Sports

A move that was decades in the making came to fruition on Tuesday morning when Appalachian State University officially became a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

Well, it didn't really take long for Freedom High to find a new football coach. Afterall, the Patriots have a strong tradition, and they've won 43 games, which includes four consecutive 10-win seasons, in the last four years.

The Freedom High girls' basketball team captured the silver medal at the North Carolina Powerade State Games in Charlotte, N.C., in the High School Girls' Basketball Showcase.

The Hickory Crawdads returned to L.P. Frans Stadium for their first home stand of the 2nd half this week and continued their torrid pace through the month of June with five wins through the first seven games. The 'Dads have thus far posted a 23-3 record this month, already a franchise record with one game remaining.

Remember that old cliche', "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Well, Ronald Guzman of the Hickory Crawdads did just that. And he tried, and tried, and tried before all that effort finally paid off.