Mustangs send 14 to state
At the 3A West Regional Track Meet at Western Carolina University, the East Lincoln Mustangs had 14 members qualify for the 3A State Meet to be held at North Carolina A & T.
The Lady Mustangs finished fourth in the region, while the menâ€™s team came in ninth.
Toree Roseboro took first in the 100 and 200 meters with times of 12.33 and 25.80.
Her sister, Koree Roseboro, placed second in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.10.
The womenâ€™s 400 meter relay team, comprised of Essence Hunter, Victoria Ross and the Roseboro sisters, also finished in first place.
Their time of 49.72 came very close to breaking T.C. Robersonâ€™s 1987 regional record of 49.69.
The womenâ€™s 800 meter relay team finished fifth, missing state by .4 hundredths of a second.
Ross placed second in the 100 meter running a 12.60.
On the menâ€™s side, the 400 meter relay team of Thomas Huntley, Ashaad Rendleman, Antron Nixon and Ryan Sykes finished fourth with a time of 42.98.
Carlos Marquez-Sykes finished third in the shot put with a distance of 49â€™3.â€ Brad Popple came in fourth in the 3200 meters with a time of 10.09.
The Mustangs will compete Friday at North Carolina A & T. Alternates for the 400 meter relay are Brooke Nance and Brent Brown.
East Lincoln softball
The Lady Mustangs fell to South Point Thursday 4-1 in their final regular season contest.
Third baseman Peyton Pressley turned in a .432 batting average and .757 slugging percentage in conference play.
Shenna Stansil led the Lady Mustangs with a .386 batting average, while Alexis Rogers batted .373.
Rogers struck out 60 batters and had an ERA of 3.50. Opponents batted a dismal .207 with her on the mound.
North Lincoln golf
The North Lincoln Knightsâ€™ quest for a state title ended with a fifth-place finish.
The Knights shot a 655 (330-325) in two days of play at the Old North Club in New London, the site of this yearâ€™s 1A State Championship.
Northâ€™s head coach Mark Lackey was disappointed with the result, but also felt it was a tough course.
â€œWe played hard. We got a lot of tough breaks, but thatâ€™s the game of golf. Itâ€™s never going to change; itâ€™s you against the course and this was another one of those instances where the course really won,â€ he said.
Despite, the top-five finish, North Lincoln showed they have a knack for consistency, finishing 41-9 for the second-consecutive season.
â€œI donâ€™t want one tournament to take away from the success of the season. The boys, along with myself, have plenty of fond memories to look back on from everything weâ€™ve accomplished this year,â€ Lackey said.
East Surry won the 1A State Title with a score of 623.
Senior Will Campbell shot a 74 to pace North Lincoln on Tuesday. Campbell, who came close to taking the 1A West Regional Individual title with a score of 73, shot a 78 on Monday.
Fellow senior Zack Kiser shot a 83-84 to close out his career.
â€œHe went out with a bang. He played extremely well. Heâ€™s had a good four years, as well as Zack Kiser,â€ Lackey said.
Kiser and Campbell participated in four regionals and two state championships in their prep career.
In the first round, the Knights shot a 330, just behind fourth-place South Stokes, which shot a 328.
Lackey believes North Lincolnâ€™s golf program is going to continue to bear much fruit as four players will return to the mix next season.
Kenny Bethea, Carson King, Reid Ketner and Matthew Wentworth all will return.
â€œWe didnâ€™t play up to our standards. It doesnâ€™t take away from the fact that we played for it. Itâ€™s not the end of the world for North Lincoln golf. The school has some fine players coming back for next year,â€ Lackey said.
by John Mark Brooks