REALIGNMENT: Patton, W. Caldwell go to new leagues in second draft

Published Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Panthers into 2A conference with Brevard, Chase; Warriors would renew rivalries with Bandys, Maiden, N-C   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – Patton and West Caldwell were the only area high schools moved in the second draft of the next statewide realignment, released Thursday by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). Patton was shifted from a 1A/2A …

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 …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: Indians hit 18 from 3-point range, beat Cougars

Published Thursday, January 14th, 2021

N-C girls runs extend win streak to 24 games; Hickory girls roll HobbsDailyReport.com 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 …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Thursday’s varsity events (our 6,000th post)

Published Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Editor’s note: We are proud to note this is the 6,000th post to HobbsDailyReport.com since we launched the website on April 1, 2017. Based on our numbers we’ve averaged 5.74 posts for 1,044 consecutive days. Thank you for visiting with us. HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS SCHEDULE   High school varsity events scheduled Thursday for games involving teams from the South …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Wednesday’s varsity results

Published Thursday, January 14th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com WEDNESDAY’S VARSITY  RESULTS BASKETBALL GIRLS South Fork 2A E. Lincoln at N. Lincoln Newton-Conover 70, Lincolnton 33 N. Lincoln at Lake Norman Charter, ppd., Jan. 27 Northwestern 3A-4A Hickory 61, S. Caldwell 27 McDowell 61, Watauga 50 Others Freedom at Mountain Heritage BOYS Northwestern Foothills 2A Hickory 56, S. Caldwell 32 McDowell 68, Watauga 62 Others Mountain Heritage 55, …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Wednesday’s events

Published Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS SCHEDULE   High school varsity events for Wednesday involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. With COVID already causing quarantines and sidelining teams for up to 14 days, it is very important for fans considering attending games or purchasing the ability to livestream a game(s) to call the home …

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Foard, Hickory advance to second round

Published Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Patton, McDowell, Watauga also advance to Thursday’s next round   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Five of the six area teams in the state high school volleyball playoffs won first-round matches on Tuesday, including Fred T. Foard, Hickory and Patton. The next round is Thursday with Foard going to top-seeded R-S Central and Patton going to West Stokes in 2A. In …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Tuesday’s varsity results

Published Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com TUESDAY’S VARSITY  RESULTS BASKETBALL GIRLS South Fork 2A Bandys at Lincolnton, ppd., Jan. 20 E. Lincoln at N. Lincoln, ppd., Weds. Newton-Conover 59, W. Lincoln 20 Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill 64, Patton 51 Fred T. Foard 41, E. Burke 32 Hibriten 54, W. Iredell 50 W. Caldwell at Draughn, ppd., Jan. 29 Northwestern 3A-4A Alexander Central 45, St. …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: Freedom girls defeat Hickory

Published Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com 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 head coaches or someone …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Tuesday’s varsity events

Published Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SCHEDULE Tuesday’s high school varsity basketball, cross country and swimming events involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. With COVID already causing quarantines and sidelining teams for up to 14 days, it is very important for fans considering attending games or purchasing the ability to livestream a game(s) to call …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Monday’s varsity results

Published Monday, January 11th, 2021

MONDAY’S VARSITY  RESULTS BASKETBALL GIRLS South Fork 2A Lake Norman Charter 45, Maiden 36 Northwestern Foothills 2A Draughn 74, Fred T. Foard 63 Northwestern 3A-4A Alexander Central 58, Watauga 46 Freedom 62, Hickory 56 McDowell 60, St. Stephens 37 BOYS Northwestern Foothills 2A Draughn at Fred T. Foard, ppd., Feb. 5 Northwestern 3A-4A Alexander Central 57, Watauga 43 Hickory at …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: This week’s cross country, swimming

Published Monday, January 11th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SCHEDULE High school varsity cross country and swimming events for this week involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. Check with the host school for COVID-19 restrictions, requirements and how many fans, if any, can attend. TUESDAY, JAN. 12 SWIMMING Northwestern 3A-4A Alexander Central, S. Caldwell, Watauga at Wilkesboro YMCA, …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Northwestern Foothills 2A has 4 boys’ teams under quarantine

Published Monday, January 11th, 2021

Draughn, Patton, West Iredell stops force plenty of rescheduled games   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Several Northwestern Foothills 2A schools have revised or are in the process of revising basketball schedules due to quarantines. The conference has eight schools andfour of them – Draughn, Hibriten, Patton and West Iredell – have boys’ teams sidelined by COVID-19. Girls’ teams at Lincolnton …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: This week’s varsity schedule

