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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.

Red Devils win eighth-straight CVAC wrestling title

February 10, 2013

The Newton-Conover wrestling team won its eighth consecutive CVAC wrestling tournament championship on Saturday at Maiden High School.

Seven Red Devils took home individual titles, including Austin Klutz, Coleman Carter, Franklin Wepner, Nathan Reitzel, Rolen Benson, Colin Minor and Ah’Ron Hope.

Cougars edge Tigers for NWC wrestling title

February 10, 2013

Alexander Central ended Fred T. Foard's two-year reign as Northwestern 3A/4A conference wrestling tournament champions on Saturday.

Trailing by 16.5 points entering the finals, Cougar wrestlers won five of their eight championship matches to help pull ahead of the Tigers in the final standings.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Saturday's college results

February 10, 2013

Below is a look at Saturday's college basketball and college baseball scoreboard:

Men's college basketball
No. 14 Wake Tech 87, CVCC 75

Women's college basketball
No. 12 CVCC 57, Wake Tech 46

College baseball
No. 8 CVCC 12, Louisburg College 4
No. 8 CVCC 8, Louisburg College 2

Bucs baseball tries to repeat 2012 success

February 9, 2013

Coming off of its first College World Series appearance in school history, the Catawba Valley Community College baseball team is looking for more of the same in 2013.

The Bucs enter the season ranked No. 6 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll after not being ranked at all this time a season ago.

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