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7 county hoops squads return to action Tuesday

January 2, 2012

Following the conclusion of the 25th annual Catawba Valley Classic, prep basketball action returns today.

Teams in the early stages of the conference portions of their schedules in both the Catawba Valley Athletic 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A.

In a rematch of Thursday’s thrilling boys title game at the Catawba Valley Classic, Hickory welcomes Alexander Central.

Foard (10-3, 0-2) tries to snap a 26-game conference losing streak in boys basketball against South Caldwell (5-6, 0-2).

St. Stephens is also in action. The Indians travel to Hibriten.

County swim meet in Hickory on Tuesday

January 2, 2012

All of Catawba County’s high school swim teams meet at the Hickory YMCA tonight for the annual county swim meet.

The event, which starts at 6 p.m., features teams from Maiden, Fred T. Foard, St. Stephens, Hickory, Newton-Conover and Bandys.

The Red Tornadoes are the defending champions of the meet, winning both the boys and girls titles one year ago at Lenoir-Rhyne’s Aquatic Center.

Hickory’s boys team earned 100 points last year, finishing 27 points ahead of Fred T. Foard.

In girls action, the Lady Red Tornadoes’ 91 points were good enough to edge St. Stephens’ 77 points.

O-N-E sports schedule for the week

January 2, 2012

Monday, Jan. 2
No games scheduled

Tuesday, Jan. 3
Bandys basketball at West Caldwell
Bunker Hill basketball vs. Draughn
Fred T. Foard basketball vs. South Caldwell
Maiden basketball vs. South Iredell
N-C basketball at East Burke
N-C wrestling at South Caldwell (Kings Mt.), 6 p.m.
Catawba County Meet at Hickory YMCA
St. Stephens basketball at Hibriten

Wednesday, Jan. 4
Bunker Hill at Bandys basketball
Fred T. Foard wrestling vs. East Burke/Lincolnton, 5 p.m.
Anderson at Lenoir-Rhyne basketball (women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m.)

Lady Trojans, Wolves repeat at Holiday Clash

December 30, 2011

Third time’s the charm — at least in the case of the ninth annual Peoples Bank Holiday Clash.

Bandys scored 29 points in the first quarter, and maintained at least a 10-point lead against North Lincoln for most of the game on its way to a third-straight girls title at the Clash.

“When I think about our tournament overall, I think it’s a team effort,” said Lady Trojans coach Beth Queen. “When you look at our box score, we’ve been very balanced as far as points, steals and assists. It’s been a very balanced attack. That’s what has made me very happy about this tournament.”

Howard's 20-20 game powers Magic past Bobcats

December 30, 2011

CHARLOTTE — Dwight Howard had 20 points and 24 rebounds, Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, and the Orlando Magic beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-79 on Friday night for their third straight victory.

Orlando jumped to an 11-0 lead and never trailed, eventually leading 56-43 at halftime and building the lead up to as many as 21 in the second half. Charlotte never got closer than nine points in the second half.

Hickory athletic director, coach John Worley to retire

December 30, 2011

Since 1983, John Robert Worley, the current athletic director and head football coach for Hickory High, has been immersed in the development of successful athletic programs for Hickory Public Schools.

During these 28 years of dedicated service, Worley, 51, has led young athletes to more than 445 collective wins in football, softball, and basketball. The achievements have been continuous through the years with recognition for conference titles, state playoffs, sectional and regional championships, and Worley’s selection as Conference Coach of the Year.

Hickory tops Newton-Conover in Classic final

December 30, 2011

Tempers flared and aggression boiled over in a physical rubber match between Newton-Conover and Hickory for the Catawba Valley Classic girls title on Thursday.

When the dust settled, the Red Tornadoes hoisted their record 16th Classic banner, ending the Red Devils’ chance at a repeat.

The game’s final score mirrored that of a contest between the two school’s football programs.

Newton-Conover and Hickory combined to make 17-of-74 field goal attempts — a staggering 22 percent for the game.

Tigers surge by N-C in second half for win

December 29, 2011

Fred T. Foard earned its highest finish in recent memory at the Catawba Valley Classic, knocking off its second in-county rival in two days.

The Tigers scored 31 points in the second half against Newton-Conover, including 13 from Jordan Turner and eight points each from Tyler Dickens and Bryce Falgout, to overcome a slow start to the game and pick up the fifth-place boys trophy at the Classic, 48-41.

Brooke Robinson's 26 paces Foard past Maiden

December 29, 2011

Girls basketball players wearing the No. 21 battled Thursday for a chance to guide their team to a fifth-place finish on the girls side of the Catawba Valley Classic.

In the end, it was Fred T. Foard’s No. 21, Brooke Robinson, scoring a game-high 26 points to lift the Lady Tigers to a consolation final win, 52-42.

“Overall, I’m proud of the way we responded, especially after our first round loss,” said Foard coach Bradley Mangum. “I think we’ve grown up the past days, particularly with some things. We’ve just got to continue to get better, and go to South Caldwell on Tuesday.”

Tigers beat Indians behind second half run

December 29, 2011

In a match-up of teams from the same conference, Fred T. Foard and St. Stephens battled Wednesday for non-conference bragging rights and a spot in the girls fifth-place game in the Catawba Valley Classic.

Tied 28-28, Foard pulled away with a 10-0 run in the third quarter, which helped lift the Tigers to the 57-35 rivalry victory against St. Stephens.

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