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PREP NOTEBOOK: Red Devils continue win streak

March 13, 2012

Two of the best tennis teams in the Catawba Valley 2A collided Tuesday in Newton.

When the dust settled, Newton-Conover had notched its 64th straight home conference victory with a 7-2 win against Maiden.

“This was biggest hurdle in that winning streak,” said N-C coach Brian Tate. “This is probably the least inexperienced team I’ve ever had since I’ve been here. We’re getting better.”

NCHS announces new athletic director

March 13, 2012

Newton-Conover High School's new athletic director says he wants to take the Red Devils sports program to the next level.

School district leaders say he has the athletic and administrative experience to do it.

Billy Leeson was hired this month to serve as NCHS's athletic director and assistant principal.

Mitchell's low round paces N-C to match win

March 13, 2012

While Newton-Conover golfer Lee Mitchell may be the “new kid on the block,” he certainly didn’t play that way Monday.

The senior, who came to Newton-Conover from Alabama, shot a 1-under-par 34 on the back nine of the Jackson Course at Rock Barn to medal and lift the Red Devils to a big non-conference match victory.

Mitchell, who played in a group with Maiden’s Thomas Lilly and Bunker Hill’s Tyler Lail, held his own against two of the top CVAC golfers in 2011.

Mitchell’s round included birdies on holes three, seven and nine.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Rojas' five goals lift Lady Bears

March 13, 2012

Avenging a loss to Cherryville three days prior, the Bunker Hill girls soccer team earned its first victory of the season Monday, 5-2.

Wilbelis Rojas pocked five goals for the Lady Bears (1-5). She has eight goals on the season.

Alondra Zavala added a goal for Bunker Hill in the third minute. Yesenia Chavez, Getzi Tiscareno, Rosa Zavala and Patricia Chavez assisted on the goals scored.

In goal, Kristina Lo had five saves, including a penalty kick save.

Bandys 5, Lincolnton 0

Bobcats hold on to beat Hornets 73-71

March 13, 2012

NEW ORLEANS — When the Hornets' Trevor Ariza faked a pass and bolted past Gerald Henderson in the final seconds, Henderson suspected Ariza's lane to the hoop for a potential game-tying score wasn't quite as open as it looked.

Ariza still had to contend with Bobcats rookie Bismack Biyombo, who knew better than to stray too far from the hoop with the game in the balance.

Biyombo went up with both arms extended and blocked Ariza's driving dunk attempt, allowing the Charlotte Bobcats to celebrate a 73-71 victory in the Big Easy on Monday night.

BREAKING: UNC football banned in postseason, loses 15 scholarships

March 12, 2012

The NCAA infractions committee has hit North Carolina's football program with a one-year postseason ban, a reduction of 15 scholarships and three years of probation following an investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct.

In a ruling Monday, the committee said the school was responsible for multiple violations, including academic fraud and a failure to monitor its football program. It also issued a three-year show-cause penalty for former assistant coach John Blake, who had received personal loans from an NFL agent.

O-N-E sports schedule for the week

March 11, 2012

Monday, March 12
NWC at Brushy Mountain CC (Alexander Central)

CVAC golf vs. Bunker Hill (Rock Barn)

Bandys track and field at East Lincoln
Newton-Conover at East Lincoln

Bandys soccer vs. Lincolnton

Bunker Hill tennis at Lake Norman

L-R women's golf at Dana Rader Intercollegiate
L-R softball vs. Shepherd (doubleheader), 2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13
St. Stephens softball at Hibriten
Maiden softball at Newton-Conover
Bandys softball vs. Draughn
Bunker Hill softball at East Burke
Foard softball at South Caldwell

Hickory falls in 3A hoops title game, 78-64

March 11, 2012

CHAPEL HILL — Dante Battle and Terrill Hilliard both had double-doubles as Rocky Mount beat Hickory 78-64 Saturday night for the Class 3-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association men's championship.

Battle, named the game's MVP, finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Hilliard added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Gryphons (27-3), who won their second 3-A title in the last three years and fifth overall.

Kenneth Peoples chipped in 12 points and Tabias Hilliard 10 for Rocky Mount, which shot 41.8 percent and outrebounded Hickory 51-38.

Marshall leads UNC to 69-67 ACC win over NC State

March 11, 2012

ATLANTA — After a rugged, foul-plagued game in which each team lost its top scorer, the officials put their whistles away in the closing seconds.

It worked out just fine for North Carolina.

It sent North Carolina State into a tizzy.

Kendall Marshall banked in a shot with 10.2 seconds remaining and the fourth-ranked Tar Heels came up with a pair of defensive stops to edge their state rival, escaping a wild finish with a 69-67 victory over N.C. State in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Saturday.

Winchester, Santos pace Bandys in 5-0 victory

March 9, 2012

Already off to a perfect start to its season, the Bandys girls soccer team notched its fourth win of the season Friday.

Behind a pair of assists by junior Allie Santos and two goals by senior Cassidy Winchester, the Lady Trojans improved to 4-0 overall with a 5-0 victory against Highland Tech.

“The girls played well,” said Bandys coach Cliff Mayer. “I think this is by far our best game this season. We’re 4-0 and ranked 11th in the state. Maybe with this win, we’ll move up. I’ll know on Monday. We’re doing really good.”

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