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January 12th, 2012
Tragedy struck Dec. 3 for Alleghany High School senior wrestler Luke Hampton.
During a meet at Hibriten High School, attended by both Fred T. Foard and Maiden High Schools in Lenoir, Hampton charged an opponent during a match at his 182-pound weight class.
The 17-year-oldâs life changed forever.
Breaking his C5 and C6 vertebrae by striking a padded wall, Hampton, then ranked No. 1 in the state in his weight class, became paralyzed from the neck down.
The Hampton family immediately sought help. All of Catawba Countyâs prep wrestling teams answered.
The first-ever Carolina Auto Racing Show (CARS) starts today at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.
The show, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., continues through Saturday. Admission is $10.
Former NASCAR owner and current engine builder Robert Yates will be in attendance today from 11 a.m. to noon signing autographs at the Roush Yates Performance products display.
ATLANTA â Before the Atlanta Hawks took the court, Joe Johnson whispered a message to teammates Josh Smith and Jeff Teague.
"We have to take ownership," Johnson said, "at both ends of the court."
Clearly, they were listening.
Smith scored 30 points, Johnson added 23 and Teague chipped in with 16, leading the Hawks to a 111-81 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night in Atlanta's first game without All-Star center Al Horford.
The Lenoir-Rhyne menâs basketball team held off Wingate at home Wednesday for a 75-71 win in Hickory.
Sophomore Allan Jones led the Bears (6-8, 2-3) with 20 points, and forward D.J. Blackmon added 18 points.
Jamie Vaughn netted 16 points for Wingate (7-8, 3-2), while Quan Alexander scored 16 points of his own off of the Bulldog bench.
Despite leading by 13 with 15:07 left, the Bulldogs whittled down the lead to one with 3:28 remaining in the ball game.
The Texas Rangers, Major League parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have announced the 2012 field staff for the âDads.
Third-year field manager Bill Richardson, accompanied by pitching coach Storm Davis, will return.
Hitting coach Josue Perez and coach Humberto Miranda will be new to the staff this season.
Last yearâs training and conditioning tandem will return in athletic trainer Jacob Newburn and strength and conditioning coach Anthony Miller.
CHARLOTTE â Byron Mullens knew it wouldn't be easy to win over Charlotte Bobcats fans.
Mullens had only scored 39 points in 26 games during his two seasons with the Thunder, so he understood the disgruntlement when the Bobcats traded away a second-round pick in 2013 to the Thunder to get him.
"When I got traded here a lot of people were kind of upset and saying, 'Why did we trade for this guy?'" Mullens said.
But three weeks into his tenure with the Bobcats, Mullens has quickly developed into a fan favorite because of the instant offense he's provided off the bench.
Kicking off action in the Northwestern 3A/4A, rivals Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens squared off on the wrestling mat Tuesday.
They didnât disappoint.
After 13-of-14 matches wrestled, a mere point separated the teams â 36-35.
Foardâs Michael Vincent and St. Stephensâ Chris Hunt tangled at 126 pounds with the winner helping his team claim the match.
Knowing what was at stake, Vincent pinned Hunt, lifting the Tigers to their 21st victory of the season.
Brooke Robinson scored 18 and Chelsea Turner added 15 points, leading Fred T. Foard to its second conference win of the season against St. Stephens on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers (9-7, 2-3) led 22-11 at the half and outscored St. Stephens 32-20 in the second half.
Keyona Hicks led the Lady Indians (3-12, 0-4) with 12 points.
Bandys 63, South Iredell 36
The Lady Trojans continued their impressive roll this season with their 15th win of the season against the Lady Vikings.
CHARLOTTE â Rookie Chandler Parsons scored 20 points and Kevin Martin added 17 points and the Houston Rockets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 82-70 Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
Jordan Hill had a double-double for the Rockets off the bench with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The Rockets (3-6) broke open a tight game in the third quarter and the poor-shooting Bobcats could never put together a big run.
Trailing 22-19 at the half, the Maiden boys basketball team found its second half wind.
The Blue Devils (6-6) outscored the Eagles (2-8) 30-8 in the second half, including 23-6 in the fourth quarter, rising to the non-conference victory.
âWe just stepped up,â said Maiden coach Doug Miller. âOur intensity just got a whole lot better. We didnât give them second chances. We cut those out. I was proud of them. Hopefully, we can carry that defensive effort to tomorrow.â
Blue Devils post player Jalen Gibbs scored 15 points, the only competitor in Mondayâs game to reach double figures.