February 21st, 2015
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has released its preliminary brackets for the state 2A and 3A basketball playoffs.
Below is a look at those brackets, which are currently being worked on or finalized:
2A boys brackets
No. 32 Bunker Hill (11-11) at No. 1 Smoky Mountain (22-0)
No. 25 Lincolnton (16-6) at No. 8 Parkwood (12-10)
After one day of the 2A and 3A individual state wrestling tournament in Greensboro, there are eight Catawba County wrestlers still with hopes of winning a state crown.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. â In a stunning move just two days before the season-opening Daytona 500, NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch indefinitely on Friday after a judge said the former champion almost surely strangled and beat an ex-girlfriend last fall and there was a "substantial likelihood" of more domestic violence from him in the future.
Finalizing its 28th annual event, the Dickâs Sporting Goods Catawba Valley Classic committee set its sights on the eventâs future on Friday.
Eight area high schools were presented checks, which each totaled a record $3,262.11, from their participation from the annual prep basketball tournament held in late December 2014.
Former Hickory basketball standout Jada Payne reached an important career milestone on Wednesday.
The redshirt junior at East Carolina recorded her 1,000th career point,helping the Lady Pirates defeat Southern Methodist University, 67-53.
The marquee in front of the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton suffered slight damage after a United States postal truck was clipped by a passenger truck on Wednesday afternoon.
The passenger truck, driven by Richard Coleman of Mooresville, was traveling east on E. A Street when he ran a red light, according to police reports. Colemanâs truck clipped the rear of the postal truck.
Word spread quickly about the passing of long-time elected official Cass Ballenger on Wednesday.
Serving at local, state and federal levels, within 38 consecutive years in elected office, Ballenger never lost an election.
Born only a few minutes apart, sisters Kayla and Kierra Garrett have been inseparable.
âWhen we improve together, I feel like we are a lot stronger,â Kierra said of her sister.
The two Bunker Hill senior basketball players are part of the programâs turnaround in the past few seasons, helping lead the Lady Bears to another successful winter campaign.
Former U.S. Representative Thomas Cass Ballenger, 88, passed away on February 18, 2015 in his hometown of Hickory, NC.
Ballenger represented the 10th Congressional District of North Carolina from 1986-2005. He was also the founder and former Chairman of the Board of Plastic Packaging, Inc., a manufacturing company with plants in Hickory and Forest City, NC.