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February 10th, 2012

PREP NOTEBOOK: Bandys, N-C earn share of CVAC

February 11, 2012

Bandys and Newton-Conover both earned victories Friday in girls basketball, earning them both a share of the regular season Catawba Valley 2A basketball crown.

Behind 18 points from Brittany Moss, the Trojans (22-1, 13-1) picked up a dominant 75-15 win against Bunker Hill on Friday.

Jesse Story added 14 points in the victory, while Madi Story recorded seven points, eight rebounds and five assists.

The Lady Red Devils (21-3, 13-1) topped West Caldwell (9-11, 7-7), 75-36, on the road.

Maiden 53, Draughn 50

Bulls top Bobcats 95-64, move to 5-1 without Rose

February 10, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Derrick Rose can afford to take a night or two off with the way the Chicago Bulls are playing — especially when the opponent is the worst team in the NBA.

Joakim Noah had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and the Bulls throttled the Charlotte Bobcats 95-64 Friday night despite the absence of their leading scorer and reigning league MVP.

The Bulls (23-6) won their fifth straight overall and improved to 5-1 this season without Rose, who sat out because of a lower back strain.

February 9th

Maiden's Kerekes chasing individual state title

February 9, 2012

Poised and in perfect position, Maiden senior wrestler Richard Kerekes aims to become the school’s first state wrestling champion.

Kerekes, pronouned Kur-Kus, is 34-0 on the mat this season for the Blue Devils. 

His undefeated record earned him the Catawba Valley 2A wrestler of the year award.

Maiden coach Sean McGovern said a change in Kerekes started last year when he lost in the finals of the CVAC tournament.

PREP NOTEBOOK: N-C, Foard knocked out of duals

February 9, 2012

Thursday night was unpleasant for two of Catawba County’s wrestling teams, as Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard exited the dual team state playoffs. 

Tied 28-28 after all wrestlers had competed, Piedmont (37-0) defeated Newton-Conover (41-3) in a tiebreaker.

It was the third-straight year Piedmont eliminated the Red Devils in the 2A dual team western regional finals.

Piedmont had already defeated N-C once this year, a 35-31 decision at the annual Red Devil Duals in December.

NC State defeats Georgia Tech, 61-52

February 9, 2012

ATLANTA — North Carolina State is starting to feel like it can surprise some folks in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

After avenging last month's home loss to lowly Georgia Tech, the Wolfpack are ready to take on the big boys.

C.J. Williams scored 15 points, including a four-point play, and C.J. Leslie stepped up in the second half to carry N.C. State to a 61-52 victory over the Yellow Jackets on Thursday night.

Duke stuns North Carolina

February 9, 2012

CHAPEL HILL — Harrison Barnes shook off his nagging ankle injury and a series of undersized defenders to help No. 5 North Carolina take charge in the second half. He just couldn't finish off No. 10 Duke.

Barnes scored 19 of his 25 points after halftime for the Tar Heels in their 85-84 loss Wednesday night. Barnes, who sprained his left ankle against Wake Forest last week, missed all four of his shots in the first half but went 8-for-12 in the final 20 minutes.

February 8th

Bears start softball season with pair of victories

February 9, 2012

The two-time defending South Atlantic League champion Lenoir-Rhyne softball team opened its season in style Wednesday, taking both games of a doubleheader against Belmont Abbey.

“We’ll take the wins,” said L-R coach Shena Hollar. “I don’t think they were pretty. We played at their pace. It was a very slow game. We like to get in, get out and get on. We didn’t do that. This is something to work on. For the opener, we’ll take two ‘W’s.’”

In game one, sophomore Haily Jarman connected on a grand slam home run to put the Lady Bears (2-0) ahead.

Maiden, Foard, Saint receive forfeit wins from Hickory

February 8, 2012

The Maiden, Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens football teams are three of eight programs that will receive wins after Hickory High School used an ineligible football player during the 2011 season.

The result leaves the Red Tornadoes winless in 2011 at 0-13. Their record before the forfeits was 8-4-1, including a postseason appearance.

Hickory vacated its 47-20 victory at Maiden on Sept. 2, along with the Red Tornadoes’ wins against conference schools St. Stephens (49-14) and Fred T. Foard (31-6).

N-C, Foard hit road for next rounds of duals

February 8, 2012

After hosting first- and second-round matches in the dual team state playoffs Tuesday, the Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard wrestling teams will hit the road for their third- and fourth-round match-ups today.

The Red Devils (40-2), who topped Ashe County in the first round and Chase in the second round, take on T.W. Andrews (14-4) in round three. 

If successful, Newton-Conover will face the winner of host Wheatmore (23-9) and Piedmont (35-0), a team that has knocked the Red Devils out of the dual team playoffs each of the last two seasons.

BREAKING NEWS: County programs receive football wins through Hickory forfeits

February 8, 2012

The Maiden, Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens football teams are three of eight programs that will receive wins after Hickory High School used an ineligible football player during the 2011 season.

The result leaves the Red Tornadoes winless in 2011 at 0-13. Their record before the forfeits was 8-4-1, including a postseason appearance.

Hickory vacated its 47-20 victory at Maiden on Sept. 2, along with the Red Tornadoes' wins against conference schools St. Stephens (49-14) and Fred T. Foard (31-6).

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