MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Jarrett takes Saturday night off, Durham trips Tides

Published Sunday, August 1st, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Zach Jarrett was not in the lineup on Saturday night when Durham tripped host Norfolk (Va.) 12-6 in Triple-A baseball. A former Hickory High and Charlotte star, Jarrett was off for the second time in three games. He is hitting .243 heading into Sunday’s home game that closes a six-game series with Durham. The Tides fell …

CRAWDADS: Score 3 runs in bottom of eighth inning to win

Published Sunday, August 1st, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY CRAWDADS   Saturday’s result at L.P. Frans Stadium: Hickory 7, Greenville, S.C. 4 Current record: 34-42, fifth place in High-A East South Division, 20 1/2 games back of division-leading Bowling Green (Ky.) Next game: Sunday, home vs. Greenville, S.C., 3 p.m. This series: Home vs. Greenville, S.C; Tuesday through Sunday; two games on Wednesday with 5 p.m. start; …

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Jarrett drives in a run, Norfolk nips Durham 2-1

Published Thursday, July 29th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Zach Jarrett hit his eighth double of the year and drove in a run Wednesday night, helping Norfolk (Va.) nip visiting Durham 2-1 in a Triple-A game. With 4,081 fans on hand, Jarrett went 1-for-3 while batting sixth in the Tides batting order. He started in centerfield. Jarrett boosted his batting average to .245 heading into …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Schedule set for Burke County Jamboree at Freedom

Published Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com MORGANTON – The schedule for the 2021 Burke County Jamboree for varsity football has been set. The event is Aug. 13 at Freedom High with a $10 admission. Gates open at 4:15 p.m. The schedule: Freedom vs. R-S Central, 5 p.m. Patton vs. Hickory Hawks, 6 p.m. E. Burke vs. W. Wilkes, 7 p.m. Draughn vs. …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: See photo of Hickory’s new turf field

Published Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY — Hickory High will play its first season on a turf field at Frank Barger Stadium in 2021. The Red Tornadoes will make their debut under new head coach Joe Glass on Aug. 20 at Alexander Central, then play their first game on the new turf on Aug. 27 against South Caldwell. Statewide realignment placed …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Maiden to honor 1971 team’s 50th anniversary

Published Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Oct. 8 game at home against Bandys also celebrates memory of late head coach   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com MAIDEN – Maiden High is making plans to honor one of the best varsity football teams in school history. The school’s athletic department is inviting all members of the 1971 football team and the cheerleading squad to a game on Oct. …

ALEXANDER CENTRAL: Moves to online ticket purchases, releases other athletic details

Published Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com TAYLORSVILLE — Alexander Central High is moving to a card and mobile payment ticketing policy for all of its athletic events with no cash accepted at the gate. Fans can purchase tickets online with a credit card at https://gofan.co/app/school/NC45. The school has announced released its policies so that fans can review them before the start of …

EAST-WEST ALL-STARS: Mangum to coach West girls’ basketball in 2022

Published Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Hibriten’s Blanton will guide West boys’ soccer in July   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com GREENSBORO – Next year’s East-West All-Star coaching staffs will include a trio of veterans from the area’s three new conferences. The games, sponsored by the North Carolina Coaches Association (NCCA) announced Tuesday: — Brad Mangum of North Lincoln, who had to withdraw as West girls’ basketball …

NCHSAA: Agrees to meet with state senators on Wednesday afternoon

Published Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH — State senators and officials from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) will meet Wednesday to discuss House Bill 91. The NCHSAA accepted an offer to talk at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Raleigh, as House Bill 91 continues to be a hot topic of conversation and action by the North Carolina General …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: South Fork 2A receiving leaders for 2020 season

Published Friday, July 23rd, 2021

SOUTH FORK 2A 2020 FOOTBALL LEADERS   Top 10s in the South Fork 2A for the 2020 spring football season, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com. All totals are unofficial and players who were underclassmen are indicated by bold. The statistics are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com and can’t be reprinted or used in broadcast without a waiver of that copyright from Chris Hobbs. …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Northwestern Foothills 2A receiving leaders for 2020 season

