former Trojans star selected as the next …

BREAKING NEWS: Browning resigns as head football coach at Patton

Published Friday, July 3rd, 2020

Eric Shehan, assistant for Panthers for 9 seasons, is new leader of school’s program   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com MORGANTON – If and when high school football returns, Patton High will have a new head varsity coach. In a social media post on Thursday night, Patton Principal Sara LeCroy announced Jonathan Browning has resigned as head football coach, and Eric …

BREAKING NEWS: Johnson leaving Bunker Hill, takes assistant principal’s job in Buncombe County

Published Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Bears will be begin search for new varsity boys’ basketball head coach   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CLAREMONT – Dylan Johnson knows a great opportunity when he sees it, and it took one to draw him out of high school coaching. Johnson, 29, is leaving after one season as varsity boys’ basketball coach at Bunker Hill to become an assistant …

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Indians head coach Windham resigns, takes central office position

Published Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Former Fred T. Foard player coached St. Stephens varsity for last 7 seasons   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Adam Windham is leaving as head varsity baseball coach at St. Stephens High to work in the central office for Catawba County Schools. Starting Aug. 10, Windham will serve as Career Development Coordinator in the CTE Department, replacing retiring Kimberly …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Willis says timing was perfect to accept job as boys’ coach at Hickory

Published Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

One of Red Tornadoes’ all-time best athletes leaving The Citadel basketball staff   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – As Hickory High’s next varsity boys’ basketball head coach, Daniel Willis is excited about impacting the program by stressing the things that got him where he is. While playing multiple sports for the Red Tornadoes, Willis said he was taught discipline, …

BREAKING NEWS: Willis returning home to coach Hickory varsity boys

Published Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

He is leaving The Citadel as associate head coach to work at his alma mater By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Daniel Willis — one of Catawba County’s top all-time high school basketball players — is coming home. Willis, an associate head coach at The Citadel, had a physical education teaching position approved on Monday night by the Hickory City …

OBIT: Former Sports Editor Dan Richards dead at age 84

Published Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Ex-Hickory sports figure had career of more than 50 years in journalism   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com LILLINGTON – Dan B. Richards, whose tenures as sports editor at two newspapers named Daily Record set a tone for sports coverage for many years in those North Carolina communities, died Sunday at age 84. Richards became sports editor of The Hickory Daily …

LEGION BASEBALL: Services for Waters, ex-Post 48 leader and State Commissioner, this week

Published Monday, June 15th, 2020

Receiving on Tuesday night , celebration of life on Wednesday afternoon at Providence Baptist Church   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Roy C. Waters — a fixture in American Legion baseball at both a local and state level for more than 25 years – will be buried on Wednesday. Waters, 84, became athletic director for Hickory Post 48 in …

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Manjaress wins Brookins Award at Lincolnton

Published Thursday, June 11th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com LINCOLNTON – E.J. Manjaress, voted MVP of the Lincolnton High baseball team as a senior and the Wolves’ junior varsity team as a sophomore, has been awarded the 2020 Jonathan Brookins Memorial Scholarship winner. Manjaress, a shortstop and pitcher, receives a $2,500 award in honor in memory of Brookins, a first baseman and pitcher on Lincolnton’s state 2A title …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Hickory assistant named head coach of Davie County girls

Published Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com MOCKSVILLE – Lindsey Adams, an assistant coach at Hickory High last season and former player at Patton and Freedom, has been named varsity girls’ basketball coach at Davie County. Adams, 22, played two seasons at Patton and two at Freedom. MORE COVERAGE (Salisbury Post): https://www.salisburypost.com/2020/06/09/high-school-basketball-adams-is-new-davie-girls-coach/  

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Mangum leaving W. Caldwell to coach N. Lincoln girls

Published Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Former head coach at Fred T. Foard, Alexander Central taking a new job   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com LINCOLNTON – Brad Mangum’s fourth stop as a girls’ varsity basketball head coach will be at North Lincoln High. On Wednesday, Mangum — head coach the last three seasons at West Caldwell — posted on Twitter he’s leaving the Warriors to become …

HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY: Bandys’ Sigmon retires as head coach

Published Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Former star runner at Bunker Hill has also coached at Fred T. Foard     By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – Alan Sigmon — a championship runner and title-winning head coach in high schoool track and field and cross country — is retiring. Sigmon’s decision to leave teaching and coaching after 30 years at Bandys was announced by the Bandys …

HIGH SCHOOLS: NCHSAA says workouts can begin on Monday

Published Monday, June 8th, 2020

Dead period ends June 15, but local  school systems to decide when sports will resume By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) will end a current dead period for student-athletes next Monday. The announcement came on Monday and following a ZOOM platform meeting on Friday by the NCHSAA Board of Directors to discuss …

COLLEGE FISHING: Freshman Dellinger wins Angler of Year at CVCC

Published Friday, June 5th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Jeremy Dellinger, a freshman from Denver, N.C., has been named Angler of the year at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC). He led the Red Hawks’ first bass fishing team. “Winning Angler of the Year is a big personal accomplishment,” Dellinger said in a press release. “After starting the season off with a low eighth-place finish in our …

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 …

HIGH SCHOOLS: NCHSAA extends dead period until June 15, continues working toward return of sports

