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N-C Sweeps CVAC

October 20, 2010

Newton-Conover has the season sweep over rival Bandys and the season sweep over the entire Catawba Valley 2-A Athletic Conference. The Red Devils defeated the Trojans 3-0 on Tuesday at home in the CVAC conference tournament championship. It was the third time this season Newton-Conover beat Bandys.

The win also moved Newton-Conover to 17-0 this season against teams from the CVAC. The Red Devils went 14-0 in the regular season, and they went 3-0 in the conference tournament to win it for the second straight season.

Bunker Boys Win CVAC Title Fifth Straight Year

October 19, 2010

The boys and girls cross country teams from around the Catawba Valley 2-A descended Monday upon Southside Park in Newton. The eight teams met there to determine the conference champion for the 2010 season.

The East Burke Cavaliers walked away the victors in the girls team competition, and the Bunker Hill Bears won the boys championship. The Bears extended their championship streak Monday to five.

Johnson, Hopper Find 'Groove' To Lead Maiden

October 16, 2010

Quarterback Matt Johnson and receiver Hasan Hopper found each other early and often Friday night at Maiden. Hopper caught six of Johnson’s first 10 complete passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.

The two connected for a 36-yard touchdown pass one play after Maiden’s Dakata Painter stripped Bandys’ quarterback on a sack in the second quarter.

“We were hoping to take the air out of their sails,” said Maiden coach Brian Brown. “They had some life, and it was hard for them to overcome that.”

N-C Rolls To WIn No. 8

October 16, 2010

Newton-Conover scored 22 unanswered points in the first quarter to build a lead that proved insurmountable for Bunker Hill.

The Red Devils fought to a 65-32 victory in a game that was filled with enough sloppy play and penalties that Newton-Conover Coach Nick Bazzle wasn’t entirely pleased with the outcome.

“I’m just glad it is over with,” he said adding he doesn’t like to be part of a game with so many penalties. “We’ve got some work to do, but overall it was a good win against a good football team.”

N-C Dominates WC in Round 1

October 15, 2010

The Newton-Conover Red Devils started their title defense as Catawba Valley 2-A conference tournament champions in convincing fashion. The Red Devils swept the West Caldwell Warriors 3-0 at Newton-Conover and earned their 15th win this season against a conference opponent.

The Red Devils defeated the Warriors 25-9, 25-12, 25-8. Newton-Conover rested key players Isabella Zaliagiris and Paris Wicklin on Thursday against West Caldwell, and Corbin Evans and head coach Linda Richards were not at the match.

Breaking Away From The Pack

October 14, 2010

Thousands of runners from around western North Carolina hit the gravel Wednesday for the annual United Way Invitational. They ran the 5K course around Southside Park in Newton, which includes three laps around the path behind the National Guard Armory.

Asheville Roberson was the big winner in the event this year sweeping the boys and girls awards. Cole Rains, a junior at Roberson, won the boys race in 15 minutes 51.91 seconds for his first-career win, and Brooke Gordon, a sophomore, ran the race in 17:55.63.

Bet Pays Off At Bunker

October 12, 2010

It started the first week of practice as a simple bet. It was just a coach trying to motivate his team to perform, and it worked. Bunker Hill tennis coach Doug Watters shortly after practice opened in summer made an offer the girls did not refuse.

The 2009 Bears finished the season 0-14 in conference play after losing six seniors to graduation the year before. And Watters wanted to entice his players to achieve more than that.

Peppers, Bears Silence Panthers' offense

October 10, 2010

Julius Peppers return to Bank of America Stadium on Sunday was full of flying. The “boo birds” were heard early and often when the name of Chicago Bears’ defensive end flew in the stadium.

Peppers tipped a screen pass in the first quarter and intercepted it while on his knees as the ball fell back toward the turf. He celebrated the play by motioning for the fans to be quiet. They did the opposite.

“I loved it,” Peppers said. “I am over here now. See my shirt. I’m not for the home team so that is what I expected.”

Red Devils Run Over Cavs At Gurley

October 9, 2010

On his first two rushing attempts of the game, Jervasse Herrin scored two touchdowns. The first came on a 63-yard run in the second quarter, and the second was five minutes later on a 12-yard run. That pair of touchdowns provided the spark the Red Devils needed to pull away from East Burke and pull out a 52-14 win at home.

“I just went out and played hard,” Herrin said with a smile after the game. “We just came out, blocked hard and executed.”

Saint Shuts Down Foard

October 9, 2010

After mounting a quick 21-0 lead, St. Stephens was in danger of allowing Fred T. Foard back into the annual cross-county clash between the 3A rivals.

In a deep deficit, the Tigers scored two quick touchdowns and were staging a comeback going into halftime.

Then Indian quarterback Tanner Miller took over.

With 1 minute 30 seconds left in the first half, the Indians got the ball on their own 4-yard line after recovering a Foard fumble that killed a threatening Tiger drive.
Miller then rushed six times for 81 yards to lead the Indians into field goal range.

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