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Hickory Scalps Indians

October 23, 2010

With a 14-14 tie at halftime and a first half when Hickory was its “own worst enemy,” the Red Tornadoes needed a special second half to keep playoff hopes alive.

According Hickory quarterback Kyle Johnson, it was “gut check time.”

“At halftime, we knew it was a close game, so we had to come out here and finish,” Johnson said. “It was something we hadn’t done all year, and we finally did it.”

Hickory scored three second-half touchdowns, including 14 unanswered points in a 77-second span in the fourth quarter to seal a 35-21 win over rival St. Stephens.

Bunker Snaps Skid

October 23, 2010

Reggie Davis knows the stars should shine the brightest on homecoming.
The junior running back provided the excitement in Bunker Hill’s 39-14 win over West Caldwell, finishing with 267 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Bears.

“If he’s fired up, we’re fired up,” said Bears quarterback Joe Litton. “Just give him the ball a few times, talk to him a little bit and get him going.”

N-C Starts Slow In Big Win

October 23, 2010

Newton-Conover characteristically got off to a slow start Friday against Draughn.

The Red Devils were called for two penalties on offense on the first series, including a touchdown run by Jervasse Herrin negated by a holding penalty.

They traded touchdowns with the Wildcats, and late in the first half Octavius Harden returned a kickoff 96 yards to break a 14-14 tie.

Sky-High Confidence at N-C

October 22, 2010

Going into this year’s volleyball playoffs, the Newton-Conover Red Devils knew what they could achieve. It started Thursday night with a 3-0 (25-5, 25-16, 25-14) win at home over Wilkes Central in the first round of the 2-A West playoffs.

The level of confidence, however, is higher in 2010 than it was in 2009.
“Last year, we made it to the fourth round, but we had no idea we were going to go that far,” junior Corbin Evans said. “I think we should have gotten past that round, but we just weren’t a team. This year, we are a team, and I think we’ll go very far.”

Hickory Wins Shootout With Saint

October 21, 2010

The Hickory Red Tornadoes were motivated going into Wednesday’s rivalry match against St. Stephens. The Red Tornadoes suffered their first loss of the year Tuesday to Asheville Roberson on a last-minute goal, and they lost last season at Hickory to their crosstown rivals.

“We wanted to knock Saint out of the playoffs,” Hickory senior Michael Delong said. “We knew they were going to come ready, and they brought it. We just brought it more.”

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.

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