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Since 1983, John Robert Worley, the current athletic director and head football coach for Hickory High, has been immersed in the development of successful athletic programs for Hickory Public Schools.
During these 28 years of dedicated service, Worley, 51, has led young athletes to more than 445 collective wins in football, softball, and basketball. The achievements have been continuous through the years with recognition for conference titles, state playoffs, sectional and regional championships, and Worleyâ€™s selection as Conference Coach of the Year.
Tempers flared and aggression boiled over in a physical rubber match between Newton-Conover and Hickory for the Catawba Valley Classic girls title on Thursday.
When the dust settled, the Red Tornadoes hoisted their record 16th Classic banner, ending the Red Devilsâ€™ chance at a repeat.
The gameâ€™s final score mirrored that of a contest between the two schoolâ€™s football programs.
Newton-Conover and Hickory combined to make 17-of-74 field goal attempts â€” a staggering 22 percent for the game.
Fred T. Foard earned its highest finish in recent memory at the Catawba Valley Classic, knocking off its second in-county rival in two days.
The Tigers scored 31 points in the second half against Newton-Conover, including 13 from Jordan Turner and eight points each from Tyler Dickens and Bryce Falgout, to overcome a slow start to the game and pick up the fifth-place boys trophy at the Classic, 48-41.
Girls basketball players wearing the No. 21 battled Thursday for a chance to guide their team to a fifth-place finish on the girls side of the Catawba Valley Classic.
In the end, it was Fred T. Foardâ€™s No. 21, Brooke Robinson, scoring a game-high 26 points to lift the Lady Tigers to a consolation final win, 52-42.
â€śOverall, Iâ€™m proud of the way we responded, especially after our first round loss,â€ť said Foard coach Bradley Mangum. â€śI think weâ€™ve grown up the past days, particularly with some things. Weâ€™ve just got to continue to get better, and go to South Caldwell on Tuesday.â€ť
In a match-up of teams from the same conference, Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens battled Wednesday for non-conference bragging rights and a spot in the girls fifth-place game in the Catawba Valley Classic.
Tied 28-28, Foard pulled away with a 10-0 run in the third quarter, which helped lift the Tigers to the 57-35 rivalry victory against St. Stephens.
A free throw by Foardâ€™s Joe Isenhour with no time remaining lifted the Tigers past Maiden, 38-37, and into the fifth-place game of the Catawba Valley Classic.
After an inbound pass by the Blue Devils hit the ceiling, Foard had a chance to take the lead with the game tied 37-37.
Isenhour launched a 15-foot shot that missed the mark as the buzzer sounded
However, the referees called a foul on Maiden, giving Isenhour two free throw attempts.
He sank the first of two, giving Foard the victory.
Red Devils advance past Bunker Hill
CHARLOTTE â€” Police are investigating the reported theft of four guns worth $1,700 from a pickup truck owned by Carolina Panthers backup linebacker Kion Wilson.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg says in a report that Wilson reported robbers broke into his F250 truck. He says they stole a FN 57 handgun, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a Glock 23, and a Smith and Wesson Body Guard 380.
Wilson said he discovered the break-in while driving after stopping at store parking lot near Northlake Mall on Monday.
Police say the door lock on the truck was also damaged.
CHARLOTTE â€”Â N.C. State sophomore cornerback David Amerson wasn't thinking about breaking records coming into the season.
He ended up shattering one few thought would ever fall.
Amerson had two interceptions Tuesday night â€” one that he returned 65 yards for a touchdown and another with 41 seconds left that sealed the Wolfpack's 31-24 victory over Louisville in the Belk Bowl â€” to give him an ACC record 13 for the season.
Former North Carolina star Dre' Bly set the previous mark of 11 in 1996.
Newton-Conover's 2010 Catawba Valley Classic title defense started where it ended last season â€” with a victory over Fred T. Foard.
The Lady Red Devils used strong defense to defeat the Lady Tigers, 66-34, for the first time since their championship meeting at the Classic one year ago.
â€śI thought in the first half, we were still in our Christmas mode,â€ť said N-C coach Ike Williams. â€śI think we overindulged in food and gifts. We talked about it at halftime and we stepped it up. I'm happy for a win.â€ť
Hickory kicked off its â€śdrive for fiveâ€ť on Tuesday with an impressive 63-39 victory against Bunker Hill in the second game of the boys bracket at the Catawba Valley Classic.
The Red Tornadoes meet the winner of Newton-Conover and St. Stephens tonight at 9 p.m., with the winner heading to Thursdayâ€™s boys championship game.
The results from the Newton-Conover versus St. Stephens game were not available as of press time.
Other boys scores
Alexander Central 58, Maiden 44
South Caldwell 51, Fred T. Foard 46
St. Stephens 54, Newton-Conover 44