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For the past eight seasons, win or lose, Fred T. Foard head football coach Ryan Gettys has always found joy in at least one aspect of his job.
â€śJust being with the guys â€” thatâ€™s what I enjoy most,â€ť he said. â€śThe players hate practice, but that is my favorite time. That is when you are out there teaching and you are really doing football.â€ť
Friday night games, he said, are fun for players and fans, but as a coach, heâ€™d rather be teaching.
â€śPractice has always been the big thing for me because I got to spend time with the guys,â€ť he said.
For the first time this season Fred T. Foard's Lady Tigers took their basketball show on the road.
"I was a little worried," said Foard coach Wendy Price. "It was our first away game. There's cold weather, weâ€™re in a new place we're not used to shooting in."
Relying on defense, the Tigers were able to ease their coach's fears and cruise to a 63-30 victory over Bunker Hill. The win improves Foard to 4-0.
"I told them they have to play great defense," Price said. "You can always depend on your defense."
When Mallard Creek increased the pressure on Monday night, Newton-Conoverâ€™s Lady Red Devils werenâ€™t rattled.
Using full court pressure to start the second half, the Lady Mavericks whittled away a Newton-Conover lead that grew as large as 12 points. Every time the Mavericks neared the Lady Red Devils â€” coming as close as five points â€” Newton-Conover responded, en route to a 68-55 win.
The victory improves Newton-Conover to 3-0.
Appalachian State quarterback DeAndre Presley rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help lift the Mountaineers over visiting Western Illinois, 42-14.
Presley finished the snowy contest with a career-best 264 rushing yards to add to a 417-yard ground game for the Mountaineers. With the win Appalachian State advances to face Villanova in the FCS football tournament. The Mountaineers will next host the Wildcats, who defeated No. 3 seeded Stephen F. Austin, 54-24. The round 3 FCS match-up will be played either Friday or Saturday.
â€śCaptainâ€ť Morgan McLeod led the charge Friday for the St. Stephens Indians. McLeod scored a game-high 24 points in the Indiansâ€™ 52-40 win at Bunker Hill in the first game of the 13th annual Bob Carraway Coaches vs. Cancer event.
â€śWe had a game plan set, and we saw the big man go down,â€ť St. Stephens assistant coach Randy Dillingham said. â€śWe were joking and said when Morgan was a freshman, he didnâ€™t make the team. He doesnâ€™t have much athletic ability, but he busts his tail and thatâ€™s what he does.â€ś
Things didnâ€™t start out as planned forÂ Maiden on Friday night at Fred T. Foard. The Tigers quickly jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first quarter, but a second half resurgence by Maidenâ€™s fast-paced offense and stifling defense gave the Blue Devils a 57-45 come-from-behind win.
â€śWe got down early because we didnâ€™t move the ball well,â€ť said Maiden head coach Doug Miller. â€śWe were just settling for 3s that werenâ€™t really there, but we came out in the second half with a whole new mentality.â€ť
Catawba Valleyâ€™s Tyree Griffin jumps Thursday to pass the ball along the baseline and avoids going out of bounds as Milliganâ€™s Weston McQueeney goes down. McQueeney was injured on the play. Ramon Herrera led CVCC with 15 points in the Buccaneersâ€™ 94-46 win at home.
The Bandys Trojans put an 81-point whipping on Statesville at home Wednesday. The Trojans defeated the Greyhounds 94-13 at Bost-Matheson Gym in a nonconference game.
All nine Trojans varsity players scored at least four points â€”Â as many as Statesville's Kirsten Witt. Witt was the highest scoring player on her team.
Madi Story scored a game-high 19 points while Jesse Story and Brittany Moss scored 13 apiece. Tara Potter and Chelsey Queen both added 11.
The Newton-Conover Red Devils accomplished something no other Catawba County team has in the past five years. They defeated the Hickory Red Tornadoes in a girls basketball game. It is Hickoryâ€™s first loss to a Catawba County team since 2005.
â€śObviously this is a huge game for both teams,â€ť Newton-Conover head coach Jonathan Tharpe said. â€śBoth teams are two of the best in the western part of the state in 2A and 3A. Itâ€™s just a big rivalry and just a lot of passion to win the game on both sides.â€ť
A Newton-Conover Red Devil is jumping from Gurley Stadium to Bank of America Stadium. Lineman Mike Comer is one of 10 high school athletes from the Carolinas on the field at halftime Dec. 19 as part of the Carolina Panthers Community Captain Program.
â€śThis means a lot,â€ť Comer said. â€śOnly 10 people out of North and South Carolina get the award. So, itâ€™s a pretty big deal.â€ť
The Community Captain program honors high school athletes with dedication to their sport as well as commit to improving their education while showing potential to excel.