Published Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) extended its dead period for student-athletes to June 15. The previous dead period, caused by Covid-19, was projected to end on June 1. In a Zoom press conference on Tuesday with the media, NCHSAA Executive Director Que Tucker said the association is working with other …

HIGH SCHOOLS: State officials issue guidelines for return of workouts, events

Published Saturday, May 23rd, 2020

North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) will provide more details on Tuesday By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH – Guidelines regarding high school sports as released on Friday by the The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services: GUIDELINES AS OF MAY 22 gov statement and guidlines may 22 NCHSAA STATEMENT The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) released …

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Wolfpack hires Foard graduate as men’s basketball assistant

Published Thursday, May 21st, 2020

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH – A Fred T. Foard High graduate joined the N.C. State men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach on Wednesday. Mike Summey is at N.C. State, his alma mater, after five seasons as an assistant coach at Bowling Green. As a senior at N.C. State, Summey was head student manager under head coach Les Robinson. …

HIGH SCHOOLS: CarolinaPreps.com, NCPreps.com announce merger

Published Thursday, May 21st, 2020

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Two of the leading websites focused on coverage of high school football in North Carolina are merging. On Wednesday, Chris Hughes of CarolinaPreps.com announced his company is joining forces with NCPreps.com and publisher Deanna King, effective immediately. NCPreps.com began more than 30 years ago, developing from the work of Arnold Solomon, and King has been its …

BREAKING NEWS: St. Stephens will have new varsity girls’ basketball head coach

Published Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – St. Stephens High will have a new varsity girls’ basketball coach next season, its fourth in eight years. The position was posted on the Catawba County Schools open jobs list on Tuesday. The post said the position will be open until filled. St. Stephens athletic director Billy Baker was not available for comment. The …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Red Devils’ Cornwell named state player of the year by Associated Press

Published Saturday, May 16th, 2020

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH – Chyna Cornwell, who averaged a double-double and led Newton-Conover High to a co-state 2A girls’ championship, was named Friday as the top girls’ basketball player in North Carolina. In voting by 15 writers who cover high schools around the state, Cornwell — a 6-foot-3 senior — had seven votes to earn the player of …

BREAKING NEWS: Hodges resigns as Foard varsity boys’ head coach

Published Friday, May 15th, 2020

He will consider retirement from teaching late in next school year   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON – Fred T. Foard High is looking for a new head coach for its varsity boys’ basketball team. Foard athletic director Samy Shreitah said Friday the position is open after Andy Hodges – head coach the last six seasons – decided to resign …

BREAKING NEWS: Lincolnton hires ex-head coach as defensive coordinator, AD

Published Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Tom Harper has previously been boss at E. Burke, Alex Central, Hickory and Fred T. Foard   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com LINCOLNTON – Tom Harper — a former head football coach in Alexander, Burke and Catawba counties — is moving to Lincolnton High as defensive coordinator and athletic director. Lincolnton head football coach Joe Glass welcomed Harper, who has been …

NCHSAA: Tells member schools dead period will end June 1

Published Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – The dead period in which high school coaches can’t work with athletes will end on June 1, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) told members schools by e-mail on Tuesday. The directive noted the decision was made after consulting with superintendents across the state. It said setting a date to resume workouts was necessary …

EAST-WEST BASKETBALL: 6 area players on West rosters; Warriors’ Mangum guides West girls

Published Monday, May 11th, 2020

N-C’s Cornwell, 2 Freedom stars lead West girls in July game in Greensboro By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com GREENSBORO – The West All-Star girls’ basketball game will have a familiar look for Greater Hickory fans in a battle against the East on July 20. The West head coach, Brad Mangum of West Caldwell, filled four of his 10 roster spots with …

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS: Newman new head coach at Bandys

Published Monday, May 11th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – Bandys High has hired Candace Newman, to coach girls’ varsity tennis next school year. She was approved as a non-faculty coach by the Catawba County Schools Board of Education on Monday night. Newman replaces Irma Bedford as head coach. Newman is from Sherrill’s Ford and actively involved in serving and volunteering in the community, a press release …

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 …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Poplin leaving Hickory to coach at A.L. Brown

Published Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

He’s returning to his home county after 7 years with Red Tornadoes By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com KANNAPOLIS – Andy Poplin is leaving Hickory, returning to the county he grew up in to coach the varsity high school boys’ basketball team at A.L. Brown. Poplin — whose head-coaching career includes stints at Cabarrus County’s Mount Pleasant and also at Concord, his …

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. Owner Myra Hobbs and editor/content coordinator Chris Hobbs are 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 …

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 …

COMMENTARY: Story’s stories always included his good-natured sense of humor

Published Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

The impact of his work with Catawba County youth went well beyond his contributions to area high school basketball   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – When named head girls’ varsity basketball coach at Bandys High back in 2012, Mark Story’s sense of humor – as it always did – quickly came into play. Asked in an interview what his …

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 …

A REMINDER: Why and how we do what we do at HobbsDailyReport.com

Published Saturday, September 7th, 2019

  HobbsDailyReport.com DENVER, N.C. — The daily work on HobbsDailyReport.com for the year 2019 — by editor and content coordinator 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 …

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 — by editor and content coordinator Chris Hobbs and Myra Hobbs, owner of the website and its video/graphics coordinator — 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 …