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BREAKING: Boards approve Beam, Brown to coach

January 13, 2014

A couple of area high schools made their head football coaching decisions official on Monday night.

The Newton-Conover City Schools approved current Burns head coach Matt Beam to take over their high school's football program.

East Burke High School also ushered in a new era with its football team, which will led by former Bunker Hill and Maiden high school coach Tom Brown.

SOURCES: Burns' Beam is choice for Red Devils

January 11, 2014

Newton-Conover High School is expected to present a name before its school board meeting on Monday night.

That name, according to several sources, is current Burns football coach Matt Beam.

Sources also indicated that Beam, an East Lincoln and Appalachian State graduate, was in attendance for a Red Devil basketball game on Tuesday against West Lincoln.

Tyoun Shuford's last-second trey tops Mustangs

January 11, 2014

All three of the losses for the Newton-Conover boys basketball team so far this season had come down to the wire.

Only fitting that the Red Devils would catch a break on their fourth try — this time against East Lincoln.

Tyoun Shuford made a 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds left, lifting the Red Devils at home past the unbeaten Mustangs on Friday.

Lady Trojans take sole possession of first place

January 11, 2014

The Bandys girls basketball team defeated Maiden on Friday night, 67-37, to take sole possession of first place in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A standings.

To read more of this story, pick up the weekend edition (Saturday through Monday) of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Friday's sports scoreboard

January 11, 2014

Below is a look at Friday's prep sports scores across Catawba County:

Boys basketball
Bandys 56, Maiden 50
Bunker Hill 81, Lincolnton 57
Hickory 58, St. Stephens 47
Newton-Conover 69, East Lincoln 68
Patton 55, Fred T. Foard 52

Girls basketball
Bandys 67, Maiden 37
Bunker Hill 60, Lincolnton 22
Hickory 75, St. Stephens 53

Maiden is a changed team from last season

January 9, 2014

Despite losing its head coach and leading scorer from a season ago, the Maiden girls basketball team is thriving.

The Lady Blue Devils have already exceeded their conference and overall win totals from a season ago.

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.

Lenoir-Rhyne confirms Houston's departure as coach

January 8, 2014

Lenoir-Rhyne University released a statement Wednesday confirming the departure of head football coach Mike Houston.

In the statement released at 11:21 a.m., school officials said the following:

BREAKING: Houston resigns, heading for Citadel

January 8, 2014

Lenoir-Rhyne head football coach Mike Houston has resigned from his position.

Houston's resignation comes on the heels of a Monday meeting with The Citadel for the school's opening for a head football coach.

Houston led Lenoir-Rhyne to a 13-2 record this past season, guiding the Bears to a National Championship game appearance — their first since 1962 and first-ever in NCAA Div. II.

Indian swimmers win boys, girls county titles again

January 8, 2014

HICKORY — For the third-straight year, the St. Stephens swim program can boast its the best in Catawba County.

The Indians swept the boys and girls team titles at Tuesday’s fourth annual Catawba County Swimming Championships — the third in as many years that they’ve done so.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Tuesday's sports scores

January 8, 2014

Below is a look at Tuesday's prep sports scores across Catawba County:

Boys basketball
East Lincoln 64, Bunker Hill 49
Fred T. Foard 65, Hibriten 61
Lincolnton 50, Bandys 42
Newton-Conover 95, West Lincoln 33
St. Stephens 68, Patton 57
West Caldwell 50, Maiden 30

Girls basketball
Bandys 80, Lincolnton 20
Bunker Hill 43, East Lincoln 19

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