Published Friday, July 23rd, 2021

  COMING FRIDAY: Receiving leaders for the South Fork 2A   NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A 2020 FOOTBALL LEADERS   Top 10s in the Northwestern Foothills 2A 2A for the 2020 spring football season, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com. All totals are unofficial and players who were underclassmen are indicated by bold. Players from West Iredell ARE NOT included because complete statistics from …

EAST-WEST GIRLS SOCCER: Teams tie 1-1 with West goal by Lake Norman Charter star

Published Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com GREENSBORO — Asha Means of Lake Norman Charter — the only player from a Greater Hickory area conference on the West All-Star team — scored a second-half goal as the match ended in a 1-1 tie on Wednesday night. Means, who has signed to play at North Carolina, scored unassisted from about 16 yards at the …

NCHSAA: Commissioner questions why others in her position weren’t scrutinized

Published Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

Tucker says she believes her race, gender are part of the situation she is facing   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH — In an exclusive interview with HighSchoolOT’s Nick Stevens, the commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) raises the question of why previous commissioners were not also questioned about the association’s Endowment Fund. While answering questions …

NCHSAA: State legislators ready to move forward on House Bill 91

Published Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH — Legislative committee votes to move forward with bill that could eventually eliminate North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA): https://www.highschoolot.com/senate-committee-votes-in-favor-of-hb-91-in-effort-to-dissolve-nchsaa/19782359/ VIDEO: https://www.highschoolot.com/senate-committee-considers-proposal-to-dissolve-nchsaa-overhaul-hs-sports/19782371/

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Northwestern 3A-4A receiving leaders for 2020 season

Published Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

  COMING THURSDAY: Receiving leaders for the Northwestern Foothills 2A in 2020   NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A 2020 FOOTBALL LEADERS   Top 10s in the Northwestern 3A-4A for the 2020 spring football season, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com. All totals are unofficial and players who were underclassmen are indicated by bold. The statistics are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com and can’t be reprinted or used …

HIGH SCHOOLS: If state bill passes, there would be no NCHSAA

Published Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

A 17-member appointed commission would regulate high school sports in N.C.   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH – The landscape of high school athletics in North Carolina reached a level of high intensity on Tuesday. The North Carolina General Assembly released House Bill 91 – titled Accountability and Fair Play in Athletics – and it calls for the North Carolina …

EAST-WEST SOCCER: West led by trio of boys’ players from area conferences

Published Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

Boston, Holt of Hickory are teammates again for the West all-star boys’ team   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com GREENSBORO – Hickory High has two of its boys’ soccer stars playing for the West on Tuesday night in the East-West All-Star match. Ben Boston and Carter Holt of the Red Tornadoes join East Lincoln’s Chase Lynch as the West stars from …

EAST-WEST BOYS BOX: East 116, West 92

Published Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com MONDAY NIGHT (at Greensboro Coliseum) EAST ALL-STARS 116, WEST ALL-STARS 92 EAST ALL-STARS SMITH, Terquavion 12-24 2-5 30; LOCKLEAR, Matthew 7-10 3-3 18; HASKELL, Bradlee 6-14 1-1 16; ASKEW, Daylan 5-9 1-2 13; MILLER, Charlie 4-11 0-0 11; BROOKS, Bennie 3-9 2-6 9; MOYE, Leontae 4-8 0-1 9; STROMAN, Nygie 3-5 0-2 8; SURIGAO, Makoa 1-3 0-0 2. Totals …

EAST-WEST GIRLS BASKETBALL: Local trio combines for 22 points in West victory

Published Monday, July 19th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com GREENSBORO — The West All-Stars girls’ basketball team won on Monday night at the Greensboro Coliseum, beating the East 87-66 with the three players from Greater Hickory area schools combining for 22 points. Adair Garrison of Freedom, one of the original picks for the West roster, scored six points on 1-of-10 shooting and she made three …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: South Fork 2A passing leaders for 2020 season

