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February 7th, 2011
The quest to be the best on the mat starts tonight.
Five teams in the area will compete in the opening rounds of the Dual Team state championships. It will mark the first day in a week's worth of competition for many schools.
Among those competing are 2A schools Newton-Conover, Bandys and Bunker Hill.
Representing the 3A schools St. Stephens and Fred T. Foard.
Hickory made it 3-for-3 on Senior Night.
The Red Tornadoes made nine 3-pointers, including four in the third quarter to maintain a double-digit lead on their way to a win over rival St. Stephens on Friday.
With the victory, Hickory secured its third win of the season over the Indians and at least a co-championship of the Northwestern 3A/4A.
As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, a longtime resident in Catawba County is remembered.
Ron Kuchenbecker, who passed away on Sept. 24, 2009, was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan that lived in Newton. His team will face the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday at Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas.
âWe miss âKuchâ,â said former N-C athletic director Don Patrick. âHe was a big fan for the Red Devils, but he was the epitome of a Green Bay Packer fan.â
The future just got a little brighter for a few Red Devils.
Four Newton-Conover athletes signed paperwork on Wednesday to play NCAA athletics and further their education.
Football players Octavius Harden and Mike Comer signed on to attend Wofford College, while football teammate Cameron Shuford and tennis player John Reid signed with Mars Hill College.
The PA system may have been silent before the Newton-Conover and Bunker Hill girls basketball game, but the Lady Red Devils offensive and defense were loud.
Kadesha Gibbs and Samiya Pitts combined for 26 of the Lady Red Devilsâ 57 points, and Newton-Conover forced 26 Bunker Hill turnovers on their way to the Catawba Valley 2A victory.
The win by the Lady Red Devils (16-2, 10-1) is the first since a tough 61-44 defeat last week against East Burke.
Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharpe remembers the game all too well.
The Catawba Valley Athletic Conference honored 18 female and 15 male swimmers in the area on Monday.
Among those honored were eight swimmers from Newton-Conover and four swimmers from Bandys.
Bandysâ Michaela Beatty was named the girlâs swimmer of the year. Beatty had an impressive year, especially in her two strongest events. She won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events at the CVAC championships on Jan. 22.
Beatty finished third in both events at the state level as a sophomore last season.
Twenty-three makes and nine misses.
The Lady Tigers made their free throws when they counted and forced 23 St. Stephens turnovers to pick up the Northwestern 3A/4A victory.
Nine of the Lady Indian's turnovers in the game came in the third quarter, which allowed Foard to distance themselves from their opponents.
"The intensity level in the third quarter made all the difference in the world," said Lady Tigers head coach Wendy Price. "Every time we run our press well, we get turnovers. They turned it up out there. Just getting those layups off the turnovers was important."
A home run for the Crawdads.
The 2011 Hot Stove Banquet didnât disappoint the public and showcased a variety of local and national baseball teams.
Mark Seaman, Crawdads general manager, discussed the 2010 season on and off the field.
Last season, the Crawdads finished 75-64, which was second best in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League.
Hickory also clinched the first-half division.
âThis is probably the largest turnout we have had at the Hot Stove,â Seaman said. âWe appreciate everyone coming out and kicking off the 19th season of Crawdads baseball.â
June can't come soon enough for one Bunker Hill senior.
Jeremy Null, a 6-foot-7-inch 215-pound pitcher for the Bears, will graduate this spring. However, he will also be looking forward to the month because of the Major League Baseball Draft.
"I am just anxious," Null said. "I want to graduate, but I love high school too. High school has been a blast. It will be a bunch of mixed emotions. I am ready to see what the draft is going to be like."
The Trojans won the battle, but the Red Devils won the war.
In a match up of top five teams in the state in 2A, Newton-Conover used an early lead to hold off Bandys for the crucial Catawba Valley Athletic Conference victory.
"It is good to wrestle somebody one times," said Newton-Conover coach Eddy Clark. "We will see them again at the conference tournament and it really would not surprise me if we see them down the road in the postseason."