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November 4th, 2011

George, Smith rush Mustangs past Bears

November 5, 2011

Despite leading 13-7 early in its opening round playoff game against Smoky Mountain, Bunker Hill gave up 21 straight points on the way to a 35-13 loss to the Mustangs.

The Bears' season ends with a 6-6 record.

In his final game at Bunker Hill, running back Reggie Davis rushed 25 times for 105 yards. Justin Lynch added 15 carries for 56 yards.

The Mustangs (6-6) were led by a pair of backs, too. Blake Smith rushed 29 times for 142 yards, while Michael George had 13 carries for 103 yards.

November 2nd

Johnson’s 2nd OT goal propels N-C

November 2, 2011

Down 1-0 at halftime against West Davidson, the Newton-Conover soccer team rallied.

The Red Devils (21-2-1) to score one goal in the second half and another in the second overtime.

“We knew it was going to be a tough one,” said N-C coach Angelo Palozzi. “They did their scouting report. They had their gameplan, which was to sit back, put a couple guys on Chandler and let the rest of the team beat them.”

West Davidson took a 1-0 lead behind a header goal in the 25th minute by David Monk. The Green Dragons carried the advantage into halftime.

November 1st

Red Devils advance to state title game

November 1, 2011

Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh.

The Newton-Conover volleyball team has the date, time and location penciled in after winning 3-1 Tuesday against twice-beaten North Surry.

“It took everybody on my team to win this game today,” said N-C coach Linda Richards, who advanced to her first state title game at the school. “The bench did a great job. We already had a scouting report, so we knew what their tendencies were.

Falling down 1-0 after a competitive first set, the Lady Red Devils (28-5) rallied to win three straight and the match.

Red Devils ready for playoff run

November 1, 2011

Heading into the playoffs Wednesday, the Newton-Conover soccer team sees shades of 2007.

The Red Devils (20-2-1), who won the state championship that season, are experiencing a bounce-back 2011 campaign.

After finishing last year with an 8-14-1 record, coach Angelo Palozzi said the players re-dedicated themselves to the game.

“Our captains came up to me in the winter last year and wanted to get things going,” Palozzi said. “They got a lot of the kids together, started working, playing a lot and getting in the weight room.”

October 29th

ASU tops No. 1 Georgia Southern

October 29, 2011

BOONE - Jamal Jackson threw for three touchdowns and Brian Quick racked up 119 receiving yards as No. 5 Appalachian State upset No. 1 Georgia Southern, 24-18, at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (6-2, 4-1) jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead and the ASU defense held off a late rally by the Eagles (7-1, 5-1) to pick up their first win over a top-ranked team since defeating a then No. 1 Georgia Southern squad on Oct. 16, 1999.

PREP FOOTBALL: Six Catawba County football teams in playoffs

October 29, 2011

The preliminary brackets for the 2A, 2AA, 3A and 3AA playoffs have been released and officially, six Catawba County teams are in the postseason. The brackets became official Saturday evening once all records were verified.

Hosting home games in the first round are Maiden, Bandys and Hickory. The Blue Devils and Trojans are ranked as No. 3 seeds in their portion of the 2A and 2AA brackets, respectively. Both schools will host 5-5 teams in East Rutherford and Ashe County.

October 28th

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Hickory gets ahead early, beats Foard

October 29, 2011

Hickory jumped on Foard from the onset and didn't look back, winning its regular season finale at Tigers Field on Friday, 31-6.

The Red Tornadoes scored 22 seconds into the game when running back Cameron Stinson returned a Foard kick 91 yards for a touchdown.

The struggles for the Tigers continued on their ensuing possession.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Cline leads N-C to Senior Night victory

October 29, 2011

Kevin Cline was Newton-Conover's "X factor" on Friday night against West Caldwell.

Whenever the Red Devils needed a big play, they got it from their junior quarterback. He rushed 14 times for 177 yards and passed for another 82 yards in Newton's 57-30 Senior Night rout of West Caldwell.

Newton-Conover (5-6 2-5) capped a frustrating season by posting a 50-plus point performance Friday.

It didn't come without a challenge from West Caldwell (0-11, 0-8), which was last winless in 2008 and has struggled through seven straight losing seasons.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Trojans shut down Bears

October 28, 2011

Big plays and big defense helped lift Bandys past Bunker Hill, 35-7, on Friday as the Trojans secured fourth place in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference to conclude the season.

"I am happy with a win," Bandys coach Randy Lowman said, adding the victory helps avenge the Trojans' 49-20 loss to Bunker Hill last year. "They got us so fooled last year, we couldn't even play with them. Our defense played great tonight ... our guys played hard."

October 27th

Curse breakers: Trojans in fourth round for first time

October 27, 2011

The Lady Trojans volleyball team took out three years of frustration on the visiting Randleman Lady Tigers on Thursday.

Bandys, who had lost three straight years in the third round of the 2A playoffs, made sure it wouldn't happen four years in a row, topping Randleman in impressive fashion, 25-10, 25-9, 25-10, in Catawba.

"We've talked about the third round always shutting us down," said Bandys coach Randi Keith. "I think they just broke the curse. They really came in, made a statement and showed what they've got."

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