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October 6th, 2011
Growing up playing tackle football, Matt Johnson was a member of the Newton Recreation 49ers.
On Thursday, he once again decided to become a 49er.
Johnson, a 6-foot-3-inch, 215-pound starting quarterback for Maiden, announced that he has verbally agreed to play football for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
The 49ers are starting a brand new football program in the 2013 season. Johnson and other in-coming football players will redshirt in 2012 and enter as the first official football class during the 2013 football season.
Bunker Hill pushed as hard as they could on the tennis court Wednesday, but Maiden refused to yield.
The Lady Blue Devils (17-2, 13-0) knocked off the Lady Bears (10-3, 14-4) for the second time this season, and in the process, clinched their third-straight conference title.
â€śIt really is quite an accomplishment,â€ť said Maiden coach Jon Huffman. â€śWhen I started here a couple of years ago, we had to start from scratch. It was tough. That first year was tough. The last three years, weâ€™ve been very fortunate.â€ť
Dennis Ly has stepped down as the head coach of Maiden High Schoolâ€™s boys and girls soccer teams.
Ly, a 1992 Maiden graduate, said he made the move because of â€śpersonal reasons.â€ť
â€śIt was in the best interest of the kids that I chose a different profession,â€ť Ly said in a phone conversation Thursday.
Butch Parker, Maiden's assistant athletic director, called the move a â€śpersonnel decision.â€ť Parker confirmed Ly is no longer employed by the school system.
Ly also served as Maiden's head JV boys basketball coach and as an in-school suspension coordinator.
Bandys defeated Maiden on the soccer field Wednesday, and in the process, honored one of coach Mark Simmonsâ€™ former players.
The Trojansâ€™ 4-1 win comes six years to do the day that Simmons lost Michael Rabb toa battle with leukemia.
â€śI told the guys about Michael,â€ť Simmons said. â€śHe was very special to me. It gave the guys some extra motivation. They played for him tonight.â€ť
Inspired by their coaches story, the Trojans (4-4-1, 4-1-0) scored two goals in the first half to take a 2-0 lead.
The Fred T. Foard volleyball team did something theyâ€™ve been waiting three years to do â€” beat Hickory on the court.
The Lady Tigers (11-4, 5-1) ended a three-year winning streak by the Lady Red Tornadoes (1-10, 1-5) on Tuesday, 25-22, 25-16, 25-9.
â€śItâ€™s a big mental challenge trying to beat a team that you are used to losing to for the last couple of years,â€ť said Foard coach Alison Yount. â€śThe fact that we were able to overcome that and beat them is a good booster into the next game.â€ť
Surviving weather conditions and a tough opponent on Monday, the St. Stephens soccer team picked up a big conference victory against rival Fred T. Foard.
Sophomore Luke Bruce scored a goal for the Indians (5-1-1, 3-0-1) in the 62nd minute of the game and held off a late game charge by the Tigers (8-5-1, 3-2-0) to earn the win.
â€śFoard is one of the toughest teams in the conference,â€ť said Indians coach Chris Nelson. â€śWe knew we had to come ready to play. The guys worked really hard out there.â€ť
After a torrential downpour drowned Carolina on Sunday, the sun broke through the clouds just in time for the Panthers.
With 6:44 left in the Panthersâ€™ final quarter against Jacksonville, quarterback Cam Newton engineered a five-play, 55-yard scoring drive to help give Carolina a 16-10 lead. Newton connected with tight end Greg Olsen for a 16-yard touchdown play, and the rookie quarterback found his favorite target again for the ensuing two-point conversion.
With the game tied 13-13 and 8:30 left to play, the Bandys Trojans began to march. And march.Â And march.
Nineteen plays, 80 yards and 6:21 later, Bandysâ€™ Dominque Young rushed five yards into the end zone to help give the Trojans a 20-13 lead, and a victory over the visiting Newton-Conover Red Devils.
â€śThat is what we have to do,â€ť Bandys coach Randy Lowman said of the long late-game drive. â€śOur guys have figured that out. They know we canâ€™t rush. We canâ€™t hurry. We have to try to methodically, move the chains, move the chains, move the chains.â€ť
South Iredell made an emphatic statement Friday against Bunker Hill: they are the reigning Catawba Valley Athletic Conference champions, and they are here to stay.
The Vikings (6-0, 2-0) amassed 537 yards of total offense, including a combined 452 yards from quarterback Adrian Whitener and running back Cameron Mattox, crushing the Bears in Claremont, 49-2.
Bunker Hill coach Travis Conner compared Fridayâ€™s contest to a race at a dog track.
A goal by Kenan Ruffner and strong defensive play allowed the Fred T. Foard soccer team to pick up its eight win of the season and sixth shutout.
â€śComing into tonightâ€™s game we knew Hibriten was coming off of a draw with St. Stephens on Monday,â€ť said Tigers coach Scottie Goforth. â€śWe wanted to make sure we took advantage of our possession and take care of the ball. I feel like the boys did that really well.â€ť
Ruffnerâ€™s goal came at the 24th minute on a corner kick by Khong Lo. The kick went in front of the net and was driven in on a header by Ruffner.