If you plan to attend an event at any Caldwell County Schools facility this week, you will be required to wear a mask.

Actively participating student-athletes are not required to wear masks. However, student-athletes and coaches who are not actively participating and spectators are required to wear masks while on campus or inside school facilities.

The policy is reviewed weekly and is subject to change depending on data from health officials.

With COVID-19 infection rates climbing back up, officials at the county’s high schools say schedules are again in flux and could change from day to day. Hibriten’s games at Freedom have been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for Jan. 19, according to an email from Hibriten Athletic Director Derek Reeves that was received Monday afternoon. Friday’s home games against Ashe County are still on schedule, Reeves said.

Additionally, Hibriten's Jan. 7 wrestling match against South Caldwell that was postponed has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 19.

Athletic directors say they will announce schedule changes and make-up dates as soon as possible, adding that they appreciate the public’s cooperation and compliance with current rules as established by the school system.

High School Basketball

Warriors 60, Wolves 57: After an 0-5 start, suddenly West Caldwell has won seven of its last nine and took sole possession of first place in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference with a win at home over Lincolnton on Friday.

With the win, the Warriors improved to 7-7 overall and 4-0 in the CVAC. Individual statistics were not available for the game.

The Warriors, who have two of the conference’s three leading scorers in Malik Patterson (20.0 points per game, conference leader) and JaKobe Hood, who is No. 3 in the league with 16.7 points a game, are scheduled to host West Lincoln (5-9, 2-2 CVAC) tonight.

Local College Basketball

Cobras 94, Statesmen 64: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Charles Bryson came off the bench and scored 20 points to lead the Cobras past Richard Bland on Friday.

Shawn Nelson added 17 points for the Cobras (14-2, 1-0 Region 10, Division 1), followed by Caleb Mauldin with 12. Toyaz Solomon chipped in with 10 points with Amarie Elijah-Kirby and Deonte Randolph adding eight points and six points, respectively. Isaiah Pruitt came in with four points, while RJ Black, Kalib Baker, Chance Bryson, Josh Dupree and Justin Hodge all scored three points apiece. Merdi Asumani closed out the scoring with two points.

Jordan Morris led the Statesmen (5-8, 0-2 Region 10, Division 1) with 19 points.

The Cobras return to action at 7 p.m. on Wednesday with a home game against Spartanburg Methodist, and Caldwell will host Brunswick at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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