HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Bandys girls, St. Stephens boys cross country champs

Bandys High’s girls won the Catawba County Championships in cross country at Murray’s Mill for the second straight season./MICHELLE THOMPSON PHOTO (to purchase her photos, contact her at luvinlkn@gmail.com)


Bandys High’s girls repeated as champions and the St. Stephens boys won for the fifth time in six years in the Catawba County Championships in cross country.

The event was held at Murray’s Mill on Wednesday (Sept. 18).

The Bandys girls — led by a second place finish by Lauren Burkminster in 22:19.47 — had 45 points and finished ahead of Hickory (67) and St. Stephens (70).

St. Stephens’ boys had 25 points, easily outdistancing Bandys (82) and Fred T. Foard (83) after it had three of the top five finishers.

The Indians’ Tyler Christian won the boys’ race in 16:53.52 with Fred T. Foard’s Ben Trimm second in 17:21.80. Jackson Black of St. Stephens finished third (17:46.30) and teammate Isaac Cruz was fifth (18:07.73).

St. Stephens had five runners finish in the top 10.

Katrina Coulter of Fred T. Foard won the girls’ title in 21:19.74 with Buckminster next. Rounding out the top five were Laney Dettlebach of Hickory (22:43.53), Noelle Poovey of Maiden (22:58.67) and Juliette Hessong of St. Stephens (23:42:11).

Bandys won via having Emiley Hedrick finish sixth (24:19.55) and teammate Paige Oldenburg taking eighth (24:33.14).



St. Stephens High won the Catawba County Cross County boys’ title for the fifth time in six years, taking this one at Murray’s Mill./MICHELLE THOMPSON PHOTO


Maiden 3, Newton-Conover 0 (Thursday)

The Blue Devils stayed unbeaten in the South Fork 2A, winning 25-8, 25-10, 25-21 at Maiden.

Anna White had eight kills for the Blue Devils, Abbey Smith had five aces and seven kills and Sarah Wicker added six kills and two blocks.

Natalie Lail provided 11 digs, Adison Ford made 13 assists and Abby Gantt produced seven assists for Maiden.

Maiden, in first place in the South Fork 2A, closes the first half of the league schedule on Tuesday at 6 p.m., playing at Lincolnton.


Hickory 4, Freedom 0 (Wednesday)

Carter Holt had two goals and an assist, leading the Red Tornadoes to a Northwestern 3A-4A victory at home.

Jose Vallecillos and Patrick Cecatto each had a goal for Hickory and Santi Agreda, Luis Juarez and Cecatto added one assist each.

Peyton Winkler made five saves and Mackenzie Tonks made one for the Red Tornadoes.

Hickory plays a showdown match at 6 p.m. on Monday at Watauga with the winner taking over sole possession of first place.

East Lincoln 8, Lincolnton 0 (Wednesday)

Logan Gilley and Chase Gilley each scored three times and Blake Swanson added two goals, sparking the Mustangs’ shutout victory in the South Fork 2A.

Logan Gilley and Chase Gilley each had two assists and Swanson, Noah Graden and Pearson Cunningham each had one assist.

Will White and Matt Kosmala combined for a shutout in goal for East Lincoln (9-0, 2-0), which plays Monday at 6 p.m. at North Lincoln in a league match.

Maiden 4, West Lincoln 2 (Wednesday)

Damien Vixaysak made five saves and four Blue Devils scored a goal each in a South Fork 2A road win.

Max Martinez, Eric Ortega, Marcos Dominguez and Alejandro Ventura scored once each for Maiden.

Anthony Palma had two assists for the Blue Devils, who play a league match at home Monday at 5 p.m. against Lake Norman Charter.


Red Devils win league match (Tuesday)

Camryn Lamp shot a 37 for nine holes at Cowan’s Ford, leading Newton-Conover to a South Fork 2A win.

The Red Devils shot 132 with West Lincoln second at 135. East Lincoln shot 139, Lake Norman Charter 140 and North Lincoln 162.

South Fork 2A teams play Monday afternoon at Glen Oaks in Maiden, an 18-hole match.

Top individuals: 1. Camryn Lamp (N-C) 37; 2. Sophie Lalibert (EL) 38; 3. Laycee Hoffman (WL) 41; 4. Georgia Chapman (LNC), Tess Palmer (LNC) 43; 6. Sondra Uon (N-C) 45; 7. Reese Coltrane (WL), Leah Matney (WL) 47; 9. Rae Watson (WL) 49; 10. Aspen Greene (EL), Alexa Allison (N-C) 50.

McDowell wins by 2 (Monday)

The Titans won a Northwestern 3A-4A match, shooting 135 to edge Freedom by two strokes at Orchard Hills.

Christina Fisher of Freedom was medalist with a 41 while Mackenzie Hartman and Andrea Abernathy led McDowell with rounds of 44.

Team scores: 1. McDowell 135; 2. Freedom 137; 3. Hickory, Alexander Central, Watauga 161; 6. S. Caldwell 163.

Scores, winning team: McDowell 135 (Mackenzie Hartman 44, Andrea Abernathy 44, Mallory Farmer 47, Ashton Kirkland 50, Cortney Tate 52).

Top 10 individuals: 1. Christina Fisher (F) 41; 2. MacKenzie Hartman (M), Andrea Abernathy (M) 44; 4. Albany Bock (F) 46; 5. Mallory Farmer (F) 47; 6. Claire Darden (H) 49; 7. Ashton Kirkland (M), Anna Czarkowski (F), Cate Cook (SS) 50; 10. Bethany Critcher (F), Lexi Summerlin (SC) 51.

Team scores after four league matches: 1. Freedom 543; 2. McDowell 561; 3. Watauga 650; 4. Alexander Central 654; 5. S. Caldwell 657; 6. Hickory 680.

— The roundup includes information provided by Robert Scott, head golf coach, Freedom; Alan Sigmon, Bandys cross country head coach; Marsha Davis, Maiden volleyball head coach; Brian Jillings, Hickory head soccer coach; Billy Howell, East Lincoln head soccer coach; John Echerd, Newton-Conover head golf coach; Lindsay Presnell, Maiden boys soccer.

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