High School

Saturday 03/28/2015
CVCC, Patrick Henry baseball split 1-run games in doubleheader
Updated: March 28, 2015 - 11:02 pm

NEWTON – Catawba Valley Community College took advantage of erratic pitching and fielding by Patrick Henry (Va.) Community College to win the opening game of a Saturday baseball doubleheader.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Mustangs nip Maiden, grab conference lead
Updated: March 28, 2015 - 8:14 pm

MAIDEN, N.C. – A crafty left-hander -- and the gloves behind him -- kept East Lincoln High’s Mustangs galloping through the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A.

South Caldwell softball pounds Foard, remains unbeaten
Updated: March 28, 2015 - 1:01 am

HUDSON – Both Fred T. Foard High and South Caldwell entered Friday night’s Northwestern 3A-4A girls softball game unbeaten after running up impressive scores.

Fleming pitches Hickory to league victory over Watauga
Updated: March 28, 2015 - 12:58 am

HICKORY – Left-hander Ethan Fleming scattered six hits, allowing one run with two walks and six strikeouts, to lead Hickory High to a 4-1 win over visiting Watauga on Friday night in Northwestern 3A-4A baseball.

Thursday 03/26/2015
HIGH SCHOOLS: Bunker Hill blanks Hibriten behind Hollard's 4-hitter
Updated: March 26, 2015 - 10:23 am

Garrett Hollar threw a four-hitter and had two hits and Zach Sipe drove in two runs on Wednesday as Bunker Hill High beat Hibriten 6-0 to extend its baseball win streak to three games.

Tuesday 03/24/2015
Hickory rides strong defense to conference win over St. Stephens
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 12:21 am

HICKORY – Hickory High scored two goals in the first half and made them stand up for a 2-0 win over visiting St. Stephens in a Northwestern 3A-4A girls’ soccer match Monday afternoon.

Friday 03/20/2015
Foard girls overwhelm Patton, take conference soccer victory
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 11:41 pm

NEWTON – Taylor Rios had three goals and three assists, and Audrey Sigmon also completed a hat trick as Fred T. Foard High’s girls had little trouble dispatching visiting Patton 9-0 in soccer on Friday night.

Calcagne's walk-off gives Hickory win over visiting St. Stephens
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 11:47 pm

HICKORY — Hickory High senior third baseman Johnny Calcagne had never had a walk-off hit entering Friday night’s clash with St. Stephens.

Thursday 03/19/2015
West Caldwell's Anderson taking on new challenge at Maiden
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 11:17 am

MAIDEN – Joining some good friends and facing a late-in-his career challenge were part of an opportunity Danny Anderson felt he couldn’t let pass by.

Wednesday 03/18/2015
South Caldwell pitchers stifle Hickory en route to victory
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 12:34 am

HUDSON – Rian Haire and Alex Laws combined for a four-hitter and 12 strikeouts Tuesday to push South Caldwell to a 4-0 home Northwestern 3A-4A win over Hickory.

East Lincoln holds Bunker Hill to two hits in SD-7 Athletic 2A win
Updated: March 18, 2015 - 12:33 am

CLAREMONT – East Lincoln High pitcher Alec Burleson spun a two-hitter and the Mustangs took advantage of four Bunker Hill errors during a 3-0 Southern District 7 Athletic 2A win Tuesday night.

Saturday 03/14/2015
STATE 3A GIRLS: Hickory trips Chapel Hill, hauls home a title
Updated: March 14, 2015 - 11:09 pm

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Last year’s defeat in the state 3A girls basketball championship game at the hands of Chapel Hill High left the bitterest of tastes in the mouths of Hickory’s girls players.

COMMENTARY: With a state title in hand, Hickory coach reaches a goal
Updated: March 14, 2015 - 10:47 pm

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-- When Barbara Helms entered the media room Saturday night at Carmichael Arena, the notoriously intense Hickory High head girls basketball coach maintained, for the most part, her usual no-nonsense approach.

3A GIRLS STATE FINAL: Hickory 71, Chapel Hill 53
Updated: March 14, 2015 - 8:05 pm


Friday 03/13/2015
COMMENTARY: Teams that lose in a final and go back often then win it
Updated: March 13, 2015 - 10:38 pm

HICKORY, N.C.-- Unless you’ve lived under a rock this week, you should know by now Hickory High’s girls face Chapel Hill for the state 3A basketball championship at 5 p.m. today at North Carolina’s Carmichael Arena.

