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Newton-Conover won the third game of its match against Bandys by 15 points, and it rode that momentum to a key conference win. The Red Devils defeated the Trojans 3-1 on Tuesday at Newton-Conover.
â€śWe got the girls together, and we had good serving and defense,â€ť Newton-Conover coach Linda Richards said. â€śIt was just good team play.â€ť
Newton-Conover won the games 25-17, 21-25, 25-10 and 25-20 in a rematch of the 2009 Catawba Valley 2A conference tournament final. The leader of the Red Devilsâ€™ match-changing win in Game 3 was Isabella Zaliagiris.
The Alexander Central Cougars defeated the Bunker Hill Bears 8-1 on Monday at Bunker Hill. The Bears dropped to 0-2-0 after the loss. Terry Aviles scored the lone goal for Bunker Hill in the first half on a shot from the right side of the field. Jeremy Whisnant scored two goals for Alex Central.
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Hickory 6, Asheville 5
Lenoir-Rhyne University's Marcus Shuford has been selected as this week's Ronnie Lott Heavy Hitter Award winner.
Shuford wins the award for the sixth time in his career and for the third straight game dating back to the last two contests of the 2009 season.
Shuford, a senior free safety, finished with three tackles in Lenoir-Rhyneâ€™s 59-10 victory over Chowan in the 2010 season opener this past Saturday at home.
Shuford is a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference pick (2008-09) and has won the Moretz Sports Heavy Hitter Of The Year Award in 2007 and 2009.
The Maiden Blue Devils played their second straight game at home to start the season, and they walked away with their second straight blowout win.
The Blue Devils defeated the Fred T. Foard Tigers 58-14 at Maiden on Friday.
Matt Johnson was intercepted on his first pass attempt of the game, and Foardâ€™s Skyler Hollar returned the interception 45 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Tigers lead.
While the Trojansâ€™ offense stumbled out of the blocks in their contest at St. Stephens, the teamâ€™s defense kept the visitors in the game the first two quarters.
â€śWe played good all night long defensively. We were just killing ourselves when we kept giving it to them in the red zone,â€ť said Bandys coach Randy Lowman. â€śWe had two interceptions, a fumble and a blocked punt.â€ť
One thing can often change the momentum of a football game.
On Friday night at Newton-Conover, a switch at quarterback made the difference. Adonis Hewitt took over for starter Cameron Shuford after three series with a 14-0 deficit.
â€śCoach put me in, and we were down,â€ť Hewitt said. â€śI held my head high, and he told me we could win. I just came in and took over.â€ť
The Lakewood BlueClaws got back to their winning ways Thursday at L.P. Frans Stadium. Lakewood defeated the Hickory Crawdads 7-3 in the second game of the Crawdadsâ€™ final homestand of the 2010 season.
The win gives Lakewood a 3-1/2 game lead over Hickory in the race for the second-half pennant. The loss also drops Hickory to third place in the standings, a game behind Greensboro.
Lakewood started hot Thursday with three runs in the top of the first inning. Hickory responded with two runs in the bottom of the first, including a leadoff solo home run by Travis Adair.
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The East Burke Cavaliers picked up their first conference win Thursday at Bunker Hill. The Cavaliers defeated the Bears 3-0 and are now 1-0 against the Catawba Valley 2-A.
East Burke defeated Bunker Hill 3-0 by scores of 25-11, 29-27 and 26-24. The Bears dropped to 0-2 in conference play.
For Bunker Hill, Cheyenne Pump and Margaret Conner both had 10 kills.
WATAUGA 4, NEWTON-CONOVER 2
John Reid and Eli Cordes scored the Red Devils' goals Thursday in a non-conference loss to Watauga. The Pioneers led 2-1 at halftime.
The Hickory Crawdads scored two runs in the first inning, and that made all the difference. Hickory held off Lakewood on Wednesday to defeat the first-place BlueClaws 5-3.
The win moves Hickory within 2-1/2 games of first place with three games remaining in the teamâ€™s final homestand of the 2010 season. Hickory and Lakewood play Game 2 at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Hickory starting pitcher Neil Ramirez worked six innings and gave up only one run. He struck out six batters, surrendered three hits, and earned the win.
Maiden needed five games Wednesday at St. Stephens for its second win of the season. The Blue Devils, just as they did last week against Fred T. Foard, needed all five games and won 3-2.
The Blue Devils defeated the Indians 18-25, 25-15, 25-18, 15-25 and 15-11.
Maiden improved to 2-0, and St. Stephens dropped to 2-3.
Mackenzie Garrison led Maiden with 18 kills and 12 blocks in the non-conference win. Melanie Annas had 10 kills and 12 digs, and Go Lo finished with 21 digs.