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October 30th, 2011

Things to do this week

October 30, 2011

From the plates to the polls, from the schools to the sky and everywhere in between, the following list provides a sampling of events happening this week in Catawba County. For more, check back throughout the week at observernewsonline.com, and pick up a copy of The Observer News Enterprise at news stands each day.

Monday
Claremont will host its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 5-8 p.m. Monday. There will be goodies for children from 3-5 p.m. and free games and entertainment from 4-7 p.m.

Monday

October 29th

ASU tops No. 1 Georgia Southern

October 29, 2011

BOONE - Jamal Jackson threw for three touchdowns and Brian Quick racked up 119 receiving yards as No. 5 Appalachian State upset No. 1 Georgia Southern, 24-18, at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (6-2, 4-1) jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead and the ASU defense held off a late rally by the Eagles (7-1, 5-1) to pick up their first win over a top-ranked team since defeating a then No. 1 Georgia Southern squad on Oct. 16, 1999.

PREP FOOTBALL: Six Catawba County football teams in playoffs

October 29, 2011

The preliminary brackets for the 2A, 2AA, 3A and 3AA playoffs have been released and officially, six Catawba County teams are in the postseason. The brackets became official Saturday evening once all records were verified.

Hosting home games in the first round are Maiden, Bandys and Hickory. The Blue Devils and Trojans are ranked as No. 3 seeds in their portion of the 2A and 2AA brackets, respectively. Both schools will host 5-5 teams in East Rutherford and Ashe County.

Inside The O-N-E: Weekender

October 29, 2011

The weekend is here and so is The Observer News Enterprise weekend edition.

Readers picking up the The O-N-E print edition will find unique content, while online visitors to observernewsonline.com will also get feature stories they won't find elsewhere.

The O-N-E weekend edition includes:

Publisher's perspective: Delivering a verdict on jury duty

October 29, 2011

I immediately recognized the jury summons mixed in with a load of other junk a letter carrier delivered to the Willard home in August.

I've seen plenty of these yellow summons sheets from Catawba County Superior Court Clerk Al Jean Bogle. It seems employees of The O-N-E make monthly trips to my office with the form in hand and hoping I will help free them from the obligation.

Yes, I have written a few jury duty "excuse" letters for the folks at The O-N-E.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Cline leads N-C to Senior Night victory

October 29, 2011

Kevin Cline was Newton-Conover's "X factor" on Friday night against West Caldwell.

Whenever the Red Devils needed a big play, they got it from their junior quarterback. He rushed 14 times for 177 yards and passed for another 82 yards in Newton's 57-30 Senior Night rout of West Caldwell.

Newton-Conover (5-6 2-5) capped a frustrating season by posting a 50-plus point performance Friday.

It didn't come without a challenge from West Caldwell (0-11, 0-8), which was last winless in 2008 and has struggled through seven straight losing seasons.

October 28th

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Maiden wins to finish second

October 29, 2011

Maiden 31, Draughn 7


Maiden the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference runner-up spot with an impressive victory over Draughn, 31-7.

Will Jenkins led the Blue Devils with 214 yards on 32 carries and three touchdowns. On defense he collected an interception. Quarterback Matt Johnson rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries.

Draughn got on the board first when quarterback Keith Loomis connected with Alex McGee for a 25-yard touchdown.

Maiden trailed for 10 seconds.

On the ensuing kick-off Jose Campos raced 99 yards for a touchdown.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Hickory gets ahead early, beats Foard

October 29, 2011

Hickory jumped on Foard from the onset and didn't look back, winning its regular season finale at Tigers Field on Friday, 31-6.

The Red Tornadoes scored 22 seconds into the game when running back Cameron Stinson returned a Foard kick 91 yards for a touchdown.

The struggles for the Tigers continued on their ensuing possession.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Cline leads N-C to Senior Night victory

October 29, 2011

Kevin Cline was Newton-Conover's "X factor" on Friday night against West Caldwell.

Whenever the Red Devils needed a big play, they got it from their junior quarterback. He rushed 14 times for 177 yards and passed for another 82 yards in Newton's 57-30 Senior Night rout of West Caldwell.

Newton-Conover (5-6 2-5) capped a frustrating season by posting a 50-plus point performance Friday.

It didn't come without a challenge from West Caldwell (0-11, 0-8), which was last winless in 2008 and has struggled through seven straight losing seasons.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Trojans shut down Bears

October 28, 2011

Big plays and big defense helped lift Bandys past Bunker Hill, 35-7, on Friday as the Trojans secured fourth place in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference to conclude the season.

"I am happy with a win," Bandys coach Randy Lowman said, adding the victory helps avenge the Trojans' 49-20 loss to Bunker Hill last year. "They got us so fooled last year, we couldn't even play with them. Our defense played great tonight ... our guys played hard."

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