Archive - Sep 2010 - Sports Article
Fans throughout the sporting world always want the chance to interact with professional athletes. Golf is one of the few sports that presents that opportunity almost on a weekly basis.
â€śItâ€™s an experience unlike anything else in sports,â€ť said Jim Correll, executive director of The Ensure Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors. â€śYou get to spend an afternoon or morning with the great names in golf in a relaxed atmosphere, and you get to know the people better.â€ť
One minutes 3 seconds off the clock. Three goals in the back of the net.
Thatâ€™s the sequence of events Tuesday that led the Hickory Red Tornadoes to a road win Tuesday over rival St. Stephens. The Red Tornadoes scored three goals in a flurry to take control of the match, and they walked away with a 4-1 win over the Indians.
â€śI asked the boys to think quick and play quick,â€ť said Hickory coach Brian Jillings. â€śAfter the first goal, we got more confidence, and that allowed us to relax a little bit more.â€ť
Ben Gardner from Alexander Central fired a 35 on the back nine of the Tom Jackson Course to win the Greater Hickory High School Classic. Gardner is one of four area high school golfers to earn a spot on a team in Tuesdayâ€™s Dale Jarrett Shootout.
Fred T. Foard sophomore Christian Carpenter tied for second place one shot behind Gardner with a 36. Tyler Lail from Bunker Hill and Matthew Turner from Hickory High also shot 36 to tie for second place. Alexander Centralâ€™s Zack Burket tied for second place, but he lost a scorecard playoff after the end of the round.
The Jimmy Clausen era in Carolina got off to a slow start Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. He fumbled a snap at the Bengalsâ€™ 30-yard line, his first pass flew into the chest of Cincinnati defensive end Frostee Rucker, and he threw an interception from just outside the red zone.
All that happened in the first half.
â€śI really donâ€™t get too nervous out there,â€ť Clausen said when asked about butterflies before his first career start. â€śIâ€™m just trying to go out there and execute and make plays.â€ť
Newton-Conover converted four Maiden turnovers into touchdowns as the Red Devils defeated the Blue Devils 48-26 in both teamsâ€™ conference opener.
â€śThat was the difference in the game, I think,â€ť said Newton-Conoverâ€™s Jake Cansler, who intercepted Maiden quarterback Matt Johnsonâ€™s first pass of the game and later recovered two fumbles. â€śWe got the ball back to the offense plenty of times.â€ť
Maiden coach Brian Brown, too, said turnovers were the difference in the contest.
With the score tied at 14 at halftime, Bunker Hill needed to make something happen against East Burke.
It did exactly that.
The Bears scored on the opening drive of the second half Friday and forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to seize control of their conference opener. The Bears scored five touchdowns in the second half en route to a 47-14 win at home Friday over the Cavaliers. Its the first time since 1980 the Bears started a season 5-0.
Conference play begins this week in the Catawba Valley 2-A, with two of the leaguesâ€™ biggest rivals set to square off Friday. Newton-Conover (4-0) travels to Maiden (3-1), and both teams look to start league play on stable ground.
â€śIt starts this week for everybody, so if you win, youâ€™re tied for first place, which is how you want to start,â€ť Red Devils head coach Nick Bazzle said. â€śWeâ€™re getting one of the big guns first this year.â€ť
But fans of both teams know this matchup is more than just the kickoff of this yearâ€™s conference schedule; itâ€™s also about bragging rights.
The first game Thursday at Bandys between the Trojans and the Newton-Conover Red Devils turned into a battle of will. The teams were tied at 25 and neither budged until the Red Devils scored three straight points â€”Â on a kill from Isabella Zaliagiris and back-to-back Bandys errors â€”Â to earn the 30-28 win.
The Red Devils rode that momentum winning the next two games 25-15 and 25-22 to get the 3-0 sweep at Bandys, and they took control of the Catawba Valley 2-A conference.
The Fred T. Foard Tigers found themselves in a familiar position Wednesday â€”Â needing a goal to win a match. They got that crucial goal from Jason Smith in the closing minutes of a conference match at home against the Watauga Pioneers.
The game-winning goal was Smithâ€™s second of the night and gave the Tigers a 2-1 victory at home. Smith scored the Tigersâ€™ first goal of the night in the 22nd minute on a shot seven yards outside the penalty box.
Draughn rode the momentum of two first-half goals in a 2-1 win Wednesday over Newton-Conover. Toua Xiong scored in the 9th minute on a mishandled ball in the box, and Jacob Crisp added an insurance goal in the 27th minute on a crossing pass from Aaron Yang.
Newton-Conover got on the board in the second half with a goal by Christian Marinero off a rebounded shot from Franklin Wepner. The Red Devils had an 8-6 shot advantage in the loss, and a 6-3 advantage on corner kicks.
The Red Devils are now 3-2 against the Catawba Valley 2-A, and the Wildcats improved to 4-1.