Wildcats begin on good note
The Lincolnton Middle School Wildcats are off to a 2-0-1 record to begin their soccer season.
The Lady Wildcats beat West Lincoln 3-0. Colleen Chapman, Olivia Thompson and Ashton Ritter scored goals for Lincolnton. Megan Wallace and Stephanie Brown split the shutout in goal.
Cinthya Chairez, Pamelissa Fernendez and Joanna Quezada also had solid games.
In their second game of the season, the Wildcats beat RS-Central 7-0.
Nancy Barrantes and Rachel Lanier scored two goals apiece for Lincolnton, while Colleen Chapman, Sarah Freeman and Olivia Thompson each netted one.
Megan Wallace was credited with an assist. Morgan Wolf, Petra Hallman and Karla Guzman also played well.
In the season opener, Stephanie Brown and Megan Wallace stifled Pumpkin Center, holding them to no goals scored. The Wildcats were also held scoreless resulting in a 0-0 tie.
East Lincoln Tennis
The East Lincoln Mustangs slipped past the West Lincoln Rebels 5-3 in a Lincoln Co. tennis match on Monday.
Rebelsâ€™ No. 1 seed Matt Limone beat Drew Keener 6-0, 6-1. Rebelsâ€™ No. 2 seed Noah Lopez beat Alex Willhite 6-2, 6-4.
The Mustangsâ€™ No. 3 seed Pete Pitsikoulis beat Christian Quingla 6-2, 4-6, 7-2. Mustangsâ€™ No. 4 seed Kendall Law defeated Josh Tallent 6-3, 6-1. Houston Stokes gave East Lincoln a 3-2 advantage by inking out a 7-6, 3-6, 7-4 win over Nathan Chapman.
Carson Leonhardt, for the Mustangs, won in similar fashion, beating Matt Garris 6-3, 6-7, 7-5.
In doublesâ€™ play, Limone/Lopez beat Willhite/Keener 8-1 to keep the Rebels in contention. But at No. 2 Law/Pitsikoulis slipped past Quingla/Tallent for a 9-8 victory, clinching the match.
Mustangsâ€™ head coach Mike Davis knows how fortunate his team was to walk away with a win.
â€œWe escaped with a win today. Four matches were decided by tie-breakers and fortunately they all went out way,â€ he said.
â€œItâ€™s a great effort when our younger guys can step up when the match is on the line and come through with a win,â€ he added.
The Mustangs are 4-2 on the season.
North Lincoln soccer
North Lincolnâ€™s womenâ€™s soccer team beat Bandys 5-1.
Lydia Paulk scored three goals and had one assist. Caroline Farris also had a solid contest, netting two goals.
Emy Reese scored the Lady Trojans lone goal. North Lincolnâ€™s goal keeper was Brittany Mabe.
East Lincoln softball
The East Lincoln Lady Mustangs dismantled Berry Academy 24-1 in softball on Tuesday.
Sonny Marthers was the winning pitcher. The Lady Mustangs are 2-4, 1-2 in the Big South 3A on the season.
The Lincolnton Wolves fell to Bunker Hill 2-0 on Monday.
Bearsâ€™ pitcher Ben Benfield threw a complete game, striking out nine batters and limiting the Wolves to only three hits.
Senior southpaw Kyle Snyder (2-3) was equally as impressive on the mound, also pitching a complete game and striking out nine. Both Bearsâ€™ runs were earned.
â€œWe didnâ€™t hit and are still striking out too much,â€ Lincolnton head coach Cole Sigmon said.
Dustin Weaver and Snyder both singled, while Shane Brackett doubled for the Wolves.
Lincolnton is now 5-3 on the season with a 2-1 Midwest 2A Conference mark.
The Wolves will host Newton-Conover on Thursday at 7 p.m., weather permitting.
by John Mark Brooks