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November 10th, 2014
Coach Jim Caudill predicted the amazing runs made by both the Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard boys soccer teams this postseason.
Caudill, who has coached the Catawba Valley Youth Soccer Associationâ€™s 96 Blast Blue Premier team for the past six seasons, led a group of young men to the North Carolina Youth Soccer Associationâ€™s Kepner Presidentâ€™s State Cup two seasons ago.
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Hickory Sportsmanâ€™s Club on Thursday, ESPNâ€™s Jay Bilas visited Rock Barn Golf & Spa.
Bilas, who played basketball at Duke University and is now an college hoops analyst, spoke during the clubâ€™s bi-annual meeting.
Before the meeting, O-N-E Sports Editor Cody Dalton was able to interview Bilas on a number of topics.
The game times for the 2A and 3A West Region boys soccer championship games have been released.
Below is a look at both contests:
2A West Region championship
Franklin (21-1) at Newton-Conover (24-1), 6 p.m.
3A West Region championship
Fred T. Foard (21-5-2) at Weddington (22-1-1), 6 p.m.
The Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard boys soccer teams are both a game away from playing for a state title.
The Red Devils edged Forbush, and the Tigers slid past Statesville â€” both by 2-1 scores â€” to advance to the 2A West Region and 3A West Region championship games.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has released its preliminary playoff brackets.
Below is an early look at the schedule involving Catawba County teams, which will be finalized later today:
No. 16 Smoky Mountain (2-9) at No. 1 East Lincoln (11-0)
No. 9 Rutherfordton Spindale (7-4) at No. 8 Bandys (8-3)
Pounding the football on the ground and converting key fourth downs, the Bandys football team picked up a critical 31-14 rivalry victory against Newton-Conover on Friday night at Gurley Stadium.
The win by Bandys (8-3, 5-2) assures it of a third-place finish in the conference and likely home game in the playoffs, which start next Friday night.
Matt Williams threw three touchdowns passes and ran for another score, lifting Fred T. Foard to a 41-19 victory against rival St. Stephens on Friday.
Foard improves to 6-5 overall and 4-3 in conference play, clinching its first winning season and playoff berth since 2008.
Below is a look at the final regular season prep football scores involving Catawba County teams, as well as a look at scores across the state of North Carolina:
Nov. 7 scores
Bandys 31, Newton-Conover 14
Fred T. Foard 41, St. Stephens 19
Hibriten 49, Hickory 34
Lincolnton 62, Maiden 32
West Caldwell 61, Bunker Hill 34
A former ball boy returns tonight to battle the man he stood next to on the sidelines just a few years ago.
No, this isnâ€™t the script for a dramatic sports movie, but rather the story of Bandys quarterback Devan Cox and Newton-Conover head football coach Matt Beam.
Bandys and Newton-Conover face off tonight on the football field to determine who will finish third in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A.
For a complete preview of this game, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.