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December 28th

First Impressions of the C-V Classic

December 29, 2010

The top-seeded St. Stephens Indians boys’ 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.
“It was a good team effort,” said head coach Gary Bowne. “We 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 winner’s bracket, and we like it. “

December 27th

CV Classic starts Tuesday after delay

December 27, 2010

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).

Devils take Duals, ready for Burke

December 27, 2010

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 – the Red Devil Duals – despite starting five freshmen. The squad picked up victories against RS Central (49-16), Hibriten (69-6), Challenger (82-0) and Enka (49-18).

December 21st

Summers gets all-American honors

December 21, 2010

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.
“I was kind of surprised,” Summers said, adding her busy school and soccer schedules kept her mind occupied and off of her coach’s nomination.
St. Stephens head soccer coach Chuck Davis nominated Summers for the prestigious award because of her strong athletic and academic skills.

Comer honored by Panthers

December 21, 2010

CHARLOTTE – 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 Panthers’ Community Captains.

December 19th

Carolina wins final home game of 2010

December 19, 2010

The final home game of the Carolina Panthers’ 2010 season started with two rookies starting at quarterback. Carolina’s Jimmy Clausen was still looking for his first win as a starter, and Arizona’s John Skelton was making the second start of his career.
Clausen walked off the field with the victory – his first as a starter in a Carolina Panthers’ uniform. The Panthers defeated the Cardinals 19-12 and earned their second regular-season win at home in the 2010 calendar year.
“You’re supposed to win games,” Clausen said. “This was big for us going into the next two games and next year.”

December 17th

Trojans toppled

December 17, 2010

Newton-Conover’s girls varsity team improved to 2-0 in conference play Friday night, with a 59-47 win over Bandys.
The Trojans took an early 4-3 lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Red Devils went on a 13-2 run to end the quarter and take the momentum.
“We talked about coming out and going right at them,” said Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharp. “We knew we had to come out and be aggressive and match their intensity. Bandys has been scoring a lot of points lately, so it was important we set the tempo.”

Cold start dooms Blue Devils

December 17, 2010

The frigid air of Catawba County wasn’t the only thing that was cold Wednesday night.
Maiden’s offensive attack was just as icy.
The Blue Devils fell behind West Caldwell 22-2 at the end of the first quarter on the way to a 30-point loss in Maiden.
“I think we started out real flat. We had a bad first quarter,” said Maiden boys basketball coach Doug Miller. “A lot of that is to their credit, but for six out of the first eight games this year, we have
started with a slow start, and we got behind the eight ball.”

Hickory swimmer bound for UNC

December 17, 2010

Hickory High swimmer Graham Williams is among 12 student athletes who have tentatively committed to swimming and diving teams at the University of North Carolina.
The UNC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams signed 12 prospective student-athletes to national letters of intent during the early signing period according to Tar Heel head swimming coach Rich DeSelm. The class is expected to be among the nation’s best, and it includes seven men and five women. The 12 student-athletes will enroll at Carolina in August 2011.

December 15th

NCMS notches 100th straight win

December 15, 2010

It has been a long time since Newton-Conover Middle School has lost a wrestling match in Catawba County.
In fact, Tuesday’s 52-26 win over Maiden Middle School marks the 100th straight victory the young Red Devils have notched.
“This is bigger than any championship we could actually win ... That’s 100 consecutive wins over the past eight years,” said Newton-Conover Middle School wrestling coach Ben Crawford. “We have been undefeated countywide. We had to get four wins this season. We ran off three in a row and hit the fourth one here.”

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