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Ruffner's goal, defense give Tigers shutout

September 23, 2011

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.

“Coming into tonight’s game we knew Hibriten was coming off of a draw with St. Stephens on Monday,” said Tigers coach Scottie Goforth. “We 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.”

Ruffner’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.

Bandys' Jesse Story verbally commits to Lenoir-Rhyne

September 22, 2011

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.

Trojans end Red Devils 32-match CVAC streak

September 22, 2011

Second song and same sound, but different verse.

Bandys and Newton-Conover went to war on the volleyball court for the second time this season on Wednesday.

After losing a tough match at home in five games to the Lady Red Devils on Aug. 29, the Lady Trojans (8-1) would not suffer the same fate.

Taylor Sigmon, Jesse Story and Chelsey Queen combined for 45 kills, leading Bandys to a five-game road win of their own, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 13-25, 15-10.

Indians suffer first NWC loss to Foard in thriller

September 21, 2011

When two of the best volleyball teams in the Northwestern Conference took center stage Tuesday, it was anyone’s guess at what would happen.

After four thrilling games played until the very last points, it was Fred T. Foard getting the better of St. Stephens. The Lady Tigers handed the Lady Indians their first conference loss, 26-24, 25-20, 20-25, 26-24.

“Holy cow,” said Foard coach Alison Yount. “There are no words. Cardiac arrest. I think I had a heart attack about 17 times on the bench, at least.”

Maiden vacates win, had ineligible player in 3 games

September 20, 2011

Maiden High School made the announcement Monday that it is forfeiting one of its win from the 2011 season — the first time in Blue Devils’ football history that a win has been vacated.

The Blue Devils (2-3) defeated St. Stephens on Sept. 9, 36-10, but used an ineligible player during the game.

The school notified the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and St. Stephens High School of the player’s involvement in the game and that it had forfeited the victory.

Cam Newton throws three INTs in Panthers loss

September 19, 2011

Cam Newton shined Sunday against the defending Super Bowl champion Packers, but the rookie's mistakes caught up with him.

After leading 13-0 early in the game, the Panthers (0-2) gave up turnovers on four of the next six possessions, including three interceptions by the rookie quarterback. Green Bay (2-0) took advantage of the takeaways, scoring 23 unanswered points on its way to a 30-23 win at Bank of America Stadium.

Mountaineers rock Tigers, head into SoCon play

September 19, 2011

"The Rock" at Appalachian State is just as solid in night, if not more, than it is in the day.

The Mountaineers (2-1) knocked off their second straight MEAC team, Savannah State (0-3), in only the third Saturday night game held at Kidd-Brewer Stadium since 2001.

Saturday's victory comes one week after ASU demolished the TIgers' fellow-conference member North Carolina A&T.

GAME BLOG: Green Bay beats Carolina, 30-23

September 18, 2011

Carolina's Cam Newton was stopped short of the yard to gain on fourth down, and with 3:09 the hopes for a Panthers upset faded. Two plays later Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers tossed a short pass to Jordy Nelson who raced the length of the field to score on an 84-yard strike. With that, hopes for the Panthers' first win disappeared completely - along with fans from Bank of America Stadium.

Many of those departing fans never saw Carolina engineer an eight-play, 83-yard drive. Newton scored on a four-yard run in the game's final minute, but the Panthers offense never saw the field again.

Johnson rushes for 337 yards, six TDs in rivalry win

September 17, 2011

Going into Friday’s game at Gurley Stadium, Maiden quarterback Matt Johnson never beat the Red Devils of Newton-Conover.

“Not in middle school and not in high school,” the senior said. “I have never done it.”

He made up for all those losses — and then some.

Johnson rushed for 337 yards and six touchdowns to help lift the Blue Devils to a 62-39 victory over Newton-Conover.

The win was the first by Maiden in the series since 2006, and it was also the first time Maiden’s Brian Brown scored a victory as head coach against Newton-Conover.

Turnovers push Wildcats past Trojans

September 17, 2011

Bandys celebrated Homecoming on Friday, but Draughn spoiled the party.

The Wildcats (3-2, 1-0) collected two second-half turnovers to overcome a 7-3 halftime deficit and hold on for an 18-13 conference victory over Bandys (4-1, 0-1).

“The biggest thing is that we had the lead and an opportunity to win,” said Bandys coach Randy Lowman. “We just made fatal mistakes.”

Bandys took a halftime lead by running the football and shutting down Draughn’s offense.

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