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March 13th, 2012
Following a second six-year tenure as Bandys girls basketball coach, Beth Queen is stepping down.
Queen, who has spent 16 seasons as a player and coach at the school, said she knew before this past season started that it would be her last.
â€śThat was part of my plan the whole time,â€ť Queen said. â€śWhen I came back six years ago, the Bandys girls basketball program wasnâ€™t very successful. I wanted to rebuild the program. At that time, it was my intention to stay six years.â€ť
Queen coached the Trojans from 1998-2003 before leaving to spend time with her family
Capping a stellar prep basketball career, Newton-Conoverâ€™s Shynese Whitener was named the 2012 District 10 girls basketball player of the year by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA).
Receiving the honor caught the senior off guard.
â€śIâ€™m definitely surprised,â€ť Whitener said. â€śIâ€™m still shocked. Itâ€™s an honor to receive this award. It was fun just going out every night, having my teammates support and playing basketball. It goes to show you that hard work pays off.â€ť
Two of the best tennis teams in the Catawba Valley 2A collided Tuesday in Newton.
When the dust settled, Newton-Conover had notched its 64th straight home conference victory with a 7-2 win against Maiden.
â€śThis was biggest hurdle in that winning streak,â€ť said N-C coach Brian Tate. â€śThis is probably the least inexperienced team Iâ€™ve ever had since Iâ€™ve been here. Weâ€™re getting better.â€ť
Newton-Conover High School's new athletic director says he wants to take the Red Devils sports program to the next level.
School district leaders say he has the athletic and administrative experience to do it.
Billy Leeson was hired this month to serve as NCHS's athletic director and assistant principal.
While Newton-Conover golfer Lee Mitchell may be the â€śnew kid on the block,â€ť he certainly didnâ€™t play that way Monday.
The senior, who came to Newton-Conover from Alabama, shot a 1-under-par 34 on the back nine of the Jackson Course at Rock Barn to medal and lift the Red Devils to a big non-conference match victory.
Mitchell, who played in a group with Maidenâ€™s Thomas Lilly and Bunker Hillâ€™s Tyler Lail, held his own against two of the top CVAC golfers in 2011.
Mitchellâ€™s round included birdies on holes three, seven and nine.
Avenging a loss to Cherryville three days prior, the Bunker Hill girls soccer team earned its first victory of the season Monday, 5-2.
Wilbelis Rojas pocked five goals for the Lady Bears (1-5). She has eight goals on the season.
Alondra Zavala added a goal for Bunker Hill in the third minute. Yesenia Chavez, Getzi Tiscareno, Rosa Zavala and Patricia Chavez assisted on the goals scored.
In goal, Kristina Lo had five saves, including a penalty kick save.
Bandys 5, Lincolnton 0
NEW ORLEANS â€” When the Hornets' Trevor Ariza faked a pass and bolted past Gerald Henderson in the final seconds, Henderson suspected Ariza's lane to the hoop for a potential game-tying score wasn't quite as open as it looked.
Ariza still had to contend with Bobcats rookie Bismack Biyombo, who knew better than to stray too far from the hoop with the game in the balance.
Biyombo went up with both arms extended and blocked Ariza's driving dunk attempt, allowing the Charlotte Bobcats to celebrate a 73-71 victory in the Big Easy on Monday night.
The NCAA infractions committee has hit North Carolina's football program with a one-year postseason ban, a reduction of 15 scholarships and three years of probation following an investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct.
In a ruling Monday, the committee said the school was responsible for multiple violations, including academic fraud and a failure to monitor its football program. It also issued a three-year show-cause penalty for former assistant coach John Blake, who had received personal loans from an NFL agent.
Monday, March 12
NWC at Brushy Mountain CC (Alexander Central)
CVAC golf vs. Bunker Hill (Rock Barn)
Bandys track and field at East Lincoln
Newton-Conover at East Lincoln
Bandys soccer vs. Lincolnton
Bunker Hill tennis at Lake Norman
L-R women's golf at Dana Rader Intercollegiate
L-R softball vs. Shepherd (doubleheader), 2 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13
St. Stephens softball at Hibriten
Maiden softball at Newton-Conover
Bandys softball vs. Draughn
Bunker Hill softball at East Burke
Foard softball at South Caldwell
CHAPEL HILL â€” Dante Battle and Terrill Hilliard both had double-doubles as Rocky Mount beat Hickory 78-64 Saturday night for the Class 3-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association men's championship.
Battle, named the game's MVP, finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Hilliard added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Gryphons (27-3), who won their second 3-A title in the last three years and fifth overall.
Kenneth Peoples chipped in 12 points and Tabias Hilliard 10 for Rocky Mount, which shot 41.8 percent and outrebounded Hickory 51-38.