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March 5th, 2012
CHAPEL HILL â€” North Carolina was a preseason No. 1 stocked with experience and potential NBA talent that cruised through the regular season showing only flashes of the dominant form everyone had expected.
The fourth-ranked Tar Heels have gotten everyone's attention again.
North Carolina clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship by overwhelming Duke in its famously hostile arena. The question now is whether that weekend performance was just one game or the start of something more for the Tar Heels heading into this week's ACC tournament in Atlanta.
Monday, March 5
NWC golf at Orchard Hill GC (South Caldwell)
Maiden baseball vs. Lincolnton
Bandys baseball at Lincoln Charter
Bunker Hill baseball vs. North Lincoln
Bunker Hill softball vs. North Lincoln
Newton-Conover softball at Hickory
Foard soccer vs. Burns
Newton-Conover soccer at Lincoln Charter
Foard tennis vs. Lake Norman
Newton-Conover tennis vs. Salisbury vs. Hickory
L-R women's golf at Lady Pirate Invitational
L-R men's golf at Richard Rendleman Invitational
L-R women's tennis at Barton, 1 p.m.
L-R men's tennis at Barton, 1 p.m.
Thirteen was an unlucky number for the Bandys girls basketball team Saturday in the 2A West Regional finals in Greensboro.
Bandys, which led Wilkes Central by 13 points at halftime, scored 13 second-half points on its way to falling to the Lady Eagles by 13, 58-45.
The Lady Trojans finish their season at 28-3.
Bandys' third trip to the 2A West Regionals will be longer than the first two.
Madi Story made sure of that Friday night.
The sophomore guard powered her way to 33 points and 10 rebounds against North Surry, leading the Lady Trojans (28-2) to the sectional championship, 60-49, at Fleming Gym on the campus of UNC-Greensboro.
"That's been in her all year," Bandys coach Beth Queen said of Story's performance. "Madi just took control of the game, put us on her shoulders and carried us. She saw what had to be done and took it to the rim for us."
Newton-Conover senior running back Jervasse Moss was tabbed Friday to play in the 64th annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star football game.
Moss will play for the West as one of 32 high school football players on the squad.
â€śI think this is a good opportunity to get ready and prepared for college,â€ť Moss said. â€śItâ€™s very special because I didnâ€™t get to play many games this season. God just blessed me with another game to play in high school football against the best players. Weâ€™ll see what happens when I get down there.â€ť
Behind a one-hit performance on the mound from Ben Watson, St. Stephens defeated Maiden on the baseball diamond, 7-0 â€” the second win by the Indians against the Blue Devils.
St. Stephens scored six runs in the sixth inning, and were led offensively by Luke Barton, who went 3-for-4 from the plate with two doubles.
The Indians' Logan Gray was 2-for-3 with a double, while Ky'rawn Whitfield went 2-for-3, as well.
Aaron Rudisill delivered the lone Maiden hit, while Adam Houston suffered the loss on the mound for the Blue Devils.
DURHAM â€” Austin Rivers punctuated his first North Carolina-Duke game with one of the biggest shots in the rivalry's history.
For an encore, the freshman wants to bring his fourth-ranked Blue Devils another ACC regular-season title.
The No. 1 seed in the conference tournament â€” and maybe one in the NCAA tournament, too â€” once again is on the line Saturday night when Duke (26-4, 13-2) faces the sixth-ranked Tar Heels (26-4, 13-2) in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference co-leaders.
Fred T. Foard won a match-up of powerhouses in 2A and 3A softball on Thursday, knocking off defending CVAC champion Bandys, 2-1.
The Lady Tigers (2-0) were guided on the mound by a two-hit, 15-strikeout performance from Lexi Shubert.
Addison Bolick led Foard offensively. She drove in two runs on a double in the top of the fourth inning, scoring Mackenzie Dziendziel and Ashley Oliver, who had reached base on a walk and double, respectively.
â€śWhen we picked up those two runs, that was really big,â€ť said Foard coach David Shubert. â€śAddison had a couple of big hits.â€ť
Third-ranked Newton-Conover won a match-up on the tennis court of top-five teams, winning three singles and two doubles on its way to defeating No. 4 Salisbury, 5-3.
Micheal Ogden (S) def. Ryan Lampe 6-4, 6-3; John Tate (N-C) def. Alan Lebowitz 6-2, 6-4; Abraham Post (S) def. Tyler Barrymore 4-6, 6-3, 10-6; Hunter Nestor (N-C) def. Brock Overcash 6-4, 7-5; Jesse Gill (N-C) def. Clint Comadoll 6-3, 6-1; Shivam Desai (N-C) def. Chris Derrick 3-6, 6-1, 11-9.
A sinkhole near the baseball field at Hickory High School is causing the Red Tornadoes to move their home baseball games.
Hickory baseball coach David Craft said he was recently notified of the issue at the field.
â€śThere was a problem with an area outside of the playing surface at our field,â€ť Craft said. â€śWeâ€™ve been notified that we are not to use our field.â€ť
Beverly Snowden, public information officer with Hickory Public Schools, said the issue was caused by an existing pipe.