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Tigers take down rival Tornadoes, NWC hoops title

February 16, 2013

The Fred T. Foard boys basketball team picked up a conference-clinching victory against rival Hickory before standing room only crowd at Jerry Copas Gymnasium on Friday.

The Tigers improve to 20-4 overall and 10-2 in Northwestern 3A/4A, while the Red Tornadoes fall to 19-5 overall and 9-3 in the NWC.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Friday's prep hoops scoreboard

February 16, 2013

Below is a look at the prep basketball scores from around Catawba County:

Boys basketball
Bunker Hill 66, Bandys 57
Draughn 62, Maiden 59
Fred T. Foard 62, Hickory 59
Newton-Conover 60, West Caldwell 55 (2 OT)
St. Stephens 78, Watauga 58

Girls basketball
Bandys 79, Bunker Hill 28
Draughn 84, Maiden 79
Newton-Conover 42, West Caldwell 39

Red Devils pin Panthers, advance to 2A dual final

February 15, 2013

It might have been Valentine's Day on Thursday, but there was certainly no love lost between Newton-Conover and Piedmont on the wrestling mat.

After matching up in the 2A dual team state playoffs three-straight years and losing each time, the Red Devils finally managed to knock out the rival Panthers to advance to Saturday's 2A dual team championship match.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Thursday's dual team scores

February 15, 2013

Below are the 2A and 3A dual team wrestling playoff scores from Thursday:

2A dual scores
Newton-Conover 36, Thomasville 29
Piedmont 46, Owen 24
Newton-Conover 36, Piedmont 27

3A dual scores
Fred T. Foard 38, Ashbrook 25
Jay M. Robinson 32, SW Randolph 31
Fred T. Foard 38, Jay M. Robinson 27

Pitts, Hughes helping anchor Foard wrestling line up

February 14, 2013

When their number is called, Ben Hughes and Ben Pitts step up when needed for their team.

Pitts and Hughes are two of four seniors on the Fred T. Foard wrestling team, including Nick Rotenberry and Mikey Vincent.

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

George's triple double leads Pacers over Bobcats

February 14, 2013

Paul George knew he needed to have a good game after the way he played Monday night.

George posted his first career triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists, and the Indiana Pacers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 101-77 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Red Devils, Tigers in dual playoff action Thursday

February 13, 2013

The third and fourth rounds of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) dual team wrestling playoffs are Thursday with two Catawba County teams in action.

Newton-Conover (40-5) is the only county team home tonight, hosting a trio of teams, including Thomasville (36-3), Owen (16-14) and Piedmont (31-5).

Tigers survive, advance to dual team round three

February 13, 2013

In the biggest match of its season so far on Tuesday, the Fred T. Foard wrestling team got a big boost from its seniors.

The veteran quartet of Nick Rotenberry, Mikey Vincent, Ben Hughes and Ben Pitts each picked up crucial mat victories, helping the Tigers edge North Gaston, 32-37, to advance to the third round of the 3A dual team state playoffs.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Tuesday's prep, college scores

February 13, 2013

Below is a look at Tuesday's prep and college scores from across Catawba County:

Boys basketball
East Burke 87, Bandys 37
Maiden 63, Bunker Hill 57
Newton-Conover 83, South Iredell 59
Hickory 70, St. Stephens 58

Girls basketball
Bunker Hill 52, Maiden 42
East Burke 52, Bandys 49
Hickory 72, St. Stephens 42
South Iredell 50, Newton-Conover 41

Bobcats rebound behind Mullens to beat Boston

February 12, 2013

The Boston Celtics left Time Warner Cable Arena green with envy on Monday — thanks in part to the Charlotte duo Ramon Sessions and Byron Mullens.

Sessions drilled a 18-foot jump shot off of a screen from Kemba Walker with 25.7 seconds left, helping the Bobcats defeat the Celtics, 94-91, for their 12th victory of the season.

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