JUNIOR AMERICAN LEGION SOFTBALL: Hickory on 2-game win streak as it heads to McDowell

Published Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Lail, Spake combine to no-hit Watauga during doubleheader sweep   HobbsDailyReport.com Hickory Post 48’s Junior American Legion girls’ softball team has a two-game win streak heading into Wednesday night’s games in Marion. Hickory (2-4) plays McDowell with a first-game start of 7 p.m. at The Big League Camp. Post 48 gained its first two wins of the season, improving to …

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: Asheville visits Hickory for Wednesday night game

Published Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON — Hickory Post 48 returns to action in Area IV American Legion baseball on Wednesday night, playing Asheville at 7 p.m. at the Legion Fairgrounds Field. Post 48 is 4-6 after beating Burnsville 9-5 in its most recent game. Andy Cook, Gavin Marley and Kevin Shuford each had two hits against Burnsville with Marley, Brody Scarborough and Connor …

MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE: Dads contribute to All-Star win; Jarrett hitless in Carolina League All-Star Game

Published Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

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

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Zimmerman promoted to head boys’ coach at Freedom

Published Monday, June 17th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com MORGANTON – Clint Zimmerman on Monday got the endorsement of — and an opportunity from — the man he’s worked so closely with to maintain the tradition in boys’ basketball at Freedom High. The Burke County Schools announced in a press release that Casey Rogers, Freedom’s new principal, has selected Zimmerman to replace him as head coach of the …

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Bowie moves Harvey to bullpen

Published Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Relief role could help former Bandys High star reach major leagues   HobbsDailyReport.com The role for former Bandys High star Hunter Harvey — at least for now — is pitching out of the bullpen for Class AA Bowie (Md.). A story by the Baltimore Sun (https://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bs-sp-orioles-hunter-harvey-20190614-story.html?fbclid=IwAR09FKVekSLn21H9CROrLfrICoekz_g2s4IMmnlN7uJUsbRfFLNPPzzHy3Q) details the change for Harvey, a right-hander who has been in the Baysox’s starting …

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: Hickory tops Burnsville, improves to 4-6

Published Friday, June 14th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY POST 48 SCHEDULE (Revised) May 15—Lincoln County, Won 6-5 17—at Burnsville, Lost 4-5 20—at Gastonia, Lost 0-2 22—Gastonia, Won 14-1, 5 inn. 24—Burke County, Won 6-4 25—Hendersonville, Lost 5-6 26—at Rutherford County, Lost 0-3 29—at Asheville, Lost 4-14 30—Burnsville, ppd., June 20 June 5—at Mocksville, ppd., no date 7—at Cherryville, ppd., June 23 8—at Maiden, ppd., no date …

AMERICAN LEGION JUNIOR SOFTBALL: Hickory Post 48 results, schedule, game details

Published Friday, June 14th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com CATAWBA – Hickory Post 48’s Junior American Legion softball team is off an 0-4 start after falling in a doubleheader to Wilkes County Post 31. Post 48 was scheduled to play Watauga County in a doubleheader on Thursday night at Bandys High. Highlights from Post 48 games, in order they’ve been played: Burke County 7, Hickory 2 Burke County …

MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE: Dads in second place; Deal in Florida State League All-Star Game

Published Friday, June 14th, 2019

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

SAL ALL-STAR GAME: Crawdads’ Rodriquez added to Northern Division roster

Published Friday, June 14th, 2019

Hickory has 4 players in Tuesday’s game in Charleston, W. Va.   HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Hickory starting pitcher Yerry Rodriquez has been added to the roster for the South Atlantic League (SAL) All-Star Game. Rodriquez is 5-2 with an ERA of 2.20 through nine starts, striking out 62 and walking 16 to lead the Crawdads staff in ERA and strikeouts. …

COLLEGE BASS FISHING: CVCC picks graduate to lead its first team

Published Friday, June 14th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) has turned to one of its graduates to lead its first bass fishing team. Anglea Mayo — who has been participating on the Lady Bass Anglers Association Women’s Pro Tour since 2014 — will coach CVCC’s team. “As an alumni, I am excited to be returning to CVCC as the head coach …

