HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Tuesday through Friday events

Published Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE   A schedule of  events on Tuesday through Friday involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A as compiled from master schedules provided by conference officials. Game times are listed, if available, and changes to schedules – including postponed events or schools trading home dates or moving events up – may …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS GOLF: Warriors’ Ford wins individual title, Lake Norman Charter repeats as 2A champ

Published Monday, May 10th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com West Caldwell High’s Lexton Ford won an individual title and Lake Norman Charter repeated as team champion on Monday at the state 2A boys’ golf tournament on Monday. Ford had three straight birdies to start the back nine and closed with a 3-under 33 on the back nine and 2-under par 70 to win the 2A …

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Jarrett’s game on Sunday rained out

Published Monday, May 10th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Zach Jarrett’s game on Sunday — Bowie (Md.) at Altoona (Pa.) — was rained out. Bowie (3-2) and Jarrett are off on Monday then begin the first homestand of the season, facing Reading (Pa.) on Tuesday night. Jarrett, a prep star at Hickory High who played college baseball at Charlotte, is hitting .188 this season. He …

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Crawdads fall in Greensboro, are 3-3 as they head home

Published Sunday, May 9th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY CRAWDADS   Sunday’s result at Greensboro: Greensboro 7, Hickory 1 Current record: 3-3, share fourth place with Greensboro in High-A East South Division, half-game back of third-place Asheville, one game back of Bowling Green (Ky.) and Rome (Ga.), who share first place Next game: Tuesday, home vs. Winston-Salem, 7 p.m. Home series, L.P. Frans Stadium (2500 Clement Blvd …

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: St. Stephens off to red-hot start in Northwestern 3A-4A

Published Sunday, May 9th, 2021

After win at South Caldwell, new Indians head coach excited about team’s potential   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Jimmy Bowman is in his first season as head varsity baseball coach at St. Stephens High, and he’s already sensing this could be a special season. After a nine-inning, 3-2 victory on Thursday night at league power South Caldwell, the …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Reidsville (2A), Vance (4AA) take state football titles

Published Saturday, May 8th, 2021

Rams outscored opponents 183-49 en route to another championship   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Closing  a run of state varsity high school football title games on Saturday, Reidsville captured a 2A title and Vance came home with a 4AA title. Reidsville, the top-seeded team in 2A from the East, topped West No. 2 seed Mountain Heritage 35-6 in a late …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Murphy (1A), Tarboro (1AA) collect state title trophies

Published Saturday, May 8th, 2021

Ex-Bandys head coach Trent Lowman gets E. Surry to title game for third straight year   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Murphy and Tarboro won state varsity high school football championships on Saturday. Murphy, the West No. 4 seed, nipped East No. 5 Northside-Pinetown 14-7 at N.C. State to finish 10-1 and win a state title for the 10th time. Nine …

FRIDAY’S PREP ROUNDUP: Spartans hit 6 home runs, advance to West 4A softball title series (updated)

Published Saturday, May 8th, 2021

East. Lincoln reaches West 2A series, Alex Central a victory away in West 3A   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com South Caldwell High blasted six home runs on Friday night – two by senior Addison Blair – to roll into the West 4A title series in softball with a 16-0 victory over Hickory Ridge on the road. The fourth-seeded Spartans (15-1) …

CRAWDADS: Win at Greensboro on Friday, even record at 2-2

Published Friday, May 7th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY CRAWDADS   Friday’s result at Greensboro: Hickory 8, Greensboro 4 Current record: 2-2, tied for fourth place with Greensboro in High-A East South, 2 games back of Bowling Green (Ky.) Next game: Saturday, 6:30 p.m., at Greensboro Next home game, L.P. Frans Stadium (2500 Clement Blvd NW): Tuesday, May 11, vs. Winston-Salem Dash, 7 p.m. (Magnet schedule giveaway, …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Catholic (3A), Grimsley (4A) capture state titles (summaries)

