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October 5th, 2011
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.
â€śIt really is quite an accomplishment,â€ť said Maiden coach Jon Huffman. â€śWhen 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, weâ€™ve been very fortunate.â€ť
Dennis Ly has stepped down as the head coach of Maiden High Schoolâ€™s boys and girls soccer teams.
Ly, a 1992 Maiden graduate, said he made the move because of â€śpersonal reasons.â€ť
â€śIt was in the best interest of the kids that I chose a different profession,â€ť Ly said in a phone conversation Thursday.
Butch Parker, Maiden's assistant athletic director, called the move a â€śpersonnel decision.â€ť 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.
â€śI told the guys about Michael,â€ť Simmons said. â€śHe was very special to me. It gave the guys some extra motivation. They played for him tonight.â€ť
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 theyâ€™ve 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.
â€śItâ€™s a big mental challenge trying to beat a team that you are used to losing to for the last couple of years,â€ť said Foard coach Alison Yount. â€śThe fact that we were able to overcome that and beat them is a good booster into the next game.â€ť
Surviving weather conditions and a tough opponent on Monday, the St. Stephens soccer team picked up a big conference victory against rival Fred T. Foard.
Sophomore Luke Bruce scored a goal for the Indians (5-1-1, 3-0-1) in the 62nd minute of the game and held off a late game charge by the Tigers (8-5-1, 3-2-0) to earn the win.
â€śFoard is one of the toughest teams in the conference,â€ť said Indians coach Chris Nelson. â€śWe knew we had to come ready to play. The guys worked really hard out there.â€ť
After a torrential downpour drowned Carolina on Sunday, the sun broke through the clouds just in time for the Panthers.
With 6:44 left in the Panthersâ€™ final quarter against Jacksonville, quarterback Cam Newton engineered a five-play, 55-yard scoring drive to help give Carolina a 16-10 lead. Newton connected with tight end Greg Olsen for a 16-yard touchdown play, and the rookie quarterback found his favorite target again for the ensuing two-point conversion.
With the game tied 13-13 and 8:30 left to play, the Bandys Trojans began to march. And march.Â And march.
Nineteen plays, 80 yards and 6:21 later, Bandysâ€™ Dominque Young rushed five yards into the end zone to help give the Trojans a 20-13 lead, and a victory over the visiting Newton-Conover Red Devils.
â€śThat is what we have to do,â€ť Bandys coach Randy Lowman said of the long late-game drive. â€śOur guys have figured that out. They know we canâ€™t rush. We canâ€™t hurry. We have to try to methodically, move the chains, move the chains, move the chains.â€ť
South Iredell made an emphatic statement Friday against Bunker Hill: they are the reigning Catawba Valley Athletic Conference champions, and they are here to stay.
The Vikings (6-0, 2-0) amassed 537 yards of total offense, including a combined 452 yards from quarterback Adrian Whitener and running back Cameron Mattox, crushing the Bears in Claremont, 49-2.
Bunker Hill coach Travis Conner compared Fridayâ€™s contest to a race at a dog track.
A goal by Kenan Ruffner and strong defensive play allowed the Fred T. Foard soccer team to pick up its eight win of the season and sixth shutout.
â€śComing into tonightâ€™s game we knew Hibriten was coming off of a draw with St. Stephens on Monday,â€ť said Tigers coach Scottie Goforth. â€śWe wanted to make sure we took advantage of our possession and take care of the ball. I feel like the boys did that really well.â€ť
Ruffnerâ€™s goal came at the 24th minute on a corner kick by Khong Lo. The kick went in front of the net and was driven in on a header by Ruffner.
A Bandys basketball player made her decision to commit to Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Jesse Story, the defending player of the year in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference, announced her decision Wednesday to commit to the Bears. She will sign a full scholarship in early November, which is when schools are permitted to start signings for the 2012 season.
She made the decision to sign with L-R over Davidson, Mars Hill and her mother's alma mater, Appalachian State.