The latest dual team coaches poll was released Monday, and included among the ranks are four Catawba County teams.
Newton-Conover is the highest ranked tean among those in the 2A ranks, while Foard is the top 3A team.
The Red Devils (15-0), coming off a second tournament win in a row this past weekend at North Iredell, received 166 votes, including two first-place votes.
N-C trailed only Croatan and Piedmont in the poll.
Bandys also received votes in the 2A ranks, but was just outside the top five in sixth place.
Local golfers Thomas Lilly and Tyler Lail were among the top finishers at one of the most prestigious junior golf tournaments in the state of North Carolina.
Lilly, a junior at Maiden High School, finished fourth in scoring on Sunday among a field of 57 golfers at the 22nd Charles Tilghman Junior Championships.
He completed the tournament in 18th place at 7-over-par. Among boys age 15-16, he came in eighth.
Bunker Hill senior Tyler Lail, the reigning CVAC golfer of the year, finished in a tie for 28th with two other golfers.
CHARLOTTE â€” Olindo Mare's future in Carolina may be in doubt.
Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers are considering bringing in kickers for workouts Tuesday after veteran Olindo Mare missed another big field goal in Carolina's 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
With the Panthers trailing 24-23, Mare hooked a 36-yard field goal wide left with 5:16 left in the game. Two plays later Matt Ryan connected with rookie wide receiver Julio Jones on a 75-yard touchdown pass and the Falcons went on to erase beat the Panthers after erasing a 16-point halftime deficit.
Troy Cansler wasnâ€™t going to miss the Catawba County Christmas Bureau this year for anything â€” even if that meant risking his health.
Cansler, who has volunteered at the Bureau for five years, has cancer.
â€śI had a doctor take me off chemo four weeks ago just so I could be here,â€ť Cansler said. â€śI wouldnâ€™t be here doing it if I didnâ€™t want to. I love it and I really enjoy just helping people out.â€ť
Cansler is one of the many volunteers who make the Bureau go.
The Catawba County Christmas Bureau will help thousands of area children have presents this year.
The Bureau brings together all kinds of organizations each year in an effort to provide toys, clothes and bicycles to needy families. This year, despite down donation levels, Bureau officials anticipate helping about 1,500 families.
â€śWe have a very generous community, but itâ€™s unfortunate itâ€™s not quite always enough,â€ť Salvation Army Capt. Christine Harris said Monday.
The story of Zahra Baker's death touched a father so much he decided to honor one of his daughters through a gift to a playground that will benefit all children.
Jim Shuford, president and CEO of Shurtape Technologies Inc., recently gave $25,000 to the Western Catawba County Kiwanis Club for the Zahra Baker All-Children's Playground. He made the donation in honor of his daughter, 11-year-old Josephine Baker Shuford, according to a press release from the city of Hickory.
Police are looking for thieves who stole a womanâ€™s car outside Pinocchioâ€™s Pizza in Claremont on Sunday night.
Claremont police say a man driving a 1996 Toyota Camry parked outside Pinocchioâ€™s around 7 p.m. Sunday and went inside the restaurant, leaving the car unlocked and running.
When the man exited the restaurant minutes later, the vehicle was gone.
The car, which belongs to Monique Williams, 27, of Claremont, was located Monday afternoon on Swinging Bridge Road.
A man was airlifted to the hospital Monday morning after his car collided with a tractor trailer on Thornburg Drive in Conover.
Conover Police say Caleb Clark Odell, of Maiden, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center after his Toyota pick-up crashed into a tractor trailer near the Food Lion on Thornburg Drive.
The wreck caused portions of Thornburg Drive to close in both directions temporarily. More details about the wreck were not available.
This week's local sports schedule is full of prep action on the basketball court, wrestling mat and in the swimming pool.
Tuesday, Dec. 13
Draughn at Bandys basketball
East Wilkes/St. Stephens at Bunker Hill wrestling, 5 p.m.
Bunker Hill basketball at East Burke
Fred T. Foard basketball at Watauga
Fred T. Foard wrestling at Mooresville (Mallard Creek), 4:30 p.m.
Maiden basketball at Newton-Conover
N-C wrestling vs. Ashbrook, 6 p.m.
St. Stephens basketball at Alexander Central
NWC swim meet at Hickory Y
Wednesday, Dec. 14
N-C swimming at Valdese
Holiday events continue this week in Catawba County.
They include concerts, visits with Santa, a Christmas party for cancer survivors and a large distribution of holiday items to help the needy in the Greater Hickory Metro.
The week's events also include the discussion of a new photo book on Conover and surrounding areas.
For more on upcoming events throughout the week, pick up print editions of The Observer News Enterprise at newsstands throughout the county.