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Cold start dooms Blue Devils

December 17, 2010

The frigid air of Catawba County wasn’t the only thing that was cold Wednesday night.
Maiden’s offensive attack was just as icy.
The Blue Devils fell behind West Caldwell 22-2 at the end of the first quarter on the way to a 30-point loss in Maiden.
“I think we started out real flat. We had a bad first quarter,” said Maiden boys basketball coach Doug Miller. “A lot of that is to their credit, but for six out of the first eight games this year, we have
started with a slow start, and we got behind the eight ball.”

Hickory swimmer bound for UNC

December 17, 2010

Hickory High swimmer Graham Williams is among 12 student athletes who have tentatively committed to swimming and diving teams at the University of North Carolina.
The UNC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams signed 12 prospective student-athletes to national letters of intent during the early signing period according to Tar Heel head swimming coach Rich DeSelm. The class is expected to be among the nation’s best, and it includes seven men and five women. The 12 student-athletes will enroll at Carolina in August 2011.

NCMS notches 100th straight win

December 15, 2010

It has been a long time since Newton-Conover Middle School has lost a wrestling match in Catawba County.
In fact, Tuesday’s 52-26 win over Maiden Middle School marks the 100th straight victory the young Red Devils have notched.
“This is bigger than any championship we could actually win ... That’s 100 consecutive wins over the past eight years,” said Newton-Conover Middle School wrestling coach Ben Crawford. “We have been undefeated countywide. We had to get four wins this season. We ran off three in a row and hit the fourth one here.”

Shuford selected for All-Star game

December 14, 2010

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Marcus Shuford has been selected to play in the 2011 Cactus Bowl.
The game is scheduled to take place on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at Javelina Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The NCAA Division II Football All-Star Game is comprised of the top 88 D-II seniors in the nation.
Shuford, a senior free safety from Newton, was named the 2010 South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player Of The Year, becoming the third player in school history to earn the honor. 

N-C leads Wachovia Conference Cup race

December 14, 2010

With a conference championship in volleyball and second-place finishes in football and men’s cross-country, Newton-Conover High School is atop the Wachovia Conference Cup standings after the fall sports season.
Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo company, along with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, on Monday announced the standings for fall sports in the Wachovia Conference Cup competitions for the 2010-2011 sports season.

County wrestling teams rank in top 5

December 14, 2010

Three Catawba County high school wrestling programs achieved top-five rankings in a coaches poll released Monday.
Retro Rankings, a website chronicling North Carolina high school wrestling released its latest dual team poll. In the poll, participating coaches in the state were invited to submit their top five prep wrestling teams in each division.
In the 2A division, where 18 coaches cast ballots, Newton-Conover placed third and received four first-place votes. Bandys placed fourth and also received four first-place votes. Croatan High School place first, and received 11 first-place votes.

Panthers place 2 more on IR; Clausen still starter

December 13, 2010

CHARLOTTE — Amid 12 losses and 13 players lost to season-ending injuries, the Carolina Panthers are sticking with their apologetic quarterback.

Minutes after John Fox announced Monday that defensive end Everette Brown and linebacker Jason Williams are joining the crowded injured reserve list, the embattled coach said rookie Jimmy Clausen "more than likely" will start Sunday against Arizona.

St. Stephens tames Bears, remains perfect 7-0

December 11, 2010

St. Stephens is off to its best start in 17 years after defeating Bunker Hill 59-38 on Friday.
But the Indians aren’t necessarily thinking about a perfect 7-0 record.
“It is more important for us to get ready for conference play on Tuesday,” said St. Stephens coach Gary Bowne. “Win or lose, we had to play well.”
Play well they did, extending a 25-17 halftime lead into a 21-point victory. Key to the win was a strong third quarter when the Indians outscored Bunker Hill 20-9.

Round 2 goes to Hickory

December 11, 2010

With her team down by one point, Hickory senior Hillary Sigmon stepped to the free throw line with 16 seconds and a two shots to tie the game or take the lead.
"She is a seasoned player. She knows at that point it is time to put it on,” said Hickory coach Barbara Helms. “Both she and Jada Hillary showed they are seniors. They hit free throws at the end and made sure the ball was in their hands at the end.”
Sigmon hit both free throws to give Hickory a 55-54 lead. Seconds later, Hillary hit two more free throws to help seal a 59-54 revenge victory over Newton-Conover.

Foard's football coach resigns

December 8, 2010

For the past eight seasons, win or lose, Fred T. Foard head football coach Ryan Gettys has always found joy in at least one aspect of his job.
“Just being with the guys — that’s what I enjoy most,” he said. “The players hate practice, but that is my favorite time. That is when you are out there teaching and you are really doing football.”
Friday night games, he said, are fun for players and fans, but as a coach, he’d rather be teaching.
“Practice has always been the big thing for me because I got to spend time with the guys,” he said.

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