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December 26th

Maiden's Hipps honored at Panthers game

December 26, 2011

Maiden senior Dustin Hipps was honored Saturday as a Carolina Panthers Community Captain during the Panthers' final home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hipps — who plays football, baseball and basketball at Maiden — received the honor for work in sports, academics and community service.

"It was an exciting and very humbling experience," Hipps said of being honored on the field. "It definitely ranks near the top of my experiences in life. It was pretty cool to be out on the field with those players."

He first learned about the honor in an announcement he received in the mail.

O-N-E sports schedule for the week

December 26, 2011

Monday, Dec. 26
No games scheduled

Tuesday, Dec. 27

Catawba Valley Classic
Girls bracket (at CVCC's Tarlton Complex)

No. 1 Hickory vs. No. 8 Bunker Hill, 4:00 p.m.
No. 4 South Caldwell vs. No. 4 Maiden, 5:30 p.m.
No. 3 Newton-Conover vs. No. 6 Fred T. Foard, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Alexander Central vs. No. 7 St. Stephens, 8:30 p.m.

Boys bracket (at Hickory H.S.)
No. 3 Alexander Central vs. No. 6 Maiden, 4:30 p.m.
No. 1 Hickory vs. No. 8 Bunker Hill, 6 p.m.
No. 2 Fred T. Foard vs. No. 7 South Caldwell, 7:30 p.m.

Newton leads Panthers to 48-16 rout of Bucs

December 26, 2011

CHARLOTTE — Cam Newton had no shortage of doubters coming into the NFL.

They're much harder to find now.

The No. 1 pick in the NFL draft added to his remarkable season by breaking Peyton Manning's rookie record for yards passing and setting a franchise mark with a 91-yard touchdown toss to Brandon LaFell as the Carolina Panthers handed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their ninth straight defeat, 48-16 on Saturday.

Newton-Conover finishes second at Red Devil Duals

December 26, 2011

Newton-Conover finished second at its host Red Devil Duals, going 4-1 during the tournament.

The Red Devils (20-1) toppled Durham School of the Arts (48-24), Alexander Central (44-18), Hibriten (58-22) and Enka (37-27) before falling to eventual team champion Piedmont, 35-21.

Four Newton-Conover wrestlers went 5-0 during the tournament, including Ian Canrobert, Coleman Carter, Addison Klutz and Tyler Benfield.

Newton-Conover and Piedmont matched up in last year's championship of the tournament with the Red Devils edging Piedmont, 41-27.

December 22nd

Bears, Blue Devils advance to "Hoopin'" final

December 23, 2011

Christmas tournament season kicked off a little early in Claremont on Thursday during the first-ever “Hoopin’ at the Hill” junior varsity basketball tournament held at Bunker Hill High School.

In girls competition, it was the Lady Bears advancing to Friday’s title game with a 35-29 victory against North Wilkes.

Brittany Travis scored 16 points, while Fantasia Umberger, Jasmine Jenkins, Cristy Thao and Kayla Garrett added four points each.

The Lady Bears face West Wilkes, who won a 55-50 overtime thrilller with North Lincoln, in the final.

Maturing Newton looks to set record versus Bucs

December 23, 2011

CHARLOTTE — The last time Cam Newton faced the Buccaneers he ran his way into the NFL record books.

This time he'll use his arm to do the same.

The Panthers sensational rookie quarterback needs 18 yards passing Saturday against Tampa Bay to break Peyton Manning's rookie single-season record of 3,739 yards.

But Newton said that record is not as important as closing the season with two wins and helping the Panthers (5-9) carry a load of momentum into next season when their games once again starting counting for something.

Red Devils try to continue early success at Duals

December 22, 2011

For the 15th straight year, Newton-Conover hosts its unique Red Devil Duals wrestling tournament starting Friday.

The Duals feature six teams, including the Red Devils, Alexander Central, Hibriten, Durham School of the Arts, Enka and Piedmont.

N-C coach Eddy Clark said despite his team’s 16-0 record this season, the goal of this tournament is to improve.

“Our goal is not to go undefeated,” Clark said. “That’s never been a goal of mine. Our goal is to go 5-0 in February during the state dual team tournament. If we get beat now, it’s a good thing, but you never want to lose.”

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).

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