Archive - Jan 18, 2012 - Sports Article
Catawba Countyâ€™s swim teams are preparing to compete in their respective conference meets, which start Friday in Valdese.
The Northwestern 3A/4A meet is Friday at 4 p.m. at the Valdese Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Catawba Valley 2A squads meet at the same location Saturday at 8 a.m. for their meet.
Last year, the two meets combined to crown four champions in different schools, including the East Burke and South Caldwell boys and St. Stephens and Draughn girls.
The Lady Indians will try to defend their crown, despite losing six senior swimmers to graduation.
Chris Nelson, head coach of the St. Stephens boys soccer program for two seasons, will step down Friday.
Nelson will become an athletic director in Colleton County, S.C.
He was offered the job Monday, accepted it and informed the players of his decision Tuesday.
â€śIâ€™m resigning the teaching and coaching position at the end of this semester,â€ť Nelson said in a phone interview.
The 27-year-old, who also assisted coach Chuck Davis with the girls soccer program at St. Stephens, directed the Indians to a 19-14-3 record during his coaching tenure at the school.
Fred T. Foard, St. Stephens and Newton-Conoverâ€™s wrestling teams remain among the top five teams in this weekâ€™s dual team coaches poll.
The Tigers (22-1) lost first place votes in the latest poll.
They trail Orange by 26 votes, a closer margin than the last poll Jan. 4.
St. Stephens remains in fifth place in the 3A ranks.
In 2A, Newton-Conover remains in second place, trailing Piedmont, while Bandys remains slightly outside the top five.
3A coaches poll
1. Orange (18) 220
2. Foard (5) 194
3. Robinson 132
4. SW Randolph 48
5. St. Stephens 24
Keeping pace near the top of the Northwestern conference, the St. Stephens boys basketball survived small runs by Watauga to win its fourth NWC game of the season.
â€śYou have to win conference games, especially conference games at home,â€ť said Indians coach Murphy Post. â€śWatauga is a good team. Any chance we have to win a conference game at home, thatâ€™s big for us, as far as playoff position and trying to contend to move up the ladder a little bit.â€ť
Kerigan Fairley scored 16 points and Dillion Spencer added 11 points to lead the Indians (12-6, 4-2).