Hannah, Witherspoon ready to lead Hickory girls to state 3A finals
Updated: March 13, 2015 - 12:08 am

HICKORY — Hickory High seniors Danasia Witherspoon and Yazmen Hannah have been connected by basketball since the fifth grade.

Davis' gem on the mound pushes Hibriten past St. Stephens
Updated: March 13, 2015 - 12:04 am

LENOIR – After struggling in his previous start, Hibriten High’s Michael Davis found a groove Thursday night and led the Panthers to a 5-1 win over visiting St. Stephens in a Northwestern 3A-4A baseball game.

Wednesday 03/11/2015
Hickory girls excited for another title shot at Chapel Hill
Updated: March 11, 2015 - 10:40 pm

CHAPEL HILL — Ever since last year’s state 3A basketball championship game loss, Hickory High’s girls have operated with one goal in mind: get back to the title stage and win.

Tuesday 03/10/2015
Maiden trips up Bunker Hill in conference baseball opener
Updated: March 10, 2015 - 10:42 pm

MAIDEN – Maiden High left-hander Caden O’Brien struck out 12 and limited visiting Bunker Hill to three hits on Tuesday night, sparking the Blue Devils’ 5-3 victory in a Southern District 7 Athletic 2A baseball opener.

Chapel Hill a familiar foe for Hickory girls in state championship game
Updated: March 10, 2015 - 10:50 pm

CHAPEL HILL – One of Chapel Hill High head girls basketball coach Sherry Norris’ goals was always to go undefeated.

STATE 3A CHAMPIONSHIP: Hickory preparing to face Chapel Hill again
Updated: March 10, 2015 - 5:40 pm

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Hickory High head girls basketball coach Barbara Helms knows much will be made this week about her team’s looming rematch with Chapel Hill in Saturday’s state 3A championship game.

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER: Red Tornadoes shut out Bandys
Updated: March 10, 2015 - 5:32 pm

CATAWBA, N.C. – Hickory High midfielder Jovana Ramirez-Sanchez scored four goals and assisted on the fifth on Monday night as the visiting Red Tornadoes spoiled Bandys’ girls soccer opener with a 5-0 victory.

Saturday 03/07/2015
WEST 3A REGIONALS: Hickory girls cruise, gain state title game rematch
Updated: March 07, 2015 - 11:56 pm

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – On Friday night, shortly after Weddington High guard and McDonald’s All-American Stephanie Watts dropped 39 points on Freedom, a reporter asked Hickory head coach Barbara Helms if she thought her basketball team could shut Watts down in Saturday’s West 3A Regional title game.

WEST 2A REGIONALS: Wilkes Central snaps Bandys' win streak at 23
Updated: March 07, 2015 - 9:29 pm

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In two games preceding Saturday’s West 2A Regional basketball final, the Bandys High girls rallied from second-half deficits and won.

WEST REGIONALS: Hickory girls rally to eliminate Asheville Erwin
Updated: March 07, 2015 - 11:47 am

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Trailing by three points at halftime of a West 3A Regional first-round game Friday night, Hickory High head girls basketball coach Barbara Helms let her team know she wasn’t happy with its first-half effort.

WEST REGIONALS: Bandys girls focused on playing better
Updated: March 07, 2015 - 11:25 am

CATAWBA, N.C. — Bandys High’s girls advanced to today’s West 2A Regional basketball finals despite 20 turnovers by their three starting guards on Thursday night.

Friday 03/06/2015
NOT DONE YET: Bandys girls rally to reach West 2A final
Updated: March 06, 2015 - 9:21 am

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Though Bandys High head girls basketball coach Tracy Wolfe walked into the media room on Thursday night wearing a look of relief, it was hard to blame her when she said she wasn’t relaxed just yet.

Thursday 03/05/2015
Bandys girls embracing underdog role as Regionals loom
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 12:43 am

It’s hard to imagine a basketball team with a 25-1 record considering itself an underdog, especially when that team is three wins a way from a state 2A championship.

Wednesday 03/04/2015
NCHSAA announces times for Western Regionals
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Western Regionals-Men

Ashbrook boys clip Hickory, end Red Tornadoes' season
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 12:25 am

HICKORY -- Ashbrook High head boys basketball coach Chad Duncan came up with the perfect metaphor to describe Tuesday night’s tense game against Hickory in the third round of the state 3A basketball playoffs.

