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December 29th

Tigers surge by N-C in second half for win

December 29, 2011

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.

Brooke Robinson's 26 paces Foard past Maiden

December 29, 2011

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. Foard’s No. 21, Brooke Robinson, scoring a game-high 26 points to lift the Lady Tigers to a consolation final win, 52-42.

“Overall, I’m proud of the way we responded, especially after our first round loss,” said Foard coach Bradley Mangum. “I think we’ve grown up the past days, particularly with some things. We’ve just got to continue to get better, and go to South Caldwell on Tuesday.”

December 28th

Tigers beat Indians behind second half run

December 29, 2011

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.

Late free throw lifts Foard past Maiden

December 29, 2011

A free throw by Foard’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

Panthers LB Wilson has 4 guns stolen from truck

December 28, 2011

CHARLOTTE — 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.

N.C. State beats Louisville in Belk Bowl

December 28, 2011

CHARLOTTE — 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 — 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 — to give him an ACC record 13 for the season.

Former North Carolina star Dre' Bly set the previous mark of 11 in 1996.

December 27th

Lady Red Devils tally 23 steals in victory

December 27, 2011

Newton-Conover's 2010 Catawba Valley Classic title defense started where it ended last season — 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.

“I thought in the first half, we were still in our Christmas mode,” said N-C coach Ike Williams. “I think we overindulged in food and gifts. We talked about it at halftime and we stepped it up. I'm happy for a win.”

Red Tornadoes oust Bears in CV Classic opener

December 27, 2011

Hickory kicked off its “drive for five” 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 Thursday’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

Girls bracket

Smith, Kalil selected to Pro Bowl, but not Newton

December 27, 2011

CHARLOTTE — Panthers center Ryan Kalil and receiver Steve Smith were selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team Tuesday night, but sensational rookie quarterback Cam Newton wasn't.

Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Eli Manning were the three NFC quarterbacks who made the Pro Bowl ahead of Newton.

Manning threw for 26 touchdowns and ran for one, while Newton combined for 34 touchdowns — 20 passing and 14 rushing. Newton was selected as a first alternate and will play in the game if any of the three quarterbacks ahead of him make it to the Super Bowl.

Bobcats score win over Bucks

December 27, 2011

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas floated the idea last week of playing point guards D.J. Augustin and Kemba Walker at the same time once they got comfortable with each other, even though it might put his team at a big size disadvantage.

Apparently they're comfortable.

When crunch time arrived Monday night both were on the floor. Augustin scored 19 points, Walker added 13, including two free throws with 9.9 seconds remaining, as the Bobcats erased a 14-point second half deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 96-95 in their season opener.

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