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For the second time in two months, the sport of mixed martial arts will visit Hickory.
Elite Championship Cage Fighting (ECCF) is hosting a second event at the Freedom Center, following a successful first event in December.
The first fight drew 374 people to the center.
âWe did not expect that many people,â said CWK Promotions President and CEO Casey Jenkins. â(ECCF) expected a few people to come, but we werenât sure because MMA had never been in Hickory before.â
The dates for the 2012 annual Catawba County middle school basketball tournament were released this week.
The tournament will be at Mill Creek Middle School starting Tuesday and continuing through Friday, Feb. 3.
Game times for the first three days are at 4, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m.
The final day includes the championship contests, which are set for 6 and 7:30 p.m.
All games will start approximately 10 minutes after the prior game is completed.
Host Mill Creek, the defending girls champion, knocked off River Bend last year, 47-37, at Jacobs Fork Middle School.
Defending SAC softball champion Lenoir-Rhyne is a nearly unanimous pick to win the 2012 title, according to a coachesâ poll released Thursday.
Lenoir-Rhyne went 45-10 overall and 16-2 in league play in 2011, winning both the SAC regular season and Food Lion Tournament championships.Â L-R received all but one of the preseason pollâs first-place votes.
The Bears also lead the way with five selections to the preseason All-SAC team â four on the first team and one player on the second team.Â
Leading by as many as 12 points, the Lenoir-Rhyne menâs basketball team held off a late charge by Tusculum (7-10, 4-5) to win on Wednesday.
The Bears improve to 9-9 overall and 5-4 in the South Atlantic Conference.
L-Râs Kevin Davis scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the victory.
Women's college basketball
Tusculum 68, Lenoir-Rhyne 65
Tied with 3:46 left in the game, the Lady Pioneers outscored the Lady Bears 11-8 in the gameâs waning moments to pick up the conference victory.
Last Fridayâs fundraiser game between Maiden and Newton-Conover raised almost $600.
All proceeds raised go toward âCoaches vs. Cancer.â
Money was raised through various donations, a 50/50 raffle held in the third quarter of the boys game and $1 half court shots.
The Coaches versus Cancer Council was formed in 1998 to help raise funds through coaches to fight cancer.
The Newton-Conover and Maiden basketball game was one of several area contests that raised money for the organization.
Hickory Christian Academy will raise money Friday at its game against Statesville Christian.
WASHINGTON â Nick Young scored 20 points, and Andray Blatche had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 92-75 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night in Randy Wittman's first game as coach.
Wittman took over for the fired Flip Saunders on Tuesday, and guided the team without the benefit of a practice. Saunders' lead assistant has been an NBA coach twice â with Minnesota and Cleveland. His career record improved to 101-207.
He didn't change the starting lineup.
"All these guys get a clean slate with me," Wittman said.
Bandys won 17 games in a row entering Tuesdayâs girls basketball game against Newton-Conover.
The Lady Red Devils made sure there wouldnât be an 18th straight victory.
Freshman Taylor Petty scored 20 points for N-C (16-3, 8-1), while seniors Shynese Whitener and Kadesha Gibbs added 20 and 19 points, respectively, lifting the LRDs to the rivalry win at home.
Newton-Conover, who is undefeated at home, jumped out to a 13-3 lead, forcing a Bandys timeout.
Newton-Conover defeated Bandys in a match-up of top-ranked wrestling teams in the conference, 40-17.
The Red Devils improve to 36-2 on the season and 5-0 in the Catawba Valley 2A, while Bandys falls to 12-11 overall and 3-1 in the CVAC.
Maiden 48, West Caldwell 36
106: Ben Mayo (M) pin Grant Barnette
113: Gavin Thomas (M) pin Michael Lowe
120: Aaron Upton (W) win by forfeit
126: Jacob Hewitt (M) win by forfeit
132: Bradley Webb (M) win by forfeit
138: Ethan Steward (M) pin Kenneth Bentley
145: Matt Wooten (W) pin Gage Isaac
CHARLOTTE â Tyson Chandler had 20 points and 17 rebounds as the New York Knicks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 111-78 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.
Chandler, a former Bobcats player, shot 9 for 10 from the field as the Knicks won despite a career-low scoring output from star Carmelo Anthony.
Amar'e Stoudemire chipped in with 18 points and eight rebounds while Landry Fields added 18 points and four assists for the Knicks, who won for the first time since Jan. 11.
Numbers tell the story. None rings truer than the girls basketball team at Newton-Conover.
The squad features eight players, sometimes seven given injuries.
Ike Williams, first-year coach for the Lady Red Devils, said heâs used the hurdle as a motivator.
âI call them the âCrazy Eight,ââ Williams said. âThey are on their way to becoming the âGreat Eight.ââ
The encouragement by their new coach is working.
The Lady Red Devils (15-3, 7-1) are in second place in the Catawba Valley 2A heading into Tuesdayâs pivotal home contest against the Lady Trojans of Bandys (17-0, 8-0).