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October 18th, 2011
Thriving in pain in the third set against Bandys, Newton-Conover senior volleyball player Isabella Zaliagiris fought through an injury.
The senior drove down 27 kills in Mondayâs CVAC volleyball final, leading the Lady Red Devils to a 3-1 victory over the Lady Trojans in the rubber match between the two schools.
âI got a cramp,â Zaliagiris said. âMy head was still in the game and my heart was still in the game. I just wanted to get my cramp cleared up so I could get back on the floor as soon as possible. I wanted nothing more than to beat Bandys.â
The last time Newton-Conover and Bandys met on the soccer field, the Red Devils blew out the Trojans 7-2 on the road.
On Monday, Bandys played much better but still was unable to get over the hump, dropping a difficult 3-0 game at Gurley Stadium.
Matt Kenseth may have started second in Saturday's Bank of America 500, but he played second fiddle to no one when all was said and done.
The driver of the No. 17 Fluidmaster Foard passed Kyle Busch with 25 laps to go on his way to his 21st career victory and second-ever win in Chase races.
Leading 7-0 early in the second half, Fred T. Foardâs defense defined itself in the Tigersâ conference contest at St. Stephens.
With the Indians punting from their own end zone, Foardâs Tanner Fleming knew the game was on the line.
âI gave it all I had. I knew it was important. I knew it was a big play to make,â Fleming said of a play where he blocked a Zach Bryant punt that was recovered by Sam Benfield in the end zone for a Foard touchdown.
âIt felt like a dream,â he continued. âWe are not a team that wins often, but right there, it clinched the victory.â
You could say Matt Johnson had the âMidas Touchâ on Friday.
The senior quarterback, ran for three touchdowns on three runs in Fridayâs game, making his last regular-season home game at Maiden High School a memorable one.Â
Johnson, along with teammate Will Jenkins, helped the Blue Devils pull ahead 27-0 in the first half and never looked back, earning a 48-7 conference victory over the visiting East Burke Cavaliers.
Sharing the same colors during âVolley for the Cureâ night, the Saint Stephens volleyball team persevered over Fred T. Foard to share the season series between the two schools.
The Lady Indians (16-3, 9-1), who suffered a five-set defeat against the Tigers at home on Sept. 20, avenged the loss with a 3-1 victory over Foard on Thursday, 25-17, 28-26, 22-25, 25-18.
âWe knew we could do it,â said Lady Indians coach Denise Mullins. âWe saw the momentum shift at times and it kind of made us nervous at times. We knew we had the strength and desire to do it. The momentum stayed with us.â
The 19th edition of the United Way Invitational at Southside Park in Newton saw some new blood rise to the top, while one runner continued her dominance at the event.
Repeating as winner in the girlsâ competition was T.C. Robersonâs Brooke Gordon.
Last year, Gordon ran a 17:55.63. She improved upon that time by a few seconds this year, completing the 5K race in a time of 17:51.34.
The 19th annual United Way Unifour Cross Country Invitational takes place today at Southside Park in Newton.
Thirty-seven high schools and 1,189 runners will participate in the event, which is scheduled to have six races between approximately 3:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
âThis is really unique in that it is a high school athletic event,â said organizer John Hall. âItâs certainly one of the largest events in this area. Weâve got some of the best 3A and 4A teams in the state coming. We also have some really great 2A teams. There will be some really good competition.â
Members of the St. Stephens High School football team lost hair and gained unity last week in honoring a family member of one of their teammates.
The father of tight end Zach Bumgarner is undergoing treatments for cancer. In light of the battle, half of the players on the squad decided to honor the man who has attended every one of their games this season despite the toll the disease has taken on him.
It all started with an early-week talk on Monday with Zach's dad, David Bumgarner, about his ongoing and previous battles.
The conference regular season of high school volleyball came to a close Monday with Bandys picking up a road win against Bunker Hill, 25-13, 25-6, 25-19.
Monday was less about the actual game and more about the festivities of the evening with the Lady Bears putting together their first-ever âDig Pinkâ night to help raise money for cancer awareness through the Side-Out Foundation.
Through the sales of T-shirts and a silent auction, the Bunker Hill community raised more than $2,000 for the foundation, which is centered around the sport of volleyball and cancer awareness.