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January 6th, 2011
The winning ways for the St. Stephens wrestling team and coach Billy Baker continue.
Baker, who won his 350th duals match at St. Stephens last week, has been at the school for 11 years. He has coached wrestling for 16 years, including a five-year stint at Lincolnton.
Three hundred seventeen of the 350 victories during Baker's career came at the helm of the Indians' program.
At the first gathering of all area swim teams, Hickory swept the board.
The Tornadoes won the boys and girls team awards and the combined team award.
"This is the first meet we had with the whole county since I've been coaching," said Hickory head coach Cathy Hitchcock. "We swim them at dual meets, but not everyone together. So it was kind of a neat thing to see all levels together."
It was an emotional night for the Maiden swim team. They were competing for the first time without teammate Kelsey Ann Hunt, who passed away on Christmas day.
The Red Devils remain undefeated in the Catawba Valley Athletic 2A.
Despite a rough first half of shooting, the Newton-Conover girls' basketball team outscored East Burke 37-17 in the second half on their way to a 61-34 win.
Burke put the pressure on the Red Devils (9-1, 3-0) early and maintained a lead through most of the first quarter. Newton-Conover wouldn't scored their first basket until the midpoint of the quarter.
At Bandys, the girls' basketball team is a family affair.
From the head coach to the assistant coach to the junior varsity coach and many of the players, almost every part of the team involves family. It started when head coach Beth Queen began coaching AAU basketball with her players when they were age 9-10.
"I guess there is more comfort because we have coached them from such a young age," Queen said. "We know them really well, and we know what to expect. Sometimes we know what to expect before the kid does it on the court."
The St. Stephens wrestling team finished 2010 with a bang.
The Indians were a perfect 5-0 record at the RS Central Duals on Saturday. They defeated McDowell (62-15), West Henderson (62-9), Chase (46-24), Polk County (55-24) and tournament host RS Central (65-15).
Not only was their record impressive, but so were the milestones of two individuals on the team.
Coach Billy Baker reached his 350th career win on the last dual of the day against Polk County.
December 30th, 2010
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."