SAWMILLS — South Caldwell found itself in unfamiliar territory early in Thursday’s second-round matchup with No. 5 Providence in the 4A softball playoffs. The Spartans quickly fell behind 2-0 but erupted for 12 runs to win 12-2 in five innings and advance to a third-round matchup with top se…

SAWMILLS — After missing the 2020 season because of COVID-19 and then sitting through two days of rainouts, South Caldwell finally got its defense of its 2019 state championship started in grand fashion with a 9-1 win over West Forsyth.

With one on in the bottom of the seventh inning of a no-score ballgame, Sydney Wike slammed a two-run walk-off home run to send top seed Hibriten past No. 16 Franklin and into the second round of the 2A softball playoffs. Undefeated West Stanly awaited the Panthers in Wednesday’s game.

The Caldwell Chamber of Commerce hosted the Fourth Annual Spring Swing Golf Tournament on April 30, and Google LNR was the title sponsor of this event. Despite the gusty winds, 23 teams showed up to enjoy a beautiful spring day of golf at Lenoir Golf Club.

The softball playoffs got off to a soggy start with Monday’s action rained out, forcing the possibility of Hibriten and South Caldwell playing three games in four days.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s softball team split its final doubleheader of the season on Saturday against Catawba Valley. The Red Hawks took a 9-2 win in Game 1, and Caldwell returned the favor with a 14-7 Game 2 victory.

Hibriten heads into the 2A softball playoffs with a perfect record after Thursday’s 10-0 six-inning win over West Iredell. The Panthers will find out later today who they’ll face in Monday’s first round after the North Carolina High School Athletic Association completes the playoff brackets.

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Hibriten won two matches in the first tri-meet of the season, defeating Draughn 66-12 and West Caldwell 66-9. Draughn took a 48-24 decision over the Warriors.

GAMEWELL — West Caldwell fell behind early and couldn’t dig its way out of the hole in its season-opening 17-0 loss to Fred T. Foard.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute split a softball doubleheader against Florence-Darlington on Tuesday.

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Summer baseball returns to downtown Lenoir’s Walker Stadium in June.

SAWMILLS — After losing 27-0 to South Caldwell on March 31, Watauga showed a different side of itself early in Monday’s matchup. The Pioneers jumped out front 2-0 in the top of the first, but Kadie Becker’s bat proved to be the difference as the Spartans took an 8-4 win in their regular-seas…

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute swept a Friday softball doubleheader against Cleveland County.

South Caldwell’s Jo-Ellen “Jade” Hutto is joined by her parents Amy and Tex Helms and South Caldwell Principal Phillip Little, assistant wrestling coach Dana Smith and head coach Dusty Smith who look on as she signs her NCAA national letter of intent committing to wrestle at St. Andrew’s Col…

South Caldwell’s Abigail Chapman (center) is joined by her sister Samantha and mother Monica, as well as Spartans swim coaches Jeremy Brooks, head coach Brent Tomberlin and Maura Schaffer-Greer as she signs her NCAA national letter of intent committing to swim for Lenoir-Rhyne University und…

Elizabeth Sherwood scored the lone goal for West Caldwell as the Warriors suffered a 4-1 loss at home to West Iredell on Thursday.

Hibriten's Jillian Jones has signed her national letter of intent to play softball next season at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory. Pictured are father Alan Jones, Jillian Jones, mother Kim Jones and brother Garrett Jones.