NFC basketball schedule updated

In action from earlier this season, West Caldwell’s Lexton Ford (3) shoots over Patton’s Deshawn Cantrell Vasquez (23). The Warriors are on the verge of wrapping up one of the Northwestern Foothills Athletic Conference’s two playoff berths and will end their regular season on Feb. 16 against East Burke to avoid the possibility of being quarantined and barred from the state tournament.

The Northwest Foothills Athletic Conference outlined the rest of its basketball schedule through the close of the season. The conference was besieged by quarantines that forced the postponements of several games until the final week of the regular season.

Hibriten’s girls will host West Iredell Saturday with the JV starting at 1 p.m., and the varsity following. They’ll return to action Monday when East Burke visits. The JV game will tip at 5:30 p.m., and the varsity will follow at approximately 6:30 p.m. Hibriten’s boys team is scheduled to return from quarantine on Tuesday, Feb. 16 and will host Patton in a varsity-only contest starting at 6:30 p.m. The boys will visit Fred T. Foard on Thursday in another varsity-only contest that will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Finally, the girls will close their regular season at 6 p.m., Thursday at West Caldwell.

The Warriors’ boys team knocked off West Iredell 71-45 Thursday night and hosted Draughn Friday night. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, East Burke’s girls and boys will visit West Caldwell, and that is expected to be the boys’ regular-season finale. The JV boys will tip off at 4:30 p.m., with varsity girls and varsity boys following. The girls will close their season next Thursday with a visit from Hibriten.

If the Warriors’ boys beat Draughn and East Burke, they will wrap up one of two playoff berths allotted to the conference. West Caldwell Athletics Director Stephen McMasters said if that happens, West Caldwell will not suit up again until the playoffs to avoid the possibility of being quarantined and barred from the state tournament. He added that if the boys lost one of their two remaining games, they would look to pick up another game next week.

The conference will not hold a tournament this season in order to for all teams to play each other at least once and determine playoff seedings from the teams’ first meetings. McMasters said the conference decided that was the fairest way to determine playoff seeds since there will be some teams that do not play each other twice because of quarantines.

In other action, the conference decided to begin all JV football games at 6:30 p.m., and all varsity football games at 7 p.m. to comply with Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order directing all North Carolinians to stay at home, with exceptions, between the hours of 10 p.m., and 5 a.m. Hibriten Athletics Director Derek Reeves said the Panthers’ JV team would start their March 18 home game with East Surry at 7 p.m. because of the Cardinals’ lengthy trip to Lenoir.

Additionally, the conference asked that football games postponed because of inclement weather on Friday be played on Saturday by mutual agreement if possible or on the following Monday or Tuesday. Should a game get pushed to Tuesday, the game set for the following Friday should be moved to Saturday.

CCC&TI games postponed

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute on Friday announced two schedule changes for baseball and softball.

The baseball game at Surry Community College, scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, has been postponed with the make-up date to be announced later. The Cobras will open their 2021 season at 2:30 p.m., on Feb. 17 at home against Surry.

Also, Saturday’s softball game at Spartanburg Methodist has been postponed until April 7. The Cobras will open their season at noon on Sunday, Feb. 21 at USC-Salk.