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Carrying momentum from its big victory Saturday at the Indian Classic, the Newton-Conover wrestling team continued its brilliance on the mat Thursday.
The Red Devils took an early lead and held off a tough West Wilkes squad for a 40-22 victory.
N-C coach Eddy Clark said he expected the Blackhawks, which have won the state 1A title the past three seasons, to bring their â€śAâ€ť game.
â€śWe knew what they had,â€ť Clark said. â€śThey have 11 kids ranked in the top five of the state. We knew we had our work cut out for us.â€ť
Fred T. Foard earned a sweep in their tri-match against North Buncombe and Freedom on the wrestling mat Thursday.
The Tigers defeated North Buncombe handily, 70-6, and followed that up with a 52-18 win against Freedom.
In the third match, Freedom edged North Buncombe, 38-36.
Foard 70, North Buncombe 6
106- Lane Bonds (F) dec. Sam Childers 8-7
113-Dylan Cassidy (F) pinned Levi Heath
120-Michael Vincent (F) pinned Chandler Robinson
126-Caleb Griffin (F) pinned Tristan Jarrett
132-Ben Pitts (F) major dec. Joe Hammond 16-3
138-Tate Blanton (F) pinned Troy Martin
Jesse Story, Chelsey Queen and Taylor Sigmon combined for 39 points, leading the Bandys girls basketball team (5-0) to a win against visiting North Iredell on Thursday.
Story scored 14 points and had five assists in the game. Queen netted 13 points and assisted four times on her own, while Taylor Sigmon ended Thursday's game one rebound short of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Bandys took an 18-3 lead in the first quarter, allowing them to get ahead and never look back in the contest.
Maiden outpaced Lincoln Charter 20-3 in the third quarter, allowing them to pull away and pick up the 64-40 victory on Wednesday.
Tyler Steelman led the Blue Devils (2-2) with 12 points. Jason Gantt added 10 points, while Jalen Gibbs scored nine points.
Nathaniel Scoggins and Hunter Dobson each scored in double-digits for Lincoln Charter. Scoggins scored a game-high 14 points, while Dobson added 11 points.
The Blue Devils next play Friday at home against West Lincoln.
Maiden 45, Lincoln Charter 29
After going 0-for-9 on three-pointers in the first half against Newton-Conover, the St. Stephens boys basketball found its stroke.
The Indians (4-2) made four three-pointers in the final half and held off late charge by the Red Devils, including a last-second three that banked off of the rim and out.
Drew Starkey led the Indians with 13 points, while Chris Hefner pitched in nine points.
Tyoun Shufford scored 16 points for N-C (2-2).
Newton-Conover 82, St. Stephens 16
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) â€” Duke played so many games in the first two weeks of the season that coach Mike Krzyzewski's team had relatively little time to refine itself on the practice court. The seventh-ranked Blue Devils are starting to get that chance.
Freshman guard Austin Rivers scored 17 points to help Duke beat Colorado State 87-64 on Wednesday night, a successful return from a weeklong break following a lopsided loss at Ohio State.
Two people familiar with the situation say Southern Mississippi coach Larry Fedora has accepted an offer to become North Carolina's next football coach.
They say the framework of a deal is in place, though it isn't final yet. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the school isn't commenting publicly on its search.
Fedora has guided the 22nd-ranked Golden Eagles to a school-record 11 wins and the Conference USA championship. Southern Miss faces Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24.
The Fred T. Foard boys basketball teamâ€™s resurgence continued Tuesday.
The Tigers scored 24 fourth quarter points, including eight each from Tre Robinson and Kasey Simms, carrying them past Bunker Hill at home, 54-43.
The victory improves Foard, which won three games last season, to 5-0.
The two teams were deadlocked for a majority of the contest. The Bears (0-4) held a 21-19 lead at the halftime break.
That all changed with 7:13 remaining in the game. A three-point play opportunity by Robinson gave the Tigers a lead they did not let go.
St. Stephens 70, Maiden 60
St. Stephens improved to 3-2 with a victory over Maiden in Hickory on Tuesday.
The Indians trailed 41-40 entering the fourth quarter, but scored 30 points in the final stanza to record the victory.
Kerigan Farley scored 24 points off of the bench for St. Stephens, while the Indians shot 21-for-23 from the free throw line.
Jason Gantt scored 17 points for Maiden (1-2), while Will Jenkins pitched in 10 points.
Maiden 31, St. Stephens 22
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) â€” Denver Holmes knocked down outside shots and provided Evansville with some scoring punch against fourth-ranked North Carolina. The problem was that no one else followed his lead.
While Holmes scored 14 points in the 97-48 loss to the Tar Heels on Tuesday night, no other player reached double figures for the Purple Aces. The rest of the team struggled to knock down shots, particularly from 3-point range, that could have helped negate North Carolina's big size advantage.