PREP NOTEBOOK: Lady Indians fall in NWC opener

St. Stephens lost its opener in the Northwestern 3A/4A conference in four sets to Watauga on Thursday 25-17, 25-19, 21-25 and 25-20.

Breanna Hall and Jenna Boliek led Saint (6-1, 0-1) with seven kills each. Baily Cloninger tallied 13 assists, while Katelyn Houser added 11 assists and eight digs.

Defensively, Ashley Markland recorded 15 digs.

Maiden 3, Bunker Hill 0

Behind 14 assists from Hannah Martin and 12 kills from Mckenzie Garrison, the Lady Blue Devils knocked off the Lady Bears in three sets 26-24, 25-10 and 25-15.

Morgan Huffman added eight kills for the Lady Blue Devils (6-2, 2-0), while Kha Xiong tallied nine kills.

Defensively, Rachel Houston recorded five blocks for Maiden.

The Lady Bears fall to 1-8 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Fred T. Foard 3, Hickory 1

The Lady Tigers opened their conference schedule with a home victory over the Lady Red Tornadoes in four sets Thursday 25-20, 25-22, 22-25 and 25-16.

Madison Hayes led Foard (6-1, 1-0) with nine kills, while Rebecca Scott added eight kills and 14 assists.

Michaela Stallings added five service aces. Defensively, Kaitlin Sigmon recorded 14 digs.

Bandys 3, East Burke 0

The Lady Trojans improved to 2-0 in the Catawba Valley 2A with a three-set victory over the Lady Cavaliers on Thursday in Catawba 25-21, 25-15 and 25-19.

Kayla Champion led Bandys (3-4, 2-0) with seven kills, two blocks, six digs, three assists and three aces. Sierra Brotherton added nine kills, six blocks and three assists.

South Iredell 3, Newton-Conover 1

The Lady Vikings topped the Lady Red Devils in four sets on Thursday in Statesville 25-27, 25-18, 25-19 and 25-20.

Newton-Conover falls to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the Catawba Valley 2A.

Prep soccer

Hibriten 3, Newton-Conover 2

Tied 1-1 at halftime, the Panthers used a man advantage to edge the Red Devils in Lenoir on Thursday.

Hibriten's Jacob Vasquez punched in the game winner in the 21st minute of the second half off of a pass from Paul Hogan.

Chandler Johnson and Turner Glynn both netted goals for the Red Devils (2-2-1) on assists from Eli Cordes.

Jake Miller tallied three saves in goal for Newton-Conover, while Mateo Alverez made one save.

Fred T. Foard 4, Hunter Huss 3

Down 0-2 at halftime, the Tigers rallied with four goals in the second half to remain undefeated.

Daniel Tomberlin and Will Saenger netted goals for Foard, but the Huskies took the lead on a Cody Sell score.

A pair of goals by Kenan Ruffner ended up being the difference makers, though, helping Foard improve to 7-0-0.

Lake Norman Charter 2, Bandys 0

The Trojans fall to 2-4 on the season with a home loss to the Knights on Thursday.

Lincolnton 9, Maiden 0

The Blue Devils fall to 0-3 overall with a shutout loss at home against the Wolves.

Prep tennis

Newton-Conover 9, South Iredell 0

Rachael Hamm (NC) def. Danielle Farley (SI) 6-0, 6-0; Brittany Connor (NC) def. Tori Plyler (SI) 6-1, 6-3; Kara Schell (NC) def. Ria Verma (SI) 6-2, 6-3; Lauren Dillard (NC) def. Allison Sears (SI) 6-2, 6-1; Drue Stroud (N-C) def. Carolyn Drahuse (SI) 6-0, 6-0; Anna Tinkelenberg (N-C) def. Lekia Hall (SI) 6-0, 6-0.

Connor-Schell (NC) def. Plyler-Kaylin Muckenthaler (SI) 8-1; Dillard-Stroud (NC) def. Sears-Julie Hailey (SI) 8-1; Tinkelenberg-Aly Adams (N-C) def. Brianna Collins-Ritu Hasalia (SI) 8-6.

Record: Newton-Conover 2-4 overall, 1-3 in CVAC

Bandys 8, East Burke 1

Cassidy Shell (B) def. Ivy Beth Abernethy 6-0, 6-1; Madi Story (B) def. Haley Ervin 6-2, 6-0; Alexis Wagner(B) def. Alexis Bolick 6-1, 6-0; Syney Welch (E) def. Halie Moore 2-6, 6-4, 10-8; Rachael Hendershott (B) def. Tiffany Martin 6-0, 6-1; Alexis Travis (B) def. Mikaela Rose 6-2, 2-6, 10-3.

Shell-Hendershott (B) def. Abernethy-Ervin 8-4; Story-Wagner (B) def. Bolickl-Martin 8-0; Travis-Moore (B) def. Welch- Rose 8-3.

Record: Bandys 6-0 overall, 4-0 in CVAC

Maiden 7, Bunker Hill 2

Crystal Thao (BHHS) def. Molly Black 6-3, 6-2; Cenyu Yeng (M) def. Alex Lombardo 7-5, 6-0; Katie Willis (M) def. Melonie Prince 6-1, 6-1; Kristen Laney (M) def. Paige Lail 6-0, 6-1; Rachel Good (M) def. Emily Miller 6-0, 6-2; Lydia Poovey (M) def. Trysta Symre 6-0, 6-0.

Thao-Lombardo (BHHS) def. Black-Yeng 8-2; Willis-Good (M) def. Prince-Lail 8-0; Laney-Poovey (M) def. Miller-Symre 8-2.

Records: Maiden 7-1 overall, 4-0 in CVAC; Bunker Hill 2-7 overall, 2-2 in CVAC