Two of the best tennis teams in the Catawba Valley 2A collided Tuesday in Newton.
When the dust settled, Newton-Conover had notched its 64th straight home conference victory with a 7-2 win against Maiden.
“This was biggest hurdle in that winning streak,” said N-C coach Brian Tate. “This is probably the least inexperienced team I’ve ever had since I’ve been here. We’re getting better.”
The Red Devils (4-2, 3-0) won five singles matches, including victories by No. 1 Ryan Lampe, No. 2 John Tate, No. 3 Tyler Barrymore, No. 4 Hunter Nestor and No. 5 Jesse Gill, to clinch the match before doubles play started.
The singles wins are a goal Tate said his team set out to achieve Tuesday.
“Winning five singles matches builds up to our second match at Maiden,” coach Tate said. “When we play these guys, they don’t quit. There is a lot of fight in these guys. When their matches are over, they are out there hitting balls. We’re not done with Maiden, yet, for sure.”
The Blue Devils, who are without No. 1 Zack Huffman due to a shoulder injury, moved their No. 2 through No. 5 players up in the lineup.
Maiden (3-1, 2-1) was able to win matches in No. 6 singles with Hunter Ardery and No. 3 doubles with the team of Ardery and Stephen Lichtenwalner.
“Obviously, this would have been a lot tougher match than it already was with Zack (Huffman) in it,” said N-C coach Tate. “We don’t know if Zack will be back this season, but we play these guys again.”
Newton-Conover continues its run for a third-straight state championship Wednesday when it hosts Watauga.
“We’re in a build-up-to-playoffs mode right now,” Tate said. “We are trying to get better and get ready because we know we have matches with Shelby and Salisbury in the playoffs. That’s what we’re trying to build towards when we are done with our conference matches.”
Draughn 5 Bandys 4
Aaron Darden (B) def. Jesse Powell 6-3, 6-1; Austin Helms (D) def. Zach Sigmon 6-4, 6-3; Ben Young (B) def. Keith Loomis 6-1, 7-6 (7-3); Daniel Chapman (D) def. Payton Warlick 6-1, 6-0; Chris Gannon (D) def. Harris Warlick 7-6 (7-4), 6-0; Aaron Yang (D) def. Ben Lanza 6-2, 3-6, 10-4.
Powell-Helms (D) def. Sigmon-Young 10-3; Darden-Beard (B) d Loomis-Chapman 10-3; Warlick-Warlick (B) def. Gannon-Yang 11-9.
Edwards-Karimian (B) d Garland-Little 10-3; Bingham-Wagner(B) def. Vue-Yang 10-5.
Bunker Hill 6, East Burke 3
Stefan Gettys (BH) def. Jacob Ly 6-2, 6-3; Billy Carroll (EB) def. Kris Trihemasava 6-1, 6-3; Braxton Williams (BH) def. Carver Sigmon 7-5, 6-3; Fred Brown (EB) def. Garrett Williams 6-2, 6-3; Nicholas Lee (BH) def. Ian Carroll 6-4, 7-5; David Chang (BH) def. Dylan Rhoney 6-0, 6-3.
Ly-B. Carroll (EB) def. Gettys-Trihemasava 10-7;Williams-Williams (BH) def. Sigmon-Brown 10-7; N.Lee-Sai Vang (BH) def. I. Carroll-Ryan Canipe 11-9.
Elijah Blackwell (EB) def. Jossiah Yang 8-1; Dylan Rhoney (EB) def. Tim Setzer 6-0; Javaris Thompson (BH) tied Elijah Blackwell 4-4. Match stopped due to time.
St. Stephens 8, Fred T. Foard 1
St. Stephens High School 8 - Fred T. Foard 1
John Luney (SS) def. Jacob Stinson 6-3, 7-6 (7-4); Jake Wright (SS) def. Jacob Becatol 6-3, 6-4; Russell Michaels (FTF) def. Zach Eddins 6-2, 1-6, 10-7; Matt Pearson (SS) def. Alex Loudermilk 6-4, 5-7, 10-8; Michael Luney (SS) def. Samuel Hefner 6-4, 6-4; Nic Linden (SS) def. Jil Patel 6-2, 6-2.
J.Luney-Wright def. Stinson-Becatol 8-2; Eddis-Linden (SS) def. Michaels-Loudermilk 9-7; Pearson-M.Luney (SS) def. Hefner-Patel 8-5.
Azzarita-Schierlmann (SS) def. Marita-Hampel 8-2; Rojas-Lail (SS) def. Logan-Hayes 6-1; Marita-Hampel (FTF) def. Lombardi-Barbour 8-6. Bolter (SS) def. Carter 6-0; Rearden (SS) def. Carter 6-0.
Maiden 10, Newton-Conover 0 (five innings)
Maiden improved to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the CVAC with a 10-0 softball win against Newton-Conover on Tuesday.
Hannah Callahan tossed a perfect game, striking out 11 Newton-Conover batters, while allowing no runs and walking none.
Jessica Cooper led the Lady Blue Devils with a grand slam in the fourth inning.
Mollie Sigmon also had an RBI single in Tuesday’s game.
Fred T. Foard 3, South Caldwell 2 (eight innings)
Addie Bolick drew an RBI walk in the eight inning to lift the Lady Tigers to the extra-inning affair in conference play.
Ashley Oliver also had two hits for Foard.
Lauren Silvers led South Caldwell with a two-RBI double in the sixth inning.
Foard's Lexi Shubert tossed a three-hitter, striking out 12 South Caldwell batters in eight innings, while allowing two hits.
St. Stephens 5, Hibriten 1
Taylor Lail and Monica Spencer each hit solo home runs to pace the Lady Indians to their second conference win of the season.
Indians pitcher Katie Baker allowed one hit, two walks and struck out 13 Hibriten batters. She also went 1-for-4 from the plate with an RBI for St. Stephens (4-3, 2-1).
Draughn 4, Bandys 3
Despite a 2-for-3 performance from the plate by Tiffany Holland, which included home run and two RBIs, the Lady Trojans fell to the Lady Wildcats in conference play.
Taylor Sigmon connected on a pair of doubles, going 2-for-4 from the plate. She drove in third Bandys RBI.
St. Stephens 9, Hibriten 0
Ky'rawn Whitfield drove in three RBIs, while Phillip Carroll and Konner Klingenberg each drove in a pair of RBIs to lead the Indians to the victory.
Colton Allsion went seven innings on the mound for St. Stephens (5-2), striking out seven batters and allowing six hits.
Fred T. Foard 4, South Caldwell 2
Caroline Durham scored two goals, while Liz Bell and Adele Jarrett added a goal each to pace the Lady Tigers to the conference victory.
Jennifer Montoya saved three of her five shots in goal for Foard (5-1, 1-0).
Jana Labrose and Lauren Church pocketed goals for South Caldwell (0-4-1, 0-1-0).
St. Stephens 4, Hibriten 1
Olivia Holmes scored two goals, while Macy Franklin and Alex Roarke added a goal each to pace St. Stephens to a conference opening victory against the Lady Panthers.
Kalyn Meosky assisted on two goals for St. Stephens (4-1-1, 1-0-0). Breanna Hall and Holmes also had an assist each.
Mary Beth Crowe scored the lone goal for Hibriten (3-2-2, 0-1-0).