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Hornets prepare to face Rage in Florida on Saturday

January 17, 2013

The Catawba County Hornets semi-pro football team takes the national stage on Saturday.

The Hornets compete in the 2013 National Bowl Weekend in Deltona, Florida.

To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

BREAKING: Basketball games postponed tonight

January 17, 2013

Thursday night's prep basketball games between Fred T. Foard and Watauga have been postponed.

The games between the Tigers and Pioneers, which were the only prep contests slated on Thursday, have been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30.

This is the second time that the Northwestern 3A/4A basketball match up between Foard and Watauga has been postponed.

Former Bear Rhoney has Pfeiffer Falcons flying high

January 17, 2013

Former Bunker Hill standout basketball player Kellie Rhoney saved her best for last.

Pfeiffer University’s persistent point guard has the Lady Falcons soaring higher than ever this season.

The 5-foot-6 senior credits a newfound team chemistry to most of her team’s success this season.

BREAKING: Bandys' Madi Story verbals to App. State

January 16, 2013

In just her junior season on the court, Bandys' Madi Story already knows where she wants to invest her basketball future.

Story, the defending Catawba Valley 2A girls basketball player of the year, has verbally committed to play for Appalachian State after her senior year with the Lady Trojans.

Indians take down girls, boys county swim titles

January 15, 2013

Only two schools have ever been crowned champion in three years of the Catawba County swimming championships.

St. Stephens has done it twice.

The Indians took down both the girls and boys titles for the second-straight year Tuesday at the third county swim championships held at the Hickory Foundation YMCA.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Tuesday's prep, college scores

January 15, 2013

Below are Tuesday's prep and college scores:

Girls basketball
Bandys 65, South Iredell 58
East Burke 62, Maiden 31
Fred T. Foard 57, St. Stephens 45
Hickory 79, Hibriten 47
Newton-Conover 63, Draughn 50
West Caldwell 49, Bunker Hill 25

Boys basketball
Bandys 67, South Iredell 59
East Burke 88, Maiden 29
Fred T. Foard 62, St. Stephens 57

Pacers dominate Bobcats inside, win 103-76

January 15, 2013

Roy Hibbert won a basketball game Tuesday night but lost $500.

In the waning minutes of a blowout victory, Hibbert told the final five Indiana Pacers left on the floor he'd pay them $100 each if they kept the Charlotte Bobcats from scoring 80 points.

Pay up, Roy.

"Yeah, I'm a man of my word," Hibbert said. "A Hibbert always pays his debts. ... I guess I have to go find an ATM."

Tigers tune up for NWC slate with tourney win

January 15, 2013

The Fred T. Foard wrestling team closed out its non-conference schedule in impression fashion.

The Tigers won the Eagle Duals at Wilkes Central High School on Saturday, improving to 26-1 on the season.

To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

AP Source: Panthers interview Jackson, Shurmur

January 14, 2013

A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers interviewed Pat Shurmur and Hue Jackson Monday for their vacant offensive coordinator position.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not publically released its list of candidates.

Celtics cruise to 100-89 win over Bobcats

January 14, 2013

It wasn't too long ago that Rajon Rondo was one of the NBA's up-and-coming ball-handlers, trying to show he belonged with veterans like Chris Paul, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash.

Now the Celtics point guard is trying to prove to the youngsters that he can still play.

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