The third round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs is in the books, and two teams are moving on to the fourth round while the road has ended for several others.
Bishop McGuinness 8 – Elkin 1
The Lady Elks traveled to Bishop McGuinness (19-2) on Wednesday night to take on the Villains in the third round of the NCHSAA 1A Playoffs. The Lady Elks were unable to take control of the game as the Villains came out on fire. Bishop McGuinness scored three goals in the first half while Elkin was able to score one. Mattie Timmerman recorded the lone goal for the Lady Elks. In the second half, Bishop McGuinness scored five goals to put the game out of Elkin’s reach.
The Lady Elks had an impressive season as they ended their season with an overall record of 16-8.
Gray Stone Day 4 – Starmount 1
After impressive first and second round wins, the Lady Rams fell to Gray Stone Day in the third round of the NCHSAA 1A playoffs. Claire Maske scored Starmount’s only goal of the night as Gray Stone Day took a 4-1 win. The Lady Rams end their season with an overall record of 15-7-1.
Forbush 3 – Newton Conover 1
The Forbush women’s soccer team put up a fight on Wednesday night as the Falcons traveled to Newton Conover. Forbush took a 1-0 lead early in the game, then Newton Conover tied the game before halftime. The game was full of action as there was a missed penalty kick, and several questionable calls. As the second half was winding down and things seemed to be headed to extra time, the Falcons scored the go-ahead goal off of a corner kick. Several minutes later, Forbush added an insurance goal to take a 3-1 win. The Falcons will travel to No. 1 Hendersonville on Saturday afternoon.
Gray Stone Day 4 – Starmount 0
The Starmount softball team saw its postseason run come to an end on Tuesday night at the hands of Gray Stone Day. The Rams went down early in the first inning as the Knights took a 1-0 lead off of a ground ball to center field. After the first inning, the Rams were able to stick with the Knights as both teams put up its best defense.
In four innings, Starmount’s Kayla Vanhoy struck out three batters before the Knights were able to connect with the ball in the top of the sixth. Gray Stone Day scored three runs in the sixth inning to take a 4-0 lead over the Rams.
In the bottom of the sixth, Starmount put two runners on base but were unable to score. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Rams loaded the bases but were unable to bring any runs in as the Knights’ pitcher threw two strikeouts in a row for the last two outs of the game.
Kayla Vanhoy recorded seven strikeouts foe the Rams. Kendra King went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Cambria Bowen went 1-for-2. The Rams end its season with an overall record of 13-10 and a conference record of 9-5.
Forbush 9 – West Stanly 4
In a game that saw a head coach being ejected, a player jumping over the catcher to score the go-ahead run, and a student section that came out in full force, the Forbush Falcons took a 9-4 win in the third round of the 2A playoffs. The Falcons will move on to the fourth round where it will host Lake Norman on Friday night at 7:30 in East Bend.