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Matt Kenseth wins Bank of America 500 at CMS

October 16, 2011

Matt Kenseth may have started second in Saturday's Bank of America 500, but he played second fiddle to no one when all was said and done.

The driver of the No. 17 Fluidmaster Foard passed Kyle Busch with 25 laps to go on his way to his 21st career victory and second-ever win in Chase races.

Tigers earn first NWC win since 2009

October 15, 2011

Leading 7-0 early in the second half, Fred T. Foard’s defense defined itself in the Tigers’ conference contest at St. Stephens.

With the Indians punting from their own end zone, Foard’s Tanner Fleming knew the game was on the line.

“I gave it all I had. I knew it was important. I knew it was a big play to make,” Fleming said of a play where he blocked a Zach Bryant punt that was recovered by Sam Benfield in the end zone for a Foard touchdown.

“It felt like a dream,” he continued. “We are not a team that wins often, but right there, it clinched the victory.”

Johnson, Jenkins combine for 6 TDs in victory

October 15, 2011

You could say Matt Johnson had the “Midas Touch” on Friday.

The senior quarterback, ran for three touchdowns on three runs in Friday’s game, making his last regular-season home game at Maiden High School a memorable one. 

Johnson, along with teammate Will Jenkins, helped the Blue Devils pull ahead 27-0 in the first half and never looked back, earning a 48-7 conference victory over the visiting East Burke Cavaliers.

Indians top Tigers in “Dig for a Cure” game

October 14, 2011

Sharing the same colors during “Volley for the Cure” night, the Saint Stephens volleyball team persevered over Fred T. Foard to share the season series between the two schools.

The Lady Indians (16-3, 9-1), who suffered a five-set defeat against the Tigers at home on Sept. 20, avenged the loss with a 3-1 victory over Foard on Thursday, 25-17, 28-26, 22-25, 25-18.

“We knew we could do it,” said Lady Indians coach Denise Mullins. “We saw the momentum shift at times and it kind of made us nervous at times. We knew we had the strength and desire to do it. The momentum stayed with us.”

Gordon repeats, Fiedler takes boys’ title at 19th United Way Invitational

October 13, 2011

The 19th edition of the United Way Invitational at Southside Park in Newton saw some new blood rise to the top, while one runner continued her dominance at the event.

Repeating as winner in the girls’ competition was T.C. Roberson’s Brooke Gordon.

Last year, Gordon ran a 17:55.63. She improved upon that time by a few seconds this year, completing the 5K race in a time of 17:51.34.

United Way Invitational enters 19th year today

October 11, 2011

The 19th annual United Way Unifour Cross Country Invitational takes place today at Southside Park in Newton.

Thirty-seven high schools and 1,189 runners will participate in the event, which is scheduled to have six races between approximately 3:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

“This is really unique in that it is a high school athletic event,” said organizer John Hall. “It’s certainly one of the largest events in this area. We’ve got some of the best 3A and 4A teams in the state coming. We also have some really great 2A teams. There will be some really good competition.”

St. Stephens supports teammate whose father is battling cancer

October 11, 2011

Members of the St. Stephens High School football team lost hair and gained unity last week in honoring a family member of one of their teammates.

The father of tight end Zach Bumgarner is undergoing treatments for cancer. In light of the battle, half of the players on the squad decided to honor the man who has attended every one of their games this season despite the toll the disease has taken on him.

It all started with an early-week talk on Monday with Zach's dad, David Bumgarner, about his ongoing and previous battles.

Trojans top Bears on ‘Dig Pink’ night

October 10, 2011

The conference regular season of high school volleyball came to a close Monday with Bandys picking up a road win against Bunker Hill, 25-13, 25-6, 25-19.

Monday was less about the actual game and more about the festivities of the evening with the Lady Bears putting together their first-ever “Dig Pink” night to help raise money for cancer awareness through the Side-Out Foundation.

Through the sales of T-shirts and a silent auction, the Bunker Hill community raised more than $2,000 for the foundation, which is centered around the sport of volleyball and cancer awareness.

Red Devils prevail with big second half

October 8, 2011

A rough couple of weeks for Newton-Conover ended Friday with a victory, while Bunker Hill’s slide continued.

Despite trailing 17-7, the Red Devils (4-4, 1-3) rallied behind quarterback Kevin Cline and running back Thomas Corpening. The duo scored three second-half touchdowns between them on the way to a 35-25 comeback victory on homecoming at Gurley Stadium.

Big second half lifts Maiden over Bandys

October 8, 2011

Trailing Bandys 14-10 at halftime, Maiden wasted no time taking control of the game in the second half.

“We were getting the ball in the second half, and we just had to make some plays,” said Maiden coach Brian Brown.

Maiden’s Will Jenkins was the first Blue Devil to answer his coach’s challenge to “make some plays.” He returned the second half kick-off 53 yards. Four plays later, Jenkins raced 36 yards into the end zone to score his second touchdown of the night and give the Blue Devils the lead for good.

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