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October 14th, 2010
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.
Fred T. Foard travels Friday to St. Stephens and both teams are looking for their first win of the 2010 season. Foard (0-7, 0-2 Northwestern 3-A/4-A) and St. Stephens (0-7, 0-2 Northwestern 3-A/4-A) enter the game tied for sixth place in the conference.
â€śItâ€™s an understatement to say this is a big game for both teams,â€ť Indians head coach Fred Whalen said. â€śTraditionally, this is a rivalry game, so emotions will already be high. I expect both teams to come out fired up.â€ť
Maiden beat East Burke 3-0 at home Tuesday to remain within three games of first-place Newton-Conover in the Catawba Valley 2-A standings. The Blue Devils are 9-3 in conference play, including a sweep of rival Bandys, and the Red Devils are 12-0. Maiden won 25-11, 25-16, 25-19 over East Burke. Melanie Annas had a team-high 13 kills, Lauren Sizemore had 11, and McKenzie Garrison had nine. Ibtxhis Khang led Maiden with 43 assists in the win. Maiden plays Thursday at Bunker Hill.
ST. STEPHENS 3, HIBRITEN 0
The Draughn Wildcats defeated the Trojans 5-1 and improved to 5-2-1 in the Catawba Valley 2-A. The four-goal loss dropped the Trojans to 4-4-0 in conference play.
Thomas Russell scored back-to-back goals in the 39th and 43rd minutes to seal the win for Draughn. The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead with a goal from Toua Xiong, but Bandys responded a minute later with its lone goal by Mario Ramirez. Bobby Wicks got the assist.
Gary Hallberg started the Sundayâ€™s final round five shots behind Fred Couples, and he started making up ground early. Hallberg birdied the first hole on his way to a final-round 61 and his first win on the Champions Tour.
"So this is what it feels like to win," he said to members of the Greater Hickory Classic Foundation. "Shaking hands and kissing babies."