Published Monday, January 11th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE   High school varsity basketball schedule for games this week involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. With COVID already causing quarantines and sidelining teams for up to 14 days, it is very important for fans considering attending games or purchasing the ability to livestream a game(s) to …

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Foard opens state playoffs at home on Tuesday

Published Monday, January 11th, 2021

Maiden, Hickory open with first-round games on the road   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport Six high school volleyball teams – four of them from Catawba County and including defending state 2A champion Fred T. Foard – will open the state playoffs on Tuesday night. In 2A, Foard is the No. 8 seed and at home against No. 9 Black Mountain …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Thursday’s varsity game summaries

Published Friday, January 8th, 2021

THURSDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASKETBALL GAME SUMMARIES Hobbs Daily Report.com 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 …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Snow disrupts Friday’s schedule

Published Friday, January 8th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE   Friday’s high school varsity basketball schedule for games involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. Games listed are from original schedules from the schools and game schedules that have been since changed may not be included. Read basic guidelines for basketball games, provided by each conference (in …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Friday’s varsity schedule (updated)

Published Thursday, January 7th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE   Friday’s high school varsity basketball schedule for games involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. Games listed are from original schedules from the schools and game schedules that have been since changed may not be included. Read basic guidelines for basketball games, provided by each conference (in …

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Final varsity regular season standings

Published Thursday, January 7th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS (Conference matches only) SOUTH FORK 2A (through Thursday, Jan. 7) a-E. Lincoln 10-1 b-Maiden 11-3 Bandys 10-3 Lake Norman Charter 9-5 N. Lincoln 5-8 Newton-Conover 3-9 W. Lincoln 2-10 Lincolnton 0-11 –does not include Thursday’s result a–No. 1 state playoff bid; b–No. 2 state playoff bid (earned by sweeping Bandys) Monday’s results Bandys 3, …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Thursday’s varsity volleyball results

Published Thursday, January 7th, 2021

Hobbs Daily Report.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS RESULTS   Results  from Thursday’s high school varsity volleyball for teams in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A: South Fork 2A E. Lincoln 3, Maiden 0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-12 N. Lincoln at Lincolnton Northwestern Foothills 2A Patton 3, E. Burke 1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-10, 25-19) W. Iredell at Bunker …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Thursday’s varsity results

Published Thursday, January 7th, 2021

THURSDAY’S VARSITY  RESULTS BASKETBALL GIRLS South Fork 2A Newton-Conover 52, Bandys 39 Others Alexander Central 59, Statesville 31 S. Caldwell 74, Hunter Huss 38 BOYS South Fork 2A Newton-Conover 58, Bandys 56, 2 OT Northwestern Foothills 2A Patton 69, W. Caldwell 68 Others Alexander Central 78, Tabernacle Christian 52 Hunter Huss 80, S. Caldwell 47  

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Varsity boxes from Wednesday, Tuesday

Published Thursday, January 7th, 2021

Hobbs Daily Report.com 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 head coaches …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Thursday’s varsity schedule

Published Thursday, January 7th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE   Thursday’s high school varsity basketball schedule for games involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. Games listed are from original schedules from the schools and game schedules that have been since changed may not be included. Read basic guidelines for basketball games, provided by each conference (in …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Wednesday’s varsity results

Published Thursday, January 7th, 2021

WEDNESDAY’S VARSITY BASKETBALL RESULTS NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A GIRLS Bunker Hill 65, E. Burke 41 Hibriten 31, Draughn 20 Patton 59, W. Iredell 41 W. Caldwell at Fred T. Foard, ppd., no date BOYS E. Burke 68, Bunker Hill 62 Hibriten 74, Draughn 40 Patton 64, W. Iredell 42 W. Caldwell 63, Fred T. Foard 42 CROSS COUNTRY South Fork 2A …

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Varsity standings through Wednesday, Jan. 6

Published Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS (Conference matches only) SOUTH FORK 2A (through Wednesday, Jan. 6) E. Lincoln 9-1 Maiden 11-2 Bandys 10-3 Lake Norman Charter 9-5 N. Lincoln 4-8 Newton-Conover 3-9 W. Lincoln 2-10 Lincolnton 0-10 Monday’s results Bandys 3, Lake Norman Charter 2 (25-22, 21-25, 31-29, 21-25, 15-9) E. Lincoln 3, N. Lincoln 0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-16) Wednesday’s …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Wednesday’s volleyball, cross country results; Tuesday’s results