Published Monday, July 19th, 2021

  COMING TUESDAY: Receiving leaders for the Northwestern 3A-4A in 2020   SOUTH FORK 2A 2020 FOOTBALL LEADERS Top 10s in the South Fork 2A for the 2020 spring football season, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com. All totals are unofficial and players who were underclassmen are indicated by bold. The statistics are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com and can’t be reprinted or used …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Northwestern Foothills 2A leading passers for 2020 season

Published Sunday, July 18th, 2021

  COMING MONDAY: Passing leaders for the South Fork 2A in 2020   NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A 2020 FOOTBALL LEADERS Leaders in the Northwestern Foothills 2A 2A for the 2020 spring football season, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com. All totals are unofficial and players who were underclassmen are indicated by bold. Players from West Iredell ARE NOT included because complete statistics from …

EAST-WEST: North Lincoln’s Mangum will miss Monday’s girls’ basketball game

Published Sunday, July 18th, 2021

West hoops changes include adding 2 more area girls’ players to the roster   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com GREENSBORO – The changes at this week’s East-West All-Star Games, released on Saturday, included an earlier announced withdrawal by West girls’ basketball head coach Brad Mangum. Mangum, headed into his second year at North Lincoln, will not coach in Monday night’s game …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Hickory’s Everhart back at South Caldwell for senior season

Published Saturday, July 17th, 2021

He threw for nearly 1,000 yards as a junior but will play TE for Spartans   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HUDSON – Nick Everhart, who would have been the second-leading returning passer in the Western Foothills 3A after averaging nearly 100 yards per game for Hickory High last season, will now be playing at South Caldwell. Everhart was a student-athlete …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Northwestern 3A-4A passing leaders for 2020 season

Published Saturday, July 17th, 2021

COMING SUNDAY: Passing leaders for the Northwestern Foothills 2A in 2020 NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A 2020 FOOTBALL LEADERS   Top leaders in the Northwestern 3A-4A for the 2020 spring football season, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com. All totals are unofficial and players who were underclassmen are indicated by bold. The statistics are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com and can’t be reprinted or used in broadcast …

HIGH SCHOOLS: Should athletes be able to profit from their name, image?

Published Saturday, July 17th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Nice read by former colleague Langston Wertz Jr. on whether or not an NCAA decision to allow student-athletes to earn money from use of their image and social media might/should/will trickle down to the high school level. It’s an interesting — and tough — question. Is the day coming that a local football star will insist …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: South Fork 2A rushing leaders for 2020 season

Published Friday, July 16th, 2021

  COMING SATURDAY: Passing leaders for Northwestern 3A-4A for 2020   SOUTH FORK 2A 2020 FOOTBALL LEADERS Top 10s in the South Fork 2A for the 2020 spring football season, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com. All totals are unofficial and players who were underclassmen are indicated by bold. The statistics are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com and can’t be reprinted or used in …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Watauga has new varsity boys head coach, son of former leader

Published Thursday, July 15th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com BOONE — Watauga High has a new boys’ varsity basketball coach whose dad is a former Pioneers head coach in the same sport. The Pioneers have selected Bryson Payne, son of Marc Payne, as the replacement for Laura Barry. She will return to coaching only the Watauga varsity girls. Watauga went 3-9 overall and 2-9 in …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Worthy’s prep head coach dead at age 88

Published Thursday, July 15th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com GASTONIA — Larry Rhodes, the head coach NBA great James Worthy played for at Ashbrook High, has died at the age of 88. Greater Hickory area fans should remember Rhodes from Ashbrook’s days of playing in the Old Western 4A and some of the Green Wave’s epic battles with Hickory. The conference also included Hunter Huss and another future …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Northwestern Foothills 2A rushing leaders for 2020 season

