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November 1st, 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.
â€śOur captains came up to me in the winter last year and wanted to get things going,â€ť Palozzi said. â€śThey got a lot of the kids together, started working, playing a lot and getting in the weight room.â€ť
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
The Hickory soccer team capped what was amazing regular season on Wednesday during â€śSenior Night,â€ť winning 1-0 against Fred T. Foard.
It was the 16th straight win for the Red Tornadoes, who finish their conference schedule undefeated at 12-0.
â€śThey just continue to work hard and are receptive to what we are trying to do and accomplish,â€ť said Hickory coach Brian Jillings of his team. â€śWhen you keep working hard like, good things are going to happen. We have a good combination of defenders, hard-working midfielders and guys who work magic with the ball.â€ť
Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench was the special guest speaker for the Hickory Sportsmanâ€™s Club bi-annual meeting on Tuesday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa.
Bench was a member of the â€śBig Red Machineâ€ť clubs that played in Cincinnati from 1970-1976. Those teams, which included Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Ken Griffey Sr., Dave Concepcion and manager George â€śSparkyâ€ť Anderson, won two World Series championships and 683 games during the six-year period.
A tough stretch of soccer games for St. Stephens got even harder on Monday, when the Indians hosted second-ranked Hickory.
The Red Tornadoes (18-1-2, 11-0-0) scored five goals, including three in the second half, maintaining their unbeaten mark in conference play with a 5-0 win over St. Stephens.
It was the third straight game that the Indians (7-5-2, 5-4-2) were shut out, following a 0-0 tie against Hibriten and a 2-0 loss to Foard last Wednesday.
"We are in a little bit of a slump right now,â€ť said Indians coach Chris Nelson. â€śHopefully, we can get it together.â€ť