Elizabethton's Carter wins with 1-under 35

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  Not much has changed for the Elizabethton Cyclones on the prep golf front.
  Eric Carter is still having solid rounds and the team is still pulling away with home matches.
  In Wednesday's prep round at the Elizabethton Golf Course, Carter's 1-under-par 35 on the back nine helped give the Cyclone squad a three-stroke lead over University High in a four-way match including Happy Valley and Hampton.
  Elizabethton totaled 164 strokes with its top four golfers, while the Junior Bucs tallied 167, the Warriors had 176 strokes and Hampton followed with 186.
  Carter birdied the 15th and 17th holes with an eagle on 16 in the day's top round.
  "It's getting a little better. Everything's coming around," said the senior. "We're doing the best we can do. We'll give it a shot (when the tournaments roll around).
  Along with Carter's round, Caleb Tull shot a four-over-par 40, with a Jared Thomas 41 and Jonathan Crowley 48 adding to the Cyclone total.
  Jacob Thomas contributed a 49 for the unit.
  A three-over-par 39 from Billy Parratt led the Junior Bucs, who were missing two golfers, including Division 1-A girls prospect Rachel Ingram due to the school's fall vacation.
  Daniel Foster and Ashley Parratt added a 40 and 42, respectively, for University High, who got a 46 from Tyler Bradshaw to wound out its total.
  Mike Soike and Nathan Matthews also took the course for the squad with a 50 and 54, respectively.
  Happy Valley celebrated senior day with seniors Matt Howell and Justin Davis starting the day in the team's top two spots in their last home match.
  Both seniors shot a 50 on the day.
  Ricky Morgan led the Warriors with a 40, while Bradley Gouge added a 41. Josh Lowe's 45 and Ryan May's 50 contributed to the team score.
  Nate Howell also shot a 51 for the team, who saw Dustin Greene and Derek Gouge also compete.
  The Hampton Bulldog golf squad has slowly improved this season. A six-over-par 42 from Josh Lewis highlighted the team's afternoon.
  E.J. Newbern, Lucas Andrews and Caleb Smith made the team's cut with a 45, 49 and 50, respectively. A 54 from Matthew Sams and a 65 from Bobby Jaynes wound out play for the 'Dogs.