HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Hickory hands defending state 2A soccer champ N-C first loss


Hickory High handed defending state 2A champion Newton-Conover its first boys’ soccer loss of the season on Thursday night, shutting out the Red Devils 3-0 in Hickory.

Jose Vallecillos, Carter Holt and Patrick Cecatto scored the goals for Hickory (4-2-2).

Cecatto had two assists and Jeremiah Bush added one and Peyton Winkler was in goal for the Red Tornadoes.

Hickory next plays on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Patton while the Red Devils (5-1) are idle until facing Fred T. Foard on the road on Thursday.

East Lincoln 4, West Iredell 1

Noah Graden scored twice to lead the unbeaten Mustangs (6-0) to a win at West Iredell.

Chase Gilley and Luke Felts each scored once for East Lincoln and Graden and Pearson Cunningham provided an assist each.

East Lincoln’s next match is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at South Point.

West Iredell plays at home against North Iredell on Friday at 6 p.m.

Maiden 6, Bessemer City 2

Daniel Bobadilla’s hat trick sparked a non-league win by the Blue Devils at Bessemer City. Two of his goals were unassisted.

Anthony Palma, Max Martinez and Milton Rodriguez had one goal each for Maiden.

Palma added two assists and Martinez, Bobadilla, Rodriguez and Joseph Allen each had one assist for the Blue Devils.

Maiden plays Tuesday at 6 p.m. at North Iredell.

East Lincoln 5, Fred T. Foard 1 (Wednesday)

Chase Gilley had one goal and two assists as East Lincoln won a non-conference match at home.

Cunningham and Logan Gilley each had two goals for the Mustangs and Logan Gilley and Blake Swanson each had an assist.


Maiden 3, West Lincoln 1

Paced by Sarah Wicker’s 13 kills and six aces, the Blue Devils won a South Fork 2A match on the road, rebounding after the Rebels had won the opening set 25-23.

Abbey Smith added nine kills and two aces, Isabella Abernathy had eight kills and Adison Ford (23) and Abby Gantt (17) led Maiden in assists.

The Blue Devils, 2-0 in the league, are at home Tuesday at 6 p.m. for a conference match against Lake Norman Charter.

West Lincoln, 0-2 in the conference, has a non-league match Monday at Highland Tech and faces Newton-Conover on the road in a league match on Tuesday at 6 p.m.


Freedom wins first league match

Christina Fisher’s 40 led Freedom to an 11-stroke victory on Tuesday at the Boone Golf Club in the first Northwestern 3A-4A match of the season.

The Patriots had a nine-hole total of 140, finishing well ahead of McDowell (151).

Albany Bock of Freedom shot a 46 as did Bethany Critcher of Watauga.

Fisher was medalist just ahead of Mackenzie Hartman of McDowell, who closed at 43.

Team scores: 1. Freedom 140; 2. McDowell 151; 3. Watauga 162; 4. Alexander Central 167; 5. S. Caldwell 175; 6. Hickory 176.

Medalist: Christina Fisher (F) 40.

Team scores, winning team: Freedom 140 (Fisher 40, Albany Bock 46, Anna Czaarkowski 54, Baila Hoke 59, Lauren Church 61.

Top 10 individuals: 1. Fisher (F) 40; 2. Mackenzie Hartman (M) 43; 3. Bethany Critcher (W), Albany Bock (F) 46; 5. Anna Czarkowski (F), Andrea Abernathy (M), Mallory Farmer (M) 54; 8. Kaitlyn Harringtn (AC), Lana McCall (SC) 55; 10. Chelsey Arney (AC), Heather Cronan (AC), Christa Swanner (SS) 56.

Best scores, other teams: Mary Grace Neill (H) 57.

The roundup includes reports by: Brian Jillings, Hickory head soccer coach; Lindsay Presnell, Maiden soccer; Billy Howell, East Lincoln head soccer coach and Rob Scott, Freedom girls golf.

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