Archive - Sports Article
February 22nd, 2011
By Cody Dalton
O-N-E Sports Editor
Individual wrestlers from all around the Catawba County area are preparing for this weekâ€™s NCHSAA state wrestling tournament and many are working together.
On Tuesday, the state qualified wrestlers from St. Stephens and Bunker Hill spent time together in practice trying to prepare one another for the competition they will face.
Indians coach Billy Baker likes the idea of changing up the daily routine to help his wrestlers not become used to their familiar surroundings.
The Lady Trojans jumped out to a 17-0 lead and never looked back.
Bandys advanced to the district round of the NCHSAA playoffs with an impressive win over Smoky Mountain on Monday.
The win was the first since the Lady Trojans won the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference tournament last week.
Bandys coach Beth Queen thought one of the keys to the game was Bandys' experience against Smoky Mountain's inexperience.
Newton-Conover bounced back from a loss to Bandys last week in the CVAC tournament and took their frustrations out on Starmount.
The Lady Red Devils (22-3) overcame a 9-2 deficit early in game and exploded in the second quarter on their way to a huge first round playoff win over the Lady Rams.
Newton-Conover coach Jonathan Tharpe expected nothing less of his team despite the difficult loss on Friday.
The first round playoff pairings for Monday's games were released on Saturday.
Among those teams hosting home games are two girls' basketball teams, including CVAC regular season champion Newton-Conover and CVAC tournament champion Bandys.
The Lady Red Devils (21-3) will try to rebound from a tough loss to the Trojans in the conference tournament championship game on Friday. They host Starmount (10-12), the No. 3 team out of the Mountain Valley Conference.
It took the Trojans three times, but they finally got the monkey off of their back.
Tara Potter scored 15 points, including 11 in the second half, and fellow senior Katie Carpenter came up with some crucial second half plays, as Bandys overcame a four-point halftime deficit to win the CVAC tournament over Newton-Conover.
Thursday's game was a tale of two halfs and a tale of two Storys.
Bandys' Jesse Story connected on seven 3-pointers and her sister, Madi, came up with some crucial plays on defense in the second half, as the Lady Trojans earned a CVAC semifinal win against East Burke on Thursday.
Five of Jesse's 3-pointers came in the opening half of play.
"Jesse has been shooting the ball well," said Bandys coach Beth Queen. "She wanted the ball and she was ready for it. As well as she is shooting it now, the more we can get the ball in her hands, the better off we will be as a team."
For the second time in three games, the Lady Red Devils and Lady Warriors faced off.
Unfortunately for West Caldwell, it was the same result.
Newton-Conover (21-2) scored 38 straight points on their way to a dominant Catawba Valley Athletic Conference semifinal win against West Caldwell.
The Lady Red Devils made up for a lack on intensity that coach Jonathan Tharpe saw in their opening round victory against Bunker Hill on Monday.
At age 41, Derek Correll is riding the biggest waves in his life.
Correll, a Sherrills Ford native, has been involved in the sport of watercross since 1987.
He initially became active in the sport by spending time with friends who were interested in jet skis as well.
"I started working on jet skis," Correll said. "I met up with some guys who were doing the same thing I was doing at the time. They also did their own maintenance work. I got involved with them a little bit and started learning things from them."
Monday was a day all about love. For the Lady Red Devils and Lady Bears, it was all about survival.
Newton-Conover's Shynese Whitener scored 19 points and the Lady Red Devils got key bench play down the stretch as they picked up a CVAC tournament first round win against Bunker Hill.
Despite the victory, N-C coach Jonathan Tharpe was disappointed in his team's energy for most of the game.
Two in a row.
Newton-Conover fought off an early game slump to blow open a big lead against West Caldwell on their way to their 13th conference win.
The victory gives the Lady Red Devils their second consecutive CVAC championship on Senior night.
"This is a huge accomplishment for this team," said N-C head coach Jonathan Tharpe. "These seniors have spent three years with me working on trying to be the best basketball players and teammates that they can. For us to win back-to-back conference championships is very special."