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Coach Matt Beam battles former ball boy tonight

November 6, 2014

A former ball boy returns tonight to battle the man he stood next to on the sidelines just a few years ago.

No, this isn’t the script for a dramatic sports movie, but rather the story of Bandys quarterback Devan Cox and Newton-Conover head football coach Matt Beam.

GAME OF THE WEEK: The race to the playoffs

November 6, 2014

Bandys and Newton-Conover face off tonight on the football field to determine who will finish third in the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A.

For a complete preview of this game, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

JV FOOTBALL: Thursday's final county scores

November 6, 2014

Below is a look at Thursday's final junior varsity football scores involving Catawba County teams:

Nov. 6 scores
Bunker Hill 27, West Caldwell 7
(Bears win SD-7 title with 7-0 record)
Hibriten 6, Hickory 0
Maiden 14, Lincolnton 12
Newton-Conover 22, Bandys 0
St. Stephens 31, Fred T. Foard 12

Esperilla, Red Devils tame Cougars for 16th shutout

November 5, 2014

Alan Esperilla gave a speech to his teammates during warm ups before Wednesday’s third-round boys soccer playoff game against Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA).

“I told them we either survive as a team or we all die as an individual,” said Esperilla, who was quoting a YouTube video he watched of Jürgen Klinsmann, head coach of the United States men’s national soccer team.

Winstead's goal lifts Tigers past Mavs in rematch

November 5, 2014

For one year, the Fred T. Foard boys soccer team had to swallow a painful, snowy loss to Marvin Ridge in the 3A West Region finals.

On Wednesday, the Tigers were able to redeem themselves on the foot of senior midfielder Logan Winstead.

Foard’s Kevin Carrillo found Winstead for a goal in the first half, and the Tigers defense held strong in a 1-0 victory against the Mavericks.

Veteran quartet leads shutdown N-CHS defense

November 4, 2014

A season ago, the Newton-Conover boys soccer team made four shutouts against their opponents.

This season on the pitch, the Red Devils have recorded 15 shutouts in 23 games.

Newton-Conover aims for another one tonight when they host Central Academy in the third round of the 2A playoffs.

Tigers seek redemption tonight against Mavericks

November 4, 2014

The Fred T. Foard boys soccer team has a rare chance at redemption tonight when it hosts Marvin Ridge in the third round of the 3A playoffs.

The Tigers (19-5-2) played the Mavericks (15-7-1) last season in the 3A West Region finals — a game that featured high-speed winds and cold rains turning into snow as the game progressed.

PREP SOCCER: Wednesday's third-round games

November 4, 2014

Below is a look at Wednesday's third-round playoff schedule involving Catawba County boys soccer teams:

2A playoffs
Central Academy (19-5-1) at Newton-Conover (22-1), 6 p.m.

3A playoffs
Marvin Ridge (15-7-1) at Fred T. Foard (19-5-2), 6:30 p.m.

N-CHS records its 15th shutout, blanks Lexington

November 3, 2014

For the 15th time this season, the Newton-Conover boys soccer team recorded a shutout on Monday.

The Red Devils (22-1) scored to goals early and added two goals in the second half, pulling away for the 4-0 victory against Lexington.

Mustangs defeat Blue Devils on gridiron, 48-13

November 3, 2014

Heavy rain and lightning forced Maiden to move its home football contest with East Lincoln to Monday night.

The Mustangs handed the Blue Devils a 48-13 loss on Monday night at Blue Devil Stadium, dropping Maiden’s record to 5-5 overall and 2-4 in conference games.

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