Published Thursday, July 15th, 2021

  COMING FRIDAY: Rushing leaders for 2020 in the South Fork 2A   NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2020 2A FOOTBALL LEADERS   Last updated: July 8, 2021 Top 10s in the Northwestern Foothills 2A 2A for the 2020 spring football season, as compiled by HobbsDailyReport.com. All totals are unofficial and players who were underclassmen are indicated by bold. Players from West Iredell ARE …

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Blanton retires at Hibriten, former player to replace him

Published Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

Coach exiting after 17 seasons, conference title in his final year   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com LENOIR – Hibriten High announced a change in girls’ varsity softball head coaches on Wednesday. In a press release, athletic director Derek Reeves said Jim Blanton has resigned after 17 seasons, effective immediately, and the new Panthers head coach is former player Brittany Morton. …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Northwestern 3A-4A rushing leaders for 2020 season

Published Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

St. Stephens High’s Zak McLauchlin was the leading rusher in 2020 in the Northwestern 3A-4A with unofficial totals of 134 carries for 779 yards. He averaged 111.2 yards per game and scored seven touchdowns. He’ll cap his prep football career by playing for the West in the East-West All-Star game next week in Greensboro./TWITTER PHOTO COMING THURSDAY: Rushing leaders for …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Beam back, will coach receivers at East Lincoln

Published Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

Former head coach at Burns, N. Lincoln, Newton-Conover is back on the field   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com DENVER, N.C. – East Lincoln High has added a wide receiver coach to its varsity football staff who is well-known for his passion for the game and success. Matt Beam, whose head-coaching stints include Burns, North Lincoln and Newton-Conover, posted on Facebook …

COLLEGE: 8 former players, athletic trainer sue Lenoir-Rhyne University

Published Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

They’re seeking more than $26 million in damages from school, women’s head basketball coach, school president   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Despite an independent investigation saying no racism was found in the Lenoir-Rhyne University women’s basketball program, the school is not yet clear of those allegations. Late last week, eight former players and an athletic trainer filed a federal lawsuit …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 2021 Catawba Valley 2A Athletic Conference varsity schedules

Published Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

Bandys and Maiden will meet Oct. 8 at Maiden for their first battle as members of the Catawba Valley 2A Athletic Conference. The new eight-team league, created by statewide realignment, starts with non-league games on Aug. 20./MICHELLE THOMPSON PHOTO   CATAWBA VALLEY 2A ATHLETIC CONFERENCE VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULES Game times: All  games at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted BANDYS (Head …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 2021 Western Foothills 3A varsity schedules

Published Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

  WESTERN FOOTHILLS 3A 2021 VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULES   Game times: Conference games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted EAST LINCOLN (Head coach David Lubowicz, 5-2 last season) Aug. 20 – at Hibriten Aug. 27 – at Forestview Sept. 3 – Lincolnton Sept. 17—at HICKORY Sept. 24—STATESVILLE Oct. 1—at W. IREDELL Oct. 8 – FRED T. FOARD Oct. 15—ST. STEPHENS …

HIGH SCHOOLS: Names for new conferences for Greater Hickory area schools

Published Sunday, July 11th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com Note: Average daily memberships are listed for each school WESTERN HIGHLANDS 1A-2A Black Mountain Owen (2A) 748 Madison (2A) 712 Draughn 630 Mountain Heritage 614 Avery County 539 Mitchell County 489 Rosman 299 MOUNTAIN FOOTHILLS 7 2A R-S Central 845 Patton 834 Brevard 791 E. Rutherford 766 Hendersonville 745 Chase 722 Polk County 614 CATAWBA VALLEY 2A ATHLETIC CONFERENCE W. …

GET READY FOR THE 2021 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON!