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: Lincoln County scores twice in eighth inning, nips Hickory

Published Friday, June 14th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com DENVER, N.C. — Lincoln County nipped visiting Hickory 6-4 on Tuesday night in American Legion Area IV West baseball, dropping Post 48 to 3-6. William Stewart led Hickory with a single and home run and Bryce Stober had a single and double. Kade Smith, Jack Colosimo, Andy Cook and Brody Scarborough each added a hit for Post 48. Hickory …

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Lenoir-Rhyne’s new head coach — ‘We want to win now’ (with video)

Published Friday, June 14th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY — Lenoir-Rhyne University’s new head baseball coach said he has a long range plan for the program but described himself as not being patient — he wants to win as soon as his first season with the Bears. Chris Ramirez was officially introduced on Thursday afternoon on campus. He is coming to LRU from the University of Illinois …

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Red Hawks’ Brennan signs to play at Winston-Salem State

Published Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Sophie Brennan, who came to Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) from Oregon to play volleyball, will continue her career at Winston-Salem State University. Brennan is the 28th volleyball player from CVCC to sign to play at a four-year institution, a press release from the CVCC athletic department said. “I’m thankful for CVCC and what they’ve prepared me …

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Catawba Valley pitcher Bender named first-team All-American

Published Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) has an All-American in baseball for the eighth straight year. The Red Hawks’ athletic department announced on Tuesday the selection of sophomore pitcher Logan Bender as a first-team pick by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). “It’s a pretty cool award to receive,” Bender said in a CVCC press release. “For …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: McDowell hires former Avery County head coach to lead program

Published Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com MARION – Darrell Brewer, who last coached football in 2015 at Avery County High, is taking over as the new head coach at McDowell High. Brewer replaces Andy Morgan, who resigned May 17 at three seasons at McDowell. The Titans went 11-24 under Morgan. He left to become an assistant coach at A.C. Reynolds. Approval of a teaching contract …

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: Maiden drops game below .500 after loss

Published Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com MAIDEN POST 240 SALAMANDERS SCHEDULE (5-6 overall, 4-4 division)  May 17—Burke County at Bandys HS, Won 6-5 19—Legion Kickoff at Mount Pleasant High, Lost 1-3, Lost 3-8 25—Huntersville at Bandys High, Won 2-0 26—at Gaston Braves (E. Gaston High), Won 7-3 28—Gaston Braves at Maiden High, Won 10-4 29—Union County at Maiden High, ppd., June 9 31—at Gastonia (Sims …

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: CVCC signs 3, including key player from South Caldwell

Published Sunday, June 9th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) has added three more softball players for its first year, including a utility player who helped South Caldwell High win a state 4A title. In press releases, the Red Hawks’ athletic department announced signing Katie Wright of South Caldwell, Haley Morrow of Asheville Roberson and Destiny Karber of Black Mountain Owen. “Katie …

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: Hickory’s game against Maiden on Saturday rained out

Published Saturday, June 8th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY POST 48 SCHEDULE (Revised) May 15—Lincoln County, Won 6-5 17—at Burnsville, Lost 4-5 20—at Gastonia, Lost 0-2 22—Gastonia, Won 14-1, 5 inn. 24—Burke County, Won 6-4 25—Hendersonville, Lost 5-6 26—at Rutherford County, Lost 0-3 29—at Asheville, Lost 4-14 30—Burnsville, ppd., June 20 June 5—at Mocksville, ppd., no date 7—at Cherryville, 7 p.m. 8—at Maiden, ppd., no date 9—at …

ALL-STATE BASEBALL: Trio of area players — 2 from Lincoln County — selected by N.C. Baseball Coaches Association

Published Saturday, June 8th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com A trio of players from the Greater Hickory area conferences – two from Lincoln County – have been named all-state by the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association (NCBCA). The 2A team includes freshman Garrett Michael of East Lincoln and junior Chris Moxley of West Lincoln, while the 3A team includes Alexander Central senior Byron Younts. Michael hit .467 for …

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL: Hickory Post 48 schedule (updated), roster