Published Friday, May 7th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Charlotte Catholic and Greensboro Grimsley captured state varsity football championships on Friday night. Catholic, the West No. 4 seed, edged East No. 3 Havelock 14-7 for a state 3A title at N.C. State. Grimsley, the West 4A champ, won a battle of top seeds, winning 28-8 over Cardinal Gibbons at North Carolina. Catholic finished 9-1 with …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: State title game scores, pairings

Published Friday, May 7th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com STATEWIDE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS (State championship results; results from first three rounds) STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS, SCHEDULE (Games at UNC and N.C. State) 1A (Saturday at N.C. State, noon)  No. 5 Northside-Pinetown (8-2) vs. No. 4 Murphy (9-1) 1AA (Saturday at UNC, noon) No. 1 Tarboro (8-0) vs. No. 2 E. Surry (9-1) 2A (Saturday at UNC, 5 p.m.)  No. …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Friday’s results

Published Friday, May 7th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S RESULTS BASEBALL South Fork 2A Bandys 9, Newton-Conover 4 Lincolnton at E. Lincoln Maiden 1, W. Lincoln 0 N. Lincoln 5, Lake Norman Charter 1 Northwestern 3A-4A Freedom at Watauga Hickory 8, Alexander Central 7, 8 inn. SOFTBALL State playoffs, second round 3A Alexander Central 3, Carson 0 State playoffs, third round 2A E. Lincoln 6, N. Davidson …

CRAWDADS: Drop to 1-2 after 1-run loss at Greensboro

Published Friday, May 7th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY CRAWDADS   Thursday’s result at Greensboro: Greensboro 8, Hickory 7 Current record: 1-2 Next game: Friday, 6:30 p.m., at Greensboro Next home game, L.P. Frans Stadium (2500 Clement Blvd NW): Tuesday, May 11, vs. Winston-Salem Dash, 7 p.m. (Magnet schedule giveaway, all fans upon exit). THURSDAY’S BOXSCORE: https://www.milb.com/gameday/crawdads-vs-grasshoppers/2021/05/06/643622#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=643622 CURRENT HIGH-A EAST STANDINGS: https://www.milb.com/standings  CRAWDADS 2021 SCHEDULE: https://www.milb.com/hickory/schedule/2021-05 TICKETS: …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Salisbury (2AA), Mount Tabor (3AA) win state titles (summaries)

Published Thursday, May 6th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Salisbury and Mount Tabor won state varsity football championships on Thursday night. Salisbury, the No. 7 seed from the West, defeated East No. 2 seed St. Pauls 42-14 at N.C. State for a 2AA title. The Hornets finished a COVID-shortened season at 9-2, and St. Pauls finished 8-1. Salisbury won 52-12 at Maiden in the first …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Friday’s events

Published Thursday, May 6th, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS SCHEDULE   A schedule of Friday’s events involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A as compiled from master schedules provided by conference officials. Game times are listed, if available, and changes to schedules – including postponed events or schools trading home dates or moving events up – may not be included. …

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Deal goes 5 innings, takes loss in Double-A debut

Published Thursday, May 6th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com PEARL, Mississippi — Former Bandys High lefty Hayden Deal pitched five innings and took a loss on Wednesday night in his Double-A debt for the Mississippi Braves. Deal, who pitched in college at Presbyterian, S.C., gave up two runs (one earned) as the Braves fell 2-1 to visiting Pensacola (Fla.) in a Double-A South game. He …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Spartans’ Kirkpatrick already has retirement plans

Published Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Spending time with mom and dad, playing golf and grilling out top list   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HUDSON — Marc Kirkpatrick hopes he’ll handle the decision he made last Thursday — to no longer be South Caldwell High’s head football coach  — very well when the next season rolls around. “I guess I’ll play golf and try to get …

BREAKING NEWS: Maiden High girls’ basketball head coach steps down (second update)

Published Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Frank Snider, head coach in 3 sports and in 748 games for Blue Devils, is retiring   Editor’s note: Updates to this story include changes to some of Snider’s basketball records listed in an earlier posted story. All records information in this story is copyrighted and can’t be republished or broadcast without crediting HobbsDailyReport.com. By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com MAIDEN – …

