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January 20th, 2011
Red and Green.
Iâ€™m not talking about Christmas colors, but rather those of Newton-Conover and Bandys high schools. One of these teams will receive a gift next week, as they square off in a classic confrontation in the Catawba Valley 2A.
The rivalry started when Eddy Clark decided to take the wrestling head coaching position at Newton-Conover.
â€śI took over this program in 1999,â€ť Clark said. â€śThat next year, we got good and won the conference. We beat Bandys. That set the stage, and it has been a heated rivalry.â€ť
The Red Devil defense suffocated the Wildcat offense Wednesday.
Newton-Conover (13-1, 7-0) forced 15 Draughn turnovers in the first half and got 13 points each from Quazzy Tipps and Shynese Whitener in the first and second halves, respectively, to pull away for the Catawba 2A victory.
The opening moments of the game were close, and the biggest lead for either team was three points.
With the score 13-10 in favor Newton-Conover, the Red Devils started to utilize their deep bench. N-C head coach Jonathan Tharpe said the change was due in part to the long week ahead.
Despite carrying a four-point lead into halftime, the Wildcats got the better of the Red Devils.
Cody Brown scored 19 points, and Adam Manns added 13 points in Draughn's thrilling overtime win.
Newton-Conover (6-8, 3-4) took the lead into halftime after Nick Carter hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Carter led the Red Devils with 12 first half points.
Draughn (14-3, 5-2) clawed back to take a six-point lead with a strong third quarter. The Red Devils came back in the fourth quarter to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Even the long break couldnâ€™t slow down the Lady Trojans.
Bandys got 19 points, 13 steals and 6 assists from freshman Madi Story on their way to a Catawba 2A win over Bunker Hill on Tuesday.
The game was the first for Bandys since their Jan. 7 game against Maiden.
Coach Beth Queen was aware of the time off.
â€śI was really concerned,â€ť Queen said. â€śAny time you take nine to 10 days and havenâ€™t played, that is in the back of your mind. This game was like the last game at Maiden, where the game time is moved up and everything is out of routine.â€ť
The Bears made their free throws when they mattered the most.
Despite making 8-of-21 free throws in the first half, Bunker Hill connected on 8 of 12 attempts in the fourth quarter to pick up the Catawba Valley 2A win over Bandys.
â€śWe struggled tonight,â€ť said Bunker Hill coach Matt Wilkinson. â€śFree throw shooting has really been one of our strengths this year. I felt like we have won several ball games because of our consistency at the free throw line. I think part of that concentration. I felt like we had a lack of concentration all night long.â€ť
The Bears had their cake and ate it, too.
Bunker Hill celebrated coach Rod Tatumâ€™s birthday in dramatic fashion, picking up a last match win to secure the 44-32 victory over Maiden on Monday.
It has been a difficult week for the team, especially with the snow conditions and several key injuries that forced forfeits.
â€śWe havenâ€™t practiced a lot,â€ť Tatum said. â€śWeâ€™ve only had one practice in the last 10 days. To be able to win one today and one on Saturday is pretty good.â€ť
After the toll that inclement weather has taken on prep sports in the area, the schedule has been worked out for many of those postponed games.
As of press time, four basketball games have been set for Saturday.
Also scheduled for Saturday are three wrestling matches and one swim meet.
Games, matches and meets scheduled for Friday have also been moved.
Here is the updated schedule:
Hickory at St. Stephens, 1 p.m.
West Caldwell at Bunker Hill, 2 p.m.
Newton-Conover at South Iredell, 2 p.m.
Maiden at East Burke, 4 p.m. (varsity only)
From last yearâ€™s winter sports to this yearâ€™s, participation in both basketball and indoor soccer has grown. This is especially true for basketball.
â€śIâ€™ve only been here a year,â€ť said Paxton Tallent, Sports Director at the Shuford YMCA. â€śI started at the midpoint of basketball season last year. We maybe had 50 kids. We are up 60 kids. We are up a couple in indoor soccer as well.â€ť
The calm usually comes before the storm, but this week, it has been after.
With the recent weather delays and time between high school games, matches and meets, many athletes have found themselves benched for the moment.
That shouldn't be for long though. By next week, players may see a slew of competition to make up for time lost during this entire week.
Some coaches already had a plan for their athletes during the breaks given due to winter weather.
N-C girl's basketball coach Jonathan Tharpe said he feels these breaks as a beneficial opportunity for his team.
Newton-Conover wrestler Andrew Tremain is pinned to the ground.
He isnâ€™t down on the mat, but rather it was his life off the mat that changed. Tremain, 19, was ruled ineligible to compete by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) on Oct. 15 because of his age.
Now, the defending state champion in the 285-pound weight class is trying to keep focused and look ahead to his future.
Tremainâ€™s age issue was created when he was held back in kindergarten after moving to the area from New York. He also started late in school.