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Opening act: Whitener scores 19 points, as N-C advances to semifinals

February 14, 2011

Monday was a day all about love. For the Lady Red Devils and Lady Bears, it was all about survival.

Newton-Conover's Shynese Whitener scored 19 points and the Lady Red Devils got key bench play down the stretch as they picked up a CVAC tournament first round win against Bunker Hill.

Despite the victory, N-C coach Jonathan Tharpe was disappointed in his team's energy for most of the game.

The clincher: Lady Red Devils defeat West Caldwell, win second straight CVAC championship

February 11, 2011

Two in a row.

Newton-Conover fought off an early game slump to blow open a big lead against West Caldwell on their way to their 13th conference win.

The victory gives the Lady Red Devils their second consecutive CVAC championship on Senior night.

"This is a huge accomplishment for this team," said N-C head coach Jonathan Tharpe. "These seniors have spent three years with me working on trying to be the best basketball players and teammates that they can. For us to win back-to-back conference championships is very special."

Trojan Thunder: Second quarter intensity guides Bandys to a victory over Lady Tigers

February 10, 2011

The Trojans turned up the intensity and pressure in the second quarter and never looked back.

Bandys executed to perfection offensively and defensively against Fred T. Foard in the second quarter and outscored the Lady Tigers, 22-5, on their way to a non-conference victory on Thursday.

“We just tried to focus tonight,” said Bandys head coach Beth Queen. “Defensively, we set a goal to hold them under 40 points. We just sat our goals and focused on the little things.”

Home advantage: Remaining wrestling teams stay in area for Sectional, Regional playoff rounds

February 9, 2011

And then there were three.

After Tuesday’s State Team Dual tournament opening rounds, only three area teams remain in the hunt for a state championship.

St. Stephens and Fred T. Foard survived in the 3A, while Newton-Conover was the lone team in 2A to make it through.

The added benefit for these teams is that they face different circumstances than their opening contests. Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard both host matches on Thursday.

St. Stephens will travel, but it will be a much shorter distance, as they head to Foard for their third and fourth round competition.

The Mehl Man: Bears’ forward scores 23 points to lead Bears to crucial Senior night win

February 9, 2011

Tuesday’s game was a special delivery for the Bunker Hill basketball team.

Postman Walker Mehl scored 23 points, including 18 in the second half, to lead Bunker Hill to a critical conference victory over Maiden on Senior night.

The win keeps the Bears (12-11, 6-7) in the fifth spot in the Catawba Valley 2A and two games ahead of South Iredell.

Mat Quest: Five area teams begin the hunt for a state title tonight

February 7, 2011

The quest to be the best on the mat starts tonight.

Five teams in the area will compete in the opening rounds of the Dual Team state championships. It will mark the first day in a week's worth of competition for many schools.

Among those competing are 2A schools Newton-Conover, Bandys and Bunker Hill.

Representing the 3A schools St. Stephens and Fred T. Foard.

Outside attack: Red Tornadoes use 3-pointers to stay ahead of Indians

February 5, 2011

Hickory made it 3-for-3 on Senior Night.

The Red Tornadoes made nine 3-pointers, including four in the third quarter to maintain a double-digit lead on their way to a win over rival St. Stephens on Friday.

With the victory, Hickory secured its third win of the season over the Indians and at least a co-championship of the Northwestern 3A/4A.

The Pack man: Kuchenbecker remembered for being lifelong Packer fan, giving to NCHS

February 3, 2011

As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, a longtime resident in Catawba County is remembered.

Ron Kuchenbecker, who passed away on Sept. 24, 2009, was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan that lived in Newton. His team will face the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday at Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas.

“We miss ‘Kuch’,” said former N-C athletic director Don Patrick. “He was a big fan for the Red Devils, but he was the epitome of a Green Bay Packer fan.”

Making it official: Four Red Devils sign to play in NCAA

February 2, 2011

The future just got a little brighter for a few Red Devils.

Four Newton-Conover athletes signed paperwork on Wednesday to play NCAA athletics and further their education.

Football players Octavius Harden and Mike Comer signed on to attend Wofford College, while football teammate Cameron Shuford and tennis player John Reid signed with Mars Hill College.

Rebound effort: Gibbs, Pitts combine for 26 points in dominant CVAC victory over Bears

February 2, 2011

The PA system may have been silent before the Newton-Conover and Bunker Hill girls basketball game, but the Lady Red Devils offensive and defense were loud.

Kadesha Gibbs and Samiya Pitts combined for 26 of the Lady Red Devils’ 57 points, and Newton-Conover forced 26 Bunker Hill turnovers on their way to the Catawba Valley 2A victory.

The win by the Lady Red Devils (16-2, 10-1) is the first since a tough 61-44 defeat last week against East Burke.

Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharpe remembers the game all too well.

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