NASCAR’s Best Kept Secret Delivers at Sunset

Watching from his current home in Mooresville, North Carolina, 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion Cayden Lapcevich wasn’t sure what to make of the season opening doubleheader on Sunday night at Sunset Speedway. Of course, he had a personal investment in the form of his wunderkind younger brother Treyten, who arguably...
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Hough 4-star QB Tad Hudson commits to UNC

Cornelius, N.C. — When Mack Brown returned to take the head football coaching job at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2018, one of his first achievements was flipping the commitment of then-Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell from Florida State to the Tar Heels. Now, under Brown, UNC has landed its third high-profile...
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Salisbury, NCSalisbury Post

Fall sports: Official practice begins

SALISBURY — High school athletics returned on Monday with the first official practice date authorized by the NCHSAA for the traditional fall sports of football, volleyball, girls tennis, boys soccer, girls golf and girls and boys cross country. The 2020-21 athletic season didn’t end until late June, but a return...
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Lexington, NCDispatch

Get rid of the NCHSAA? Prep ADs say no way

Coaches and athletic directors often direct complaints to the North Carolina High Athletic Association. That's especially true when it comes to realignment and the state playoffs. But do they want to get rid of the NCHSAA?. Forget about it. "I fully support the NCHSAA and the membership in running high...
Chapel Hill,

Four-Star QB Commits to UNC, Becomes First in 2023 Class

While Carolina football’s 2022 recruiting class is still taking shape, head coach Mack Brown and company are wasting no time in adding to their 2023 crop. Tad Hudson, a four-star quarterback recruit from Hough High School in Cornelius, N.C., committed to Brown and the Tar Heels Sunday night via his Twitter page.
Newton, NCMorganton News Herald

KNOW YOUR CONFERENCE FOE: Champion girls hoops, boys soccer pace Red Devils

NEWTON — In each of the last two full-length NCHSAA prep girls basketball seasons, East Burke and Newton-Conover took turns ending each other’s year. In 2019, the Lady Cavaliers defended their home court for a 77-56 victory over the Lady Red Devils in the third round of the 2A state playoffs. One postseason later, Newton-Conover invaded Icard and came away with a 58-55 overtime win in the 2A West Regional final.
Hickory, NCHickory Daily Record

Crawdads crank out win over Drive; Hickory scores 12 in series finale on Sunday

The only thing constant for a minor league team is change. That has certainly been true for the Hickory Crawdads over the past week. Entering the series against the Greenville (South Carolina) Drive last week, the Crawdads hitters were the hottest team in the High-A East League in July. Injuries took away two key components of the lineup, but a series of trades by the Texas Rangers, the Crawdads major league parent club, changed a third of the lineup and added a pitcher.
Rowan County, NCSalisbury Post

American Legion softball: Rowan Juniors win state title

MARION — It was a long Sunday for Rowan County’s Junior Legion Lady softball team, but they’ll remember it for the rest of their lives. They won four games in one day, coming back through the losers bracket to win the state championship. Rowan’s Kady Collins was named tournament MVP.
Lincoln County,

Boger City 12U team state runner-up

The Boger City 12U All-Star baseball team recently finished runner-up at the North Carolina Dixie Youth State Tournament in Eden. The team went 3-2 against the tournament field of six teams, including a 10-4 win over South Stanly and a 13-10 victory against Anson County. The 2021 All-Star team achieved...
Hickory, NCMorganton News Herald

LOCAL RACING BRIEFS: Craig, Berry take wins at HMS’ Throwback 276

HICKORY — Matt Craig made it back-to-back Throwback 276 Super Late Model wins Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway, while Josh Berry returned to the winner’s circle in the Late Model Stock Car division after having won the event in 2018. Craig won the 2019 race; the CARS Tour event...
Hickory, NCMorganton News Herald

Crawdads never trail, top Drive to split series

HICKORY — The Hickory Crawdads posted a pair of early three-run innings and never trailed as they defeated the Greenville (S.C.) Drive 12-7 late Sunday afternoon at L.P. Frans Stadium. The two teams split the weeklong series with three wins each as the ’Dads (35-42 High-A East) won both contests...

Berry & Craig Split Throwback 276 Spoils

HICKORY, N.C. – Josh Berry continued a successful return to late model racing Saturday night by conquering the late model stock portion of the CARS Tour Throwback 276 at Hickory Motor Speedway. The victory for Berry comes one week after he won the Hampton Heat 100 at Langley Speedway in...
Rowan County, NCSalisbury Post

American Legion baseball: Rogers’ slam not enough

CHERRYVILLE — Logan Rogers’ opposite-field grand slam in the fourth inning lifted Rowan off the deck and back into the ballgame, but it was a temporary fix. Rowan County fell 12-5 to Fuquay-Varina in a Saturday afternoon semifinal in the American Legion State Tournament being held at Cherryville’s Fraley Field.
Salisbury, NCSalisbury Post

Swimming: Salisbury native DeSorbo coaching in Olympics

TOKYO — Alex Walsh and Kate Douglass were fast and furious finishers for medals in the 200-meter individual medley on the fifth day of swimming competition at the Tokyo Olympics. Walsh touched the wall in a PR 2:08.65 for the silver, while Douglass’ PR of 2:09.04 was good enough for...
Salisbury, NCSalisbury Post

Gotta Run: Molly Connor is glad to be back on the road

Molly Connor is one of my longest-term friends in running. She was very active in Salisbury events for many years, either racing or volunteering. Molly has been back at the races recently and here is her story. Molly said, “I started running shortly after I met my husband Bob in...
Catawba, NCSalisbury Post

Catawba athletics: Busy fall planned

SALISBURY — The first of seven Catawba College home football games — yes, seven — is set for Sept. 4 at Kirkland Field in Shuford Stadium. After the two-game mini-season last spring, that heavy home schedule, including three straight home dates right at the start, has excited a lot of football fans, a lot of Catawba fans and a lot of folks who are simply fans of life getting back to normal.
Hickory, NCHickory Daily Record

Crawdads blow 5-run lead vs. Greenville

The Hickory Crawdads built a five-run lead in the early innings of Friday night’s contest, but were unable to hold off the visiting Greenville (South Carolina) Drive. The Drive scored the game’s final six runs to earn a 9-8 victory over the Crawdads in front of 3,247 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.