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October 19th, 2010
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.
Julius Peppers return to Bank of America Stadium on Sunday was full of flying. The â€śboo birdsâ€ť were heard early and often when the name of Chicago Bearsâ€™ defensive end flew in the stadium.
Peppers tipped a screen pass in the first quarter and intercepted it while on his knees as the ball fell back toward the turf. He celebrated the play by motioning for the fans to be quiet. They did the opposite.
â€śI loved it,â€ť Peppers said. â€śI am over here now. See my shirt. Iâ€™m not for the home team so that is what I expected.â€ť
On his first two rushing attempts of the game, Jervasse Herrin scored two touchdowns. The first came on a 63-yard run in the second quarter, and the second was five minutes later on a 12-yard run. That pair of touchdowns provided the spark the Red Devils needed to pull away from East Burke and pull out a 52-14 win at home.
â€śI just went out and played hard,â€ť Herrin said with a smile after the game. â€śWe just came out, blocked hard and executed.â€ť
After mounting a quick 21-0 lead, St. Stephens was in danger of allowing Fred T. Foard back into the annual cross-county clash between the 3A rivals.
In a deep deficit, the Tigers scored two quick touchdowns and were staging a comeback going into halftime.
Then Indian quarterback Tanner Miller took over.
With 1 minute 30 seconds left in the first half, the Indians got the ball on their own 4-yard line after recovering a Foard fumble that killed a threatening Tiger drive.
Miller then rushed six times for 81 yards to lead the Indians into field goal range.
St. Stephens picked up a win Thursday and remain in the hunt for the top 3-A spot in the Northwestern 3-A/4-A conference. The Indians shut out the Fred T. Foard Tigers 3-0 at Foard, and they improved to 7-2 in conference play. They trail Watauga, which is undefeated as of Wednesday. The Indians were down 18-14 in the first game Thursday at Foard, but they rallied for a 26-24 win.