Hickory girls turn it on in fourth quarter, cruise to West Regionals
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 12:28 am

HICKORY – After three quarters Tuesday night, Hickory High’s girls were in a situation they haven’t faced much this year: having to fend off an opponent in a competitive game.

Bandys girls survive scare, advance to 6th straight Regional
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 12:23 am

CATAWBA – In a state 2A basketball playoff game that featured seven upperclassmen 5-foot-10 or taller on Tuesday night, it was a 5-7 sophomore guard who made a huge impact in the fourth quarter.

Tuesday 03/03/2015
Late free throws push Hickory boys to postseason win over Hibriten
Updated: March 03, 2015 - 12:57 am

HICKORY – For three-plus quarters on Monday night, it appeared Hickory High’s season would possibly be undone by its struggles at the free throw line.

South Caldwell moves past Mallard Creek, into third round
Updated: March 03, 2015 - 12:39 am

HUDSON – Senior point guard Annalee Bollinger scored a game-high 27 points on Monday night as South Caldwell High’s girls advanced in the state 4A basketball playoffs.

No. 8 seed Alexander Central girls roll past Rocky River
Updated: March 03, 2015 - 12:37 am

TAYLORSVILLE – Alexander Central High’s girls dominated the paint and never allowed visiting Rocky River to find an offensive rhythm on Monday night in a 50-27 victory in the second round of the state 4A basketball playoffs.

Surratt brothers, East Lincoln eliminate Newton-Conover boys
Updated: March 03, 2015 - 12:30 am

DENVER, N.C.  – When conference rivals meet in the state high school playoffs, high intensity is an expectation.

Saturday 02/28/2015
WHAT RUST? Hickory girls turn in crisp performance in first-round win
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 1:22 am

HICKORY – After two weeks of playing chicken with the weather, the feeling within the Hickory High girls basketball team Friday was succinct.

Bandys girls earn first round win over Shelby ... and another practice
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 1:17 am

CATAWBA – Win your state 2A basketball playoff opener by 42 points, celebrate and then enjoy sleeping in on Saturday morning is a great gameplan, right?

Anson County pulls away late, eliminates Fred T. Foard boys
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 1:19 am

NEWTON – For every punch Fred T. Foard High’s boys threw on Friday night, Anson County had a counterpunch.

Boothe's 23 helps Robinson bounce Alex Central boys from postseason
Updated: February 28, 2015 - 1:14 am

TAYLORSVILLE – Conner Boothe scored a game-high 23 points on Friday night to lead Concord Robinson High’s boys past Alexander Central in the opening round of the state 4A basketball playoffs.

Friday 02/27/2015
NCHSAA ADVISORY: First-round games only can be played Sunday; Regional starts delayed until Thursday
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 12:04 pm


Thursday 02/26/2015
UPDATED: Prep hoops postponed to Friday, Saturday
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 7:35 pm

Another day, another batch of game postponements.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
Area coaches hoping to keep teams focused amidst weather delays
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 8:56 pm

Bandys High head girls basketball coach Tracy Wolfe knows the constant delays to the start of the state playoffs have been frustrating for her players.

Weather postpones all of Wednesday's basketball games
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Sooner or later, the state basketball playoffs will be played.

Tuesday 02/24/2015
BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Polk County girls eliminate Newton-Conover
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 9:15 pm

NEWTON, N.C.— A second-place finish in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A and a home first-round playoff basketball game showed how much the Newton-Conover High girls improved this season.

PLAYOFFS: Polk County at Newton-Conover girls only game still on
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 10:32 pm

Only one state high school basketball first-round playoff game scheduled for area teams will be played on Tuesday night.

STATE PLAYOFFS: Hickory's Helms knows how to handle all the hoopla
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 5:46 am

HICKORY, N.C. – As they enter the state 3A basketball playoffs tonight, all the stars are lined up for the Hickory High girls.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: First-round pairings for state playoffs
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 5:29 am


Sunday 02/22/2015
STATE WRESTLING: Newton-Conover's Hope, W. Caldwell's Houck state champs
Updated: February 22, 2015 - 12:45 am

GREENSBORO, N.C. – By the time Saturday night’s state 2A title match between Newton-Conover High’s Ah’Ron Hope and West Lincoln’s Andres Gonzalez concluded, they were the last two wrestlers competing in Greensboro Coliseum.

PLAYOFFS: If they win, home games all week for HHS, Bandys girls
Updated: February 22, 2015 - 12:35 am