Archive - Dec 2011 - Sports Article
CHARLOTTE â€” The Charlotte Bobcats signed power forward/center Melvin Ely to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract Wednesday giving them a veteran presence in the middle.
The move comes one day after they lost free agent center Kwame Brown to the Warriors.
An eight-year NBA veteran, Ely has played in 373 games for the Clippers, Bobcats, Spurs, Hornets and Nuggets. He holds career averages of 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds, while shooting .460 from the field. Last season, Ely averaged 2.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.2 minutes in 30 games played for the Nuggets.
Leading 30-23 at the half, the Newton-Conover boys basketball team scored 14 straight points to open the second half, which helped them pull away for the 54-39 victory in Tuesdayâ€™s conference opener against Maiden.
Kevin Halloway scored 13 points for the Red Devils (4-2, 1-0), while Thomas Corpening, Kevin Cline and Joshuwell McCombs each scored eight points.
Maiden (3-3, 0-1) was led by Jalen Gibbs with 12 points and Jason Gantt with eight points.
Newton-Conover 68, Maiden 29
The St. Stephens wrestling team improved to 12-4 on the season, sweeping a tri-match between Bunker Hill (6-5) and East Wilkes.
The Indians earned four pins against the Bears, including Justin Kidd at 120 pounds, Hunter Schronce at 132 pounds, Ian Martin at 145 pounds and Matt Baker at 220 pounds.
Both St. Stephens and Bunker Hill earned wins over East Wilkes, who did not show up and forfeited its matches.
Bunker Hill competes again this weekend at the Pirate Invitational at Porter Ridge High School, while St. Stephens travels to West Lincoln.
CHARLOTTE â€” The Charlotte Bobcats are gearing up for some small ball.
Starting center Kwame Brown agreed to a one-year contract worth $7 million with Golden State on Tuesday, leaving the Bobcats with one of the shortest starting lineups in the NBA.
The Bobcats planned to run quite a bit this season anyway, but now it will be imperative to play an up-tempo game.
"When you're so small you don't want to play half court with guys," said point guard D.J. Augustin. "You want to run and play transition and get some easy points off fast breaks."
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.