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January 3rd, 2012
CHARLOTTE â€” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney's offseason workload should be significantly less stressful than a year ago when it comes to re-signing free agents.
With 57 players either under contract or set to be tendered â€” including 20 of 22 projected starters â€” the Panthers are in pretty good shape personnel-wise as they look toward a promising future behind quarterback Cam Newton.
They don't have nearly as many unanswered questions as a year ago.
Following the conclusion of the 25th annual Catawba Valley Classic, prep basketball action returns today.
Teams in the early stages of the conference portions of their schedules in both the Catawba Valley Athletic 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A.
In a rematch of Thursdayâ€™s thrilling boys title game at the Catawba Valley Classic, Hickory welcomes Alexander Central.
Foard (10-3, 0-2) tries to snap a 26-game conference losing streak in boys basketball against South Caldwell (5-6, 0-2).
St. Stephens is also in action. The Indians travel to Hibriten.
All of Catawba Countyâ€™s high school swim teams meet at the Hickory YMCA tonight for the annual county swim meet.
The event, which starts at 6 p.m., features teams from Maiden, Fred T. Foard, St. Stephens, Hickory, Newton-Conover and Bandys.
The Red Tornadoes are the defending champions of the meet, winning both the boys and girls titles one year ago at Lenoir-Rhyneâ€™s Aquatic Center.
Hickoryâ€™s boys team earned 100 points last year, finishing 27 points ahead of Fred T. Foard.
In girls action, the Lady Red Tornadoesâ€™ 91 points were good enough to edge St. Stephensâ€™ 77 points.
Monday, Jan. 2
No games scheduled
Tuesday, Jan. 3
Bandys basketball at West Caldwell
Bunker Hill basketball vs. Draughn
Fred T. Foard basketball vs. South Caldwell
Maiden basketball vs. South Iredell
N-C basketball at East Burke
N-C wrestling at South Caldwell (Kings Mt.), 6 p.m.
Catawba County Meet at Hickory YMCA
St. Stephens basketball at Hibriten
Wednesday, Jan. 4
Bunker Hill at Bandys basketball
Fred T. Foard wrestling vs. East Burke/Lincolnton, 5 p.m.
Anderson at Lenoir-Rhyne basketball (women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.)
December 30th, 2011
Third timeâ€™s the charm â€” at least in the case of the ninth annual Peoples Bank Holiday Clash.
Bandys scored 29 points in the first quarter, and maintained at least a 10-point lead against North Lincoln for most of the game on its way to a third-straight girls title at the Clash.
â€śWhen I think about our tournament overall, I think itâ€™s a team effort,â€ť said Lady Trojans coach Beth Queen. â€śWhen you look at our box score, weâ€™ve been very balanced as far as points, steals and assists. Itâ€™s been a very balanced attack. Thatâ€™s what has made me very happy about this tournament.â€ť
CHARLOTTE â€” Dwight Howard had 20 points and 24 rebounds, Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, and the Orlando Magic beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-79 on Friday night for their third straight victory.
Orlando jumped to an 11-0 lead and never trailed, eventually leading 56-43 at halftime and building the lead up to as many as 21 in the second half. Charlotte never got closer than nine points in the second half.
Since 1983, John Robert Worley, the current athletic director and head football coach for Hickory High, has been immersed in the development of successful athletic programs for Hickory Public Schools.
During these 28 years of dedicated service, Worley, 51, has led young athletes to more than 445 collective wins in football, softball, and basketball. The achievements have been continuous through the years with recognition for conference titles, state playoffs, sectional and regional championships, and Worleyâ€™s selection as Conference Coach of the Year.
Tempers flared and aggression boiled over in a physical rubber match between Newton-Conover and Hickory for the Catawba Valley Classic girls title on Thursday.
When the dust settled, the Red Tornadoes hoisted their record 16th Classic banner, ending the Red Devilsâ€™ chance at a repeat.
The gameâ€™s final score mirrored that of a contest between the two schoolâ€™s football programs.
Newton-Conover and Hickory combined to make 17-of-74 field goal attempts â€” a staggering 22 percent for the game.
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.
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. Foardâ€™s No. 21, Brooke Robinson, scoring a game-high 26 points to lift the Lady Tigers to a consolation final win, 52-42.
â€śOverall, Iâ€™m proud of the way we responded, especially after our first round loss,â€ť said Foard coach Bradley Mangum. â€śI think weâ€™ve grown up the past days, particularly with some things. Weâ€™ve just got to continue to get better, and go to South Caldwell on Tuesday.â€ť