Archive - Sports Article
CHARLOTTE â€” Cam Newton had no shortage of doubters coming into the NFL.
They're much harder to find now.
The No. 1 pick in the NFL draft added to his remarkable season by breaking Peyton Manning's rookie record for yards passing and setting a franchise mark with a 91-yard touchdown toss to Brandon LaFell as the Carolina Panthers handed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their ninth straight defeat, 48-16 on Saturday.
Newton-Conover finished second at its host Red Devil Duals, going 4-1 during the tournament.
The Red Devils (20-1) toppled Durham School of the Arts (48-24), Alexander Central (44-18), Hibriten (58-22) and Enka (37-27) before falling to eventual team champion Piedmont, 35-21.
Four Newton-Conover wrestlers went 5-0 during the tournament, including Ian Canrobert, Coleman Carter, Addison Klutz and Tyler Benfield.
Newton-Conover and Piedmont matched up in last year's championship of the tournament with the Red Devils edging Piedmont, 41-27.
Christmas tournament season kicked off a little early in Claremont on Thursday during the first-ever â€śHoopinâ€™ at the Hillâ€ť junior varsity basketball tournament held at Bunker Hill High School.
In girls competition, it was the Lady Bears advancing to Fridayâ€™s title game with a 35-29 victory against North Wilkes.
Brittany Travis scored 16 points, while Fantasia Umberger, Jasmine Jenkins, Cristy Thao and Kayla Garrett added four points each.
The Lady Bears face West Wilkes, who won a 55-50 overtime thrilller with North Lincoln, in the final.
CHARLOTTE â€” The last time Cam Newton faced the Buccaneers he ran his way into the NFL record books.
This time he'll use his arm to do the same.
The Panthers sensational rookie quarterback needs 18 yards passing Saturday against Tampa Bay to break Peyton Manning's rookie single-season record of 3,739 yards.
But Newton said that record is not as important as closing the season with two wins and helping the Panthers (5-9) carry a load of momentum into next season when their games once again starting counting for something.
For the 15th straight year, Newton-Conover hosts its unique Red Devil Duals wrestling tournament starting Friday.
The Duals feature six teams, including the Red Devils, Alexander Central, Hibriten, Durham School of the Arts, Enka and Piedmont.
N-C coach Eddy Clark said despite his teamâ€™s 16-0 record this season, the goal of this tournament is to improve.
â€śOur goal is not to go undefeated,â€ť Clark said. â€śThatâ€™s never been a goal of mine. Our goal is to go 5-0 in February during the state dual team tournament. If we get beat now, itâ€™s a good thing, but you never want to lose.â€ť
Playing Hickory for the second time around, it was a much different result for the Newton-Conover girls basketball team.
Shynese Whitener scored 22 points and four Lady Red Devils reached double-digits, delivering the Lady Red Tornadoes their first loss of the season in a 57-52 win on Tuesday in Newton.
Kadesha Gibbs added 11 points for Newton-Conover (6-2), while Taylor Petty and Dashia Tipps added 10 points each.
Danasia Witherspoon led Hickory (9-1) with 19 points.
St. Stephens 51, Bandys 39
Chris Hefner scored 11 points and Kerigan Farley added 10 points to lead the Indians (8-3) to a non-conference victory against the Trojans.
St. Stephens turned a one-point lead in the first quarter into a 32-22 lead at halftime. That distance carried through the rest of the game, pacing the Indians to their second win over the Trojans.
Hayden Deal led Bandys (0-9) with 12 points.
Bandys 80, St. Stephens 26
CHARLOTTE â€” A quick glimpse at the numbers suggests the Panthers should focus on upgrading their defense next offseason.
But that's not necessarily the team's thinking as it begins to look ahead to 2012.
Although the Panthers rank 23rd in the NFL in total defense this year â€” as opposed to fifth on offense â€” general manager Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera feel the defense is much improved over the last month.
The Panthers (5-9) have held three of their last four opponents to fewer than 20 points entering Sunday's game against Tampa Bay (4-10).
For the second time this season, the Newton-Conover and St. Stephens wrestling teams tangled on the mat.
The first time, the Red Devils earned a victory against host St. Stephens during the Indian Classic a few weeks ago. The result Monday wasn't any different.
Newton-Conover (16-0) won 11-of-14 individual matches, including six pins and three by technical fall on its way to a 57-14 victory in Newton.
The pairings for this yearâ€™s Catawba Valley Classic were released Monday.
The opening round for the tournament starts on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
The boysâ€™ slate of games will be played at Hickory High School, while the girls games will be at the Tarlton Complex, formerly the Multi-Purpose Center, at Catawba Valley Community College.
Hickory, the defending boys champion, is seeded No. 1 and will take on Bunker Hill at 6 p.m.