East and West split in volleyball
North Lincoln beat Lincolnton 6-3 on Wednesday, allowing the Knights to finish the regular season undefeated in the Southern Piedmont (6-0).
Caroline Farris Hannah Mozeley, Nataleigh Hitt, Courtney Feldon all recorded wins in singles.
Angela Graham and Sheldon McCurry notched wins for the Lady Wolves.
In doubles, Lincolntonâ€™s Stevens/Graham won, Mozeley/Feldon and Hitt/Eisner were victorious.
Becky Duggan/Taylor Holden won an exhibition doubles match 9-8, 7-5 in a tiebreak.
North Lincolnâ€™s head coach Julie Mills was pleased with her team realizing one of their season goals.
â€œI am very proud of my girls for all of their hard work. We had a goal to be undefeated and conference champions and we achieved it,â€ she said.
â€œThe girls deserve every bit of the success they have had this season because they have worked hard and never gave up on their goal,â€ she added.
North Lincoln finishes the season at 10-2. Lincolnton ended the regular season at 10-5, 4-2 SP 1A/2A.
The Southern Piedmont Conference Tournament will be held by the Knights Tuesday and Wednesday, weather permitting.
On the bag
Forty-five students from area high schools participated in the second annual Greater Hickory High School Classic last Monday at the Rock Barn Country Club.
The top two finishers received the honor of being honorary observers for the final rounds this past weekend.
The remaining 17 served as caddies for the Dale Jarrett Shootout.
Lincolntonâ€™s John Gilleland shot a 41 and served as a caddy for Larry Ziegler, while his teammate Daniel Goodson finished with a 44 and was on the bag of Phil Walker.
East vs. West Volleyball
East Lincoln split with West Lincoln Thursday.
In varsity action, the Lady Mustangs won 3-1;21-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-17.
Standouts for the Mustangs were: Krista Abernathy with 37 assists, three kills, three aces and three digs, Kassi Henry with 18 kills, three aces and nine digs and Lauren Sharpe with 12 kills, four blocks and five digs.
Brittany Lackey contributed eight kills and eight digs to the win.
In JV play, West Lincoln won 2-0; 13-25, 18-25. East Lincolnâ€™s varsity improves to 14-7, 11-1 in the Southern Piedmont.
North Lincoln volleyball
The North Lincoln Lady Knights beat Cherryville in both JV and varsity play Thursday.
In varsity action, the Knights won 3-0; 25-12, 25-10, 25-10.
Chasity Morgan paced North Lincoln (8-13, 7-5) with six kills, three aces and three assists, Taylor Ewing had six kills and one block and Jenny Boyle finished with seven assists and two aces.
Jenna Torbert contributed with eight aces in the win.
In JV action, the Knights (10-9, 8-2) won 2-0; 25-5, 25-20. Annalise Farris paced her team in the win with seven aces and two assists.
Amber Wilson chipped in five kills, while Ashley Thackeray had four.
Lincolnton (9-6, 6-5) beat Bessemer City Thursday 3-0;25-6, 25-8, 25-20.
Brittany Nicholson paced the Lady Wolves with 21 points, six aces and two kills.
Kendal Bradley, Charlotte Clark and Madison Lanier all had 12 points.
Clark also had four aces, while Bradley had three in the win.
Janna Seagle moved up from the JV for the match and had three points and two aces.
East Lincoln edged Chase 36-30 to remain undefeated on the season.
Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Goggio called a great game against what head coach Eric Miller called â€˜a stout defense.â€™
Running back Austin Culp was a dual threat for East with 129 yards rushing on 13 carries and one touchdown. He also had 72 yards receiving with two touchdowns.
Josh Wilson got it done in the air and on the ground. The quarterback had 71 yards rushing on seven carries and on touchdown. Wilson also passed for three touchdowns with his favorite target being Culp, who reeled in two for scores.
Wilson connected with Jarrett Ross for 45 yards for the game-winning score.
Matt Fortenberry played a great game at center and on defense linebacker and noseguard according to Miller.
by John Mark Brooks