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Newton-Conover wins rubber match with Hickory

December 30, 2010

In the epic battle between Newton-Conover and Hickory girls’ basketball teams, round two goes to the Lady Red Devils.

Shynese Whitener scored a game-high 23 points, including four clutch free throws in the final two minutes of Wednesday’s game. The Lady Red Devils advanced to the championship game of the Catawba Valley Classic with a 68-65 win past the Tornadoes.

“This win means a lot,” Whitener said. “It is just a game that we all love playing because it is against Hickory. It felt great to beat them on their court.

Maidens claws past Foard in fourth

December 30, 2010

Despite trailing Fred T. Foard by 16 points heading into the fourth quarter, the Maiden boys’ basketball team never stopped playing.
After scoring 13, 4, and 12 points in the previous three quarters, the Blue Devils made 15-of-16 free throws in the quarter and scored an incredible 29 points to squeeze past Fred T. Foard, 58-56.

“The kids just never gave up,” said Maiden coach Doug Miller. “They put a lot of pressure on Foard and created a lot of turnovers.”

Foard rallies for win over Alexander Central

December 29, 2010

In the opening game of the 24th annual girls Catawba Valley Classic, the fourth-seeded Lady Tigers used aggressive defense and fast-paced offense to advance with a 55-50 win over fifth-seeded Alexander Central.

Fred T. Foard out-rebounded Alexander Central 38-34 and finished the game with 10 blocked shots as a team.

"This was a big win for us, especially considering they beat us by nine points a few weeks ago," said Tigers head coach Wendy Price. "Our intensity was better this time around, and we shot the ball better. We did a lot better defensively this time around."

First Impressions of the C-V Classic

December 29, 2010

The top-seeded St. Stephens Indians boys’ basketball team advanced to the second round of the 24th annual Catawba Valley Classic with a 70-42 victory over eighth-seeded South Caldwell in the opening game of the tournament.
“It was a good team effort,” said head coach Gary Bowne. “We had good balance. The kids played hard. The bench finally contributed in the second half like we wanted them to in the first half. They improved and made adjustments at halftime. We have to turn around and play tomorrow. We are in the winner’s bracket, and we like it. “

CV Classic starts Tuesday after delay

December 27, 2010

After a one-day delay because of snow in the area, the Catawba Valley Classic will begin today at Hickory High School and Catawba Valley Community College.

Both the boy's and girl's tournaments were postponed until Tuesday because of heavy snow received during the Christmas holiday.

Despite the move, start times for games will remain the same. Action in the girl's tournament starts at 4 p.m. at Hickory High School when No. 4 Fred T. Foard (5-3) takes on No. 5 Alexander Central (4-4).

Devils take Duals, ready for Burke

December 27, 2010

What has been a strong season already for the Newton-Conover wrestling squad will continue Thursday when they compete at the all-day East Burke Duals.

The Red Devils are coming off of an impressive 5-0 record from last Thursday's nine-team home tournament – the Red Devil Duals – despite starting five freshmen. The squad picked up victories against RS Central (49-16), Hibriten (69-6), Challenger (82-0) and Enka (49-18).

Summers gets all-American honors

December 21, 2010

A love for soccer at age 4 led Sabrina Summers to a national all-American team.
Summers, 17 and a senior at St. Stephens High School, was one of 37 female soccer players from across the nation selected to win an award on the National High School Scholar All-American Team.
“I was kind of surprised,” Summers said, adding her busy school and soccer schedules kept her mind occupied and off of her coach’s nomination.
St. Stephens head soccer coach Chuck Davis nominated Summers for the prestigious award because of her strong athletic and academic skills.

Comer honored by Panthers

December 21, 2010

CHARLOTTE – Before the start of their game Sunday at Bank of America Stadium, the Carolina Panthers took time to honor a group of high school football players from across the Carolinas.

Newton-Conover lineman Mikey Comer was among them.

Comer was at the stadium Sunday before kickoff on a stage in the west end of the field. His name was called over the public address system and his face on the giant screen as one of the Carolina Panthers’ Community Captains.

Carolina wins final home game of 2010

December 19, 2010

The final home game of the Carolina Panthers’ 2010 season started with two rookies starting at quarterback. Carolina’s Jimmy Clausen was still looking for his first win as a starter, and Arizona’s John Skelton was making the second start of his career.
Clausen walked off the field with the victory – his first as a starter in a Carolina Panthers’ uniform. The Panthers defeated the Cardinals 19-12 and earned their second regular-season win at home in the 2010 calendar year.
“You’re supposed to win games,” Clausen said. “This was big for us going into the next two games and next year.”

Trojans toppled

December 17, 2010

Newton-Conover’s girls varsity team improved to 2-0 in conference play Friday night, with a 59-47 win over Bandys.
The Trojans took an early 4-3 lead in the first quarter, but the Lady Red Devils went on a 13-2 run to end the quarter and take the momentum.
“We talked about coming out and going right at them,” said Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharp. “We knew we had to come out and be aggressive and match their intensity. Bandys has been scoring a lot of points lately, so it was important we set the tempo.”

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