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CVAC, NWC wrestling titles on the line Saturday

February 2, 2012

Individual titles in 14 different weight classes are on the line Saturday at the Catawba Valley 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A wrestling tournaments.

The CVAC tournament takes place Saturday at 9 a.m. at East Burke High School, while the NWC tournament is at Alexander Central High School at 10 a.m.

Defending CVAC regular season and tournament champion Newton-Conover returns four champions from last year’s tournament, including Ian Canrobert (41-2), Coleman Carter (31-8), Addison Klutz (38-4) and Tyler Benfield (39-3).

Newton Rec holding spring sign-ups

February 2, 2012

The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for youth soccer, baseball, softball and girls volleyball. Sign-ups for soccer, baseball and softball continue through March 9. The deadline for volleyball is Feb. 17.

Youth leagues

Pair of Blue Devils sign to play at next level

February 1, 2012

Finishing their high school careers where they started them together, Maiden quarterback Matt Johnson and running back Will Jenkins signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

Johnson joins the first-ever recruiting class at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, while Jenkins signed to play for Fayetteville State University next season.

In 2011, Johnson ran for 1,789 yards, threw for another 1,077 yards and scored 30 offensive touchdowns (22 rushing TDs, eight passing).
On defense, he collected 41 tackles (31 solo) and intercepted one pass.

Fleming, McCorkle among five players signed

February 1, 2012

Five Catawba County football players made their college choices official during Wednesday’s National signing day.

Foard lineman Tanner Fleming, Bandys lineman Travis McCorkle and Hickory quarterback Kyle Johnson signed.

Fleming, who is 6-2, 280 pounds, decided to play for the Air Force in 2012. He had a solid senior season defensively for the Tigers, racking up 80 tackles, including 25 for a loss, and 12 sacks.

Fleming also blocked 12 kicks, including three in Foard’s season finale against Hickory, and forced two fumbles.

Mountaineers, Bears sign combined 42 athletes

February 1, 2012

Lenoir-Rhyne football coach Mike Houston announced 23 recruits signed for the 2012 season on Wednesday.

Twelve players in the class are North Carolina natives, but the class also includes players from Georgia (eight), South Carolina (two) and Texas (one).

Signings include nine offensive and defensive linemen, including Placid Ajoku, Callan Gillison, Lucas Hayes, Chris Phillips, Logan Reach, Jacob Slagle, Bryan Veazey, Nathan Benfield and Ben Carrion.

2012 Lenoir-Rhyne recruiting class

Bandys tops Maiden on mat to earn 2A playoff berth

February 1, 2012

In a battle that decided the second-place finisher in the Catawba Valley 2A wrestling standings, Bandys got the best of Maiden.

Ahead 22-19, the Trojans (17-11, 7-1) rattled off 21 consecutive points to earn a runner-up finish in the conference and a spot in the 2A playoffs.

"I had a feeling they would bump up their guys on weight," said Bandys coach Sean McIntosh. "They've been doing it all year, especially their 152-, 160- and 170-pound guys. I just chose to wrestle them heads-up. It panned out for us."

Red Devils wrap up CVAC title on 'Senior Night'

January 31, 2012

The Newton-Conover wrestling team honored its four seniors the best way it could Tuesday — winning.

The Red Devils (38-2) locked up another Catawba Valley 2A wrestling title, defeating Bunker Hill, 68-3.

Before the match, the four senior Red Devils — Ian Canrobert, Tyler Benfield, Addison Klutz and Eric Holbrook — were honored in front of a packed crowd.

The quartet ended the night successfully, each earning a mat victory.
Included in the win for Newton-Conover were eight pins, two decisions and two major decisions.

Newton-Conover 68, Bunker Hill 3

PREP NOTEBOOK: Blue Devils earn third CVAC win

January 31, 2012

Maiden picked up its third win in conference play Tuesday with a 69-43 victory against Bandys at home.

Jason Gantt led all scorers with 27 points for the Blue Devils (7-12, 3-8), while Jalen Gibbs pitched in 18 points.

Hayden Deal scored a team-high eight points for Bandys (1-19, 0-11), while Hunter McCall pitched in seven points.

Newton-Conover 47, Bunker Hill 42

Behind 10 points from Joshuwell McCombs and nine points from Shane Laws, the Red Devils picked up a road conference victory against the Bears in Claremont on Tuesday.

Former 'Dads reflect on the team’s past at Hot Stove

January 30, 2012

Kicking off their 20th anniversary campaign in style, the Hickory Crawdads hosted their annual Hot Stove Banquet at Rock Barn Golf and Spa on Monday.

The event featured a number of guest speakers, including former ‘Dads general manager Marty Steele and former Hickory players Josh Bonifay (2000-01), Chris Mader (1993-94) and Jason Evans (1993).

Steele, who was team’s first-ever general manager, recanted the first opening day at its new stadium.

31 county wrestlers ranked in the state

January 30, 2012

The latest individual state prep wrestling polls include 31 Catawba County athletes ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes.

The Retrorankings.com lists include 16 area wrestlers in the 2A ranks and 15 in the 3A ranks.

Four wrestlers from three schools are also ranked atop their respective weight classes. They include Newton-Conover’s Ian Canrobert at 106, Foard’s Caleb Griffin at 120, St. Stephens’ Ian Martin at 138 and Foard’s Hayden Albert at 160.

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