HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL ROUNDUP: St. Stephens surprises top-seeded W. Lincoln in Classic, faces Hickory next

HobbsDailyReport.com After having lost their last six one-run games this season, St. Stephens High’s seventh-seeded Indians gutted out a 3-2 upset of top-seeded West Lincoln on Tuesday in the Catawba Valley Easter Classic. The Indians (7-14) — sparked by JD Everett’s pitching — advance to a Tuesday semifinal against sixth-seeded Hickory at 4 p.m. West Lincoln (15-6) had a five-game …

HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS: Monday’s Easter baseball results; pairings for Tuesday, rest of week (updated)

HobbsDailyReport.com EASTER HOLIDAY BASEBALL TOURNAMENTS CATAWBA VALLEY EASTER BASEBALL CLASSIC (at Henkel-Alley Field, Legion Fairgrounds in Newton) Monday’s results No. 7 St. Stephens 3, No. 2 W. Lincoln 2 No. 6 Hickory 11, No. 3 Hibriten 7 No. 1 Fred T. Foard 9, No. 8 Newton-Conover 3 No. 4 Alexander Central 8, No. 5 Bunker Hill 0 Tuesday’s games Loser’s …

HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS: Monday’s Easter Holiday baseball tournaments schedule

  HobbsDailyReport.com MONDAY’S EASTER HOLIDAY BASEBALL TOURNAMENT GAMES   CATAWBA VALLEY EASTER BASEBALL CLASSIC (at Henkel-Alley Field, Legion Fairgrounds in Newton) No. 7 St. Stephens vs. No. 2 W. Lincoln, 11 a.m. No. 6 Hickory vs. No. 3 Hibriten, 1:30 p.m. No. 8 Newton-Conover vs. No. 1 Fred T. Foard, 4 p.m. No. 5 Bunker Hill vs. No. 4 Alexander …

NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A ROUNDUP: South Caldwell has wrapped up titles in baseball, softball

  HobbsDailyReport.com South Caldwell High — with a Northwestern 3A-4A baseball crown already in hand – is in hot pursuit of reaching a 20-win season. The Spartans hammered Cape Fear 11-0 on Saturday at Fayetteville Sanford in their first game at the Bulldog Tournament, and they’ll play Sanford on Monday night at 7 p.m. South Caldwell is 17-3 overall and …

COLLEGE BASEBALL: CVCC hopes to rebound after being run-ruled; next games are at Spartanburg Methodist

HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON – Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) will try to rebound from a first when it plays its next baseball game on Tuesday in a doubleheader at Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist. The Red Hawks were run-ruled for the first time this season on Saturday, falling 12-2 to Region X rival Brunswick Community College at the Legion Fairgrounds. CVCC’s games on …

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Bears’ shot at making conference tourney comes down to Monday doubleheader at Tusculum

HobbsDailyReport.com GREENVILLE, Tenn. – Lenoir-Rhyne University remains alive in the race for a South Atlantic Conference (SAC) baseball tournament bid. The Bears (22-25, 7-15), after a 4-3 loss in 12 innings at Tusculum on Saturday, battle the Pioneers on Monday at 3 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader to close the regular season. LRU is tied for seventh …

COLLEGE LACROSSE: Lenoir-Rhyne women seeded No. 2, men No. 4 for conference tournaments

HobbsDailyReport.com ROCK HILL, S.C. – The South Atlantic Conference (SAC) lacrosse tournaments begin on Tuesday, and both Lenoir-Rhyne University teams are in. The LRU women gained the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye while the LRU men are seeded No. 4 and have a first-round match at home against fifth-seeded Newberry, S.C. (time to be announced). The Wingate women …

MINOR LEAGUES: Crawdads home to face Augusta (Ga.); Jarrett hitting .316 as Keys play week of games in North Carolina

    Deal’s next start for Fire Frogs is Tuesday; Harvey’s next star for Bowie is Thursday   HobbsDailyReport.com We will update game scores, etc., for the Hickory Crawdads again this season and will also feature day-by-day reports on three Catawba County players chasing their dream of reaching The Show. Visit our FREE website nightly to see if former Bandys …

MINOR LEAGUES: Crawdads win 2 against Columbia (S.C.); Jarrett, Keys play games this week in North Carolina

