In a match-up of teams from the same conference, Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens battled Wednesday for non-conference bragging rights and a spot in the girls fifth-place game in the Catawba Valley Classic.
Tied 28-28, Foard pulled away with a 10-0 run in the third quarter, which helped lift the Tigers to the 57-35 rivalry victory against St. Stephens.
A free throw by Foardâ€™s Joe Isenhour with no time remaining lifted the Tigers past Maiden, 38-37, and into the fifth-place game of the Catawba Valley Classic.
After an inbound pass by the Blue Devils hit the ceiling, Foard had a chance to take the lead with the game tied 37-37.
Isenhour launched a 15-foot shot that missed the mark as the buzzer sounded
However, the referees called a foul on Maiden, giving Isenhour two free throw attempts.
He sank the first of two, giving Foard the victory.
Red Devils advance past Bunker Hill
CHARLOTTE â€” Police are investigating the reported theft of four guns worth $1,700 from a pickup truck owned by Carolina Panthers backup linebacker Kion Wilson.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg says in a report that Wilson reported robbers broke into his F250 truck. He says they stole a FN 57 handgun, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a Glock 23, and a Smith and Wesson Body Guard 380.
Wilson said he discovered the break-in while driving after stopping at store parking lot near Northlake Mall on Monday.
Police say the door lock on the truck was also damaged.
Cats like to climb.
A gray, long-haired cat in Conover also likes to descend, and his journeys recently placed him a tight spot.
Sox the cat has lived with June Pittman since her son found him during a thunderstorm behind the Adrian V. Shuford branch of the YMCA about five years ago. Pittman says Sox likes to cross the street in front of her house and visit the house of her neighbor, Jean Connor.
Connor and Pittman, who are both widows, say Sox shimmies up a holly tree next to Connorâ€™s brick house, steps onto the house and sits on the roof.
The calendar changes to a new year Sunday, but Catawba County crisis ministries' needs of donations and volunteers stay the same.
Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM) and Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM) â€” agencies that serve the needy with crisis assistance programs â€” need donations to restock supplies that were given to the community around Christmastime, officials said.
"As the economy decreases, our business goes up, and our available funds go down at the same time," said Crystal Bowman, chief financial officer of GHCCM.
Official holiday shopping numbers arenâ€™t in yet, but many area store managers report positive sales for the season.
The National Retail Federation estimates that customers will spend $469.1 billion nationwide this year. Final shopping numbers wonâ€™t come out until 2012, but local businesses are saying theyâ€™ve been busy.
â€śOur sales have been good, and weâ€™ve had a lot of people come in to see us,â€ť said Rita Bolick, store manager at Walkerâ€™s Pharmacy in Newton.
â€śWe have sold a lot of toys. We were completely busy from Thanksgiving through Christmas.â€ť
The Observer News Enterprise published the newest edition of Catawba County Fact Book, a 2012 resource guide for citizens throughout the Greater Hickory Metro. The special edition is inside all copies of The O-N-E and Outlook which are distributed today.
Day two of the Catawba Valley Classic kicks off this afternoon at Catawba Valley Community College and Hickory High School.
Follow game coverage with The O-N-Eâ€™s online edition and on Twitter @The ONENews. Also be sure to look for game blogs of girls action at CVCC, here: www.observernewsonline.com/content/blogging-live-c-v-classic-day-2
Basketball action begins at CVCCâ€™s Tarlton Complex at 4 p.m. when No. 5 Maiden plays No. 8 Bunker Hill in the girls consolation bracket. After the conclusion of the dayâ€™s opener, No. 6 Fred T. Foard plays No. 7 St. Stephens.
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.