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December 15th

L-R's Chandler Rearden named All-American

December 15, 2011

Lenoir-Rhyne senior offensive lineman Chandler Rearden was selected to the 2011 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America football second team. Rearden earns All-American honors for the second year in a row.

Rearden, a three-time First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference selection (2008, 2010-11), won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the second straight season this fall. The trophy is given annually to the top offensive lineman in the league.

Rearden helped guide Lenoir-Rhyne to its first conference championship in 17 years in 2011.

Bobcats land shooting guard Williams from Warriors

December 15, 2011

CHARLOTTE — Bobcats coach Paul Silas got what he wanted — a long-range shooter.

Charlotte signed shooting guard Reggie Williams to a two-year contract Thursday, filling one of the team's biggest needs.

But the team also announced Williams will have surgery in the coming days to repair a tear of the lateral meniscus in his left knee. He's expected to be sidelined for approximately six to eight weeks with the pre-existing injury.

December 14th

Maiden’s Crawford selected to Hall of Fame

December 14, 2011

A former Maiden athlete was selected Wednesday to be a part of the Davidson College Athletics Hall of Fame.

Ryan Crawford, who played for the Wildcats from 1998-2001, joins a list of five names being inducted into the Wildcats’ Hall of Fame on Feb. 4.
Crawford, along with swimmer Mary Shell Brosche, tennis coach Jeff Frank, track star Philip Koonce and baseball player Alan Lewis, will make up the 23rd induction class at Davidson.

A four-year letterman with the Wildcats, Crawford earned first-team Associated Press honors his senior year.

N-C, Bandys take 2nd, 3rd in Valdese meet

December 14, 2011

GIRLS

Team Scores
1. East Burke; 2. Newton-Conover; 3. Bandys

Individual Event Results
Girls 200 Medley Relay: 1. N-C 2:19.72; 2. EB 2:22.9; 3. BHS 2:30.21
Girls 200 Free: 1. Michaela Beatty BHS, 2:10.44; 2. Kelley Cansler N-C, 2:43.87; 3. Tori Brown BHS, 2:49.57
Girls 200 IM: 1. Abigail LeQuire N-C, 2:36.57; 2. Nikki Whisnant BHS, 3:06.65; 3. Anna Tinkelenberg N-C, 3:18.07
Girls 50 Free: 1. Rachael Picciano EB, 27.60; 2. Bethany Kassuba EB, 32.41; 3. Madison Self N-C, 34.03

Bobcats sign F Melvin Ely for depth in the post

December 14, 2011

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Bobcats signed power forward/center Melvin Ely to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract Wednesday giving them a veteran presence in the middle.

The move comes one day after they lost free agent center Kwame Brown to the Warriors.

An eight-year NBA veteran, Ely has played in 373 games for the Clippers, Bobcats, Spurs, Hornets and Nuggets. He holds career averages of 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds, while shooting .460 from the field. Last season, Ely averaged 2.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.2 minutes in 30 games played for the Nuggets.

December 13th

Red Devils sweep CVAC openers versus Maiden

December 13, 2011

Leading 30-23 at the half, the Newton-Conover boys basketball team scored 14 straight points to open the second half, which helped them pull away for the 54-39 victory in Tuesday’s conference opener against Maiden.

Kevin Halloway scored 13 points for the Red Devils (4-2, 1-0), while Thomas Corpening, Kevin Cline and Joshuwell McCombs each scored eight points.

Maiden (3-3, 0-1) was led by Jalen Gibbs with 12 points and Jason Gantt with eight points.

Newton-Conover 68, Maiden 29

Indians cage Bears on the mat

December 13, 2011

The St. Stephens wrestling team improved to 12-4 on the season, sweeping a tri-match between Bunker Hill (6-5) and East Wilkes.

The Indians earned four pins against the Bears, including Justin Kidd at 120 pounds, Hunter Schronce at 132 pounds, Ian Martin at 145 pounds and Matt Baker at 220 pounds.

Both St. Stephens and Bunker Hill earned wins over East Wilkes, who did not show up and forfeited its matches.

Bunker Hill competes again this weekend at the Pirate Invitational at Porter Ridge High School, while St. Stephens travels to West Lincoln.

Bobcats to go small after losing Brown

December 13, 2011

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Bobcats are gearing up for some small ball.

Starting center Kwame Brown agreed to a one-year contract worth $7 million with Golden State on Tuesday, leaving the Bobcats with one of the shortest starting lineups in the NBA.

The Bobcats planned to run quite a bit this season anyway, but now it will be imperative to play an up-tempo game.

"When you're so small you don't want to play half court with guys," said point guard D.J. Augustin. "You want to run and play transition and get some easy points off fast breaks."

December 12th

Four prep wrestling teams receive votes in latest poll

December 12, 2011

The latest dual team coaches poll was released Monday, and included among the ranks are four Catawba County teams.

Newton-Conover is the highest ranked tean among those in the 2A ranks, while Foard is the top 3A team.

The Red Devils (15-0), coming off a second tournament win in a row this past weekend at North Iredell, received 166 votes, including two first-place votes.

N-C trailed only Croatan and Piedmont in the poll.

Bandys also received votes in the 2A ranks, but was just outside the top five in sixth place.

Lilly, Lail place well at prestigious event

December 12, 2011

Local golfers Thomas Lilly and Tyler Lail were among the top finishers at one of the most prestigious junior golf tournaments in the state of North Carolina.

Lilly, a junior at Maiden High School, finished fourth in scoring on Sunday among a field of 57 golfers at the 22nd Charles Tilghman Junior Championships.

He completed the tournament in 18th place at 7-over-par. Among boys age 15-16, he came in eighth.

Bunker Hill senior Tyler Lail, the reigning CVAC golfer of the year, finished in a tie for 28th with two other golfers.

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