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PREP SOCCER: Game times set for West finals

November 10, 2014

The game times for the 2A and 3A West Region boys soccer championship games have been released.

Below is a look at both contests:

2A West Region championship
Franklin (21-1) at Newton-Conover (24-1), 6 p.m.

3A West Region championship
Fred T. Foard (21-5-2) at Weddington (22-1-1), 6 p.m.

BREAKING: Red Devils, Tigers advance to West finals

November 8, 2014

The Newton-Conover and Fred T. Foard boys soccer teams are both a game away from playing for a state title.

The Red Devils edged Forbush, and the Tigers slid past Statesville — both by 2-1 scores — to advance to the 2A West Region and 3A West Region championship games.

PREP FOOTBALL: Playoff brackets are finalized

November 8, 2014

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has released its preliminary playoff brackets.

Below is an early look at the schedule involving Catawba County teams, which will be finalized later today:

2AA playoffs
No. 16 Smoky Mountain (2-9) at No. 1 East Lincoln (11-0)
No. 9 Rutherfordton Spindale (7-4) at No. 8 Bandys (8-3)

Trojans rush for 292 yards in win against Red Devils

November 8, 2014

Pounding the football on the ground and converting key fourth downs, the Bandys football team picked up a critical 31-14 rivalry victory against Newton-Conover on Friday night at Gurley Stadium.

The win by Bandys (8-3, 5-2) assures it of a third-place finish in the conference and likely home game in the playoffs, which start next Friday night.

Williams, Tigers topple Indians for sixth victory

November 8, 2014

Matt Williams threw three touchdowns passes and ran for another score, lifting Fred T. Foard to a 41-19 victory against rival St. Stephens on Friday.

Foard improves to 6-5 overall and 4-3 in conference play, clinching its first winning season and playoff berth since 2008.

PREP FOOTBALL: Friday's gridiron scoreboard

November 8, 2014

Below is a look at the final regular season prep football scores involving Catawba County teams, as well as a look at scores across the state of North Carolina:

Nov. 7 scores
Bandys 31, Newton-Conover 14
Fred T. Foard 41, St. Stephens 19
Hibriten 49, Hickory 34
Lincolnton 62, Maiden 32
West Caldwell 61, Bunker Hill 34

Coach Matt Beam battles former ball boy tonight

November 6, 2014

A former ball boy returns tonight to battle the man he stood next to on the sidelines just a few years ago.

No, this isn’t the script for a dramatic sports movie, but rather the story of Bandys quarterback Devan Cox and Newton-Conover head football coach Matt Beam.

GAME OF THE WEEK: The race to the playoffs

November 6, 2014

Bandys and Newton-Conover face off tonight on the football field to determine who will finish third in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A.

For a complete preview of this game, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

JV FOOTBALL: Thursday's final county scores

November 6, 2014

Below is a look at Thursday's final junior varsity football scores involving Catawba County teams:

Nov. 6 scores
Bunker Hill 27, West Caldwell 7
(Bears win SD-7 title with 7-0 record)
Hibriten 6, Hickory 0
Maiden 14, Lincolnton 12
Newton-Conover 22, Bandys 0
St. Stephens 31, Fred T. Foard 12

Esperilla, Red Devils tame Cougars for 16th shutout

November 5, 2014

Alan Esperilla gave a speech to his teammates during warm ups before Wednesday’s third-round boys soccer playoff game against Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA).

“I told them we either survive as a team or we all die as an individual,” said Esperilla, who was quoting a YouTube video he watched of Jürgen Klinsmann, head coach of the United States men’s national soccer team.

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