Stroup receives honor
Pfeiffer Universityâ€™s (9-0, 4-0) Andrea Stroup was named Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Player of the Week (March 19-26) for her outstanding tennis play.
Stroup, a 2003 graduate of Lincolnton High School, recorded wins over Lenoir Rhyne and St. Andrews Presbyterian.
The sophomore defeated Lenoir Rhyneâ€™s No. 2 seed Kinda Filson 6-0, 6-2 and April Rowe of St. Andrews 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles, Stroup and partner Leslie Watts dominated, not losing a game to either Lenoir Rhyne or St. Andrews, winning 9-0.
On the season, Stroup is 7-1 playing as the Falconâ€™s No. 2 seed. In No. 1 doubles, she is also 7-1 on the season. Her only singlesâ€™ loss came in the teamâ€™s first match of the season.
East Lincoln softball
The Lady Mustangs won their second consecutive Big South 3A Conference game, beating North Gaston 12-9 on Thursday.
Mustangsâ€™ pitcher Alexis Rogers struck out 10 to earn the win on the mound.
Freshman Sonny Marthers hit a two-run homerun in th fifth.
Rogers helped her own cause going 3-for-5 with two singles and a double. She also scored two runs. Marthers narrowly missed hitting for the cycle going 3-for-5 with a single, triple, homer and three RBIs.
Shenna Stansil was 3-for-4, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs. Sam Betts went 1-for-3, had two walks and scored three runs.
The Lady Mustangs are 3-4, 2-2 BS 3A.
East Lincoln tennis
The East Lincoln Mustangs slipped past Bandys 5-4 on Thursday.
Bandyâ€™s No. 1 Daniel Brown beat Pete Pitsikoulis 6-0, 6-1. Mustangsâ€™ No. 2 Drew Keener beat Curtis Edwards 6-1, 6-4. East Lincolnâ€™s No. 3 seed Alex Willhite beat Stephen Williamson 7-5, 6-3.
Mustangsâ€™ No. 4 seed Houston Stokes beat Mitch Ray 7-5, 6-2. Bandysâ€™ Cesar Rodriguez beat Adam Pressley 6-4, 4-6, 7-4 at No. 5. Bandysâ€™ Lang Yang beat Carson Leonhardt 6-2, 2-6, 8-6 to round out singlesâ€™ play.
In doubles, Pitsikoulis/Pressley beat Ray/Yang 8-1. Bandysâ€™ Brown/Edwards beat Keener/Grier Simmons 8-4.
With the match deadlocked 4-4, Willhite/Stokes won a heavily contested match 9-7 over Williamson/Rodriguez.
Mustangsâ€™ head coach Mike Davis felt his team responded well, after a lopsided loss at the hands of Maiden earlier in the week.
â€œIt would have been very easy for them to take an early spring break, but they fought hard and battled back from early deficits to pull the match out. I was very pleased with the effort from everyone,â€ he said.
â€œAdam and Pete played very well at No. 1 doubles and Alex and Houston were able to come back from a 6-3 deficit to seal the match for us. Grier continues to improve and looked very good playing with Drewâ€ he added.
The Mustangs are 5-3 on the season.
by John Mark Brooks