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November 18th, 2010
The tallest starter for the Newton-Conover Red Devils girls basketball team grew into a new role for the upcoming season. Kadesha Gibbs, a 5-foot-11 forward, has shifted from playing like a small forward to more of a power position â occupied last season by graduated senior Renee Lewis.
âI know I have some tough shoes to fill,â Gibbs said. âI just have to work hard and give everything I got.â
Hickory soccer coach Brian Jillings had a message to his team Wednesday night before taking the field at home against Charlotte Catholic in the 3-A West region final. He wanted his team to make it memorable.
âNow we have to do it all over again,â he said.
The Red Tornadoes scored two goals in the first half and hung on the rest of the match to defeat Charlotte Catholic 2-1. Hickory plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at N.C. State against the winner of the 3-A East final between Jacksonville and Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons.
The Fred T. Foard Tigers wrestling team made a quick turn around in the past three seasons. The Tigers went from a struggling team before coach Mike Carey got there in 2008 to sharing the 2009-10 Northwestern 3-A/4-A conference title with St. Stephens and Alexander Central in his second season as coach.
âI think we have a really good chance to be one of the state contenders,â senior Caleb McRorie said. âWe started from nothing, and now we are one of the top teams in the state. Hopefully, we can keep going up.â
The Catawba Valley Buccaneers attempted a furious comeback, but they fell short. The Buccaneers hit several 3-pointers in the closing minutes of their game Monday at home against Spartanburg Methodist College and pulled close.
Spartanburg Methodist made 1 of 2 free throws, and the Pioneers defeated the Buccaneers 59-55 at CVCCâs Multi-Purpose Complex.
Spartanburg Methodist was 16-of-18 shooting Monday night from the free-throw line, and CVCC made only 3 of 11 attempts.
Bennie Mozingo led Spartanburg Methodist with a game-high 14 points. D.J. Brown scored 10.
The first round of the state 2-AA West playoffs did not go as planned for Bunker Hill. The Bears rolled into Shelby on Friday night a lot of momentum, but they sputtered offensively losing 38-6.
Bunker Hill was limited to 200 yards of total offense and was pinned on its half of field most of the night.
âThey came in and played very hard,Â very physical,â said Shelby head coach Chris Norman. âThey gave us a challenge. That three-headed monster gave us a scare all week, but our defensive unit played well, and we won the line-of-scrimmage battle against them.â
The Owen Warhorses rode their workhorse to a first-round win over the Newton-Conover Red Devils, and he is a big one.
Running back Austin Davis, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior, had a game-high 197 yards rushing and three offensive touchdowns for Owen in a 28-25 win at Gurley Stadium.
Davis scored 26 points Friday âÂ four touchdowns and a 2-point conversion â and called his performance a âcareer night.â Owen coach Ken Ford said Davis has made âbig playsâ the entire season.
Home-field advantage is a luxury, and there is no place like home for Newton-Conover. Heading into this weekâs playoff game, the Red Devils have won six straight home playoff games and their last 24 games at Gurley Stadium.
âHome-field advantage helps you out â even in the regular season,â Red Devils head coach Nick Bazzle said. âHopefully, we can get some of the fans in the area who donât want drive a long way to come to our game, sit on our side and help us out even more.â
The Fred T. Foard Tigers' 2010 season ended Wednesday in the third round of the 3-A West playoffs. Gastonia Ashbrook tied Foard 1-1 in overtime, but it beat the Tigers 4-3 in penalty kicks to advance to the region semifinal.
Ashbrook plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hickory. The Red Tornadoes beat Asheville 1-0 on Wednesday to advance.
Foard ends the season 14-7-5 overall.
Newton-Conover inducted three members into its athletic Hall of Fame less than a year ago, and now the school wants more. The high school is now accepting nominations for the Newton-Conover Hall of Fameâs 2011 class.
âWe do this once a year, and we got it to where people can start nominating who they want,â said Shawn Sigmon, chairwoman of the Newton-Conover Hall of Fame. âThe basic concept is recognizing those people who gave back to Newton-Conover through the athletic program. Weâre hoping older people remember people in the â50s and â60s and will send in a form.â
Maiden ended the past two seasons with six wins and six losses. That changed this season along with the roles of running back Nate Johnson and quarterback Matt Johnson.
The Blue Devils, seeded sixth in the 2-A West, are 8-3 and play Friday at No. 3 Polk County (10-1). Their three losses this season came against Newton-Conover and South Iredell â the top two teams in the Catawba Valley 2-A Athletic Conference â and Lincolnton. The Wolves are the top seed in the 2-A West after finishing the season 11-0.