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Foard's McGinnis signs with Emory & Henry

February 24, 2012

The transformation from Tiger to Wasp started Friday for Katheryn McGinnis.

The Foard senior soccer player signed her National Letter of Intent to play for Emory & Henry this fall.

“I’m really, really excited,” McGinnis said. “It’s something I’ve always looked forward to as a kid growing up — getting to play first at the varsity level and now at college. I’m very excited that my dream is coming true.”

A four-year member of the Lady Tigers varsity squad, McGinnis earned all-conference honors last season and the coaches’ award in 2010.

4 wrestlers will vie for state championships Saturday

February 24, 2012

Four Catawba County wrestlers are in the finals on Saturday of the 2A and 3A state championships in Greensboro.

Newton-Conover’s Franklin Wepner (126) and Addison Klutz (152), Maiden’s Evan Spears (160) and St. Stephens’ Bradley Bader (113) are all in the championships of their respective weight classes with a chance to bring home individual state titles.

Wepner and Klutz and trying to become the first state champion wrestlers at Newton-Conover since Andrew Tremain in 2010.

If Spears is victorious, he will become the first-ever Maiden wrestler to win an individual state title.

DAY 1 UPDATE: NCHSAA wrestling tournament

February 24, 2012

Nine 2A wrestlers and seven 3A wrestlers are still alive for a chance at NCHSAA individual state wrestling titles after the first day of competition in Greensboro.

Newton-Conover remains in the best shape for a potential state championship. All five Red Devils who qualified for states, including Ian Canrobert (106), Franklin Wepner (126), Eric Holbrook (145), Addison Klutz (152) and Tyler Benfield (195), all advanced to the second round.

Foard seeking state wrestling title repeat

February 23, 2012

Trying to repeat its state title from a season ago, Fred T. Foard goes from the hunters to the hunted.

The Tigers wrestling team claimed the school’s first-ever boys state championship a year ago.

Foard coach Mike Carey said the feeling of entering as defending champions isn’t that different from starting last year as challengers.

“It gives us a sense of confidence that we can do well,” Carey said. “Individually, we just have to wrestle every match we get the chance to. It could be the last time. We have to make sure we need to take care of things and good things will come.”

Foard's Watts, Pierce named top NWC swimmers

February 23, 2012

A pair of Fred T. Foard swimmers were honored by the Northwestern 3A/4A conference this week for their outstanding achievements this past season.

The Tigers’ Jake Pierce and Leah Watts were named conference swimmers of the year.

Watts shares her honor with Hickory’s Janie Kennedy.

Along with her solo award, Watts was named all-conference in the 200-yard individual medley, 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle relay.

Stewart and Kenseth win Daytona qualifying races

February 23, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Roush Fenway Racing will have three cars at the front of the season-opening Daytona 500.

Matt Kenseth won the second of the twin 150-mile qualifying races Thursday with a bold pass of teammate Greg Biffle. The victory gave Kenseth a spot on the second row for Sunday's race — right behind teammates Carl Edwards and Biffle.

Tony Stewart, the defending NASCAR champion, won the first race and will line up next to Kenseth at Daytona International Speedway.

Cavaliers eliminate Red Devils in overtime

February 22, 2012

Newton-Conover’s chance to return to the Western Regional final — gone.

The Lady Red Devils (25-4) fell behind early to East Burke (19-9), but managed to take the game into overtime.

With the loss of senior leader Shynese Whitener to fouls, the LRDs fell behind late in the extra session and never caught up, falling 64-62 in the second round of the playoffs Wednesday.

“I’m proud of them,” N-C coach Ike Williams said of his team. “We had a great run. You have to give East Burke all the credit in the world. They came in with a good game plan, ready to play and played hard.”

Madi Story’s 31 paces Trojans past Bulldogs

February 22, 2012

Behind 31 points from CVAC player of the year Madi Story, Bandys advanced to the third round of the 2A playoffs with a 79-53 win against No. 5 Thomasville.

The Lady Trojans (26-2) shot 64 percent from the field (29-of-45) during Wednesday’s game. 

Guided by 16 points from Story in the first half, Bandys built an early lead, and the Trojans were ahead 40-24 at the half.

From there, the Trojans went on cruise control, scoring 39 points in the second half on their way to a victory and a third-round playoff appearance.

Pacers hand Bobcats another loss, 102-88

February 22, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Tyler Hansbrough had a season-high 22 points and nine rebounds as the Indiana Pacers continued their dominance of the Charlotte Bobcats with a 102-88 victory Wednesday night.

The Pacers have now beaten the Bobcats nine time straight times, including twice this week. This game was much closer than the 35-point rout Sunday in Indianapolis — at least for three quarters.

The Pacers led by 10 after three quarters but began to pull away in the fourth. Danny Granger had 12 points and A.J. Price, Paul George, Dahntay Jones and Darren Collison also scored in double digits.

Three Indian wrestlers preparing for states

February 21, 2012

In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the St. Stephens wrestling team, the Indians produced three state qualifiers.

Bradley Bader, Blake Rogers and Ian Martin will each vie for a state title when the NCHSAA individual state championships start Thursday.

Indians coach Billy Baker said the wrestlers worked hard this offseason to earn their postseason appearances.

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