Archive - Aug 5, 2010 - Sports Article
Nick Bazzle led the Newton-Conover Red Devils to two consecutive state championship games â€” winning one in 2008. He has 97 career wins as head coach at Newton-Conover, and he can add one more to that before the start of the season.
Bazzle, in his 12th season as head coach of the Newton-Conover Red Devils, is The Observer News Enterprise Coach of the Decade presented by Dwayne Wilson Insurance. Bazzle won the award based on the amount of reader votes he received.
Newton-Conover reached the top of the hill in 2008, and it set some records and high standards during that season. The Red Devilsâ€™ 15 wins that season set a school record, and their state football title is still the only one in school history.
â€śThat was a dream come true,â€ť said Tevin James, a former Newton-Conover lineman who now plays at Elon. â€śI guess we were the team to beat that year.â€ť
The Maiden Blue Devils donâ€™t have a wealth of experience on their offensive line this season. Tony Martin is the only returning starter, and even he has to adjust to moving from guard and tackle to center.
The linemen this year make up for that lack of game experience with two things â€”Â energy and enthusiasm.
â€śA lot of the guys are ready to show what they can do, and I hope they can do something too,â€ť Martin said. â€śI think itâ€™s finally helping out that we practice a lot harder than we used to. When itâ€™s time for joking, we do it. Some things can get a little crazy.â€ť