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February 21st, 2012
In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the St. Stephens wrestling team, the Indians produced three state qualifiers.
Bradley Bader, Blake Rogers and Ian Martin will each vie for a state title when the NCHSAA individual state championships start Thursday.
Indians coach Billy Baker said the wrestlers worked hard this offseason to earn their postseason appearances.
The four remaining Catawba County basketball squads that made it through the first round of the NCHSAA playoffs are hosting second round games tonight.
In the 2A ranks, the Newton-Conover and Bandys girls basketball teams are at home at 7 p.m.
The No. 3 Lady Red Devils (25-3) host the CVACâ€™s third-place finisher and No. 11 seeded East Burke (18-9).Â
Newton-Conover swept the season series against the Lady Cavaliers.
The winner of that game gets either No. 2 Mountain Heritage (25-2) or No. 7 East Rutherford (18-7).
RALEIGH â€” Kendall Marshall had a career-high 22 points and 13 assists to help No. 7 North Carolina beat North Carolina State 86-74 on Tuesday night.
Harrison Barnes added 20 points for the Tar Heels (24-4, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who extended their domination of their nearby rivals. North Carolina has won 12 straight meetings and hasn't lost to the Wolfpack (18-10, 7-6) in five years.
New year. Same teams. Same result.
After falling to eventual 3A state champion Hunter Huss, 77-49, one year ago in the playoffs, St. Stephens was dealt the same fate Monday.
The Indians (15-12) fell behind in the second quarter and never caught up, losing to the Huskies (13-10) at home.
â€ś(Huss) really came on late in the year it seems,â€ť said Indians coach Murphy Post. â€śI think they are playing their best ball right now.â€ť
Proving its right to be a playoff team, Saint took an 8-2 lead early in the ball game.
Madi Story scored 41 points in Bandysâ€™ 97-46 playoff victory over Central Davidson on Monday.
Story, who finished the night 17-of-23 from the field, also scored her 1,000th career point for the Lady Trojans (25-2).
Taylor Sigmon added a double-double for Bandys with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Jesse Story pitched in 14 points.
Newton-Conover 82, West Lincoln 25
Behind 24 points from Shynese Whitener and 22 points from Taylor Petty, the Lady Red Devils advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
RALEIGH â€” Bobby Lutz and Orlando Early know the pressure facing North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried when he calls a play late in a tight game or tries to discern team morale after a tough loss.
The assistants have been there before as head coaches running their own programs.
With their experience on the Wolfpack bench, it's no coincidence the program is having its best season in six years. Lutz spent a dozen years as Charlotte's head coach; Early spent five years as head coach at Louisiana-Monroe.
It was a successful Saturday for the Newton-Conover wrestling program â€” both as a team and individually.
The Red Devils held off Pisgah to earn the 2A West Regional crown, while qualifying five wrestlers for next weekend's state championships in Greensboro.
Among the five Red Devils heading to states are Ian Canrobert at 106 pounds, Franklin Wepner at 126 pounds, Tyler Benfield at 195 pounds, Eric Holbrook at 145 pounds and Addison Klutz at 152 pounds.
Wepner also picked up an individual title at the regionals, defeating Polk County's Jose Ramirez in the 126-pound final.
Fred T. Foard added a second-straight 3A West Regional title to its program's history on Saturday.
The Tigers scored 159 points on their way to the Regional championship, qualifying seven wrestlers for next weekend's state championships in Greensboro in the process.
Two Tigers â€” Ben Pitts at 132 pounds and Hayden Albert at 160 pounds â€”Â also scored individual titles in their respective weight class at the regionals.
The 2A and 3A brackets for the boys and girls state basketball playoffs were released on Saturday with five teams both hosting and traveling for first round contests.
The CVAC co-champions in girls basketball â€” Bandys and Newton-Conover â€” are home for the first round.
The Lady Trojans are seeded No. 4 in the Midwest bracket and take on Central Davidson in Catawba. The winner meets No. 5 Thomasville or No. 12 Cuthbertson in Wednesday's second round.
Cayla Miller picked the perfect time to have one of the biggest nights of her career.
The Newton-Conover senior guard scored 11 points â€” all in the second half â€” to guide the Lady Red Devils to the Catawba Valley 2A tournament title Friday in a 64-53 win over Bandys.
â€śI canâ€™t say enough about her,â€ť N-C coach Ike Williams said. â€śThatâ€™s the Cayla Miller weâ€™ve been waiting all year for to have a big game. She really stepped up. She hit a big three, made some putbacks and made some free throws. Thatâ€™s what you expect from a senior. Iâ€™m very proud of her.â€ť