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Pair of forfeits push Maiden past Bunker Hill

January 14, 2012

Tied 25-25, a prep wrestling match between Maiden and Bunker Hill high schools came down to three forfeits.

Fortunately for the Blue Devils, they were able to earn two of them.

Ben Mayo and Gavin Thomas received forfeits at 106 and 113 pounds, respectively, giving Maiden its second conference win of the season.

“It got exciting there at the end,” said Maiden coach Sean McGovern. “It was a lot of fun. It’s our first win ever against Bunker Hill. The guys feel really good about that.”

PREP NOTEBOOK: Indians edged in OT by Hickory

January 14, 2012

Behind 12 points from Zach Jarrett and 10 points from Raheim Connelly, the Red Tornadoes (15-2, 5-0) continued their undefeated play in the Northwestern 3A/4A with an overtime victory against St. Stephens.

Drew Starkey led the Indians (11-6, 3-2) with 18 points, while Jordan James added 12 points.

Bunker Hill 65, Maiden 42

Behind 17 points from Jordan McGinnis and 13 points from J'lean Wilson, the Bears earned improved to 3-13 overall and 3-4 in the Catawba Valley 2A with a victory against the Blue Devils.

Jerebko leads Pistons over Bobcats, 98-81

January 14, 2012

CHARLOTTE — The Detroit Pistons got back in the win column Friday night, while the Charlotte Bobcats got a talking to from owner Michael Jordan.

Jonas Jerebko tied a career high with 22 points and the Pistons won the race to three victories Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, 98-81 to snap a six-game losing streak.

Both teams entered the game with identical 2-9 records and on lengthy losing streaks.

County wrestling teams support paralyzed wrestler

January 13, 2012

Tragedy struck Dec. 3 for Alleghany High School senior wrestler Luke Hampton.

During a meet at Hibriten High School, attended by both Fred T. Foard and Maiden High Schools in Lenoir, Hampton charged an opponent during a match at his 182-pound weight class.

The 17-year-old’s life changed forever.

Breaking his C5 and C6 vertebrae by striking a padded wall, Hampton, then ranked No. 1 in the state in his weight class, became paralyzed from the neck down.

The Hampton family immediately sought help. All of Catawba County’s prep wrestling teams answered.

Two-day auto show starts today in Hickory

January 13, 2012

The first-ever Carolina Auto Racing Show (CARS) starts today at the Hickory Metro Convention Center.

The show, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., continues through Saturday. Admission is $10.

Former NASCAR owner and current engine builder Robert Yates will be in attendance today from 11 a.m. to noon signing autographs at the Roush Yates Performance products display.

With Horford out, Hawks rout Bobcats 111-81

January 13, 2012

ATLANTA — Before the Atlanta Hawks took the court, Joe Johnson whispered a message to teammates Josh Smith and Jeff Teague.

"We have to take ownership," Johnson said, "at both ends of the court."

Clearly, they were listening.

Smith scored 30 points, Johnson added 23 and Teague chipped in with 16, leading the Hawks to a 111-81 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night in Atlanta's first game without All-Star center Al Horford.

Lenoir-Rhyne Bears survive, beat Bulldogs

January 11, 2012

The Lenoir-Rhyne men’s basketball team held off Wingate at home Wednesday for a 75-71 win in Hickory.

Sophomore Allan Jones led the Bears (6-8, 2-3) with 20 points, and forward D.J. Blackmon added 18 points.

Jamie Vaughn netted 16 points for Wingate (7-8, 3-2), while Quan Alexander scored 16 points of his own off of the Bulldog bench.

Despite leading by 13 with 15:07 left, the Bulldogs whittled down the lead to one with 3:28 remaining in the ball game.

Rangers announce Crawdads' 2012 field staff

January 11, 2012

The Texas Rangers, Major League parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have announced the 2012 field staff for the ‘Dads.

Third-year field manager Bill Richardson, accompanied by pitching coach Storm Davis, will return.

Hitting coach Josue Perez and coach Humberto Miranda will be new to the staff this season.

Last year’s training and conditioning tandem will return in athletic trainer Jacob Newburn and strength and conditioning coach Anthony Miller.

New Bobcat C Mullens makes most of his opportunity

January 11, 2012

CHARLOTTE — Byron Mullens knew it wouldn't be easy to win over Charlotte Bobcats fans.

Mullens had only scored 39 points in 26 games during his two seasons with the Thunder, so he understood the disgruntlement when the Bobcats traded away a second-round pick in 2013 to the Thunder to get him.

"When I got traded here a lot of people were kind of upset and saying, 'Why did we trade for this guy?'" Mullens said.

But three weeks into his tenure with the Bobcats, Mullens has quickly developed into a fan favorite because of the instant offense he's provided off the bench.

Vincent's pin helps Tigers top rival Indians

January 10, 2012

Kicking off action in the Northwestern 3A/4A, rivals Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens squared off on the wrestling mat Tuesday.

They didn’t disappoint.

After 13-of-14 matches wrestled, a mere point separated the teams — 36-35.

Foard’s Michael Vincent and St. Stephens’ Chris Hunt tangled at 126 pounds with the winner helping his team claim the match.

Knowing what was at stake, Vincent pinned Hunt, lifting the Tigers to their 21st victory of the season.

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