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October 11th, 2011
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.
A rough couple of weeks for Newton-Conover ended Friday with a victory, while Bunker Hillâs slide continued.
Despite trailing 17-7, the Red Devils (4-4, 1-3) rallied behind quarterback Kevin Cline and running back Thomas Corpening. The duo scored three second-half touchdowns between them on the way to a 35-25 comeback victory on homecoming at Gurley Stadium.
Trailing Bandys 14-10 at halftime, Maiden wasted no time taking control of the game in the second half.
âWe were getting the ball in the second half, and we just had to make some plays,â said Maiden coach Brian Brown.
Maidenâs Will Jenkins was the first Blue Devil to answer his coachâs challenge to âmake some plays.â He returned the second half kick-off 53 yards. Four plays later, Jenkins raced 36 yards into the end zone to score his second touchdown of the night and give the Blue Devils the lead for good.
St. Stephens used a 56-yard touchdown run by Matt Williams and a momentum swing going into half-time to collect a 56-36 win over North Buncombe on Friday.
The win marks the Indiansâ third in as many weeks and sets up St. Stephens (3-5, 1-2) to take on 3a rival Fred T. Foard next week.
Trailing 20-14 in the second quarter, Williams touchdown run lifted the Indians to a 21-20 lead to end the opening half.
After Jon Sweet gave St. Stephens a 28-20 lead, the Indians put together back-to-back scoring drives that both ended with Williams crossing the goal line.
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.
âIt really is quite an accomplishment,â said Maiden coach Jon Huffman. âWhen 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, weâve been very fortunate.â
Dennis Ly has stepped down as the head coach of Maiden High Schoolâs boys and girls soccer teams.
Ly, a 1992 Maiden graduate, said he made the move because of âpersonal reasons.â
âIt was in the best interest of the kids that I chose a different profession,â Ly said in a phone conversation Thursday.
Butch Parker, Maiden's assistant athletic director, called the move a âpersonnel decision.â 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.
âI told the guys about Michael,â Simmons said. âHe was very special to me. It gave the guys some extra motivation. They played for him tonight.â
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 theyâve 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.
âItâs a big mental challenge trying to beat a team that you are used to losing to for the last couple of years,â said Foard coach Alison Yount. âThe fact that we were able to overcome that and beat them is a good booster into the next game.â