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Mountaineers Going Against The Gators

November 20, 2010

Appalachian State ends the regular season with its toughest match in recent history. The Mountaineers travel to Gainesville, Fla., this week for a regular-season finale against the Florida Gators.

The Gators (6-4) need to beat the Mountaineers (9-1) to avoid their fourth-straight home loss. Florida has lost four of its last six games.

"Make no mistake about it, the team we're playing isn't some clown show," Florida coach Urban Meyer said. "This is a real one."

Gibbs, Red Devils Ready For Tipoff

November 18, 2010

The tallest starter for the Newton-Conover Red Devils girls basketball team grew into a new role for the upcoming season. Kadesha Gibbs, a 5-foot-11 forward, has shifted from playing like a small forward to more of a power position — occupied last season by graduated senior Renee Lewis.
“I know I have some tough shoes to fill,” Gibbs said. “I just have to work hard and give everything I got.”

Hickory Heading To State Final

November 17, 2010

Hickory soccer coach Brian Jillings had a message to his team Wednesday night before taking the field at home against Charlotte Catholic in the 3-A West region final. He wanted his team to make it memorable.

“Now we have to do it all over again,” he said.

The Red Tornadoes scored two goals in the first half and hung on the rest of the match to defeat Charlotte Catholic 2-1. Hickory plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at N.C. State against the winner of the 3-A East final between Jacksonville and Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons.

Foard Wrestling Making Progress

November 17, 2010

The Fred T. Foard Tigers wrestling team made a quick turn around in the past three seasons. The Tigers went from a struggling team before coach Mike Carey got there in 2008 to sharing the 2009-10 Northwestern 3-A/4-A conference title with St. Stephens and Alexander Central in his second season as coach.

“I think we have a really good chance to be one of the state contenders,” senior Caleb McRorie said. “We started from nothing, and now we are one of the top teams in the state. Hopefully, we can keep going up.”

CVCC Comes Up Short

November 16, 2010

The Catawba Valley Buccaneers attempted a furious comeback, but they fell short. The Buccaneers hit several 3-pointers in the closing minutes of their game Monday at home against Spartanburg Methodist College and pulled close.

Spartanburg Methodist made 1 of 2 free throws, and the Pioneers defeated the Buccaneers 59-55 at CVCC’s Multi-Purpose Complex.

Spartanburg Methodist was 16-of-18 shooting Monday night from the free-throw line, and CVCC made only 3 of 11 attempts.

Bennie Mozingo led Spartanburg Methodist with a game-high 14 points. D.J. Brown scored 10.

Lions Cage Bears

November 13, 2010

The first round of the state 2-AA West playoffs did not go as planned for Bunker Hill. The Bears rolled into Shelby on Friday night a lot of momentum, but they sputtered offensively losing 38-6.

Bunker Hill was limited to 200 yards of total offense and was pinned on its half of field most of the night.

“They came in and played very hard, very physical,” said Shelby head coach Chris Norman. “They gave us a challenge. That three-headed monster gave us a scare all week, but our defensive unit played well, and we won the line-of-scrimmage battle against them.”

Warhorses Trample Red Devils

November 13, 2010

The Owen Warhorses rode their workhorse to a first-round win over the Newton-Conover Red Devils, and he is a big one.

Running back Austin Davis, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior, had a game-high 197 yards rushing and three offensive touchdowns for Owen in a 28-25 win at Gurley Stadium.

Davis scored 26 points Friday — four touchdowns and a 2-point conversion — and called his performance a “career night.” Owen coach Ken Ford said Davis has made “big plays” the entire season.

N-C Trying To Limit Mistakes

November 12, 2010

Home-field advantage is a luxury, and there is no place like home for Newton-Conover. Heading into this week’s playoff game, the Red Devils have won six straight home playoff games and their last 24 games at Gurley Stadium.

“Home-field advantage helps you out — even in the regular season,” Red Devils head coach Nick Bazzle said. “Hopefully, we can get some of the fans in the area who don’t want drive a long way to come to our game, sit on our side and help us out even more.”

Foard Falls in Round 3, Hickory Advances

November 11, 2010

The Fred T. Foard Tigers' 2010 season ended Wednesday in the third round of the 3-A West playoffs. Gastonia Ashbrook tied Foard 1-1 in overtime, but it beat the Tigers 4-3 in penalty kicks to advance to the region semifinal.

Ashbrook plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hickory. The Red Tornadoes beat Asheville 1-0 on Wednesday to advance.

Foard ends the season 14-7-5 overall.

N-C Accepting Applications for Hall of Fame

November 10, 2010

Newton-Conover inducted three members into its athletic Hall of Fame less than a year ago, and now the school wants more. The high school is now accepting nominations for the Newton-Conover Hall of Fame’s 2011 class.

“We do this once a year, and we got it to where people can start nominating who they want,” said Shawn Sigmon, chairwoman of the Newton-Conover Hall of Fame. “The basic concept is recognizing those people who gave back to Newton-Conover through the athletic program. We’re hoping older people remember people in the ‘50s and ‘60s and will send in a form.”

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