HobbsDailyReport.com We will update game scores, etc., for the Hickory Crawdads again this season and will also feature day-by-day reports on three Catawba County players chasing their dream of reaching The Show. Visit our FREE website nightly to see if former Bandys High stars Hunter Harvey (Orioles system) and Hayden Deal (Braves system) pitched and also check in on former …

HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS: Saturday’s results

HobbsDailyReport.com SATURDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS RESULTS Varsity spring sports results from events scheduled on Friday by schools in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A, compiled from schedules provided by the schools. Games added or dropped since the schedules have been released may not be included and schools sometimes trade home playing dates. HobbsDailyReport.com will list …

HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS: Friday’s results

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS RESULTS Varsity spring sports results from events scheduled on Friday by schools in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A, compiled from schedules provided by the schools. Games added or dropped since the schedules have been released may not be included and schools sometimes trade home playing dates. HobbsDailyReport.com will list …

NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A ROUNDUP: Foard wins baseball title, will be No. 1 seed in conference tournament

  HobbsDailyReport.com Fred T. Foard High is the No. 1 seed and gets a first-round bye when the Northwestern Foothills 2A baseball tournament opens on April 30. The Tigers (13-2, 11-1) won the league title by one game over second-place Hibriten (14-5, 10-2) and will be at home in a tournament semifinal on May 2, facing No. 5 West Iredell …

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Former Cougars star Sherrill continues to draw national attention at Pfeiffer

HobbsDailyReport.com Vada Blue Sherrill, a former softball star at Alexander Central High now playing for her dad, Monte, at Pfeiffer University, is drawing more and more national attention in her senior season for the Falcons. Read more about her accomplishments and about playing for her dad, who coached prep softball at Alexander Central and Central Cabarrus and who is also …

SOUTH FORK 2A ROUNDUP: West Lincoln (baseball), North Lincoln (softball) top seeds for conference tourneys

HobbsDailyReport.com The South Fork 2A baseball tournament opens April 30 with West Lincoln High as the top seed. In a tight conference race, West Lincoln (15-5, 11-3) and North Lincoln (14-4, 11-3) shared the league title. The Rebels gained the top seed by comparative record against Bandys, which tied Maiden for third place – West Lincoln swept Bandys and North …

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Listen to interview with new Nebraska assistant coach Bobby Lutz

HobbsDailyReport.com Listen to a video by the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star with Catawba County native Bobby Lutz, a 1976 Bandys High graduate, who began work this week as a special assistant coach on the basketball staff at Nebraska. Lutz, 61 and a former head coach at Pfeiffer University and Charlotte, is returning to college coaching. BOBBY TALKS HOOPS: https://journalstar.com/sports/nebraska-basketball-special-assistant-bobby-lutz-on-analytics-philosophy-and/video_dee6e010-f7ca-5bd1-abe1-6fdae7d952b4.html?utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR12-9spGG8znHEoF3kDZQZPNEYYk7sLhyAjx7H1P1PCOaNSrShC9EisdOQ

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Red Hawks open three-game home series with Brunswick on Friday

HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON – A weekend home baseball series pitting Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) against Brunswick Community College has a new schedule. The first game of a three-game set is now set for Friday at 7 p.m. at the Legion Fairgrounds’ Henkel-Alley Field. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, a nine-inning game followed by a seven-inning game, with …

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Tony Causby Classic starts Monday at Patton

Eight-team field includes all Burke County schools with Wednesday title game   HobbsDailyReport.com MORGANTON – The third annual Tony Causby Classic baseball tournament opens with four games on Monday at Patton High. The three-day, eight-team field opens play on Monday at 11:30 a.m. when Freedom plays Chase. Other games on Monday are: East Burke against R-S Central at 2 p.m.; …

MINOR LEAGUES: Harvey’s ERA at 7.82 after third start; Columbia downs Hickory in series opener

HobbsDailyReport.com We will update game scores, etc., for the Hickory Crawdads again this season and will also feature day-by-day reports on three Catawba County players chasing their dream of reaching The Show. Visit our FREE website nightly to see if former Bandys High stars Hunter Harvey (Orioles system) and Hayden Deal (Braves system) pitched and also check in on former …

HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS: Thursday’s results

HobbsDailyReport.com THURSDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS RESULTS   Varsity spring sports results from events scheduled on Thursday by schools in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A, compiled from schedules provided by the schools. Games added or dropped since the schedules have been released may not be included and schools sometimes trade home playing dates. HobbsDailyReport.com will …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Biggerstaff back as West Caldwell’s head coach

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com LENOIR – West Caldwell High on Thursday welcomed the return of its all-time winningest head football coach. In a press release, the Warriors’ athletic department named Mike Biggerstaff – whose West Caldwell teams from 1979 through 1987 went 75-21 – as the next head football coach. The field at West Caldwell’s Thuss Stadium was named after …

MINOR LEAGUES: Crawdads get 10th win; Deal goes 6 in third start; Harvey’s third start on Thursday night

HobbsDailyReport.com We will update game scores, etc., for the Hickory Crawdads again this season and will also feature day-by-day reports on three Catawba County players chasing their dream of reaching The Show. Visit our FREE website nightly to see if former Bandys High stars Hunter Harvey (Orioles system) and Hayden Deal (Braves system) pitched and also check in on former …

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Foard gains top seed for next week’s Catawba Valley Easter Classic

HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON – Fred T. Foard High will be the top seed for the Catawba Valley Easter Classic baseball tournament at the Legion Fairgrounds. The three-day tournament begins on Monday with four games and continues through a championship game at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday at Henkel-Alley Field. The Tigers will face eighth-seeded Newton-Conover on Monday at 4 p.m., after two …

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STANDINGS: Through games of Thursday, April 17 (updated)

  HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STANDINGS (through games of Thursday, April 18) SOUTH FORK 2A                                                                               Conf.                      All                 Streak W. Lincoln                                                 …

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Lenoir-Rhyne head coach placed on leave; assistant Frank now guiding Bears

Team is tied for seventh place in SAC, trying to earn bid into league tourney   HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Lenoir-Rhyne University has placed head baseball coach Tom Fleenor on paid administrative lead. Chaz Frank is serving as interim head coach, an e-mail response on Tuesday from Jeremy Zalacca, assistant athletic director for athletic communications at LRU, said in confirming both …

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STANDINGS: Through games of Thursday, April 11

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STANDINGS (through games of Thursday, April 11) SOUTH FORK 2A                                                                               Conf.                 All                 Streak Bandys                                                             9-3                        11-4                   Won 3 N. Lincoln                                                        8-3                      11-4                   Won 6 W. Lincoln                                                 …

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Lutz confirms he’s joining coaching staff at Nebraska

Bandys grad returning to college basketball as special assitant   HobbsDailyReport.com Catawba County native Bobby Lutz is back in college basketball, confirming Thursday he’s signed a contract to join the coaching staff at Nebraska. Lutz, 61, told HobbsDailyReport.com in a social media message that he’s been in Nebraska this week and already inked a contract to return to coaching with …

HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS: Thursday’s results

HobbsDailyReport.com THURSDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS RESULTS Varsity spring sports results from events scheduled on Thursday by schools in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A, compiled from schedules provided by the schools. Games added or dropped since the schedules have been released may not be included and schools sometimes trade home playing dates. HobbsDailyReport.com will list …

CATAWBA COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME: UNC assistant Woods will be keynote speaker

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Sparky Woods, a former head football coach at Appalachian State and South Carolina, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame (CCSHOF) inductions. Woods, an assistant on Mack Brown’s coaching staff at North Carolina, has worked on the same coaching staff as Class 0f 2019 inductee Brad Lawing during his career. …

CATAWBA COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME: 5 new picks include ex-Maiden football star, NASCAR’s Petree (updated)

  READ MORE ON EACH INDIVIDUAL SELECTED: 2019 CCSHOF announcement HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – The next class of the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame has been selected. In a Monday afternoon press release by the Hickory Metro Sports Commission (HMSC), these individuals were named as the Class of 2019, and they will bring membership to 94: Catawba College all-time interceptions …

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

HobbsDailyReport.com DENVER, N.C. — The daily work on HobbsDailyReport.com for the year 2019 — by owner-editor Chris Hobbs and Myra Hobbs, co-owner and video coordinator for the website — is dedicated to the memory of Chris’ oldest brother, Randy. Randy (Grub) Hobbs, whose joys included playing mandolin for the Cozmic Cowboys band, attending Blue Grass and other festivals and being …