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CVCC men top Pitt, Lady Bucs fall to Lenoir

January 28, 2012

The CVCC men's basketball team overcame a 19-point deficit to win by one point, 71-70, against Region 10 foe Pitt Community College on Saturday.

Jalen Cannady carried the Bucs (8-11) with 31 points. Will White added 12 points in the CVCC victory.

Chris McLawhorn guided Pitt with 14 points.

CVCC men's basketball team holds its next game Friday against Lenoir Community College at 7 p.m.

Lenoir 62, CVCC 53

Despite 19 points from freshman Brianna Mitchell, the Lady Bucs lost a heartbreaker to Lenoir Community College on the basketball court Saturday.

Red Devils shutout Cavaliers on mat

January 27, 2012

Newton-Conover improved to 37-2 overall and 6-0 in the CVAC on the wrestling mat Friday with a convincing 76-0 victory against East Burke in Icard.

The Red Devils earned five pins in the match, including Ian Canrobert (40-2), Coleman Carter (30-8), Kyle Toomey (17-12), Tyler Benfield (38-3) and Jaron Pitts (23-13).

Newton-Conover 76, East Burke 0

106: Ian Canrobert pin Zack Leonard
113: Jonte Parker won via forfeit
120: Coleman Carter pin Austin Hildebrand
126: Franklin Wepner tech. fall J. Chandler
132: Casey Toomey tech. fall Dylan Hicks

PREP NOTEBOOK: Bandys girls bounce back

January 27, 2012

Madi Story scored 17 points and Brittany Moss added 15 points, lifting the Bandys girls basketball team to the bounce-back victory against West Caldwell.

Story also collected eight rebounds for the Lady Trojans (18-1, 9-1), along with teammate Taylor Sigmon.

Ravin Carter led West Caldwell (7-8, 5-4) with 20 points, while Brittany Dixon chipped in 17 points.

Hibriten 50, St. Stephens

Keisha Corpening scored 37 points to lift the Lady Panthers (5-11, 2-6) to the Northwestern Conference win against the Lady Indians (3-17, 0-8).

76ers rout Bobcats in front of 'Fresh Prince'

January 27, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — Lou Williams scored 17 points and Jrue Holiday had 15 to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-72 on Friday night.

Jodie Meeks scored 14 points for the Sixers, who bounced back from a rare home loss and still haven't lost two straight games all season.

MMA event returns to Hickory in February

January 26, 2012

For the second time in two months, the sport of mixed martial arts will visit Hickory.

Elite Championship Cage Fighting (ECCF) is hosting a second event at the Freedom Center, following a successful first event in December.
The first fight drew 374 people to the center.

“We did not expect that many people,” said CWK Promotions President and CEO Casey Jenkins. “(ECCF) expected a few people to come, but we weren’t sure because MMA had never been in Hickory before.”

Middle school tournament set for Tuesday

January 26, 2012

The dates for the 2012 annual Catawba County middle school basketball tournament were released this week.

The tournament will be at Mill Creek Middle School starting Tuesday and continuing through Friday, Feb. 3.

Game times for the first three days are at 4, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m.
The final day includes the championship contests, which are set for 6 and 7:30 p.m.

All games will start approximately 10 minutes after the prior game is completed.

Host Mill Creek, the defending girls champion, knocked off River Bend last year, 47-37, at Jacobs Fork Middle School.

Lady Bears favored, Carpenter on All-SAC first team

January 26, 2012

Defending SAC softball champion Lenoir-Rhyne is a nearly unanimous pick to win the 2012 title, according to a coaches’ poll released Thursday.

Lenoir-Rhyne went 45-10 overall and 16-2 in league play in 2011, winning both the SAC regular season and Food Lion Tournament championships.  L-R received all but one of the preseason poll’s first-place votes.

The Bears also lead the way with five selections to the preseason All-SAC team — four on the first team and one player on the second team. 

L-R men victorious, Lady Bears fall in close contests

January 25, 2012

Leading by as many as 12 points, the Lenoir-Rhyne men’s basketball team held off a late charge by Tusculum (7-10, 4-5) to win on Wednesday.

The Bears improve to 9-9 overall and 5-4 in the South Atlantic Conference.
L-R’s Kevin Davis scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the victory.

Women's college basketball

Tusculum 68, Lenoir-Rhyne 65

Tied with 3:46 left in the game, the Lady Pioneers outscored the Lady Bears 11-8 in the game’s waning moments to pick up the conference victory.

Coaches vs. Cancer game raises almost $600

January 25, 2012

Last Friday’s fundraiser game between Maiden and Newton-Conover raised almost $600.

All proceeds raised go toward “Coaches vs. Cancer.”

Money was raised through various donations, a 50/50 raffle held in the third quarter of the boys game and $1 half court shots.

The Coaches versus Cancer Council was formed in 1998 to help raise funds through coaches to fight cancer.

The Newton-Conover and Maiden basketball game was one of several area contests that raised money for the organization.

Hickory Christian Academy will raise money Friday at its game against Statesville Christian.

Wizards beat Bobcats 92-75 in Wittman's first game

January 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — Nick Young scored 20 points, and Andray Blatche had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 92-75 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night in Randy Wittman's first game as coach.

Wittman took over for the fired Flip Saunders on Tuesday, and guided the team without the benefit of a practice. Saunders' lead assistant has been an NBA coach twice — with Minnesota and Cleveland. His career record improved to 101-207.

He didn't change the starting lineup.

"All these guys get a clean slate with me," Wittman said.

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