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The photographs taken immediately after the finish of the Criterium du Dauphine in the French Alps don't betray whether Andrew Talansky is agonized

It was a forgotten weekend for the Hickory Crawdads. One of the hottest teams in minor league baseball in recent weeks, the Crawdads (54-33 ovearll; 13-5 second half of the South Atlantic League) hit a snap as they were swept in a three-game series by the Savannah Sand Gnats in a battle of first-place teams in the SAL.

The Hickory Crawdads found themselves in a late inning situation with a chance to take the lead vs. the Savannah Sand Gnats for the second straight night Saturday, but for the second straight night the 'Dads came up just short resulting in a 2-1 loss to the 'Gnats at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Western North Carolina will be well represented at Major League Baseball's Annual All-Star Game next Tuesday, July 15, at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN. Greg Holland, who played at McDowell High School, and Madison Bumgarner, who played at South Caldwell, were selected to their second all-star game Sunday. Holland,

Maxpreps.com has named Alexander Central High softball coach Monte Sherrill the National Coach of the Year. Sherrill led the Cougars and a 35-0 record and the Class 4A state championship this past season.