Archive - Dec 12, 2011 - Sports Article
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.
Monday, Dec. 12
No games scheduled
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
NWC swim meet at Lenoir
Thursday, Dec. 15
Winning the Indian Classic last weekend at St. Stephens, the Newton-Conover wrestling team kept the ball rolling this past weekend at North Iredell.
The Red Devils went undefeated at 7-0 during the two-day Raider Duals tournament, eventually ousting perennial 4A power Lake Norman, 40-27, to take the team title for the second-straight tournament.
Newton-Conover also defeated Albemarle (81-0), South Rowan (64-15), West Iredell (73-4), Statesville (56-18), Alexander Central (48-16) and North Iredell (42-23) along the way to its championship.
Fred T. Foard continued its impressive run this season on the wrestling mat, sweeping matches wrestled against five teams at the North Lincoln Duals on Saturday.
The Tigers defeated host North Lincoln, 70-3, while also beating West Rowan (65-12), Thomasville (57-16), Forestview (67-12) and East Lincoln (66-5).
Foard's next match on the mat is Tuesday during at tri-match against Mooresville and Mallard Creek at Mooresville.
CHARLOTTE â€” If only the NFL would shorten its games to 45 minutes instead of 60, the Carolina Panthers might just be in playoff contention.
Instead, they're 4-9.
In what has been an all too familiar refrain this season, the Panthers blew yet another fourth quarter lead Sunday in a 31-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers led by 16 at halftime and by 6 entering the final quarter, but their offense bogged down, and they were outscored 24-0 in the second half at home.
It's the sixth time this season the Panthers have led or been tied in the fourth quarter only to lose.