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March 7th, 2012
Newton-Conover senior Jake Walker will play his last high school football game with teammate Jervasse Moss after being selected to the 64th annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star game.
Walker was thrilled when he learned of his selection.
â€śI was excited because it was one of my goals that I set at the beginning of the year,â€ť Walker said. â€śI wanted to strive to get better, on and off the field, that way in the end I could achieve my goal of playing college ball and becoming an all-star, either through the Shrine Bowl or East-West game.â€ť
After suffering defeat to Hickory on the baseball diamond once already this season, Newton-Conover was dealt the same fate again on Wednesday.
The Red Devils (1-2) allowed 10 runs to the Red Tornadoes and scored none in a mercy rule loss.
â€śOur team is so much better than 10-0,â€ť said N-C coach Corey Nunley. â€śThatâ€™s not taking away from coach Craftâ€™s Hickory team. I donâ€™t think they are 10-0 better than us at all. They are good. Nine out of 10 times they might beat us, but we can keep it closer than 10-0.â€ť
The Bunker Hill tennis team earned its first victory against Challenger on Wednesday, 6-3.
The Bears (1-3) picked up four singles victories and two doubles victories on their way to the match win.
Michael Elmore (C) def. Kris Trihemasava 8-2; Braxton Williams (BH) def. Jairo Betancourt 8-0; Garrett Williams (BH) def. Brandon Williams 8-3; Nicholas Lee (BH) def. Russell Emerson 8-2; Jordan Punch (C) def. David Chang 8-6; Sai Vang (BH) def. Fidel Bazaldua 8-0
CHARLOTTE â€” Al Jefferson had 31 points and nine rebounds as the Utah Jazz defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 99-93 Wednesday night.
The Jazz controlled the paint, where they outscored the Bobcats 54-36 and outrebounded them 43-34.
Jefferson was 11 of 19 from the field and hit all but one of his 10 foul shots in a dominating inside effort. Paul Millsap scored 16 points while Derrick Favors added 14 points for the Jazz, who won for just the fifth time this season on the road.
The victory helped pull the Jazz back to .500 at 19-19.
The Bandys baseball team earned a mercy rule victory Tuesday â€” and then some.
The Trojans (4-0) scored nine runs in the first, six runs in the second and five runs each in the third and fourth innings, scorching visiting Lexington 25-0 on the diamond.
Despite Bandysâ€™ lead throughout the game, coach Frank Porter said his team didnâ€™t change its approach.
Behind a three-hit, eight RBI game from Ashley Oliver, the Lady Tigers won their opening Northwestern conference game in a five-inning, mercy rule fashion.
Oliver connected on a three-run homer in the second inning, an RBI single in the third and a grand slam in the fourth inning to lead the Tigers.
Lexi Shubert also connected on a three-run homer of her own in the first inning. She also pitched five innnings, striking out 13 batters and allowing one hit.
Cierra Shull added a two RBI triple in the third inning, while Mackenzie Dziendziel hit a two RBI double in the third.
CHARLOTTE â€” Corey Maggette scored a season-high 29 points, Gerald Henderson hit some big shots in the fourth quarter, and the Charlotte Bobcats overcame a 20-point, first-half deficit to beat the Orlando Magic 100-84 Tuesday night.
The Bobcats came in having lost 21 of their last 22 games, but seemed to get a spark after coach Paul Silas was ejected in the second quarter with the team trailing by 18.
The Bobcats also got a big game from rookie center Bismack Biyombo, who battled toe-to-toe with Dwight Howard and had 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
Off to a 3-0 start to the season, the Fred T. Foard girls soccer team ran into its first speed bump Monday.
The Lady Tigers (3-1) were held offensively against Burns, while the Lady Bulldogs piled on five goals to earn the 5-0 shutout.
â€śWeâ€™re glad weâ€™re getting this game over and its not quite in conference play yet,â€ť said Lady Tigers coach Stan Elliott. â€śWeâ€™re going to learn from this, move forward as a team and get better from here.â€ť
Burns (2-0) scored in the 18th minute to take the early lead on a Whitney Wellman kick from an assist by Kayla Powell.
The Newton-Conover's long home winning streak on the tennis court came to an end Monday with a 6-3 loss to Hickory.
The Red Devils (1-2) had won 64 consecutive matches dating back to 2007 before the Red Tornadoes non-conference court victory.
Newton-Conover starts conference play Tuesday with a match against South Iredell hoping to keep another long streak going. The Red Devils have won 61-straight conference matches heading into their match against the Vikings.
Hickory 6, Newton-Conover 3
CHAPEL HILL â€” North Carolina was a preseason No. 1 stocked with experience and potential NBA talent that cruised through the regular season showing only flashes of the dominant form everyone had expected.
The fourth-ranked Tar Heels have gotten everyone's attention again.
North Carolina clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship by overwhelming Duke in its famously hostile arena. The question now is whether that weekend performance was just one game or the start of something more for the Tar Heels heading into this week's ACC tournament in Atlanta.