Sports

Hickory High junior guard Yazmen Hannah stepped up big Saturday afternoon as the Red Tornadoes (29-0) marched their way to the Class 3A state title game by knocking off Canton-Pisgah 66-57 in the NCHSAA Class 3A Western Regional finals at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.

Appalachian State University played its best baseball of the season in all phases of the game on Saturday afternoon and swept a doubleheader from UNC Asheville, 9-2 and 7-2, at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

After a grueling season, junior Dominic Parisi (Concord, N.C./Jay M. Robinson) and redshirt-freshman Dylan Cottrell (Spencer, W.Va./Roane County) punched their ticket on Saturday for the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma by winning their respective weight classes at the 2014 Southern Conference Championships at

The Appalachian State University softball team got back to work on Saturday following Friday's rain out. And the Apps (6-12) earned a split on the day for their efforts. In game one, they lost to Jacksonville State, 5-0; they rebounded and knocked off Bryant in the nightcap, 4-1.

Lees-McRae placed four student-athletes on the Division II Indoor Track & Field Southeast All-Region squad for their outstanding performances during the season, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced.