Archive - Jan 2012 - Sports Article
CHARLOTTE â With Charlotte mired in a six-game losing streak, coach Paul Silas was desperate for a spark.
He found one in rookie Kemba Walker.
Walker scored a career-high 23 points in his first NBA start to lift the Bobcats to a 112-100 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
Silas benched veteran Boris Diaw, saying he wanted to see a different look with a smaller lineup. Diaw, who had started a franchise-record 235 straight games, had scored just three points in the last two games and had drawn criticism recently from Silas for his inconsistent play.
Tied 25-25, a prep wrestling match between Maiden and Bunker Hill high schools came down to three forfeits.
Fortunately for the Blue Devils, they were able to earn two of them.
Ben Mayo and Gavin Thomas received forfeits at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively, giving Maiden its second conference win of the season.
âIt got exciting there at the end,â said Maiden coach Sean McGovern. âIt was a lot of fun. Itâs our first win ever against Bunker Hill. The guys feel really good about that.â
Behind 12 points from Zach Jarrett and 10 points from Raheim Connelly, the Red Tornadoes (15-2, 5-0) continued their undefeated play in the Northwestern 3A/4A with an overtime victory against St. Stephens.
Drew Starkey led the Indians (11-6, 3-2) with 18 points, while Jordan James added 12 points.
Bunker Hill 65, Maiden 42
Behind 17 points from Jordan McGinnis and 13 points from J'lean Wilson, the Bears earned improved to 3-13 overall and 3-4 in the Catawba Valley 2A with a victory against the Blue Devils.
CHARLOTTE â The Detroit Pistons got back in the win column Friday night, while the Charlotte Bobcats got a talking to from owner Michael Jordan.
Jonas Jerebko tied a career high with 22 points and the Pistons won the race to three victories Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, 98-81 to snap a six-game losing streak.
Both teams entered the game with identical 2-9 records and on lengthy losing streaks.
Tragedy struck Dec. 3 for Alleghany High School senior wrestler Luke Hampton.
During a meet at Hibriten High School, attended by both Fred T. Foard and Maiden High Schools in Lenoir, Hampton charged an opponent during a match at his 182-pound weight class.
The 17-year-oldâs life changed forever.
Breaking his C5 and C6 vertebrae by striking a padded wall, Hampton, then ranked No. 1 in the state in his weight class, became paralyzed from the neck down.
The Hampton family immediately sought help. All of Catawba Countyâs prep wrestling teams answered.
The first-ever Carolina Auto Racing Show (CARS) starts today at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.
The show, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., continues through Saturday. Admission is $10.
Former NASCAR owner and current engine builder Robert Yates will be in attendance today from 11 a.m. to noon signing autographs at the Roush Yates Performance products display.
ATLANTA â Before the Atlanta Hawks took the court, Joe Johnson whispered a message to teammates Josh Smith and Jeff Teague.
"We have to take ownership," Johnson said, "at both ends of the court."
Clearly, they were listening.
Smith scored 30 points, Johnson added 23 and Teague chipped in with 16, leading the Hawks to a 111-81 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night in Atlanta's first game without All-Star center Al Horford.
The Lenoir-Rhyne menâs basketball team held off Wingate at home Wednesday for a 75-71 win in Hickory.
Sophomore Allan Jones led the Bears (6-8, 2-3) with 20 points, and forward D.J. Blackmon added 18 points.
Jamie Vaughn netted 16 points for Wingate (7-8, 3-2), while Quan Alexander scored 16 points of his own off of the Bulldog bench.
Despite leading by 13 with 15:07 left, the Bulldogs whittled down the lead to one with 3:28 remaining in the ball game.
The Texas Rangers, Major League parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have announced the 2012 field staff for the âDads.
Third-year field manager Bill Richardson, accompanied by pitching coach Storm Davis, will return.
Hitting coach Josue Perez and coach Humberto Miranda will be new to the staff this season.
Last yearâs training and conditioning tandem will return in athletic trainer Jacob Newburn and strength and conditioning coach Anthony Miller.
CHARLOTTE â Byron Mullens knew it wouldn't be easy to win over Charlotte Bobcats fans.
Mullens had only scored 39 points in 26 games during his two seasons with the Thunder, so he understood the disgruntlement when the Bobcats traded away a second-round pick in 2013 to the Thunder to get him.
"When I got traded here a lot of people were kind of upset and saying, 'Why did we trade for this guy?'" Mullens said.
But three weeks into his tenure with the Bobcats, Mullens has quickly developed into a fan favorite because of the instant offense he's provided off the bench.