CHARLOTTE â€”Â N.C. State sophomore cornerback David Amerson wasn't thinking about breaking records coming into the season.
He ended up shattering one few thought would ever fall.
Amerson had two interceptions Tuesday night â€” one that he returned 65 yards for a touchdown and another with 41 seconds left that sealed the Wolfpack's 31-24 victory over Louisville in the Belk Bowl â€” to give him an ACC record 13 for the season.
Former North Carolina star Dre' Bly set the previous mark of 11 in 1996.
While the end of December often cools the Catawba Valley, the action gets hot on the hardwood.
The 25th annual Catawba Valley Classic tipped off Tuesday at Catawba Valley Community College and Hickory High School. Complete details on wins by Newton-Conover girls and results from the rest of the games are available in the Wednesday print edition of The O-N-E.
Visit www.observernewsonline.com to find out playoff pairings for Wednesday.
Newton-Conover's 2010 Catawba Valley Classic title defense started where it ended last season â€” with a victory over Fred T. Foard.
The Lady Red Devils used strong defense to defeat the Lady Tigers, 66-34, for the first time since their championship meeting at the Classic one year ago.
â€śI thought in the first half, we were still in our Christmas mode,â€ť said N-C coach Ike Williams. â€śI think we overindulged in food and gifts. We talked about it at halftime and we stepped it up. I'm happy for a win.â€ť
Hickory kicked off its â€śdrive for fiveâ€ť on Tuesday with an impressive 63-39 victory against Bunker Hill in the second game of the boys bracket at the Catawba Valley Classic.
The Red Tornadoes meet the winner of Newton-Conover and St. Stephens tonight at 9 p.m., with the winner heading to Thursdayâ€™s boys championship game.
The results from the Newton-Conover versus St. Stephens game were not available as of press time.
Other boys scores
Alexander Central 58, Maiden 44
South Caldwell 51, Fred T. Foard 46
St. Stephens 54, Newton-Conover 44
CHARLOTTE â€” Panthers center Ryan Kalil and receiver Steve Smith were selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team Tuesday night, but sensational rookie quarterback Cam Newton wasn't.
Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Eli Manning were the three NFC quarterbacks who made the Pro Bowl ahead of Newton.
Manning threw for 26 touchdowns and ran for one, while Newton combined for 34 touchdowns â€” 20 passing and 14 rushing. Newton was selected as a first alternate and will play in the game if any of the three quarterbacks ahead of him make it to the Super Bowl.
This photo of Dustin Hipps, a Maiden High School senior honored Sunday as a Carolina Panthers Community Captain, is The O-N-E photo of the week.
Hipps was recognized during the Panthers' game against Tampa Bay.
For more about Hipps and the honor, read the full story at http://observernewsonline.com/content/maidens-hipps-honored-panthers-game.
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Johnnie Mae Mitchell, 73, of Hickory, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at the Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba. Goodin-Drum Funeral Home is serving the Mitchell family.
David Ray Searcy, 67, of Sherrills Ford, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at his residence. The Searcy family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton.
Leaders in Catawba County are discussing possible actions related to a new state law that prohibits municipalities from banning permitted concealed weapons in town and city parks.
Municipal leaders, however, say they don't expect immediate council actions to create new ordinances to align with the law and allow permitted weapons.
For 24 years, Rick Reid balanced two professional roles.
On one hand, he worked for the N.C. Department of Agriculture (NCDA) and Consumer Services. He worked in the field of structural pest and pesticides, rising to a supervisory position.
On the other hand, Reid became a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard, serving in multiple wars abroad, as well as training and advising new enlistees.
Reid, a Newton resident, retired from the National Guard in 2010 after 24 years of service. He was recently honored by the president of the United States.
The 25th annual Catawba Valley Classic basketball tournament tips off Tuesday afternoon at Hickory High School and Catawba Valley Community College.
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