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After three straight trips to the finals of the Catawba Valley Classic and two runner-up finishes, the Newton-Conover girls' basketball team broke the barrier on the fourth try.
Newton-Conover jumped out to a 16-4 lead against Fred T. Foard and never looked back. The Lady Red Devils earned their third Catawba Valley Classic tournament title with a win over the Lady Tigers.
"This shows our growth as a team," said N-C's Shynese Whitener. "We have been playing together for a couple of years now. We have been working on this for a good while now."
Two is always better than one.
Such was the case Thursday night when No. 2 Hickory Red Tornadoes topped No. 1 St. Stephens Indians, 61-43, at Catawba Valley Community College. The win gave Hickory its fourth straight Catawba Valley Classic tournament title.
"We got a group of guys that really just like being around one another, and they play well together," said Hickory head coach Shawn Johnson. "We were lucky to make a run earlyÂ on such a great basketball team as St. Stephens."
In the epic battle between Newton-Conover and Hickory girlsâ€™ basketball teams, round two goes to the Lady Red Devils.
Shynese Whitener scored a game-high 23 points, including four clutch free throws in the final two minutes of Wednesdayâ€™s game. The Lady Red Devils advanced to the championship game of the Catawba Valley Classic with a 68-65 win past the Tornadoes.
â€śThis win means a lot,â€ť Whitener said. â€śIt is just a game that we all love playing because it is against Hickory. It felt great to beat them on their court.
Despite trailing Fred T. Foard by 16 points heading into the fourth quarter, the Maiden boysâ€™ basketball team never stopped playing.
After scoring 13, 4, and 12 points in the previous three quarters, the Blue Devils made 15-of-16 free throws in the quarter and scored an incredible 29 points to squeeze past Fred T. Foard, 58-56.
â€śThe kids just never gave up,â€ť said Maiden coach Doug Miller. â€śThey put a lot of pressure on Foard and created a lot of turnovers.â€ť
In the opening game of the 24th annual girls Catawba Valley Classic, the fourth-seeded Lady Tigers used aggressive defense and fast-paced offense to advance with a 55-50 win over fifth-seeded Alexander Central.
Fred T. Foard out-rebounded Alexander Central 38-34 and finished the game with 10 blocked shots as a team.
"This was a big win for us, especially considering they beat us by nine points a few weeks ago," said Tigers head coach Wendy Price. "Our intensity was better this time around, and we shot the ball better. We did a lot better defensively this time around."
The top-seeded St. Stephens Indians boysâ€™ basketball team advanced to the second round of the 24th annual Catawba Valley Classic with a 70-42 victory over eighth-seeded South Caldwell in the opening game of the tournament.
â€śIt was a good team effort,â€ť said head coach Gary Bowne. â€śWe had good balance. The kids played hard. The bench finally contributed in the second half like we wanted them to in the first half. They improved and made adjustments at halftime. We have to turn around and play tomorrow. We are in the winnerâ€™s bracket, and we like it. â€ś
After a one-day delay because of snow in the area, the Catawba Valley Classic will begin today at Hickory High School and Catawba Valley Community College.
Both the boy's and girl's tournaments were postponed until Tuesday because of heavy snow received during the Christmas holiday.
Despite the move, start times for games will remain the same. Action in the girl's tournament starts at 4 p.m. at Hickory High School when No. 4 Fred T. Foard (5-3) takes on No. 5 Alexander Central (4-4).
What has been a strong season already for the Newton-Conover wrestling squad will continue Thursday when they compete at the all-day East Burke Duals.
The Red Devils are coming off of an impressive 5-0 record from last Thursday's nine-team home tournament â€“ the Red Devil Duals â€“ despite starting five freshmen. The squad picked up victories against RS Central (49-16), Hibriten (69-6), Challenger (82-0) and Enka (49-18).
A love for soccer at age 4 led Sabrina Summers to a national all-American team.
Summers, 17 and a senior at St. Stephens High School, was one of 37 female soccer players from across the nation selected to win an award on the National High School Scholar All-American Team.
â€śI was kind of surprised,â€ť Summers said, adding her busy school and soccer schedules kept her mind occupied and off of her coachâ€™s nomination.
St. Stephens head soccer coach Chuck Davis nominated Summers for the prestigious award because of her strong athletic and academic skills.
CHARLOTTE â€“ Before the start of their game Sunday at Bank of America Stadium, the Carolina Panthers took time to honor a group of high school football players from across the Carolinas.
Newton-Conover lineman Mikey Comer was among them.
Comer was at the stadium Sunday before kickoff on a stage in the west end of the field. His name was called over the public address system and his face on the giant screen as one of the Carolina Panthersâ€™ Community Captains.