Published Sunday, July 11th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com We’ve posted the 2021 varsity football schedules for the Northwestern 3A-4A schools… starting our preparations at HobbsDailyReport.com for a season that has an opening night of Aug. 20. Our FREE website will provide coverage and details this school year on schools in all sports (plus junior varsity football) in the Catawba Valley Athletic 2A Conference, the Western Foothills 3A …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 2021 Northwestern 3A-4A varsity schedules

Published Sunday, July 11th, 2021

NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULES   Game times: 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted   ALEXANDER CENTRAL (Head coach Butch Carter, 5-3 last season) Aug. 20 – Hickory Aug. 27 – at N. Gaston Sept. 3 – at A.C. Reynolds, 7 p.m. Sept. 10 – at Lake Norman, 7 p.m. Sept. 17—Marvin Ridge Oct. 1—ASHE COUNTY Oct. 8 – at WATAUGA …

WE WELCOME BENNETT FUNERAL HOME TO HOBBSDAILYREPORT.COM

Published Friday, July 9th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HobbsDailyReport.com is proud to announce the addition of Bennett Funeral Home to our core group of advertisers who make it possible for us to provide local sports coverage in the Greater Hickory area for FREE. We are very excited that Robbie Bennett and his staff are showing their support for local student-athletes — joining Dwayne Wilson Insurance, Burke Mortuary …

BREAKING NEWS: Bandys’ starting QB moving, will play this season at R-S Central

Published Thursday, July 8th, 2021

Trey Shearer averaged nearly 100 yards of total offense as a sophomore   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – Trey Shearer, who averaged nearly 100 yards of total offense per game last season for Bandys High, won’t be back in the Trojans’ lineup this season. Guy Shearer, Trey’s dad, said Thursday the family is moving back to Rutherford County, and …

HUNTER HARVEY: Orioles place him on 10-day injury list (updated)

Published Saturday, July 3rd, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Hunter Harvey was placed on the 10-day injured list on Friday by the Baltimore Orioles, who are playing a series at the L.A. Angels. Harvey, a right-handed reliever out of Bandys High, is listed as out with a right lat strain. He started the season on the 60-day disabled list with an oblique injury and came …

BREAKING NEWS: Bandys hires Hickory girls’ assistant as varsity boys’ head coach (updated)

Published Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

Brandon Helms is son of Barbara Helms, head girls’ hoops coach of Red Tornadoes   Editor’s note: This story and related graphics are copyrighted and statistics, etc., in both can’t be used by print media or broadcasters without a waiver of that copyright by HobbsDailyReport.com. To inquire about a waiver, e-mail chobbs001@att.net. By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – Bandys High …

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING: Foard’s Foor wins fourth straight state title

Published Sunday, June 27th, 2021

Newton-Conover’s Ryan Walker state champ in 2A at 285 pounds   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Fred T. Foard High’s Landon Foor reached his goal of winning a state individual wrestling championship every season he wrestled. Foor got title No. 4 on Saturday, pinning Milosz Gargol of First Flight in five minutes, 34 seconds for a crown at 182 pounds. He …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Black Mountain Owen hires former N-C head coach

Published Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Brint Russell leaving E. Rutherford to become boss at his alma mater   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com BLACK MOUNTAIN — Former Newton-Conover High head football coach Brint Russell is heading home. Russell, most recently head football coach and athletic director at East Rutherford, has been named the new head football coach at Black Mountain Owen, his alma mater. He was …

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL: Hensley to coach Maiden for second time

Published Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

He replaces Frank Snider, who has retired   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com MAIDEN — Maiden High announced Wednesday the return of Stephen Hensley as its varsity girls’ basketball head coach. A press release from the athletic department: Maiden High School Principal Brian Hefner and Athletic Director Caine Houser are excited to announce the hiring of Stephen Hensley as the new …

BREAKING NEWS: Bunker Hill promotes defensive coordinator to head football coach

Published Monday, June 7th, 2021

Albert Reid was 4-year football star at Freedom, also played at Western Carolina   Editor’s note: All records, stats, etc., included in graphics with this story and the story itself are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com and can’t be used — partially or otherwise — in print or by broadcast media without crediting HobbsDailyReport.com upon usage. To request a waiver of that …

