Archive - Nov 2011 - Sports Article
HOMESTEAD, Fla. â€” Tony Stewart insisted he wasn't a title contender when NASCAR's championship race began.
When it became clear he actually was a viable threat, he kicked it into another gear and vowed to go for broke in his pursuit of Carl Edwards.
Did he ever.
DETROIT â€” Matthew Stafford shook off a couple of early interceptions, then went about leading the Detroit Lions to yet another memorable comeback.
The Lions quarterback matched a career-best with five touchdown passes, the final one a 7-yarder to Brandon Pettigrew with 2:32 left, and the Lions rallied for a 49-35 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
"We were killing ourselves with turnovers," he said. "We knew that we'd be able to score in the second half if we could just keep our hands on the ball."
Trying to get back to a winning track in boys basketball, Fred T. Foard is hoping new coach Rob Bliss will be the â€śstraw that stirs the drink.â€ť
Bliss, a former coach at Brevard, East Burke and West Henderson High Schools, comes to Foard with a 235-143 career coaching mark.
He guides a Foard hoops team that went 3-20 last year under former coach Mike Hainirhar, which includes an 0-12 Northwestern Conference record.
During the past two seasons, Foard is winless in 24 NWC games played.
Bliss said that becoming successful is about focusing on the future.
Stepping into the role of coach at a successful girls program at Fred T. Foard, Brad Mangum attempts to follow in the footsteps of his mentor.
Mangum takes over for Wendy Price, who coached 11 seasons, won 182 games and made the playoffs nine times.
The former South Caldwell assistant under Lady Spartans coach Jeff Parham for seven seasons realizes the programâ€™s prestige at Foard, but wants to build it further.
When basketball season tips off next week, Newton-Conover High School enters brand new territory with two new head coaches.
Jonathan Tharpe, who coached the Lady Red Devils for three seasons, takes over the boys program from former coach Mark Carter.
â€śI think the biggest thing is we are continuing to build the program,â€ť Tharpe said. â€śThe same type of philosophies and things we did with the girls team I am trying to instill with the guys.â€ť
The Red Devils were 13-11 overall and 9-5 in conference play last year, making it to the first round of the playoffs.
Playing Div. 1 softball was a dream for Bandys senior Taylor Sigmon.
On Monday, that goal became reality.
Among her friends and family, Sigmon, a two-time CVAC player of the year in softball, signed with Western Carolina.
Monday - CVCC men's basketball at Montreat College, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Lenoir-Rhyne men's basketball at St. Andrews, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday - CVCC women's basketball vs. Montreat JV, 6 p.m.
Friday - Maiden football at Lincolnton, 7:30 p.m.
Bandys football at Shelby, 7:30 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne swimming at Fall Frenzie
Lenoir-Rhyne women's soccer vs. Armstrong Atlantic State (Div. II tournament)
Lenoir-Rhyne women's basketball vs. Francis Marion (Biltmore Farms/Mars Hill Classic), 8 p.m.
Saturday - CVCC men's basketball at Johnston C.C., 4 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne swimming at Fall Frenzie
The Carolina Panthers of 2011 looked like the Panthers that struggled a year ago on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
Three points of offense are all the Panthers could muster against a tough and physical Titans defense. Tennessee also made Carolina pay on a few big plays early, allowing them to get ahead and dominate in a 30-3 victory in Charlotte.
"I didn't see a very good football game, truthfully, in every facet of the game" said Panthers coach Ron Rivera.
Many Panthers were frustrated with the end result.
BOONE â€” Drew Stewart kicked a school-record six field goals and AppalachianÂ State routed Western Carolina 46-14 on Saturday.
Stewart scored the Mountaineers' (7-3, 5-2 Southern Conference) first 12 points on field goals of 44, 32, 29 and 21 yards. Stewart added field goals of 27 and 24 yards to break Jay Milson's record of four set against Furman in 1991.
The Bandys football team's quarterback situation can be described in one word â€” teamwork.
Sharing responsibilities under center, the duo of senior David Barrow and junior Anthony Toscano has led the Trojans to a strong, comeback season.
Bandys finished with a 3-8 record a season ago and missed the playoffs, but the efforts of Barrow, Toscano and a strong senior class carried the Trojans to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
However, the Trojans had to conquer adversity to reach the postseason.