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Maiden hands Bandys first CVAC loss

April 20, 2011

Bandys’ unbeaten conference softball record — gone.

Maiden’s chances of winning the conference title — still alive.

The Blue Devils (10-2) avenged a 6-4 home loss to the Trojans on March 24 and overcame an early 1-0 deficit to win 3-1 on the road Tuesday.
The loss for Bandys (9-1) is the first in conference play and keeps Maiden’s hopes alive for the chance of a CVAC title.

Maiden pitcher Hannah Callahan had trouble early in the first inning of Tuesday’s game, as she loaded the bases on two hits and a hit batter.

9 county tennis players earn region berths

April 18, 2011

Three singles and six doubles players from county teams are guaranteed a spot at Regionals after Monday’s opening round of the CVAC tournament.

Among the county teams to have players advancing to Regionals were Maiden and Newton-Conover.

The Red Devils, who are beginning their quest for a second straight state championship in 2A, had John Reid qualify individually for the second year in a row.

Hang Lak Choi and Ryan Lampe, as well as Austin Adams and John Tate, qualified for regions in doubles.

UNC's Barnes staying for sophomore season

April 18, 2011

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina's Harrison Barnes will return for his sophomore season instead of declaring for the NBA draft.

Barnes was the Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year, averaging nearly 16 points. The 6-foot-8 forward was widely regarded as the nation's top freshman entering the season and helped the Tar Heels win 29 games and the ACC regular-season championship and get within a game of the Final Four.

The Tar Heels will return all five starters and their top seven scorers from last season, making them a favorite to enter the year ranked No. 1.

Shepard fans 11, Bears stay unbeaten

April 16, 2011

It was a “David versus Goliath” match-up when Bunker Hill faced Newton-Conover in baseball Friday.

The Bears entered the game a staggering 16-0 and 10-0 in CVAC games.
The Red Devils sported a 1-15 record. However, that didn’t stop Newton-Conover from playing their hearts out.

Red Devil pitcher Todd Church had his finest game of the season, striking out nine batters, but the Bears were just too much.

Bunker Hill scored six runs off of Church and pitcher Jacob Shepard struck out 11 batters, allowed one walk and three hits to give the Bears their 17th consecutive victory.

Maiden's Brown entering fourth hall of fame

April 14, 2011

Former Maiden and Bunker Hill football coach Tom Brown will enter his fourth hall of fame on Saturday, when he is inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Associaton (NCHSAA) Hall of Fame.

Brown, who is considered by many as one of the greatest high school coaches in North Carolina’s history, adds the NCHSAA Hall of Fame honor to his inductions into the Lenoir-Rhyne, Catawba County Sports and North Carolina Athletic Director’s Association Halls of Fame.

Jarrett, Beatty among hall of fame inductees

April 13, 2011

Five former coaches and athletes were announced as members of the 2011 Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Among the names in this year’s class are NASCAR champion Dale Jarrett, youth sports coach William “Skip” Beatty, slow-pitch softball sponsor Richard Howard and Hickory High School stand outs Cathy Burgess Hitchcock and Charles Allen “Al” Young.

The quintet will be a part of the 10th class of the hall of fame.

Sigmon finds swing, guides Trojans

April 12, 2011

Taylor Sigmon was in a bit of a slump at the plate entering Tuesday’s softball game against Newton-Conover.

When the game was over, she left little doubt that she had found her swing.

The junior drove in four RBIs and blasted four hits, including three doubles and a home run, lifting the Lady Trojans to their eighth conference victory.

Maiden soccer program turning around

April 11, 2011

Family.

It’s one simple word that is changing the complexion of the Maiden women’s soccer program.

Last season, Maiden held a 5-12-2 overall record, were 2-12-1 in the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference and scored 18 goals for the entire season.

So far this season, the team nearly doubled its total victories from a year ago with a 9-5-1 record. They hold a 5-2-1 conference mark and have scored 26 goals.

Third-year coach Dennis Ly said the change is due to a couple of reasons.

Indians top Tigers in ‘Kick for the Cure’

April 8, 2011

Rivals St. Stephens and Fred T. Foard met for the second time on the soccer field this season Friday. They didn’t disappoint.

The Lady Indians scored five minutes into the game, and held off an aggressive second half by the Lady Tigers to remain undefeated in Northwestern Conference play.

“It is the same old Foard-St. Stephens game,” said Lady Indians coach Chuck Davis. “It is always a one-goal game. I don’t care if it is raining, dry, cold or hot. They just get so pumped up to play against us.”

Luis scores two goals in Red Devils' victory

April 7, 2011

Newton-Conover scored six minutes into Thursday’s game and never looked back.

The Lady Red Devils earned their third victory of the season, knocking off a tough Maiden team at home.

The win comes after Newton-Conover (3-13-0, 3-5-0) started the season with a 1-10 record.

“Coming into this game, our mindset was that every game counts,” said N-C coach Robert Froyd. “Even if we don’t go into the postseason, every game for us counts. It is a matter of pride, making sure we have respect for ourselves and showing each other what could have been.”

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