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September 24th, 2010
Conference play begins this week in the Catawba Valley 2-A, with two of the leaguesâ€™ biggest rivals set to square off Friday. Newton-Conover (4-0) travels to Maiden (3-1), and both teams look to start league play on stable ground.
â€śIt starts this week for everybody, so if you win, youâ€™re tied for first place, which is how you want to start,â€ť Red Devils head coach Nick Bazzle said. â€śWeâ€™re getting one of the big guns first this year.â€ť
But fans of both teams know this matchup is more than just the kickoff of this yearâ€™s conference schedule; itâ€™s also about bragging rights.
The first game Thursday at Bandys between the Trojans and the Newton-Conover Red Devils turned into a battle of will. The teams were tied at 25 and neither budged until the Red Devils scored three straight points â€”Â on a kill from Isabella Zaliagiris and back-to-back Bandys errors â€”Â to earn the 30-28 win.
The Red Devils rode that momentum winning the next two games 25-15 and 25-22 to get the 3-0 sweep at Bandys, and they took control of the Catawba Valley 2-A conference.
The Fred T. Foard Tigers found themselves in a familiar position Wednesday â€”Â needing a goal to win a match. They got that crucial goal from Jason Smith in the closing minutes of a conference match at home against the Watauga Pioneers.
The game-winning goal was Smithâ€™s second of the night and gave the Tigers a 2-1 victory at home. Smith scored the Tigersâ€™ first goal of the night in the 22nd minute on a shot seven yards outside the penalty box.
Draughn rode the momentum of two first-half goals in a 2-1 win Wednesday over Newton-Conover. Toua Xiong scored in the 9th minute on a mishandled ball in the box, and Jacob Crisp added an insurance goal in the 27th minute on a crossing pass from Aaron Yang.
Newton-Conover got on the board in the second half with a goal by Christian Marinero off a rebounded shot from Franklin Wepner. The Red Devils had an 8-6 shot advantage in the loss, and a 6-3 advantage on corner kicks.
The Red Devils are now 3-2 against the Catawba Valley 2-A, and the Wildcats improved to 4-1.
St. Stephens found itself in a hole Tuesday after a conference match against rival Hickory. The Indians lost the first game 25-23 to the Red Tornadoes, but it rallied to win the next three games and rolled to 3-1 win at home against Hickory.
â€śAll the girls still saw Hickory on the front of the jerseys, then half way through the first game, they said itâ€™s just volleyball,â€ť St. Stephens coach Lauren McLelland said. â€śThey have heart, and thatâ€™s something Iâ€™m proud of. They have heart.â€ť
Newton-Conoverâ€™s Cameron Shuford, left, is this weekâ€™s recipient of WNNCâ€™s Golden Helmet Award presented by Coca-Cola.
Shuford, pictured with head coach Nick Bazzle, caught three touchdown passes Friday from quarterback Adonis Hewitt in a 48-14 win at home over the Fred T. Foard Tigers. The senior also had an interception in the non-conference win as well.
East Burke 3, Bunker Hill 0
Bunker Hill lost its conference match Tuesday against the East Burke Cavaliers. The Bears dropped to 2-6 against the Catawba Valley 2-A and 3-9 overall.
The Fred T. Foard Tigers earned a win Tuesday against their rival St. Stephens Indians. The Tigers defeated the Indians 1-0 at St. Stephens in a matchup between two of the top teams in Catawba County.
Nick Bolick scored the game-winning goal in the second half for the Tigers, and goalkeeper Zach Schellenberger earned the shutout.
The loss was the second in a row for St. Stephens, which lost 3-1 last week at Hibriten. The Indians are now 1-2-0 in the Northwestern 3-A/4-A, and the Tigers improved to 2-1-0 in conference play.
At a house in Deerfield, there is a calendar with a date in June 2011 marked on it. That date could be the last time Mitchell Mathis will go to the doctor to see if he is still cancer free.
Still able to do things he wants to do when he wants to do them.
â€śIt is definitely marked on our calendar,â€ť said Diane Mathis, Mitchellâ€™s mother. â€śIt is definitely a big date, but we feel in our hearts, he is already cured.â€ť
After tying their game with Tampa Bay, the Carolina Panthers gave up 13 unanswered points to lose the home-opener, 20-7.
Panthers quarterback Matt Moore connected with Steve Smith on a 37-yard scoring pass play with 11:43 left in the second quarter. The scored tied the game at 7, but it was the only time the Panthers crossed the goal line.
The St. Stephens Indians are optimistic they can find their first win in 2010 on Friday when they host non-conference foe Maiden. Indians head coach Fred Whalen is also â€ścautiously optimisticâ€ť starting quarterback, Tanner Miller, will be on the field for the first time this season.
Miller, who has been sidelined with a back injury since the start of practice, is feeling better and could be a game-time decision for the Indians.