Door Kicked In, Spartans Win State By Dan O’Neal

RALEIGH, NC (June 2, 2019) -- In the late 1970’s, there was a quote made by the coach of the Houston Oilers (Tennessee Titans today) Bum Phillips after losing the AFC Championship game again to the eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh…

Down to the Wire…or Fence by Dan O’Neal

MOORESVILLE, NC (May 24, 2019) -- The first eight innings of Game 3 in the Western Regional Final of the NCHSAA Class 4A Softball Championship were…scoreless. That is correct.  This is not a misprint or a typo. Usually, seven innings are…

Spartans Hoops Updates by Dan O’Neal

GRANITE FALLS, NC (February 2, 2019) -- Here's hoping all of you managed with the polar vortex our neighbors to the north sent our way. Sadly, there were those in those Midwestern states who did not, and our heartfelt prayers go up for…

Updates on South Sports Scene by Dan O’Neal

GRANITE FALLS, NC (January 29, 2019) -- First, congratulations to the South Caldwell Men's Swimming Team on winning the Northwestern 4A-3A Conference Championships held recently at the Hickory Foundation YMCA. South edged out St. Stephens…

Not Another “Basketball” Score by Dan O’Neal

HICKORY, NC (October 19, 2018) -- Make no mistake when it can be said that the South Caldwell offense functions as a two-headed monster. The translation being that these athletes are able to move the football effectively and put points up…

Patriots Rout Spartans by Dan O’Neal

MORGANTON, NC (October 12, 2018) -- It was Homecoming night at Freedom High and the home side was full of most Freedom fans decked out in their red, blue, and white, with the exception of one wearing his Duke hoodie (yes!!) and the young…

This Was Football, Not Basketball by Dan O’Neal

SAWMILLS, NC (August 31, 2018) -- One could read the final score being 70-44 and possibly ask “is it basketball season already?" The outcome of Friday's game certainly looked more like a basketball score; think Virginia and they way they…

Midsummer Musings by Dan O’Neal

GRANITE FALLS, NC (August 10, 2018) -- Confession is good for the soul, so it has been said. That being said, I take such a moment to do that; confess that I have given much thought to this feature that I intended to have completed back in…

What Really Matters by Dan O’Neal

SAWMILLS, NC (November 17, 2017)…Under normal circumstances, depending upon how you define the term, any sports team who completes a regular season with a 1-10 record is not likely to qualify for a playoff berth. With the manner in which…

Sabres End Spartans Playoff Run by Dan O’Neal

SAWMILLS, NC (November 6, 2017)…South Caldwell played their first round game tonight at Spartan Stadium after receiving a first round bye. They took on South Mecklenburg from the So Meck 7 Conference and entered the game with a 14-4-3…

Nine Turnovers Soak Spartans by Dan O’Neal

SAWMILLS, NC (November 3, 2017)...South Caldwell head coach Marc Kirkpatrick told his players recently that you can beat anybody on any given night. However, he also reminded them that the opposition can do the same to you. At the 1:49 mark…

Red Tornadoes Win on Buzzer Beater by Dan O’Neal

SAWMILLS, NC (October 20, 2017)...It is commonplace for many a basketball game to have those “buzzer beater” wins. However, these also happen occasionally in football. This was the case last Friday at Spartan Stadium as wideout Jaekwon…

Spartans Fall In Season Opener by Dan O’Neal

SAWMILLS, NC (August 25, 2017)...The 2017 Fall Sports Season makes for a new quadrennium for conferences with the state High School Athletic Association. Though there are a couple of new additions, most of the South Caldwell opponents…

Through My Lens (Not Yours) by Dan O’Neal

SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL by Dan O’Neal…As it was said on the Fox television show Glee, "that's how Sue sees it!" That being stated, whenever I write articles, columns, jibberish,etc. for the Caldwell Journal, I write from my…