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January 10th, 2011
As of press time, there had not been any changes made to the sports schedule for Tuesday.
However, several athletic directors we spoke with believed a schedule change would be made, but nothing official decision had been made by administration.
The schedule includes six area basketball games, including Draughn at Newton-Conover, Hickory at St. Stephens,
Also on the schedule were two wrestling meets for Bandys and Fred T. Foard High Schools, as well as a four-team swim meet for Foard at the Hickory YMCA.
The Blue Devils won their second game in the Catawba Valley 2A with a strong performance by Jason Gantt.
Gantt scored a game-high 22 points in the Maiden victory, including four 3-point baskets.
â€śThe kids did a good job of never wanting to sleep,â€ť said Maiden coach Doug Miller. â€śWe stayed at it and didnâ€™t have too bad of a lull. There have been times where we go to sleep, wake up five minutes later and have lost an 8-point lead. I felt like we stayed steady and consistent.â€ť
The Bandys girls basketball team outscored Maiden 43-21 in the second half to pull away for a Catawba Valley 2A victory.
Leading the way were Taylor Sigmon and Jesse Story. Story scored a game-high 24 points, while Sigmon scored 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
The game was moved from its regular start time to 4 p.m. due to impending weather. Bandys coach Beth Queen felt the change in game time seemed to affect some of the players on the court.
The winning ways for the St. Stephens wrestling team and coach Billy Baker continue.
Baker, who won his 350th duals match at St. Stephens last week, has been at the school for 11 years. He has coached wrestling for 16 years, including a five-year stint at Lincolnton.
Three hundred seventeen of the 350 victories during Baker's career came at the helm of the Indians' program.
At the first gathering of all area swim teams, Hickory swept the board.
The Tornadoes won the boys and girls team awards and the combined team award.
"This is the first meet we had with the whole county since I've been coaching," said Hickory head coach Cathy Hitchcock. "We swim them at dual meets, but not everyone together. So it was kind of a neat thing to see all levels together."
It was an emotional night for the Maiden swim team. They were competing for the first time without teammate Kelsey Ann Hunt, who passed away on Christmas day.
The Red Devils remain undefeated in the Catawba Valley Athletic 2A.
Despite a rough first half of shooting, the Newton-Conover girls' basketball team outscored East Burke 37-17 in the second half on their way to a 61-34 win.
Burke put the pressure on the Red Devils (9-1, 3-0) early and maintained a lead through most of the first quarter. Newton-Conover wouldn't scored their first basket until the midpoint of the quarter.
At Bandys, the girls' basketball team is a family affair.
From the head coach to the assistant coach to the junior varsity coach and many of the players, almost every part of the team involves family. It started when head coach Beth Queen began coaching AAU basketball with her players when they were age 9-10.
"I guess there is more comfort because we have coached them from such a young age," Queen said. "We know them really well, and we know what to expect. Sometimes we know what to expect before the kid does it on the court."
The St. Stephens wrestling team finished 2010 with a bang.
The Indians were a perfect 5-0 record at the RS Central Duals on Saturday. They defeated McDowell (62-15), West Henderson (62-9), Chase (46-24), Polk County (55-24) and tournament host RS Central (65-15).
Not only was their record impressive, but so were the milestones of two individuals on the team.
Coach Billy Baker reached his 350th career win on the last dual of the day against Polk County.
December 30th, 2010
After three straight trips to the finals of the Catawba Valley Classic and two runner-up finishes, the Newton-Conover girls' basketball team broke the barrier on the fourth try.
Newton-Conover jumped out to a 16-4 lead against Fred T. Foard and never looked back. The Lady Red Devils earned their third Catawba Valley Classic tournament title with a win over the Lady Tigers.
"This shows our growth as a team," said N-C's Shynese Whitener. "We have been playing together for a couple of years now. We have been working on this for a good while now."
Two is always better than one.
Such was the case Thursday night when No. 2 Hickory Red Tornadoes topped No. 1 St. Stephens Indians, 61-43, at Catawba Valley Community College. The win gave Hickory its fourth straight Catawba Valley Classic tournament title.
"We got a group of guys that really just like being around one another, and they play well together," said Hickory head coach Shawn Johnson. "We were lucky to make a run earlyÂ on such a great basketball team as St. Stephens."