HIGH SCHOOLS: Maiden visits Bandys with volleyball league lead on line

Foard, unbeaten in Western Foothills 3A, plays at St. Stephens




A 10-kill, nine digs night by Payton Miller helped spark Maiden High’s volleyball victory on Tuesday night and set up a showdown for first place in the Catawba Valley Athletic 2A.

The Blue Devils downed visiting West Caldwell 25-6, 25-13, 25-7 to improve to 3-0 in the conference.

Maiden travels to Bandys, also 3-0 in the league, on Thursday (6 p.m.), and the winner takes over the league lead.

Bandys defeated visiting Lincolnton 3-0 on Tuesday to remain unbeaten in the conference.

Against West Caldwell (0-3), Aleah Ikard had eight assists and five kills for the Blue Devils with Annalee Smith adding 13 assists and Parker Sweet and Kennedie Noble each had five digs.

Fred T. Foard 3, Hickory 0

Lancy Craig had nine kills, seven digs and 12 blocks and Averie Dale added six kills, 20 assists and eight blocks, leading the Tigers’ sweep of the Red Tornadoes at Foard.

Maya Beatty added five digs, two aces and four kills, Taylor Ramseur provided four kills and three blocks and Natigan Crutchfield had 14 digs for Foard.

The unbeaten Tigers are 3-0 in the Western Foothills 3A and share the league lead with North Iredell and West Iredell.

Foard faces St. Stephens on the road on Thursday (6 p.m.) while the Red Tornadoes are at home against Statesville.

St. Stephens 3, Statesville 2

Led by Taylor Kelly’s eight digs, three assists, 12 serving points and 22 service receives, the Indians won a Western Foothills 3A match at Statesville.

The Indians won 25-20, 25-19 before the Greyhounds won 25-22, 25-15 for a tie. St. Stephens won the deciding match 15-8.

Cassi Edwards had 46 assists for the Indians (9-2,. 2-1), who also received five blocks and six kills from Destiny Jordon, 21 kills and 22 service receives by Julia Gnida and 14 kills from Olivia Eckard.

St. Stephens, in third place in the conference, is at home Thursday (6 p.m.) in a key battle with Fred T. Foard, and the Greyhounds (0-3) travel to Hickory.


Fred T. Foard 2, South Point 1

David Tamas and Jeremy Carranza had goals for the Tigers in a home non-conference match against the Red Raiders.

The Tigers start Western Foothills 3A play on Thursday against St. Stephens. The match was originally scheduled St. Stephens but may be moved to Fred T. Foard if field conditions at St. Stephens do not improve.


Maiden 8, Draughn 2

Michael Ly, Jacob Sigmon and Davis Higgins each scored twice in the Blue Devils’ victory over the Wildcats.

Ly and Sigmon each added an assist.

Christian Rodriguez had one goal and one assists for Maiden while Nymeir Ramseur added a goal and Zach Bear had two assists.

Copper Houser made five saves for for the Blue Devils.

Maiden opens Catawba Valley 2A Athletic play on Tuesday at home, facing East Burke (5 p.m.).


Hibriten wins at Mountain Aire

Hibriten shot a 137 on Wednesday at Mountain Aire in West Jefferson, winning a Northwestern 3A-4A match by four strokes over Alexander Central.

In the first conference match of the season, Gabby Woods of Hibriten and Alexander Central’s Chelsa Arney had round-best of 43.

Rounds of 47 by Trinity White and Zoey Walker helped the Panthers edge the Cougars.

Team scores: 1. Hibriten 137; 2. Alexander Central 141; 3. Ashe County 154; 4. S. Caldwell 160; 5. Watauga 173; Freedom, no score.

Top 5 individual scores: 1. Gabby Woods (H), Chelsea Arney (Alex), 43; 3. Mabry Land (H), Zoey Walker (H), 47; 5. Rylee Far (SC) 48.

Other lowest scores by team: Hana Piercy (F) 59; Cloe Neal (Ashe Co.) 50; Arial Lewis (W) 53.


Fred T. Foard 3,

South Iredell 0 (Thursday, Sept. 1)

The Tigers won three tight sets on the road to beat the Vikings, 27-25, 26-24, 25-20.

Craig led Foard with 11 kills, 10 digs and four aces and Dale provided nine kills, 19 assists, six blocks and three aces.

Beatty had six kills and 18 digs, Ramseur made eight kills, Crutchfield finished with 17 digs, Partin had 15 assists and Zoe Cloninger made four blocks for Foard.


St. Stephens 3,

South Caldwell 1 (Thursday, Sept. 1)

Gnida led the Indians with nine digs, two blocks, eight aces, nine kills and 15 serving points as they won a non-league match in Hickory.

After St. Stephens won 25-11, the Spartans won 25-14. The Indians closed it out with wins of 25-8 and 25-12.

Edwards closed with 35 assists, Kelly had eight digs and 10 service receptions and Eckard made 12 kills for St. Stephens, also getting eight aces and four kills by Kelsey Plumley.

Maiden 3, West Lincoln 0 (Sept. 1)

Sparked by nine kills and nine digs by Payton Miller, the Blue Devils won a Catawba Valley 2A match on the road, 25-14, 25-215, 25-12.

Emily Dover provided five kills, Ikard had seven assists and seven aces and Smith provided 12 assists and 14 digs for Maiden.

Fred T. Foard 3,

East Lincoln 0 (Monday, Aug. 29)

The Tigers swept the visiting Mustangs 25-11, 25-15, 25-21, paced by Craig’s 13 kills and seven digs and Beatty’s seven digs and four aces.

Dale contributed 11 kills and 19 assists, Ramseur added seven kills, Crutchfield had 16 digs and two aces and Camryn Parton had nine assists for Foard.

Contributing to this report: Robert Harrison, Fred T. Foard volleyball; Julie Harris, St. Stephens volleyball; Joseph Goforth, Fred T. Foard soccer; Marsha Davis, Maiden volleyball; Lindsay Presnell, Maiden soccer; Rob Scott, Northwestern 3A-4A golf.

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