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Associated Press

A Panel of 21 writers across North Carolina have released the 2006 All-State Football Team.

QB--Lance Camp, Burns
RB--Quan Warley, Thomasville
RB--Nick Cooper,  Clinton
WR--Jason Barnes,  Independence
WR--Dwight Jones,  Burlington Cummings
TE--Weslye Saunders,  Durham Riverside
OL--Henry Lawson,  Charlotte Catholic
OL--Quinn Barham,  Durham Hillside
OL--Willie Simmons, Independence
OL--Landon Walker, East Wilkes
OL--David Melton, West Rowan

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RALEIGH — Few people can appreciate what it means to lead Shelby to a state championship better than Chris Norman.

Norman grew up with the program's tradition, playing there in high school and spending 11 seasons as an assistant coach before taking over in 1998. Now he's celebrating his own contribution to the school's legacy after leading the Golden Lions to their first unbeaten title season in nearly 35 years and being named The Associated Press prep football coach of the year for North Carolina.

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With the second day of the tournament complete, the action now moves from Concord High School to the Cabarrus Arena at the Cabarrus County Fairgrounds.

Kannapolis 87, Mount Pleasant 46

In second round action, Kannapolis started the day off with a 87-46 victory over Mount Pleasant.  The Wonders rebounded from Wednesday's loss to Myers Park and will face West Stanly on Friday.  Josh Gray led the Wonders with 23 points.  Jacob Newman, Jeremy Jones, and Billy Simiton all scored in double figures.  Jake Hunt and Ronald Lynch led the Tigers with six points.

West Stanly 63,  Jay M. Robinson 53

The game was close early on but the Colts pulled away late, mostly on Will Honeycutt's 17 points and Nathan Furr's 18.  Caleb Eldridge's 21 points were not enough for the Bulldogs.

Concord 78,  Myers Park 66

The Spiders raced out to an early 20-9 lead and never looked back as they avenged an early season loss to the Mustangs.  The trio of Dee Bost, Lance Lewis and Danny Nieman scored 50, and Myers Park couldn't keep up with the fast scoring pace.  Aaron Gibbs' 14 points and 11 rebounds weren't enough as the Spiders won by 12 to advacne to the finals.

Central Cabarrus 71,  Northwest Cabarrus 55

The Vikings pounded Northwest in the late game in what turned out to be a very physical game.  Free throws and whistles were a common occurance in a game that had 37 fouls called.  Northwest guard John Hathcock scored 16 but it wasn't enough to knock off the one-two punch of Brandon McLean and Decario Tidwell who combined for 35.

Concord will face Central Cabarrus Friday Night at 8:30 at the Cabarrus Arena.

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Holiday Tournament Roundup

It's the holiday season and what does that mean?  Basketball.  With school's out for the break, several local basketball tournaments are going on this week.  The headliner is the Bojangles' Shootout going on at the Cricket Arena and Grady Cole Center.

Today's hot game will be No. 2 West Charlotte's girls vs. No. 1 Provicence Day's girls at 6pm at the Grady Cole Center. 

Other action in the area will be the semi-finals in the Northeast Medical Center Prep Classic in Concord.  Myers Park will face top seeded Concord at 7pm and Central Cabarrus and Northwest Cabarrus will face off at 8:30.

At Catawba College, North Rowan will face No. 2 West Rowan at 4:30, and Davie County will face No. 1 East Rowan at 7:30.

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CONCORD-  Normaly when you walk into the Charles E. Rimer Gymnasium at Concord High School, you don't expect to see so much kelly green on the court, but when the Myers Park Mustangs and A.L. Brown Wonders battled in the opening round of the Northeast Medical Center Holiday Tournament, the place looked like St. Patricks Day.

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Davie County defeats South Rowan 70-60 in Sam Moir Classic

SALISBURY-  The look on Coach John Davis' face told the story.  His Raiders were out played and made too many mistakes in the opener of the Sam Moir Christmas Classic at Catawba College's Goodman Gymnasium.  "We've just got to play smarter basketball," a dejected Coach Davis said.

On the other bench, it was all smiles by Davie County coach Mike Absher.  He watched his War Eagles respond after losing four straight entering the holiday classic. 

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Final Tony Poll Standings
The final National High School football poll The Tony Poll has been released. Included are the top 10 rankings. Independence (Charlotte, NC) is #4 nationally with four first place votes,  Gaffney (Gaffney, SC) is 9th. Visit The Tony Poll website for complete listings. Full Story

CONCORD -  The Spiders were finally back to full strength and were suppose to dominate opponents in the South Piedmont 3A Conference.  I guess someone forgot to tell Porter Ridge that. 

The Pirates came into the Charles E. Rimer Gymnasium Tuesday night and shocked the home team with a 58-57 win.

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 LANDIS -  Last Friday the Mooresville Blue Devils landed the knockout blow in the fourth quarter to down South Rowan 79-70.  Monday night at South Rowan High School, the Raiders never gave the visitors a chance to breathe, and downed the Blue Devils 85-65. 

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Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL — Thomasville had to overcome a determined opponent and its own mistakes Saturday to win its third straight state championship.

Quan Warley rushed 46 times for 236 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to lead Thomasville past Warsaw Kenan 13-7 in the Class 1-AA North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship, closing an unbeaten season for the Bulldogs.

Warley was named AP state player of the year last season after running for 3,304 yards and 43 touchdowns as a junior. He came in to this game with 2,816 yards rushing and wore eyeblack bearing the words "Bad news" against Kenan (15-1).

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