NFL: Farley tells Nashville media he’s ready to get back on field

Published Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

Former Maiden High star visits Nashville,  gets first look at stadium he’ll play in   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Caleb Farley, whose path to the NFL started at Maiden High, says he’s ready to get back on a football field and will be ready when camps begin. Farley, a defensive back who opted out of playing last season at Virginia …

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Unbeaten Hibriten seeded No. 1 in West 2A playoffs

Published Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

E. Lincoln, Alex Central, S. Caldwell also earn first-round home games   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Six teams from the Greater Hickory area’s three conferences begin pursuit of a state softball championship on Monday. There are five rounds in the postseason with three playing dates this week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Four of the area teams are in the …

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER: Friday’s results, current standings

Published Saturday, May 1st, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER STANDINGS (Conference games only through April 30) SOUTH FORK 2A a-Lake Norman Charter 14-0-0 b-E. Lincoln 11-3-0 Maiden 8-5-1 Newton-Conover 7-7-0 N. Lincoln 5-6-1 Lincolnton 4-9-0 Bandys 3-8-0 W. Lincoln 0-14-0 a—clinched conference championship, No. 1 state playoff bid; b–clinched No. 2 state playoff bid Monday’s results E. Lincoln 8, W. Lincoln 0 Lake …

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Friday’s results, final regular season standings

Published Saturday, May 1st, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SOFTBALL STANDINGS (Conference games only through April 30) SOUTH FORK 2A (Final regular season) a-E. Lincoln 13-1 b-Bandys 10-4 Newton-Conover 9-5 N. Lincoln 9-5 W. Lincoln 7-7 Maiden 6-8 Lake Norman Charter 2-12 Lincolnton 0-14 a-league champion, earns No. 1 state 2A playoff bid; b–earns league’s No. 2 automatic state playoff bid. Monday’s results Newton-Conover 5, …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Friday’s results

Published Saturday, May 1st, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S RESULTS BASEBALL South Fork 2A Lincolnton 12, Newton-Conover 3 Maiden 5, Bandys 4, 8 inn. N. Lincoln 7, W. Lincoln 0 Northwestern 3A-4A Hickory 13, Statesville 0 (non-conference) McDowell 4, Alexander Central 1 St. Stephens 11, Watauga 1, 5 inn. S. Caldwell 18, Freedom 7 SOFTBALL South Fork 2A Bandys 5, Maiden 1 Newton-Conover 14, Lincolnton 0, 5 …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Friday’s events

Published Friday, April 30th, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS SCHEDULE A schedule of Friday’s events involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A as compiled from master schedules provided by conference officials. Game times are listed, if available, and changes to schedules – including postponed events or schools trading home dates or moving events up – may not be included. For …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Kirkpatrick won’t return as head coach at South Caldwell

Published Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Former Spartans starting QB has decided to retire after 4 seasons, 3 postseason bids   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HUDSON – South Caldwell High’s Marc Kirkpatrick, a former starting quarterback at his alma mater, is retiring as Spartans head football coach. Kirkpatrick, the seventh head football coach in school history, is exiting after four seasons with an 11-30 record and …

NCHSAA will pay catastrophic insurance premiums for member schools

Published Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Board of directors also votes to stop endowment games   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com RALEIGH – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) board of directors has voted to pay catastrophic insurance premiums for all of it members. That decision highlighted the spring meeting of the board of directors, who voted on several changes on Wednesday. The moves were …

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: LN Charter (14-0-0) wins South Fork 2A girls’ soccer title

Published Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Foard trio combines on no-hit baseball victory over West Caldwell   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Celebrating Senior Night with all of its goals scored by its seven seniors, Lake Norman Charter wrapped up a South Fork 2A girls’ soccer unbeaten record on Wednesday night. The Knights won 9-0 over visiting West Lincoln to go 14-0-0 in the league and finish …

NFL DRAFT: Report says Maiden’s Farley won’t be in Cleveland

Published Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

His agent says he’s tested positive for COVID, will be home during the big night   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com A report says former Maiden High football star Caleb Farley, a projected first-round pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft in Cleveland, will not be able to attend after testing positive for COVID-19. Farley, a cornerback who sat our last season at …

BREAKING NEWS: Hickory head football coach Stone resigns (updated)

