Archive - Sports Article
Three Catawba County high school wrestling programs achieved top-five rankings in a coaches poll released Monday.
Retro Rankings, a website chronicling North Carolina high school wrestling released its latest dual team poll. In the poll, participating coaches in the state were invited to submit their top five prep wrestling teams in each division.
In the 2A division, where 18 coaches cast ballots, Newton-Conover placed third and received four first-place votes. Bandys placed fourth and also received four first-place votes. Croatan High School place first, and received 11 first-place votes.
CHARLOTTE â€” Amid 12 losses and 13 players lost to season-ending injuries, the Carolina Panthers are sticking with their apologetic quarterback.
Minutes after John Fox announced Monday that defensive end Everette Brown and linebacker Jason Williams are joining the crowded injured reserve list, the embattled coach said rookie Jimmy Clausen "more than likely" will start Sunday against Arizona.
St. Stephens is off to its best start in 17 years after defeating Bunker Hill 59-38 on Friday.
But the Indians arenâ€™t necessarily thinking about a perfect 7-0 record.
â€śIt is more important for us to get ready for conference play on Tuesday,â€ť said St. Stephens coach Gary Bowne. â€śWin or lose, we had to play well.â€ť
Play well they did, extending a 25-17 halftime lead into a 21-point victory. Key to the win was a strong third quarter when the Indians outscored Bunker Hill 20-9.
With her team down by one point, Hickory senior Hillary Sigmon stepped to the free throw line with 16 seconds and a two shots to tie the game or take the lead.
"She is a seasoned player. She knows at that point it is time to put it on,â€ť said Hickory coach Barbara Helms. â€śBoth she and Jada Hillary showed they are seniors. They hit free throws at the end and made sure the ball was in their hands at the end.â€ť
Sigmon hit both free throws to give Hickory a 55-54 lead. Seconds later, Hillary hit two more free throws to help seal a 59-54 revenge victory over Newton-Conover.
For the past eight seasons, win or lose, Fred T. Foard head football coach Ryan Gettys has always found joy in at least one aspect of his job.
â€śJust being with the guys â€” thatâ€™s what I enjoy most,â€ť he said. â€śThe players hate practice, but that is my favorite time. That is when you are out there teaching and you are really doing football.â€ť
Friday night games, he said, are fun for players and fans, but as a coach, heâ€™d rather be teaching.
â€śPractice has always been the big thing for me because I got to spend time with the guys,â€ť he said.
For the first time this season Fred T. Foard's Lady Tigers took their basketball show on the road.
"I was a little worried," said Foard coach Wendy Price. "It was our first away game. There's cold weather, weâ€™re in a new place we're not used to shooting in."
Relying on defense, the Tigers were able to ease their coach's fears and cruise to a 63-30 victory over Bunker Hill. The win improves Foard to 4-0.
"I told them they have to play great defense," Price said. "You can always depend on your defense."
When Mallard Creek increased the pressure on Monday night, Newton-Conoverâ€™s Lady Red Devils werenâ€™t rattled.
Using full court pressure to start the second half, the Lady Mavericks whittled away a Newton-Conover lead that grew as large as 12 points. Every time the Mavericks neared the Lady Red Devils â€” coming as close as five points â€” Newton-Conover responded, en route to a 68-55 win.
The victory improves Newton-Conover to 3-0.
Appalachian State quarterback DeAndre Presley rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help lift the Mountaineers over visiting Western Illinois, 42-14.
Presley finished the snowy contest with a career-best 264 rushing yards to add to a 417-yard ground game for the Mountaineers. With the win Appalachian State advances to face Villanova in the FCS football tournament. The Mountaineers will next host the Wildcats, who defeated No. 3 seeded Stephen F. Austin, 54-24. The round 3 FCS match-up will be played either Friday or Saturday.
â€śCaptainâ€ť Morgan McLeod led the charge Friday for the St. Stephens Indians. McLeod scored a game-high 24 points in the Indiansâ€™ 52-40 win at Bunker Hill in the first game of the 13th annual Bob Carraway Coaches vs. Cancer event.
â€śWe had a game plan set, and we saw the big man go down,â€ť St. Stephens assistant coach Randy Dillingham said. â€śWe were joking and said when Morgan was a freshman, he didnâ€™t make the team. He doesnâ€™t have much athletic ability, but he busts his tail and thatâ€™s what he does.â€ś
Things didnâ€™t start out as planned forÂ Maiden on Friday night at Fred T. Foard. The Tigers quickly jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first quarter, but a second half resurgence by Maidenâ€™s fast-paced offense and stifling defense gave the Blue Devils a 57-45 come-from-behind win.
â€śWe got down early because we didnâ€™t move the ball well,â€ť said Maiden head coach Doug Miller. â€śWe were just settling for 3s that werenâ€™t really there, but we came out in the second half with a whole new mentality.â€ť