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October 22nd, 2010
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 yearâ€™s 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.
â€śLast year, we made it to the fourth round, but we had no idea we were going to go that far,â€ť junior Corbin Evans said. â€śI think we should have gotten past that round, but we just werenâ€™t a team. This year, we are a team, and I think weâ€™ll go very far.â€ť
The Hickory Red Tornadoes were motivated going into Wednesdayâ€™s 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.
â€śWe wanted to knock Saint out of the playoffs,â€ť Hickory senior Michael Delong said. â€śWe knew they were going to come ready, and they brought it. We just brought it more.â€ť
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 Johnsonâ€™s first 10 complete passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.
The two connected for a 36-yard touchdown pass one play after Maidenâ€™s Dakata Painter stripped Bandysâ€™ quarterback on a sack in the second quarter.
â€śWe were hoping to take the air out of their sails,â€ť said Maiden coach Brian Brown. â€śThey had some life, and it was hard for them to overcome that.â€ť
Newton-Conover scored 22 unanswered points in the first quarter to build a lead that proved insurmountable for Bunker Hill.
The Red Devils fought to a 65-32 victory in a game that was filled with enough sloppy play and penalties that Newton-Conover Coach Nick Bazzle wasnâ€™t entirely pleased with the outcome.
â€śIâ€™m just glad it is over with,â€ť he said adding he doesnâ€™t like to be part of a game with so many penalties. â€śWeâ€™ve got some work to do, but overall it was a good win against a good football team.â€ť
The Newton-Conover Red Devils started their title defense as Catawba Valley 2-A conference tournament champions in convincing fashion. The Red Devils swept the West Caldwell Warriors 3-0 at Newton-Conover and earned their 15th win this season against a conference opponent.
The Red Devils defeated the Warriors 25-9, 25-12, 25-8. Newton-Conover rested key players Isabella Zaliagiris and Paris Wicklin on Thursday against West Caldwell, and Corbin Evans and head coach Linda Richards were not at the match.
Thousands of runners from around western North Carolina hit the gravel Wednesday for the annual United Way Invitational. They ran the 5K course around Southside Park in Newton, which includes three laps around the path behind the National Guard Armory.
Asheville Roberson was the big winner in the event this year sweeping the boys and girls awards. Cole Rains, a junior at Roberson, won the boys race in 15 minutes 51.91 seconds for his first-career win, and Brooke Gordon, a sophomore, ran the race in 17:55.63.
It started the first week of practice as a simple bet. It was just a coach trying to motivate his team to perform, and it worked. Bunker Hill tennis coach Doug Watters shortly after practice opened in summer made an offer the girls did not refuse.
The 2009 Bears finished the season 0-14 in conference play after losing six seniors to graduation the year before. And Watters wanted to entice his players to achieve more than that.