Archive - Sports Article
January 21st, 2012
Northwestern 3A/4A championships (at Valdese Aquatic and Fitness Center)
1.St. Stephens 316; 2. Hickory 259; 3. Watauga 245; 4. Fred T. Foard 221; 5. S. Caldwell 220; 6. Hibriten 198; 7. Alexander Central 75.
200 medley relay
1. Watauga 2:03.94; 2. Fred T. Foard 2:04.5; 3. S. Caldwell 2:04.88; 4. St. Stephens 2:05.79; 5. Hibriten 2:07.51
The Newton-Conover boys basketball team (10-8, 5-3) opened the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run Friday, lifting them to a 62-56 win against the Blue Devils â€” their second win of the season against Maiden.
The Red Devils' 9-0 run was their second of the game. The team also had a 9-0 run in the second quarter of the game.
Kevin Holloway led N-C with 16 points, while Tyoun Shuford pitched in 12 points.
Matt Johnson scored a game-high 20 points for Maiden (6-10, 2-6).
Newton-Conover 85, Maiden 26
Bandys 77, Draughn 51
Chelsey Queen scored a career-high 21 points and dished out six assists, leading the Lady Trojans to their 17th straight win of the season.
Madi Story added 20 points, five assists and six steals for Bandys (17-0, 8-0).
Lauren Duckworth led Draughn (10-8, 3-5) with 19 points.
East Burke 76, Bunker Hill 37
The Lady Cavaliers picked up a conference victory against the Lady Bears on Friday.
Lauren Arney and Bailey Gragg each scored 15 points apiece, while Sydney Hicks added 11 points in the East Burke (12-6, 5-3) win.
CHAPEL HILL â€” North Carolina junior Dexter Strickland will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament in Thursday's win at Virginia Tech.
Strickland was hurt when his knee buckled on a drive early in the second half. The school said Friday that Strickland's surgery to repair the injury hasn't been scheduled yet.
â€śBig Daddyâ€ť just got a little bigger.
St. Stephens High School named Chris Bunting, the defensive coordinator for the Indians football team last season, as its newest head coach Thursday.
Bunting replaces Fred Whalen, who stepped down after two seasons in the post.
â€śWe have a great community here,â€ť Bunting said at a Thursday press conference at the school. â€śWe have a great support system with our principal and athletic director. We have an amazing faculty and our kids are fantastic. We have things in place that are very good for us.â€ť
Each of the 11 players on the CVCC menâ€™s basketball team scored at least one point Thursday against Patrick Henry, leading the Bucs to a 100-75 home win.
Justin Lail guided CVCC (6-9) with 19 points, while Will White and Anthony Hilliard scored 15 points each. Terrence Pol added a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Six players fouled out in the game, including five for Patrick Henry (8-5). Due to their foul trouble, the Patriots played with three players in the remaining minute of the game.
Lenoir-Rhyneâ€™s Stephan Arcieri has been named a â€śPlayer To Watchâ€ť in the Southeast region by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
The designation is part of the 2012 NCAA Div. II ABCA/Rawlings Preseason All-American Team.
Arcieri, a senior outfielder from Roswell, Ga., finished third on the team last season in hitting (.350) while starting 45 of the squadâ€™s 47 games.
Arcieri also led the team in hits (62) to go along with 12 stolen bases, 35 runs scored, three triples, 76 total bases and 26 runs batted in.
Catawba Countyâ€™s swim teams are preparing to compete in their respective conference meets, which start Friday in Valdese.
The Northwestern 3A/4A meet is Friday at 4 p.m. at the Valdese Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Catawba Valley 2A squads meet at the same location Saturday at 8 a.m. for their meet.
Last year, the two meets combined to crown four champions in different schools, including the East Burke and South Caldwell boys and St. Stephens and Draughn girls.
The Lady Indians will try to defend their crown, despite losing six senior swimmers to graduation.
Chris Nelson, head coach of the St. Stephens boys soccer program for two seasons, will step down Friday.
Nelson will become an athletic director in Colleton County, S.C.
He was offered the job Monday, accepted it and informed the players of his decision Tuesday.
â€śIâ€™m resigning the teaching and coaching position at the end of this semester,â€ť Nelson said in a phone interview.
The 27-year-old, who also assisted coach Chuck Davis with the girls soccer program at St. Stephens, directed the Indians to a 19-14-3 record during his coaching tenure at the school.
Fred T. Foard, St. Stephens and Newton-Conoverâ€™s wrestling teams remain among the top five teams in this weekâ€™s dual team coaches poll.
The Tigers (22-1) lost first place votes in the latest poll.
They trail Orange by 26 votes, a closer margin than the last poll Jan. 4.
St. Stephens remains in fifth place in the 3A ranks.
In 2A, Newton-Conover remains in second place, trailing Piedmont, while Bandys remains slightly outside the top five.
3A coaches poll
1. Orange (18) 220
2. Foard (5) 194
3. Robinson 132
4. SW Randolph 48
5. St. Stephens 24