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Maiden's Kerekes chasing individual state title

February 9, 2012

Poised and in perfect position, Maiden senior wrestler Richard Kerekes aims to become the school’s first state wrestling champion.

Kerekes, pronouned Kur-Kus, is 34-0 on the mat this season for the Blue Devils. 

His undefeated record earned him the Catawba Valley 2A wrestler of the year award.

Maiden coach Sean McGovern said a change in Kerekes started last year when he lost in the finals of the CVAC tournament.

PREP NOTEBOOK: N-C, Foard knocked out of duals

February 9, 2012

Thursday night was unpleasant for two of Catawba County’s wrestling teams, as Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard exited the dual team state playoffs. 

Tied 28-28 after all wrestlers had competed, Piedmont (37-0) defeated Newton-Conover (41-3) in a tiebreaker.

It was the third-straight year Piedmont eliminated the Red Devils in the 2A dual team western regional finals.

Piedmont had already defeated N-C once this year, a 35-31 decision at the annual Red Devil Duals in December.

NC State defeats Georgia Tech, 61-52

February 9, 2012

ATLANTA — North Carolina State is starting to feel like it can surprise some folks in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

After avenging last month's home loss to lowly Georgia Tech, the Wolfpack are ready to take on the big boys.

C.J. Williams scored 15 points, including a four-point play, and C.J. Leslie stepped up in the second half to carry N.C. State to a 61-52 victory over the Yellow Jackets on Thursday night.

Duke stuns North Carolina

February 9, 2012

CHAPEL HILL — Harrison Barnes shook off his nagging ankle injury and a series of undersized defenders to help No. 5 North Carolina take charge in the second half. He just couldn't finish off No. 10 Duke.

Barnes scored 19 of his 25 points after halftime for the Tar Heels in their 85-84 loss Wednesday night. Barnes, who sprained his left ankle against Wake Forest last week, missed all four of his shots in the first half but went 8-for-12 in the final 20 minutes.

Bears start softball season with pair of victories

February 9, 2012

The two-time defending South Atlantic League champion Lenoir-Rhyne softball team opened its season in style Wednesday, taking both games of a doubleheader against Belmont Abbey.

“We’ll take the wins,” said L-R coach Shena Hollar. “I don’t think they were pretty. We played at their pace. It was a very slow game. We like to get in, get out and get on. We didn’t do that. This is something to work on. For the opener, we’ll take two ‘W’s.’”

In game one, sophomore Haily Jarman connected on a grand slam home run to put the Lady Bears (2-0) ahead.

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