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August 23rd, 2010

Local Legend Passes Away

August 23, 2010

The Catawba Valley lost a sports broadcasting legend Sunday. Bill Bass, a longtime public address announcer in Catawba County, died Sunday at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem after a short-term battle with an illness. He was 79. 

“He was a Southern gentleman at heart,” Dr. Carl Starnes said. “He never had a bad thing to say about anybody. There was nobody that didn’t like Bill. It was always a pleasure, interesting, and kind of like being with an older brother or uncle...It’s going to be tough, but it’s something we’ve got to live with.”

August 22nd

Taking Advantage Of Turnovers

August 22, 2010

The Carolina Panthers and the word “turnover” were supposed to only be synonymous with one another in the off-season.

On Saturday night, the two were connected early and often on the field. The New York Jets capitalized on five Carolina giveaways on their way to a rugged 9-3 preseason win at Bank of America Stadium.

“We‘re capable of making plays, we just need to keep working,” said Panthers starting quarterback Matt Moore, who completed 6 of 17 passes for 57 yards and one interception in one half of play.

August 21st

Maiden Attacks North Lincoln

August 21, 2010

From the opening kick-off of the season’s opening game it became quickly clear that turnovers would play a big role in Maiden’s contest against North Lincoln.

In fact after Maiden fumbled the game’s opening kick-off, it appeared the turnover battle would bounce the way of the Blue Devils’ visiting opponent.

However, between one interception by Richard Kerekes and ensuing 44-yard return that set up a Maiden touchdown before half-time and a third quarter interception by Alex Lomax that set up another Blue Devil score, the home team was able to turn the turnover tide in their favor.

Trojans Use Strong Running Attack

August 21, 2010

The Bandys Trojans sported a new look Friday on the plains of Plateau Road — conservative.

The Trojans were not the pass-slinging teams of the past three seasons. They lined up under center more, and they ran the ball a lot more.

“We are going to ram the ball down opponents’ throats every play,” wide receiver Dylan King said. “That’s all we are going to do — just run it down their throats, run it down their throats.”

August 20th

Prep Football is BACK!

August 20, 2010

The lights turn on tonight, and the gladiators of the high school gridiron take the field for another season of high school football in Catawba County. Be sure to look Saturday in The Observer News Enterprise to get all your favorite teams' scores, and we will also post the stories on the website.

There are four games tonight featuring five teams from Catawba County, and two of them are home games. The Bandys Trojans travel Friday to Plateau Road to take on the Fred T. Foard Tigers, and the Maiden Blue Devils host North Lincoln for the 2010 season opener.

Foard Takes Tourney Title

August 20, 2010

The Fred T. Foard Tigers took home the top prize at this week’s Freedom Soccer Invitational. The Tigers defeated Asheville 1-0 Thursday on a penalty kick by Brody Ruffner.
Ruffner is the 2010 tournament MVP, and teammates Nick Bolick and Jason Smith were named to the all-tournament team.
Foard finished the tournament with a 2-0-1 record. The Tigers tied Mooresville 1-1 in Monday’s opening match, beat host Freedom 2-1 on Tuesday, and won the championship Thursday.
Foard plays at home Monday against Boiling Springs Crest.

Volleyball
NEWTON-CONOVER 3, BUNKER HILL 0

Maiden Rallies To Cage Tigers

August 20, 2010

The Blue Devils won the final two games of the match to win 3-2. The game scores were 20-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-15 and 15-13. Garrison led Maiden with 17 kills and eight blocks in the non-conference match. Melanie Annas contributed 16 kills, Ibtxhis Khang had nine aces, and Zong Lo had 15 digs.

August 19th

Crawdads Beat Intimidators

August 19, 2010

The Hickory Crawdads withstood an 1 hour 5 minute rain and lightning delay Wednesday and defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 7-4.

Hickory and Kannapolis have two games left in the four-game series. The two teams play at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Hickory trails first-place Lakewood by 3-1/2 games in the Northern Division standings.

Crawdads pitcher Miguel De Los Santos allowed just one run on one hit and two walks while striking out four through the first three frames, prior to the weather delay.

Two Teams Wait One Week

August 19, 2010

The lights will turn on Friday in Catawba County, and high school teams in the county from take the field looking for their first win of the 2010 season. Two teams, however, will be left out of that excitement-filled night.

The Hickory Red Tornadoes and Newton-Conover Red Devils wait till Aug. 27 to start the football season, and they get one more week of practice under their belts. Newton-Conover plays at home against East Lincoln, and Hickory travels next week to Statesville.

August 18th

N-C Loses Opening Match

August 18, 2010

The Newton-Conover Red Devils lost 8-1 to Lake Norman on Tuesday in their opening tennis match of the 2010 season. Hanna Sigmon and Alex Barone teamed up in doubles to earn the Red Devils' only point in the match.

The final scores are listed below.

LAKE NORMAN 8, NEWTON-CONOVER 1
SINGLES
Morgan Vlaich (LN) d Ellie Choppa 6-3, 6-1; Constance Crisp (LN) d Alex Barone 6-2, 6-3; Britta Huibers (LN) d Hanna Sigmon 6-3, 6-3; Reagan Patterson (LN) d Jessica Abernathy 6-2, 6-1; Daniella Dworchak (LN) d Deanna Dessert 6-3, 7-6; Kyle Harmon (LN) d Amanda Shuford 6-3, 6-4
 
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