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November 10th, 2010
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.
Seeing their starting quarterback and running back leave Sunday's game with injuries, the Carolina Panthers put up a pitiful performance that included one field goal and just 68 yards of passing offense.
All total, the Panthers managed just 195 total net yards, mostly on the ground, as the Saints posted a 34-3 victory at Bank of America Stadium.
"Pretty pathetic," said receiver Steve Smith, held without a catch until the final minute. "That would be the only thing I have to say. There are no explanations, no excuses."
Bunker Hill used a three-headed rushing attack to amass almost 600 years on the ground as the Bears defeated Bandys 49-20.
The victory marks the first for Bunker Hill over Bandys in nine straight games, and it solidifies the Bearsâ chances of a playoff berth when pairings are announced Saturday.
Newton-Conover rebounded from last weekâs loss to South Iredell to end the regular season with a win. The Red Devils earned a 35-25 road victory Friday over West Caldwell and finished second in the Catawba Valley 2-A.
The Red Devils went 10-1 in the regular season âÂ 6-1 in conference play, and they find out Saturday if they are in the 2-A or 2-AA playoffs as well as who they play in the first round.
For the second straight week, Nate Johnson solidified his spot as the Blue Devilsâ starting running back.
Johnson led Maiden in rushing for the second-straight game and made the game-changing play in the second half at home against Draughn.
One play after Draughn cut Maidenâs lead to 21-14, Johnson ran left on a sweep. He ran out of room, escaped tackles, reversed field and ran 73 yards up the right side for his third touchdown of the game.
The Blue Devils led 27-14 after the play and won their final game of the regular season 33-14 over the Wildcats.
The Catawba Valley Buccaneers went swashbuckling through another regular season. Head coach Shannon Hudson and the Buccaneers started the season with a 3-0 loss at the beginning of the season to Cape Fear Community College, but they rallied and won 10 of their next 11 matches en route to a 19-5 overall record.
CVCC ended the season 12-2 in conference play and earned the top seed from the West at this weekend’s Carolinas-Virginia Conference volleyball tournament at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth.
Alfredo Dominguez has only one more race to run this season — the state meet. And the junior cross country runner from Newton-Conover wants to finish well despite some pre-race jitters.
“I’m just nervous about it, but I’m actually ready for it,” Dominguez said. “This means a lot. I can’t go in there and mess around. I’m going to try my best, and hopefully everything will pay off.”
Three womenâs basketball teams representing the Greater Hickory Metro competed in the state Senior Games during the weekend. They played a combined 11 games Friday and Saturday at East Carolina Universityâs student activity center, and they combined for zero wins.
The team wants that to change next year.
âWeâre hoping some time in the future, whether it is next year or the next year, ultimately we want to win a game,â said Jesse McCarther, head coach of the three teams from the Unifour Red Foxes.
Newton-Conover started the season with a loss to third-ranked Shelby. That loss turned into seven straight losses and eventually into losing its first 11 of 14. But that losing turned into winning late in the 2010 season and eventually led to a playoff berth in the 2-A West.
The Red Devils finished fifth in the Catawba Valley 2-A Athletic Conference with a 7-6-1 conference record, and they captured the conferenceâs last playoff spot.