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October 29th, 2011

PREP FOOTBALL: Six Catawba County football teams in playoffs

October 29, 2011

The preliminary brackets for the 2A, 2AA, 3A and 3AA playoffs have been released and officially, six Catawba County teams are in the postseason. The brackets became official Saturday evening once all records were verified.

Hosting home games in the first round are Maiden, Bandys and Hickory. The Blue Devils and Trojans are ranked as No. 3 seeds in their portion of the 2A and 2AA brackets, respectively. Both schools will host 5-5 teams in East Rutherford and Ashe County.

Inside The O-N-E: Weekender

October 29, 2011

The weekend is here and so is The Observer News Enterprise weekend edition.

Readers picking up the The O-N-E print edition will find unique content, while online visitors to observernewsonline.com will also get feature stories they won't find elsewhere.

The O-N-E weekend edition includes:

Publisher's perspective: Delivering a verdict on jury duty

October 29, 2011

I immediately recognized the jury summons mixed in with a load of other junk a letter carrier delivered to the Willard home in August.

I've seen plenty of these yellow summons sheets from Catawba County Superior Court Clerk Al Jean Bogle. It seems employees of The O-N-E make monthly trips to my office with the form in hand and hoping I will help free them from the obligation.

Yes, I have written a few jury duty "excuse" letters for the folks at The O-N-E.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Cline leads N-C to Senior Night victory

October 29, 2011

Kevin Cline was Newton-Conover's "X factor" on Friday night against West Caldwell.

Whenever the Red Devils needed a big play, they got it from their junior quarterback. He rushed 14 times for 177 yards and passed for another 82 yards in Newton's 57-30 Senior Night rout of West Caldwell.

Newton-Conover (5-6 2-5) capped a frustrating season by posting a 50-plus point performance Friday.

It didn't come without a challenge from West Caldwell (0-11, 0-8), which was last winless in 2008 and has struggled through seven straight losing seasons.

October 28th

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Maiden wins to finish second

October 29, 2011

Maiden 31, Draughn 7


Maiden the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference runner-up spot with an impressive victory over Draughn, 31-7.

Will Jenkins led the Blue Devils with 214 yards on 32 carries and three touchdowns. On defense he collected an interception. Quarterback Matt Johnson rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries.

Draughn got on the board first when quarterback Keith Loomis connected with Alex McGee for a 25-yard touchdown.

Maiden trailed for 10 seconds.

On the ensuing kick-off Jose Campos raced 99 yards for a touchdown.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Hickory gets ahead early, beats Foard

October 29, 2011

Hickory jumped on Foard from the onset and didn't look back, winning its regular season finale at Tigers Field on Friday, 31-6.

The Red Tornadoes scored 22 seconds into the game when running back Cameron Stinson returned a Foard kick 91 yards for a touchdown.

The struggles for the Tigers continued on their ensuing possession.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Cline leads N-C to Senior Night victory

October 29, 2011

Kevin Cline was Newton-Conover's "X factor" on Friday night against West Caldwell.

Whenever the Red Devils needed a big play, they got it from their junior quarterback. He rushed 14 times for 177 yards and passed for another 82 yards in Newton's 57-30 Senior Night rout of West Caldwell.

Newton-Conover (5-6 2-5) capped a frustrating season by posting a 50-plus point performance Friday.

It didn't come without a challenge from West Caldwell (0-11, 0-8), which was last winless in 2008 and has struggled through seven straight losing seasons.

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: Trojans shut down Bears

October 28, 2011

Big plays and big defense helped lift Bandys past Bunker Hill, 35-7, on Friday as the Trojans secured fourth place in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference to conclude the season.

"I am happy with a win," Bandys coach Randy Lowman said, adding the victory helps avenge the Trojans' 49-20 loss to Bunker Hill last year. "They got us so fooled last year, we couldn't even play with them. Our defense played great tonight ... our guys played hard."

FRIDAY FOOTBALL: St. Stephens earns crucial fourth win

October 28, 2011

St. Stephens 25, Watauga 22
A Jon Sweet touchdown put the Indians ahead for good in a 25-22 senior night win. With the victory, St. Stephens becomes playoff eligible with four wins on the season.

Matt Williams tossed two touchdown passes for the Indians, who finish 4-7 overall and 2-4 in the Northwestern Conference.

Sweet finished with two touchdowns on the night.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

October 28, 2011

Sondra Regina Drum Crouse, 73, of South Oliver’s Crossroads, Newton, went home to be with her Heavenly Father, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 at her residence.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Crouse Family.

Ruby Elizabeth Rinck Shrum, 80, of Buffalo Shoals Road, Maiden, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.  Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Shrum Family.

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