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Lady Red Devils thrive despite their numbers

January 23, 2012

Numbers tell the story. None rings truer than the girls basketball team at Newton-Conover.

The squad features eight players, sometimes seven given injuries.
Ike Williams, first-year coach for the Lady Red Devils, said he’s used the hurdle as a motivator.

“I call them the ‘Crazy Eight,’” Williams said. “They are on their way to becoming the ‘Great Eight.’”

The encouragement by their new coach is working.

The Lady Red Devils (15-3, 7-1) are in second place in the Catawba Valley 2A heading into Tuesday’s pivotal home contest against the Lady Trojans of Bandys (17-0, 8-0).

Newton replaces Manning on Pro Bowl roster

January 23, 2012

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is headed to Hawaii.

The Carolina signal caller, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2011 draft, was added to the NFC Pro Bowl squad Monday in place of New York’s Eli Manning.

Manning and the Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship to advance to Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis, meaning Manning had to withdraw from the annual all-star game.

ASU's Brian Quick selected to Senior Bowl

January 23, 2012

Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick was chosen to represent the Mountaineers in the 2012 Senior Bowl.

The game, which is scheduled to take place on Jan. 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., features some of the country’s top senior athletes and potential NFL prospects.

Quick is the second ASU player to play in the game, joining wideout Dexter Jackson, who played in the game back in 2007.

The 6-foot-5-inch Quick leads the program all-time in receiving yards (3,418), receptions (202) and touchdown catches (31).

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

January 23, 2012

Donald Grey Wooten, 76, of Vale, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 at his residence.  The Wooten family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.

Joel Dean Bishop, 58, of Newton, died after a lengthy illness Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at his residence.  The Bishop family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Newton.

Teens hold court

January 23, 2012

On appearance, it looks and sounds like real court.


There’s a judge, a jury, defendants and attorneys.

There’s even a sworn Newton police officer who serves as the court’s “bailiff.”

However, when the “charges” are discussed and the verdict is read, it’s clear this isn’t exactly a court room.

“The jury thinks the defendant should do one day of silent lunch and write their teacher an apology letter,” read Austin Drum, a sixth-grade student at Newton-Conover Middle School and the lead juror at the school’s Teen Court recently.


Thieves hit Newton vehicles

January 23, 2012

Police are reminding residents to lock their cars after thieves targeted nine different vehicles in Newton over the weekend.


The break-ins all occurred overnight Jan. 20 in the northern part of the city, and Newton Police believe the incidents are related.


No arrests have been made.

Three break-ins occurred at 415 W. 20th St. in Newton.

Break-ins also occurred at:
* 529 W. 15th St.
* 812 Westbrook Drive

* 822 Westbrook Drive

* 304 W. 18th Drive
* 220 W. 18th Drive
* 2034 N. Drum Ave.
* 415 W. 20th St.

Catawba County sports this week

January 23, 2012

Tuesday, Jan. 24
Bandys basketball at Newton-Conover
South Iredell at Bunker Hill wrestling, 7 p.m.
Bunker Hill basketball at South Iredell
Fred T. Foard basketball at Alexander Central
Maiden basketball at West Caldwell
West Caldwell/Lincolnton at Maiden wrestling, 5 p.m.
St. Stephens basketball at South Caldwell

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Alexander Central at Fred T. Foard wrestling (Senior Night)
Last Chance swim meet
Tusculum at L-R basketball (women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.)

Thursday, Jan. 26
No games schedule

Nets upend Bobcats 97-87

January 23, 2012

NEWARK, N.J.— Deron Williams came close to a triple double on Sunday night.

He had 19 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 97-87 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Williams' near triple double would have been the first of the season for the Nets, who improved to 5-12 on the season.

"It was close. I've been close a number of times," Williams said. "It will happen someday."

MarShon Brooks added 20 points for the Nets, while Anthony Morrow added 19 points.

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