The Newton-Conover boys basketball team earned a 12-point victory against rival Hickory on the basketball court on Tuesday, 85-73.
Tuesday also marked the head coaching debut of Andy Poplin for Hickory. Poplin replaced Lavell Hall after last season.
On the girl's side, the Lady Red Tornadoes opened their season with a dominant 53-point win against the Lady Red Devils at David Craft Gymnasium.
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