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The Wilkes County American softball team captured the Tar Heel League's girls' 10-and-under Girls Fastpitch Softball state championship Sunday at Shelby City Park.

The Hickory Crawdads built an early 4-0 lead, but couldn't hang on in a 6-5 loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers Sunday night at NewBridge Bank Park. Carlos Lopez capped off Greensboro's (66-34 overall; 21-10 second half of the South Atlantic League season) huge comeback with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth. Sunday's disappointing loss drops Hickory (57-43; 16-15) five games behind

In its inaugural Sun Belt Conference and NCAA Division I FBS campaign, Appalachian State University football has been picked to finish seventh in the 2014 Sun Belt preseason coaches’ poll, the league

The woes continued for the Hickory Crawdads Saturday night. The Crawdads (57-42 overall; 16-14, second half of the South Atlantic League season) pounded out nine hits---all singles---in a 6-1 loss to

After tying for the regular season championship last year, UL Lafayette and Arkansas State have been picked to finish first and second in the 2014 Sun Belt Football Preseason Coaches’ Poll.