Published Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

He guided Red Tornadoes to 15 wins in four seasons, has 277 victories in 40-year career   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Russell Stone will not return for a fifth season as head football coach at Hickory High. Stone’s Red Tornadoes team went 0-7 in a COVID-shortened spring season, bringing his record at HHS to 15-27. The coaching change …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday events

Published Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS SCHEDULE A schedule of this week’s events involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A as compiled from master schedules provided by conference officials. Game times are listed, if available, and changes to schedules – including postponed events or schools trading home dates or moving events up – may not be …

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 …

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Last year’s standings, tidbits as 2021 begins

Published Sunday, April 25th, 2021

  Northwestern 3A-4A has trio of head coaches with 400 or more career wins   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASEBALL Note: COVID-19 eventually forced the 2020 season to be stopped and there were no state playoffs. SOUTH FORK 2A                                     …

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Northwestern 3A-4A schedule

Published Sunday, April 25th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com Note: Contact the home school to confirm exact first-pitch times and game sites. These playing dates are from original schedules provided by the conferences and are subject to change because of weather and/or decisions by individual schools to trade home dates or move playing dates… those changes may not be included and will be updated if and when provided …

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Northwestern Foothills 2A schedule

Published Sunday, April 25th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com Note: Contact the home school to confirm exact first-pitch times and game sites. These playing dates are from original schedules provided by the conferences and are subject to change because of weather and/or decisions by individual schools to trade home dates or move playing dates… those changes may not be included and will be updated if and when provided …

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: South Fork 2A schedule

Published Sunday, April 25th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com Note: Contact the home school to confirm exact first-pitch times and game sites. These playing dates are from original schedules provided by the conferences and are subject to change because of weather and/or decisions by individual schools to trade home dates or move playing dates… those changes may not be included and will be updated if and when provided …

HIGH SCHOOLS: Area’s new 3A league will be called Western Foothills Athletic Conference

Published Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com A new eight-team 3A high school conference that begins play in August will be named the Western Foothills Athletic Conference. Conference officials announced the name selection earlier this month. The league, formed by statewide realignment, will consist of East Lincoln, Fred T. Foard, Hickory, North Iredell, North Lincoln, St. Stephens, Statesville and West Iredell. East Lincoln …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Red Devils promote Wilson to head coach

Published Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Foard graduate has been assistant at N-C, head JV coach for 6 years   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON – Nicholas Wilson, an assistant coach on varsity boys’ basketball teams at Newton-Conover High that won 54 games over six seasons and also head junior varsity coach, has been promoted. In a press release on Tuesday, the Newton-Conover City Schools (N-CCS) …

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 …

ALL-NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A: Indians’ McLauchlin named top player, Spartans’ Kirkpatrick earns Coach of the Year

Published Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

Cougars’ Craig shares Player of Year with South Caldwell’s Raynor   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Four seniors and a junior led voting for the top awards in Northwestern 3A-4A football for spring varsity football. Conference head coaches voted for: — Zak McLauchlin, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound senior running back for St. Stephens who led the league is rushing, as Offensive Player …

ALL-SOUTH FORK 2A FOOTBALL: Rebels’ QB, head coach win awards

Published Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

N-C’s Shade named tops on offense, East Lincoln’s Cutter leads defensive picks   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com West Lincoln High has earned two of the South Fork 2A’s top awards in football. In voting by conference head coaches, Mason Huitt of the Rebels was named Specialist of the Year and his head coach, Darren Ponder, was voted the top coach. …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Tuesday through Friday events

Published Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE   A schedule of events from  Tuesday through Friday involving teams from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A and Northwestern 3A-4A as compiled from master schedules provided by conference officials. Game times are listed, if available, and changes to schedules – including postponed events or schools trading home dates or moving events up – may …

SOUTH FORK 2A: Maiden stars rank 1-2 in conference receiving

Published Sunday, April 18th, 2021

SOUTH FORK 2A FOOTBALL LEADERS (Unofficial, through end of regular season games) Note: The leaders are developed from game-by-game statistics provided by schools in the conference and by other media who cover the eight-team conference, as part of a cooperative effort that allows HobbsDailyReport.com to compile them. The leaders are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com — for use in either print and …

NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A: Cavs have 3 of top 10 rushers, including champ

Published Sunday, April 18th, 2021

NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A LEADERS (Unofficial, through end of regular season games) Note: The leaders are developed from game-by-game statistics provided by schools in the conference and by other media who cover the eight-team conference, as part of a cooperative effort that allows HobbsDailyReport.com to compile them. The leaders are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com for use in either print and broadcast media …

NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A: Indians’ McLauchlin leading rusher in conference

Published Friday, April 16th, 2021

NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A LEADERS (Unofficial, through end of regular season games) Note: The leaders are developed from game-by-game statistics provided by schools in the conference and by other media who cover the seven-team conference, as part of a cooperative effort that allows HobbsDailyReport.com to compile them. The leaders are copyrighted by HobbsDailyReport.com for use in either print and broadcast media without …

BREAKING NEWS: Hicks resigns after 8 years as head football coach at St. Stephens

Published Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Former Lenoir-Rhyne University boss ends 34-year career of coaching football   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Wayne Hicks has resigned as head football coach at St. Stephens High after eight seasons, school officials announced on Thursday. A press release from athletic director Billy Baker said Hicks is ending a 34-year career of coaching football. Hicks came to St. Stephens …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Towson State promotes ex-Bandys star Harper

Published Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

He’ll lead passing game at Towson State, continue to coach team’s wide receivers   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com TOWSON, Md. — Justin Harper is moving up in college football and in responsibility as an assistant coach at Towson State. The school has announced Harper — a former wide receiver at Bandys High who starred at Virginia Tech and played in …

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 2 million page views since that opening day. We …

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 …

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Orioles place Harvey on 60-day disabled list

Published Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Former Bandys High pitching star Hunter Harvey will start the major league baseball season with the Baltimore Orioles on the 60-day disabled list. Harvey, expected to be Baltimore’s closer, has an oblique strain (read more via the link below on MORE ON THE INJURY II). His injury opened a roster spot now filled by Maikel Franco, …

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 …

BREAKING NEWS: N-C girls’ head coach retires from administrative position

Published Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Whether she will coach basketball again yet to be clarified   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com NEWTON – Sylvia White — whose third tenure as head girls’ basketball coach at Newton-Conover High ended on Thursday night — retired from her administrative position with the Newton-Conover City Schools on Friday. White exits her position as Executive Director of Operations, and the school …

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 …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Varsity standings through Friday, Feb. 12

Published Saturday, February 13th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (through  Friday, Feb. 12) Note: South Fork 2A and Northwestern Foothills 2A teams can play only 14-game schedules, which allowed no non-league games, while Northwestern 3A-4A teams have two available playing dates for non-league opponents. Playing dates are listed but fans should call the home school for specifics of scheduling from now to …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Friday’s varsity results

Published Saturday, February 13th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com FRIDAY’S VARSITY RESULTS BASKETBALL GIRLS South Fork 2A Bandys 50, W. Lincoln 38 E. Lincoln 69, Maiden 53 Lake Norman Charter 44, Lincolnton 34 Newton-Conover 62, N. Lincoln 30 Northwestern Foothills 2A Draughn 66, W. Iredell 54 Northwestern 3A-4A Freedom 68, Alexander Central 51 S. Caldwell 41, McDowell 24 Others N. Rowan at St. Stephens, cancelled BOYS South Fork …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Varsity standings through Thursday, Feb. 11

Published Thursday, February 11th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (through  Thursday, Feb. 11) Note: South Fork 2A and Northwestern Foothills 2A teams can play only 14-game schedules, which allowed no non-league games, while Northwestern 3A-4A teams have two available playing dates for non-league opponents. Playing dates are listed but fans should call the home school for specifics of scheduling from now to …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Friday’s varsity events

Published Thursday, February 11th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS SCHEDULE   Friday’s high school varsity schedule for 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 the …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Thursday’s varsity results

