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SOCCER PLAYOFFS: Pair of teams win by one goal

October 31, 2012

Fred T. Foard advanced to the second round of the 3A soccer playoffs with a 2-1 double overtime victory against East Henderson on Wednesday.

Wyatt Shely scored the winning goal for Foard (16-7-1).

Kenan Ruffner also netted a goal and made an assist for the Tigers, while Logan Winstead assisted on Ruffner's goal.

N-C running back Marquis Pope hitting his stride

October 31, 2012

Marquis Pope may be a late bloomer, but he is peaking at the right time.

The Newton-Conover senior running back had his best weeks during the final two games of the regular season.

To read more of this story, pick up the Wednesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

PREP NOTEBOOK: Golden Lions eliminate Trojans

October 31, 2012

The Bandys soccer team fell 3-0 on the road to Shelby in the first round of the 2A soccer playoffs on Tuesday.

The Trojans finish their season with a 6-14 overall record.

The Golden Lions (17-4-1) face the winner of the South Iredell/West Lincoln game on Wednesday.

Five more soccer contests involving Catawba County teams are scheduled for today. Below is a list of those five games:

Hornets avenge loss, advance to title game

October 30, 2012

Overcoming a 8-0 halftime deficit, the Catawba County Hornets advanced to the Central Carolinas Football League championship game.

Hornets linebacker Alvin Gibson recovered a fourth quarter fumble in the end zone, helping his team knock off Richmond County on Saturday, 12-8.

The victory for Catawba County (13-1) avenges an earlier defeat to the Golden Bears this season.

NCHSAA releases soccer brackets, 6 teams qualify

October 30, 2012

The North Carolina High School Association (NCHSAA) released its boys prep soccer playoff brackets on Monday.

Below are the six match ups featuring Catawba County schools, which will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31:

2A playoffs
Bandys (6-13) at Shelby (16-4-1)
Bunker Hill (10-8-1) at Brevard (10-4-1)
Newton-Conover (12-6-1) at Owen (19-1)

3A playoffs

PREP NOTEBOOK: Foard wins regional XC title

October 28, 2012

The Fred T. Foard girls cross-country team captured a 3A West Regional title during Saturday's meet at Freedom Park in Morganton.

The Lady Tigers tallied 58 points, which was 15 points better than West Henderson's 73.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP: ASU, L-R both win

October 27, 2012

CULLOWHEE — Logan Hallock completed the first 20 passes of his collegiate career, passing for two touchdowns in Appalachian State's 38-27 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday.

BREAKING: Football pairings released by NCHSAA

October 27, 2012

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released its brackets for the football playoffs, which start Friday.

Below are the pairings for Catawba County schools (in italics) and other schools in the Catawba Valley 2A and Northwestern 3A/4A conferences:

2A Midwest Brackets
No. 8 Wheatmore (5-5) at No. 1 East Lincoln (10-0)

Behind Pope's 214 yards, Red Devils clinch title share

October 27, 2012

Marquis Pope and the Newton-Conover football team made sure it would get a piece of the final Catawba Valley 2A football title.

The Red Devils (8-3, 6-1) blew out winless West Caldwell in Lenoir on Friday, 56-6.

"It was a good overall win," said N-C coach Brint Russell. "We had a good team effort all the way around."

Blue Devils top Wildcats, earn piece of CVAC title

October 27, 2012

Jake McRee threw two touchdown passes, Jordan Bess ran for a score and Ian Oliver added a 29-yard field goal to help Maiden defeat Draughn at home Friday, 23-13.

With the victory and wins by Newton-Conover and South Iredell, the Blue Devils (8-3, 6-1) clinch a share of the final Catawba Valley 2A football title.

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