PREP ROUND UP: Red Devils lead 2A golf tournament

The Newton-Conover boys golf team is in first place by eight strokes after the first day of the 2A state golf tournament at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines.

Alex Hefner paced the Red Devils by carding a round of 70, which puts him in sole possession of the lead in the event.

N-C teammate Trey Burton wasn’t far behind, tying for second place with a round of 72.

The Red Devils combined team score of 299 is just ahead of North Lincoln’s score of 307.

Shelby is in third place with 313, while two-time defending 2A champ Salisbury is in fourth (316).

Maiden senior Thomas Lilly, who finished as the runner up in the 2A state tournament during his sophomore season, is alone in seventh place. He carded a 3-over-par round of 74.

The course at Longleaf is a par 71. The tournament resumes today at 8 a.m.

Hefner is scheduled to tee off at 10:10 a.m., while Burton is just ahead of Hefner at 9:50 a.m.

Lilly will be the first of the Catawba County golfers to tee off at 8:10 a.m.

Prep soccer

St. Stephens 6, Patton 0

Macy Franklin pocketed four goals, helping the Lady Indians advance to the third round of the 3A playoffs.

Olivia Holmes and Susan Bare also netted a goal each for Saint (18-3-2).

The game was suspended from Saturday due to rain in the area with 15:30 left in the first half.

Six different Lady Indians assisted on netters, including Susan Bare, Hayley Huffman, Olivia Holmes, Caitlin Mahoney, Claire Neuville and Bare.

Saint goalkeepers Taylor Logan and Samantha DeSantis combined for the shutout.

Patton finishes the year with a 12-6-2 record.

County hall inducts five

The Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame enshrined its five newest members during a special ceremony on Monday night.

Entering the hall were Tisha England, Tommy Edwards, Lisa Witherspoon, Joe Harold Rhyne and the late Bobby Warlick.

A male and female athlete from each Catawba County High School were also honored, including Bandys' Sierra Brotherton and Thomas Simmons; Bunker Hill's Kadi O'Shell and Justin Aiken; Fred T. Foard's Courtney Hull and Spencer Matthews; Hickory's Erika Troutman and Daniel Davis; Maiden's McKenzie Garrison and Austin Wright; Newton-Conover's Morgan Berry and Kevin Cline; and St. Stephens' Macy Franklin and Zach Houston.

Indians' Houston signs with Guilford

St. Stephens basketball player Zach Houston signed with Guilford College on Monday.

The 5-foot-11 senior guard chose the Quakers over offers from Montreat and Lees-McRae.

“I chose Guilford because it is a good academic school,” Houston said. “They are also pretty good at basketball. It is in close proximity to my home. I feel like it is a good fit for me academically and basketball-wise. I should fit in really good at Guilford.”

Houston was the Indians second-leading scorer this past season at 10.5 points per game.

He led the team in steals (4.0), assists (6.3) and rebounds per game (7.0).

The Indians finished with a 19-8 overall record and 9-3 mark in the Northwestern 3A/4A standings — tied for second place with Hickory.

During his St. Stephens basketball career, Houston has been twice been named an all-conference selection in his three seasons on the varsity squad.

Off of the court, Houston carries a 4.4 grade point average and is a member of the school’s Beta Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

“I'm excited to have the opportunity to go play at Guilford,” Houston said. I just want to thank all my coaches, including coach (Murphy) Post, for helping on my way to getting to the next level."