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March 4th, 2011
Believe anything is possible.
That is the new motto for the Newton-Conover Lady Red Devils basketball team heading into Saturdayâ€™s Regional championship game against Salisbury.
On Tuesday, Mallard Creek (27-4), a team that Newton-Conover defeated earlier this season, knocked off defending state champion Butler (30-1) in the 4A ranks.
Following that upset victory, Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharpe texted all of his players with one simple message.
â€śI texted them that Mallard Creek had beaten Butler,â€ť Tharpe said. â€śAll you have to do is believe.â€ť
Fourteen straight for their second straight.
The Lady Red Devils (25-3) scored 14 consecutive points to open the fourth quarter and blowed open a five-point third quarter lead on their way to a win against Thomasville in the Regional semifinals.
Newton-Conover will meet Salisbury (25-1) in Greensboro in the Regional final Saturday at 4 p.m. for the second straight season.
Two freshmen stole the show in the first of two 2A Womens' Regional semifinal games Thursday.
Bandys' Madi Story scored 10 points in the first half, but it was Salisbury's Brielle Blaire who had the final say. Blaire scored 11 points in the third quarter to push the Hornets into Friday's Regional final. Salisbury defeated Bandys 61-44. The Lady Hornets advance to play Newton-Conover in the West Region Finals on Saturday.
The Lady Trojans basketball team will face a familiar opponent tonight in Greensboro, when they take on Salisbury.
Bandys (27-3) faced off against the Lady Hornets (24-1) in last yearâ€™s Regional semifinals. Salisbury won that game, 45-31, and eventually the state championship.
The last two seasons, the Hornets are an incredible 53-1. Their only blemish in those 54 games was a Nov. 22 loss to Butler, 60-50.
The Lady Red Devilsâ€™ basketball team is seeking a return trip to the 2A Regional finals.
Newton-Conover (24-3) reached the finals last season after defeating Shelby, 59-38. They face the Thomasville Lady Bulldogs (23-6) tonight in Greensboro in one of two Regional semifinal games for a chance to repeat that feat.
Head coach Jonathan Tharpe believes his team is more focused at this point in the season than they were last year.
While basketball season continues at Bandys High School, softball season is just around the corner.
The Lady Trojans softball team has tried to prepare for the early part of the season without their core players, who are members of the basketball team.
Fred T. Foard capped an amazing season on Saturday by capturing their first-ever state title in any boysâ€™ sport.
Leading the charge for the Tigers was Hayden Albert, who finished as a state runner-up in the 160-pound weight class. That finish is a tie with David Bradan (2002) for the best overall finish in a state tournament in school history.
Also finishing strong were Jacob Harper and Dillon Johnson. Harper finished fourth at 145 pounds, and Johnson, who was a West Region champion at 171 pounds, finished in fifth place.
The Bunker Hill baseball team is looking to build on the momentum of last season.
The Bears were 29-1 last year and won the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships. They won 29 straight games before losing in the third round of the playoffs.
Marty Curtis returns for his 28th season as Bunker Hill baseball coach and 39th season of coaching overall. He says that last season was his best ever at the helm of a team and credits that with a unique grouping.
Bandys stopped Wilkes Central on their final possession and senior Tara Potter grabbed the final rebound, as the Lady Trojans held on to win the Sectional championship Friday.
Wilkes Central (25-5) had possession of the ball with 30 seconds remaining in the game and trailed 66-65. The Lady Eagles ran 20 seconds off the clock before coach Scott Waugh took a timeout to set up the final play.
However, Wilkes Central missed a game-winning shot. Potter grabbed the rebound off the miss, was fouled and made 1-of-2 free throws to seal the Bandys win.
Newton-Conover blew open a six-point halftime lead in the third quarter and scored 10 straight points in the fourth quarter, on their way to a win over East Burke.
The Lady Red Devils (24-3) defeated the Lady Cavaliers (20-9) 61-42,on Friday to advance to their second straight Western 2A Regional in Greensboro next week. Newton-Conover joins Bandys (27-3), Thomasville (23-6) and defending state champion Salisbury (24-1).