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Teams stay ready despite lengthy absence from court

February 25, 2015

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers once sang that “The waiting is the hardest part.”

Nine of Catawba County’s prep boys and girls basketball teams can echo that sentiment.

Having not played in nearly two weeks, area prep basketball teams are remaining calm through the storms and preparing for the moment they finally compete.

BREAKING: Playoff games postponed yet again

February 25, 2015

Below is an updated schedule of playoff basketball games following winter weather in and around Catawba County on Wednesday:

2A girls basketball
Bunker Hill at Wilkes Central, postponed to 5 p.m. Thursday
Maiden at North Wilkes, postponed to 4 p.m. on Thursday
Shelby at Bandys, postponed to TBD on Thursday

2A boys basketball

Lady Red Devils fall to Polk County in first round

February 24, 2015

Committing 22 turnovers and giving up a flurry of offensive rebounds, the Newton-Conover girls basketball team’s season came to an end Tuesday in the first round of the 2A playoffs.

The Lady Red Devils fell to visiting Polk County, 56-40, in Lemon Gym — ending their season with a 12-12 overall record.

BREAKING: Playoff basketball games are postponed

February 24, 2015

Below is an updated schedule of playoff basketball games following winter weather in and around Catawba County on Tuesday:

2A girls basketball
Bunker Hill at Wilkes Central, ppd. to 5 p.m. Wednesday
Maiden at North Wilkes, ppd. to 5 p.m. Wednesday
Shelby at Bandys, ppd. to 4 p.m. Wednesday

2A boys basketball

Logano gives Penske his second Daytona 500 win

February 22, 2015

Soaked in booze but drinking a Coke, Joey Logano fretted over how he and his new bride would celebrate his most significant victory.

"I don't know how to party," the 24-year-old said with a sheepish grin.

Winning the Daytona 500 will provide him the ultimate chance to unleash.

Hope wins state title; Red Devils are 2A runners-up

February 22, 2015

Newton-Conover's Ah'Ron Hope won a state title at 285 pounds on Saturday at the NCHSAA Individual State Wrestling tournament held in Greensboro, helping the Red Devils finish as state runners-up at the event.

PREP BASKETBALL: Playoff brackets are released

February 21, 2015

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has released its preliminary brackets for the state 2A and 3A basketball playoffs.

Below is a look at those brackets, which are currently being worked on or finalized:

2A boys brackets
No. 32 Bunker Hill (11-11) at No. 1 Smoky Mountain (22-0)
No. 25 Lincolnton (16-6) at No. 8 Parkwood (12-10)

Eight are still alive in hunt for state wrestling titles

February 21, 2015

After one day of the 2A and 3A individual state wrestling tournament in Greensboro, there are eight Catawba County wrestlers still with hopes of winning a state crown.

NASCAR suspends driver Kurt Busch indefinitely

February 20, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In a stunning move just two days before the season-opening Daytona 500, NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch indefinitely on Friday after a judge said the former champion almost surely strangled and beat an ex-girlfriend last fall and there was a "substantial likelihood" of more domestic violence from him in the future.

Future Catawba Valley Classic plans are finalized

February 20, 2015

Finalizing its 28th annual event, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Catawba Valley Classic committee set its sights on the event’s future on Friday.

Eight area high schools were presented checks, which each totaled a record $3,262.11, from their participation from the annual prep basketball tournament held in late December 2014.

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