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Lumberton's Brad Allen, according to the website footballzebras.com, will become the first rookie National Football League official in the Super Bowl era to be the lead official of a crew in his first season this fall.

Former Watauga High football coach Mike Probst was introduced as the new football coach at Wilmington-Ashley. He replaces Tom Eanes, who accepted the Patton head coaching job in late May.

The Hickory Crawdads saw their nine-game win streak and their perfect start to the second half of the season come to a end Wednesday afternoon. Kannapolis scored eight times in the fifth inning and defeated Hickory 12-3 at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team, fresh off its trip to the national title game, has been ranked third and fifth, respectively, in Lindy's and The Sporting News 2014 NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25 Polls.

The Hickory Crawdads kept their winning streak and their perfect record intact Tuesday night. The Crawdads (47-28 overall; 6-0 second half South Atlantic League) battled both the elements and the Kannapolis Intimidators at L.P. Frans Stadium.