Mustangs place second
The Lady Mustangs soccer team went 2-1 at the St. Stephenâ€™s Tournament and had three players garner all-tournament selections.
Freshman striker Chelsea Tate, junior center-midfielder Jessica Glenn and defender Sara Webb all made the team for East Lincoln.
East Lincoln fell to Wilkes Central 5-0 in the tournament championship, as Katie Andrewski scored her seventh, eighth and ninth goals of the tournament. Wilkes is currently fourth in the state 2A poll.
Tuesday, Mariah Bell picked up her first shutout of the season at goalie as captain Ali Fisher netted her first goal of the young season.
Tate scored her first two varsity goals in a season opening win over the tournament host Indians Monday.
Fisher went down with a partially-torn knee ligament and is expected to be out for several weeks.
West Lincoln baseball
Errors and a lack of offense did in West Lincoln against Fred T. Foard Friday in a 3-1 loss.
Brian Dice his a solo-homer in the second for the Tigers. Foard added two unearned runs in the fourth off two errors and three walks.
The Rebels recorded only three hits in the game – one by Chase Harbinson, one by Jake Watts and Chris Hendersonâ€™s solo-homerun in the first inning.
Ben Lilly worked six innings, had seven strikeouts and gave up two hits in recording the win for the Tigers, while Watts suffered the hard-luck loss.
The sophomore threw five innings, allowing just three hits, striking out seven but had five walks.
â€œHe threw well, just got himself in some trouble with some walks. They just happened to be in the same inning that we had two errors,â€ West Lincoln head coach Allan Chapman said. â€œHe pitched well enough to win,â€ he added.
As far as the Rebels ability to only get three hits in the contest?
â€œWe just werenâ€™t real aggressive in the box. When we did hit it hard, we hit it right at them. It was just one of those days,â€ Chapman said.
Through three games, West stands at 2-1 on the season and in terms of what Chapman thought prior to the season, he believes his team can contend for the Southern Piedmont crown.
â€œSo far, itâ€™s about what we expected. We have really good pitching. We expect that to continue. The hitting will catch up in the next week or two,â€ he said. â€œIf we continue to play decent defense, weâ€™ll have a chance to win a few games,â€ he added.
East Lincoln tennis
East Lincoln fell to Newton-Conover 9-0 last Thursday.
Although the Mustangs failed to win a single match-up, head coach Mike Davis remains encouraged.
â€œWe have much we can build on from this match. Carson (Leonhardt), Payton (Conner) and Tyson (Leonhardt) lost lopsided first sets, but all three battled back to force close second set,â€ he said. â€œKendall (Law) and Houston (Stokes) lost matches that could have gone either way,â€ he added.
â€œIf we continue to work hard, we hopefully will be where we want to be by the end of the season,â€ Davis said.
by John Mark Brooks