Published Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

Hobbs Daily Report.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS RESULTS   Results  from Wednesday’s and Tuesday’s high school volleyball and cross country events for varsity sports teams in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A: WEDNESDAY VOLLEYBALL South Fork 2A E. Lincoln 3, Lake Norman Charter 2 Maiden 3, N. Lincoln 0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-19) Northwestern 3A-4A Alexander Central …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Tuesday’s varsity results

Published Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

TUESDAY’S VARSITY BASKETBALL RESULTS SOUTH FORK 2A GIRLS Bandys 49, Maiden 47 Lake  Norman Charter 46, E. Lincoln 39 Lincolnton at Newton-Conover, ppd., Jan. 13 N. Lincoln 48, W. Lincoln 45 BOYS E. Lincoln 53, Lake Norman Charter 51 Lincolnton 58, Newton-Conover 53 Maiden 81, Bandys 34 N. Lincoln 80, W. Lincoln 33 NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A GIRLS Freedom 58, St. Stephens 28 …

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 …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Lincolnton, W. Caldwell girls delayed by quarantines

Published Monday, January 4th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The high school basketball season opens Tuesday night with two girls’ programs already postponing games because of having to quarantine because of COVID-19. In the South Fork 2A, Lincolnton’s girls are under quarantine and playing no games through Jan. 12 while the Northwestern Foothills 2A’s West Caldwell won’t play before Jan. 14. Lincolnton won’t play any …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: This week’s varsity volleyball, cross country

Published Monday, January 4th, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS SCHEDULE HobbsDailyReport.com This week’s schedule of high school volleyball and cross country events for varsity sports teams in the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. Attendance at volleyball is limited to 25 and to 100 for cross country by instruction from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHS) and its …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: This week’s varsity schedule

Published Monday, January 4th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE   High school varsity basketball schedule for games involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A. Games listed are from original schedules from the schools and game schedules that have been since changed may not be included. Read basic guidelines for basketball games, provided by each conference (in graphic): …

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Varsity standings through Friday, Jan. 1

Published Friday, January 1st, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS (Conference matches only) SOUTH FORK 2A (through Friday, Jan. 1) E. Lincoln 7-1 Maiden 9-2 Bandys 9-3 Lake Norman Charter 9-3 N. Lincoln 5-6 Newton-Conover 3-9 W. Lincoln 3-10 Lincolnton 0-11 Tuesday’s  results At Bandys N. Lincoln d. Lincolnton Bandys 3, N. Lincoln 0 At Maiden E. Lincoln 3, Newton-Conover 0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-21) …

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Foard wins again, locks up league’s top playoff seed

Published Friday, December 25th, 2020

Tigers reach 12-0 in conference play   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Fred T. Foard High assured an opportunity to defend its state 2A volleyball title on Wednesday by locking up at least a Northwestern Foothills 2A co-title and the league’s top postseason bid. The Tigers beat second-place Patton 25-12, 25-23, 25-8 at Foard in a morning match to assure they’ll …

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: South Fork 2A revises schedule, champ based on 11 matches

Published Monday, December 21st, 2020

Each team originally had 14 league matches to play   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The South Fork 2A announced Monday it has revised the schedule for the rest of the varsity volleyball season and will determine its champion based on 11 matches. Because of COVID, the conference planned a schedule limited to 14 matches – as required by the North …

HIGH SCHOOLS: Lake Norman hands Maiden first volleyball loss of season

Published Sunday, December 20th, 2020

Blue Devils still in first place in South Fork 2A; Foard remains unbeaten in Northwestern Foothills 2A   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Lake Norman Charter High handed visiting Maiden its first varsity volleyball loss of the season on Friday night, snapping the Blue Devils’ 10-match win streak. The Knights won 26-24, 29-31, 25-19, 25-22, ending a Maiden win streak in …

BASEBALL: Zac Jarrett talks 2021 with Baysox radio crew

Published Thursday, December 17th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com Catch up on the minor league baseball career of former Hickory High star Zach Jarrett in an interview with a radio crew that follows Bowie (Md.) Baysox baseball. Jarrett will enter his fourth season in the Baltimore Orioles’ farm system after a sterling college career at Charlotte. Last season, Jarrett played for Class AA Bowie and High A Fredrick …

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A get 2 automatic playoff bids

Published Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Defending state 2A champ Foard leads field of potential postseason teams   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Six teams from the Greater Hickory area’s three conferences will earn automatic bids into the state volleyball playoffs. The top two teams in the South Fork 2A and Northwestern Foothills 2A will get into the postseason as well as the top-finishing teams in 3A …

