Newton-Conover's attempt to three-peat as 2A dual team state champions ended Tuesday with a 6-0 loss to Shelby, the top-ranked tennis team in the state.
The Red Devils, who finish the season with a 16-5 record, battled a number of injuries to players, which didn't make trying to knock off the Golden Lions an easy task.
"We were going to about have to be on fire to win this one, but that did not happen," said Red Devils coach Brian Tate. "I don't think I have ever had a tennis team so crippled by injuries — tennis and non-tennis. I don't know if we could have pulled the upset, but I wish we were healthy enough to at least give it a good shot."
Shelby 6, Newton-Conover 0
Ray-webb Parker (S) def. Ryan Lampe 6-0, 6-4; Dennis Beam (S) def. John Tate 6-3, 6-3; Will Lutz (S) def. Tyler Barrymore 6-4, 6-2; Miles Poage (S) def. Hunter Nestor 4-0 (retired-injury); Joseph Hendrick (S) def. Jesse Gill 4-6, 6-2, 10-7; Alex Tillman (S) def. Dan Avis 6-3, 6-1.
St. Stephens 6, East Henderson 1
The Lady Indians (19-1-2) opened play in the 3A soccer playoffs with an impressive victory against visiting East Henderson on Tuesday.
Saint's Alex Roarke and Macy Franklin each pocketed two goals, while Olivia Holmes and Kalyn Meosky added one goal each.
Alexis Green scored the lone goal for East Henderson (12-7-0).
Holmes also had two assists, while Lauren Brooks, Hannah Hunt and Meosky had one assist each.
Saint will play Friday night against the winner of Ashbrook vs North Buncombe.
Other soccer playoff scores
Ashe County 4, Newton-Conover 0 (Lady Red Devils eliminated)