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January 18th, 2011
Even the long break couldnâ€™t slow down the Lady Trojans.
Bandys got 19 points, 13 steals and 6 assists from freshman Madi Story on their way to a Catawba 2A win over Bunker Hill on Tuesday.
The game was the first for Bandys since their Jan. 7 game against Maiden.
Coach Beth Queen was aware of the time off.
â€śI was really concerned,â€ť Queen said. â€śAny time you take nine to 10 days and havenâ€™t played, that is in the back of your mind. This game was like the last game at Maiden, where the game time is moved up and everything is out of routine.â€ť
The Bears made their free throws when they mattered the most.
Despite making 8-of-21 free throws in the first half, Bunker Hill connected on 8 of 12 attempts in the fourth quarter to pick up the Catawba Valley 2A win over Bandys.
â€śWe struggled tonight,â€ť said Bunker Hill coach Matt Wilkinson. â€śFree throw shooting has really been one of our strengths this year. I felt like we have won several ball games because of our consistency at the free throw line. I think part of that concentration. I felt like we had a lack of concentration all night long.â€ť
The Bears had their cake and ate it, too.
Bunker Hill celebrated coach Rod Tatumâ€™s birthday in dramatic fashion, picking up a last match win to secure the 44-32 victory over Maiden on Monday.
It has been a difficult week for the team, especially with the snow conditions and several key injuries that forced forfeits.
â€śWe havenâ€™t practiced a lot,â€ť Tatum said. â€śWeâ€™ve only had one practice in the last 10 days. To be able to win one today and one on Saturday is pretty good.â€ť
After the toll that inclement weather has taken on prep sports in the area, the schedule has been worked out for many of those postponed games.
As of press time, four basketball games have been set for Saturday.
Also scheduled for Saturday are three wrestling matches and one swim meet.
Games, matches and meets scheduled for Friday have also been moved.
Here is the updated schedule:
Hickory at St. Stephens, 1 p.m.
West Caldwell at Bunker Hill, 2 p.m.
Newton-Conover at South Iredell, 2 p.m.
Maiden at East Burke, 4 p.m. (varsity only)
From last yearâ€™s winter sports to this yearâ€™s, participation in both basketball and indoor soccer has grown. This is especially true for basketball.
â€śIâ€™ve only been here a year,â€ť said Paxton Tallent, Sports Director at the Shuford YMCA. â€śI started at the midpoint of basketball season last year. We maybe had 50 kids. We are up 60 kids. We are up a couple in indoor soccer as well.â€ť
The calm usually comes before the storm, but this week, it has been after.
With the recent weather delays and time between high school games, matches and meets, many athletes have found themselves benched for the moment.
That shouldn't be for long though. By next week, players may see a slew of competition to make up for time lost during this entire week.
Some coaches already had a plan for their athletes during the breaks given due to winter weather.
N-C girl's basketball coach Jonathan Tharpe said he feels these breaks as a beneficial opportunity for his team.
Newton-Conover wrestler Andrew Tremain is pinned to the ground.
He isnâ€™t down on the mat, but rather it was his life off the mat that changed. Tremain, 19, was ruled ineligible to compete by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) on Oct. 15 because of his age.
Now, the defending state champion in the 285-pound weight class is trying to keep focused and look ahead to his future.
Tremainâ€™s age issue was created when he was held back in kindergarten after moving to the area from New York. He also started late in school.
The winter weather in Catawba County had an effect on the Tuesday sports schedule as expected in the area.
The Bunker Hill-West Caldwell basketball games scheduled for Tuesday have been postponed until Wednesday. School officials said they will re-evaluate the situation tomorrow.
Also, the wrestling match scheduled between Bunker HIll and West Caldwell has been postponed until Wednesday.
The Draughn-Newton-Conover basketball games will be played if both schools systems are in session on Wednesday.
As of press time, there had not been any changes made to the sports schedule for Tuesday.
However, several athletic directors we spoke with believed a schedule change would be made, but nothing official decision had been made by administration.
The schedule includes six area basketball games, including Draughn at Newton-Conover, Hickory at St. Stephens,
Also on the schedule were two wrestling meets for Bandys and Fred T. Foard High Schools, as well as a four-team swim meet for Foard at the Hickory YMCA.
The Blue Devils won their second game in the Catawba Valley 2A with a strong performance by Jason Gantt.
Gantt scored a game-high 22 points in the Maiden victory, including four 3-point baskets.
â€śThe kids did a good job of never wanting to sleep,â€ť said Maiden coach Doug Miller. â€śWe stayed at it and didnâ€™t have too bad of a lull. There have been times where we go to sleep, wake up five minutes later and have lost an 8-point lead. I felt like we stayed steady and consistent.â€ť