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The final home game of the Carolina Panthersâ€™ 2010 season started with two rookies starting at quarterback. Carolinaâ€™s Jimmy Clausen was still looking for his first win as a starter, and Arizonaâ€™s John Skelton was making the second start of his career.
Clausen walked off the field with the victory â€“ his first as a starter in a Carolina Panthersâ€™ uniform. The Panthers defeated the Cardinals 19-12 and earned their second regular-season win at home in the 2010 calendar year.
â€śYouâ€™re supposed to win games,â€ť Clausen said. â€śThis was big for us going into the next two games and next year.â€ť
Newton-Conoverâ€™s girls varsity team improved to 2-0 in conference play Friday night, with a 59-47 win over Bandys.
The Trojans took an early 4-3 lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Red Devils went on a 13-2 run to end the quarter and take the momentum.
â€śWe talked about coming out and going right at them,â€ť said Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharp. â€śWe knew we had to come out and be aggressive and match their intensity. Bandys has been scoring a lot of points lately, so it was important we set the tempo.â€ť
The frigid air of Catawba County wasnâ€™t the only thing that was cold Wednesday night.
Maidenâ€™s offensive attack was just as icy.
The Blue Devils fell behind West Caldwell 22-2 at the end of the first quarter on the way to a 30-point loss in Maiden.
â€śI think we started out real flat. We had a bad first quarter,â€ť said Maiden boys basketball coach Doug Miller. â€śA lot of that is to their credit, but for six out of the first eight games this year, we have
started with a slow start, and we got behind the eight ball.â€ť
Hickory High swimmer Graham Williams is among 12 student athletes who have tentatively committed to swimming and diving teams at the University of North Carolina.
The UNC menâ€™s and womenâ€™s swimming and diving teams signed 12 prospective student-athletes to national letters of intent during the early signing period according to Tar Heel head swimming coach Rich DeSelm. The class is expected to be among the nationâ€™s best, and it includes seven men and five women. The 12 student-athletes will enroll at Carolina in August 2011.
It has been a long time since Newton-Conover Middle School has lost a wrestling match in Catawba County.
In fact, Tuesdayâ€™s 52-26 win over Maiden Middle School marks the 100th straight victory the young Red Devils have notched.
â€śThis is bigger than any championship we could actually win ... Thatâ€™s 100 consecutive wins over the past eight years,â€ť said Newton-Conover Middle School wrestling coach Ben Crawford. â€śWe have been undefeated countywide. We had to get four wins this season. We ran off three in a row and hit the fourth one here.â€ť
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Marcus Shuford has been selected to play in the 2011 Cactus Bowl.
The game is scheduled to take place on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at Javelina Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The NCAA Division II Football All-Star Game is comprised of the top 88 D-II seniors in the nation.
Shuford, a senior free safety from Newton, was named the 2010 South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player Of The Year, becoming the third player in school history to earn the honor.Â
With a conference championship in volleyball and second-place finishes in football and menâ€™s cross-country, Newton-Conover High School is atop the Wachovia Conference Cup standings after the fall sports season.
Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo company, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, on Monday announced the standings for fall sports in the Wachovia Conference Cup competitions for the 2010-2011 sports season.
Three Catawba County high school wrestling programs achieved top-five rankings in a coaches poll released Monday.
Retro Rankings, a website chronicling North Carolina high school wrestling released its latest dual team poll. In the poll, participating coaches in the state were invited to submit their top five prep wrestling teams in each division.
In the 2A division, where 18 coaches cast ballots, Newton-Conover placed third and received four first-place votes. Bandys placed fourth and also received four first-place votes. Croatan High School place first, and received 11 first-place votes.
CHARLOTTE â€” Amid 12 losses and 13 players lost to season-ending injuries, the Carolina Panthers are sticking with their apologetic quarterback.
Minutes after John Fox announced Monday that defensive end Everette Brown and linebacker Jason Williams are joining the crowded injured reserve list, the embattled coach said rookie Jimmy Clausen "more than likely" will start Sunday against Arizona.
St. Stephens is off to its best start in 17 years after defeating Bunker Hill 59-38 on Friday.
But the Indians arenâ€™t necessarily thinking about a perfect 7-0 record.
â€śIt is more important for us to get ready for conference play on Tuesday,â€ť said St. Stephens coach Gary Bowne. â€śWin or lose, we had to play well.â€ť
Play well they did, extending a 25-17 halftime lead into a 21-point victory. Key to the win was a strong third quarter when the Indians outscored Bunker Hill 20-9.