March 11th, 2012
CHAPEL HILL â€” Dante Battle and Terrill Hilliard both had double-doubles as Rocky Mount beat Hickory 78-64 Saturday night for the Class 3-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association men's championship.
Battle, named the game's MVP, finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Hilliard added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Gryphons (27-3), who won their second 3-A title in the last three years and fifth overall.
Kenneth Peoples chipped in 12 points and Tabias Hilliard 10 for Rocky Mount, which shot 41.8 percent and outrebounded Hickory 51-38.
ATLANTA â€” After a rugged, foul-plagued game in which each team lost its top scorer, the officials put their whistles away in the closing seconds.
It worked out just fine for North Carolina.
It sent North Carolina State into a tizzy.
Kendall Marshall banked in a shot with 10.2 seconds remaining and the fourth-ranked Tar Heels came up with a pair of defensive stops to edge their state rival, escaping a wild finish with a 69-67 victory over N.C. State in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Saturday.
Already off to a perfect start to its season, the Bandys girls soccer team notched its fourth win of the season Friday.
Behind a pair of assists by junior Allie Santos and two goals by senior Cassidy Winchester, the Lady Trojans improved to 4-0 overall with a 5-0 victory against Highland Tech.
â€śThe girls played well,â€ť said Bandys coach Cliff Mayer. â€śI think this is by far our best game this season. Weâ€™re 4-0 and ranked 11th in the state. Maybe with this win, weâ€™ll move up. Iâ€™ll know on Monday. Weâ€™re doing really good.â€ť
Fred T. Foard knocked off the defending NWC softball champions, Alexander Central, in impressive fashion, scoring nine of their runs in the final two innings to win 9-1.
The Lady Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning behind an RBI single from Chelsea Wilkinson.
Ashley Oliver helped pace the late Foard run, scoring three RBIs (two in the fifth and one in the sixth).
Mackenzie Dziendziel and Addie Bolick also drove in two RBIs each, while Rebecca Rowe tacked on an RBI of her own.
CHARLOTTE â€” Kris Humphries had 20 points and 15 rebounds and the New Jersey Nets overcame an injury to Deron Williams to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 83-74 Friday night.
Anthony Morrow scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter to help the Nets break open a tight game.
Williams, who scored a career-high and franchise-record 57 points on this same floor Sunday night against the Bobcats, left in the second quarter with a sore right calf and did not return. He finished with seven points and three assists.
Roberta Bostain Bost, 90, of Newton, died March 7, 2012, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The Bost family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton.
Charles Everette Sharpe, 70, of Hickory, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Lutheran Home West in Hickory. Drum Funeral Home in Hickory is handling arrangements.
A heavily traveled patch of a Conover highway will shut down next week and remain closed nearly eight months.
On Wednesday, N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) workers are expected to close a short section of N.C. 16 Business and begin demolition and replacement of an old bridge over Interstate 40.
The bridge, built in 1957, has been deemed both functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.
Conover Station just got a little bit sweeter.
Sidetrax CafĂ©, Conover Stationâ€™s first private investment and commercial business, officially opened its doors in February.
The cafĂ© features a savory menu of cakes, cupcakes and cookies that are both visually and tastefully appetizing.
Located adjacent to the Conover Branch of the Catawba County Library on the third floor of the Multimodal Center, the cafĂ© also provides specialty coffee drinks, smoothies and soft drinks for readers and all visitors alike.
A school reading competition and college information night, Lenten services and county Republican events highlight things to do this week in Catawba County.
For more on those events, read below. For updated events throughout the week, pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise from Tuesday-Saturday at newsstands throughout Catawba County.
Friends of Catawba County Library will meet at 11 a.m. at the Main Library to discuss sponsorship of library programs and purchase of new materials. All members are welcome to attend.
At least 26 people have applied to be Catawba County Schoolsâ€™ next superintendent, the system's attorney confirmed Friday.
The deadline for applications was Thursday, but the school system may continue to receive applications postmarked in a timely manner, said CCS attorney Crystal Davis.
â€śWe actually have a meeting scheduled for March 14, and that will be closed session, where the board will receive the applications,â€ť Davis said. â€śThey will begin to review them.â€ť
Davis said she could not specify where applicants were from or other details related to the applications.