Archive - 2010 - Sports Article
The Maiden Blue Devils and Salisbury Hornets are back at it this year. The Blue Devils and Hornets meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Maiden in a rematch of the 2009 West region final in the 2-A tennis tournament.
Salisbury won the match 5-1 and went on to win the state 2-A dual-team title âÂ its third in the past five years. The Hornets won team championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009 during a string of five-straight trips to the title match.
The return of Matt Moore to Carolinaâs starting lineup Sunday did two things. It revived the Panthersâ sluggish offense, and it led the Panthers to their first win of 2010 in the first start of the third Matt Moore era in Carolina.
âItâs huge,â he said. â0-5 is not fun. Guys loved it, and we just need to continue this.â
With a 14-14 tie at halftime and a first half when Hickory was its âown worst enemy,â the Red Tornadoes needed a special second half to keep playoff hopes alive.
According Hickory quarterback Kyle Johnson, it was âgut check time.â
âAt halftime, we knew it was a close game, so we had to come out here and finish,â Johnson said. âIt was something we hadnât done all year, and we finally did it.â
Hickory scored three second-half touchdowns, including 14 unanswered points in a 77-second span in the fourth quarter to seal a 35-21 win over rival St. Stephens.
Reggie Davis knows the stars should shine the brightest on homecoming.
The junior running back provided the excitement in Bunker Hillâs 39-14 win over West Caldwell, finishing with 267 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Bears.
âIf heâs fired up, weâre fired up,â said Bears quarterback Joe Litton. âJust give him the ball a few times, talk to him a little bit and get him going.â
Newton-Conover characteristically got off to a slow start Friday against Draughn.
The Red Devils were called for two penalties on offense on the first series, including a touchdown run by Jervasse Herrin negated by a holding penalty.
They traded touchdowns with the Wildcats, and late in the first half Octavius Harden returned a kickoff 96 yards to break a 14-14 tie.
Going into this yearâs volleyball playoffs, the Newton-Conover Red Devils knew what they could achieve. It started Thursday night with a 3-0 (25-5, 25-16, 25-14) win at home over Wilkes Central in the first round of the 2-A West playoffs.
The level of confidence, however, is higher in 2010 than it was in 2009.
âLast year, we made it to the fourth round, but we had no idea we were going to go that far,â junior Corbin Evans said. âI think we should have gotten past that round, but we just werenât a team. This year, we are a team, and I think weâll go very far.â
The Hickory Red Tornadoes were motivated going into Wednesdayâs rivalry match against St. Stephens. The Red Tornadoes suffered their first loss of the year Tuesday to Asheville Roberson on a last-minute goal, and they lost last season at Hickory to their crosstown rivals.
âWe wanted to knock Saint out of the playoffs,â Hickory senior Michael Delong said. âWe knew they were going to come ready, and they brought it. We just brought it more.â
Newton-Conover has the season sweep over rival Bandys and the season sweep over the entire Catawba Valley 2-A Athletic Conference. The Red Devils defeated the Trojans 3-0 on Tuesday at home in the CVAC conference tournament championship. It was the third time this season Newton-Conover beat Bandys.
The win also moved Newton-Conover to 17-0 this season against teams from the CVAC. The Red Devils went 14-0 in the regular season, and they went 3-0 in the conference tournament to win it for the second straight season.
The boys and girls cross country teams from around the Catawba Valley 2-A descended Monday upon Southside Park in Newton. The eight teams met there to determine the conference champion for the 2010 season.
The East Burke Cavaliers walked away the victors in the girls team competition, and the Bunker Hill Bears won the boys championship. The Bears extended their championship streak Monday to five.
Quarterback Matt Johnson and receiver Hasan Hopper found each other early and often Friday night at Maiden. Hopper caught six of Johnsonâs first 10 complete passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.
The two connected for a 36-yard touchdown pass one play after Maidenâs Dakata Painter stripped Bandysâ quarterback on a sack in the second quarter.
âWe were hoping to take the air out of their sails,â said Maiden coach Brian Brown. âThey had some life, and it was hard for them to overcome that.â