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March 28th, 2011
Same school. New team.
Jonathan Tharpe is trading one basketball team for another at Newton-Conover.
He stepped down as the girls basketball coach to lead the boys basketball team.
Tharpe replaces Mark Carter, who is retiring from coaching and teaching at the school.
Hibriten knocked off previously unbeaten Fred T. Foard on Friday in one of the most unusual softball games.
The game featured a no-hitter through four innings, two key injuries to the Lady Tigers (8-1, 3-1) and a nine-run seventh inning for Hibriten (6-4, 2-2).
Bandys defeated Maiden on the softball diamond Thursday in a showdown of two of the top teams in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference.
Taylor Sigmon was 4-for-4, and Katie Carpenter had two doubles and three RBIs in the Lady Trojans' win.
"It was a very competitive game," said Trojans coach Mike Carpenter. "I was very impressed with Maiden and how they hit the ball. They were sound defensively. Their pitcher moved the ball around well. I was proud of our girls for using the opposite field. We persevered today."
Newton-Conover and Maiden battled in menâ€™s tennis Wednesday, but they also fought the elements.
Wind played havoc for many tennis players, as painful looks of frustration layered the courts at Newton-Conover.
Fred T. Foard won four singles matches and swept the doubles matches on its way to a Northwestern Conference victory on the court Tuesday.
The Tigers (2-4, 2-4) were led by No. 2 player Tyler Costner, who battled back in his match against Jake Wright. Costner went down early in the match and fell behind a set, 3-6.
Costner battled back though, winning a second set 6-3. He found trouble again in the third set tiebreaker, as he fell behind 5-1. After switching sides, Costner channeled his frustration and rallied back to win the third set and match, 10-7.
The St. Stephens softball team fought back from a 5-1 deficit late in its game against Lake Norman, but fell just short of a comeback.
The Lady Indians (4-3) scored three runs in the seventh inning, but it wasnâ€™t enough. The Lady Wildcats picked up the 5-4 victory to maintain their 8-0 record.
Trailing 5-1 and heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Indians coach Jan Davis gave her team an impassioned speech as players came off the field.
The temperature heated up Friday and so did the pitching at St. Stephens.
Lady Indiansâ€™ pitcher Katie Baker and Alexander Centralâ€™s pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson combined to allow one hit in six innings in Fridayâ€™s Northwestern Conference battle.Â
The Lady Cougars (5-0, 4-0) got the best of Baker and the Indians (4-2, 0-2) in the sixth inning, as she allowed two crucial hits. The Indians made two critical errors in a heartbreaking 3-0 loss at home.
The Hickory menâ€™s golf team won the Catawba County golf tournament for the 11th time in 12 attempts Thursday.
Leading the Red Tornadoes was the sensational play of senior J.T. Poston, who shot a 4-under-par-68 to win the tournament. That performance comes three days after he shot a 1-under-par-71 Monday in a Northwestern Conference match.
Maiden survived a furious rally from Newton-Conover to win a hard-fought Catawba Valley Athletic Conference softball contest Wednesday.Â
The Blue Devils' win came despite a monster six RBI game from N-C shortstop Breanna Jones. She was 3-for-4 on the day, including a double.
Maiden got off to a great start in the game by scoring six runs in the first two innings. Christian Childers drove in Lauren Sizemore on a single for the first run of the game.
Lindsay Schronce scored on an error on N-C third basemen Sarah Van Horn to make it 2-0 after the first inning.
In leau of the Harlem Globetrotterâ€™s performance in Hickory on Sunday, Anthony â€śBucketsâ€ť Blakes discusses a variety of topics, including his early memories of watching the Globetrotters, his favorite players and his experiences with the team.
Below is what he had to say in a one-on-one interview.
Q: Growing up as a kid, were the Globetrotters something you ever got a chance to see or watch?