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February 20th, 2012
RALEIGH â€” Bobby Lutz and Orlando Early know the pressure facing North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried when he calls a play late in a tight game or tries to discern team morale after a tough loss.
The assistants have been there before as head coaches running their own programs.
With their experience on the Wolfpack bench, it's no coincidence the program is having its best season in six years. Lutz spent a dozen years as Charlotte's head coach; Early spent five years as head coach at Louisiana-Monroe.
It was a successful Saturday for the Newton-Conover wrestling program â€” both as a team and individually.
The Red Devils held off Pisgah to earn the 2A West Regional crown, while qualifying five wrestlers for next weekend's state championships in Greensboro.
Among the five Red Devils heading to states are Ian Canrobert at 106 pounds, Franklin Wepner at 126 pounds, Tyler Benfield at 195 pounds, Eric Holbrook at 145 pounds and Addison Klutz at 152 pounds.
Wepner also picked up an individual title at the regionals, defeating Polk County's Jose Ramirez in the 126-pound final.
Fred T. Foard added a second-straight 3A West Regional title to its program's history on Saturday.
The Tigers scored 159 points on their way to the Regional championship, qualifying seven wrestlers for next weekend's state championships in Greensboro in the process.
Two Tigers â€” Ben Pitts at 132 pounds and Hayden Albert at 160 pounds â€”Â also scored individual titles in their respective weight class at the regionals.
The 2A and 3A brackets for the boys and girls state basketball playoffs were released on Saturday with five teams both hosting and traveling for first round contests.
The CVAC co-champions in girls basketball â€” Bandys and Newton-Conover â€” are home for the first round.
The Lady Trojans are seeded No. 4 in the Midwest bracket and take on Central Davidson in Catawba. The winner meets No. 5 Thomasville or No. 12 Cuthbertson in Wednesday's second round.
Cayla Miller picked the perfect time to have one of the biggest nights of her career.
The Newton-Conover senior guard scored 11 points â€” all in the second half â€” to guide the Lady Red Devils to the Catawba Valley 2A tournament title Friday in a 64-53 win over Bandys.
â€śI canâ€™t say enough about her,â€ť N-C coach Ike Williams said. â€śThatâ€™s the Cayla Miller weâ€™ve been waiting all year for to have a big game. She really stepped up. She hit a big three, made some putbacks and made some free throws. Thatâ€™s what you expect from a senior. Iâ€™m very proud of her.â€ť
Bandys sophomore Madi Story was named the Catawba Valley 2A player of the year Friday, while the Trojansâ€™ Beth Queen is the top coach in the conference.
Story joins her sister, Jesse, as back-to-back CVAC players of the year.
The Trojans had a league-leading four players named all-conference, including Chelsey Queen, Taylor Sigmon and both Story sisters.
Newton-Conover had the second-most selections in the Catawba Valley 2A, including Taylor Petty, Shynese Whitener and Kadesha Gibbs.
Maidenâ€™s lone selection in the conference was Sabrien Gaither.
TORONTO â€” Reggie Williams scored a season-high 22 points to help the Charlotte Bobcats snap a 16-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 98-91 on Friday night.
D.J. Augustin had 11 points and 10 assists, Kemba Walker scored 14 points and fellow rookie Bismack Biyombo had a career-high 13 rebounds as the Bobcats won for the first time since beating Golden State 112-100 on Jan. 14. Corey Maggette added 16 points as Charlotte avoided becoming the 28th team in NBA history to drop at least 17 straight games.
With a balanced team effort and a strong third quarter, the Bandys girls basketball team punched its ticket to the Catawba Valley 2A championship game.
The Lady Trojans (24-1) knocked off East Burke (17-9) on Thursday to advance to their third meeting of the season against Newton-Conover (23-3) in Friday's CVAC girls championship game.
Following two East Burke three-pointers late in the first half, Bandys led by 10 points at the half, 38-28.
The Trojans immediately cranked up their defense to start the second half and out-rebounded the Lady Cavaliers 16-4 in the third quarter.
Behind a game-high 34 points from guard Clay Byrd, East Burke knocked off third-seeded Newton-Conover to advance to Fridayâ€™s CVAC championship game.
The Cavaliers (18-8) meet top-seeded West Caldwell (16-6) in the CVAC boys title contest.
The Red Devils (16-10) fell behind 8-0 early, committing seven fouls in the first quarter, including four offensive fouls.
N-Câ€™s Tyoun Shuford, who committed two of those fouls, powered his team back into the contest with a seven-point first quarter. The Red Devils trailed 15-13 after one.
CHARLOTTE â€” Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan continues to struggle as a league executive.
The Jordan-owned Bobcats are 3-26 and flirting with NBA futility.
Because of the lockout-shortened season Charlotte won't challenge the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers' record of 72 losses. However, the Bobcats have lost 16 straight games and have a worse winning percentage (.103) than that infamous 76ers team.