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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.
The final home game of the Carolina Panthersâ€™ 2010 season started with two rookies starting at quarterback. Carolinaâ€™s Jimmy Clausen was still looking for his first win as a starter, and Arizonaâ€™s John Skelton was making the second start of his career.
Clausen walked off the field with the victory â€“ his first as a starter in a Carolina Panthersâ€™ uniform. The Panthers defeated the Cardinals 19-12 and earned their second regular-season win at home in the 2010 calendar year.
â€śYouâ€™re supposed to win games,â€ť Clausen said. â€śThis was big for us going into the next two games and next year.â€ť
Newton-Conoverâ€™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.
â€śWe talked about coming out and going right at them,â€ť said Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharp. â€śWe 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.â€ť
The frigid air of Catawba County wasnâ€™t the only thing that was cold Wednesday night.
Maidenâ€™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.
â€śI think we started out real flat. We had a bad first quarter,â€ť said Maiden boys basketball coach Doug Miller. â€śA 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.â€ť
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 menâ€™s and womenâ€™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 nationâ€™s best, and it includes seven men and five women. The 12 student-athletes will enroll at Carolina in August 2011.
It has been a long time since Newton-Conover Middle School has lost a wrestling match in Catawba County.
In fact, Tuesdayâ€™s 52-26 win over Maiden Middle School marks the 100th straight victory the young Red Devils have notched.
â€śThis is bigger than any championship we could actually win ... Thatâ€™s 100 consecutive wins over the past eight years,â€ť said Newton-Conover Middle School wrestling coach Ben Crawford. â€śWe 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.â€ť