Sports

Patton Nails Down No. 4 Seed....BOONE - The Patton High boy's basketball team took the suspense out of any race for the No. 4 seed and home-court advantage in the Northwestern 3A-4A Conference Tournament by knocking off Watauga 87-84 at Lentz-Eggers Gym Friday night.

♦ North Carolina (19-3, 8-1 ACC) will try to bounce back from its first loss in six weeks when it visits Notre Dame (15-7, 6-4) on Saturday night.

Playing For A Legend....Some 30 years ago, Sylvia Hatchell applied for a job as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina. She was already a two-time national champion head coach at Francis Marion University, but she had a dream of being the head coach at Carolina. The small town, southern girl from Gastonia, North Carolina, walked into

Dobbins Sidelined....BOONE - The new calendar year has been anything but favorable for the Watauga High boy's basketball team.

Cajuns Win Eighth Straight....BOONE, N.C. – Shawn Long scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his 68th career double-double, and the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns held off a second-half rally by Appalachian State to claim an 87-76 victory in a Sun Belt Conference game on Thursday at the Holmes Center.