Published Thursday, February 11th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com THURSDAY’S VARSITY RESULTS BASKETBALL GIRLS Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill 62, Draughn 49 Fred T. Foard 58, Hibriten 46 Patton 51, E. Burke 38 Northwestern 3A-4A Hickory 63, St. Stephens 37 BOYS Northwestern Foothills 2A Draughn 79, Bunker Hill 75 Patton 85, Fred T. Foard 45 W. Caldwell 71, W. Iredell 45 GIRLS LACROSSE Lake Norman Charter 13, Pine …

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Varsity standings through Wednesday, Feb. 10

Published Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS (through  Wednesday, Feb. 10) Note: South Fork 2A and Northwestern Foothills 2A teams can play only 14-game schedules, which allowed no non-league games, while Northwestern 3A-4A teams have two available playing dates for non-league opponents. Playing dates are listed but fans should call the home school for specifics of scheduling from now to …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Wednesday’s varsity results

Published Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com WEDNESDAY’S VARSITY RESULTS BASKETBALL GIRLS Northwestern 3A-4A Freedom 53, Watauga 32 Hickory 60, Alexander Central 53 BOYS South Fork 2A N. Lincoln 77, Lincolnton 52 Northwestern 3A-4A Hickory 68, Alexander Central 58 BOYS SOCCER South Fork 2A Bandys 3, Lake Norman Charter 2 Lincolnton 0, N. Lincoln 0, tie Newton-Conover 8, Maiden 0 Northwestern Foothills 2A Bunker Hill 9, …

NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A: Basketball schedule revamped for remaining regular season games

Published Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDaily Report.com The Northwestern Foothhills 2A schools met on Wednesday and developed a schedule for  the basketball games it feels it can get played by Feb. 19, the final night of the regular season. The hardest hit by COVID-19 of the three local conferences, the Northwestern Foothills opened the season on Jan. 6 with all eight schools …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Haywood County officials consider defying 100-fan limit for games

Published Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

School system has sent NCHSAA a letter, will then decide next move By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The Haywood County Board of Education is looking at its options regarding a limit of 100 fans at high school football games this season. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has ruled only 100 fans — from the home school — can …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: Andrews hits 15 shots in win over N. Lincoln

Published Monday, February 8th, 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 …

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE: This week’s varsity events

Published Sunday, February 7th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY SPORTS SCHEDULE   High school varsity schedule for events 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 call …

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Friday, Saturday varsity results

Published Saturday, February 6th, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com VARSITY RESULTS SATURDAY BASKETBALL GIRLS Northwestern Foothills 2A Draughn 60, Hibriten 50 BOYS Northwestern Foothills 2A Draughn 64, Fred T. Foard 61 Northwestern 3A-4A McDowell 71, Freedom 68 S. Caldwell 47, Alexander Central 31 FRIDAY BASKETBALL GIRLS South Fork 2A Bandys 61, Lincolnton 30 E. Lincoln 51, N. Lincoln 27 Maiden 59, Lake Norman Charter 44 Newton-Conover 64, W. …

REALIGNMENT: For local schools, third draft same as second

Published Thursday, February 4th, 2021

Bandys, Bunker Hill will go back into the same league in August   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The third draft of statewide realignment for high schools, released Thursday, did not change anything from the second draft for schools now playing in Greater Hickory area conferences. Final appeals are due to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) by Feb. …

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Foard’s Thao, Lombardi win top 2A state awards

Published Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com The top two awards in 2A volleyball, as chosen by the North Carolina Volleyball Coaches Association (NCVBCA), are headed to Fred T. Foard High. The coaching association has announced its 2A player of the year in the state is Foard senior Michelle Thao, MVP for the second straight season as the Tigers repeated as state 2A …

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SUMMARIES: Seagle scores 39 as North Lincoln boys win

Published Wednesday, February 3rd, 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 …

LENOIR-RHYNE FOOTBALL: Bears sign 26 but none from local conferences

Published Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY — Lenoir-Rhyne University announced its class of 2021 football recruits on Wednesday. The Bears signed 26 players but none of the players are from the South Fork 2A, Northwestern Foothills 2A or Northwestern 3A-4A, the three conferences in the Greater Hickory area. LRU currently has a four-game schedule for this season, starting with a March 12 afternoon game …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …