Wildcats clinch Eastern Division
The Lincolnton Middle School Wildcats clinched the Eastern Division championship of the Tri-County Conference by beating Lincoln County rivals West Lincoln and East Lincoln.
In the Wildcatsâ€™ 4-0 victory over West Lincoln, Nance Barrantes led all scorers with two goals. Olivia Thompson and Sarah Freeman scored a goal apiece.
Morgan Wolf, Colleen Chapman and Monserrat Perez recorded assists. Stephanie Brown and Megan Wallace combined for the shutout.
Lincolnton clinched their first-ever soccer division title, beating the Falcons 2-0. Barrantes led the team with a goal scored and an assist. Stephanie Brown earned the shutout in goal.
The Wildcats will play Kings Mountain tomorrow for the Tri-County Conference championship.
Lincolnton came in second to Newton in the final Midwest 2A golf match Monday at Rock Barn in Newton.
The Wolves shot a 331, led by Kyle Gazdeck, who shot an 81. John Gilleland and Daniel Goodson shot an 83.
West Lincoln finished with a 366 in sixth place. Greg Beam shot an 81 to pace the Rebels.
Newton-Conoverâ€™s Spencer Huggins was named Midwest 2Aâ€™s Conference Player of the Year.
Beam and Gazdeck also were named to the MW 2A Team.
Lincolnton qualified for the North Carolina Regionals, which will be played Monday at Mountain Glenn Country Club in Newland.
â€œThe thing about us is weâ€™ve improved a little bit each week and I think itâ€™s a great experience to be able to go to the regionals,â€ Wolvesâ€™ head coach Scott Cloninger said.
â€œEarly in the year we were very inconsistent. Regionals in golf is like playoffs in football. Itâ€™s what you play for,â€ Cloninger added.
Lincolnton, which did not qualify for the regionals last season, has reached the tournament nine-of-the-past 10 years under Cloninger.
Lincolnton beat Newton 8-4 in softball on Tuesday.
Santana Edwards tossed a complete-game two-hitter, striking out 13 batters and allowing no earned runs.
Edwards went 2-for-2 with one RBI. Jessica McJunkin went 1-for-2 with a RBI-triple. Lisa McCorkle was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
The Lady Wolves raise their Midwest 2A Conference record to 2-8 on the season. Lincolnton will host Bessemer City on Monday.
East Lincoln tennis
The East Lincoln Mustangs defeated Hunter Huss 8-1 on Monday.
Drew Keener, Pete Pitsikoulis, Houston Stokes, Adam Pressley and Carson Leonhardt earned singlesâ€™ victories.
Leonhardt lost the first set 6-7, but answered winning with consecutive 6-2 wins.
â€œCarson lost a tough first set, but learned from some mistakes and played much better the second and third sets. Houston played outstanding at third singles and cruised to an easy win,â€ Mustangsâ€™ head coach Mike Davis said.
Willhite/Law, Keener/Stokes and Pitsikoulis/Grier Simmons earned doublesâ€™ victories.
â€œAll of our doublesâ€™ combinations played well and seem to be peaking at the right time,â€ Davis said.
East Lincoln is now 8-5 on the season.
North Lincoln Golf
The North Lincoln Knights clinched the Southern Foothills Golf Championship at Lincolnton Country Club on Monday.
The Knights shot a 321 to best Hendersonville by four strokes. Cherryville and Highland Tech each shot a 346. Maiden shot a 361, while Polk County rounded out the field with a 391.
The match medalist was Highland Techâ€™s Joey Hamm. He was also named SF 1A Conference Player of the Year.
Kenny Bethea, Will Campbell, Reid Ketner and Carson King were dubbed all-conference performers for North Lincoln.
Mark Lackey was named Coach of the Year. The SF 1A Title is Northâ€™s second in as many years.
They will next participate in the Midwest Regional Golf Tournament at Sopona Country Club in Lexington.
by John Mark Brooks