BREAKING NEWS: Kyle Lowman leaving Bandys, will be head coach at St. Stephens

Published Monday, June 7th, 2021

He’s third person from his football-focused family to guide a Catawba County program   Editor’s note: All records, stats, etc., included in graphics with this story and the story itself are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com and can’t be used — partially or otherwise — in print or by broadcast media without crediting HobbsDailyReport.com upon usage. To request a waiver of that …

BREAKING NEWS: South Caldwell promotes Justice to head football coach (updated)

Published Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Spartans’ selection is former starting QB, three-sport star who still holds records there     By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HUDSON – When South Caldwell High’s football players are next coached up about how to run a play, develop a work ethic or understand how to be a good teammate, they’ll hear it from someone who knows what they are experiencing. …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Hickory Public Schools announce Lincolnton’s Glass next head coach at HHS (updated)

Published Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Here is an unedited version of a press release from Hickory Public Schools Public Information Officer (PIO) Beverly Snowden received by local media on Wednesday morning. Late Tuesday night, HobbsDailyReport.com reported — via multiple sources — on the selection of Joe Glass, head coach the last two seasons at Lincolnton, as the new HHS head coach …

BREAKING NEWS: Glass leaving Lincolnton to be head football coach at Hickory (updated)

Published Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

He’s a former Red Tornadoes assistant whose first head-coaching job was at Patton   Editor’s note: This story has been edited to correct Glass’ tenure at Lincolnton, the number of years he has been a head coach and his career record. By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Joe Glass, head football coach at Lincolnton High for the last two seasons …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Sources say Hickory closing in on hire of next head coach

Published Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

Exactly who is in charge unclear as Red Tornadoes look to replace leader forced out in late April   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Hickory High may be closing in on a replacement for former head football coach Russell Stone. A source told HobbsDailyReport.com recommendation of a candidate for the open position – barring new developments – would go …

NCHSAA: State legislators have second hearing about their concerns

Published Thursday, May 20th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH — A subcommittee of the North Carolina Legislature investigating the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) held its second hearing on Thursday. Those appearing before the subcommittee included State Superintendent Catherine Truitt and Buddy Collins, former vice chair of the State Board of Education. HighSchoolOT.com, which has led reporting on legislative concerns, livestreamed both …

NCHSAA: Report says legislator asks fines for last 10 years be returned

Published Friday, May 14th, 2021

Total of fines collected over last 5 years exceeds $400,000   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH — A member of the North Carolina Legislature, which is investigating the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA), is asking the organization to refund all funds it has collected over the past 10 years via fines to schools found to have violated NCHSAA …

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: LRU president’s updated video response

Published Sunday, April 25th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY — A YouTube video response to accusations of racial problems at Lenoir-Rhyne University by school president Dr. Fred Whitt is posted below. In it, Whitt mentions last Thursday’s protest by some students/student-athletes and the ongoing investigation prompted by allegations from Laney Fox, a sophomore who remains enrolled at the school. She played on the women’s …

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore says her concerns about racism got her kicked off team (updated)

Published Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

School says that wasn’t the reason, opens an  investigation; protest, march to campus from  City Hall planned on Thursday   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com A sophomore who played as a freshman and then opted out last season at Lenoir-Rhyne University has made several social media posts that allege her removal from the school’s women’s basketball team was because she spoke …

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 …

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 750,000 page views since that opening day. We thank …

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 …

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 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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

CRAWDADS: Fall by a run against Greenville, S.C.; series continues through weekend

Published Friday, July 30th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY CRAWDADS   Friday’s result at L.P. Frans Stadium: Greenville, S.C. 9, Hickory 8 Current record: 33-42, fifth place in High-A East South Division, 20 1/2 games back of division-leading Bowling Green (Ky.) Next game: Saturday, home vs. Greenville, S.C., 5 p.m. This series: Home vs. Greenville, S.C; Tuesday through Sunday; two games on Wednesday with 5 p.m. start; …