PREP NOTEBOOK: Hickory wins third NWC match

HIckory won its third-straight Northwestern conference golf match on Tuesday at Catawba Springs.

The Red Tornadoes tallied a team score of 312, which was two shots better than second-place Hibriten.

St. Stephens finished tied for third with Alexander Central. Both squads carded a team score of 331.

Fred T. Foard finished last with a score of 353.

Hickory leads the conference standings by 17 strokes over Hibriten after three NWC matches.

Hibriten's Noah Martin shot a 71 in the 18-hole match, earning medalist. Hickory's Frankie Wyatt came in second, three strokes behind with a 74.

Sterling Cline led Foard with a score of 78, while Austin Peterson paced St. Stephens with a round of 81.

Alexander Central's Alex Rhyne, the current individual leader in the conference, leads Martin by five strokes in the NWC player of the year race.

Prep baseball

South Caldwell 3, St. Stephens 2

Tied 2-2, the Spartans drove in a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win a thrilling Northwestern 3A/4A conference game.

The victory keeps South Caldwell undefeated on the season at 12-0 overall and 8-0 in conference play.

Greg Lucas and Konner Klingenberg drove in runs for St. Stephens (8-5, 4-4), while Colton Allison suffered the loss on the mound.

Maiden 5, Newton-Conover 2

The Blue Devils tallied 11 hits, including an RBI double from Dillon Foster and Aaron Rudisill, lifting Maiden to the CVAC victory.

Daniel Williams also plated a run in the third on an RBI single.

Rudisill earned the win on the mound for Maiden (8-6, 5-3), while Luke Setzer picked up the save.

Todd Church suffered the loss for Newton-Conover (2-9, 1-6).

Prep softball

Bandys 7, Draughn 6

The Lady Trojans gave the Lady Wildcats their first conference loss of the season.

Taylor Sigmon pitched seven innings for Bandys (6-3, 5-2), striking out two batters.

Maiden 16, Newton-Conover 0

The Blue Devils scored 11 runs in the first and five runs in the second on their way to a three-inning mercy rule win at home Tuesday.

Jessica Cooper had two doubles for Maiden (3-4), while Sarah Booker went 2-for-2.

On the mound, Ricki Kuhn pitched up the victory, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out three batters.

Newton-Conover's Sarah Van Horn suffered the loss, walking 11 batters and giving up five hits.

Van Horn also had the lone hit for the Lady Red Devils (1-6).

St. Stephens 4, South Caldwell 0

Lady Indians pitcher Katie Baker followed up her no-hit performance with a two-hitter against the Lady Spartans on Tuesday.

Baker struck out eight and walked none against South Caldwell.

Jodi Kerley and Briana Clontz each drove in an RBI in the win for St. Stephens (10-5, 5-2), while Mollie Huffman went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double.

Alexander Central 4, Fred T. Foard 0

The Lady Cougars (7-1) handed the Lady Tigers their first conference loss of the season on Tuesday and in the process, tied Foard atop the conference standings.

Chelsea Wilkinson allowed two hits — a pair of singles by Lexi Shubert and Ashley Oliver — and also struck out 11 Foard batters.

Shubert pitched six innings for Foard (12-2, 7-1), allowing four hits and two earned runs while striking out eight batters.

Bunker Hill 5, East Burke 2

In a game shortened by rain, the Lady Bears picked up another conference victory against the Lady Cavaliers (2-5).

After falling behind 1-0 in the first, a three-run third, including a two-RBI single from Courtney Adsit, powered Bunker Hill to lead for good.

Kadi O'Shell, Montana Lineberger and Kara Travis led the Lady Bears (6-2) with two hits each.

O'Shell picked up the win on the mound, striking out five and allowing one walk in five innings.

Prep soccer

St. Stephens 3, South Caldwell 0

Lauren Brooks, Alex Roarke and Kayln Meosky each scored a goal, leading the Lady Indians to their 10th victory of the season.

St. Stephens also improves to 6-0-0 in the conference.

Susan Bare, Macy Franklin and Meosky assisted on the St. Stephens goals.

Taylor Logan earned the shutout in goal for the Lady Indians.

East Burke 3, Bunker Hill 0

The Lady Cavalier picked up a shutout victory Tuesday against the Lady Bears.

East Burke improves to 3-7-2 overall and 1-3-1 in the Catawba Valley 2A, while Bunker Hill falls to 0-12-0 overall and 0-5-0 in the CVAC.

Bandys 6, Draughn 0

Cassidy Winchester and Angelina Hernandez pocketed two goals each, while Monica Mayer and Ceana Aguirre added a goal each to lead the Lady Trojans to the conference victory on Tuesday.

Maria Carinci was the winning keeper with five saves.

Bandys improves to 10-2-1 overall and 5-2-0 in the CVAC, while Draughn falls to 4-5-1 overall and 2-4-0 in the conference.

Prep tennis

Newton-Conover 7, Maiden 2

Ryan Lampe (N-C) d Jarrod Mitchell 6-0, 6-0; John Tate (N-C) def. Zach Koch 6-1, 6-3; Tyler Barrymore (N-C) def. Stephen Lichtenwalner 6-3, 6-2; Hunter Nestor (N-C) def. Yeng Yang 6-2, 6-2; Jesse Gill (N-C) d AJ Key 6-0, 6-1; Hunter Ardrey (M) def. Shivam Desai 6-2, 6-0.

Lampe-Tate (N-C) def. Mitchell-Koch 8-2; Barrymore-Nestor (N-C) def. Lichtenwalner-Ardrey 8-6; Yang-Key (M) def. Gill-Desai 8-4.

Sou Yang (M) def. Dan Avis 7-6(4); Vou Lee (M) def. Anthony Dehart 6-1; Neil Yang (M) def, David Dominguez 6-2.

Fred T Foard 6,  Hibriten 3

Paul Hogan (H) def. Jacob Stinson 6-0, 6-1; Jacob Bechtol (FTF) def. Ben Robson 6-4, 6-3; Russell Michaels (FTF) def. Hayden Smith 7-6(4), 7-6(5); Alex Lowdermilk (FTF) def. Will Haas 6-4, 6-3; Samuel Hefner (FTF) def. Vince Bradshaw 6-4, 6-4; Roul Marita (FTF) def. Mikeal Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.

Stinson-Lowdermilk (FTF) def. Robson-Smith 8-4; Hogan-John Bumgarner (H) def. Bechtol-Michaels 8-2; Haas-Anderson (H) def. Marita-Eric Hampel 8-6.

Jil Patel-Pierce Hayes (FTF) def. Charlie-Davis-Murphy Liu 8-6; Timmy Genske (H) def. Grant Logan 6-1, 6-3.

Bunker Hill 5, East Burke 4

Billy Carroll (EB) def. Stefan Gettys 6-1, 6-0; Carver Sigmon def. Kris Trihemasava 7-6 (4), 6-1; Braxton Williams (BH) def. Fred Brown 6-4, 6-1; Ian Carroll (EB) def. Garrett Williams 1-6, 6-3, 10-3; Nicholas Lee (BH) def. Elijah Blackwell 6-1, 6-0; David Chang (BH) def. Dylan Rhoney 6-0, 6-0.

Carroll-Carroll (EB) def. Gettys-Trihemasava 10-6; B. Williams-G. Williams (BH) def. Sigmon-Brown 10-6; N. Lee -Sai Vang (BH) def. Jacob Ly-Ryan Canipe 11-10 (8).

Keng Moua-Cher Vang (BH) def. Elijah Blackwell-Jack Byerby 8-3.