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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.

Former Hickory standout eclipses 1,000 points at ECU

February 20, 2015

Former Hickory basketball standout Jada Payne reached an important career milestone on Wednesday.

The redshirt junior at East Carolina recorded her 1,000th career point,helping the Lady Pirates defeat Southern Methodist University, 67-53.

Senior sisters anchor Bunker Hill basketball family

February 19, 2015

Born only a few minutes apart, sisters Kayla and Kierra Garrett have been inseparable.

“When we improve together, I feel like we are a lot stronger,” Kierra said of her sister.

The two Bunker Hill senior basketball players are part of the program’s turnaround in the past few seasons, helping lead the Lady Bears to another successful winter campaign.

BREAKING: SD-7 cancels basketball tournaments

February 19, 2015

The Southern District 7 Athletic 2A boys and girls basketball tournaments have been canceled, according to a statement released by the conference on Wednesday night.

The semifinals scheduled for Thursday and the finals for Friday will not be played at Catawba Valley Community College.

In his first season, Bears’ Briley chases a state title

February 18, 2015

Entering his first season of high school wrestling this winter, Bernie Briley knew the competition would be stiff.

“I approached this season not expecting to have the record I had in middle school,” said the Bunker Hill freshman. “I expected it to be a lot harder. I heard a lot of stories from past wrestlers. I was expecting an average freshman record, like 15-19 or 15-24.”

BREAKING: Conference hoops tournament cancelled

February 18, 2015

The Northwestern 3A/4A has officially cancelled its girls and boys basketball tournaments, as of Wednesday afternoon.

Executive Secretary Lavell Hall sent an email to local media just after 1 p.m. Wednesday informing them of the conference's decision.

SD-7 2A, Northwestern 3A/4A brackets released

February 14, 2015

Below is a look at next week's Southern District 7 Athletic 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A boys and girls basketball tournament brackets:

Southern District 7 Athletic 2A

Girls brackets

First round games
No. 8 West Caldwell at No. 1 Bandys, 5 p.m. Monday
No. 5 East Lincoln at No. 4 Bunker Hill, 5 p.m. Monday
No. 7 West Lincoln at No. 2 Newton-Conover, 5 p.m. Monday

PREP NOTEBOOK: Friday's prep scoreboard

February 13, 2015

Below is a look at scores from Friday's regular-season finales in high school basketball:

Girls basketball
Bandys 60, Newton-Conover 53
Bunker Hill 44, West Caldwell 26
Hickory 71, Hibriten 16
Maiden 46, Lincolnton 35
St. Stephens 67, Fred T. Foard 37

Boys basketball
Fred T. Foard 78, St. Stephens 61
Hickory 65, Hibriten 59
Lincolnton 54, Maiden 40

Hickory's Peterson claims two state championships

February 12, 2015

Hickory’s Emmaline Peterson experienced success early in her high school swimming career, winning a state title last year as a freshman.

The Red Tornadoes sophomore repeated her performance Thursday during the 3A state championship meet in Raleigh, winning the 500-yard freestyle event again while adding a state title in the 200-yard freestyle.

Below is a look at Tuesday's prep sports scores involving Catawba County teams: SD-7 baseball first...
The baseball and softball tournament brackets in the Northwestern 3A/4A have been released. Below...
The baseball and softball tournament brackets in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A have been...


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