Archive - Nov 2010 - Sports Article
The Newton-Conover Red Devils accomplished something no other Catawba County team has in the past five years. They defeated the Hickory Red Tornadoes in a girls basketball game. It is Hickoryâ€™s first loss to a Catawba County team since 2005.
â€śObviously this is a huge game for both teams,â€ť Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharpe said. â€śBoth teams are two of the best in the western part of the state in 2A and 3A. Itâ€™s just a big rivalry and just a lot of passion to win the game on both sides.â€ť
A Newton-Conover Red Devil is jumping from Gurley Stadium to Bank of America Stadium. Lineman Mike Comer is one of 10 high school athletes from the Carolinas on the field at halftime Dec. 19 as part of the Carolina Panthers Community Captain Program.
â€śThis means a lot,â€ť Comer said. â€śOnly 10 people out of North and South Carolina get the award. So, itâ€™s a pretty big deal.â€ť
The Community Captain program honors high school athletes with dedication to their sport as well as commit to improving their education while showing potential to excel.
Newton-Conover opened its season Tuesday with an easy win over St. Stephens. The Red Devils defeated the Indians 60-24 at Newton-Conover. The Red Devils led 21-3 after the first quarter and never looked back.
The Red Devils were up 35-10 at halftime and 46-20 after the third quarter.
Newton-Conover had three players score in double figures Tuesday. Kadesha Gibbs led with a game-high 17 points and had five rebounds. Shynese Whitener scored 12 points, and Quazzy Tipps contributed 10.
Lauren Simmons led St. Stephens with six points.
The troubles with the Maiden boys basketball program are no secret. The Blue Devils did not win a game the entire 2008-09 season, and they won only one in the 2009-10 season.
Maiden beat Fred T. Foard in December 2009 in a non-conference game at Maiden. St. Stephens badly beat Maiden in its next game, and the Blue Devils did not win a game the rest of the season.
They ended the season 1-23 overall. That one win, however, showed improvement to third-year head coach Doug Miller and the player. Now, they want to show their opponents the team is improved since then.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) â€” It took one play for mystery man Brian St. Pierre to get the downtrodden Carolina Panthers in position for an upset.
Baltimore's stars, Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, responded with two big milestone plays to spoil St. Pierre's potential storybook day and put the Ravens in great shape in the AFC North.
Reed and Lewis each had interceptions that turned into touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Joe Flacco threw for 301 yards and a TD, and the Ravens overcame St. Pierre's 88-yard touchdown pass to beat the stubborn Panthers 37-13 on Sunday.
In his 2010 NFL debut, Panthers quarterback Brian St. Pierre tossed an 88-yard touchdown pass to bring his team within a touchdown of tying Baltimore.
Then, the Ravens collected two of his passes, returned them for touchdowns, and gave the Panthers the worst record in the NFL. With Sunday's 37-13 loss, the Panthers fall to 1-9, while Buffalo's 49-31 win over Cincinnati improved the Bills to 2-8.
Appalachian State ends the regular season with its toughest match in recent history. The Mountaineers travel to Gainesville, Fla., this week for a regular-season finale against the Florida Gators.
The Gators (6-4) need to beat the Mountaineers (9-1) to avoid their fourth-straight home loss. Florida has lost four of its last six games.
"Make no mistake about it, the team we're playing isn't some clown show," Florida coach Urban Meyer said. "This is a real one."
The tallest starter for the Newton-Conover Red Devils girls basketball team grew into a new role for the upcoming season. Kadesha Gibbs, a 5-foot-11 forward, has shifted from playing like a small forward to more of a power position â€” occupied last season by graduated senior Renee Lewis.
â€śI know I have some tough shoes to fill,â€ť Gibbs said. â€śI just have to work hard and give everything I got.â€ť
Hickory soccer coach Brian Jillings had a message to his team Wednesday night before taking the field at home against Charlotte Catholic in the 3-A West region final. He wanted his team to make it memorable.
â€śNow we have to do it all over again,â€ť he said.
The Red Tornadoes scored two goals in the first half and hung on the rest of the match to defeat Charlotte Catholic 2-1. Hickory plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at N.C. State against the winner of the 3-A East final between Jacksonville and Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons.
The Fred T. Foard Tigers wrestling team made a quick turn around in the past three seasons. The Tigers went from a struggling team before coach Mike Carey got there in 2008 to sharing the 2009-10 Northwestern 3-A/4-A conference title with St. Stephens and Alexander Central in his second season as coach.
â€śI think we have a really good chance to be one of the state contenders,â€ť senior Caleb McRorie said. â€śWe started from nothing, and now we are one of the top teams in the state. Hopefully, we can keep going up.â€ť