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JACKSON SPRINGS — Southern Nash High senior Elisabeth Collie worked herself into a three-way tie for 12th place after Monday’s first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A girls golf championship.
Collie, the 3-A Big East Conference medalist, shot an 81 on the Foxfire Resort and Golf Club’s Red Course, a par-72 layout that extends 5,208 yards. Collie is eight strokes off the pace of leader Elizabeth Lohbaer of first-place Cox Mill.
Hunt junior Connor Worley carded a round of 104, putting her in a two-way tie for 68th in the field of 79 while Lady Warriors sophomore Allison Boykin was two strokes back and deadlocked with three others for 70th.
Cox Mill leads the team chase with a score of 237, three strokes better than second-place Rockingham County. Charlotte Catholic lurks in third with a 240.
The final round will be played Tuesday.
North Johnston is 9th after 1st round of 2-A
SOUTHERN PINES — North Johnston constructed an opening-round score of 328, putting the Lady Panthers ninth out of 10 teams after Monday’s first round f the NCHSAA 1-A/2-A girls golf championship at Longleaf Golf and Family Club.
Traclyn Clark led the way for the Lady Panthers, putting together a round of 90 on the par-72, 5,125-yard course. That tied her with Oak Grove’s Emma Maddock for 30th.
Also posting scores for North Johnston were Victoria Crocker (72nd, 117) and Alexis Gupton (tied for 73rd, 121).
Mount Pleasant and Oak Grove are tied for the team lead, each with a 63 that is 10 shots better than third-place Hendersonville. In individual play, Katherine Schuster of First Flight has a two-stroke lead on Hayesville’s Madison Logan. Roanoke Rapids’ Maci Beaver is third with a 77 as the top 16 players are separated by just nine strokes.
Firebirds edge Knights to advance to Big East semis
STANHOPE — A pair of goals off the foot of Robinson Ochoa sparked Southern Nash past visiting Northern Nash 3-2 in the first round of the 3-A Big East Conference tournament Monday.
Johnny Mendoza scored the first goal for the No. 3-seeded Firebirds with Alexis Arroyo providing the assist and then again on one of Ochoa’s goals. Adrian Flores delivered the helper on Ochoa’s other goal as the Firebirds climbed to 16-3-2 overall. Northern Nash, the No. 6 seed, saw its season end with a 2-13-2 mark. Junior Rony Luque tabbed both goals for the Knights.
Southern Nash will visit No. 2 Franklinton in Tuesday’s semifinals.