Spartans Roll in Curtain Raiser by Dan O’Neal

SAWMILLS, NC (August 23, 2019) -- Recently, South Caldwell Faculty member and Swimming Coach Brent Tomberlin penned an impressive article concerning the start of the 2019-2020 school year in the Hickory newspaper. Tomberlin referred to the…

South Caldwell Fall Sports by Dan O’Neal

HUDSON, NC (August 21, 2019) -- What has become typical in the high school sports culture is the way teams begin play before the school calendar year even starts. Back in the days of when I was in high school now over forty years ago, this…

Midsummer Mundane Musings by Dan O’Neal

GRANITE FALLS, NC (August 6, 2019) -- Writers bloc has officially concluded. With that, while it has been two months since the South Caldwell Softball fortress won their first ever state championship, one has to believe these young ladies…

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…