By CHRIS HOBBS
HICKORY — Hickory High will play its first season on a turf field at Frank Barger Stadium in 2021.
The Red Tornadoes will make their debut under new head coach Joe Glass on Aug. 20 at Alexander Central, then play their first game on the new turf on Aug. 27 against South Caldwell.
Statewide realignment placed Hickory in a new conference, the Western Foothills 3A. Other league members are East Lincoln, Fred T. Foard, North Iredell, North Lincoln, St. Stephens, Statesville and West Iredell.
The Red Tornadoes were 0-7 last season.
Glass is replacing Russell Stone, who said he resigned after he was given an option to do so or be terminated.
Glass’ coaching history includes a stint as an assistant at Hickory. He left Lincolnton’s head-coaching position to take over at Hickory.