Former Lincolnton High football standout Dennis Byrd has been named one of the top 100 male athletes to remember by the N.C. High School Athletic Association, the organization announced on Wednesday as it celebrates its centennial.
Byrd, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 63, went on to play football for N.C. State, where he was its first consensus All-American in 1967 as a member of the famous “White Shoes Defense.” N.C. State retired his jersey, No. 77, in 2002, and he was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th anniversary team.
After a successful career in Raleigh, Byrd became the first Lincolnton native to play professional football after he was drafted in the first round by the Boston Patriots, but injuries derailed his professional career and after two seasons Byrd retired from football. Byrd was inducted into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
All information was provided by the NCHSAA.
EAST LINCOLN 3, WEST CALDWELL 0: At West Caldwell, the Mustangs won a Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference game on Thursday. No other details were reported.
The Mustangs (4-4 SD-7) host Maiden on Tuesday.
NEWTON-CONOVER 3, LINCOLNTON 0: At Lincolnton, the Wolves fell in a conference game. No other details were reported.
Lincolnton (0-8 SD-7) travels to West Lincoln on Tuesday.
NORTH LINCOLN 3, EAST LINCOLN 0: At East Lincoln, the Knights won the non-league game 25-13, 25-12, 25-23 on Wednesday.
Bailey Garmon had four aces and five digs, Mallory Bolen had eight kills and Chandler Keller had 10 assists for North Lincoln. No details were reported by the Mustangs.
KINGS MOUNTAIN 5, WEST LINCOLN 1: At West Lincoln, the Rebels fell in a non-conference match on Thursday.
Edgar Rios scored with 7 minutes remaining to stave off the shutout.
MAIDEN 4, WEST LINCOLN 1: At Maiden, the Rebels fell in a league match on Wednesday.
Ivan Cavillo scored on an assist from Juan Quintero for West Lincoln.
The Rebels (0-4 SD-7) host Lincolnton on Monday.
WEST CALDWELL 5, EAST LINCOLN 0: At West Caldwell, the Mustangs were shutout in a league match. No other details were reported.
East Lincoln (0-3-1 SD-7) hosts Maiden on Monday.
MOORESVILLE 5, NORTH LINCOLN 0: At North Lincoln, the Knights were shutout in a North Piedmont 3A/4A Conference match. No other details were reported.
North Lincoln (0-4 NP3A/4A) hosts Lake Norman on Monday.
LINCOLNTON 8, HIGHLAND TECH 1: Singles –– 1. Ashtyn Whitesides (L) d. Hannah Payne 8-4; 2. Victoria Rule (HT) d. Shelby Rollins 8-4; 3. Nadia Jimenez (L) d. Lily Lastinger 8-1; 4. Saylor Whitesides (L) d. Katie Purello 8-1; 5. Allison Brown (L) d. Kaci McDaniel 8-0; 6. Isabella Lopez (L) d. Jennifer Chan 8-0.
Doubles –– 1. Whitesides-Whitesides (L) d. Payne-Rule 8-4; 2. Rollins-Jimenez (L) d. Lastinger-Purello 8-2; 3. Kiera Hughey-Karol Sanchez (L) d. McDaniel/Chan 9-7.
Records –– Lincolnton 3-3.
EL GIRLS WIN SHELBY INVITATIONAL: At Shelby, the East Lincoln girls won the 14-team meet on Tuesday with 27 points. Kings Mountain and Shelby finished tied for second with a 107. South Point (149) and Rutherfordton-Spindale Central (184) rounded out the top five.
East Lincoln’s Frances Massey won the event. The freshman finished in 20:26. Megan Rowles was third (22:20), Maggie Foley fourth (22:41), Elizabeth Sisk seventh (23:02) and Shelbee Knopf 12th (23:41).
Jada Blake of Lincolnton finished ninth in a time of 23:10. West Lincoln’s team came in eighth with a 207.
EL BOYS FINISH THIRD IN SHELBY INVITATIONAL: At Shelby, the East Lincoln boys finished third behind the host school (87) and Gastonia Forestview (99) with a 109. West Lincoln’s boys came in fourth with a 123. Highland Tech scored a 157 for fifth.
Lincolnton had a 275, good enough for 12th.
Parker Whitley of East Lincoln finished fifth individually with a time of 19:02. Teammate Mason Leach followed Whitely with a 19:06. Ridge Finske of East Lincoln rounded out the top 10 with a 19:13.
Jonathan Webber of West Lincoln finished seventh in 19:10.
NL FINISHES FIFTH IN NP3A/4A MATCH: At Mooresville, the Knights shot a 144 to finish fifth in a league match on Monday.
Alexander Central won with a 115 –– a school record –– and was followed by Lake Norman (127), Mooresville (129), South Iredell (143), North Lincoln, North Iredell (153), West Iredell (164) and Statesville (166).
Placing for the Knights were Mary Prunier (43), Callie Oakes (50) and Karleigh Morrison (51). Grace Clarke and Abbey Stilwell shot 54s for North Lincoln, which stands in fifth place overall with a total of 614 strokes. Alexander Central leads the conference with a 481.