Freedom 9, McDowell 0

Freedom's Patrick Sandy takes a shot against McDowell during Patriots' Senior Night on Oct. 29 at the Catawba River Soccer Complex.

Senior midfielder Patrick Sandy is Freedom’s lone representative on the All-Northwestern 3A/4A Conference soccer team, which was announced over the weekend.

For the sixth-place Patriots (8-12-2, 2-10 NWC), Sandy scored a team-high 27 goals, triple the amount of the next highest FHS player. He also tallied seven assists.

Sandy’s season was highlighted by four-goal performances versus East Burke on Sept. 4 and McDowell on Oct. 7. He also registered hat tricks against Draughn on Sept. 12 and against the Titans to close the season on Oct. 29.

Sandy, who was named to the 3A All-Region 11 team as a junior, also had two-goal games against Patton on Aug. 28, Draughn on Sept. 5 and St. Stephens on Oct. 9.

Hickory’s Carter Holt was named NWC player of the year, the offensive player of the year award was split between South Caldwell’s Fredy Guevara, Watauga’s David Sprague and Hickory’s Jose Vallecillos, Watauga’s Colter Conway was the defensive player of the year, and Watauga’s Josh Honeycutt was the coach of the year.

Abee scores 15 for The Citadel in loss

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Freshman guard Fletcher Abee, a 2019 Freedom High graduate, hit double-digit scoring for the second time in three games to open the year in an 87-73 loss to Campbell late Saturday.

Abee earned his third consecutive start and played 27 minutes for the hosts, scoring a team-second-best 15 points. He went 4 of 11 from the floor, hit one 3-pointer and went 6 for 6 from the free throw line. He added two steals, an assist and a rebound.

Earlier in the week, Abee scored eight points in The Citadel’s Tuesday loss at Georgia. He played 28 minutes, going 3 of 8 from the floor and 2 of 6 from 3.

Through three games, Abee is the team’s second-leading scorer with 13.3 points per game and is perfect from the foul line.

Butler leads Montreat to 2 victories

MONTREAT — Freedom High 2016 graduate Austin Butler, a senior guard at Montreat, led the Cavaliers to a pair of victories last week.

In an 84-78 win at Tennessee Wesleyan on Wednesday, Butler scored a game-high 25 points. He went 7 of 12 from the floor, 4 of 8 from 3-point range and 7 of 8 from the foul line. Butler added three rebounds.

On Saturday, Butler again led the game with 29 points in an 81-77 home win over Reinhardt. He made 7 of 18 treys, going 9 of 20 overall and 4 of 6 from the charity stripe.

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