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PREP NOTEBOOK: N-C, Foard knocked out of duals

February 9, 2012

Thursday night was unpleasant for two of Catawba County’s wrestling teams, as Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard exited the dual team state playoffs. 

Tied 28-28 after all wrestlers had competed, Piedmont (37-0) defeated Newton-Conover (41-3) in a tiebreaker.

It was the third-straight year Piedmont eliminated the Red Devils in the 2A dual team western regional finals.

Piedmont had already defeated N-C once this year, a 35-31 decision at the annual Red Devil Duals in December.

NC State defeats Georgia Tech, 61-52

February 9, 2012

ATLANTA — North Carolina State is starting to feel like it can surprise some folks in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

After avenging last month's home loss to lowly Georgia Tech, the Wolfpack are ready to take on the big boys.

C.J. Williams scored 15 points, including a four-point play, and C.J. Leslie stepped up in the second half to carry N.C. State to a 61-52 victory over the Yellow Jackets on Thursday night.

Duke stuns North Carolina

February 9, 2012

CHAPEL HILL — Harrison Barnes shook off his nagging ankle injury and a series of undersized defenders to help No. 5 North Carolina take charge in the second half. He just couldn't finish off No. 10 Duke.

Barnes scored 19 of his 25 points after halftime for the Tar Heels in their 85-84 loss Wednesday night. Barnes, who sprained his left ankle against Wake Forest last week, missed all four of his shots in the first half but went 8-for-12 in the final 20 minutes.

Bears start softball season with pair of victories

February 9, 2012

The two-time defending South Atlantic League champion Lenoir-Rhyne softball team opened its season in style Wednesday, taking both games of a doubleheader against Belmont Abbey.

“We’ll take the wins,” said L-R coach Shena Hollar. “I don’t think they were pretty. We played at their pace. It was a very slow game. We like to get in, get out and get on. We didn’t do that. This is something to work on. For the opener, we’ll take two ‘W’s.’”

In game one, sophomore Haily Jarman connected on a grand slam home run to put the Lady Bears (2-0) ahead.

Maiden, Foard, Saint receive forfeit wins from Hickory

February 8, 2012

The Maiden, Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens football teams are three of eight programs that will receive wins after Hickory High School used an ineligible football player during the 2011 season.

The result leaves the Red Tornadoes winless in 2011 at 0-13. Their record before the forfeits was 8-4-1, including a postseason appearance.

Hickory vacated its 47-20 victory at Maiden on Sept. 2, along with the Red Tornadoes’ wins against conference schools St. Stephens (49-14) and Fred T. Foard (31-6).

N-C, Foard hit road for next rounds of duals

February 8, 2012

After hosting first- and second-round matches in the dual team state playoffs Tuesday, the Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard wrestling teams will hit the road for their third- and fourth-round match-ups today.

The Red Devils (40-2), who topped Ashe County in the first round and Chase in the second round, take on T.W. Andrews (14-4) in round three. 

If successful, Newton-Conover will face the winner of host Wheatmore (23-9) and Piedmont (35-0), a team that has knocked the Red Devils out of the dual team playoffs each of the last two seasons.

BREAKING NEWS: County programs receive football wins through Hickory forfeits

February 8, 2012

The Maiden, Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens football teams are three of eight programs that will receive wins after Hickory High School used an ineligible football player during the 2011 season.

The result leaves the Red Tornadoes winless in 2011 at 0-13. Their record before the forfeits was 8-4-1, including a postseason appearance.

Hickory vacated its 47-20 victory at Maiden on Sept. 2, along with the Red Tornadoes' wins against conference schools St. Stephens (49-14) and Fred T. Foard (31-6).

Hickory girls top Indians, lock up outright NWC title

February 8, 2012

Behind 20 points from Danasia Witherspoon, the Hickory Lady Red Tornadoes locked up the outright girls Northwestern Conference basketball title in 2012 with a win against St. Stephens on Tuesday.

N-C, Foard advance in playoffs; Indians, Trojans fall

February 8, 2012

Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard advanced to Thursday’s third round of the NCHSAA playoffs.

Two other Catawba County schools — Bandys and St. Stephens — weren’t as fortunate. Both squads had their seasons ended.

The Tigers (30-1) had to overcome a 27-3 deficit early on to win and advance.

Newton-Conover (40-2) took out Ashe County in the first round and followed that up with a 42-18 win against Chase.

The Trojans lost a close contest with Thomasville (27-11), ending Bandys’ season with a 17-12 record.

Pierce passes Bird in Celtics' win over Bobcats

February 7, 2012

BOSTON — Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird for No. 2 on the Celtics' career scoring list, finishing with 15 points as Boston increased its winning streak to five straight with a 94-84 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.

Pierce needed nine points to tie Bird's total of 21,791. He had seven points at halftime, then hit a 3-pointer with 10:23 left in the third quarter to pass Bird.

Pierce nearly celebrated the milestone with a triple-double, coming up just short with nine assists and eight rebounds.

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