Published Thursday, June 6th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON – Hickory Post 48’s American Legion baseball game on Wednesday at Mocksville was rained out and no new date has been set. Hickory’s next game is Friday at 7 p.m. at Cherryville. Post 48 (3-5) plays Saturday against Maiden at Maiden High (7 p.m.) and on Sunday at Hendersonville (7 p.m.). HICKORY POST 48 SCHEDULE (Revised) May 15—Lincoln …

STATE 4A SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: South Caldwell wins in 8 innings, take first state title

Published Monday, June 3rd, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH – South Caldwell High’s ride home from the state 4A softball title series was much sweeter this time around. The Spartans — state runners-up a year ago — won the title this season on Sunday by rallying to force extra innings and beat Wilmington Hoggard 7-5 in eight innings at N.C. State. The victory closed a 25-5 season …

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Final 2019 season standings

Published Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STANDINGS (Final 2019) SOUTH FORK 2A                                                                               Conf.                      All                 Streak *N. Lincoln                                                     11-3       …

STATE 2A BASEBALL TITLE SERIES: N. Lincoln rallies, sweeps Randleman for first championship

Published Saturday, June 1st, 2019

Down 6-2, Knights rally for a 9-7 victory to win it all HobbsDailyReport.com GREENSBORO — North Lincoln High, down four runs heading into the fourth inning, rallied to beat Randleman 9-7 on Saturday night at UNC Greensboro and capture a state 2A baseball title, two games to none. North Lincoln — behind 6-2 — scored three runs in the top …

MINOR LEAGUES: Jarrett hits third homer of season in loss; Deal makes noon start on Thursday

Published Thursday, May 30th, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com We will update game scores, etc., for the Hickory Crawdads again this season and will also feature 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 Hickory …

SOUTH FORK 2A COURAGE AWARD: Bandys’ Wagner wins battles with leukemia to play for Trojans

Published Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Bandys High Athletic Director Brandon Harbinson presents the South Fork 2A’s Courage Award for 2019 to Ashley Wagner, who has undergone treatment for leukemia twice during her high school career. She played tennis and basketball for the Trojans and is now headed to Clemson to study veterinary medicine./SOUTH FORK 2A PHOTO Sidelined by illness as a freshman, she reaches goals …

BREAKING NEWS: Swanson will shift from coaching varsity boys at Bunker Hill to guiding girls’ team

Published Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Bears name Sadie Norris, assistant in softball, as that sport’s new leader   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com CLAREMONT – Lee Swanson is moving from varsity boys’ basketball head coach at Bunker Hill High to guiding the girls’ varsity team next season. Bunker Hill Athletic Director James Byrd confirmed by e-mail on Wednesday that Swanson — the boys’ leader for the …

BREAKING NEWS: Anderson resigns at Maiden, will coach South Caldwell boys next season (updated)

Published Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Assistant coach Justin Brittain will be interim head coach for the Blue Devils   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com MAIDEN – Danny Anderson’s pursuit of eventually reaching 800 career high school basketball wins will come back in Caldwell County. Anderson — head boys’ varsity basketball coach at Maiden for the last four seasons and former head coach (two tenures) at West …

HIBRITEN BASKETBALL CAMP: Instructors include 2 with NBA experience

Published Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

HobbsDailyReport.com LENOIR – Hibriten High’s basketball camp, scheduled June 17-20 at the school, will feature two instructors who reached the NBA. Hibriten head coach Chad Keller will provide instruction at the camp along with former Hibriten players and former NBA guard Keith “Mister” Jennings (Golden State, Denver) and Dave Hanners, currently an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans. The …

WELCOME TO OUR NEW SITE AND PARTNERSHIP WITH 1 GOAL — GIVING YOU THE BEST IN LOCAL SPORTS COVERAGE

Published Monday, May 6th, 2019

WELCOME… to CatawbaValleySports.com, powered by HobbsDailyReport.com, our new FREE local sports website that is the product of a developing merger of CatawbaValleySports.com — a website recently started by Will Hancock of Hickory — and HobbsDailyReport.com, a website developed by Chris Hobbs and his wife, Myra, of Denver, N.C., that launched on April 1, 2017. We’re joining forces today — Monday, …

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 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 …