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When Nick Rotenberry's hand was raised on Saturday, history was made yet again at Fred T. Foard High School.
Rotenberry's 13-5 major decision against Morehead's Cameron Sanders helped the Tigers clinch the 3A dual team wrestling state championship.
Saturday's title win gives Foard its second state championship in a boys sport â€” both coming in wrestling (2011, 2013).
Yazmen Hannah picked the biggest game of the season to have the biggest game of her career.
The Hickory sophomore guard scored a career-high 38 points on Friday, helping the Lady Red Tornadoes (22-2, 10-2) knock off Fred T. Foard 82-59 to grab a share of the Northwestern 3A/4A regular season basketball crown.
The Fred T. Foard boys basketball team picked up a conference-clinching victory against rival Hickory before standing room only crowd at Jerry Copas Gymnasium on Friday.
The Tigers improve to 20-4 overall and 10-2 in Northwestern 3A/4A, while the Red Tornadoes fall to 19-5 overall and 9-3 in the NWC.
Below is a look at the prep basketball scores from around Catawba County:
Bunker Hill 66, Bandys 57
Draughn 62, Maiden 59
Fred T. Foard 62, Hickory 59
Newton-Conover 60, West Caldwell 55 (2 OT)
St. Stephens 78, Watauga 58
Bandys 79, Bunker Hill 28
Draughn 84, Maiden 79
Newton-Conover 42, West Caldwell 39
It might have been Valentine's Day on Thursday, but there was certainly no love lost between Newton-Conover and Piedmont on the wrestling mat.
After matching up in the 2A dual team state playoffs three-straight years and losing each time, the Red Devils finally managed to knock out the rival Panthers to advance to Saturday's 2A dual team championship match.
Below are the 2A and 3A dual team wrestling playoff scores from Thursday:
2A dual scores
Newton-Conover 36, Thomasville 29
Piedmont 46, Owen 24
Newton-Conover 36, Piedmont 27
3A dual scores
Fred T. Foard 38, Ashbrook 25
Jay M. Robinson 32, SW Randolph 31
Fred T. Foard 38, Jay M. Robinson 27
When their number is called, Ben Hughes and Ben Pitts step up when needed for their team.
Pitts and Hughes are two of four seniors on the Fred T. Foard wrestling team, including Nick Rotenberry and Mikey Vincent.
To read more of this story, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.
Paul George knew he needed to have a good game after the way he played Monday night.
George posted his first career triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists, and the Indiana Pacers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 101-77 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
The third and fourth rounds of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) dual team wrestling playoffs are Thursday with two Catawba County teams in action.
Newton-Conover (40-5) is the only county team home tonight, hosting a trio of teams, including Thomasville (36-3), Owen (16-14) and Piedmont (31-5).
In the biggest match of its season so far on Tuesday, the Fred T. Foard wrestling team got a big boost from its seniors.
The veteran quartet of Nick Rotenberry, Mikey Vincent, Ben Hughes and Ben Pitts each picked up crucial mat victories, helping the Tigers edge North Gaston, 32-37, to advance to the third round of the 3A dual team state playoffs.