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Saint Spikes Foard

October 7, 2010

St. Stephens picked up a win Thursday and remain in the hunt for the top 3-A spot in the Northwestern 3-A/4-A conference. The Indians shut out the Fred T. Foard Tigers 3-0 at Foard, and they improved to 7-2 in conference play. They trail Watauga, which is undefeated as of Wednesday. The Indians were down 18-14 in the first game Thursday at Foard, but they rallied for a 26-24 win.

Rivals Meet Friday At Saint

October 7, 2010

Fred T. Foard travels Friday to St. Stephens and both teams are looking for their first win of the 2010 season. Foard (0-7, 0-2 Northwestern 3-A/4-A) and St. Stephens (0-7, 0-2 Northwestern 3-A/4-A) enter the game tied for sixth place in the conference.

“It’s an understatement to say this is a big game for both teams,” Indians head coach Fred Whalen said. “Traditionally, this is a rivalry game, so emotions will already be high. I expect both teams to come out fired up.”

Maiden Still In Second

October 6, 2010

Maiden beat East Burke 3-0 at home Tuesday to remain within three games of first-place Newton-Conover in the Catawba Valley 2-A standings. The Blue Devils are 9-3 in conference play, including a sweep of rival Bandys, and the Red Devils are 12-0. Maiden won 25-11, 25-16, 25-19 over East Burke. Melanie Annas had a team-high 13 kills, Lauren Sizemore had 11, and McKenzie Garrison had nine. Ibtxhis Khang led Maiden with 43 assists in the win. Maiden plays Thursday at Bunker Hill.

ST. STEPHENS 3, HIBRITEN 0

Draughn Takes Down Bandys

October 5, 2010

The Draughn Wildcats defeated the Trojans 5-1 and improved to 5-2-1 in the Catawba Valley 2-A. The four-goal loss dropped the Trojans to 4-4-0 in conference play.

Thomas Russell scored back-to-back goals in the 39th and 43rd minutes to seal the win for Draughn. The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead with a goal from Toua Xiong, but Bandys responded a minute later with its lone goal by Mario Ramirez. Bobby Wicks got the assist.

Hallberg Fires 61 To Win Classic

October 3, 2010

Gary Hallberg started the Sunday’s final round five shots behind Fred Couples, and he started making up ground early. Hallberg birdied the first hole on his way to a final-round 61 and his first win on the Champions Tour.

"So this is what it feels like to win," he said to members of the Greater Hickory Classic Foundation. "Shaking hands and kissing babies."

Senior Eagles 18th For 1-Shot Lead

October 2, 2010

CONOVER (AP) — Peter Senior eagled the final hole for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples and Tom Kite at the Ensure Classic on Friday.

The 51-year-old Australian eagled the 18th hole in windy conditions at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa to take his first lead on the Champions Tour.

“I played pretty good today,” Senior said. “It was a good ball-striking round, which I haven’t done the last four or five weeks.”

Hickory Puts Hurtin' On Foard

October 2, 2010

The Hickory Red Tornadoes controlled their game from the start Friday at Fred T. Foard. Hickory won the opening coin toss, elected to receive, and their offense quickly went to work.

Hickory scored on its first two drives and led 14-0 in the first 3 minutes of the game. It rode a wave of offense and used a tight defense Friday night to earn a 53-13 win over Foard.

“It was a good win for us, and this is something we’ve been waiting on for a while,” said Hickory head coach John Worley. 

N-C Still Unbeaten

October 2, 2010

After winning 21 straight games at Gurley Stadium and five straight games in the 2010 season, Newton-Conover found itself in unfamiliar territory early Friday night.

At halftime, the visiting Bandys Trojans led 10-7 over the Red Devils.

“I guess we thought we were going to go out there and walk the dog on them, and that definitely didn’t happen,” said Newton-Conover running back Octavius Harden. “They made us play hard in this game.”

But after trailing at the game’s midway point, Newton-Conover scored 14 unanswered points to secure a 21-10 victory and maintain an unbeaten season.

TEE TIME IN CONOVER

October 1, 2010

Bernhard Langer comes into this week’s tournament with a substantial lead in the Charles Schwab Cup. He comes into this week’s tournament looking to increase that lead.

“My game is good right now,” Langer said Thursday. “It’s been good all year, and I really had a very good summer.”

Tips From The Top

September 29, 2010

Fans throughout the sporting world always want the chance to interact with professional athletes. Golf is one of the few sports that presents that opportunity almost on a weekly basis.

“It’s an experience unlike anything else in sports,” said Jim Correll, executive director of The Ensure Classic at Rock Barn presented by Kia Motors. “You get to spend an afternoon or morning with the great names in golf in a relaxed atmosphere, and you get to know the people better.”

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