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: East Lincoln becomes fourth South Fork 2A team to quarantine

Published Friday, December 11th, 2020

Maiden shuts out Bandys, stays atop conference standings   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com East Lincoln High became the fourth of eight schools in the South Fork 2A on Thursday to place its varsity volleyball team under quarantine. An e-mail from Butch Parker, the league’s administrator, said the Mustangs are sidelined effective Thursday. Quarantines are normally for 14 days. East Lincoln …

NCHSAA: First draft of realignment keeps 5 from South Fork 2A together

Published Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Foard, Hickory, St. Stephens all in same 3A conference   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The Greater Hickory area will have high schools playing in four conferences – an increase of one – if the first draft of statewide athletic realignment is adopted. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) staff developed the first look at leagues for the school …

NCHSAA: First draft of realignment released

Published Thursday, December 10th, 2020

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has released the first draft of proposed conferences for the school years 2021-2025. They were released by email on Thursday morning. The NCHSAA staff formed the conferences. HobbsDailyReport.com will update this story after reviewing the proposed conferences. FIRST DRAFT: FIRST-DRAFT_2021-2025_ConfAlign-12-10-20

BREAKING NEWS: East Burke volleyball under quarantine

Published Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

Cavs join Maiden, Bandys, Newton-Conover as teams impacted this season by COVID-19   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com ICARD – East Burke High’s volleyball team is under quarantine and has rescheduled four matches. The Cavs will not play Northwestern Foothills 2A matches originally scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, Dec. 15 and Dec. 17. East Burke is the fourth Greater Hickory area school …

BREAKING NEWS: Newton-Conover volleyball team under quarantine (updated)

Published Monday, December 7th, 2020

Red Devils third team in South Fork 2A to stop playing during regular season   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON – Newton-Conover High’s volleyball is the third in the South Fork 2A to be sidelined by COVID-19 this season, effective immediately. The Red Devils follow Maiden and Bandys in having to stop playing to deal with a pandemic. Newton-Conover will …

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 …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: This season last with 8 state champions

Published Friday, December 4th, 2020

Regular season in fall of 2021 will be limited to 10 games   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CHAPEL HILL – After the 2020 high school football season produces eight North Carolina champions, the state is going back to four – one in each classification. That decision was one of the highlights, by a 19-0 vote, as the North Carolina High …

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: South Fork 2A revises schedule

Published Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

Maiden, Bandys reset matches delayed by COVID-19   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The South Fork 2A revised its varsity volleyball schedule on Monday, setting up new dates for matches involving Bandys and Maiden after those teams were sidelined by COVID-19. Maiden postponed three matches, then Bandys followed with a quarantine that forced rescheduling three matches. South Fork 2A Administrator Butch …

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Bandys joins Maiden on sidelines in South Fork 2A volleyball

Published Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Trojans under quarantine, won’t play again until week of Dec. 7   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – Due to a quarantine, Bandys High will not play its two South Fork 2A varsity volleyball matches next week. A press release by the conference on Wednesday said the Trojans won’t play Tuesday’s match at West Lincoln or next Thursday’s match at …

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Lenoir-Rhyne will reschedule 4 games

Published Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Lenoir-Rhyne University has revised its men’s basketball schedule to meet minimum NCAA and SAC COVID testing and quarantining standards as outlined in the SAC Return to Play Protocol for Basketball. The Bears announced on Tuesday in a press release that they won’t play Limestone as scheduled on Tuesday nor at Newberry (S.C.) on Saturday, at Anderson (S.C.) on Dec. …

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: Volleyball schedule; first matches on Nov. 16

Published Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com The Northwestern 3A-4A has released its 2020 varsity volleyball 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 14 matches due to COVID-19. With 12 league matches, schools will have the option of adding two non-league matches. The league will not play a …

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 …

NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A: Volleyball schedule; first matches are Nov. 17

Published Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com The Northwestern Foothills 2A has released its 2020 varsity volleyball schedule with the first matches on Nov. 17. There are eight schools in the conference, same as last season, and none will play non-league matches this season because the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) is limiting teams to 14 matches due to COVID-19. Schools will play a …

NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A: Football schedules; first varsity games on Feb. 26

Published Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

HobbsDailyReport.com The Northwestern Foothills 2A has released its 2020 varsity and junior varsity football schedules. There are eight schools in the conference, same as last season, and none will play non-league games this season because 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 …

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 …

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 …

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: 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 …

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 …

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 …