Archive - Sports Article
January 13th, 2011
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
The Bandys girls basketball team outscored Maiden 43-21 in the second half to pull away for a Catawba Valley 2A victory.
Leading the way were Taylor Sigmon and Jesse Story. Story scored a game-high 24 points, while Sigmon scored 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
The game was moved from its regular start time to 4 p.m. due to impending weather. Bandys coach Beth Queen felt the change in game time seemed to affect some of the players on the court.
The winning ways for the St. Stephens wrestling team and coach Billy Baker continue.
Baker, who won his 350th duals match at St. Stephens last week, has been at the school for 11 years. He has coached wrestling for 16 years, including a five-year stint at Lincolnton.
Three hundred seventeen of the 350 victories during Baker's career came at the helm of the Indians' program.
At the first gathering of all area swim teams, Hickory swept the board.
The Tornadoes won the boys and girls team awards and the combined team award.
"This is the first meet we had with the whole county since I've been coaching," said Hickory head coach Cathy Hitchcock. "We swim them at dual meets, but not everyone together. So it was kind of a neat thing to see all levels together."
It was an emotional night for the Maiden swim team. They were competing for the first time without teammate Kelsey Ann Hunt, who passed away on Christmas day.
The Red Devils remain undefeated in the Catawba Valley Athletic 2A.
Despite a rough first half of shooting, the Newton-Conover girls' basketball team outscored East Burke 37-17 in the second half on their way to a 61-34 win.
Burke put the pressure on the Red Devils (9-1, 3-0) early and maintained a lead through most of the first quarter. Newton-Conover wouldn't scored their first basket until the midpoint of the quarter.