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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.

4 remaining county teams host games Wednesday

February 21, 2012

The four remaining Catawba County basketball squads that made it through the first round of the NCHSAA playoffs are hosting second round games tonight.

In the 2A ranks, the Newton-Conover and Bandys girls basketball teams are at home at 7 p.m.

The No. 3 Lady Red Devils (25-3) host the CVAC’s third-place finisher and No. 11 seeded East Burke (18-9). 

Newton-Conover swept the season series against the Lady Cavaliers.
The winner of that game gets either No. 2 Mountain Heritage (25-2) or No. 7 East Rutherford (18-7).

No. 7 North Carolina beats rival NC State 86-74

February 21, 2012

RALEIGH — Kendall Marshall had a career-high 22 points and 13 assists to help No. 7 North Carolina beat North Carolina State 86-74 on Tuesday night.

Harrison Barnes added 20 points for the Tar Heels (24-4, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who extended their domination of their nearby rivals. North Carolina has won 12 straight meetings and hasn't lost to the Wolfpack (18-10, 7-6) in five years.

Huskies eliminate Indians for second-straight year

February 21, 2012

New year. Same teams. Same result.

After falling to eventual 3A state champion Hunter Huss, 77-49, one year ago in the playoffs, St. Stephens was dealt the same fate Monday.

The Indians (15-12) fell behind in the second quarter and never caught up, losing to the Huskies (13-10) at home.

“(Huss) really came on late in the year it seems,” said Indians coach Murphy Post. “I think they are playing their best ball right now.”

Proving its right to be a playoff team, Saint took an 8-2 lead early in the ball game.

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