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December 20th

Lady Red Devils give Hickory first loss

December 21, 2011

Playing Hickory for the second time around, it was a much different result for the Newton-Conover girls basketball team.

Shynese Whitener scored 22 points and four Lady Red Devils reached double-digits, delivering the Lady Red Tornadoes their first loss of the season in a 57-52 win on Tuesday in Newton.

Kadesha Gibbs added 11 points for Newton-Conover (6-2), while Taylor Petty and Dashia Tipps added 10 points each.

Danasia Witherspoon led Hickory (9-1) with 19 points.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Indians improve to 8-3

December 20, 2011

St. Stephens 51, Bandys 39

Chris Hefner scored 11 points and Kerigan Farley added 10 points to lead the Indians (8-3) to a non-conference victory against the Trojans.

St. Stephens turned a one-point lead in the first quarter into a 32-22 lead at halftime. That distance carried through the rest of the game, pacing the Indians to their second win over the Trojans.

Hayden Deal led Bandys (0-9) with 12 points.

Girls basketball

Bandys 80, St. Stephens 26

Panthers feel defense headed in right direction

December 20, 2011

CHARLOTTE — A quick glimpse at the numbers suggests the Panthers should focus on upgrading their defense next offseason.

But that's not necessarily the team's thinking as it begins to look ahead to 2012.

Although the Panthers rank 23rd in the NFL in total defense this year — as opposed to fifth on offense — general manager Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera feel the defense is much improved over the last month.

The Panthers (5-9) have held three of their last four opponents to fewer than 20 points entering Sunday's game against Tampa Bay (4-10).

December 19th

Red Devils steamroll Indians on the mat

December 19, 2011

For the second time this season, the Newton-Conover and St. Stephens wrestling teams tangled on the mat.

The first time, the Red Devils earned a victory against host St. Stephens during the Indian Classic a few weeks ago. The result Monday wasn't any different.

Newton-Conover (16-0) won 11-of-14 individual matches, including six pins and three by technical fall on its way to a 57-14 victory in Newton.

Hickory earns top seeds in CV Classic pairings

December 19, 2011

The pairings for this year’s Catawba Valley Classic were released Monday.

The opening round for the tournament starts on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

The boys’ slate of games will be played at Hickory High School, while the girls games will be at the Tarlton Complex, formerly the Multi-Purpose Center, at Catawba Valley Community College.

Hickory, the defending boys champion, is seeded No. 1 and will take on Bunker Hill at 6 p.m.

Panthers Chudzinski's playbook has no limits

December 19, 2011

CHARLOTTE — Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski has a bag full of tricks and he's not afraid to use them — even if it means borrowing a play from a kids' movie.

With Cam Newton under center, Chudzinski is finding fun news ways to use the talented rookie's athleticism to his advantage.

December 18th

Newton, Panthers end Texans' win streak at seven

December 18, 2011

HOUSTON (AP) — Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes, DeAngelo Williams ran for a score and the Carolina Panthers ended Houston's seven-game winning streak with a 28-13 win over the Texans on Sunday.

Newton completed 13 of 23 passes for 149 yards, outplaying opposing rookie quarterback T.J. Yates. The Panthers (5-9) built a 21-0 halftime lead, then ended Houston's second-half rally when linebacker James Anderson intercepted Yates in the end zone midway through the fourth quarter.

Former Hickory kicker Succop's 4 FGs help Chiefs upset Packers

December 18, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers' perfect season came to a crashing halt on Sunday against the beleaguered Kansas City Chiefs, who rallied behind interim coach Romeo Crennel and new quarterback Kyle Orton to a shocking 19-14 victory.

Orton finished 23 of 31 for 299 yards in his first start for the Chiefs (6-8), who fired coach Todd Haley last Monday with the team having lost five of its last six games. The loss also ended the Packers' 19-game winning streak.

Foard wins Tiger Land, Bandys comes in third

December 18, 2011

Fred T. Foard won its host Tiger Land individual tournament on Saturday. The Tigers scored 233.5 points, easily edging second place Lake Norman, who scored 169 points in the events.

Bandys finished in third place with 117 points, narrowly surpassing the 116 points of Alexander Central.

Thirteen of 14 Tiger wrestlers finished in the top 4 of each weight division, including champions Ben Pitts (132), Ben Hughes (152), Trevor Cook (160), Hayden Albert (170) and Zack Edwards (195).

Caleb Griffin also finished in a runner-up in his weight class.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Bears finish third at Porter Ridge

December 18, 2011

Bears finish third at Porter Ridge

The Bunker Hill wrestling team finished third at Saturday's Porter Ridge Invitational.

Indians compete well at Indian Duals

Round 1: West Lincoln 63 Alleghany 9, Kings Mountain 51 Lincolnton 30, St. Stephens 36 Shelby 27, Tuscola 60 Southwest 20.

Round 2: West Lincoln 84 Lincolnton 0, Kings Mountain 45 Alleghany 22, Tuscola 42 St. Stephens 34, Southwest 42 Shelby 36.

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